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Octavia

4.7
4.7
2003 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 29 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

  • Massican x Octavia with Dan Petroski

    $180.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jul 19, 2022 only
    This July, we're honored to host winemaker, innovator, and true Renaissance creator Dan Petroski of Massican! Well known for his Mediterranean whites, Dan's multitude of interests have led to a diverse expansion of Massican into the realms of beer, vermouth, beauty products, gin, and tons more. We're thrilled to turn our standard dining experience on it's head for a totally unique showcase of food and beverages with one of our most creative collaborators and friends. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Zero Foodprint- an organization helping farmers turn bad carbon into good carbon. Tickets are non-refundable if canceled within 72 hours of the reservation.

What 2,003 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. AR

    ARTIE

    Portland

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, outstanding service, and all around very good. Can't wait to come back. Chris was fantastic!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The service was very bad! But food was amazing
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I’ve ever had! So many flavors! The tasting menu is the way to go, you won’t be disappointed
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an early reservation and unfortunately could not get any transportation-Lyft, Flywheel or Uber; we called to let them know and offered to pay the cancellation. They suggested we come at a later time that night to salvage our anniversary dinner! I’m so glad we did-service, food, ambience was all exceptional. Looking forward to returning soon.
  5. JM

    JeannineMiss

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience. Was blown away by the food and the service was top notch. Highly recommend dining at Octavia.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was fabulous.
  7. JL

    JimL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Octavia has a great space and tasty food, but it’s hella expensive for such tiny portions. Expect to spend $300 to $400 for dinner for two if you want to feel satiated. 😳
  8. SB

    SahilB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really really good food and setting, highly recommend
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This meal embodied the way meals should be. It was the perfect cap with colleagues/ friends after an intense work experience. Get all the things and share
  10. AA

    AlisonA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal on their patio! They even let us bring our dog. Dishes were spot on, lots of textural contrast and excellent use of seasonal produce.
  11. LN

    LorenN

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    There were multiple wobbles with our service but every effort was made to recover nicely. The food is still creative but not as effective as past outings. Desserts and wine choices are all solid.
  12. JG

    JanineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Would really recommend eating here, very delicious food.
  13. d

    dbat

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Interesting menu. Very nice. Our server was outstanding. He took the time to tell us about the menu choices and answered any questions. The mixed lettuce salads was one of the best salads we have ever had. Would love the recipe. We would definitely recommend going there.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I’ve been wanting to dine here for a while, and unfortunately, this just didn’t live up to the expectations. The food was just ok. Some lacked flavor, some was just downright impossible to eat with any grace (what is with the big leaves that were just plopped on top of the quail?!!!). The pasta was definitely the highlight of the dinner, but overall, it was mediocre food considering they are on the Michelin Guide (though I can see why they lost the star). The service was fantastic and we loved their bread, but the dinner not worth the price tag, neither in the creativity nor the flavor.
  15. SC

    SydC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whole tasting menu was great, but have to especially recommend the desserts.
  16. D

    Deena

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing
  17. DC

    DavidC

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. Creative menu with very fresh ingredients. Service was warm and professional—our waiter Chris was excellent. The sommelier is very knowledgeable and attentive. One of our favorite spots in SF. Will be back soon!
  18. G

    Gwen

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this experience was 5 starts -- from being first greeted by the owner, to having Chris again as our wait person, to the presentation quality and over the top taste experience. We are foodies, and thrilled to have such a gem in our neighborhood. I would drive for an hour to get here, much less 10 minutes. We have the tasting menu for the firs time. It was indeed good value given the entire experience. That's hard to say these days in SF anywhere. And even the text message exchage warning us about the need for masks for indoor dining was personal, and kind. Pure class! I wish them nothing but immense success. Gwen
  19. EN

    ErikNelson

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best experiences I’ve had, eating around the world. Complex yet subtle flavors, sophisticated without being fussy or pretentious. A restaurant in the best spirit of Californian cuisine, think your corner bistro that happens to be as good as Chez Panisse or the French Laundry.
  20. JS

    JeremiahS

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wine selection, the most amazing for us was the morel toast, lamb riblets, and the Eton Mess for dessert. Great service both in helping pick out a wine as well as all evening long.
  21. ML

    MargoL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary food! A must stop for foodies interested in exceptional quality and sophisticated cuisine.
  22. M

    Misterio

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Food was good. Portion sizes were a bit small. Went home and had something more to eat. Would recommend it. Slightly larger portion sizes would go a long way to feeling better about value.
  23. OM

    OliviaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend’s birthday. Lovely evening, delicious food, thoughtful and attentive service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The service was excellent and extremely professional. We were not impressed by the food. It was delicious and healthy, but everything we ordered we could have made at home. There was nothing outstanding to say “Wow”. We could have made this meal at home for a lot less money. We know gourmet food and this wasn’t it. So sorry. Not in the habit of giving a negative review, but just being honest.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall2food5service4ambience3
    Visiting from out of town, had no idea that outside was sitting in this little box they made outside. It was super windy and cold, and they said they said year-round outside in San Francisco, but for visitors who aren’t calibrated to the weather, it’s not a fun experience, nor should the restaurant make their guests sit outside in the windy cold. This really detracted from our experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful, friendly, delicious experience. We had a wonderful meal. Thank you!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was great and food is delicious. Best value for a Michelin star restaurant
  28. BC

    BabyChe

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Octavia. The host went out of his way to be accommodating on a chilly SF evening, the waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was creative and delicious. A neighborhood gem!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Octavia is the sister restaurant to Frances, my favorite restaurant in the world. Octavia feels a lot like Frances -- similar concept of creative dishes with unique ingredients, and a similar approach to the menu (family style small plates etc). The food was excellent, as you'd expect from this crew. There were inventive twists on classics, like roasted potatoes using seaweed ranch and new cucumbers, or shishito peppers with zatar and feta. But beyond the unique and satisfying food, the team went above and beyond. They somehow knew I used to visit Frances, that I was visiting from New York, and which wines I liked. I assume they keep good notes and review them with reservations, but using that info helped me feel special and at home. The vibe is laid back, upscale yet casual, and somehow unpretentious despite the uniqueness of star ingredients and quality of food. If I lived in SF, Octavia would be a staple for me.
  30. J

    Janellen

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrated my birthday in the parklet with the tasting menu and a generous wine pairing. The food was beautifully presented and creative. Staff was uniformly warm and attentive, and the parklet was well-constructed so we were shielded from the brisk wind. Though we had 3 desserts as part of our meal, I received a small extra one with a candle! Overall it couldn't have been a better experience! Will definitely return for special occasions.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great food. It was abit cold sitting outside right next to the entrance to the park let. Though folks sitting away from the entrance and near the heater seemed comfortable. Service was excellent. Food was also excellent. Chef’s menu was definitely the way to go. It was really interesting food to eat that seems fresh and healthy.
  32. AM

    AlexM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely and delicious neighborhood spot in Pacific Heights. Seemed to specialize in aiolis, spreads, sauces. Ambiance was great, service was at times over-attentive / a bit rushing, but we had a reservation at the end of the day (not a late walk-in.) Would go back particularly to explore the next menu rotation. Also just a rare / great quiet neighborhood corner real estate off the main drags in pac heights - felt like a hidden gem.
  33. MG

    MarieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Octavia is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco other than Frances 🥰
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We used to adore this restaurant and were sad that it did not hold up to its original promise. The food was ok, nothing special and the menu was so limited as to deprive us of sufficient choices. So we chose the next best thing to optimal. Too bad. The Crudite was lovely. But the caviar was tasteless.both pastas were nice but not memorable in any way. Unfortunate since we still can remember the wonderful dishes we ate at Octavia in the past.
  35. DL

    DeborahL

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome and delicious
  36. AH

    AnnetteH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Octavia was recommended by foodie daughter, who did lots of research. She was right! We had a corner window table and fantastic service from all of the waiting staff who interacted with us. Food, especially dessert, was delicious and beautifully presented.
  37. CB

    CessiBone

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food great. Service inconsistent - at times excellent and attentive; but at other times long waits; server forgot my wine order - ended up passing as it would have arrived too late to be part of the meal.
  38. r

    robt

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My neighborhood favorite. Excellent food and wonderful service.
  39. KD

    KateD

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new Parklet "outdoor" dining areas at Octavia are lovely! Very well-done, great atmosphere, and much less hectic than the indoor space. And the food was just FANTASTIC. We literally would have enjoyed every single item on the menu. We will be back!
  40. RN

    RachelN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Loved the outdoor patio. Must order the sourdough levaine starter and the dark chocolate crème brûlée tart. They also have a great selection of hot tea. Highly, highly recommend. Will definitely be going back there.

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
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Octavia is rated 4.7 stars by 2003 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 29 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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