Sauce

★★★★★
  • 131 Gough St

    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Cross street: at Lily

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  • 415-252-1369

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THE BEST FOOD IN SF
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It's 11:30 at night and you're craving good food. What are you gonna do?! Now instead of going to a diner, I go to Sauce. Chef Ben serves his full menu until at least midnight (sometimes 2am) seven nights a week. My favorites are the

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It's 11:30 at night and you're craving good food. What are you gonna do?! Now instead of going to a diner, I go to Sauce. Chef Ben serves his full menu until at least midnight (sometimes 2am) seven nights a week. My favorites are the

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Even though from the outside, it doesn't look like much, looks can be deceiving. \r
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Forget thinking about the decor because it is not what shines here. What I was excited about with this restaurant was all the little "Social" plates

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Even though from the outside, it doesn't look like much, looks can be deceiving. \r
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Forget thinking about the decor because it is not what shines here. What I was excited about with this restaurant was all the little "Social" plates

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The tomato bisque with grilled cheese toasts are awesome, as well as the mac & cheese. Reasonable prices for the portion sizes.

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The tomato bisque with grilled cheese toasts are awesome, as well as the mac & cheese. Reasonable prices for the portion sizes.

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We went on a Sunday night and were pleased to see that they had a discount on wine purchased by the bottle. They also had a 3 course menu at a fair price. Loved the interiors. There's a room in the back with a bar, and a main dining

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We went on a Sunday night and were pleased to see that they had a discount on wine purchased by the bottle. They also had a 3 course menu at a fair price. Loved the interiors. There's a room in the back with a bar, and a main dining

Pros: Nice interiors, tasty food, reasonable prices wines

Cons: May be understaffed

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I was looking for a soft, casual and comfortable setting to enjoy top notch comfort food and left absolutely satisfied. In particular, the tomato bisque plated with fancy grilled cheese sandwich slices took me back to my childhood like

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I was looking for a soft, casual and comfortable setting to enjoy top notch comfort food and left absolutely satisfied. In particular, the tomato bisque plated with fancy grilled cheese sandwich slices took me back to my childhood like

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This is our second time here and as per the first time, really good food. Lots of interesting choices and all equally as good. The only issue was we sat in the back of the restaurant and we were the only group for a while and it makes

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This is our second time here and as per the first time, really good food. Lots of interesting choices and all equally as good. The only issue was we sat in the back of the restaurant and we were the only group for a while and it makes

Pros: Great for sharing

Cons: Not a great value for money

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Smells delicious upon entry, excellent service, extensive wine list, and a paired down, simply delicious comfort food-based menu. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere juxtaposed by but removed enough from a casual bar scene.

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Smells delicious upon entry, excellent service, extensive wine list, and a paired down, simply delicious comfort food-based menu. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere juxtaposed by but removed enough from a casual bar scene.

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I went there yesterday using Dine About Town and I was not that impressed with the food for the most part. My boyfriend got the meatloaf, but the chef seemed to forget the "loaf" part because it was 100% ground beef wrapped in

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I went there yesterday using Dine About Town and I was not that impressed with the food for the most part. My boyfriend got the meatloaf, but the chef seemed to forget the "loaf" part because it was 100% ground beef wrapped in

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Living in Hayes Valley has its perks, and one of the biggest is having this excellent restaurant right around the corner. Although its next-door neighbor, Paul K, gets far more attention, Sauce is one of the most consistently delicious restaurants in the City.

I have tried every single item on the menu (no, that is not an exaggeration), and I have never been disappointed. They are experts at taking classic American cuisine, usually dull and fairly tasteless, and making is classy and flavorful. I am especially impressed by their varied selection of appetizers, all of which have distinct styles and flavors. My personal favorites are the sesame shrimp and the portabello mushroom fries with aioli dipping sauce, although the steak satay with cilantro cream sauce is hard to resist.

Although entrees may sound common (mac n' cheese and meatloaf for example), these dishes are not your average home-cooked meal. Sauce has perfected the art of creating upscale food out of common dinners. The presentation of every dish is always clean and inventive, the ingredients always diverse and surprisingly complimentary. Mac n' Cheese is suddenly freshly made pasta with four types of non-traditional cheese. Vegetarian strudel becomes a substantial medley of veggies even a meat-lover could enjoy.

Oh yeah, and they have huge juicy strawberries with fresh whipped cream and brown sugar for dessert. Need I say more?

The staff is always friendly and inviting, not to mention unbelievably quick if you're in a hurry. Also, for night owls, the kitchen is open and offers the full menu until midnight. Even if you're not looking for a dining room experience, the bar is a cozy place to grab a drink, an appetizer, and relax.

Don't let the lack of hype or low-key facade of this restaurant fool you - it's a hidden gem in the vast selection of SF restaurants.

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Living in Hayes Valley has its perks, and one of the biggest is having this excellent restaurant right around the corner. Although its next-door neighbor, Paul K, gets far more attention, Sauce is one of the most consistently delicious restaurants in the City.

I have tried every single item on the menu (no, that is not an exaggeration), and I have never been disappointed. They are experts at taking classic American cuisine, usually dull and fairly tasteless, and making is classy and flavorful. I am especially impressed by their varied selection of appetizers, all of which have distinct styles and flavors. My personal favorites are the sesame shrimp and the portabello mushroom fries with aioli dipping sauce, although the steak satay with cilantro cream sauce is hard to resist.

Although entrees may sound common (mac n' cheese and meatloaf for example), these dishes are not your average home-cooked meal. Sauce has perfected the art of creating upscale food out of common dinners. The presentation of every dish is always clean and inventive, the ingredients always diverse and surprisingly complimentary. Mac n' Cheese is suddenly freshly made pasta with four types of non-traditional cheese. Vegetarian strudel becomes a substantial medley of veggies even a meat-lover could enjoy.

Oh yeah, and they have huge juicy strawberries with fresh whipped cream and brown sugar for dessert. Need I say more?

The staff is always friendly and inviting, not to mention unbelievably quick if you're in a hurry. Also, for night owls, the kitchen is open and offers the full menu until midnight. Even if you're not looking for a dining room experience, the bar is a cozy place to grab a drink, an appetizer, and relax.

Don't let the lack of hype or low-key facade of this restaurant fool you - it's a hidden gem in the vast selection of SF restaurants.

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The food is definitely "comforting" with its richly cheesy mac/cheese, delicious combination of strawberries and Asian pear in the salad and large sampler tray of desserts(dollar size pancakes, fresh strawberries,\r
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The food is definitely "comforting" with its richly cheesy mac/cheese, delicious combination of strawberries and Asian pear in the salad and large sampler tray of desserts(dollar size pancakes, fresh strawberries,\r
bite size

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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

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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

Pros: great food, extensive wine list, friendly staff

Cons: finding parking

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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

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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

Pros: Good food, comfortable atmosphere

Cons: Would like to see more on the menu

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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

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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

Pros: Quick seating, friendly staff, edible big portions

Cons: Overly big portion, expensive, rough hewn rather than sophisticated

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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

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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

Pros: cute space, open late

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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

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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

Pros: Delicious comfort food that mom could never make.

Cons: Needs more lower cost wine choices.

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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

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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

Pros: unique yummy menu

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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

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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

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere

Cons: I can't walk here

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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

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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

Pros: Food, Staff, Menu Options

Cons: Parking

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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.

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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.

Pros: Nice simple decor, prompt service, interesting food ideas

Cons: Bland

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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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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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Had a great experience - Creative drinks, delicious food. I recommend the Portobello Fries appetizer, Vegetarian Streudel entree, and PB&J pie dessert - all amazing! My boyfriend had the fish and chips which was fresh and delicious. Our

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Had a great experience - Creative drinks, delicious food. I recommend the Portobello Fries appetizer, Vegetarian Streudel entree, and PB&J pie dessert - all amazing! My boyfriend had the fish and chips which was fresh and delicious. Our

Pros: good comfort food, creative, delicious

Cons: small restaurant, few veggie entrees

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Since my co-workers and I discovered Sauce, we're there at least once a week and our group gets bigger every time! We all agree, we've never tasted anything we didn't absolutely love at Sauce. The only problem is, all the appetizers are

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Since my co-workers and I discovered Sauce, we're there at least once a week and our group gets bigger every time! We all agree, we've never tasted anything we didn't absolutely love at Sauce. The only problem is, all the appetizers are

Pros: easy parking, friendly staff, ample portions

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Horrible value on food and service. Asian Pear Salad - the pear had no taste because pears aren't in season right now. It should not have been on the menu. Fish & chips - for $18.00 go somewhere else. They give you one 4 inch fillet and

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Horrible value on food and service. Asian Pear Salad - the pear had no taste because pears aren't in season right now. It should not have been on the menu. Fish & chips - for $18.00 go somewhere else. They give you one 4 inch fillet and

Cons: host ignored us, waiter ignored us, overpriced, tasteless

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For $15-20 a plate, a SF restaurant should meet this standard: all the dishes should be tasty, carefully done, and artfully presented. At least one dish in the meal should offer a pleasant surprise that makes you think about what your

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For $15-20 a plate, a SF restaurant should meet this standard: all the dishes should be tasty, carefully done, and artfully presented. At least one dish in the meal should offer a pleasant surprise that makes you think about what your

Pros: good service

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We were pleasantly surprise to have high-end version of originals such as fried mushrooms and Mac and Cheese.. yummi!!! Great wine (try the Vacqueras which is about $38 a bottle)... I can't wait to go back.

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We were pleasantly surprise to have high-end version of originals such as fried mushrooms and Mac and Cheese.. yummi!!! Great wine (try the Vacqueras which is about $38 a bottle)... I can't wait to go back.

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Sauce is the perfect friendly neighborhood restaurant. Casual enough to stop in after work for a cocktail & chat with the friendly bartenders and .... nice enough to impress a first date without killing your wallet. Chef Ben rocks the

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Sauce is the perfect friendly neighborhood restaurant. Casual enough to stop in after work for a cocktail & chat with the friendly bartenders and .... nice enough to impress a first date without killing your wallet. Chef Ben rocks the

Pros: mushroom fries, donut desert, friendly staff

Cons: parking at times

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Was very impressed by the American Classics such as Mac N Cheese and Meat Loaf. Beautiful decor makes this a great place for dates and the friendly owners and bartenders make this a great place for dinner with friends. The folks are

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Was very impressed by the American Classics such as Mac N Cheese and Meat Loaf. Beautiful decor makes this a great place for dates and the friendly owners and bartenders make this a great place for dinner with friends. The folks are

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Wine List

Cons: Parking is OK

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We had our wedding rehearsal at Sauce and could not have been more pleased. The owners were very easy to work with during the planning process and showed a level of flexibility and enthusiasm that I wish I could have seen from all of our

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We had our wedding rehearsal at Sauce and could not have been more pleased. The owners were very easy to work with during the planning process and showed a level of flexibility and enthusiasm that I wish I could have seen from all of our

Pros: Food!, Service, Decor

Cons: Parking

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We took a friend here for a birthday on a recommendation from a friend and were pleasantly surprised at what a gem this place was!!! The food was unique and interesting. The Beggar's Purse and Sesame Shrimp apetizers were stellar. The Mac

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We took a friend here for a birthday on a recommendation from a friend and were pleasantly surprised at what a gem this place was!!! The food was unique and interesting. The Beggar's Purse and Sesame Shrimp apetizers were stellar. The Mac

Pros: Service, Fun dishes

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Three of us went to Sauce after reading in San Francisco magazine that it was one of the three best new restaraunts of 04-05. We went early and had no problem being seated. Ana , our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The place has

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Three of us went to Sauce after reading in San Francisco magazine that it was one of the three best new restaraunts of 04-05. We went early and had no problem being seated. Ana , our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The place has

Pros: decor, service

Cons: food

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The food was alright. Except for the Guiness Milk Shake... Yummy! It seemed like they were going too far with the fancy "comfort food". The bar scene was much more interesting. It was kind of nice in that the dining area was pretty

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The food was alright. Except for the Guiness Milk Shake... Yummy! It seemed like they were going too far with the fancy "comfort food". The bar scene was much more interesting. It was kind of nice in that the dining area was pretty

Pros: Chill Ambience, Bar, Open Late

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I live in Chicago and came into town for the weekend not knowing where to go and found Sauce after the symphony. I have to say that what makes this place so special is not only is the food fantastic but the people that run this place

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I live in Chicago and came into town for the weekend not knowing where to go and found Sauce after the symphony. I have to say that what makes this place so special is not only is the food fantastic but the people that run this place

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I accidentally found this gem while walking the other night -- how lucky I was!! The staff was as warm as the decor and I felt right at home. Try the tomato bisque and the meatloaf! YUMMMMMY! I also love the that the great guys who run

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I accidentally found this gem while walking the other night -- how lucky I was!! The staff was as warm as the decor and I felt right at home. Try the tomato bisque and the meatloaf! YUMMMMMY! I also love the that the great guys who run

Pros: Atmosphere, Kitchen open late, Food Rocks!

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A few friends and I tried Sauce the other night because we live in/near the neighborhood and were curious about the new kid on the block. What a great call! Sauce has warm and inviting atmosphere, great cocktails, really good food, and

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A few friends and I tried Sauce the other night because we live in/near the neighborhood and were curious about the new kid on the block. What a great call! Sauce has warm and inviting atmosphere, great cocktails, really good food, and

Pros: Tasty comfort food, Warm atmosphere, Full bar!

Cons: Decor could be hipper

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A friend of mine in Tahoe recommended I try this new restaurant and it lived up to the hype. The bacon wrapped scallops and bacon wrapped meatloaf were amazing. Delicious cocktails, friendly service and a nice atmosphere. Its a great

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A friend of mine in Tahoe recommended I try this new restaurant and it lived up to the hype. The bacon wrapped scallops and bacon wrapped meatloaf were amazing. Delicious cocktails, friendly service and a nice atmosphere. Its a great

Pros: Delicious, Excelent Cocktails, Great Service

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Was looking for a place close to Davies symphony hall, and sauce was highly recommended by friends. Enjoyed all the food that I tried, including the savory tomato soup/grilled cheese, mushroom fries, clam chowder, and crab wontons! I

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Was looking for a place close to Davies symphony hall, and sauce was highly recommended by friends. Enjoyed all the food that I tried, including the savory tomato soup/grilled cheese, mushroom fries, clam chowder, and crab wontons! I

Pros: Great food, Close to Van Ness, Ambience

Cons: Seemed empty on a Fri

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I guess you have to be apart of a select group to get any real service at this place. Our table was pretty much a distraction to the obvious pals of the restaurant staff who accounted for the audience majority. Sorry we crashed your

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I guess you have to be apart of a select group to get any real service at this place. Our table was pretty much a distraction to the obvious pals of the restaurant staff who accounted for the audience majority. Sorry we crashed your

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Went to Sauce to meet a couple of friends for drinks and dinner. We had heard about it from friends who went to a holiday party there and had to check it out -- you never know if the holiday party reviews were just booze induced. Not so

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Went to Sauce to meet a couple of friends for drinks and dinner. We had heard about it from friends who went to a holiday party there and had to check it out -- you never know if the holiday party reviews were just booze induced. Not so

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Sauce is a fantastic find - whether it be a pre-opera or post-work dining. The menu presents old-favorites reincarnated into modern delicacies. The staff is friendly, unpretentious and knowledgeable. Just a short walk from the Van Ness

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Sauce is a fantastic find - whether it be a pre-opera or post-work dining. The menu presents old-favorites reincarnated into modern delicacies. The staff is friendly, unpretentious and knowledgeable. Just a short walk from the Van Ness

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I went to Sauce last night with 6 friends - the food was fantastic and the atmosphere is great - dj music is playing in the background and it attracts the hip and beautiful late 20's, 30's, and younger 40's crowd.

The separate lounge in

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I went to Sauce last night with 6 friends - the food was fantastic and the atmosphere is great - dj music is playing in the background and it attracts the hip and beautiful late 20's, 30's, and younger 40's crowd.

The separate lounge in

Pros: good food, fun atmosphere, great music

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If you've never tried Chef Ben's crab wontons or portabello mushroom fries, you're totally missing out. If you've never had the meatloaf, you don't know what your life is missing! Awesome atmostphere, fun and funky, just like my friends.

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If you've never tried Chef Ben's crab wontons or portabello mushroom fries, you're totally missing out. If you've never had the meatloaf, you don't know what your life is missing! Awesome atmostphere, fun and funky, just like my friends.

Pros: Good Parking, Fun atmosphere, Great Cocktails

Cons: , Food=iatewaytoomuch

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Its not just the 'sauce' that makes this place a Hayes Valley gem... aside from the liquid concoctions the friendly bar staff whip up, the quality cuisine is a treat for the taste buds, especially the unique desserts... must save room for

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Its not just the 'sauce' that makes this place a Hayes Valley gem... aside from the liquid concoctions the friendly bar staff whip up, the quality cuisine is a treat for the taste buds, especially the unique desserts... must save room for

Pros: great crowd, nice staff, reasonable prices

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A very relaxed atmosphere with a great bar, a lounge and second bar in the back for events or just to chill. Food is excellent and a great value for money. Sauce feels like your local neighborhood restaurant, but better! And you can

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A very relaxed atmosphere with a great bar, a lounge and second bar in the back for events or just to chill. Food is excellent and a great value for money. Sauce feels like your local neighborhood restaurant, but better! And you can

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Sauce is a great new restaurant/bar/destination spot in Hayes Valley. The decor is warm and inviting, the food is exceptional and reasonably-priced. But the atmosphere is what makes Sauce stand out. If you don't know them already, you

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Sauce is a great new restaurant/bar/destination spot in Hayes Valley. The decor is warm and inviting, the food is exceptional and reasonably-priced. But the atmosphere is what makes Sauce stand out. If you don't know them already, you

Pros: Centrally located, Food, Atmosphere

Cons: , Parking may be tough

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the food is classy, with a comfort food feeling, and you get huge portions. the dining area is soft and pleasant, and the lounge area in the back is draped in red velvet with plenty of couches and cushions... perfect for hanging out with

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the food is classy, with a comfort food feeling, and you get huge portions. the dining area is soft and pleasant, and the lounge area in the back is draped in red velvet with plenty of couches and cushions... perfect for hanging out with

Pros: central location, 2 bar areas, great desserts

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The moment you walk through the door it begins, Sauce is not just a restaurant..its one of those rare San Francisco experiences you cant find anywhere else. The atmosphere sublime, the front and back bars perfect for dining, a pre-dinner

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The moment you walk through the door it begins, Sauce is not just a restaurant..its one of those rare San Francisco experiences you cant find anywhere else. The atmosphere sublime, the front and back bars perfect for dining, a pre-dinner

Pros: Great food, Value!, Atmosphere

Cons: , Parking

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The food is terrific and the service is outstanding! You could not find a more professional and friendly staff anywhere in the city. Very nice menu selection and varied entree prices is a huge plus. Lovely little restaurant - will be

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The food is terrific and the service is outstanding! You could not find a more professional and friendly staff anywhere in the city. Very nice menu selection and varied entree prices is a huge plus. Lovely little restaurant - will be

Pros: friendly staff, great food, varied prices

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Bring friends with you to share the fun at Sauce. Some of the great dishes include the Portobello mushroom fries and the applewood-smoked-bacon wrapped meatloaf.

 

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