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About SOMA Restaurant & Bar

Soma Restaurant & Bar is a little gem in the heart of downtown San Francisco. We offer authentic Mediterranean and Italian cuisine prepared only with fresh and seasonal ingredients.

85 5th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm ; Friday 11:00am - 11:00pm ; Sat 8:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday 8:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Mission St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 779-8500

Website:
http://somarestaurant.letseat.at/

Public Transit:
One block from BART and MUNI.

Private Party Facilities:
We offer private dining in a separate dining room with a maximum occupancy of 30 guests. Larger spaces available for up to 100 people.

Private Party Contact:
Kazo: (415) 235-7196

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

SOMA Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

3.5

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 7, 2017

It was good.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 16, 2017

It looks more like a bar than a restaurant, when you enter, as the tables are like you would find in a neighborhood sports bar.

Food was excellent - we had Mezze Platter to start, which was very tasty. Salmon & Beef & Lamb Kebab for main were also tasty - vegetables were cooked perfectly. The cooks are obviously very good - hence the rating.

Service was only average (e.g. Expected to re-use cutlery, despite being covered in humus from starter) and, according to my wife, the ladies restroom in lobby of hotel (to which restaurant is attached) was in need of serious investment.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Chose for proximity to hotel. Great service and great food.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The restaurant has kind of a run-down feel. There was a decent selection of vegetarian and meat to choose from. Food was fine but not notable.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The menu and what comes out are vastly different. My son who does not like spicy ordered the lightly seasoned lamb. I like spice and ordered the burger that was listed with lots of spices. Mind was mild his almost too hot for me to enjoy. Rest of the meals were fine. Those two did not live up to either expectation

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Easy to get a table on a Saturday night. Nice atmosphere, good service, and very good food. Overall a very nice experience. Would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Always enjoy this place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Clams and mussels were really good. The pizza was really good too especially the crust.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Really attentive and fast service. Portions on the lighter side when it comes to entrees: be sure to get 1 or 2 appetizers and/or dessert. Would definitely return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was really nothing special. Beer selection limited. Many better dining options in the area

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The food was delicious and the server was very good. However, they ran out of french bread? It is an Italian restaurant. How do you run out of French Bread? When you do...you send a buser or dishwasher to the store and you buy some to get through service. You don't just stop serving bread.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Outstanding service and great selection of Mediterranean food

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 27, 2017

We had the chicken kabobs and beef/lamb kabobs. They were cooked to perfection. Entrees came with rice and mixed vegetables. However the chef cooked the vegetables were absolutely delicious. Highly recommended dining!

Tags: Casual
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 5, 2014

I ate here A LOT on this extended trip to San Francisco. I had breakfast and dinner here often. Easy to get a reservation, great food, great service. Extremely reasonable prices for San Francisco too!!! It's kind of a hidden gem and was never too busy when I was in there. Some of my favorites were the blueberry pancakes and the linguine with clams!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 28, 2014

An unimposing exterior and location, but a lovely little restaurant with excellent food and service. We stayed in SF for 5 days, and this place was the one my husband liked the best. Salads were excellent, calamari was extremely well done, and his seafood pasta was delicious. We also had a great bottle of wine at a very reasonable price. The menu is a little limited, but this is the kind of place you find locals who appreciate good food at reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2014

There are so many food choices in San Francisco. But we took a chance to check out this lovely neighborhood spot. In short, the food was good. I enjoyed my chicken marsala. Plump juicy chicken cooked perfectly with a yummy mushroom marsala wine sauce tasty garlic mashed crispy vegetable medley of zucchini broccoli and carrots. Appetizers were dolmas, which were great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 25, 2014

We had a group of 12...that quickly became a group of 20. But SOMA was very accommodating and took care of us. Great food and great staff.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2014

Good food done well! Excellent and kind waitstaff. Would recommend highly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 8, 2014

We went for a large work dinner of 18 people and found the place very hospitable and quick. Food was ok but the dining area was a bit dark and felt a bit more like an extension to the bar than a restaurant itself. All diners were happy with their food and they were accommodating with our flexible group size so would definitely recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2014

I was expecting more based on the reviews. The place is a strange combination of a sports bar and a "semi-nice" restaurant. Plain wooden table with no tablecloths, but nice napkins, for example.
The food was decent - I had salmon which was good.
I picked this place because it is close to Moscone Center where I was supposed to meet a friend. Parking structure is right across the street which is very convenient.
Overall, average place that doesn't stand out in any way.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2014

This was a very busy place on Friday evening. It is not too large, but it was VERY noisy. We started with cocktails, my wife enjoyed her Cosmo. I tried their specialty "Cucumber Collins". This was terrible. It was mixed poorly and themed thrown in cucumber debris that moly clogged the straw. We shared a Campeche appetizer that was quie good, made with a basaltic vinegar reduction. My wife had chicken piccata. She enjoyed it. It came with vegetables and a mountain of mashed potatoes. I had a kebab which was a combination of lamb and beef with rice and vegetables. It was good. A little too salty for my taste, but still good. We finished with coffee & tea. The coffee was good, but refills were not offered or easily obtained.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2014

Food was good, well made, but not distinctive. But a good spot to eat in this neighborhood.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 15, 2014

Found this place on Open Table. Don't think I would have ever stopped there if I hadn't seen it on Open Table. Ended up eating there two nights! Good food. Good service. It's a bar/restaurant combo that's very close to Moscone Center. From the outside it didn't look like anything special but I was impressed with the food!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2014

The food was very good. We had the mezzo platter and chicken kebabs. Both were wonderful. Very comfy and quiet which was great for us with a kid (who more than enjoyed the hummus and pita!).

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2013

We're locals and went for SOMA because we needed a quick downtown spot on a Sunday that was neither high road ($28 entrees) or low road (fast food). The staff is friendly, helpful, and kind and there is linen on the tables. For a "hub," downtown venue, it's a fair middle of the road bar/restaurant combo. Kid/adult friendly with good appetizers: calamari, grape leaves, lentil soup remarkable and came piping hot. Small pizzas a good pick for young children/adults. We didn't try the entrees.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2013

The drinks were not made correctly. The food was edible but is something I could have pulled out of the freezer section and microwaved in the break room.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 26, 2013

We went here for my 30th birthday. They were nice enough to accommodate my large party of 13 people, although we were in a secluded area that had poor ventilation. It became very hot! But the food was surprisingly delicious. I had the gnocchi, which was delicious. Others had the burger, which they said was good as were the appetizers. The waitstaff was pleasant and pretty attentive for being such a large party. I thought the prices were reasonable as well. Would recommend to friends and would def return again for more gnocchi!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2013

We were a party of 13 celebrating a 50th birthday. We enjoyed our meal at SOMA. The waitress was absolutely fantastic and I am still remembering the delicious gnocchi.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2013

Great place for a meeting near Moscone Center. Service was excellent and the food hit the mark. I have dined here many times and always have a great experience even during the busiest times.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2013

Worked very well for a casual business lunch with a colleague and customer. Service was a bit scattered, but well-intentioned and food was interesting a well-prepared.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 24, 2013

Nice little restaurant on the corner. Close to the parking garage. Service was good. Ordered from the happy hour drink menu.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2013

One of the very few places in the area if you need to have a breakfast as early as 7:30 am. Great food and fast service - all you really need that early in the morning.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2013

Parked at the 5th & Mission garage looking for a place to eat and walked across the street into SOMA. What a wonderful, unexpected find! Our evening started out with a deliciously chunky dipping sauce for the soft fresh bread that arrived as we looked over the menu. We shared the hummus appetizer that came with delicate pita bread and my friend declared to our waiter that it was one of the tastiest hummus she'd ever had. My pasta with roasted eggplant was excellent, and my friend's spicy ground lamb and beef kebab was juicy and mouth-watering. I've been back with my husband and he hasn't been so lucky. He wasn't thrilled with his caprese appetizer or chicken marsala so the menu might be inconsistent, but I'll definitely be back for more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2013

Great find and rendevouz place. Service was excellent, mediterranean platter outstanding. You can't beat their happy hour!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2012

Great Mediterranean cuisine near the Metreon. Restaurant is attached to a hotel, even though it has it's own entrance. Ambiance is OK.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2012

Good for a quick meal in downtown San Francisco and the price is reasonable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

i really liked the restaurants look and feel however the food on the other hand was a different issue! i absolutely loved the calamari but everything else such as the sea food fett. was not anywhere near my liking the only the that i was pleased with was the ambiance and service, food not at all...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2012

The location is great if you are in the SOMA area;you can park at the Mission/5th street garage. The food was pretty good actually: the Mezze platter, the Adana Kebab and the beef Shish Kebab were are tasty. However, the Kebab portions were somewhat small given the prices. The salads however were very generous. We were able to share the Greek salad starter as it was so large. Service was friendly and attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2012

at the old location of a bar ("Joe's _' Fifth @ Mission) .. not an aspiring cuisine 'gem',
but they do deliver reasonable variety & fare in a key neighborhood - lunch and
very convenient & adequate for the pre-evening event quick dinner.
And it's still a good bar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 8, 2011

No nonsense meal in a comfortable environment, away from herds of tourists. Prices reasonable and service friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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