L'Ottavo - San Francisco

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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DS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went last night amid business closures and a failing tourist market from covid 19 precautions. However, they were kind enough to keep the restaurant open for us and we had the whole place to ourselves! They food and wine was excellent. Brought me right back to Italy!

T
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eaten at L’Ottavo and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place to go for a quite meal before or after the theater.

s
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined at L'Ottavo three times within two months. Our meals were delicious! We all enjoyed our meals . A great place for a celebration or a casual evening out with friends. I will be back!

J
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

G
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced and underwhelming. Our pasta was fine but not special. Same could be said about the "special" salad. Our glasses of wine, however, were just not good. Felt like the kind of restaurant you would find in a tourist area--ok, but definitely not a gem.

R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Mistake that I Orders didn't taste good not even close to a normal one. And my wife order as spaghetti with pink sauce Was in creamy enough but Tasted ok...

MV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was friendly but the food was overpriced. Bread was a thinly sliced soft white baguette reminiscent of Wonder Bread. Our bill for two plates of nondescript pasta and a bottle of room temp middling Italian wine was $25 less than two entrees, a delicious bottle of French wine, coffee and dessert at Greens with a view of the waterfront. Ridiculous. The place was empty on a Sunday night — that alone should have tipped us off.

B
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, warm ambience, romantic and really excellent food for great value. A gem of a place.

f
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lasagna was amazing !

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Ottavo's food and ambiance, along with our very attentive server, made us feel as though we were sitting in an Italian Grandmother's dining room. Every morsel of our meal was delightful. The bread was served warm with a crunchy crust. We thought their wine list was quite good as well. We both ordered Italian reds and were not disappointed. We had an event to get to at the Marine's Memorial Hotel. Finding this little gem just up the street was perfect in every way. We will return!!

DG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly staff who seated us a few minutes before their opening. The staff were fantastic at making us feel comfortable. The pasta was excellent!

P
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place before the theater

SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Very nice waitress. I had the speghettini primavera and there were plenty of delicious vegetables. Cooked perfectly.

BW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner here before Hamilton. The beef capaccio was YUMMY. My companion had the minestrone soup. So hearty and flavorfull. The house red wine was perfect. Reminded me of table wines we had in Italy. We split the bolognese entree. The pasta was fresh and the meat sauce flavorful. L'Ottavo was a great choice.

LB
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice house made pasta. Very sensible flavoring, just what we hoped to get - solid pasta!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect experience for us. Between Part I and Part II of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran.
Food was solid and we left satisfied. One of us is vegetarian so pasta offered plenty of variety. The room was quiet enough for conversation and service was quick and smooth. We enjoyed it very much.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the bruschetta and the Moscato. I ordered the steak. It was good but I wish I ordered pasta. I would go back for sure.

CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small restaurant, great service great food. Thanks

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta was yummy

JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Will return. Nice spot, friendly staff, good food.

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I must say I was dissapointed. The food was mediocre at best. Service was fine. Sat at a table that had a huge missing paint chip on the wall. Won't go back. Cannot recommend.

AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been going here for many years (over 30!) and are always very happy to return. Of course the staff has changed over the years, but the friendly professionalism remains. And the food is consistantly great!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service was great and good value

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

On the basis of food quality, this place was great. But the service and hospitality left much to be desired. I made my reservation through Opentable, for 5 people at 9:30pm. For what it’s worth, they offered reservations as late as 10pm. At 8:40pm the restaurant called me to confirm my reservation, then asked if we could arrive earlier - “maybe 9:15?” I told them most of my party was seeing a show (two blocks away) which didn’t let out until 9:20, but we’d come right over as soon as they were done. We arrived at 9:23. At 9:24 they asked for our drink order. At 9:27 they asked if we’d decided on our meals, and informed us we’d also have to order our dessert and/or coffee right then and there as well, if we wanted any. Our food (which again, was quite tasty) arrived by 9:50. We tried to enjoy ourselves, but at 10:10, without prompting, our check was delivered. By 10:20, we were getting unfriendly glances from nearly every employee who passed our table. Look, I get what a drag it can be when people show up at a restaurant minutes before closing time. But we didn’t just wander in there at 9:55. We made a reservation at a time they offered. If you’re going to rudely rush a group through their meal and act like we’ve inconvenienced you with our presence, don’t offer reservations that late. But hey, the pasta was good.

RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Second time here, good value but not great food. Pasta was a little sweet not very authentic. Had the snapper special and was mediocre. We had 4 different dishes and two salads and nobody was wowed or disappointed but expected better.

PW
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic fresh pasta and cozy atmosphere.

Q
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little overcrowded but very popular even early on Saturday (5pm). Service was wonderful and specials fairly priced

MH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Very generous wine pour by the glass. Highly recommend!!

K
Tahoe
79 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Excellent service!

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T
Pittsburgh
104 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and good location to the JWMarriott. Wonderful and attentive service. Our pasta's were all good and nice wine list too! Small and on the quiteier side but we enjoyed our evening.

DD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Seafoods did not seem fresh. Pasta was excellent. Waitress was very friendly.

C
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dinner and great service. Very accommodating!

MS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Bruschetta Appetizer with mushrooms was fair. Caesar salad was lukewarm. Think it sat awhile before getting to our table. Tomato Sauce on chicken dish was quite good. Husbands veal was tough. Generous pour of wines by the glass.

SB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Quiet place on this Tuesday night - but delicious food, attentive but not intrusive service, and a great price point. A gem of a little place easily walked from our hotel at Union Square. Very happy we found this place!!

ER
Seattle
67 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a small place, rather intimate, with terrific food and service. We had a terrific dinner and enjoyed the ambiance and service.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. What more can I say?!

Jerry

WS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant service and good food at a convenient location close to Union Square.

R
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cozy restaurant. Our service was good. Enjoyed traditional veal Parm and the pasta was cooked perfectly. I would definitely return on my next trip to San Francisco.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

There were 10 of us, celebrating a wedding earlier in the day! I had made reservations well in advance so was a little surprised that there was only one server in the whole restaurant. It slowed things down but the food was fabulous and the ambiance was perfect. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family.