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L'Ottavo - San Francisco
L'Ottavo - San Francisco

L'Ottavo - San Francisco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (415) 922-3944
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: F-sa 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L'Ottavo - San Francisco
L’Ottavo Ristorante has delighted locals and visitors to San Francisco for 20 years with our authentic Italian cuisine. Our small family-run restaurant feels intimate, cozy and tucked away from hectic city life. At L’Ottavo, you can picture yourself stepping out of San Francisco and into a neighborhood restaurant in Rome where the food is consistently delicious, the service is friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere is comfortable and unpretentious. Our menu offers chicken, veal, beef and fish dishes and an ample selection of delicious pasta. Our customers especially rave about our Homemade pasta, Lasagna, Veal Saltimbocca, Chicken with Marsala wine and Mushrooms, Lobster Ravioli and New York Steak, as well as our daily specials, which feature fresh selections from our local markets. Come visit us for old world Italian charm, a flavorful Italian meal and classic Italian wines. We are walking distance from Union Square, located near major hotels. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Loved this restaurant. It is going to a staple in our weekend trips to SF. Friendly service, old world atmosphere. Flavorful, hearty dishes. Very cozy and comfortable. Will recommend to our family and friends. Excellent experience overall"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Ordered veal parm special. Portion was a bit small but very good. Bruschetta also very good. Issue was noise level. We could hear table next to us as if they were at our table. Experience was disappointing given everything we read on open table was mostly positive."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Recently had dinner at L'ottavo, and I was very impressed. The ambiance is great, the server was friendly and welcoming, and the food was perfect."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I thought we had gone to the wrong place... My family and I had just gone to a Giants game and were hoping to warm up with some fresh minestrone soup and a nice glass of wine. This place had neither. We ordered minestrone and came a red-colored cabbage stew with filler vegetables that had no flavor. The montepulciano had been open far too long and was served with a heavy pour and in the wrong glass. My gnocchi dumplings were fresh and clearly made in house, but the entree was destroyed by the canned sauce they served over it. The service was lovely. With extensive restaurant experience, I felt empathy for the staff who were doing the best with what they had. This place is in a great location and has potential, but please, go elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was a wonderful restaurant that we found within a couple blocks of our hotel. First time there and we will definitely be coming back. The crab soup with out of this world...and the fresh pasta delicious. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at the L'Ottavo Restaurant. It came highly recommended and it lived up to the recommendation. Great food and super service."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Possibly the restaurant has changed ownership? After reading the reviews and goigng to the restaurant, I thought I had gone to he wrong place! The staff were trying, however this is not an authentic Italian restaurant.The staff member preparing the appetizers,up front was wearing a big loose t-shirt. It just didn't give us the feeling we were in an authentic Italian restaurant. The caprese salad and the entree's were below average. We didn't finish our meals;left without coffee or desert. I use opentable in numerous locations in NA and Europe, and I have never missed it this bad before. I will be cautious about opentable reviews. I completely blew this one! Sorry, but I can't recommend L'Ottava as a $$$ authentic Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife and I had an early dinner at L'Ottavo before we went to the opera. Although the restaurant was sparsely populated due to the early hour, the service and attentiveness of the staff was excellent. The food was very good. It wasn't entirely clear whether this is an Italian restaurant actually run by Italians, but they pulled off an impressive simulation nevertheless."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was staying at a great hotel right on Union Square with my 2 teenagers and wanted to go to a more neighborhood Italian restaurant that would remind me of when I lived in SF 25 years ago. This was the place. I had fusilli with gorgonzola sauce that was unbelievable. My only sadness was no fridge in my hotel so I had to give our leftovers to well-fed homeless people on our walk back. Great restaurant!!1"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Have eaten here twice before and this was the best meal yet. Delicious spinach ravioli (super rich and creamy) and pasta with gorgonzola sauce; excellent house wine. Not noisy, so you can actually hold a conversation. Great experience overall; good for a special week night out or for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Very nice traditional Italian restaurant within walking distance from many hotels in the Union Square and Nob Hill area. The food was very good and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We have come here for years and always find the food and service to be consistently good. Even on busy weekend nights, you can find a table without waiting long. It feels like a neighborhood place, welcoming and warm. The lobster ravioli's are my favorite and the canneloni's were very good too. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The hosts were most attentive. Food was good, but not outstanding. Very quiet at 6:00 pm on a Saturday, but lively and full before 7:00. We will go back; excellent value."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We just love this little place. Food is always great and the servers are warm and helpful. I had the veal piccata and it was excellent!!!! "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. Consistent since I have been going over 2 years. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent Italian restaurant with very helpful wait staff."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I have eaten here several times and loved everything both times.Food is great! Everyone is great there. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "It's a really cute Italian restaurant. The lasagna was my favorite - so yummy and the perfect portion size! We arrived early and had 2 additional diners with us and they immediately accommodated us.Excellent service."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I selected this restaurant because of location. I was having dinner with my son and he lives up the street. Being from the East Coast where we have wonderful Italian food, I believe I'm a bit spoiled and picky when it comes to Italian food. It was just okay. I had the capres salad as an appetizer which actually was very good. For dinner I had cannelloni stuffed with spinach and cheese. I thought the pasta sheets are too thick and the spinach tasted like creamed spinach. It was supposed to have a creamy tomato sauce over-the-top. Very little sauce on it and to me to seemed a little bit on the dry side. We did not have any dessert so I cannot comment on the desserts. It was just okay not a place that I would go back to"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Three of us dined here. We had reservations, and were given what appeared to be a terrific table in a quiet part of the restaurant. Unfortunately, a group of 6 came in soon after us, and were placed across from us. The acoustics in the place are not great, and we could barely have a conversation because the group was so loud. That said, the food was excellent. I had the red snapper, and the fish was fresh, the preparation terrific. While I would not necessarily travel across the city to come here, the location near Union Square is good, and the food is good. Maybe go on a night when there might be fewer parties."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I was in town for a conference and didn't know where to dine. I found this restaurant on a list of places close to the hotel and decided to try it. We had a late dinner and had the place practically to ourselves. The waitress was incredible...friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating to requests for off menu items. The food was simply amazing. I wish this restaurant was in my home town, I'd be a regular there for sure!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My husband and I were looking for a quiet dinner and excellent food. Definitely some of the best Italian we've ever had! Our waitress was attentive and knowledgable and wine she paired for us was excellent. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Went for a pre-theater dinner and had a lovely meal. Familiar decor and dishes."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Everytime I come back to L'Ottavo, the food is unbelievable, the value, the ambience, the staff, just everything is magnificent!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We stayed at the Ritz Carlton and asked the concierge for a recommendation. I had passed this restaurant walking a few blocks away. He was not aware of it and sent us somewhere else. His recommended spot was ordinary at best. The next night we went here and could not have been more pleased. This is the type restaurant a hotel like the Ritz Carlton should refer their guests to."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My sister and I had dinner here on our last night in the City. It was exactly what we needed - nice trattoria style ambiance, great food, good service and a moderately quiet place to still be able to visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "this was a nice, quiet restaurant. the mango salad was excellent. the fish of the day was very boring and mediocre."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I was tempted to shove some sugar packs under the table leg to stop the wobbling, but I just dealt with it. A small place and I really like that. Low light and candles are a nice mood-set. Waitresses were quick and responsive, meals were served hot and promptly. The prices were right for SF and the quality of food did NOT disappoint. Definately look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Restaurant was recommended by our hotel - Wyndham Canterbury. Great food and service. Loved the spinach salad and the pasta is definitely homemade. Will definitely eat there again next time we're in town."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My husband and I have dined numerous times throughout the years while visiting SF! The food is good and consistent. I would highly recommend L'Ottavo again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is small with a traditional Italian decor. It's cozy and charming. Service was pleasant and competent. The restaurant filled up and was lively, but quiet enough to chat. We had an eggplant appetizer which was tasty and light with an excellent light tomato sauce. We shared a spinach salad, also elegant and tasty. We shared a stuffed chicken breast. The meat was a little on the dry side, but the overall flavor profile was good. It was served with penne and a delicious rich white sauce. Pasta dishes we observed on other tables looked really good. We felt comfortable and welcome. It's a good choice if you have tickets for ACT, 2 blocks away."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had a great Valentine's Day dinner - great food. the homemade fettucine was fantastic! had a good bottle of wine, great service. i would highly recommend trying L'Ottavo for a great dinner!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Romantic setting, friendly and helpful wait staff, food lacked flavor."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We visited San Francisco, staying in Union Square and consulted Open Table for Italian Restaurants. Decided on this one based on menu and reviews and it did not disappoint. Service was great, food was classic Italian. Would definitely return again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to L'Ottavo for many years, and the food is always consistently good. Whether it is a date night or special occasion, L'Ottavo is a great place to have a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "It was okay. The food was good, but the food took a long time (it was a large group) and the food wasn't as hot as it should have been. They were fast to seat us after we reserved on Open Table."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Read the reviews before going and I have to agree that this little place is fantastic. The food was great and service exceptional. Would definitely go often if I we lived here!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed it both times. We brought couples who had not been there before and they were pleased, also. We'll definitely keep coming as the food is good, the prices reasonable and the service warm and friendly."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Nice little neighborhood restaurant. Service was quick.........nice wine list. Food very good. Definitely would go back when in SF."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "L'Ottavo is a small italian restaurant about 2 blocks off Union Square in San Francisco. The Beef and Salmon Carpaccio were very good. The Antipasto was so so, because they substitute thing like the dry tomatos for fresh tomato slices. The main dishes such as the lobster Ravioli, the Lasagna, the New York steak were great. The wine list was small but had some good choices."
    Dined on 12/26/2013