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L'Ottavo - San Francisco

4.3
370 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm
Dinner: F-sa 5:00pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 922-3944
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Taylor
Additional
Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 370 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Good Italian close to Union Square. We were in town on business and it was as easy walk from our hotel. My colleagues all enjoyed their meals, but my pasta bolognese was just ok. I would come back for convenience to Union Square, but would venture elsewhere for a true authentic Italian meal.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

There were 6 of us and every one of us had a great dinner. We unfortunately had to eat rather quickly because we were going across the street to a show at the Marines Memorial. We are definitely looking forward to going back...don’t forget to have the bruschetta...it’s SO yummy...we’ve never had it served warm...SO good! Wonderful service and such a nice staff. It’s a winner👍

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our favorite Italian Restaurant in the Union Square area with very good consistent food and excellent service...

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The good is good & the service excellent. I had the red snapper & loved it. My daughter had a pasta dish that was good, but not great.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Both the Caesar salad and penne pasta were “dry”, when our waitress came to check how our meal was tasting, we sent he pasta back and were satisfied the second time around.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The restaurant was quiet and cozy. We were on vacation to San Francisco so we will probably not be back but if we lived nearby we definitely would. Both of our pasta dishes were very good, unfortunately I can't remember what they were called. I drink non-alcoholic beer and they did have the one I like best. It was a very good experience.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Nice neighborhood restaurant with good Italian food. Cozy atmosphere and good service.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This is one of our favorite Italian Restaurants in San Francisco....
The ambiance, service and food quality are both consistent and excellent...

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Little Italian restaurant with a European feel. Food is good, restaurant is cozy. Nice wine list.
You can have a conversation. Really enjoyed it. Melanzane appetizer was delicious. We'll definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I think that the restaurant was different this time. We had not visited since 2000. Food . Menu seemed to have changed. Food was still tasty. Deserts were good!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The staff were incredibly kind, but the food was lackluster. Sadly, there are too many good restaurants in SF for me to recommend this one in good faith.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Saturday night at 6:30 finds this small restaurant packed and very noisy. The service and food were good, however, recommend an earlier weekend reservation or weekday visit to make the meal more conducive to talking and relaxation.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

A great San Fran restaurant. Do not miss it! We come herr every trip and have not been disappointed yet.

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Asian Chef BoyArDee.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The Cuisine is consistently good and the service is always excellent

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was nice.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Old standard and good food and good for conversation. Good menu.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

This is a great place to go for Italian in San Francisco. It is well located and the service is great.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This place was warm and welcoming--a fun place for us to sit and talk. The Mixed Grill I had was excellent; my companions liked their dinners too.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent Service, great food and nice ambience. Restaurant filled up with people around 8 pm. We got there around 7 pm and thought not very busy and maybe we made a mistake. NOT. Really a gem of a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Very noisy - can be difficult to hear your friends conversation.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

We enjoyed it both times. We brought couples who had not been there before and they were pleased, also. We'll definitely keep coming as the food is good, the prices reasonable and the service warm and friendly.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

A really pleasant surprise. Service was attentive, the wine list well-priced. Traditional Italian comfort food in a cozy setting.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Where's the fresh homemade pasta and the mascarpone? Spaghettini homemade? Doubt it much! Crostini with cheap salmon and ghost mascarpone! I don't believe it to be real Italian!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Celebratory meal at the end of a long work week. Perfect choice.

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We ate here several years ago and found it to still be a great place to eat in the neighborhood. Good service, good food, nice quiet spot!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Fun place. Great service. All staff were kind and attentive to our adults and kids. Food was “amazing.” We suggest tourist drop in.
Thank you,

Andie

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Location is excellent- right in Union Square. We walked from the hotel. The food was delicious. We had the crab bisque and each had a different pasta dish. All cooked extremely well and tasted great! The bread was warm and was clearly made on site. The service was wonderful- attentive without being overbearing. The ambiance was quaint and very clean. The restaurant was busy but the noise level was very minimal. We very much enjoyed our dining experience here and will be back.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve in San Francisco can be challenging to find a restaurant reservation! We enjoyed our casual yet delicious dinner at L'Ottavo. Our waitress was wonderful! She had several tables she was waiting on, yet she was attentive and timely to our needs. The food was good, the prices were good and I would recommend giving this restaurant a try if you are near Union Square!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a large group, 11 people for New Year’s Eve, combination of adults and kids. We walked from the St. Francis hotel. They were ready for us (5 min wait). It’s a cozy, adorable atmosphere. We all absolutely loved our meals. My kids got the New York steak with mushrooms and penne. They all gobbled it up! The pasta was cooked perfectly. Very authentic Italian food. We will go back for sure❤️

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants.! A hidden gem. The food was delicious and the service was great. We are definitely going back when we're in SF.

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Quiet enough, causal, with okay food. Good meal, not fancy.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

One of our favorite Italian Restaurants in San Francisco especially in the area near Union Square...
The Food is excellent, the service is outstanding and the atmosphere is quiet and romantic...

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

We enjoyed our meal and the ambiance. The service was excellent and so was the food. Recommended. Authentic Italian.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent food and service, priced reasonably too. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Fabulous. Wonderful & taste good. Good mix of flavors

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2017

It wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted a place for a quiet leisurely meal. In fairness, it was Black Friday, so I wasn't going to find that anywhere near Union Square. The menu looked great. I had risotto. It was good, but I have had better. There is no bar - it is beer and wine only.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Shared an appetizer, salad and dessert and each had our own veal dish. Nice portions. Very tasty, good service. Convenient to the Masonic auditorium up the hill.

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