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

L'Ottavo - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 4159223944
  • 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.
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L'Ottavo - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)romantic (14)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Customer Dinner of 6
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great Food! Go with the Specials and wine list is very reasonable .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    pislas
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Right across the street from our hotel - Marine Memorial Hotel! Great location near Union Square. Excellent food and service !!9
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Like Italy
    waug
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our party of eight had a great Saturday night dinner at L'Ottavo. The atmosphere, decor and relatively small size of the restaurant reminded me of many similar restaurants we found in Italy. Everyone was very happy with their dishes. I would highly recommend this restaurant as an excellent choice for great Italian food very near Union Square.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming old Italian style
    oaklandrater
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was our first meal at L'Ottavo. The decor is charming and staff are welcoming, helpful and efficient. The menu is large and various, including antipasti, soup, salads, pastas, chicken, meat and seafood, plus a variety of daily specials in every category. But the food, though tasty, is heavy. We had crab bisque, which was excellent, followed by our entrees (we each ate about 3/4) and a sorbet to share. Portions are large; you won't go away hungry! On a Monday night, the restaurant was full. Patrons included couples and families with kids of different ages. Despite the Upper Union Square location, there weren't many tourists; this is a neighborhood place with many regulars. But I don't know that we'll return; we just prefer lighter fare.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good
    frankc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had the salad and a simple pasta. Both were good. The service was very good. The place was nice enough. Nothing spectacular, but good. I would eat here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too noisy but food very good
    BrianA
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
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  • Great Place
    since2012VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, not good.
    HonestfoodE
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great restaurant!
    since2012VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic evening
    since2012VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something has changed here! sorry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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  • Good food, reasonable prices
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small neighborhood restaurant
    SueEllen
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great neighborhood find
    ssfoodie
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint little restaurant
    Njkaye
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Ladybug
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 103 reviews are from the L'Ottavo - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • Pre theater
    Theatergoer
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favs in Union Square
    modava
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    M1234567
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Consistent since I have been going over 2 years.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian restaurant
    SteveM
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Excellent Italian restaurant with very helpful wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is awesome
    jackyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Italian restaurant
    since2012VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok
    RitzVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great, noise level bad
    Archaeologist
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • midweek dinner
    nunezl
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    since2012VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for a pre-theater dinner
    DeliciousandNutritiousVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Went for a pre-theater dinner and had a lovely meal. Familiar decor and dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    since2012VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Everytime I come back to L'Ottavo, the food is unbelievable, the value, the ambience, the staff, just everything is magnificent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should be better known
    Charles
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem
    SandraS
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this was a nice, quiet restaurant.
    LovehistoricsavannahVIP
    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.
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  • I was tempted to shove some
    Robert
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    KrissySnow
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable!
    Wenjoyfd
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid choice for Union Square area
    anonymousVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    JandM
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Ambience, So-so food
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Romantic setting, friendly and helpful wait staff, food lacked flavor.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food and More
    jackyVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.