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Octavia

4.7
4.7
2168 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Octavia is the sister restaurant of Frances, helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Melissa Perello. Octavia serves dinner five nights a week in an elegant and relaxed neighborhood setting. Beautifully defined flavors and seasonally driven cuisine are the cornerstones of Octavia’s menu. Leveraging longstanding relationships with the region’s top purveyors and farms, Octavia's daily evolving selections spotlight Chef Perello's commitment to sustainability and the Bay Area’s wealth of agricultural resources.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 408-7507

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Private party facilities

    private, outdoor diningCAPACITY: 12 SEATED Guests will be seated in our heated, outdoor parklet. The outdoor seating area is fully private and yours for the evening.TUESDAY - SATURDAY 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm (last seating)SUNDAY - MONDAY closedMENU | $100 per personTUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800FRI-SAT EVENT MINIMUM | $2000

  • Private party contact

    Samantha McCurry: (415) 408-7507

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Cross street

    Bush Street

  • Parking details

    There is limited street parking near the restaurant. The closest garage is The Japan Center Garages which consists of two parking garages; The Main Garage located at 1610 Geary Boulevard and The Fillmore Annex Garage, located at 1650 Fillmore Street between Geary and Post Streets.

  • Public transit

    1 Bus Stop located at Octavia St. and Sacramento St. (3 blocks North)38/38R Bus Stop located at Geary Blvd. and Laguna St. (4 blocks South)

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_octavia

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Christmas Eve at Octavia

    $135.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Celebrate Christmas Eve with our holiday-inspired tasting menu featuring the best local winter ingredients and accompanying wine pairings. No a la carte menu will be offered on this evening. MENU & DETAILS: www.octavia-sf.com/christmas-eve
  • New Year's Eve at Octavia

    $135.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us for NYE 2022! MENU: dungeness crab CROQUETTES, yuzu emulsion green garlic SOUP, the caviar co. caviar, german butterball potato, cultured cream (i) —— salanova LETTUCES, satsuma mandarin, watermelon radishes, salted kampot peppercorn vinaigrette wolfe ranch quail CAPPALLETTI, bacon lardons,black cabbage, parmigiano reggiano —— CHOICE OF: bolinas BLACK COD, brassicas, green lentils, leek fumet (i) or flannery FILET OF BEEF, celeriac, brussels sprouts, black truffle-sourdough jus (i) —— tahitian vanilla & dark chocolate TART menu subject to change please contact the restaurant at least 72 hours in advance to ensure accommodation of dietary restrictions a la carte dining will not be offered on New Year’s Eve

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What 2,168 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Contemporary American

  • San Francisco

    Contemporary American

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  1. P

    Paula

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I think it’s overrated and pricey, definitely not worthy, food was average nothing delicious and the service is really slow.
  2. LN

    LaurettaN

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We walked 30 minutes from hotel so we had a good appetite. Started with bread which was crusty and delicious. Ordered butternut squash and beets, spaghetti with pesto and the duck confit. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. Then ordered the ricotta cake with quince and earl grey tea ice cream. It was sooo good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was incredible. The bread and butter were perfect. The beets were the most delicious beets I have ever eaten. Even the simple salad was amazing in it freshness. I would guess that the lettuce was picked today. Thank you to everyone who worked on our meal.
  4. s

    slugdoc

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Greg was extremely helpful. And knowledgeable.
  5. OY

    OrhanY

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delightful dining experience. Everything we had was delicious. Service was impeccable.
  6. m

    mccroz

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best beef short rib I’ve ever had. Food was top notch and service was excellent. Would highly recommend.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, personable and expert.
  8. JG

    JonathanG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Great wine list selections. Service on point.
  9. l

    loves2eat

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Third visit to Octavia. Just gets better every time. Only small complaint is the heating duct over our table blew cold air on us all evening.
  10. h

    hachi

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Did not like Lucky penny oyster, tasted metallic and caused some issues afterwards. Kanpachi was sinewy. Tajarin was very good.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They deserve a Michelin star. The food is a piece of art!!
  12. k

    kathyb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Chestnut soup was a favorite, as well as frito misto with delecata squash
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods were very good and food servers were very friendly. We will go there again😃
  14. c

    cathyr

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Fare not as good as earlier this year. A bit disappointed. Flavors on chef’s tasting menu not so great. Service was great.
  15. LJ

    LillianJ

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    sent for a birthday had the best experience
  16. BL

    BenjaminL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. I will return. Great food. Great service
  17. SM

    SMQ29

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic! The food was great! Would definitely go back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined numerous times at Octavia. We are always impressed with the delicious and creative menu. The food is always fresh and seasonal and prepared to perfection. The service is so helpful and pleasant. We love dinners at Octavia.
  19. FK

    FoodKateLover

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not only was the food superb but the service by Chris George was exceptional! Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive! We’d definitely go again and recommend this place to everyone! Highly recommend the skirtskate fish.
  20. K

    Kerryjane

    Kent

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Unfortunately we were outside basically a shed on the rd. did have heaters but everytime someone came in curtains opened blast of cold ( wear a thick coat). Food average such a disappointment for a Michelin starred place. Ambitiously priced tiny portions. I had a lettuce salad ok had better. A pasta that was minute & couldn’t hardly see any caramelised leeks that were supposed to be there. My husband had a skate just a very small skate portion with bit of spinach underneath for $40 plus service & tax. We had a desert dry very tasteless needed a sauce or a garnish. I couldn’t recommend or return. Such a pity I was looking forward to it
  21. l

    lifeisgood

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, excellence in every way that counts --- food and service superb!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely amazing, chef Niko personalized our experience and truly showed a well developed understanding of hospitality, the food was delicious and everyone working that night was knowledgeable and precise. Couldn’t be happier with an experience !
  23. RH

    RoyH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the annual truffle dinner with wine pairings, and had a fantastic time. Every dish what well-thought out, and the wine so complemented the truffles and the meal. Thank you!
  24. g

    geewhiz

    San Francisco

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second time I've been to Octavia and once again it did not disappoint! I took a friend for her birthday and we sat in the cozy outdoor parklet which even on a chilly night was a comfortable temp. The service was outstanding (thank you Kevin and all the others who helped you!) and the food was AMAZING. We shared a few items and upon biting into each one, our first words were "oh wow!" The wine list is excellent as well. They also went the extra mile to bring a special dessert with a candle. Lovely and memorable evening!
  25. MF

    MFM14

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    arrived for our 6 p.m. dinner reservations and were promptly seated, this was early so there were a few open tables at the time. The young lady came over and took our orders. The bread and the starters were served and then there was a long wait before our dinner arrived. By then tables had filled up and we noticed that the tables on each side of us, who had arrived after us were served their food. The wait staff came by to clean the plates in between servings, but no one ever checked on us on how things were. So our dinner was served late and we had no idea what was happening. I shared the pork chop. It was very fatty. Not marbled but just fatty. My wife ordered the pasta dish with truffle on it. After we had ordered the waitress came by to confirm that we indeed wanted the plate. Don't ask me why. Truffles are delicious but this is a very small dish. We go to Frances and this was our first time at Octavia. It's a cute place. For the price (over $500 for party of 4 not accounting for tip), the service was sub-par and the food was OK, not great. We are not planning to go back. Back to Frances.
  26. j

    joanc

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were good (but not great or anything too special), not worth the super super small portion sizes. I am not a big eater but am offended by the stinginess of the servings. in a city with so much good food, a little generosity goes a long way to make your guests feel valued and welcomed! For a true special night out and similar prices, go to Madcap instead.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Food was amazing but unfortunately the maître d was extremely rude. We asked to be seated inside and despite having a free table the entire time we were at the restaurant he refused to move us and lied about it being occupied. Not impressed with his inhospitable attitude.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    loved the chefs tasting!
  29. L

    Liard

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    terrible service. our table was completely ignored while an adjacent tabel got plate after plate. the server had previously assured that they would get our total of 3 shared items out efficiently. it was anything but efficient. A dereliction of service. (food was excellent as always)
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As always the service was excellent. The food was for the most part delicious and made use of lots of seasonal produce. My experience at Octavia is typically filled with delicious dishes, though every so often I run into a dud. But overall, the atmosphere, the service, the wine list and the majority of the food make it very worthwhile. I also find it more charming in the fall and winter when the restaurant has enhanced ambiance with its nice lighting. A really enjoyable experience!
  31. EG

    ElliotG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was nice. Chefs tasting menu was a fun experience.
  32. K

    Kenny

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We ordered the chefs tasting menu. Quality of food was generally pretty good, but: 1) we didn't get the items that we thought were more exciting on the menu 2) we didn't get enough food vs expectations given that it was supposed to be the tasting menu - didn't feel satisfied after the meal 3) the pacing of the food was really slow - had to wait for a long time between courses. The restaurant didn't seem overwhelmed so I don't know if it was us sitting outside or some other reason. The service was friendly and had good recommendations for wine but we probed quite a few times on the tasting menu and didn't get good answers. If better expectations were set, we might have been more satisfied / chose ala carte and be less disappointed.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Loved the bread and pasta. Abolone tostada was little bland , carrots and chick pea was good combo. Sword fish was delicious. Perfectly cooked. Can find better wine at better value.
  34. M

    Mitchapotamus

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Our table all did the tasting menu. The food was really excellent. The service was not at the level of the food. It wasn’t terrible by any means. It wasn’t excellent. If you make a big deal of bread being one of the courses and then make an announcement that it will be coming you should bring it. Had to flag down different service people numerous times. I’d still go back in a heartbeat.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and energy.
  36. AD

    AnneD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High-end, super-creative food that is rich in flavor without making you feel like you are sinning. Amazingly warm and attentive staff and a great, relaxed vibe.
  37. SF

    happyfromSF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Delectable mushroom porridge which we had as an appetizer with our salad; of course home-baked bread is wonderful- worth eating if you do not normally eat bread; entrees all delicious (3 different ones were ordered). We had the veal chop for two, and while normally would not order veal, it was excellent/memorable. Table shared the chocolate millefeuille-- it was sensational. Service was very pleasant--a few hiccups, but not a spoiler. Look forward to returning.
  38. O

    Oly22

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent - much better than our previous visit, which was the day after Thanksgiving last year. The veal chop special, "caesar" salad, and pumpkin tartlet dessert were particularly notable. In fact, one of our friends said the pumpkin tartlet was the best dessert with pumpkin in it that she has ever had. Kudos! The in-restaurant service was also excellent. However, I must comment on two restaurant policies that are consumer-unfriendly. The most important is that parties of 4 are only allowed to reserve a table before 6pm or after 8pm. This, alone, will prevent us from returning as often as we would otherwise to what is (for us close to) a neighborhood restaurant. Moreover, when we left the restaurant at 8:25pm, all of the tables for 4 were EMPTY. That suggests that such scheduling inflexibility may not be necessary. Second, when we tried to order the fritto misto for the table just to get going, the server stated that the restaurant requires all items to be ordered upfront, as all starters must be served together, then entrees together. Again, some flexibility would go a long way towards enhancing customer satisfaction.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Disappointing experience. We did the tasting menu for 2, expecting to be wow’ed. wow’ed we were not! Although the food is plenty, the several small starters are probably the best food you’ll get. Things get progressively worse for the most part. The antipasti was tasty, but just ok considering the 5-star food experience we thought we’d signed up for. The salad was soaked in fish oil-and dressing it up by calling it anchovy paste didn’t help the weird taste. The main entree was probably the least appetizing-it was some sort of pork dish-but was a giant coil of fat, with a glazed crispy outer shell….the crunch was pleasant for a second, before you realized you were just then chewing fat, like a non-sweet candied fat strip! Yeah. Not excited. The veggies it was served with were good. The other entree dish-the swordfish was also very good. Basically the croquettes and swordfish were really good-everything else was either just ok or even disappointing. If you go, pick the specific things you like to eat-reusing your experience to the chef’s “tasting menu” is like a giant roulette spin. We definitely lost…! And paid $300 for the sad experience. Disappointed.
  40. CB

    CityBoy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    It’s so interesting to come across a restaurant in San Francisco, arguably the most competitive dining scene in the United States, and have a meal that is just straight up bad. Especially at a restaurant that looks as good as Octavia does! Minimal dark lighting, blondewood tables, and handsome ceramic plates can’t make up for a lack of flavor. Everything just tasted….off. The potatoes (bathed in an unsuspecting blue cheese sauce) were too funky, the “porridge” was way too salty (I think those were mushrooms in there? Still unsure honestly), and the pork shoulder pasta was cold. It would've been a bummer, but after a while we reveled in the grift. 28 dollars for cold pasta, you kind of have to respect being given the bird like that. The best thing was the sourdough with cultured butter- hard to mess up, but Octavia’s version was warm and complex. Perhaps it was a bad menu that week- but darn, an entire menu full of letdowns! Rare for the city, and rarer still for such an establishment with such a welcoming aesthetic.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Octavia is rated 4.7 stars by 2168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Octavia

1701 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bush Street

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is limited street parking near the restaurant. The closest garage is The Japan Center Garages which consists of two parking garages; The Main Garage located at 1610 Geary Boulevard and The Fillmore Annex Garage, located at 1650 Fillmore Street between Geary and Post Streets.

  • Public transit

    1 Bus Stop located at Octavia St. and Sacramento St. (3 blocks North)38/38R Bus Stop located at Geary Blvd. and Laguna St. (4 blocks South)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_octavia

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 408-7507

  • Private party facilities

    private, outdoor diningCAPACITY: 12 SEATED Guests will be seated in our heated, outdoor parklet. The outdoor seating area is fully private and yours for the evening.TUESDAY - SATURDAY 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm (last seating)SUNDAY - MONDAY closedMENU | $100 per personTUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800FRI-SAT EVENT MINIMUM | $2000

  • Private party contact

    Samantha McCurry: (415) 408-7507

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