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Poesia Osteria Italiana

4072 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2534
+1 415-252-9325
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (31 reviews)
“shredded lamb” (2 reviews)
“sugo” (2 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4072 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2534
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A great place to eat if you’re in the Castro district San Francisco, Quality food friendly service and not too badly priced.

Thank JerseyJohn_M
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

My go to restaurant in the Castro district. Small establishment with excellent service and consistent food! The martinis are always awesome especially since they use Castellano olives which provides a buttery flavors complimented with Chopin Vodka. The Calamari alla Griglia, monterey bay fresh calamari grilled...More

Thank John L
Reviewed February 15, 2018

Hot soup was cold. Crispy app was soggy like smashed banana. Fish was all bones and cartilage. Poor service and NO efforts to correct the issues. $130 loss.

Thank Suzanne M
Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were walking about in The Castro looking for a place to eat. We were recommended to eat at Lark which is below Poesia Osteria Italiana but I wasn’t keen on the menu so we walked up the stairs and I’m glad...More

1  Thank Robwilko74
Reviewed January 14, 2018

Great little restaurant in the Castro. Great home made pastas, very good wine list and make sure you save f=room for dessert as they too are excellent. I have also found the servers to be really nice folks that can give you a great steer...More

1  Thank FamFunIllinois
Reviewed November 8, 2017

Always have 1 dinner here whilst in San Francisco ,never disappointing ,food is authentic and delicious Not a large space so it is probably a good idea to book as it is very popular with the locals Excellent pasta dishes and lovely friendly service

1  Thank margaretan116
Reviewed October 25, 2017

I always visit this restaurant on every trip to San Francisco. Awesome room, service and food. Nothing more to say besides go there!

1  Thank mfoundas
Reviewed September 24, 2017

The place was a little tight, but sitting by the window watching people (scantily dressed) walking around outside was quite a treat. The food was quite good and the home-made pasta excellent. The tiramisu was absolutely delicious, however, it could have sat a little longer....More

Thank GourmandTrashPanda
Reviewed August 24, 2017 via mobile

Went to this restaurant on the recommendation of friends in Australia who had been recently. The greeting was warm, friendly and enticing. The service was spot on and you feel very welcome. Had the tomato breaded soup and the squid ink pasta with seafood. Both...More

Thank pb3141
Reviewed July 8, 2017

The place was very busy, you need to book if possible( but they will seat you asap) The food was great, lots of pasta dishes, pizza, but also steaks burgers, seafood and lots more. The staff were great and very helpful, and the price was...More

Thank alfresco2015
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,
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Rochelle S
July 15, 2017|
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Response from Fileji | Property representative |
Hi, Rochelle. Unfortunately, the restaurant is located in an old Victorian building and there is no elevator. We do have a couple of strong boys working for us if you want they'll be happy to help you up the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $30
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 AM
5:00 PM - 10:30 AM
5:00 PM - 10:30 AM
5:00 PM - 10:30 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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