Octavia

4.7
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1512 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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Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We could not have been more impressed by the food, and the service was excellent.

P
Miami
91 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent well coordinated staff like a well-oiled machine. Smart and savvy and helpful. Food was terrific. Loved the Tagliatelle and fish. "Filet" is not tenderloin so don't get confused, but perfectly cooked as ordered. Would have given 5 stars but dishes a tad salty. Excellent service and advice from Eric. Good wine list but must search for values. Seemed very BYOB friendly.

DP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Our server seemed distracted--not quite like the guys at Peter Luger's--but distinct vibe of turning the table. Before we had even sat or put our coats down, she asked us whether we wanted still or sparking water. Unlike on our last visit, she wanted us to put in our whole order at once, for no discernable reason (this isn't tapas or tasting menu). And, once that order was in, she vanished. The somm and busboy took care of us very well, though.

ME
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef’s tasting menu was absolutely wonderful. They have a fantastic wine list and all the servers were super helpful and seemed genuinely happy to be working there. We will definitely be returning.

JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really like Octavia and think they have a relaxed atmosphere and unique dishes. Highlights are often vegetable based dishes that have structural complexity and layered flavors. I think for the best value though, it’s better to go as a couple than as a group of 3 or 4. We noticed we got roughly the same amount of food with the tasting menu when we went as a group of two and as a group of four which changes the value by a fair amount. Would still definitely recommend however, and will likely go again.

OT
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia never fails to impress. The service was phenomenal and I love all the little details they never fail to notice. We enjoyed the beef tartare, fried cauliflower + squash, tagliatelle, petit filet, sea bass, huckleberry Eton mess, and of course the toasted angel food cake. All was great! Thank you for another great night at Octavia!

s
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Octavia. Highly recommend this place. Not only is the space itself gorgeous but the food is really something to come back for. The Chicken Liver Mousse dish is the best piece of food I've had all year. My husband and I split three desserts because we couldn't pick just two. Can't wait to go back!

DB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great space, fresh ingredients, well executed cuisine, friendly and attentive service..great find!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu. Well worth the price. Lovely dining experience with top notch professional servers. Memorable meal with delicious food

KB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our very favorite in SF, love the Barkers.....the food the wine, mostly the PEEPS!!!!!! They take amazing care of us....xo

SO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia was outstanding & perfect in every respect. The service was so attentive to every detail that we were amazed. We highly recommend their tasting course with wine pairings. The food was astonishing, every dish was special & delicious. And the wine pairings (don't forget to get the wine pairings!) were just right with all the dishes. Octavia quickly moved to the top of our list of our most special restaurants. Can't wait to go back!

JL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Too expensive for the taste. The chefs tasting was more of a buffet smorgasbord rather than a cohesive culinary story

r
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octavia is a local favorite! Always great food & good service,

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the dishes, some better than others. Felt the portion sizes were very small and prices high for what was served.

MC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really good New American fare served in a polished setting. Exciting flavors for everyone. Good wine but the service was lacking. 👍🏼👍🏼

s
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Octavia has amazing food (try the tomato soup, the best ever) - but the environment is quite noisy and the service is not great. Both times I went, I felt rushed by the staff, as if they were looking to turn the table over and not let us enjoy our meal. Both times, there were plenty of other open tables by the time we left.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything as advertised and more! Food five star, service five star, ambience five star...

o
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was prepared beautifully and was very good. I gave four, rather than five, stars because not everything was exceptional, but everything was good. We particularly liked the steak tartare and the squid appetizers. The service was excellent, and the waiters quickly cleared up an area on the floor after someone knocked over a water bottle. The restroom faucet and cloth towels topped off the experience.

MC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, innovative combinations, excellent flavors in every course. The tasting menu is an excellent value and plenty of food.

S
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food! Would eat there again, and recommend to others. 👍🏻👍🏻

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Octavia was lovely. Food was flawless, wine selection excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honey Moon

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was unique, delicious, and wonderful. We’ll be back!

KB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!!!

JH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything was outstanding! The only complaint I have is the service. On more than one occasion and with more than once different server, I tried to engage to no avail. I do understand that my charms fall short at times, however, a smile never hurt anyone. Every single bus person and waitstaff was absolutely humorless. The host, a tall dashing man with glasses was charming as well as the very pretty girl with dark curly hair and the cutest top were quite lovely (hostess??) and seemed to enjoy being there. Everyone else was very cold and uninviting.

S
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal we had was outstanding! And ... the service was impeccable.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overated. Food was just ok.

HS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always, always great and the ambience of the room is wonderful The service is flawless and we go back often.

TL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was just so pleasant and comfortable. And the food was outstanding. Especially loved the risotto.

a
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - great service
Lovely ambience and a great relaxed environment

EO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of if not the best dining experience we’ve had. We were lucky to have a gift card so we went for the Chef Tasting and it was phenomenal. Dish after dish impressed and while they were all unique nothing was too far out there to be out of a standard persons comfort zone. The waiter was very informed and came around to check on us just the right amount. The only slight con is that the place is small with the tables close together so you can overhear your neighbors. Might brother some people more than others

PH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, awesome service to deliver unique mix of familiar flavors. snapper was coked perfect, shshito app was a great dish to share. Sourdough cheesecake was unique and worthy of another visit.

JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Service and Food! Looking forward to my next visit to Octavia!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not bad although they were struggling to seat us. Seems the timing was off and our reservation seating was not ready

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

TERRIBLE service. Banal food. Overrated. Don't bother.

GS
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience at Octavia! Nice quiet ambience, the staff was great and the food was incredible. We sampled quite a few dishes off the menu and each and every one blew us a way. Our party of 5 could not stop raving about how good it was and a couple of us even re-ordered a few dishes! I would highly recommend this amazing restaurant run by a very talented female Michelin star awarded chef and look forward to her new restaurant opening in L.A.
A huge thanks to everyone at Octavia for an amazing evening!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

David our server was lovely and attentive. We had the tasting menu. The egg, waygu beef were both “5”s the rest was closer to 4s. Cept the squid ink cold pasta, which we both found inedible!

If I lived in the hood I would certainly go there and try all the dishes. Since I live pretty far I don’t think i will be seeing that delicious egg ever again :(

KB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our weekly visit and dinner to Octavia is always a treat no matter how often we go!!! WE LOVE YOU ALL AT OCTAVIA!!!!

GB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Did the prix-fixe and it was great. Fish, deviled egg and salad were my favorite dishes. The true stand out were their AHHmazing desserts!

S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious at Octavia. Last weekend we tried the tasting menu which is a great value in addition to being excellent! The entire staff was so kind and friendly too! I'm looking forward to returning.

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