Octavia

4.8
1763 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great service good vaule

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vipKimB
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia feels like home to us, it is our "go to" in San Francisco....we adore the staff, the food and the wine....

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vipalvinmc67
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was poor. The waitress was personable, but the arrival of our food was extremely slow. They did comp our desert as aa result. i was not pleased with the meal. The halibut was cooked properly but the mole sauce overpowered the fish. At least it was on the side so I could avoid it. The duck confit was also nothing special

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vipBfoll
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal at a reasonable price. We got the tasting menu and everything was delicious.

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Completely overrated. Some of the dishes were not edible, some were just OK. Too much salt in almost everything. The flavors are not balanced. They use quality ingredients but nothing comes together.
The dessert was very nice.
I would not recommend it, and will not come back.
It is so loud inside and out.
The service was blase', the waiter was not knowledgeble about the menu.

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Though we had made dinner reservations almost three weeks in advance we could only book for four of us in their outdoor sidewalk COVID little 4 table area. Frankly I was shocked to find the only available time was at 5pm and this was on a Thursday night. We were celebrating a 82nd birthday that very day.

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KayH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was delightful. We had the steak tartare, duck breast and the cod. All were delicious. We sat indoors and it felt safe. Our chocolate hazelnut dessert was also great. It felt like a treat evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was fine, not exceptional. Very poor pacing of the meal. Ordered salads, entree and desert. We sat for nearly 1/2 hour between our salad being cleared and the arrival of entree on a not very busy Wednesday night. Took the glow off the evening.

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alexis
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

so good to have octavia open and filled! beautiful parklets, stunning interior, as always superb attentive service and food that celebrates the local produce.

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songfei
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The tasting menu is really full-sized dishes served family style. They came out in batches and had to be eaten quickly so as not to get cold. It was a disappointing experience considering how tasting menus usually allow time for each dish separately. The service was rushed and spotty. We had to fill our own water glasses on occasion and the waiter snatched my menu from me without asking if I wanted to keep it. That said, the food was very good and the wine pairings were good. Sitting inside was very noisy.

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Masch
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Unique plates. Cool vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia is our go to restaurant! The food is always amazing! ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent and so was dessert , but everything else was bland , topped with wilted lettuce and spread of lots abs lots of bread.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing.

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vipAmandaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service and kitchen were off , and our main courses took 45 minutes to come out. During this time our waiter did not ask if I wanted more wine (glass was empty). Ans never offered us a salad or came by to ask if we wanted anything while we were waiting. Meanwhile, all of the waitstaff were huddled by the kitchen. When I asked our waiter about the delay he just brushed it off and said they were busy and never apologizing. When we did get our main course, my husband’s pasta was way under cooked. I’ve been to Octavia many times, but the whole experience was disappointing.

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viprobt
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and great service. My local favorite.

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YasminB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great wait staff............lovely neighborhood place to come :))))

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! We got the tasting menu and everything (everything!!) was incredible. The dessert was especially mindblowing. It was my bf's bday and they treated us very well.

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JessB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breathtaking menu, helpful servers (especially with choosing from the many incredible wine options), and welcoming ambiance. We're excited to go back!

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vipMattB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Ribeye was IMPRESSIVE. Perfectly seasoned and cooked - Octavia is a new favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was good. I really liked the appetizers, Brioche and the fish but the duck breast was so so. I wish background music would be lighter.

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vipjcopes
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for a nice family dinner. Excellent, attentive service. Quick turnaround on orders. Delicious food.

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vipBencruzsf
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was really wonderful and Melissa was so nice!

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AndyL
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was outstanding. Every dish was wonderful, and the service was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious. My fish was fantastic. No vegetarian main dishes but it’s a seasonal menu and you can get a few veg small dishes to create a great meal. Looking forward to future menus.

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vipMaggie
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Our waiter was great; even brought a delicious desert to the birthday girl! Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe! Food and staff amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server (Ana or Anna) was incredible.

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DavidC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Delicious, fresh food, meticulously prepared. The dishes feel effortless, but you can see (and more importantly taste!) there is great passion and care put into creating them. Friendly service, cozy and lively atmosphere—not pretentious. Can’t wait to dine here again!

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vipDASL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant, great food and extensive wine list. Service was an art which at times seemed to cold, but otherwise a solid experience.

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vipYigit
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I don't know if it was because of our timing, but our experience, especially in terms of the service we received was far from what we expected sadly (they had just lost their Michelin star earlier in the day).


- We were asked for our drinks without even being offered still/sparkling water
- we were told that our steak (which we didn’t order and even see on the menu) was on the way. When we said we didn’t see it in the menu, we were told that it was part of the tasting menu
- when we asked our server whether there was a tasting menu, he told us that the gentleman who told us about tasting menu was “new and doesn’t know what he is talking about”. And said they had “a lot of secret items” (I thought I was at a restaurant, not an Escape Room but ok..)
- to our surprise our adjacent table was eating a steak

Long story short, after having dined here I can’t even say whether there is a fixed course menu or even daily specials.

We did end up ordering Little Gems and Steak Tartare as appetizers. They were good - steak tartare was probably the best item of the night.
I got the Lumache which was decent, nothing to write home about. My girlfriend got the Halibut after it was heavily recommended - the bit that I tried was super salty but she did enjoy her piece

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my Aunts 60th celebration and every single moment there was perfection. The waiter offered a ten course meal for an amazing price point and we enjoyed all ten courses!

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vipmavish
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the tasting menu- for $90 it was an unexpected amount of food! I thought it would be at least double that price. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious and thoughtfully prepared. Will definitely go again!

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AlisonM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent celebratory meal! We did the tasting menu, which seemed like a great value for $90 per person. We loved all the little dishes at the beginning (fried okra, pole beans with garlicky breadcrumbs, and a caviar supplement with squash mousse) and the desserts (chocolate hazelnut tart and olive oil ice cream, both omg good), but everything was delicious. Service was wonderful also - very warm and friendly. If you're very worried about covid, it might not be the outdoor dining experience for you - the dining areas are completely enclosed. I think at the height of delta it would have made me too nervous, but since things have gotten better I really enjoyed that it was warm and well sheltered from the street (and we were only sharing air with 3 other tables), though I would have felt better if they were checking vax cards since they are basically indoors. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they brought us an extra dessert, which I thought was a charming touch. We'll definitely be back!

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Elizabeth
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service from all the staff we encountered and every mouthful was delicious !

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anon
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drink, atmosphere, service. Highly recommend.

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Julia
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Tasting menu was not worth it one bit. We paid more money for less food and walked away hungry. Really wish we just did a la carte. It was also legit 30mins between each course.

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KarenR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of 2021. The corn lasagna is incredible.

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GeorgeM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We definitely enjoyed Octavia: the food, the atmosphere, the service.

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Mangetout
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting creative dishes…wonderful pastas. Can be noisy making conversation difficult. Excellent service from friendly, knowledgeable staff . A gem

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Octavia is rated 4.8 stars by 1763 OpenTable diners.

Octavia does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=d175d2ac.

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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