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About L'Ottavo - San Francisco

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.

692 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm
Dinner: F-sa 5:00pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
Taylor

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 922-3944

Additional:
Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

L'Ottavo - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.5

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4.2

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I had my birthday party at Lottavo restaurant, such a great experience ❤️cozy small restaurant with great atmosphere I had seafood pasta on the special called Linguine pescatore with some clams, mussels, and salmon in white wine marinara sauce it was so tasty. After that my friend ordered Tiramisu as a birthday cake it's so pretty and super delicious, very nice service my glass of water never empty I got attention from server all the time. Highly recommend to visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The service was good, but the pasta dishes looked like a messy and tangled blob of over cooked vegetables and runny “pink” sauce (since when is combining marinara and cream sauce called “pink sauce”?). It tasted average. The neighboring table’s food didn’t look that much better. With all the good Italian restaurants in the area (Fino), we won’t return to this one.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This is not just another Italian restaurant and I’ve had many outstanding ones. The dishes have depth and the flavors are so delicious! Even the bread and dipping sauce are special. The spumoni is the best we have ever had!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

In town for vacation. Great location to walk to from hotel. Servers very pleasant. Yum pastas!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Been here several times and each time the food and atmosphere are perfect.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My wife and I stayed in Union Square area to visit our sons who are in Stanford and Berkeley. We looked for an authentic Italian and quiet place. L'Ottavo marked perfectly and we had a great time. Food were tasty and each portion was abou a right size. Services were attentive, yet not disturbing. It's located conveniently in the area. We surely go back there next time when we visit SF.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food. Quiet atmosphere. Ending our busy day great

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This is an excellent, traditional Italian restaurant - not corrupted by nouvelle cuisine. Both seafood and meat dishes we ordered were very good - served quickly and hot - which for some reason is a rarity in San Fran.
Service was excellent - courteous and discrete.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Nice location and inside ambience. However the food was very poor. My husband had a pasta and I had the lasagne, both were very non interesting, not much taste.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Went with friends and we all ordered different entrees and tasted each other's. Everything we had was great...from the crab bisque and carpaccio, to the lasagna, penne with sausage, and veal. Love that they had good non-alcoholic beer for my hubby who doesn't drink. Yummy wine selection too! Great find! We will be back!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Mobile)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The veal parmigiana was good and the service excellent

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Unassuming exterior and an interior decorated with chianti bottles and charming murals. Very mainstream Italian offerings; nice variety of pastas, veal -- light on fish. Busy at 6:30 on a weeknight. A reservation would be wise. Portions substantial.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The food was really outstanding, however the noise level bordered on unbearable. Cloth tablecloths would certainly help to absorb the sound.

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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We stayed there with the family and have had nice dinner, authentic italian food und good wine. If you are closed to Sutter/Union Square it is definitly worth to go there.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

A lovely little spot, excellent service, casual but nicely lit and appointed...I went there with my Mom, and we had 2 delicious dishes; highly enjoyable.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great team of hardworking and attentive staff. I would put this in the every day "value for money" category. Lots of variety on the menu and the staff were willing to make changes to menu items.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The salad and pastas were delicious. The wait staff was very attentive and the crowd was fun and interactive. I think they could do better on the bread it was rather boring but the olive oil and sun-dried tomato dip Was nice

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

There were 4 of us. We all ordered different things: a shellfish pasta, a creamy pasta, a chicken dish and a tomato based pasta. All 4 were very tasty, as evidenced by the clean plates!

It was clearly very popular with the locals as the place was packed when we arrived. We were sort of ignored at first, but then the wait staff realized that and we were given water and drinks.

All in all, I would recommend for solid Italian food.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Tasty, wholesome, well-cooked food, fair prices for SF. Chicken was tender and juicy, flavorful sauce, veg plain but fresh and tasty. Pasta was cooked properly in an excellent meat sauce. Good wine list. Didn't have dessert. Service was perfectly fine, unmemorable (which is how it should be). Good food at a fair price, I'd go again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Really good food and lovely atmosphere. Would definitely eat here again. The only thing to note is that it is not particularly kid-friendly....they welcome kids, but the menu for most kids is very limited. Ours ate before we arrived so it wasn't an issue.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Good ok, regular Italian, nothing special, could have better decor

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very commercial Italian food. Very small portions, walk a block or two and have a decent dinner somewhere else.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Bread and olive oil/sun-dried tomatoes came at the same time as the main course and we could have been offered drinks more often but the food was very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Being a large group of 10, it worked. It was a nice intimate gathering of friends and family. Brought 2 bottles of wine and they charge a corkage fee which is fine. Their food was great! Kids approved. I would recommend to everyone. Thank you.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great place. Food was very good, service was excellent. Good place to go with friends!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Unique little restaurant on the inside. Italian themed and quaint. We both liked. Food, not so much. Ordered the lobster ravioli and fettuccine bolognese with crostini apps plus a bottle of wine. The crostinis were okay, nothing great. Noticed later some kid making them in a toaster oven next to the bar. The lobster ravioli was okay as well. The fettuccine would have been good if we were served when it was made...like last week. A pasty, congealed glob of noodles. Service was very good. Tried a local place and failed, should have went to a top 10. Sorry, can't recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Well rounded menu. My wife had the linguini with mussels and clams, while I had the best lasagna I can remember. Friendly staff and courteous service.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

We celebrated our 25 th wedding anniversary here!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent service and surprisingly good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

All items were remarkably well prepared. They know how to make delicious food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

One and done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

I had a great dinner with a friend. The service was fantastic too. Lots of pastas to choose from...Make your reservation and go. You will be pleased.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Such a disappointing experience. We came there for our 20 year wedding anniversary. The waitress recommended the lobster ravioli. It was so gross and had no flavor the pasta was hard the sauce tasted like nothing. My husband ordered a steak. Every bite he had to spit out most of it because there were so many tendons and ligaments in the steak he could not even cut it with a knife. $70 wasted. Never again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

A very nice place and very good food. Warm and relaxing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 8, 2017

My wife "found" L'Ottavo during a morning walk and I am now urging her to walk more! It was fabulous.
The setting in the restaurant is a traditional Italian look with murals on the wall, wine bottles around and a very nice cosy atmosphere. By the time we finished dinner the place was about half full and yet the noise level was still quiet...wonderful!
Ordering an appetizer and an entree each, we were in for a double treat for both of us. My Bruschetta was absolutely the best I'd ever eaten. Warm, sour dough bread, sautéed mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and a very light sprinkle of dressing was so good I was tempted to order another (I'm salivating now!!) . Thank goodness I saved room!
Wifey had a salad with a light dressing and flakey parmesan cheese that was as fresh as if they'd picked the lettuce that morning.
Entrees were, salmon and vegetables for her and a Lasagna Bolognese for me. Di would make a Yummy sound every 15 seconds and I was too enthralled with the lightest Lasagne I'd ever eaten. The meat sauce was light and the pasta was able to be easily cut with a gentle down use with the fork. Needless to say, I sopped up the remaining sauce with gusto!
The only sad part of this meal was the fact that this was our last night in San Francisco and we couldn't return...this trip!
Molto delizioso!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2017

So lovely... food excellent, surpassed only by the amazing service! Truly a gem!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Cozy little restaurant with delicious food. Possibly my favorite meal while on my visit to San Francisco!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The food was fantastic with quick, friendly service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 18, 2017

A good, old-fashioned Italian restaurant with a predictable menu for such a place. Food was good and service excellent. Worth a visit.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant when we visit SF. Excellent food, great service!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating
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