Octavia

4.8
1160 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Octavia is the newest restaurant and follow up to Frances, helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Melissa Perello. Octavia serves dinner seven nights a week in a sophisticated, elegant and relaxed neighborhood setting. Beautifully defined flavors and seasonally driven cuisine are the cornerstones of Octavia’s menu. Leveraging her longstanding relationships with the region’s top purveyors and farms, Chef Perello’s daily evolving selections spotlight her commitment to sustainability and the Bay Area’s wealth of agricultural resources.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

PLEASE NOTE: We will be offering a prix fixe menu on Valentine's Day. This menu will consist of 4-courses for $100 per person and an optional wine pairing for $45 per person. We will not be offering an a la carte menu. Please notify the restaurant of any dietary restrictions to ensure accommodation.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 1160 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall feel. Service was outstanding. Multiple different servers making sure we had everything we needed. Food was fantastic, we did the tasting menu and were very happy we did. Highly recommend.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We took a tasting menu. Most of the food was very good. However, I was a little disappointed with the red snapper that they served for the entree. It was very dry. But the duck in the entree on the other hand was pretty good. So overall a good experience. The service was very impressive.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I was so disappointed that my experience this week was not the same incredible dining experience I had when I visited this restaurant a year ago.

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TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional and such a lovely menu - very tasty!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

1 year anniversary

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U
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was good, the only complaint I have is the salad was unweildy. The lettuce was in whole leaves and had it been on a flat plate would have been fine but in a small bowl very difficult to cut.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

The server was not friendly and rude. I went before and did not experience this type of service. Unsure about coming back here again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner

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OK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truffle risotto was amazing!

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JR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite. Flavors pop without being over the top. Excellent presentation and service. Beautiful, tasty, seasonal food. Our favorite restaurant in SF.

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DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal with generous portions. Creative food combinations with excellent preparations. House baked bread was over the top!

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F
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely service and food was very good- wine by the glass limited but ok.
Definitely a great way to Spears an evening with someone special

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K
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was both of our birthdays and we said that when we made the reservation. They had a window table ready for us and a happy birthday card on the table. The food and service were excellent.

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R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and me choose this place for my birthday dinner. Everything was just excellent starting welcoming, food, hospitality, interior and overall atmosphere.

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, superb flavours in a nice Atmosphere! Creative kitchen!

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S
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We like this Restaurant & only wish the menu was a bit more robust. They prepare & serve everything on the menu very well. Cute place but it gets crowded easily. None of my remarks are meant to imply we will not return, because we will.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Best in class

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IM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place for a special occasion. Very good ambiance. Love the appetizers and the ways how vegetables cooked. Not very impressed with main courses though.

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JG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food just came across as too much “ California “, with too many veggies interfering with the protein. Potatoes vastly outnumbered the calamari in my starter and while the sliced filet was delicious, the undercard consisted of strange and paper-like vegetables which added nothing of value. Also ,our waitress maintained “ I couldn’t care less “ attitude. I love Frances, but this will be my first and last time at Octavia.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was good but too expensive for what we eat. We were not seat in a good location even if I booked in advance.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was very mediocre. The flavors were not there. Felt like they just threw in a bunch of things together.

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a
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful experience, attentive wait staff, quiet kitchen, tasty wine list, creative recipes, will definitely be back!

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OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tried the tasting menu and everything was amazing. It’s a ton of food for a competitive price, and my server was very accommodating with boxing up leftovers that I couldn’t finish. Top notch service, ambiance, and a great first meal in San Francisco!

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A
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Michelin Star restaurant worth to try. A small & intimate place, good food, good service.

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K
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octavia is definitely one of our favourite restaurants in San Francisco. (we visit them from Japan!)

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k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited Octavia a couple of years ago and our experience was better than our most recent one, primarily because the vibe now is very reserved in terms of service. It used to feel "warmer", like a neighborhood restaurant. Now, while the food was very good and worth trying, I'm not sure it would be our destination anymore.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and accommodating staff. Tasting menu is a must. Will be back for other ala carte menu items.

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SR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really good experience

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m
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the tasting menu, which we rarely do. The price was excellent for the selection of food. Each selection was very well prepared and presented. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire meal. Our servers were attentive and knowledgable about the food. Overall an excellent experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner! I made a mistake securing my reservation and the staff were very helpful accommodating us and got us a table. Thank you

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B
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Salad, roasted brussels sprouts, and snapper were very good. Filet mignon was dry and flavorless. Dessert was good but not great. Service was good.

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G
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and it was great. Liver mousse was fantastic.

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We ordered the special rib eye - it was terrible. We are very little of it and the wait staff didn’t ask if there was an issue. I’ve eaten at Octavia many times - it’s going downhill and I won’t eat there any more.

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Recently visited for a birthday dinner, the 3rd such time my fiance and I have visited for one of our birthdays since Octavia opened. The food is outstanding, I highly recommend the tasting menu. It is a tad loud in the restaurant but manageable. The service was attentive and helpful. We both agreed we should visit Octavia more frequently.

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HZ
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had their tasting menu and it was a wonderful way to enjoy a variety of their dishes. Out of the 8 or so dishes, only two were mediocre. The rest were delicious and very satisfying. Definitely did not leave hungry. Thought the price was very reasonable as well.

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o
San Francisco
177 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The latest in un-ending magic from Melissa Perello is the tempura mushroom dish on the tasting menu-Yummy, outrageous! The value simply cannot be ignored in increasingly high prices at fine restaurants.Very relaxed yet efficient service personnel flank the room at this super popular destination. Hands down THE place to go in San Francisco!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great ambiance and the tasting menu was a good value at $70/ per person.

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KB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite restaurant in SF....love everyone there and they all feel like our family, Kim and Clarence Barker

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SF
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a marvelous birthday celebration for my wife. Great dishes and fun preparations.

Excellent use of vegetables. However the tasting menu was substantial for two of us. We took some portions of the dishes home due to the amounts served.

Will definitely recommend restaurant to our family and friends. We will be back.

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious flavors were on pointe! We had the crab tagetelle and mignon. We also had some sides beef tartare and squid ink noodles. Wish we had time for dessert.

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