Octavia

4.6
1273 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.
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience we have had in our two week SF visit

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LH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding - our best meal in San Francisco on our 4 day trip!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a dining experience. Excellent dinner for a reasonable price.

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

Went on a Saturday evening. We were greeted warmly into a modern yet cozy restaurant. Service was prompt and friendly, each dish was beautifully presented and perfectly seasoned, desserts were scrumptious. Our group of 4 enjoyed the experience of food at a high-level in a non-pretentious environment. Highly recommend.

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

Wow, food was excellent. Bread was to die for. Tasting menu price is very reasonable, loved the shared aspect. Worth it.

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

Pretty poor experience. We decided to do the tasting menu and it took 2.5 hours for entrees. We had to leave and didn’t eat the main course or dessert. Not to mention, when we walked in and asked for a table in the corner, we were told it’s reserved. Ironically a few friends walked in and were sat there. Wouldn’t recommend this place.

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KB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at Octavia once a week, it is our favorite restaurant in SF....we both had the duck leg confit and it was the BEST dish we had ever had anywhere!!! WE love our time there and it is always a special experience!! Kim and Clarence Barker

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i
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very underwhelming. Brought own bottle of wine, wine was not once being re-poured - normally don't care but this is a Michelin star place. Was told there was one last steak left, we ordered it. But somehow a table across from us came 30 mins after, was able to get another "last steak". There are other ways to up-sell the steak without lying and cover blown lol. Not sure what the hype is with their deviled eggs- anyone with sou vide and chili flakes might be able to duplicate something similar. The best items were beef tartar, oysters and the soup! I'd like to try the chef's menu $70/ 10 course next time, but really would have to be convinced.

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J
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We have been to Octavia a number of times before. This time the noise level was deafening,
wait person strange and food not great. The duck was awful... won’t be back soon

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WC
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative cuisine, superb service. Highly recommend the fixed price menu

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EH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good but not impressed. The small bites were just okay. Regular size appetizer and main dishes were good on the other hand. Service was at top notch and the ambience is cozy.

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Close quarters in Octavia mean you are practically sitting in a stranger's lap, and the deafening roar of the conversations swirling around you mean you are going to be shouting across a very small table at your dining companion. The food is ok, and with the exception of the roast artichoke salad, not very inspired. One and done.

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DT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very low key restaurant with great food and wine. There was 4 of us that went there for my moms bday and did the family style share courses that were all delish and the meal had good cadence. Would highly recommend!

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K
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were seated immediately upon arrived. Service was great at the beginning. We order the Chef's choice all was a great valve, except we all wish the pasta and Risotto was less salty.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome place!

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KM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We opted for the chef’s tasting menu which was amazing, and a great value as well. We were able to enjoy so many dishes, each one was delicious. They put unique twists on the classic dishes! The wine pairing was also fantastic. We enjoyed Octavia very much. We’ll definitely be back and recommending it to friends.

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JT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Everything is really sour. The duck leg was great but the super sour sauce ruined the taste. Service is good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food isn’t worth the money. Weird flavor and combinations

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L
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service, perfect food and perfect wine pairing to the tasting menu.

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WF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and amazing food. The tasting menu is definitely the way to go!

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k
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hands down the best egg we have ever eaten and the meyer lemon parfait desert was incredible! We had the tasting menu which was fun to let them surprise us. Other highlights included the panna cotta salad and the wagyu with artichoke. We felt welcomed, the meal was well paced, and we never felt rushed. We would definitely come again and recommend to friends.

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for my husband's birthday dinner - service and food were wonderful. Atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable while still feeling like a special night out. Would definitely recommend

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OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is to die for. We over ordered because it’s a small kitchen and they make you put everything in at once. The portions are bigger than expected. Order the risotto, you won’t be disappointed. Be prepared to wait in line for the bathroom, they only have one.

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RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my current favorites in the city. The food is excellent (and sometimes extraordinary). The service people are lovely and attentive. And it is quiet enough to have an intimate conversation. My daughter and I both enjoyed it immensely and we are both "foodies". If no one has any special dietary requirements (one of us does), I would suggest the tasting menu. I had that once with another group and it was just amazing (you get to try a lot of their menu). Also, they have wonderful bread. You can buy a loaf and take it with you.

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NG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Little Gems was fantastic; very satisfying! Prices reasonable for SF.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic meal, excellent service, lovely ambiance, and perfect lighting (i’m a stickler for great lighting!). can’t wait to return!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, fresh, vibrant food! Great attentive service! Booked a last-minute reservation stating it was our anniversary and the plating also had a congratulatory card along with complimentary ice cream bites with candles attached! Definitely coming back!

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F
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was fine. Gave me beer in a can. Yes in a can. Haha. Oh well. I guess the Waygu was ok. Nothing to rave about.

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j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been there for a couple of years. I love Michelle"s food; attention to detail! This is a must place to go to due to its exceptional food and quality. The wines by the glass are very good as in her sister restaurant, Frances. The pasta and duck where outstanding!!

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JB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was excellent, and the portions were a lot more than I expected! One or two of the dishes were a bit salty for me but overall really enjoyed the meal.

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AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday at Octavia.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful creative dishes beautifully served. Best duck leg confit main course that I've ever had in my life. And I've had a few great Michelin experiences. Attentive friendly service. We had theater tickets and returned after the show for dessert and cappuchinos before they closed for the night.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Whatever you do. Don’t try wine food pairing.

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love dining at Octavia - the food is consistently delicious.

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L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salad with snap beans was terrific. The wagyu beef was superb. We sat in the corner table looking out on the corner of Octavia and Bush -- great vantage point for people watching.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The place was so noisy - too noisy for a fancy restaurant. It was packed to the rim and the service was therefore not personal :-(. They had no time for people.

The food was good but not amazing for the price we paid.

Ii was expecting so much more from Octavia. So sorry it wasn’t up to expectations. It was my only night in San Fransisco :-(

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RS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu was a great value (70. Per). But the bonus was it was so delicious, innovative, and generous. The wine pairing was not as great of a value (even though we loved it) but we should have just ordered a bottle of eine If you’re trying to cut costs.
The place is chic and fun!
We can’t wait to return.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable neighborhood place to eat. Quality was up to par or above. Sauces are delectable.

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JB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish. No much else to say.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique, farm to table dining experience in a quiet neighborhood.

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