Octavia

4.8
1655 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDonaldS
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The corn lasagna was amazing!
Wish I could get the recipe! Melissa's Lumberjack Cake is a staple in my entertaining menu (recipe online). She is very talented and innovative. Always so many things on the menu I want to try. Staff are so friendly and helpful.

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WinnieW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and comfortable seating. Every dish was tasty and ingredients were really fresh. Server made sure we were well taken care!

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Alex
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always. Maybe even better than before covid. Would recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were the best I have experienced ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graham was amazing and we had the best time we couldn’t ask for better service in the tomatoes were some of the best ones I’ve ever had

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KelseyH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for a celebratory dinner and it was a great night. great service, delicious food, in a cozy and intimate environment. We will be back!

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vipCamila55
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing our experience! The waiters were super attentive and they gave me a birthday cake free!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is impeccable and every detail is thought of!

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vipBarbaraD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful and delicious food and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it - great in every way

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

William is our preferred server; he’s so nice! The food is awesome, but I recommend picking what you want vs the tasting menu as you will get what you want (and the tasting menu portion is smaller and you end up paying more).

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SamR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently had dinner at one of the outdoor tables. The outdoor space is pretty magical and the food and service were both superb.

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vipAredub
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad they're back. Everything was perfect.

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vipRachelMG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, gorgeous, creative..beautiful good and wonderful service

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LexiV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for a birthday dinner and sat outside. The food was amazing and the service wonderful as well! Can’t wait to go back

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vipFoody
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What can I say that hasn't already been said. The food was wonderful without being pretentious. And, oh, did I mention the wine list is stellar featuring California, French and Italian varietals. The wine sommelier was knowledgeable and very accommodating. So I highly recommend spending an evening dining here.

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sffoodie
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I loved the beef tartare and the duck confit. The corn lasagne was very underwhelming.
Great bread and good clean food.

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gaujot
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, from the front-of-house to the wait-staff. Everything felt effortless on their end, and the guidance through their menu was just at the level we wanted. The dishes were rich, flavorful, and well-apportioned. The dessert was the icing on the whole experience.

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popolo4567
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Came to Octavia for a special occasion, and were not very happy with this restaurant, though we thought the service was excellent. We felt the menu was very limited and none of the 5 dishes we tasted stood out as something we would want to even try again, much less purchase. We're not super salt-sensitive but several dishes overdid it specifically in this area. All plates presented better than they tasted. The deserts offered to us were three uninspiring variations on "pudding" - a semifreddo, a cremeux, and a posset. We passed on those.

There are many other places in SF doing much better takes on pasta, whether you're looking for novel or classic preparations.

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leowhiterussian
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great. The service was really good. They offered a tasting menu the night we were there, and it was delicious. Maybe I just love dessert that much, but the Malted Chocolate Cremeux is absolutely the star of the meal for my wife and I (our server was sooo nice, and brought us a second helping of it)

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KrisC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Our server Zach was outstanding as was the food. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Nothing like pre-pandemic Octavia. Used to be our favorite restaurant in the city, and we were so looking forward to the reopening, but sadly disappointed. I completely empathize with restaurant workers, and what they’ve had to deal with for the last 18 months, and rea

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good with unique flavors and good presentation, but portions were very small. Similar to a tasting menu. Our server made a few remarks that seemed like passive insults.

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vipskigirl
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Octavia! Came here for New Year's Eve dinner in 2019 which was fantastic but hadn't made it back until now (July 2021) for a nice post-pandemic date night. Food, service and ambience are all great and we love the parklets they built for outdoor dining. Will not let that long go by again before our next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see the world returning to normal!

Excellent meal as always. Thanks for bringing excitement to food :)

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vipcamcap
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post-pandemic Octavia is even better than before. The food is fantastic -- so creative and full of flavor. They are really on top of their game. Highly recommended.

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Tara
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance are always fantastic here. Highly recommend Octavia as a special occasion meal.

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MayaG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best restaurants in SF, and probably the country. always amazing food, service, and drinks. all my love and respect to the team, forever.

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vipMonaH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is fantastic! I'd give 6 stars if it were allowed. Sat outdoors in a parklet, which is why ambiance didn't receive a 5. Noise level was mainly due to a very loud table of women that apparently thought it was okay to screech at the top of their lungs because they were outside.

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vipAnonymous
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Being seated in the dopey parklet detracted considerably from this experience. It was like sitting at the kids’ table at your least favorite uncle’s house — if he loved indie rock.

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Phac
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New outdoor dining is great, a bit noisy with street traffic on Bush side.

Food was amazing, flavors were new, balanced and not fussy. Want to try tasting menu next time.

Service was attentive but not too much. Food brought out in timely manner.

Overall wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun and relaxed dining experience. They accommodated to our 6 pax and sat us on their large round dining table which was great so that everyone could talk to each other easily. Service was casual and relaxed which we truly appreciated. Food was absolutely delicious! All dishes were on point with seasonings and flavor. Portions were great. Can’t wait to be back again!

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vipGeoSF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dining experience. The appetizers came in a rush after we ordered but we were okay as we were dining a little later. Every dish was perfectly seasoned and the green hummus and campanelle were both excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia is back and as great as ever. It remains in my Top 5 favorites in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just blown away, what an absolute perfect meal. Every single thing was amazing! Thank you!!!

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Fabi
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food incredible. Service was amazing. So glad they’re open again!

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Anna
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. The fried cauliflower and delicata squash were amazing, and had such unique sauces and flavors. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was good but not sure if it deserves the Michelin Star. It’s really good but not sure if it compares to some of the other 1&2 star places we’ve been to. Again not saying it was bad just doesn’t live up to the star.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place. Food was outstanding. Service was excellent. Ambience was perfect. Try the squid !

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Octavia is rated 4.8 stars by 1655 OpenTable diners.

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Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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