Olea Restaurant

Olea Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oleasf.com/
  • Phone: 4152028521x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday- Saturday 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Brunch: Fri-Sa-Su 9:00am-2:30pm Reservations not accepted, Brunch is OPEN SEATING.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chiew Wong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Olea is available for private parties, please call for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Phillip Thoman 4152028521x
  • Special Events: We do not accept reservations for brunch, it is open-seating.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Larkin
  • Public Transit: Olea is on the California St. Cable Car line. Get off at the Larkin St. stop.

    Take the #1 California MUNI bus and get off at Sacramento and Larkin, walk one block down Larkin to California Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in the neighborhood. There is also is a garage at Bush and Polk Street and another on Sacramento St between Polk St. and Van Ness St.
A word from Olea Restaurant
Olea is an intimate neighborhood restaurant — offering Californian cuisine in a casual bistro setting.

Olea features fresh organic produce from local farms as well as sustainable, wild caught seafood and organic beef whenever possible. The menu changes depending on seasonal availability which reflects the restaurant's emphasis on using the freshest ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Olea Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (20)romantic (12)great for brunch (8)special occasion (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Very Nice Dinner with Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed the quality of the food and thought the service was excellent. Good food, good quantity, good value...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming bistro
    Rlpgirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Olea is a great choice for dinner. It feels very cozy, set just a few feet below street level. The dinner entrees were delicious-seasoned perfectly. If I lived locally it would be a place I would go to regularly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wish Olea was closer to . . . .
    cgf1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    me because I'd be there all the time. I wasn't familiar with Olea but I chose it because it's near the workplace of someone in our party, it has excellent ratings, and the menu looked good. The prices are also very reasonable which was a plus. Everything we ordered was great and we cleaned our plates. The restaurant itself is very quaint. It's a small dining room but with well spaced tables and nice lighting. Since you walk down a few steps to enter, once you're in and at your table you look up at passersby as well as at the cable car on California St. The service was also excellent. Our server was rather James Bond-ian--British (?) accent, tall, beard. Let's just say he's an asset to the restaurant. Anyway--I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took a friend out for a birthday dinner to Olea and it was exquisite! The food was amazing, the ambiance was lovely and the service was great. I will definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre Concert Spot
    tableforone
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The waiter and owner where really accommodating that we had a show to get to. Great service without being rushed. We were able to enjoy a full meal and still have plenty of time to walk to the Masonic. So convenient. Get there early, it will fill up. We would definitely do it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    AllyJ
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We are not from San Francisco so used open table to find a nice restaurant out of the hustle of downtown. We chose Olea because of it's great reviews and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious (I had the trout) and the service impeccable, thanks to our lovely English waiter. It was a birthday dinner and it was the perfect place to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We always recommend this place for folks from out of town who want a true neighborhood experience, fit for foodies. We love this place. It is so small and quaint, with great food and service. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Plato
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was all tasty. My only complaint was that the scallops were soooo tiny. I got 4, each about the size of an inch in diameter. I am not opposed to small plates, but the menu is limited without many appetizers. There was no suggestion by the waiter that it would not be enough food. I had to go to whole foods after to be full. This all being said the food is good and the prices are reasonable. The scallops just may not be for everyone... However, the quinoa was absolutely delicious and the wine was well priced also.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Olea lives up to its billing as a neighborhood restaurant featuring fresh organic produce. We turned the scallop main course into a great appetizer for three - with a very accommodating staff to do this. The lamb chops were perfectly prepared (ordered and delivered medium rare). Great pappardelle pasta with braised duck and a wonderful house-made tomato sauce. And we discovered a gem of a Pinot Noir in the Roth Estate Sonoma County which came recommended by the staff - another example of Olea's professional team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    Chris
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were taken there by locals who love the place and we can see why. Very friendly and attentive staff and all courses of our meal were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Neighborhood Gem
    Epicurious
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our dinner was outstanding. We shared a wonderful salad which the kitchen was kind enough to divide for us. My friend had the duck breast and I had the scallops. Both were excellent. The wine list was fine and we had a number of craft beers and ciders to choose from. The waitress was helpful in making wine recommendations. Olea will take dinner reservations but unfortunately will not accept brunch reservations. And, at brunch they won't seat you unless your entire party is there--rather annoying when it's a party of 2 and it would be the same size table whether one or 2 persons were to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best place in Nob Hill day or night
    iamvictoriousVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Olea is arguably the best restaurant in Nob Hill, which says a lot given the vibrancy of the neighborhood. Absolutely amazing for brunch and quite solid for dinner -- it's rare to find any restaurant that can do both so skillfully. It's definitely an intimate, casual but upscale setting. Service is very attentive and friendly. There is absolutely no dish that I've tried (And I've sampled 80% of the menu) that I wouldn't recommend and could be a star dish at any other restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average food, slow service
    FoodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It took forever to get our food and only two of the dishes came for the four of us so we waited for the other two dishes while the others got cold. Duck was tasty but the plate of food looked really plain despite it costing $20.50. We ordered gelato and sorbet and that took like 20 minutes to come out despite the restaurant being empty. The food tastes fine (nothing you can't make at home) but for how long it took, the plain presentation and high price, I wouldn't recommend this place. At least not for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Treasure.
    JerryG
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Very good service and food that is interesting, well presented and delicious. A place where you can really enjoy the food and your guests.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Olea Restaurant reviews archive.
  • cozy ambiance, good food
    dinerdeliteVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We have eaten there twice, and enjoyed the experience both times. My husband said the duck was the best he'd ever had. Would recommend it to All.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise!
    DatenightVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We read about the great food and Olea did not disappoint. It is a limited menu but everything was exceptional. We are kinda food snobs and we really enjoyed all 3 course, the service and the ambience. We would definitely recommend it and plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerdeliteVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We enjoyed a delightful meal with a good bottle of wine. The menu is small, but everything we had, especially the braised duck leg, was very good, and the service was friendly without being overly so. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little neighborhood "go-to"
    DMS111
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Keep it simple. Provide great food with nice options at a reasonable price. Add some decent wine, and it's a "no-brainer". Nicely done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    My wife and I headed to Olea for date night before a show at Davies Symphony Hall. We'd never been. Food was absolutely incredible - in a sea of reasonably priced high quality restos in SF it's great to be pleasantly surprised by a place that is truly a cut above the rest. Great service too. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Menu
    momsthemanVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    A great find, intimate and cozy. Delicious food and great service. I recommend it and even though the menu is small there's something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't mess up your reservation!
    TDoyleVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I made the unpardonable sin of entering this restaurant with only 2 diners after reserving for 4! This faux pas apparently irked the owner enough that through the entire dining experience he reminded us of our transgression, culminating with seating a another party's unreserved additional diner with his back to us. Not sure about you - but I prefer dining without being able to touch the back of an adjacent diner. The nice waitress helped re seat us but the owner felt it necessary to explain to us why I should accept dining with a stranger essentially on top of my soup - again bringing up my faux pas. The food was good, the waitress was excellent, but woe to you who shows up without your entire party! You will be treated like pond scum.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Nob Hill Gem
    Tennisace
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I arrived in San Francisco after a long flight from the East Coast. I searched for a healthy but unique foodie-oriented menu and a table for one. Found this lovely little gem just a 10 minute walk from the Fairmont Hotel. The vegetarian risotto was outstanding and the wine fantastic. A great little unpretentious corner bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, fresh
    MDTRNSF
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Olea is always a treat. Small, cozy dining room that is very relaxing with attentive, personable service. Only a few wines, but all are excellent. The food is to die for: simple, elegant, fresh, exquisitely prepared, well-balanced with succulent meat but lots of attention paid to making the vegetables exciting and tasty. They always have at least a couple excellent vegetarian options too. You will fill satisfied, well-nourished and happy when you leave here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Tennischick
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Fantastic food and service. Small fresh menu that changes to include whats in season. Had the scallops over wild rice and mushrooms. Scallops cooked perfectly. Also had polenta with kale sundried tomatoes olive tapenade mushrooms topped with a poached egg- very fresh flavors. Cactus pear sorbet not to be missed-light and not too sweet with the perfect tartness. Would highly recommend giving this hidden gem a try. Hear the brunch is top notch also
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ShowMeVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Based on the great reviews that we read, my wife and I went to this restaurant with another couple from out of town. The soup served for the first course had so much black pepper in it, that it was almost inedible. I ordered the duck leg and it was way too salty. The other couple we were with both left half of their entrées on the plate. On the positive side, my wife enjoyed her veal meatball parppardella. After reading the other reviews, we were expecting well prepared food. The meals we were served were very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This was my first experience at Olea, although my daughter has been there quite a few times and she recommended it. We had a lovely meal. Great fresh ingredients and wonderful tastes. We will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Much of Anything
    SHBEVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My only reason for recommending this restaurant is that they do have 2 vegetarian options, which given the only 7-8 items on the menu is encouraging. The only salad on the menu is too insignificant to even comment upon. The desserts were very disappointing. Overall, a decent place if you just happen to be in the neighborhood, or if you know the kind owner, but not worth a trip and definitely, not worth the price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real gem with excellent food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    As a long time member of the food scene in SF, I'm disappointed in all the four-star ratings that many of the restaurants are getting on Open Table. But this restaurant actually deserves the 4 stars. Food is excellent. The menu is limited but has comfort food for everyone and very well prepared. Our pork loin was delicious and our friend declared the paparadelle the best she'd ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and Flavorful
    Tuff2plez
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Great find. Intimate restaurant with a reasonable menu selection. Amazingly fresh and perfect seasoning, The short ribs melt in your mouth. Excellent value for money. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    MarkKVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We were looking for a high quality restaurant not too far from the Great American Music Hall and found Olea through a number of social websites. It turned out to be the perfect spot for our party of six. The owner, Philip, was incredibly welcoming and gracious and the whole dining experience was fabulous. Excellent food, wine and service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food!
    DeeKevVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We were amazed at the quality of the food & everything we tasted was superb. Menu choices are limited since it's a small cozy restaurant & the chef prepares them herself. But you will definitely enjoy every morsel. We will definitely be back to try the other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at reasonable prices.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Good food at reasonable prices. The waitress poured out our entire bottle of wine all at once rather than a portion at a time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent find
    Nathan
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Perfect neighborhood gem in Russian hill. I had a great lamb shank and she had the scallops. Choolate cake and a bottle of wine all for a great meal at a great price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Andy
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    After reading very fine reviews on Open Table, we gave Olea a try and are SO glad we did! Small, pretty restaurant with open kitchen feels like you're in someone's home. EVERYTHING was expertly prepared and presented with a juicy, fresh, just-picked, healthy deliciousness. Very friendly staff with whom we talked during the meal. Our group of three had soup, salad, scallops and pasta - all wonderful. Small but solid wine list. The surprise restaurant of our visit to San Fran. I wish we had more restaurants like Olea in my neighborhood in L.A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great California cuisine
    Bruce
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Olea is one of my favorites for dinner prior to concerts. Delightful ambiance, outstanding fresh food, beautifully prepared. Always pleases me when we go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    Rick
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Friendly, attentive staff and delicious, healthy food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic atmosphere, food, service
    alex
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    This was our first time at Olea and it was such a pleasant surprise. It is a small, but quaint setting with a bistro feel. The menu is wonderful and very reasonably priced. Everything looked great. We had the veal bolagnese which was outstanding. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un je ne sais quoi de restaurant...
    Frenchman
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    "I love the cozy and intimate feelings of this place. - like stepping in time in a simple, warm dining room in a friends home. I have been there three times in the last 10 days and every time my experience has been beyond expectation. Try the duck cooked to perfection with delicious greens or the lamb so tender and tasty. If you are a vegetarian, it is also the right place- grains mixed with all sorts of wonders. I want my friends to all know about this Olea restaurant. The menu is thoughtful, creative and unpretentious… quite refreshing compare to so many restaurants in San francisco. Great wines affordable. I just want to go back for more. The owner is a very charming man". Enjoy your experience….. this is coming from a french man!!!!
    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.
  • Graduation Celebration
    HappyGrad
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    They went out of their way to accommodate our large group and were very attentive to all our needs. The food was great and the atmosphere is intimate. You can't beat the prices for a great meal with a gourmet flare. The menu is fresh and has something for even the pickiest of eaters. Thanks for a great night =)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem Indeed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Loved the food and service and cozy setting. Good recommendation for wine pairing. I will be going back and recommending Olea to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate