L'Olivier
L'Olivier

L'Olivier

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lolivierrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4159817824x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm Open Sunday's for brunch 10-2pm and private events of 60 or more only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: The restaurant is available for catering events.
  • Entertainment: L'Olivier is proud to present music on Sundays from 12:00-2:00
  • Special Events: We offer dinner and lunch group menu for parties larger than 10 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson
  • Public Transit: Close to BART, and Muni
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 5 Star parking garage located at 250 Clay Street
    $7.00 per. hour during the day $7.00 flat rate after 5pm close at 10pm
    Also street metered parking on Jackson and Washington Streets.

A word from L'Olivier
The main dining room, decorated with French antiques, exudes quiet, inviting grace and opens onto a large greenhouse filled with plants and fresh flowers. This airy room's elegantly casual ambience is the perfect complement to the more formal dining room.

The private dining rooms offer banquet facilities for business groups with free wi-fi, as well as social events such as weddings, birthdays, and rehersal dinners. The kitchen offers a menu borrowed from French country style recipes that are classical yet light in calories. Suberbly rich desserts include a delectable soufflé and signature crème brulée.
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L'Olivier reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (9)special occasion (9)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Highly Recommend - 5 stars
    SamJr
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've been to L'Olivier many times since it originally opened and have never been disappointed by the quality of food, atmospher, and service. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oasis of calm near busy Financial D
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Serenity was the order of the day -- great for a business discussion because no one needed to shout. The decor was just a tad reminiscent of Le Train Bleu in Paris, drawn from an earlier age. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Most important, the room was quiet. No energy, no excitement, no buzz. Just grownups dining in a dignified manner. This environment can be hard to find in the hyped-up Financial District. My two jet-lagged business associates appreciated the relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional French
    GoBartVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food took us back to 30 years ago when three course French dinners were eaten without guilt. The trio of salmon appetizer was outstanding as was a superb beet salad. All of our entrees were amazing including the cassoulet which was on the very reasonably priced prix fixe menu. Don't miss the light, fluffy soufflé.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • L'Olivier
    gnts9rs
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    L'Olivier is an exceptional restaurant in every sense. The menu is diverse, the food is outstanding, and the staff is helpful and friendly. We look forward to every visit and enjoy trying new items or specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Olivier
    JJJRL
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had not been to this restaurant in years but will definitely return on a more regular basis. the food was excellent and the price wa even better. I have already recommended it to several people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solidly mediocre
    OpentableVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Decore is circa 1990s hotel lobby cafe. The food wasn't but unmemorable and slightly salty. The wine list is very limited. The prices are fair and the waiter was nice. The desserts were the best part of the meal.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great place to dine before going to see a 42nd Street Moon production.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet, romantic, very French
    Lechat
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We had a lovely dinner with Classic French food and service. Fresh flowers on the table, rare lamb, scallops that still glisten, demi-glace sauce perfectly rendered..... Quiet, helpful service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 390 reviews are from the L'Olivier reviews archive.
  • Quiet
    yumornotVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Good quiet place to have a business dinner and visit with friends.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • l'Olivier always pleases
    janpanVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We find that for a really nice meal in a lovely setting with ambiance you can enjoy for conversation around a round table with friends and plenty of nice service so you can relax, L'olivier is ever pleasing! We go and take friends for birthdays, special nights out, before the 42nd Street Moon musicals nearby at the Eureka Theater, and to just have a lovely french supper of fish or lamb that is delicious and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience
    SFNative48VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I hadn't tried this restaurant before and was pleased with the overall experience. It's a short walk from the FiDi, is quiet, has good, basic food and good service at reasonable prices. I liked the fact that the large group was seated in a separate room and I could actually talk with my dinner companion in a normal tone of voice -- that's so hard to find these days! I had an excellent salad w/ tasty dressing and my companion enjoyed her onion soup. We both had sole, which was pan seared, nicely cooked with a very simple lemon sauce.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, tired setting
    Food
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This is an old traditional french restaurant and the food is really really good, especially the grand marnier souffles. The prices are moderate and the wine list is good. However it is showing its age, there was hardly anyone there on a Friday night and it needs some sprucing up and better pr.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous lunch deal+ atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Great lunch special, quiet atmosphere in the midst of the finacial distict.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Total
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We always enjoy this restaurant --nice facility - very good staff - the food is delicious/well prepared - and the price is right. Parking could be an issue as it is street metered only. There are some facilities in the area but not well signed nor easy to locate. However to be sure this restaurant is high on our must visit list..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Kelley
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Wonderful restaurant and food. Elegant decor and great location by the water in SF. The service was excellent and our time there was well spent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had never been to L'Olivier
    vandroid
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had never been to L'Olivier before, but the special Valentine's Day prix-fixe menu looked interesting (and much more affordable than others in the area). We were very happy with the result. The food is quite good, and we were especially impressed by the lamb ribs: a perfect carbon crust while remaining rare in the middle, with a delicious fig sauce and roasted vegetables on the side. We were less impressed with the creme brûlée, which was oddly shallow and a bit under-torched, but given the mass-production nature of a prix-fixe event we gave them a pass. All in all we were impressed (and very well-fed). I'm sure we'll be back to sample the normal menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for a team lunch.
    Kitkrista
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We went for a team lunch. The food was good as was the atmosphere. It was VERY slow service in a mostly empty late lunch restaurant. Go if you have plenty of time and enjoy a nice leisurely lunch that has a good prie fix menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New décor helps but apparently
    dukeofdining
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    New décor helps but apparently not too many people know that as lunch was sparsley attended...though private room has large party I had salmon and my guest had duck--both were excellent and I thought the salmon salad was particularly well prepared. Service friendly and efficient...Maria was a great waiter Wine selections limited. Atmosphere is great (though somewhat lonely) as it is one of the few places that allows conversations without raising your voice--a definite plus! PS FYI- Tried to respond to request for review of Armenea that evening but had to cancel and your form does not allow that feedback
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening
    JopatVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We were a group of seven men and women who hadn't seen each other in a long time. Asked for the small room off the lobby and it was waiting for us. A perfect setting. We were able to carry on normal-decibel conversations. Food was, as always, wonderful. Lamb dishes were standouts. Creme brulee and souffle were just as great as we remembered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Joey
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    There were four of us, old time friends living far apart.a reunion of sorts. The food and ambience were great but what we especially appreciated was the fact that it was quiet and you could hear yourself talk(unlike a recent experience at a large busy restaurant) We recommend without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strangest place in SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This felt like a Fellini film experience. Though the name may be French this place, all the waiters and diners were Russian. There are several large, brightly lit (hurts the eyes) rooms. The room the two of us were seated in was empty and cavernous. The only other guests seated during our "dining experience" were two parties in wheel chairs. The other rooms held a few large parties of Russians. The wine and food were edible, fairly tasteless and expensive. Do yourself a favor and don't go there. We would have left but had theater tickets and didn't have time to find anything else. Big mistake.
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  • The most disappointing aspect
    CabrhionVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The most disappointing aspect of our Christmas Dinner was the lack of The prize Fixed menu entrée. At the last minute they substituted something not even on the menu. Left overs at l'Oliver's will be a family joke for years to come.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only "Good"
    lalaVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    1. Service was cheerful, but slow. Perhaps understandable on a busy night, but one would expect management to have anticipated that. Additionally, the waiter had to be reminded twice that cutlery was missing. 2. The pumpkin bisque soup was delicious, but not served hot enough. 3. Our reservation was for 7:45 p.m., and the restaurant had already run out of the filet mignon tournedos. Sigh. Again, an indication that management had underestimated how busy they would be that day. Our guests were happy with their lamb shanks, but the sea bass was barely warm when served, and somewhat tasteless. Sigh. Desserts were good. Overall, only a "good" rating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • open for xmas
    tomboygirl
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    i was happy to find a restaurant open on christmas with a menu all my children and i could agree upon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Dinner
    refone
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Food was excellent, service staff was new but very friendly, needed some training
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Christmas Dinner
    Luv2grubVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    This was our first time here and the special menu was served that night for Holiday dinner. We started with a very creamy pumpkin bisque that was very Tasty. Then salmon with caviar which was perfect over the crisp toasts that came with it. I had the Turkey with stuffing and a chestnut gravy. That was delicious. There was also a chestnut mousse That I was not too fond of but can't like everything. Dessert was a chocolate surprise cake . That was Fantastic !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Place
    IpanemagirlVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We had reservations at L'Olivier on Christmas evening. We arrived a little early but our table was available and we enjoyed the special four-course dinner that evening. The restaurant was full, pacing of the dinner was very good as was the service that we had that night. This is a favorite restaurant of ours - a little tucked away but popular with locals. Will definitely be going back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas at L'Olivier
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The setting is the perfect place for a Holiday feast, Quite charming. The food was excellent from soup to dessert. The service was a little shakey, the waiter was a new comer to this country, and while he was quite charming, he had not been property trained as to placement of plates (ladies first, etc.) He was eager to place, but was not knowledgabel about the drink menu, then brought the wrong drink, and he did not have knowledge of the wine list. All in all it was a pleasant dinner with wonderful food. I would ask the restaurant to work with the waiter on protocol. He was eager and will be a wonderful wait person one day.' Definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Christmas Day Meal
    HolidayDiner
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Finding a high quality yet reasonably priced venue for a Christmas dinner with family members was not easy, but L'Olivier came through for us. The staff were very friendly, the decor was festive yet elegant, the food was very good, the menu was fixed but still varied enough to suit most diners, and the price was reasonable. Tres Bien! We'll come again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb fine dinning
    Squeeze
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    L 'Olivier was charming. Food superb fantastic service romantic French decor a must in our opinion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holiday Lunch
    SamJr
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    The atmosphere for the holidays is especially warm, tasteful and inviting - the perfect place to enjoy excellent food and service. The food is consistently excellent and the menu items are very reasonably priced. The fixed price lunch and dinner menus are a great - the quality and presentation of the food is great for a food lover. I've been coming to L'Olivier for over 20 years and have never been disappointed for a wonderful dining experience, especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little gem. Food was
    Kitkrista
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Nice little gem. Food was good. Atmosphere was nice. Excellent choice for a special lunch in the Fi-Di.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting the bill
    MarqueVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The service to the very end was good. A little more care should be given as to who gets what item rather than having to ask us. And as it happens in many restaurants, there was a wait for the bill after it was obvious that we were all finished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanksgiving Celebration - Perfect!
    Ginny
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We decided to have a break from the usual Thanksgiving tradition and arranged a late afternoon meal with our son & his family. L'Olivier was the perfect place for our small group. We had a delightful meal, our choice of dishes - all of which were delicious. THe staff were all kind and treated our grandson very well. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three of us went for 4-course
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Three of us went for 4-course Thanksgiving dinner. It was wonderful. L'Olivier is a charming French restaurant in the Financial District near Embarcadero Ctr--in existence for 35 yrs. Consistently excellent French cuisine and warm, attentive service. Good for business lunches also since tables are not so close together that you hear every word next to you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spoilt evening
    raymond
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The main dining room & their front atrium rooms are excellent but they had a private party so they sat us in a brightly brightly lit room which took away all the charm of the restaurant. Felt like I was in a conference room with no ambience. I would not have eaten there had I known . This restaurant does a lot of pvt parties they should let the patron know ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I often go to L'Olivier with
    theatregoerVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I often go to L'Olivier with friends before a show. The meals are reasonably priced. The menu is uninspired but the food is good. Unfortunately the service is poor. We always tell the waiters -- I've never seen a waitress -- the curtain time and are assured there won't be a problem, the meal always ends up rushed. The food is slow in coming out of the kitchen and the waiters either disappear or to ignore attempts to get their attention. This is odd b/c I imagine it's popular pre-theatre dining b/c of its location. Several years ago, I took over the restaurant for an event and was very pleased. The food was excellent; the atmosphere perfect and the staff was accommodating and very easy to work with.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Olivier tops our list
    Lizzy
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    This is our favorite restaurant in all of San Francisco. I have been here for work-related events in the private dining room, and for dinner with our adult children and on many occasions for just the two of us. Food is always amazing (especially the Filo dough/brie starter) and the quiet atmosphere allows conversation. This an adult oasis of elegance in SF and moderately priced so you can relax and enjoy. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but...
    atetoomuch
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    The food was good and although we allowed enough time for a longer lunch, we didn't expect to spend so much time waiting to order, waiting for the food, waving down the waiter, etc. when the restaurant was not very crowded. Might be a better choice for dinner when there are no time constraints, but when on a limited time frame, this would not be an optimal choice when there are so many other options.
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  • Good for conversation
    Ziva
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    L'Olivier has been the same forever and is reliable for providing a quiet place to catch up with friends. We can actually hear each other and always enjoy the food. The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet