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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm
Dinner: F-sa 5:00pm-9:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine
L'Ottavo - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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❤️
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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