With a name like sauce, it has to be good.  Well, it was!  It really was!  It was so good that we went back the following weekend with another group of friends because we loved it so much.  What’s not to love when you see what amazing food and drinks they cook up for their guest.  This brother owned restaurant is a self proclaimed “Social Cuisine” American comfort food.   It’s cuisine is creative but unassuming.  It’s delicious and fun.  It’s the perfect balance of a nice restaurant without being stuffy.  Basically, it’s the perfect place to eat with good friends who appreciate great cuisine and stellar cocktails.

Lets start off with the drinks….

This was my drink a San Francisco Classic.  Pisco Sour:  Peruvian Pisco Portion, fresh lemon & lime and egg white frothed with a dash of aromatic bitters.
I’m now hooked to Pisco Sours and get them whenever they are on the menu.  Unfortunately, I forgot to snap pictures of the other drinks.  However, in my defense they were boring mixed drinks that weren’t as cool as mine.


Portobello Mushroom Fries: Meaty steak fry size slabs of local portobello mushrooms and served with home made “Fat Boy” sour cream ranch dipping sauce.
Literally, this is my new addiction.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Chorizo Stuffed & Crispy Calamari: Sautéed tubes with house Chorizo & tomato sauce. Fried calamari with spinach & lemon zest.
I’m not a big chorizo fan but I am a Calamari fan.  Lets just say that I didn’t get much of it because it was a crowd favorite. 

Portobello Mushroom Bisque Soup
The menu explained it as “love in your mouth.”  It was exactly that. However, I love portobellos with a passion.  So if portobellos or mushrooms aren’t your thing, than I wouldn’t suggest this for you. 

Wedge: Baby Iceberg wedge salad lettuce bowl filled with Point Reyes blue cheese, roma tomato, red & green onions & ranch topped with crispy bacon
The picture isn’t so great (my fiancé took it and didn’t put any love in it) but the salad was!


Vegetarian Strudel: Vegetarian strudel asparagus, portobello mushrooms, duxelle, tomato, four cheese & herb wrapped in a crisp phyllo with roasted tomato sauce.
This was my dish and I finished the whole thing.  It just sounded awesome and it really was that in a nut shell.  Would I re-order this….YES!

Short Rib Pot Roast: Braised boneless beef short rib pot roast, roasted carrots, yukon gold potatoes, shallots & garlic finished with fresh herb & roma tomatoes red win pan gravy.
Again, my fiancé took the photo which is why it’s terrible.  However, this dish was delicious.  When short ribs are done right, they are hard to pass up.  Now I know that this is where one can find great short ribs.

Prime Rib: House special served medium rare
I had a bite of this and it was amazing.  If I hadn’t had the strudel, this would have been my next choice.  It was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth.  This is how prime rib should be cooked.

Butterfish: Parma prosciutto wrapped Hawaiian Butterfish basil leaf, herb risotto & poultry demi gloss Arugula salad with Asiago & caramelized red onions.
This dish is my friend’s favorite.  He loves it so much that whenever he comes to Sauce this is what he orders.  I need to try it in the future.

By the end of the meal, I was so stuffed that I couldn’t remember to take pictures of the equally delicious desserts.  I had a bite of the S’more dessert!!!!! It was heaven in your mouth! I’m kicking myself for not getting a picture of it.  I guess I’ll have to go back to Sauce!


Location: Hayes Valley
131 Gough Street Between Page and Oak
San Francisco, CA 94102

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