L'Ottavo - San Francisco

4.3
464 reviews
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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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H
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was wonderful. The linguini with clams mussels prawns and salmon was OUTSTANDING!!

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SW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We would recommend this restaurant for ambiance, food and service. A wide selection of Italian dishes with a pretty good wine list.

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GI
Philadelphia
186 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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M
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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VM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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C
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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!

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is very good and service is friendly. Just loud in there, although there was a large party nearby.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Table for four, great food and even better service! Pretty noisy but intimate setting was nice!

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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthemic, Great Food , Great Service

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W
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

first time for us. we will be back. get a reservation

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and food felt home cooked. Quick and very pleasant meal!

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MC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Y
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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i
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service! Would definitely go again.

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PK
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, great value.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very positive

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KI
Galway
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will definitely go again

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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DG
Portland
42 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the service a bit slow, charming place

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T
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Chicken was yummy pasta was soso.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early dinner with our family after the afternoon Ballet.
Excellent choice on our part.
Thank you.

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PP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.
Great food!

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

took another couple for a birthday and liked it so much we went back by ourselves then next nite.

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FB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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AB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, the staff are very attentive.

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JL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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TB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was marginal and very overpriced.
Wine not great. Worst Caesar I ever had.
Nice employees though.

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Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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XF
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Italian Restaurant

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