We could not have been more impressed by the food, and the service was excellent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Great space, fresh ingredients, well executed cuisine, friendly and attentive service..great find!
Amazing tasting menu. Well worth the price. Lovely dining experience with top notch professional servers. Memorable meal with delicious food
Still our very favorite in SF, love the Barkers.....the food the wine, mostly the PEEPS!!!!!! They take amazing care of us....xo
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!
Too expensive for the taste. The chefs tasting was more of a buffet smorgasbord rather than a cohesive culinary story
Octavia is a local favorite! Always great food & good service,
Enjoyed the dishes, some better than others. Felt the portion sizes were very small and prices high for what was served.
Really good New American fare served in a polished setting. Exciting flavors for everyone. Good wine but the service was lacking. 👍🏼👍🏼
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.
Everything as advertised and more! Food five star, service five star, ambience five star...
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.
Outstanding meal, innovative combinations, excellent flavors in every course. The tasting menu is an excellent value and plenty of food.
Great atmosphere and great food! Would eat there again, and recommend to others. 👍🏻👍🏻
Octavia was lovely. Food was flawless, wine selection excellent.
Everything was unique, delicious, and wonderful. We’ll be back!
Fabulous as always!!!
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.
The meal we had was outstanding! And ... the service was impeccable.
Overated. Food was just ok.
The food is always, always great and the ambience of the room is wonderful The service is flawless and we go back often.
Service was just so pleasant and comfortable. And the food was outstanding. Especially loved the risotto.
Amazing food - great service
Lovely ambience and a great relaxed environment
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
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.
Awesome Service and Food! Looking forward to my next visit to Octavia!
Not bad although they were struggling to seat us. Seems the timing was off and our reservation seating was not ready
TERRIBLE service. Banal food. Overrated. Don't bother.
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!
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 :(
Our weekly visit and dinner to Octavia is always a treat no matter how often we go!!! WE LOVE YOU ALL AT OCTAVIA!!!!
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!
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.