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Octavia

4.6
4.6
2202 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Octavia is the sister restaurant of Frances, helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Melissa Perello. Octavia serves dinner five nights a week in an elegant and relaxed neighborhood setting. Beautifully defined flavors and seasonally driven cuisine are the cornerstones of Octavia’s menu. Leveraging longstanding relationships with the region’s top purveyors and farms, Octavia's daily evolving selections spotlight Chef Perello's commitment to sustainability and the Bay Area’s wealth of agricultural resources.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 408-7507

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Private party facilities

    private, outdoor diningCAPACITY: 12 SEATED Guests will be seated in our heated, outdoor parklet. The outdoor seating area is fully private and yours for the evening.TUESDAY - SATURDAY 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm (last seating)SUNDAY - MONDAY closedMENU | $100 per personTUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800FRI-SAT EVENT MINIMUM | $2000

  • Private party contact

    Samantha McCurry: (415) 408-7507

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Cross street

    Bush Street

  • Parking details

    There is limited street parking near the restaurant. The closest garage is The Japan Center Garages which consists of two parking garages; The Main Garage located at 1610 Geary Boulevard and The Fillmore Annex Garage, located at 1650 Fillmore Street between Geary and Post Streets.

  • Public transit

    1 Bus Stop located at Octavia St. and Sacramento St. (3 blocks North)38/38R Bus Stop located at Geary Blvd. and Laguna St. (4 blocks South)

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_octavia

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at Octavia

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Join us for a festive Valentine's Day tasting menu featuring the best local, seasonal ingredients. Wine pairings and supplements will be available onsite. MENU & DETAILS: www.octavia-sf.com/valentines-day MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGES A la carte menu will not be available on this date. Please provide any food allergies directly to the restaurant at least 72-hours in advance.

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What 2,202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Contemporary American

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  1. BX

    BXVMom

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, Octavia does not disappoint. The outside dining areas are warm and comfortable and above street level which makes a big difference. The food is inventive and uniformly delicious. There wasn’t one dish we ordered that wasn’t fantastic. We will be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    They were out of oysters the time I was there; 8p-ish. Service was excellent. Food was was very good but left me wanting more—maybe I had high expectations from my perfect tapas experience in Healdsburg.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff knowledgeable with great recommendations
  4. JF

    JoshF

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed it, but probably won't be back for a while.
  5. K

    Keithk900

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, creative, unique, interesting. Overall great execution.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience. Incredibly attentive staff. Would recommend highly.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is divine and special. Absolutely delicious and delectable cuisine. Beautiful and charming. Thank you.
  8. E

    Explorer

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our waiter took our order and it seemed like another person took over the table without any transition communication. It was our first disappointing experience as a frequent diner. Baked Alaska was outstanding as was our two pastas. Bravo
  9. D

    Dianas

    Central Coast

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing. Lovely from start to finish. Incredible food, service and setting. Definitely save room for dessert!
  10. R

    Robin

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We arrived at 5:00, and by daylight the restaurant was attractive - modern and clean. We tried to figure out how much food to order, but our waiter waffled that most people had, umm, several dishes. The appetizers were very small. Bread was an appetizer: 4 slices of bread at $1.50 per slice! The entrees were smallish, and the desserts were enormous! I think an appetizer should be big enough to share, an entree should be a meal, and the dessert should be only 3 delicious bites - a sweet finish. The food was yummy - but the room was so dark we couldn't see what we were eating. Really! We were putting bites of darkish matter onto our forks. A large part of the enjoyment of eating is the visual pleasure you get out of seeing a delectable dish, so why feed us in a cave? Also, there was a bad draft - all of our legs were frozen, so we didn't feel comfy. Any bistro in Paris does it better. Let us see what we're eating, and don't do the mingy portions/mega-dessert thing.
  11. S

    Sierra

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious interesting dishes. Left very satisfied, very enjoyable
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the outdoor seat was pretty.
  13. DS

    DakotaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food. Even though the restaurant is busy the staff works flawlessly so you never feel like you are forgotten and every one of them was a pleasure to interact with. I highly recommend the tasting menu (chefs choice never disappoints) and ordering their Negroni Sbagliato to enjoy with the final course (dessert) was nothing short of sublime.
  14. JC

    JC12

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    food was good, not mindblowing. service was good. prices seemed fair.
  15. NK

    NickK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing meal and the service was impeccable! Our reservation was for one of the outside “parklets” and they even accommodated us with a lovely table inside. We can’t wait to try Frances their sister restaurant!
  16. B

    Barney415x

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. We enjoy it very much.
  17. WC

    WaltonC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxing place to be our server Juill was delightful in help us choose our meal , we choose recommended 12 sample dishes most delicious and fun , my wine Tanly Pinot was delicious will be back another time
  18. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely bistro feel. Very busy and service was a little slow but food was delicious and staff very friendly
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Waiter was rude and distracted
  20. s

    seamusf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent set menu in christmas eve - the staff was friendly and kitchen turned orders quickly. Fettucine with uni was the highlight.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a superb meal. A nice mix of complex and simple. Great wine list. And love the homemade sourdough.
  22. LA

    LAwanderer

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Was excited to celebrate Christmas Eve with family at this venue. Knew in advance that we would be seated outdoors, but disappointed when I discovered that that meant along the street. Nevertheless, the space had heaters and was comfortable, although there was no decor whatsoever. A small candle, or a sprig of greens on the table would have been a nice touch. Our waiter seemed more interested in selling extras than in attending to us, which was disappointing, especially given the fact that we were pre-charged a 20% service charge when making our reservation. The food was tasty, but the portions were so minuscule as to be offensive. Perhaps I was naïve to have assumed that “family style” service meant that there would be an adequate amount of food served to feed the 3 of us. I was wrong! A small bowl of salad that might have been ample for one person was inadequate to be shared by a party of three. The three tiny specs of (lobster? the pieces were so small that none of us could discern for certain) which adorned their pasta dish were laughable. But not so much, actually, considering the prefix price of our meal! The only component of this celebratory dinner that was advertised to have been plated was our Buche de Noel, the only dessert offered. Sadly, rather than individual portions, we were presented with a 2 inch slice of cake to be shared by the three of us, and the tiniest possible scoop of ice cream. To add insult to injury, there were no serving utensils offered, probably because trying to cut this tiny portion into three was impossible. I had a single bite of this yummy concoction, because that’s all I was apportioned. I left the meager serving of ice cream for the other 2 family members at my table, as there wasn’t enough for me to even have a taste. The Christmas cookies that were falsely advertised never arrived. We each enjoyed a nice glass of wine with our meal. Having shelled out $740 and left hungry and unsatisfied, I won’t be returning.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak tartare was so amazing!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very cold outside
  25. C

    Chas

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great chef-owned place with reasonable prices given the quality of food and wine. Nice staff completed the most enjoyable evening for this former sf and Marin restaurateur.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service with a cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu. You can tell how much chef and the kitchen staff care about their craft.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was really good. Informal fine dining. Not fussy. Just well done. The Mahi Mahi was so flavorful and light.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Starters were good. Two of our party of 4 had pasta which was excellent. Two of us shared the pork chop which was mostly FAT. When we pointed this out to the waitstaff we were told that was just the preparation. For an $80 pork chop I expect better. ordered coffee after the meal which took 15 minutes to reach our table and then was lukewarm. Service very slow.
  29. M

    Missy

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    The portions were very small. I sent my first plate of pasta back. The replacement, my second, was fine after I drained the excess olive oil off. I understand that it’s difficult for a restaurant in SF, but we won’t dine at Octavia again until the food matches the prices.
  30. NB

    NoraB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I highly recommend the chef’s tasting menu so you can taste a variety of dishes. They give large portions and the food was amazing. I would definitely go back.
  31. u

    uscniners

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had the tasting menu and it was pretty good. i would go again
  32. JA

    JAMaude

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Octavia -- will go back again soon. Really delicious and unique food. Excellent service. Attention to detail and preferences. All around wonderful!
  33. MG

    MarieG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always love coming here, it's my favorite in SF. I was disappointed with my dish, as I am vegan and we left it up to the chef that night to prepare a dish. I don't like fermented vegetables which were used in the dish and I think that was part of it. Next time I will ask ahead of time
  34. P

    Paula

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I think it’s overrated and pricey, definitely not worthy, food was average nothing delicious and the service is really slow.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Waiter wasn’t welcoming and made backhanded remarks when we ordered to imply we weren’t spending enough. The host and other servers were great though. Food was good but nothing extraordinary to write home about. However, loved the Negroni and the outdoor space they set.
  36. LN

    LaurettaN

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We walked 30 minutes from hotel so we had a good appetite. Started with bread which was crusty and delicious. Ordered butternut squash and beets, spaghetti with pesto and the duck confit. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. Then ordered the ricotta cake with quince and earl grey tea ice cream. It was sooo good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was incredible. The bread and butter were perfect. The beets were the most delicious beets I have ever eaten. Even the simple salad was amazing in it freshness. I would guess that the lettuce was picked today. Thank you to everyone who worked on our meal.
  38. s

    slugdoc

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Greg was extremely helpful. And knowledgeable.
  39. OY

    OrhanY

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delightful dining experience. Everything we had was delicious. Service was impeccable.
  40. m

    mccroz

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best beef short rib I’ve ever had. Food was top notch and service was excellent. Would highly recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Octavia is rated 4.6 stars by 2202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Octavia

1701 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bush Street

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is limited street parking near the restaurant. The closest garage is The Japan Center Garages which consists of two parking garages; The Main Garage located at 1610 Geary Boulevard and The Fillmore Annex Garage, located at 1650 Fillmore Street between Geary and Post Streets.

  • Public transit

    1 Bus Stop located at Octavia St. and Sacramento St. (3 blocks North)38/38R Bus Stop located at Geary Blvd. and Laguna St. (4 blocks South)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_octavia

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 408-7507

  • Private party facilities

    private, outdoor diningCAPACITY: 12 SEATED Guests will be seated in our heated, outdoor parklet. The outdoor seating area is fully private and yours for the evening.TUESDAY - SATURDAY 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm (last seating)SUNDAY - MONDAY closedMENU | $100 per personTUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800FRI-SAT EVENT MINIMUM | $2000

  • Private party contact

    Samantha McCurry: (415) 408-7507

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