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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (15)
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Good for a Date (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Authentic (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Romantic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (3)
Seasonal (2)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

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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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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❤️

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 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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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 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...

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 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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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fabulous. Wonderful & taste good. Good mix of flavors

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The Italian food was authentic & very tasty. Can't go wrong for the prices - very reasonable for downtown San Francisco.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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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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