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Robby Dee
· March 18, 2018
cozy little restaurant with genuine calabrian cuisine (southern Italy). Francesco, the owner, welcomes every guest personally and the staff is competent and always friendly. the dishes are just overwh...elming and the wine leaves nothing to be desired. I highly recommend this restaurant See More
Ty Pressley
· November 7, 2017
Our experience on Friday was so great that we returned on Sunday. The first night, I had the Fettuccine al ragu’ di agnello at the recommendation of the server. It was amazing. When I came back on, I had the Fileji di renato, which was so good that it brought a tear to my eye. The English language doesn't have a word to describe that flavor. My husband had the lasagna (a Sunday special) that was also incredible. The chef, Rossella, regularly checks in on the diners to ensure their experience is perfect. I will return here any time we visit San Francisco. See More
Michael Aaron Gallin
· November 6, 2017
Wonderful chef greeted us at our table and described the menu with a gorgeous Italian accent! She recommended a fabulous Italian red wine. Every detail was perfect. Cozy, fun and elegant small dining Very very charming. Perfect for a date night, special occasion or relaxed meal - 100% recommend! See More
Frank Swilling
· December 25, 2017
We love Francesco and we love Poesia. One of our absolute favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Every single thing on the menu is delicious, and they have an extensive selection of Italian wines.
Guillermo A. Morales
· January 3, 2018
Great food, cute and cozy restaurant. Great Italian vibe. The calamari was the “bomb” loved also the risotto fruto do mare!
I really like Poesia.
Alfonso Falcon
· February 26, 2018
Love the food, the service was great! Authentic Italian food. You got to get a piece of Poesia.
Debbie Radwich Kowalczyk
· April 6, 2018
We had a very attentive staff for a large group and the food was outstanding.
Sushant Hardikar
· September 6, 2017
An excellent fine dining experience. True Italian, not Americanized! The chef and staff provide amazing recommendations for pairing food with wine.
A must experience when in San Francisco!
G Ian Rueda
· June 11, 2017
Where do I begin? We were welcomed with such enthusiasm when we arrived at Poesia last night. We were seated and served by a gentleman named Giovanni. He was so helpful and made the best possible menu... recommendations. We ended up eating a three course meal, wine, and dessert. I have never eaten anything remotely close to the calmarí alla griglia. The calamari was grilled and tender. So tasty! Not at all what I have come to expect from many other places I have visited. His recommendations made our visit absolutely wonderful. I know it may seem somewhat ridiculous to praise a restaurant as much as this but I can't remember the last time I enjoyed each and every item I ordered. The service Giovanni provided was first class all the way. He was attentive, warm, welcoming, and extremely knowledgable when it came to the wine list. I was quite impressed with his expertise. It was my first time eating in San Francisco and I can't think of anything better than my visit at Poesía. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants an ambience that is authentic to Italy. They apparently play old films on a wall in the background via a projector. Loved that. The staff was amazing. The chef came out to greet us and tell us about her Sunday lasagna. I can't wait to return. Ask for Giovanni.. He'll make you feel right at home. Oh, and everyone speaks Italian. Everyone seems to be originally from Italy. Seriously. That made the entire experience quite enjoyable. Cheers! See More
Mattia Ballarini
· February 13, 2018
Great experience for everyone who really want to have outstanding dining experience
Galan Castillo
· March 21, 2018
The food was exceptional. The service outstanding. We had the best time
Gregory Sepulvado
· July 2, 2017
I Have been wanting to try this place so I gave her my Saturday night & she didn't disappoint. All the STAFF were first class nice looking. Very welcoming & attentive.
The food presentation was beauti...ful & delicious.
Loved the carpaccio, beet salad & great pasta dishes.
What a gem to have in the Castro🥂💁🏻‍♂️😘
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Chris Kilkes
· December 20, 2016
This is a very homey place with a top notch bar and great service. Needless to say the food is great too. We mostly had pasta last night plus appetizers all of which were very good however the way the...y serve the beef carpaccio is very unique while also being the best appetizer as well. Among the entrees the black squid ink pasta was the hands down favorite dish of the night among our group of five. We'll definitely be going back! See More
Dave Folino
· May 15, 2017
Poesia has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The food is excellent and the staff greets us like we are relatives. They are always friendly and courteous and attentive. I ...highly recommend Poesia. See More
Kat Robichaud
· August 12, 2016
I absolutely love this restaurant. I've been craving the carpaccio since I had it a few weeks ago. The restaurant is cozy with a great atmosphere. They have a great wine selection and the service was ...sweet. You can tell everyone that works there really loves what they're doing and they're proud of the food they're serving. They should be. I cannot wait to go back. See More
Jerry Coletti Munro
· January 31, 2018
Food is excellent as is the service definitely will be back
Michael Carion
· June 25, 2016
Fantastic meal!

Our family dined this evening as we celebrated our Mothers birthday. We were not disappointed. ...
Comfortable setting. Friendly efficient staff. Delicious food.

I visit up to three Michelin rated restaurants per year. Poesia may not be in that category but it makes my Top 3 favorite restaurants in San Francisco.

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Rob Cox
· February 17, 2017
Having dinner here is like being transported to Italy. The entire vibe of the place, from the staff to the food, is welcoming, warm and delicious.
Michael Domingo Guillermo Tomas
· August 26, 2016
Great ambience. The calamari with arugula salad is to die for. The black ink pasta with calamari and sausage is mouth watering.
Eric Collier
· March 11, 2017
Great food, wine and staff. Francesco, the owner, was his always charming self! Been fortunate to dine here for close to 10 years.
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Italian date night. Antonioni and Poesia, perche' no?

IV film of the series: BLOW UP will screen at 6:30 PM on Saturday April 28 at Castro Theatre.
Antonioni's first film in English, and certainly one of his master...pieces is going to be shown in a brand new 4K digital restoration DCP, curated by The Criterion Collection, Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with Warner Bros. Tickets:
As Thomas, David Hemmings is a whiter shade of pale; his pallid ennui is masterfully deployed by Antonioni, who said about the character: I like the protagonist... In my previous films I have tried to examine the relations between one individual and another... Here the relationship is between a single individual and reality". As Jane, the woman who may or may not kill her suitor, Vanessa Redgrave is incandescent.... (James Quandt).

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Michelangelo Antonioni & Carlo Ponti Film. with David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles
Impromptu opera at Poesia
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