Octavia

4.6
1849 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

  • Loveski x Octavia Brunch

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Jan 30, 2022 only

    Be among the first to enjoy an exclusive preview of chef Christopher + Martina Kostow's newest project, Loveski Deli, opening at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa this winter. This one-of-a-kind collaborative brunch will showcase simple, honest cooking, highlighting seasonal Octavia-style dishes and offerings from Loveski Deli. Wine and beverages will be available for purchase on site and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Cameron Thompson Legacy Scholarship which provides access to professional culinary training for aspiring African American chefs. MENU: www.octavia-sf.com/loveski
  • Valentine's Day Prix Fixe - Saturday, February 12

    $120.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 12, 2022 only

    Join us on Saturday, February 12th for a special Valentine's Day celebration! We will be offering a four course, family-style tasting menu featuring seasonal dishes designed to set the mood. MENU dungeness crab TART green garlic, preserved yuzu, sweet herbs german butterball POTATO SOUP the caviar co. caviar, whipped crème fraîche, brioche crouton BUTTER LETTUCE salad ramp-buttermilk dressing, fermented vegetables, puffed rice tierra vegetable CASONCELLI liberty DUCK BREAST blood orange, happy rich broccoli, grilled duck hearts PAVLOVA citrus curd, toasted milk crumb, olive oil *Menu subject to change *Please let us know about dietary restrictions with 72+ hours’ notice to ensure accommodation

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 1849 people are saying
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AArmstrong
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was very friendly and authentic

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vipCharlesB
Columbus
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was oh so perfect. The pacing of meal, sizes of dishes and wine selection were all outstanding. The service was also wonderfully attentive. Graham is a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Love Octavia every time.

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vipDora
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect birthday dinner. Service and food were divine. Can't wait to go back.

LD
LeslieD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute treat of a dining experience. We had the tasting dinner and there wasn't a bad bite in the bunch. The service was excellent too. Very professional but with a comfortable vibe, which also suited the lovely decor and accessible menu.

JS
JayS
New England
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu - everything was fantastic especially the Lu ache, butter lettuce salad, pork collar, salmon, and dessert (ALL the dessert). Also one of the nicest outdoor seating setups in SF.

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Brendan
New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Brought my wife here for her birthday and noted the occasion when I made the reservation. They had a nice birthday dessert with a candle ready to go after dinner. Highly recommend.

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vipUlrich
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and outstanding service. One of my favorite restaurants in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food2service5ambience5

great ambiance but the chefs choice menu was not good. Everything was incredibly salty, save for the bread and dessert.

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NicoleD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Host was excellent
Server not very helpful or friendly
Food was very good but nothing that special but pricing is outrageous for portions
The space is cold

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Was seated street side with multiple times of fire and EMT vehicle calls.
Loud sirens not a great dining experience.
Staff was attentive and informative.
Chicory salad was fabulous
Squid app: maybe if the legs sections were crispy to add more contrast of textures would be outstanding as well, please try it.

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katyae
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place! Amazing food and wine, marzipan torte was to die for. We are definitely coming back.

RL
RobertL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

“Outside” table had little circulation of air. Fairly close quarters with a very noisy large party complete with yapping gig next to us. We were table of 3 and found conversation, under the circumstances very difficult. Portions were small. But should have given our waiter, Kevin, a five star rating—very nice & went extra steps to be helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every course, great ambiance, service and food.

RS
vipRonfromSF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An all around wonderful meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decadent. Exceeded expectations

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice low-key, but special way to celebrate New Years.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall the food was pretty good- the quail, in particular, was fantastic. Great wine list. Unfortunately they ended up not having several things on the (already small) menu after we’d ordered. Our service experience was fair. The server was very nice but we were offered a free glass of wine, then the offer was rescinded, then we were offered a free dessert which we were then charged for. The place is quite small and tables pretty close together, so just be aware if you’re being super Covid-safe.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Parklet was not as safe as I had expected or hoped.

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vipkurtdismas
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food always exceeds expectations. the service is flawless. the wine list is extensive. always a peak experience.

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vipPeterE
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent: Inventive, high quality and very tasty. The wait staff were very helpful, accommodating and friendly. However: If you want outdoor dining because of concerns about Covid, this is NOT the place to go (and this is my only reason for not giving 5 stars in all categories). To me outdoor dining means a place that is actually outdoors, with a roof or umbrellas and at most low walls to allow free air circulation, and typically electric or gas heaters overhead to provide warmth. Instead the Octavia outdoor area is almost completely enclosed except for a narrow opening near the roof, with a curtained entrance and one heater at the opposite end that cannot heat the whole space. This is actually much worse than an indoor space with windows open and good HVAC, which would also require proof of vaccination status (unlike the supposed "outdoor" space at Octavia). My party did manage to sit near the entrance and kept the curtains open to allow air circulation, but were thus rather cold as a result of no heaters nearby.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and best experience. Great food !

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CatherineW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous! Great service! Interesting food. Will definitely be back!

NC
vipNantyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a Christmas Eve pri fixe meal - it was beautiful! Friendly staff, great ambiance, and larger portions than expected. Highly recommend.

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vipRick
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve family style dinner. good but not up to Octavia standards. Wine pairing was good. Noisy on the podium until one four top left. then quiet. we love Octavia.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and truly amazing service

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JoryV
Acapulco
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

A truly disappointing experience. It appears to me that Octavia has two distinct classes of diners. Those fortunate enough to reserve in the main room are treated to a charming room, elegant and comfortable. The others dine in wooden cabins, set up on the sidewalk. Seating is back-wrecking wooden patio furniture. A ceiling mounted heater is woefully inadequate to provide warmth to the diners on a windy and chilly San Francisco winter evening. A complaint to the disinterested would-be wit of a waiter was dismissed out of hand.

The good news: despite the truly cruddy, fast-food joint style atmosphere, diners pay exactly the sane price as in the main room…

The food… well, despite a truly excellent swordfish, and a fine steak, the chill in the room seems to cool down the food quickly. At 220$ for two, it feels like a slap in the face to feel obliged to gulp down the meal, so as to get the hell out more quickly.

This feels like a shameless money grab to me. Either the outdoor booths should feature discounted dining, or the management should feel obliged to vastly improve the comfort level.

I feel abused and ripped off.

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Burt
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I don't get this place. The fettuccine had nice flavor, and it was of course house made, but they didn't separate/dust the strands with enough flour so there were clumps of undercooked pasta all over the dish. This is $30 - what a waste. The ribeye ($42) was cool when it arrived at the table, and it was more on the blue/rare side. That is not a particularly pleasant temperature for ribeye - you do get quite a bit of unrendered fat that is cold and hard. There were also large chunks of gristle my partner had to pull out of his mouth in a large strand - it was hard to see the gristle since the lighting is so dim.

There were a ton of "exotic" ingredients and methods listed on the dishes, but I do not think they make anything stand out in a meaningful way - you just keep searching if that sherry vinegar dressing is really smoked. Sure, there are Urfa peppers there, but I do not taste Urfa peppers. (My family is originally from the Urfa region of Turkey and we eat that stuff by the kilo.) All in all, you get an alienating experience that does not at all feel worth it. Maybe there were having a real off night - but some of the errors feel quite appalling - like the ribeye. Ooof.

Also, the server was so curt. I get it, Covid, closures, it's been a tough go. But help me help you. Come on.

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Graz
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience at Octavia for my boyfriends birthday. We did the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing and every dish and pairing was phenomenal. It was raining and we sat outside but the ambiance was still amazing and we were very warm. The waiter was so friendly and attentive to make sure we had a great celebration and took extra care of my boyfriend’s allergies. Overall fantastic experience that exceeded expectations!

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SFPeach
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was delicious, but one item wasn’t cooked as ordered so we had to send it back. There was a very long delay between clearing the first items we ordered and the mains - at least 30 minutes! I think the big issue is that Octavia doesn’t treat their outside diners as they should - heating was woefully insufficient (one heater for 4-5 outdoor tables) so we were very cold, even with the blankets they provided. And I think we were forgotten by staff because we were sitting outside, which is why there was such a delay and we saw few wait staff some by. For a $300 meal, I expect better service and more inviting outdoor accommodations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food was very expensive and portions small and lackluster taste. Pasta w/ crab so tasteless. Pasta way too al dente, a spot of crab- none you could taste. And just cream poured over. They top it with tiny red peppers, which kill any crab taste there might be. Service and atmosphere perfect. Waiter didn’t know the wine by the glass descriptions. Said A white was dry and not sweet, and it was not dry and very sweet!

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding, but the standout star of the experience was the semifreddo dessert. Best restaurant dessert experience I've had in years.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Pasta was not cooked

JA
vipJohnA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Too long of a wait between starters and entree.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Service was amazing, we felt so catered to and had a lovely time. Memorable experience for sure!
Ps. Dessert is absolutely to die for!!!!

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ABvisitor
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was underwhelming and underseasoned. We got the black cod and cannelloni, the beef short rib toast and the chocolate dessert saved the night.
Sitting outside doesn't feel great either, there's no music and the only thing you can hear are the cars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$$$$ Food + Wine Pairing Birthday Celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE SERVICE!

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susans
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food , wine, service and ambiance. It got a little loud but not too bad. Highly recommend and I am looking forward to returning .

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viprosie
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent! Can’t wait to go back.
Parklet is nicely done and heated but it was quite enclosed with very few gaps for air at the top. But since the parklet consists of three smaller units, it was quiet and not crowded, which was great.

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Octavia is rated 4.6 stars by 1849 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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