Certainly not what we expected. We had not been there for a few months and remembered it as a romantic French restaurant. It is now Russian owned and we missed the memo. We were the only non-Russian speaking folks in the restaurant. There is now a dance floor and a Russian musical group and only a fringe of tables surrounding the floor. The food was good, but not as good as we remembered it. However, we had looked forward to it as a quiet, romantic dining experience. It was anything but that.
We will give them time to work out the kinks before trying it again. It may well be that this particular Saturday night was unusual because of a wedding. But, we were disappointed.
Great French restaurant in the financial district - good food, service, ambience, easy parking and more - highly recommended.
This is a wonderful French restaurant - great food, service, great ambience, easy parking.
Can't say enough good things about this restaurant - highly recommended.
We very much enjoyed L'Olivier pre-theater dinner. The service was superb; the food excellent. We felt the meal was a good value for the money. The bill was approximately $ 40 per person including wine. A great deal in SF. Easy parking in the Financial District. A must-visit if you are attending the nearby Eureka Theater. Highly recommended!
Good menu. Excellent food, well presented. Restaurant did acknowledge special event, even though noted on OpenTable reservation. Much confusion over wine list with waiter. Very friendly staff. Restaurant did acknowledge mistakes.
The food was delicious and the staff went out of their way to help us eat fast and get out in time for the play which started an hour before we had planned when we made the reservation.
We also met wonderful people who were going to the same play at the next table.
All of the staff were wonderful and very professional.
The ambience is gorgeous.
Thank you again!
nice prix fixe....great deserts. entrees--depends.
pleasant place and good value. will go back.
L'Olivier is great for meetings. The food is good, as is the service and they try to be as unobtrusive as possible. They also have inexpensive valet parking, which is great. The one thing that bugs me is that when I check in (to make sure I get the OT points) they always act as if they don't know what I'm talking about.. it's a little embarrasing. Other restaurants on the other hand welcome me and say "We'll make sure your completed reservation is registered with Open Table." Much nicer!
I was very pleasantly surprised. A nice French restaurant in the city.
Many seem to have forgotten this hidden gem which never dissappoints. It was more popular in the good old days when people took long lunches. Treat yourself and enjoy the service and actually hear your companions' conversation. This is the well-deserved and relaxing experience at lunch everyone needs. Dinner is probably great, but I haven't been there at the dinner hour.
lovely time for Valentines Day or other occasions
I was looking for a nice French restaurant that was affordable to take my girlfriend on Valentine's day for dinner. I was not looking at restaurants that cost over $90 per person. L'Olivier seemed to have high rating and was offering a three course meal for $53.
Unfortunately, the reviews were misleading. The food was only decent and for the price they were charging it was a complete rip off. The dinner was quite embarrassing because my girlfriend said she could have gotten a better meal at a place like Denny's. They had cheesy confetti on the table and balloons that detracted from the atmosphere. I would not recommend taking any significant other to this restaurant, granted my judgment is based on the food I had at Beach Bistro in FL
Mediocre at best. It was underwhelming. The food was not what it should have been for the price. The wine list is short but actually stacked with some of my favorites, which was what attracted me to this French Restaurant in the first place. In the end I would suggest going somewhere else for fine dining in the city, because there are hundreds of places with far better food that will cost you the same.
The food was a little pricey, but delicious. The wine list is very good and moderately priced. The service was excellent. One warning: they were listed in the 2010 Entertainment Book, but are no longer participating.
I love this restaurant and have been here several times to celebrate special occasions. It never diappoints. The food is excellent in a nice quiet place.
We had a lunch meeting there and they were able to give us a small room- it was perfect and the food was delicious..
Decent French food at a decent price, close to financial district, never too crowded or noisy
Great food! Great desserts! Great service!
L'Olivier has the best salmon appetizer I have ever had - anywhere! It is beyond superb. I get the Salmon app everytime I go there and it is always amazingly perfect. That said - the scallops and pasta were hideous. Scallops overcooked - and the pasta is the type used in Ghoulash - not fine, light pasta that would have been vastly more appropriate. Additionally, the side vegies were cafeteria style - overcooked and uninteresting.
We took our parents there for an intimate French dinner..What an embarrassment! The atmosphere was cold, outdated decor and the food was not worth mentioning..Horrible! We will never,ever go back there again..Jack in the Box is better than this place!
I've been to L'Olivier 5-6 times now (only at lunch), and had a pleasant enough time given the ambience and food quality, but the service the last couple of times has gone downhill. Not from a fill up your water/take your finished plate away perspective, but from a lack of warmth and professionalism from the waiter who was more of an order taker than a host attending to his guests. As a former waiter at a high end restaurant in my youth, I am particular to these kinds of things. I would suggest Kokkari which is across the street as a more refined business lunch experience, although L'Olivier does have a nice fixed price lunch menu, if cost is a primary concern. I will probably go back, but not as frequently.
Always a treat. Never had a bad experience. Thank you for great service.
What a wonderful ending to a beautiful evening! The table was lovely and warm. The service was outstanding and the food even better. We had a group of 7 and they accommodated us perfectly. Most ordered off the tasting menu and that was very good to have as an option. Even though there were 7 of us, the bill was very reasonable.
One of the best neighborhood restaurants in San Francisco - great food, service, reasonable prices, easy parking, Highly recommended.
Attractive environment, good food [love the grapefruit and seafood salad!], good service, and a quiet ambiance that lends itself to conversations where the customer does not have to yell! Good for business luncheons and any other luncheon where you want a quiet spot to chat and enjoy good food.
We went there for Valentines nigth on a trip to SF. We saw lots of "dead people" eating at the tables. The ambiance is "eclectic" at best.
I wasnt sure exactly what we ate, but I can tell you it wasnt top quality steak.
I guess that what happens when you book at the last minute...
I'm not sure that we will come again on New Years.
Consistently good food at reasonable prices and an atmosphere where you can actually comfortably converse. Had duck confit and mixed grill--both were excellent. Have been going there 20 plus years--will continue!
L'Olivier is one of the best neighborhood restaurants in San Francisco - great food, great service, easy parking, quiet, lots of room - can't say enough good things about this great restaurant.
The quality of the food is very average. I don't think we would go to this restaurant again.
This is one of the city's best French restaurants - great ambience, great friendy service, excellent food, easy parking, = hard to beat in every respect - it has been there over 30 years. Can't say anough good things about this wonderful restaurant. Also good French stuff - escargot, unusually good sweetbreads, beef tartare = all hard to beat.
This was the worst dining experience we've had in over 20 years in San Francisco. We were at the table for over one hour before they took our order. It took 45 minutes to bring us a drink. Our "waiter" was (at best) a busboy trying hard to fill in, but he couldn't describe a single dish on the limited menu nor could he get the kitchen to actually deliver our food. For a party of six, they served three soups and then disappeared for over 15 minutes before bringing the other three. Management did nothing when we requested a little help. I could go on, but I don't want to relive an awful, expensive and extremely disappointing Christmas experience.
Our dining experience at L'Olivier was Christmas Day, reserved one week in advance. We were shuffled into a side room off the main dining room). Right away we felt like second class guests and it was immediately apparent that the staff were second string (the real staff must have been given the day off). At least I HOPE this was the second string, because if they operate like this all the time, they should be closed.It was almost comical. Food was not simply not coming out. All the guests in our area were either snickering or getting angry. The food was good (when it finally came), but it was not worth the 2 hours we spent there (mostly waiting).If L'Olivier is not willing to give proper service on Christmas, they should just close.
I found the waiters to be a bit stressed. But they did their utmost to make us feel comfortable.
The food was delicious but definitely overpriced.The portions were small and we felt rushed to finish our meal.
The place was very festive for the holidays. Great decor.But for the food? It was very blande.My turkey dinner tasted like processed turkey and the sauce had absolutely no taste. Great place for an occassion just to sit and maybe have a cocktail or some wine. But go elsewhere for food. The service was OK. There was only the two of us and they couldn't get our plates straight.
The food and the setting for our Christmas dinner enhanced our holiday stay in the city. The portions of our selections on the three courses were adequate, well balanced. We were,
however, disappointed in the attitude of our server. Since this was our first time to eat at L'Olivier we wanted to try a diverse selection from the menu and share the dishes. We thought he was resistant to accommodating us when we changed our mind on the appetizer and the dessert in plenty of time for the kitchen to comply. For his particular service we would not have tipped at 18%.
Nevertheless, we are glad to have found another restaurant in the Embarcadero area.
The staff and dining experience for the Christmas occasion was very nice. May become our yearly tradition.
I took my mom who has Alzheimer's to an early Christmas dinner.She enjoyed the restaurant and we both found it attractive and festive. The Christmas dinner was excellent, with great choices.
I'd bring her again for a special occasion. Thanks for an excellent holiday meal....
I booked reservations with expectations of great food, great service, and a quiet restaurant where we could enjoy our dinner conversation. What we got was quite the opposite. LOUD music - live - 80's style - in Russian. Lots of dancing by other guests - and 'insistent invitation' for us to join the dancing. At no point did the restaurant mgmt step in to try to help. The food may or may not have been wonderful - the noise level and activity made it was difficult to focus or appreciate anything about the food. With the number of choices for restaurants in this area, I won't be back.