I had higher expectations than the outcome of this experience. We had the chef’s tasting menu which was great until the main courses. The mains were not memorable and poor execution of flavor combinations (especially the beef). Generally, just average for the hype and cost.
Very impersonal for a small restaurant. We felt like we were in a diner, the server was very curt. Food very good but you need a welcoming warm feeling too in a tiny old restaurant definitely no charm or ambiance. It was so cold and unfriendly not a date place for sure.
A very good chef who sometimes puts too many ingredients in his dishes.
I thought almost everything about Octavia was excellent - the service, the food, and the ambiance. I do have one criticism. Duck confit is my favorite dish and I mentioned that when ordered from the server. However, the duck that arrived was not duck confit at all, but a roasted duck leg. While it was very good, it did not have the texture and depth of flavor of a true duck confit, and the meat near the bone was pink. I think the server should have mentioned (or been told by the kitchen) that notwithstanding the listing on the menu, the duck being served that night was a roast duck leg, not duck confit. I also thought that the wines by the glass selection was a little spare, but I understand that the restauarnt wants to encourage diners to order from the bottle list.
Absolutely delicious and fantastic service.
Took my German colleagues out for some REAL American food, not the gross chain steakhouse we had dinner at the previous night. They loved Octavia! Clean plate club all around! Thanks for helping build some cred with my global friends!
Always a special time at Octavia
Excellent tasting menu with large portions for a good value. Service is excellent. Servers and hostess are friendly and delightful, making you feel at home. Food is approachable but also creative. Ambiance is simple and relaxed.
Tenían el aire acondicionado arriba de mi mesa , por ende mi platillo a los pocos minutos estaba helado ...
The BEST restaurant in San Francisco without question!
It’s was amazing from the food to the wine amazing came up from la for the night just to eat here
Once again our favorite dinner in the city!!!
I have been going to Octavia for the past few years and I love the food. But this time the service was too slow and it was very crowded. The food was still excellent but the service experience made the overall experience less than I expected.
Incredible restaurant and meal. Service struggled a bit but will be back ASAP
Excellent food and friendly service! Will go back in a pinch.
Was a fantastic experience! Had wanted to go for a while and was not disappointed, am planning on having my whole family come with me next time!
The place is great with an excellent menu, the food and service were great, it is an amazing location. The duck was very very salty.
The food was outstanding. The wine list was excellent and we were very pleased with our choices. The devilled egg was delicious (I had been looking forward to trying it for over a year and finally had the experience) as was the toasted angel cake dessert. The mains were scrumptious - waygu beef and king salmon, although the salmon could have had less cabbage, but that's a quibble. Our main server seemed a bit harried and was kind of reciting her lines instead of actually appearing to be interested in us. Because of all the hard surfaces in the room, it was very noisy which made it hard to converse. Nonetheless, I still give an overall rating of 5 stars because it was just so damn good!
We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. An excellent experience. It's pricey but no more so than other San Francisco restaurants. Service was prompt, courteous and personal. Noise level was better than many.
We first went to Octavia after Quince left the space. At the time, Octavia paled when compared to Quince and we didn't go back until recently-----four years later! Since then, Quince has disappointed and Octavia has surged. Had a delicious green garlic soup and an excellent pasta, good wine, yummy dessert and great service. Its prices are very reasonable considering the skyrocketing restaurant tabs in SF these days. The one downside is the noise, but that's getting almost impossible to avoid in San Francisco. We'll be back.
Fantastic tasting menu, each course was better than the last, with great wine pairings.
Service súper súper slow !!! But food amazing !
Perfect venue for a romantic birthday dinner.
Tasting menu- great deal. Lots of food. Not everything was a hit, but enough great dishes to make it very worthwhile.
We had high expectations for our experience at Octavia and I’m happy to say there were all exceeded. Food was amazing, wine recommendation was on point and the ambiance was cool, yet still romantic. Definitely a splurge type of place, but absolutely worth it.
Zeer lekker eten en lekkere blind menu met wijn, maar wel zeer druk en luidruchtig
Absolutely delicious food! Would absolutely save up and come back
We had a lovely meal for a Birthday Dinner. We enjoyed the family style tasting with wine pairing. The food was excellent and the service was truly wonderful.
Food was an attempt to combine a lot of flavors into everything instead of maximizing the flavor of a dish. There were no wines available under $75 - in California. Wow! Too modern and too expensive for me.
Wines by the glass need improvement
Delicious. Highly recommend any soup they have on offer.
We really enjoyed the food and wine. Unfortunately the service was a bit disappointing.
We always love our dinner and time with everyone on the staff 👍
One of the best meals I’ve had in SF this year and a great value to boot.
As always, fantastic! One of the top 5 in SF. We had a small service snafu - they forgot our dessert, but they made up for it! Highly recommend!
Food was excellent. This was our second time to visit Octavia and it never fails to surprise us with new menu and delicious food. We did the blind chefs tasting menu with wine pairing. The menu just had enough food for 2 people, and dessert was included. We love to try different restaurant in San francisco and this is always a favorite for us.
The best valued tasting menu I ever had. I wish I had a bigger stomach.
We live in SF and are real foodies. Simply put, Octavia is the best restaurant in SF. Great food, great service, great space and not stuffy. Bravo Octavia!