Octavia

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1566 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 1566 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
AL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary at Octavia and it was perfect. The food was delicious and the service was great

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our dinner at Octavia-our very favorite place to be!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Horrible, inattentive service - will never return or recommend.

ML
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia is my go-to place whenever I come to SF. If you are into an 'all you can eat' restaurant, don't come. If you are looking for quality at the tip of every fork, then yea.

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really really LOVE each and every time we dine at Octavia....which is weekly :) xo The Barkers

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! It was innovative and delicious. Our only issue was the noise which made it a bit difficult to hear.

RA
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

OVERPRICED AND UNDERWHELMING . . . My wife and I happened to walk past Octavia late one afternoon. They were just getting set for dinner. There were romantic candles on all the tables and it looked charming. We read the menu - which looked interesting, so we made a reservation for that evening. Our server, Kim, was wonderful. Beyond that there isn't much positive I can say. I don't mind spending $250 for dinner for two for a special occasion. But the food had better be memorable. It wasn't. It will be remembered for it's pretentiousness and excessive "innovation" - with a lot of loopy uncommon flavors that don't belong together and didn't enhance the dishes. The noise level borders on deafening, and the lighting - though "romantic" - is not sufficient to allow diners to read the incredibly tiny print on the menus. The restaurant would have been much more reasonable if it was half the price. But we still wouldn't return.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our table was ready early and our experience was excellent food staff and wine all great and served with an enthusiasm that you want to have when dining out. Overall a great experience from start to finish. Just wish they had a full liquor license. For now the Negronis will do.

Y
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the prix fixed menu. We were presented with about 10 or more dishes served family style. Deviled eggs are not what you might expected. It was not a stuffed deviled egg, but a soft boiled egg with a spicy sauce. This was our least favorite dish. The pasta was excellent as was the super fresh salad. The entree of beef tenderloin was seasoned and cooked perfectly as was the salmon. The desserts were light and refreshing. It’s a small restaurant and tables are very close together. Service was definitely 5 star!

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our Sunday evenings at Octavia, everything about our experience there is over the moon enjoyable....we love you all at Octavia just like family...xo the barkers

S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food from the tasting menu was god-like. This has got to be one of the best restaurants in Bay Area. Price is a little bit on the expensive side but it is definitely worth the try.

MR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding. I will definitely go back.

KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a friend visiting from New York and she was blown away!

S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food. Will definitely come back!! The pork was amazing and the cheesecake was delicious

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our third NYE dinner at Octavia and it was the sweetest funnest most delicious evening to date!! Highlight for us are the wonderful people there, all of them are amazing!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and polite staffs, superb meals, and reasonable cost. Good for any occasions.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Highly recommend this restaurant.

JW
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Christmas eve prix-fixe dinner! Delicious food and lovely ambiance.

EL
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I think it was well overpriced for what we’ve got. It was very noisy. Though the staff was very nice, I don’t think the food was somewhat special or better than other places I’ve been before. Maybe if paying half of the entire bill I would be buzzing happy..

T
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sadly, Octavia has lost its way. We couldn't wait to celebrate another Christmas Eve at Octavia tonight. What a disappointment. We ordered the wine pairing with the mandatory fixed price dinner. We finished our first course WITHOUT EVER RECEIVING THE WINE PAIRING. We tried without success to get someone's attention the whole time. Then we finally got someone's attention after we had already finished the first course, and the response was tepid. It was like it was OUR fault. REALLY? We were persona non grata for the rest of the night. My main course was inedible. No one ever came to ask how it was, so when the bus person came to take the plates away, I said, can you please tell the chef. He didn't. My dining companion asked for a doggie bag for his beef to bring home to the dogs. HE NEVER GOT IT. EVER. Really, EVER. The dessert was so unappealing that I only had a fourth of it, but ONCE AGAIN there was NOBODY TO TELL THAT TO. We never for a single second felt like someone "owned" our table. We were adrift in a sea of servers scurrying around without a single one of them "owning" our table. What a travesty. I left hungry, "broke," and forever disappointed with Octavia. You would hope that at least on Christmas Eve that Octavia wouldn't "phone it in." What a MASSIVE disappointment. What happened to Octavia? Seriously, WHAT HAPPENED TO OCTAVIA?

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our evenings ALWAYS at Octavia...it is the best!!

SR
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here twice and loved it both times.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent ambience , service and delicious food

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Birthday dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Every single dish unique and flavorful. Duck pate and a pork were the top selections of the night. Service is attentive but not annoying. I was surprised that the place was full on a Wednesday night which is a good sign, right?!

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible from start to finish. One of the most enjoyable dining experiences I’ve had in San Francisco

w
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was its usual delicious but the service was rushed. I know we were the last seating but we still wanted time to savor our food

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the service, experience and food. The hostess was very cordial and the server was very knowledgeable of the menu. He has great recommendations.

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia remains as our favorite place to eat every week!!!
Kim and Clarence Barker

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent small neighborhood gem. I'd definitely recommend it.

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our nights at Octavia....we never ever tire of the food and the people, it is a special place to dine and feel at home!! Thank you so much to everyone there, xo The Barkers

KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I really like Octavia, the food is always delicious and the service is very good. My only criticism is they should turn the snootiness down a bit. My two friends and I went there for dinner. We started with two small plates each and a carafe of wine. When the waitress took our order she turned to us and said in a condescending tone “Is that all?”. We reply “yes for now”.
After we finished our small plates we went on to order another small plate each, a bottle of wine and desserts. All told we spent a lot of money, more than if we each order an entree and a bottle of wine. So why add snobbery when it’s uncalled for ?

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the prefect restaurant, always do the tasting menu! The chef is outstanding

D
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

In its most current iteration of this location, Octavia shines. Having loved both Quince and the meetinghouse here, I was delighted to experience the latest cuisine with the open kitchen sending out one superb course after another. great job!

MN
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It’s just awesome every time

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve ever had. The celery soup was the best soup I’ve ever experienced. Crazy good restaurant!

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Octavia always takes amazing care of us and we feel very fortunate to be able to dine often with such lovely , talented people!!
Kim and Clarence Barker

DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very disappointed by the food. A few dishes were great, but the risotto was grossly overcooked and the tartare was not edible as it just tasted like salt

RB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food (2nd recent visit) is outstanding. Choosing several "small" (but not inappropriately small) plates offers a way to experience a great variety of foods and preparations, and we'll do that again, on our next visit. The noise level is just a bit on the high side, making conversation a little challenging. Not that there is a lot of noise, just a bit too many sound-reflecting surfaces. Service is good, but explanations when selecting and then when delivering were just a bit rushed, albeit complete. For a high-end priced restaurant, just a few more would complement the outstanding food and preparation, and make us feel the relatively high price to be totally worthwhile. In any case, we'll be back, and soon!

KB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia is so consistent with the food, wine selection, desserts and mostly the staff and wonderful people there, it is our home away from home!!!
Kim and Clarence Barker

Tweets by Octavia