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Octavia

4.7
4.7
1951 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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Booked 79 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 dining
    CAPACITY: 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 closed

    MENU | $100 per person
    TUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800
    FRI-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

  • SPECIAL FILMING NOTICE

    May 25, 2022 only
    There will be a film crew shooting the dining room and kitchen during the evening of Wednesday, May 25th. The film team will offer waivers to those who are filmed and will be happy to exclude any guests who do not wish to be filmed.
  • Guest Chefs Sara Hauman & Robert Hernandez

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 14, 2022 only
    This June, we're thrilled to welcome our former Chefs de Cuisine (and Top Chef alums!) Sara Hauman and Robert Hernandez for an Octavia homecoming and one-night-only collaborative tasting menu with our own Chef Nico Pena. Fusing personal style with local ingredients, this menu weaves together the shared ideals of community and seasonality that each chef has brought to Octavia. In honor of Pride Month, a portion of proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization offering comprehensive support, community, and mental heath services to LGBTQ youth and adults. MENU: www.octavia-sf.com/alumni-dinner

Offers

  • FATHER’S DAY SHOP & STEAK KITS

    May 18 - Jun 18, 2022
    Tue - Sat - 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
    PLACE YOUR ORDER | https://www.octavia-sf.com/fathersday PICK UP TIME | Saturday, June 18th | 12-2 p.m. PICK UP LOCATION | 1804 Bush Street (our side entrance) PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS Please be prepared with the order name and number when arriving for pick up. If you cannot pick up during this window, please contact the restaurant directly at info@octavia-sf.com or 415-408-7507. No modifications, substitutions, or returns.

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,951 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. v

    vincento

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Birthday dinner with my daughter

  2. d

    dddd

    Charlotte

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely environment, excellent service. Salmon somehow way over salted, though not sure how that could happen with salmon. Bread delectable. Wine list superb

  3. a

    anonymous

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    This was our third visit to Octavia and the first post lockdown. I don’t remember the menu being this limited. Too many dishes with green fava beans or peas. Waiter was attentive but confused our order. Best part was the desserts - we tried all three.

  4. j

    jeffreym

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food outstanding and that'a really all that counts

  5. SF

    SusanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely memorable meal, the chefs tasting menu was incredible and they were able to accommodate our dietary needs too. Service was impeccable

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    Good ideas, poorly executed. The late season citrus either had tons of seasoning or none. The agnolotti filling was dry. The king salmon was good. Their bread was ready good. Asked if they could accommodate a dairy allergy for the tasting menu, the waitress didn’t check and just said no. Appreciate that this can be quite common, but also been to numerous places where the chef was happy to do this. Really loud environment, but mainly due to the 21st birthday party that they sat next to us. Have no plans to go back.

  7. J

    Jetsy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super! Great food and desserts. Try Pannacota mmmm

  8. E

    zekeE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    This was a RIP OFF We ordered the tasting menu for $95--having been told by the waiter chef will make things and suprise us. Well we were surpsired that everything but on dessert came off the menu. And it would have been CHEAPER to order off the menu by at least $10. Second the chef cannot do vegetarian. The vegetarian entree was 8 spears of asparagus with peas--basically a side dish. And when my partner said she was disappointed the chef said "I fulfilled my duty according to the menu." Not exactly service or care.

  9. l

    lifeisgood

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Just plain delightful in every way. Food delicious, service excellent!!!

  10. JM

    JimMc

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service as amazing, one of the best meals we have had in years. The waiter was very knowledgeable helped us select the dishes and paired the wines. Let us not forget the desserts We sat out side so it was a little noisy but quite comfortable and warm

  11. LF

    LFBO

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    I think for the prix fix, and the coast of the meal, the experience felt a bit rushed. And while I appreciate the care that goes into the entire experience, there was that still that SF sense of inflexibility and curation that isn't always very welcoming. I also sat next to some industry people and overheard their feedback on some of the food, like the pasta, with the large fava beans and agreed with some of their critiques. Spending almost 400 dollars for 2, I would have thought it would have been a more exceptional dining experience. Loved the first tasters on the prix fix. Unfortunately, this feels more like a one and done than someplace I'd be inclined to go to again. Very different than say the experience of a Gary Danko, which definitely draws you back.

  12. CW

    ChristopherW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Starting with the host, everyone was welcoming and attentive. We chose the Chef’s selection and shared a wine tasting. There were four courses and a dessert course. Each was unique, tasted excellent and served with a flourish! I highly recommend this restaurant, it far exceeded expectations for our anniversary dinner!

  13. AM

    AmyM

    Pittsburgh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fabulous dinner and our server was outstanding… explained every entree in detail to help us decide which to choose. Highly recommend!

  14. DB

    DBDiner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, cozy experience, attentive service, delicious cuisine. A bit on the pricey side, we spent about $130 per person

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we ordered was absolutely phenomenal. I’m from NYC and not easily impressed. This place is a must go to while in town.

  16. SF

    SFDRGON

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent location and the chef's sampler menu was exquisite and worth a Michelin mention !

  17. TS

    TomS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Noise level was low in the outdoor parklet. inside it was quite high.

  18. GH

    GraceH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Pretentious and left hungry having paid an expensive bill

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Start to finish perfection

  20. H

    Hithere

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Have been many times and usually love the experience. Uni pasta special was so small. Most portions really small. Halibut overdone. Lamb ribletss and bread excellent. Bread always good. A few items were misleading. Artichokes said roasted but we're house pickled. Smoked custard not smokey. Bottom line for 200 I want more than one or two items to stand out.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening with casual, friendly yet impeccable service. Food was exquisite as always.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal - delicious fresh ingredients prepared masterfully. Good service. Good wine list. Eager to return.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dining experience I’ve had in SF since COVID. One of the only places that’s properly staffed with amazing front-of-house and cooks, and the ever-changing menu never disappoints. Wine list is great and they have a top notch selection by-the-glass. Overall better than some 2-3 Michelin star places I’ve been.

  24. m

    mbsav

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fine mixture of very efficient service and warm hospitality. Deliciously prepared food. Looking forward to going back.

  25. M

    Monica

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dishes are great, presentation is well done, quick and great service.

  26. ER

    ElRay

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Creative and original menu that was also delicious. Excellent service and a great ambience for a comfortable dinner for two. Love the decor and the feeling of the restaurant as well. Highly recommend!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Fantastic service. Small portions.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent, vegetarian friendly - not a side or an afterthought, but intensional, beautifully crafted. Service is down to earth, friendly, knowledgeable, well timed. Wonderful experience overall for a date.

  29. H

    Hahallie

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant! Great seasonal menus - perfectly executed proteins, etc the Fermented elements of the dishes were especially exciting- shio koji dressing, fermented carrot broth. Desserts were also outstanding.

  30. AA

    AnthonyA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We sat outside. My preference would be inside. Otherwise, it was Great!

  31. LC

    LizC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food as always, excellent service. We did the chef's tasting menu to get a sample of everything, would recommend.

  32. CD

    ChereD

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about Octavia is wonderful. Food was original, full of interesting flavors and textures, beautifully presented. Service was outstanding, each and every person we interacted with was lovely. Wine was delicious. Place is so beautiful, even the dishes are the bomb.

  33. r

    robt

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My local favorite. It's wonderful being able to bring my dog Emi & sit outside. Excellent service and delicious food.

  34. a

    annie

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    absolutely delicious food & wine and such good vibes from everyone who works at Octavia! thank you!!!

  35. CG

    CGreen

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate outside which was very nice. It was very loud inside! We did the chefs choice with a wine tasting and it was absolutely wonderful! The service was excellent and I highly recommend this restaurant.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Octavia is a smart restaurant. It’s interior is impeccably crafted and the servers as well as the food are fun. The tasting menu is a gastronomic tour of California. The baseline of the menu is local-fresh ingredients and it shines throughout every plate. It really felt like both a picnic and a professional meal in one and the menu was at its strongest when it was elevating classic dishes to something more. Egg salad, their garden salad, halibut, were all unforgettable stops on a menu that was paced well and finished with a masterpiece of lamb.

  37. AK

    AndrewK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible, absolutely incredible. We ate outside and it was super quiet, inside was much livelier. We did the tasting menu and wine pairing and it was mmmmmm. They were able to tweek a dish because of something I dont care for and were happy to pair with all red wines instead of white and read. EVERY dish was spectacular. Not one out shown the other. This place is a definite MUST GO!

  38. M

    Molly

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Sat outside for dinner and ordered 4 small plates, a main, and a dessert, shared all. Small plates and dessert were lovely, delicious, special. Our server was friendly and engaged with us speaking to special points about each plate. Main was a mushroom pasta and unfortunately there was an issue with the seasoning- it was inedible due to being over salted. (I love salty but this was a mistake- which happens and it’s ok!) It was a bit disappointing that our server cooled in his manner towards us after we let him know about this and did not offer to replace it, although he did remove it from our bill. The outdoor space was very comfortable and nice to spend the evening in.

  39. HS

    HelenS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was generally good; fresh ingredients, nice presentation, adequate portions and comparable pricing. The fish dish was outstanding! The menu could offer more variety of main dishes (3 is too little). We had the tres leches carrot cake... While it was tasty, the description did not match the dish; tres leches is a wet pastry. This was a small halved muffin sitting on a pure of carrots. The waiter explained that 3 milks were used to bake the muffin, hence the "tres leches" name.... It was just not what one would expect. Overall, we would come back :)

  40. DP

    DnancyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Food overall was good for an $850 meal for 6 (half the table didn’t drink alcohol). Quirky fact: There’s no full bar, which we didn’t anticipate. Disappointed due to the casual service. We got eye rolls when we asked to get new plates after our appetizers and before our pasta dishes. Also the pacing of the dishes were strange. All the appetizers came out before we were served our drinks which we ordered first. I concluded that the restaurant has been around for a while living off of the good reviews and quality product from the kitchen. The front of the room has not kept up or maybe Covid has increased attrition there. Would not come back here since there are so many good restaurants that offer both good food and service.

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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Octavia is rated 4.7 stars by 1951 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 79 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 dining
    CAPACITY: 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 closed

    MENU | $100 per person
    TUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800
    FRI-SAT EVENT MINIMUM | $2000

  • Private party contact

    Samantha McCurry: (415) 408-7507

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