131 Gough St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.774671 -122.422651
Mon-Sun 5 pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Hayes Valley, Central North
great food, fun staff – I went to Sauce with six of my close friends to celebrate my recent birthday. It was a blast! The staff was helpful and fun. The food was delicious (I know because, as birthday girl, I got dibs on trying everyone's food). Good drink menu, too, including many great wines. I highly recommend checking it out.
Yummy! – I came to Sauce for my birthday on the advice of a friend, and was glad I did. I I tend to be a picky eater, but that wasn't a problem here. The mojito was one of the best I've ever had, the "nachos" were a yummy take on traditional potato skins, and the mac and cheese was delicious. The best thing there, by far, is the PB&J. We had an early reservation and were promplty seated, although our server was good, I like a little more personality. One great thing about the place is that it is hip, but without trying too hard. I would like to see them add to their menu, to see what else they can come up with.
Friendly but average food – This place was named best new restaurant ranking after Michael Minna in a recent year - that rating is completely unjustified. It is a very lowkey, friendly, neighborhood restaurant with satisfying, edible but unexciting food. I agree with the reviewers who say the food is bland - I tasted 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, and all the desserts in the sample platter - the predominant flavors are creamy (without being excitingly rich) and squishy/soggy. Nothing was charred, flavored, spiced, or had a memorable strong flavor. This would please people who are used to dormitory fare and want something more grownup, but real gourmands would have trouble. Don't expect dazzling, artistic presentations - the dessert, for example, was served with rough dollops of whipped cream (more than required). The staff are unbelievably friendly and personal, which is the only reason I would return. The only real complaints I have are (a) the portions are just too big (b) the "nontraditional" spin is misleading (for example the "roasted chicken mac and cheese" is really tender chicken pieces swimming in pasta in white sauce - nothing like what the name suggests) and (c) the overall price is a bit high for this type of average, rough-hewn fare. If your date is very sophisticated, you should downsell this place a bit so that s/he is not disappointed. Michael Minna this is not.
ANother cute spot...but food nothing too exciting – his is a cute spot....serving until 12pm. The food was all solid and plenty of it...just wish they knew how to add flavour...everything was kinda bland. Started with the pork sausage stuffed calamari tubes in a tomato sauce. THe tomato sauce was like tomato soup but with less flavour. It had potential cuz the calmari was perfectly but NO flavour even with the sausage. We also had the crab won tons...6 of them in the order. Lotsa crab but again lacking flavour and the wrappers were a bit too soft. Had te Hanger steak and eggs and fish and chips. Hanger steak was med-rare and flavourless with deep fried (baked?) pototoes with a batter...kinda odd...but not awfull. The fish was overccoked and batter was hard and oliy. came w/ salt and vinegar "chips" which were neither salty or vinegary and not very chippy. Cheese plate for dessert was OK, doughnuts were WONDERFUL and PLEntiful! They almost made up for the whole dinner. Prices are resonable , service was good.
Three Words: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf! – I wandered in here with a friend almost by mistake and was overwhelmed with how delicious everything was. Steak salad, bacon wrapped meatloaf and doughnuts for dessert! Everything was perfect and I'll definitley go back (after several aerobic workouts!).
Soooo good – A friend of mine absolutely loves this place and choose it for her last birthday pre party. We went with a large group and were able to taste almost everything on the menu. My personal favorite, the mushroom fries. they are delish! Also the meatloaf, the pasta and all of the desserts were fabulous. I highly recommend this place, but come with an appetite because you have to try their desserts!
Saucilicious – This is the best place I have discovered in a while - it was GREAT! They were on time for our reservation (were even friendly when I called to make it), our waitress was great, the atmosphere was lovely and the food was YUMMY. The portobella fries were delicious; the new potato skins were amazing and easy to convert to veggie status. They made the mac and cheese minus the chicken and it melted in my mouth. YUM!! The veggie struedel was also great, as was the tomato bisque. We barely had room for dessert but of course we had to try something - the ice cream mash was good but I'll try something else next time (it just seemed like the smallest dessert they had and that's all we had room for). Like I said, it seems like my restaurant luck has been off lately, but this place turned it around. Fabulous on every level and I can't wait to go back! Go and enjoy a night here!
DESSERT PLATTER RULES MY WORLD – Chef Ben is amazing. He makes this dessert platter that I have dreamt about and told many a people about since first trying it. I am a dessert guru. I love it, I eat it after every meal. In my 30 years on the planet I have never had a more fun, delicious array of desserts to eat. You get 4 amazing dessert options and each one is very satisfying. In fact I have a friend who has given up dessert for a month (in a bet) and her first dessert experience after a month is going to be at Sauce.
The food is great as well. I love all the comfort food gone grown up. I have never had a bad meal and I have gone back at least 5 times in the last 2 months (and I live down the penninsula). They have the best tomato bisque with cheese truffle sandwiches on the side, yummy crab wontons, amazing homemade fried rice and those are just the appetizers.
I highly recommend Sauce, even if you go just for the dessert. The atmosphere is great, the staff is friendly and quick and the food is amazing.
Disappointed – I was really looking forward to our dinner before opera. The decor and atmosphere are really nice. The service was prompt. The idea of all of the dishes was interesting but when our food arrived it fell short of all the hype. Everything was bland. Prepared well....but bland.
Highly recommended – My friend raved about this place, finally I went and she was right. The food is wonderful and it's a fun place. You have to try the Portabello fries, you won't be disappointed!
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