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Octavia

4.7
4.7
1967 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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Booked 33 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 408-7507

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Private party facilities

    private, outdoor diningCAPACITY: 12 SEATED Guests will be seated in our heated, outdoor parklet. The outdoor seating area is fully private and yours for the evening.TUESDAY - SATURDAY 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm (last seating)SUNDAY - MONDAY closedMENU | $100 per personTUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800FRI-SAT EVENT MINIMUM | $2000

  • Private party contact

    Samantha McCurry: (415) 408-7507

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Cross street

    Bush Street

  • Parking details

    There is limited street parking near the restaurant. The closest garage is The Japan Center Garages which consists of two parking garages; The Main Garage located at 1610 Geary Boulevard and The Fillmore Annex Garage, located at 1650 Fillmore Street between Geary and Post Streets.

  • Public transit

    1 Bus Stop located at Octavia St. and Sacramento St. (3 blocks North)38/38R Bus Stop located at Geary Blvd. and Laguna St. (4 blocks South)

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_octavia

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Guest Chefs Sara Hauman & Robert Hernandez

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 14, 2022 only
    This June, we're thrilled to welcome our former Chefs de Cuisine (and Top Chef alums!) Sara Hauman and Robert Hernandez for an Octavia homecoming and one-night-only collaborative tasting menu with our own Chef Nico Pena. Fusing personal style with local ingredients, this menu weaves together the shared ideals of community and seasonality that each chef has brought to Octavia. In honor of Pride Month, a portion of proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization offering comprehensive support, community, and mental heath services to LGBTQ youth and adults. MENU: www.octavia-sf.com/alumni-dinner

Offers

  • FATHER’S DAY SHOP & STEAK KITS

    May 18 - Jun 18, 2022
    Tue - Sat - 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
    PLACE YOUR ORDER | https://www.octavia-sf.com/fathersday PICK UP TIME | Saturday, June 18th | 12-2 p.m. PICK UP LOCATION | 1804 Bush Street (our side entrance) PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS Please be prepared with the order name and number when arriving for pick up. If you cannot pick up during this window, please contact the restaurant directly at info@octavia-sf.com or 415-408-7507. No modifications, substitutions, or returns.

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What 1,967 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Contemporary American

  • San Francisco

    Contemporary American

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  1. AH

    AnnetteH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Octavia was recommended by foodie daughter, who did lots of research. She was right! We had a corner window table and fantastic service from all of the waiting staff who interacted with us. Food, especially dessert, was delicious and beautifully presented.

  2. CB

    CessiBone

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience3

    Food great. Service inconsistent - at times excellent and attentive; but at other times long waits; server forgot my wine order - ended up passing as it would have arrived too late to be part of the meal.

  3. r

    robt

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My neighborhood favorite. Excellent food and wonderful service.

  4. KD

    KateD

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The new Parklet "outdoor" dining areas at Octavia are lovely! Very well-done, great atmosphere, and much less hectic than the indoor space. And the food was just FANTASTIC. We literally would have enjoyed every single item on the menu. We will be back!

  5. RN

    RachelN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service! Loved the outdoor patio. Must order the sourdough levaine starter and the dark chocolate crème brûlée tart. They also have a great selection of hot tea. Highly, highly recommend. Will definitely be going back there.

  6. NO

    NOCA

    San Francisco

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the tasting menu and it was superb.

  7. MF

    MikeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Fantastic food! The best we have had in San Fran. Highly recommend.

  8. a

    annie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    everything from the bread to the wine to the pastas to the desert was on point! thank you!!!

  9. r

    robt

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best place to dine in the city. I'm sure glad it's in the neighborhood.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our friend’s birthday and the staff gifted her the most delicious treat with a candle without even asking.

  11. D

    Dora

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food and wine. We had a perfect evening in the outdoor cabin.

  12. LM

    LaurenM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely love the seasonal menus at Octavia, makes it easy to want to go back time and time again!

  13. e

    eb140

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always amazing. Period.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came for a birthday. Had a wonderful mean with great service.

  15. v

    vincento

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Birthday dinner with my daughter

  16. d

    dddd

    Charlotte

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely environment, excellent service. Salmon somehow way over salted, though not sure how that could happen with salmon. Bread delectable. Wine list superb

  17. a

    anonymous

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    This was our third visit to Octavia and the first post lockdown. I don’t remember the menu being this limited. Too many dishes with green fava beans or peas. Waiter was attentive but confused our order. Best part was the desserts - we tried all three.

  18. j

    jeffreym

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food outstanding and that'a really all that counts

  19. SF

    SusanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely memorable meal, the chefs tasting menu was incredible and they were able to accommodate our dietary needs too. Service was impeccable

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    Good ideas, poorly executed. The late season citrus either had tons of seasoning or none. The agnolotti filling was dry. The king salmon was good. Their bread was ready good. Asked if they could accommodate a dairy allergy for the tasting menu, the waitress didn’t check and just said no. Appreciate that this can be quite common, but also been to numerous places where the chef was happy to do this. Really loud environment, but mainly due to the 21st birthday party that they sat next to us. Have no plans to go back.

  21. J

    Jetsy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super! Great food and desserts. Try Pannacota mmmm

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    We had good food and wine. It was a Mother’s Day celebration and we all had the tasting and wine pairing. We spent a fair amount on this. The waiter barely explained the wines and how they paired with the food. When we asked for coffee we were told we were at our time limit and had to go. Typically your offered coffee with dessert. When spending this much on a meal I do not want to be rushed. The service is the only reason I don’t know think I’ll be going back.

  23. E

    zekeE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    This was a RIP OFF We ordered the tasting menu for $95--having been told by the waiter chef will make things and suprise us. Well we were surpsired that everything but on dessert came off the menu. And it would have been CHEAPER to order off the menu by at least $10. Second the chef cannot do vegetarian. The vegetarian entree was 8 spears of asparagus with peas--basically a side dish. And when my partner said she was disappointed the chef said "I fulfilled my duty according to the menu." Not exactly service or care.

  24. l

    lifeisgood

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Just plain delightful in every way. Food delicious, service excellent!!!

  25. JM

    JimMc

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service as amazing, one of the best meals we have had in years. The waiter was very knowledgeable helped us select the dishes and paired the wines. Let us not forget the desserts We sat out side so it was a little noisy but quite comfortable and warm

  26. LF

    LFBO

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    I think for the prix fix, and the coast of the meal, the experience felt a bit rushed. And while I appreciate the care that goes into the entire experience, there was that still that SF sense of inflexibility and curation that isn't always very welcoming. I also sat next to some industry people and overheard their feedback on some of the food, like the pasta, with the large fava beans and agreed with some of their critiques. Spending almost 400 dollars for 2, I would have thought it would have been a more exceptional dining experience. Loved the first tasters on the prix fix. Unfortunately, this feels more like a one and done than someplace I'd be inclined to go to again. Very different than say the experience of a Gary Danko, which definitely draws you back.

  27. CW

    ChristopherW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Starting with the host, everyone was welcoming and attentive. We chose the Chef’s selection and shared a wine tasting. There were four courses and a dessert course. Each was unique, tasted excellent and served with a flourish! I highly recommend this restaurant, it far exceeded expectations for our anniversary dinner!

  28. AM

    AmyM

    Pittsburgh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fabulous dinner and our server was outstanding… explained every entree in detail to help us decide which to choose. Highly recommend!

  29. DB

    DBDiner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, cozy experience, attentive service, delicious cuisine. A bit on the pricey side, we spent about $130 per person

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we ordered was absolutely phenomenal. I’m from NYC and not easily impressed. This place is a must go to while in town.

  31. SF

    SFDRGON

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent location and the chef's sampler menu was exquisite and worth a Michelin mention !

  32. TS

    TomS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Noise level was low in the outdoor parklet. inside it was quite high.

  33. GH

    GraceH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Pretentious and left hungry having paid an expensive bill

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Start to finish perfection

  35. H

    Hithere

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Have been many times and usually love the experience. Uni pasta special was so small. Most portions really small. Halibut overdone. Lamb ribletss and bread excellent. Bread always good. A few items were misleading. Artichokes said roasted but we're house pickled. Smoked custard not smokey. Bottom line for 200 I want more than one or two items to stand out.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening with casual, friendly yet impeccable service. Food was exquisite as always.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal - delicious fresh ingredients prepared masterfully. Good service. Good wine list. Eager to return.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dining experience I’ve had in SF since COVID. One of the only places that’s properly staffed with amazing front-of-house and cooks, and the ever-changing menu never disappoints. Wine list is great and they have a top notch selection by-the-glass. Overall better than some 2-3 Michelin star places I’ve been.

  39. m

    mbsav

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fine mixture of very efficient service and warm hospitality. Deliciously prepared food. Looking forward to going back.

  40. M

    Monica

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dishes are great, presentation is well done, quick and great service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Octavia is rated 4.7 stars by 1967 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 33 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Octavia

1701 Octavia Street San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bush Street

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is limited street parking near the restaurant. The closest garage is The Japan Center Garages which consists of two parking garages; The Main Garage located at 1610 Geary Boulevard and The Fillmore Annex Garage, located at 1650 Fillmore Street between Geary and Post Streets.

  • Public transit

    1 Bus Stop located at Octavia St. and Sacramento St. (3 blocks North)38/38R Bus Stop located at Geary Blvd. and Laguna St. (4 blocks South)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_octavia

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 408-7507

  • Private party facilities

    private, outdoor diningCAPACITY: 12 SEATED Guests will be seated in our heated, outdoor parklet. The outdoor seating area is fully private and yours for the evening.TUESDAY - SATURDAY 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm (last seating)SUNDAY - MONDAY closedMENU | $100 per personTUES-THURS EVENT MINIMUM | $1800FRI-SAT EVENT MINIMUM | $2000

  • Private party contact

    Samantha McCurry: (415) 408-7507

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