L'Ottavo - San Francisco
The service was wonderful. The linguini with clams mussels prawns and salmon was OUTSTANDING!!
We arrived for an early dinner (5:45) and there was plenty of seating. The staff was very attentive and the food was wonderful. Had both the bread with oil and the bruschetta with eggplant. Yum! My husband had the Al Amatriciana pasta and I had the special with clams, prawns, and salmon in a white wine sauce. Needless to say, we both finished our dishes and were quite satisfied. Loved the restaurant and the food and would definitely go back again. I can see how it might be a bit too slow for someone in a hurry but we had a nice relaxing dinner and would recommend to everyone.
We would recommend this restaurant for ambiance, food and service. A wide selection of Italian dishes with a pretty good wine list.
We were visiting and needed a restaurant that we could walk to from the Union Square area and chose L'Ottavo. It was an ok experience but would not return. Food was basic Italian. Nothing special. There was a fruit fly or flies that buzzed around our table that was annoying/distracting. Appeared dated dingy and in need of a good cleaning
Really interesting place, gives vibes similar to restaurants in Italy. Interesting place, I think it was a sushi bar that they turned into an italian restaurant. Definitely good food tho!
Our second time to L'Ottavo and the food was even better than we remembered. Lobster ravioli and prawns and scallops. Yum! Service and atmosphere fabulous!
We went to L'Ottavo before a Saturday night show at The Masonic. We struggled through hideous traffic and then struggled again to find parking, both of which caused us to be very late for our reservation. But the hostess was very gracious and had us seated promptly. Our waitress was extremely considerate about serving us fast so we wouldn't be late for our show. And the food was good! I will definitely try this place again when we're not in a big hurry and preferably on a week night.
The service food and ambiance were all wonderful. We had the Veal Lemon and Veal Marsala both excellent. The wine list was fairly priced but also a good selection.
A great Italian Restaurant close to Union Square. We will be back
The food was Delicious. Old school Italian food. We reserved a table and we got seated quickly. Service was great and very afordable. Romantic and quite environment. Definitely will recommend to others.
The small exposure on Sutter street understates what occurs inside. Looking for intiment, relaxing, unpretentious step inside. The small bar area is cozy. The staff was prompt, attentive and seating occurred quickly during a not so busy period. Space at the small table was adequate for the several plates served. The wine memu had many excellent option to complement the entres. Warm bread, and a unique variation on EVO and Balsamic drew the first compliment. The staff could explain the varied menu intellligently and as it turned out accurately. The seafood pasta was loaded with shrimp, mussels and clams complemented by a perfectly balance red sauce that did not overwhelm and al dente pasta. The penne with excellent sausage had an perfect balance with mushrooms, broccoli, with a tasty and tangy olive oil base. Both entres were more then adequate in size, but none was left on the plate. Best of all the value for the price, you’d think you weren’t in SF. Terrific!
Cozy neighborhood spot with good food. Love the seasoned oil that came with the warm bread. Enjoyed the salmon with olives and capers. It was very flavorful and well cooked!
The service was exceptionally quick, polite, and attentive. The portion sizes were spot on for the cost. You can taste how fresh the pasta is.
Food is very good and service is friendly. Just loud in there, although there was a large party nearby.
Table for four, great food and even better service! Pretty noisy but intimate setting was nice!
Anthemic, Great Food , Great Service
first time for us. we will be back. get a reservation
Great ambiance and food felt home cooked. Quick and very pleasant meal!
We had dinner before heading to a show at the Golden Gate. Nice small intimate setting, reminiscent of some authentic small Italian restaurants in parts of New York. We really enjoyed it and will choose this restaurant again.
This is a small restaurant; seats maybe 40 people? We were seated immediately, but then a large group of 10 was seated next to us. It was very difficult for my wife and I to converse. But the service was excellent and the food delicious. We shared a Misto salad, and the light lemon vinegarette was to die for. My wife had the lobster ravioli. Quite tasty, but only 6 or 7 small raviolies were on the plate. I had the Veal Parmesan which was excellent. For dessert we shared the chocolate torte, which was incredible. With one glass of wine, the bill came to $86, though... but that seems to be the new average for us.
Great food and excellent service! Would definitely go again.
Good food, excellent service, great value.
Food was ok, flavours we're good, but nothing was hot. Restaurant was very quiet for a Friday night. Restaurant itself was uncomfortably cool with no offer to adjust the temperature.
Great food and service. Will definitely go again
Busy on New Year's eve, but that was expected...lots of families with with well-behaved children. We only had pasta which was excellent as was the wine. Service was great, friendly and efficient. Reasonably priced, overall great value and enjoyable experience. Will return.
The food was good and the service a bit slow, charming place
We had a reservation for 5pm and arrived a few minutes before. We were seated immediately, but there was only one waitress and there soon were three other parties for her to service. A party of about 7 people came in, but left after they were ignored for over 10 minutes. The waitress was very friendly and moving as quickly as she could, but service was far too slow. Also, a young girl, maybe 3 or 4 years old was with her dad (another worker at the restaurant) and she was eating her dinner at a table in the dining room. The food was not from the restaurant. Our meals were great. The food was well prepared and there was plenty of it. However, we won’t be back.
Chicken was yummy pasta was soso.
We had an early dinner with our family after the afternoon Ballet.
Excellent choice on our part.
My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at L’Ottavo. It’s a small restaurant, so not a lot of space between you and the other diners, but the overall ambiance was pleasing. Decor is understated, with the dining room encircled by old-style bottles of Italian table wine with the basket wrapping. A short wall dividing tables down the middle is topped with 3-liter bottles, the kind with the 3’ necks. So yes, it’s informal, but not shabby.
The bread was warm and fresh, and served with a tasty tapenade with herbs and sun-dried tomatoes. We also had the eggplant bruschetta, which was deliciously garlicky and cheesy. I had the fettuccine with pesto and prawns. The pasta was fresh and perfectly cooked and the pesto was perfect; not the usual overly-creamy stuff. Prawns were tender and tasty. My wife had the lasagna and it was a hit with both of us.
I ordered a glass of the Barbera d’Asti. It was off; slightly effervescent with an unpleasant nose. I’m thinking it might have been a few days since they last poured a glass. I sent it back for a glass of California Pinot. The wine list is about half Italian and half Californian & could certainly use more selections.
We had the tiramisu for desert. It was delicious with a slightly lemony cream that went perfectly.
Service was adequate but somewhat indifferent. No problems; just adequate.
It didn’t blow us away, but we left happy and satisfied.
We eat here almost every time we're in San Francisco. Tried it initially because it's down the block from Marines Memorial and it's Italian.
Food is consistently good and we often leave with leftovers. Staff is very friendly and have gotten us in, even when we haven't had reservations.
This most recent visit a charming little girl, around three years old, was sitting on a stool eating and when we walked in she said, "Table for two?" Cracked me up. Obviously the child of owner or one of the staff and she really is a sweetheart.
Only drawback is this is often popular with large groups, but if you sit in the back it's usually okay noise-wise.
Fabulous minestrone soup and lasagne bolognese! They make the pasta in this dish, too! Delicious, light sauce with plenty of flavor. Great wine list, as well. The Ripasso went beautifully with the meal.
took another couple for a birthday and liked it so much we went back by ourselves then next nite.
This is my second time here. It seems like this place probably hasn't changed much since the 80s, which I kinda love. There are some problems with this, like having veal on the menu. It is a very convenient place to eat before heading up to shows at the Masonic. The servers are prompt and friendly.
Wonderful food, great neighborhood restaurant. The staff and service is and are amazing. Has some vegan options (puttanesca with penne pasta and no anchovies) and the bruschetta without cheese are the BEST.
Always delicious, the staff are very attentive.
Our server was very friendly and accommodating. Everyone enjoyed their entrees which were reasonably priced and good sized portions. We will definitely dine here regularly.
Food was marginal and very overpriced.
Wine not great. Worst Caesar I ever had.
Nice employees though.
We have been there a few times over many years. Always a pleasure to dine there. The food is consistently excellent and service way above average. Will return again on future visits to The City.
Very good Italian Restaurant