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Octavia

4.7
4.7
2107 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

8:30 PM


Booked 25 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

  • Malli LA: Chefs Elizabeth Heitner & Nestor Silva

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 18, 2022 only
    Join us for an evening with Chefs and Partners Elizabeth Heitner & Nestor Silva of Malli LA. Malli, the couple’s Mexican inspired Jewish pop up in Los Angeles, pays homage to their roots and love, spotlighting the longstanding convergence of their cultures in the kitchen. In collaboration with our own Chef Nico Pena and Wine Director Iris Rowlee, this menu tells the story of food’s ability to connect us, inviting us to find common ground and community at the table and on the plate. A portion of proceeds will be donated to No Us Without You, a (501c3) that provides food security for undocumented immigrants who are the backbone of the hospitality industry. MENU: www.octavia-sf.com/malli

What 2,107 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting when he was fantastic and the wine pairings were perfect
  2. CD

    CityDinerHS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were unreal, I’ve never had beets I felt the need to order extra of but all the dishes were unreal. We were so happy with the meal, the staff were friendly and the ambience was great.
  3. GS

    GastronomiqueSuedois

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant with delicious and interesting food. Wonderful server and a great place for an interesting dinner!
  4. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and excellent service, our server was very attentive and knowledgeable
  5. EV

    EVOsf

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The star here is the food. Absolutely delicious and innovative. Service is first rate. Wine selection is varied and sommelier was very helpful.
  6. KC

    KevinC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service is impeccable. The food is good, but it was not as great as I thought it might be. I did not choose the tasting menu as the flavors might be better curated by the chef instead of me choosing ala cart. The dessert was amazing!
  7. RR

    RachelR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience! The vibe was great and staff kind and helpful! We’ll definitely be back
  8. MW

    MrsWorldwide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect spot for a date night or a small get together. Food is superb and service is outstanding. Definitely going back.
  9. L

    Lemon

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful collaboration with Queens - really enjoyed our experience!
  10. JB

    JulieB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb! And Clara Lee🥰
  11. ML

    MichaelL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the Queens x Octavia collaboration meal. Can't wait to dine at Octavia again!
  12. HG

    HG13

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive service and comfortable, but elegant surroundings for food that is seasonally attuned, but presented without fuss on tasteful pottery.
  13. JW

    JaniceW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner at Octavia was wonderful ! Our favorite were the salad with cherry tomatoes, local lettuces, kumquat dressing, Campanella pasta, corn lasagna with shishito peppers. The wine list is exceptiona! A lovely cream puff was sent with a candle! so thoughtful. Great service and attention to detail. Truly a neighborhood gem.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just go, thank me later . Best representation of new American I've ever had. If they have the steak special, order that too Fuuuuu....
  15. KB

    KyleB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for a great meal and great service. Shout out to Melissa our server for being amazing.
  16. KB

    KnuBar

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Very fresh and tasty. We had the chef’s tasting menu and got to try a bit of everything. Will definitely come back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful space (both indoors and park let’s). Amazing food, excellent staff and service, stellar wine list.
  18. j

    jerrycainjr

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb meal as always!
  19. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The service was hit and miss.....had to ask for the wine that was ordered, but mostly good. The food was OK, nothing great but expensive given the size of the portions and the sides that came with each entree. $39 for salmon with a few beans, a half dozen cherry tomatoes, and three pieces of avacado and some tomato jam (which was yummy) was a bit steep.....no vegetable for starch accompaniments. And, by the time filled with diners (every table) the noise was deafening....couldn't carry on a conversation.
  20. RH

    RobertH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Corn lasagna was amazing, pork chop was tender and flavorful. Mushrooms were a little salty to my taste.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Very bad Service, a total disgrace
  22. JZ

    JayZ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really special dinner. Everything was perfect. Maybe the best salmon I’ve ever had. Delicious tomato starter. Yumm!
  23. JL

    JimL

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent meal and excellent, well chosen and affordable wine list.
  24. BR

    BRH1

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always—great service —great food. We had guests ( foodies) with us who were VERY impressed!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food at the top european level
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for our wedding anniversary. The food was delicious and unique. And service was fantastic. They treated us very well and it was a special night overall.
  27. LB

    LouisB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our evening in the Octavia paraklet was wonderful. Everything was simply fantastic. The food was interesting, innovative and consistently delicious. The service was perfect, pleasant and executed efficiently and professionally. We're eager to go back again soon.
  28. LC

    LaurenC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    This was girls night out for us and we were excited to dine. We tried the chef’s tasting menu. It was good, but nothing stood out. The service was also just ok. We did not get the level of service that we expected from our server - he missed so many opportunities to make dinner great during our service. That’s fine. We came for the desserts, also pretty good. I expected to have more feed back, but the whole experience was really ok. I’d try it again if I wasn’t paying. Maybe it was the heatwave knocking everyone off their game.
  29. P

    Pairadux

    Seattle

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Traveling and wanted to try some new SF restaurants. Seemed a bit overpriced. Oversold on additional menu items. Pole beans were hardly cooked and somewhat tough. Corn lasagne and black cod were exceptional.
  30. WL

    WendyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was layered with flavors. Staff was amazing.
  31. LC

    LauraC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing. Loved the farm to table freshness!
  32. AS

    AmyS

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    First meal at Octavia and we had high expectations. The food was very good, and we enjoyed most every dish, especially the duck rillettes and corn lasagna. Service was good, not great, but generally quite professional. We would definitely go back. Ambiance was amazing!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zack was great! Heirloom tomatoes were to die for. ❤️
  34. RB

    RogerB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Ocativa was excellent and the staff was friendly and attentive, we dined outside in one of the cozy parklets. They also surprise us with special dessert for our anniversary Going back soon.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing from start to finish. My friends loved the food Iris is so passionate about her job and made some great recommendations on the wine. I can’t recommend this place enough.
  36. SF

    SFcritic

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    It is the most overpriced restaurant I know in San Francisco. The food is ok, but sooo basic! Pictures were appealing, but I am very disappointed. Worse, we got the Chef menu for 3 people, and we only got plates to share. I was with friends so it was ok, but imagine if it was a business diner? To finish, we got 2 desserts. To share. For 3 people. 2 desserts. There is other places that this one to go first. Otherwise, cook at home, your salad will be equal to what the sell for $$$ at Octavia. Otherwise, the service was good. And the bread truly amazing, I have to say.
  37. 1

    1oraw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Corn Lasagna = a must! Can skip the bread Save room for dessert; it is so worth it and you may even want to try more than one. Walnut Cake & Figs = Heaven!
  38. JY

    JaYe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service and ambience were lovely, as was the housemade sourdough bread.
  39. AP

    AutumnP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was excellent / the menu was confusing though and my first language is English! I didn’t understand even after the waiter explained what each dish’s flavour palate was / took a guess and wasn’t disappointed but the complicated ingredients (even for a foodie like me) didn’t all blend even after explaining - food didn’t disappoint however so only a small opinion on my end :)
  40. H

    Holly

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very enthusiastic and knowledgable service team, food was inventive, fresh, and tasty! wine list is one of the best in SF!

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 2107 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 25 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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