Octavia

4.7
1803 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.

Experiences

  • Christmas Eve Family-Style Tasting Menu at Octavia

    $120.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    On Christmas Eve, we'll be offering a four-course, family-style tasting menu served in the spirit of the holidays. The menu will feature the best ingredients of the season and we'll be offering wine pairings and supplements onsite. Please arrive on time as each reservation has a 2-hour time allotment. We look forward to spending Christmas Eve with you! MENU: www.octavia-sf.com/christmas-eve
  • New Year's Eve at Octavia

    $140.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    On New Year's Eve, we'll be offering a 4-course, family-style tasting menu served in the spirit of the holidays. The menu will feature the best ingredients of the season and we'll be offering wine pairings onsite. Please arrive promptly as each reservation has a 2-hour time allotment. We look forward to ringing in the New Year with you! MENU: www.octavia-sf.com/new-years-eve

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1803 people are saying
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KenH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Serving tasting menu family style can work if executed well. It was not this night for 4 of us. There was Insufficient quantity of food and none of us are big eaters. Quality of food was mediocre and does not measure up to my prior visits pre COVID. The big miss for me was the chef’s selection. We were on 2nd seating of the night and by the time we arrived, 2 of the popular appetizers were out?! Instead of making an effort to compensate as would be expected for a restaurant with a Michelin star, we were served double order of cheese puffs which were lukewarm and not particularly good?! That’s a shame for a restaurant i had previously recommended to others. We were seated in COVID styled wooden shack at the curb. No atmosphere to speak of. All this at a total bill >$700 for 4x tasting menu and 3x wine pairing. No longer recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Great wine (we tried 6) and decent service. Beet salad and avacado Tempura were unoriginal but not bad. Pasta dishes were ok. I grew up in an Italian family so expectations are high. You can get much better pasta dishes elsewhere in SF. But, the shockingly unimpressive and, may I say, a bit gross, was the Black Cod Entrée! Two big fish tails and a neck. Lots of soggy fish skin. barely any meat (maybe 3 bites and I’m not Exaggerating) it was just so bad. So so so bad. This was a birthday celebration and it was a major bust. Very unfortunate because their bread and wine was amazing!

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SarahQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant. Understated. Comfortable. Wonderful staff. Beautiful decor. Perfectly cooked dishes. Incredible wine list. Very, very special.

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Mejaggie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good and nicely prepared. Service was great, and cozy atmosphere. Came here for a birthday celebration and they surprised us with a candled dessert at the end, appreciated that.

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ShinichiI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very unique taste in a good meaning. May be wanting a little more main menus.

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vipMHTM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. Great and fun service. Just a bit noisy. Can’t wait to go back.

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Sid83
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

salsify latka and chicken liver mousse particularly outstanding, while main course of duck breast reminded me more of a duck sausage with fat and skin attached, very disappointing

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Fifi
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sun choke soup was a stand out as was the pasta de jour!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service.

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NoraH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent.
Unfortunately, very noisy, conversation difficult.

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RonaldS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Birthday All good

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crystalb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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SarahC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Octavia and the experience was outstanding!!! We ordered the steak tartare with bone marrow, a pasta dish and the short ribs. It was fantastic. Can’t wait to come back.

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vipMatt
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Service was good. Parklet for outdoor dining was nicely constructed. But the food was subpar. One dish was comped due to being less than appetizing (to be nice), which we appreciated. I’ve been to Octavia a few times prior to the pandemic and it was great. I’m not sure what happened, but I will not be returning.

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Latviaprof
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific -- the Black Cod was the best -- tender and tasty. Noise level was uncharacteristically high. We were there at 6:30 and people coming from their work were really super energetic to get out and get away and just exploded with conversation. Loud is an understatement.

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JuliaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great wine list! What more could you ask for? We were seated outside and with the heat lamps, it was quite cozy!

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GillianB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greg is the most incredible server!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress! And food/ ambience. We had a great time for our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Our server, Zach, was awesome and gave us some great food and wine recommendations. Everything we ordered was so incredible. A couple standouts were the quail, the tartare, the 46 egg yolk tajarin, and the semifreddo. Also worth mentioning is their outdoor parklets. They basically built small dining rooms that have a good amount of airflow, keep out the sounds of Bush St., are warm enough that you don’t need a jacket, and make feel like you’re in a nice restaurant. If you haven’t been it’s definitely worth checking out.

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GeorgeR
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steak tartare was one of the best thing I’ve ever eaten. The wine list was also a great supplement to the food

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vipZhama
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had high hopes for Octavia, but unfortunately I agree with the latest reviews of Octavia. Octavia is not the restaurant it used to be and has fallen far from its Michelin star days. Service was good (referring to our friendly waiter), but cadence of dishes was off- we waited far too long in between courses and were a bit restless by dessert. THey also got our order wrong and we had to wait even longer. Normally restaurants make of for this in some way, but Octavia did not. Dishes were unfortunately all over salted and most dishes were uncreative, aesthetically displeasing, and/or poor value. Sadly, I suggest taking your patronage elsewhere if you are looking for elevated fine dining.

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vipHeidiT
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the restaurant, great food and super friendly staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice time at Octavia. Food was excellent, as was our server! We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and service for special occasions (mother visiting). Will come back

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robertb
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic place for dinner with good outdoor space. It can be expensive but delivers innovative seasonal dishes that you won't find anywhere else

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Melissa
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This place has a lovely ambiance. Very romantic, modern, cute. While the service was great, the food was underwhelming.
We opted to do the 4 course pre-fix meal… DON’T DO IT. We didn’t realize it was family style so you’re sharing the prefix plates/meals.
It wasn’t worth it in my opinion. We’ve done other pre-fix meals where we get out own plates. It was too much of a hassle trying to eat from the same small plates.
The squid ink pasta was extremely salty white the halibut barely had any flavor.
All desserts were extremely overly sweet. Didn’t enjoy any of the three we had.
Will not be returning here. Save yourself money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The produce dishes are amazing - but didn’t feel the main dishes were of equal quality in both taste and presentation.

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EricaQ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around!! We did the sampling menu and it was incredible. The service was outstanding!!!

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vipLoveGreatFood
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

William our server was terrific! Appetizers were all excellent. Duck, main course a bit fatty and wait for main course was long. Overall, a very nice evening.

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viplulu
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia dinner was great from start to finish. We shared three appetizers … all delicious from squash, Brussels sprouts little gems salad … two pastas including fabulous chicken stuffed cannelloni and stunningly presented desserts … everything was flavorful and healthy. The service was wonderful. Great evening. Thank you !!

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viprobt
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local favorite. Food is always excellent & loved being able to bring my pup and sit outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Second time at the restaurant. First trip was excellent, this time not so much. We did the tasting menu. Things were coursed poorly (in part because we were sat 30ish minutes late for an 8:30 reservation and I think they were trying to course us so we didn’t stay too late after closing. We were the last table at the restaurant.) We couldn’t eat fast enough and food kept getting dropped on the table, lending to hot dishes getting cold. Halibut was dry and bland, anchovy dish was overwhelming and salty. Desserts were fantastic. Service was good, although instead of pitching the tasting menu, would have been nice to give a heads up that based on timing, maybe not the best idea. Likely won’t return. Definitely not worth the bill.

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LaQuintaJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm comfortable environment. All staff were exceptional.

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vipMariyaL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spaghetti was crazy delicious. Every other dish has never disappointed either.

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AYIL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The quality of the food was, but the entree menu is extremely limited.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Although the food was excellent, the overall service is lacking attention to detail. I made a reservation with a specification for a birthday celebration and this was not acknowledged.

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vipSteph
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The service was really great as well. I happened to have some noisy diners beside me which made it a bit hard to hear, but not much the restaurant can do about that. The service was great and considering it is a pretty nice restaurant with unique menu items, it wasn't terribly overpriced.

One minor complaint - I wish you could order a few items at a time and add additional plates after your first order (they make you order everything except dessert all at once).

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

They forgot about the birthday celebration while they were sending birthday cakes to other tables left and right. First time we’ve been there amazing, but this time it was disastrous. We counted the minutes so we can leave.

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Dumalfi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had anything other than a delicious meal at Octavia. The service is excellent and the ambience is warm and inviting. An added bonus is being able to hear what your dinner companion is saying without effort.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

birthday- made you feel really special. server was excellent

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Octavia is rated 4.7 stars by 1803 OpenTable diners.

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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