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Poesia Osteria Italiana

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$$ - $$$
The Castro
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4072 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2534 (Castro)
+1 415-252-9325
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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San Francisco
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the second floor of what used to be an Edwardian building - easy to miss if you did not know it was there. High quality, but not overly fussy Italian dishes. Substantial wine list. Very friendly and helpful wait staff. We brought some expensive wine, so the $20 corkage fee was reasonable for us. We had to eat early... More 

Thank PliniusCaecilius
New Hampshire
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201 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

We have eaten here several times and the food and service has been consistently excellent. This time the five of us had a table in the corner behind the bar, which provided a sense of privacy. The menu changes seasonally, but the food has always been enjoyable.

Thank zippo46
San Francisco, California
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Six of us have an informal club that tries out restaurants every month or so. At Poesia, a few of us arrived early during Happy Hour and tried the house red wine (nice) and a couple of inexpensive, delicious apetizers. Then for the main dishes, the same several mains appealed to all of us so we ordered six and shared.... More 

Thank Sue R
Elizabeth, Indiana
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153 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Daughter made our reservation for three for 7:30. We arrived at 7:25 and were told we had been expected at 6:30. I heard the phone call, and she had clearly stated 7:30. Guy who seated us was clearly put out when it was THEIR error. He said we could be seated since they had an available table. Gee, thanks! We... More 

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Very nice welcoming atmosphere. The service is professional and the people friendly. The food is excellent, authentic Italian food with a little American influence. I loved my pasta and all the dishes I have tried are excellent.

Thank Rosella G
Spicewood, Texas
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279 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Two of us had dinner on November 25. We arrived during happy hour and adult beverages were $6, I believe. My friend ordered the Fileji Di Renato pasta that has a sauce made with pork. He said that it was very good and would order it again. I had the fettuccine AL Ragu that has a lamb sauce. It also... More 

Thank Jerry G
San Francisco, California, United States
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700 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

We have lived in the Castro for years and recently enjoyed our first meal at this long time neighborhood establishment. It is a busy restaurant so I highly recommend making a booking. We were greeted warmly to a waiting table and every course we had was amazing. The servers were attentive yet unobtrusive.

Thank AshishGuptasfo
Zurich, Switzerland
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135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I came here spontaneously with 3 friends because it is located in immediate proximity to bars and clubs in the Castro we wanted to visit. They didn't have a table available immediately, but offered us to wait at the bar which didn't take long as a party was about to leave. They have an extensive menu for drinks and cocktails... More 

Thank ivobrown
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

We chose this based on a very effusive TA review and were not disappointed. Beautiful food from a small but perfectly formed menu and great wine list. Fabulous service, including wine matching advice. We stayed late, last diners to leave, and no pressure to do so. A great last night meal in San Francisco.

Thank Tonia v
Indianapolis, Indiana
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103 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We had a party of 6. Service was excellent , food was really good. It's upper level so you can miss it. I would go back if given the opportunity.

Thank Mike M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4072 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2534
  • Public Transportation: Nearest Muni station: Castro (at Market). Upon exiting Muni station, proceed one black South on Castro Street, then head East (left) on 18th.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighborhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-252-9325
Poesia "Po-eh-see-ah" means "Poetry" and whole lot more in Italian. Poesia reflects the light of romance and magnifies it to become that essential nature of love that makes every moment in life an adventure. Poesia's full bar attracts a crowd for hand-crafted specialty cocktails combining local fruits and innovative liquors. The extensive wine list is actively curated by our own Sommelier for flavor and seasonal value. When you are ready to select from the evening's menu you'll be choosing from dishes prepared based on a special stash of favorite family recipes from Francesco's own Mama. Each traditional recipe is enlivened with the freshest pick from California's daily market. All pastas are hand-made each day and sauces are gently simmered for hours and hours to prepare a plate worthy of your enjoyment. As we silently play the classic movies on the wall from Italy's "dolce vita" "sweet life" we are delighted to look around us and hear so many call Poesia their own sweet and special place for an evening's vacation. When was the last time you took a deep breath of Poesia and had a great night out? We hope to welcome you soon!

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Staying in The Castro

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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