Olea Restaurant

4.6
228 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Olea is a small neighborhood restaurant where we love brunch. We are only open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm for brunch only. Our menu is a combo of California and Latin flavors, from a delicious Pork Belly BLT, slow roasted pork belly with house made aioli, roma tomatoes and a red cabbage-jalapeño slaw, to Huevos Rancheros made from scratch with fresh poblano & red bell peppers and spicy tomato sauce to our famous Challah Custard Toast, we are the only restaurant that makes this dish, don't be fooled by another "french toast" made out of Challah bread, we are famous for this dish and are the only restaurant that makes it so FANTASTICALLY delicious. EVERYTHING on our menu is fresh and made from scratch, all our bread is from the Acme Bread Company in the Ferry Building where we pick it up every week. We pride ourselves with a fun up beat atmosphere combined with a relaxed San Francisco neighborhood feel. See you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 202-8521
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Larkin
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Parking details
Street parking is available in the neighborhood. There is also is a garage at Bush and Polk Street and another on Sacramento St between Polk St. and Van Ness St.
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Public transit
Olea is on the California St. Cable Car line. Get off at the Larkin St. stop.

Take the #1 California MUNI bus and get off at Sacramento and Larkin, walk one block down Larkin to California Street.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
228 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
75%
Very Good
19%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
2%
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ML
1 review
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a nice experience and the food was good! The owner Phillip was fun to talk with about SF and all! Thank you!!!

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J
Dallas
73 reviews
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Brunch! It was very nice. It is a Spanish place. We sat outside and that was great. People were very nice. Nothing fancy and a small menu. Coffee and bloody Mary’s were good

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E
San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fiend in town, sat outside. Excellent service as always (really the
service is incredible, they are on it and so nice). Food is fresh and delicious!

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E
San Francisco
7 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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NF
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The beef empanadas were super tasty with the side salad and eggs.

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious Mothers Day brunch! Delicious food & fun outdoor atmosphere.

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

To the wife and kids to Sunday Brunch for Mother's Day. It was an outstanding choice. Food was outstanding, service was excellent, and the business was appreciated. Would go again without a doubt. And recommend. Small children think twice. Kinda cramped for strollers ...

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We were greeted by a gruff host who was not terribly hospitable. Then I found hair in my food, which was promptly picked out of the food by the kitchen and the same dish was returned to me. Typically under these circumstances, the kitchen goes to lengths to make a new dish for the guest - which I ultimately asked for. And when the new dish was delivered, the cheese in my omelette was not melted and it was just disappointing. I want to like this place, but I wasn't thrilled by my recent brunch there that I'm not sure I can recommend it.

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PM
1 review
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Glad we made brunch reservation because it's very busy. Only complaint is the loud music which ramped up the entire noise level.

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M
1 review
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We experienced a fabulous brunch at Olea on Sunday. It was a birthday celebration for a co-worker. Food was excellent as was the service.

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PA
1 review
1.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The french toast was undercooked- the bread was soggy/mushy throughout. WOuld not recommend as the food was not worth the price. Service was not great either.

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Philadelphia
18 reviews
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and appropriate portion sizes. You leave feeling satiated and happy, not too waddling out in search of the nearest bed. Food is fresh. French toast-- an indulgence for sure but one of the best basic, classic french toast dishes I've had.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
4.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I made a day-of 12:30pm reservation for myself and a date, and we were seated within 10 minutes of showing up. The food (we had the smoked salmon tartine and the huevos rancheros) was very good, and so were the mimosas (both the normal and grapefruit ones). Service could have been a little more pro-active, but there were certainly no problems. Will absolutely be going back!

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San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A truly delicious challah custard toast; the “half size” is two slices, while the “full size” is three slices. But don’t let that deceive you; the slices are over an inch thick!! Unctuous and tender, hot and rich. Superb. The maple syrup was very important to the whole effect, while the apple pieces were basically unnecessary (and who though raw apple would work, anyway??? It should have been cooked in cinnamon till tender).

The ambience was more of a wall of noise. Everyone seemed to be having trouble being heard, and hence everyone was using their “incredible ear-piercing voice”. Ow.

Come for the food, bring earplugs and paper and pencil to communicate with your friends and the wait staff.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Get the French toast, it's amazing!

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Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a reservation for Sunday at 10:15am to celebrate my best friend's engagement. We sat outside in the glorious sunshine and really enjoyed the grapefruit mimosas and cazuela dish. Food was great, French Press coffee was amazing, and the servers were very friendly. Would definitely recommend!

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VB
Hawaii
24 reviews
4.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was visiting San Francisco for the weekend and met my son for brunch. We were seated promptly after making a reservation on Open Table. The menu was interesting and after recommendations from our server, I tried the cazuela and my son had the chilaquiles. Both were delicious! The inside dining area is small but there are tables outside. The host and servers were all very nice and efficient. However, because the restaurant was so busy, it took over 1/2 hour to get our food which was fine since were not in a rush.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
4.0Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a timely seating for our reservation. The host/manager was a little on the curt side. Our server seemed a little passive/new/slow in taking our order, and to no surprise, our food took a long time to get to us. When we did get our food, it was wonderful. We just wish we had had some coffee left in our mugs at the time.

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Charleston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Precious cozy little spot with delicious food! Very accommodating to dietary restrictions.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
1.0Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

I hate the idea of folks giving ratings based on service, but this was a miserable experience, so I am making an exception to do so. The other week, I made a reservation for brunch and selected indoor seating, because OpenTable gives you the option. I then waited more than forty minutes for my table this morning. At the 35 minute mark, when I asked about the table, the owner snapped at me that he has a sixty person restaurant and everyone wants to sit inside. If you take reservations and give the option of selecting inside vs. outside, at least honor those who took the time to indicate where they wanted to be seated. The food is good here but not worth the attitude. They then usher you through your meal so that they can turn the table quickly. I ended up waiting longer for my reservation than I was seated "enjoying" my meal.

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San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Olea. The owner is incredibly friendly and was very accommodating to my family and I. I am in a wheelchair and accessibility into the restaurant isnt all that great but they already had alternative options ready to go for me upon our arrival . You could really tell that they cared and put actual effort into making sure my family and I had a stress-free, pleasant brunch. Thanks again!

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San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very polite and organized. We were seated quickly, food came out quickly, staff was never rude or in a hurry for us to move. Food was very good.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
3.0Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

There are two lines for tables. One for people who made reservations, one for people walk-ins. They are busy so they keep checking on you every 10mins, you feel pressured to eat, finish and leave asap.
Mimosa is a joke, diluted oj with what tastes like tonic.
Earl grey tea tastes like luke warm colored water.
Coffee comes in a fresh press. I guess it's dark roast.
Restroom is really claustrophobic but clean, right next to kitchen.
I would order challah french toast (really delicious) to go and not eat there. It's over rated in general imo.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
2.0Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Slightly disappointed in our service. We showed up on time for our reservation and had to wait a few minutes for a table to open up and be reset. This would have been completely fine, however we asked for a glass of water while we waited and the host said he would prefer we didn't as there weren't enough supplies for him to give us a glass and to reset the table.

We could have easily brought the water glasses with us as we sat down but instead we felt as though we were being an inconvenience. It was a beautiful day which made our experience outside very enjoyable, we just wish the service matched the ambiance.

At the end of brunch someone had asked for a to go box. The servers agreed and then when we were ready to leave it was discovered the food was forgotten about and already thrown away. We were understanding but it was just another missed opportunity that ended our experience on a bad note.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
5.0Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time eating at Olea. I thoroughly enjoyed having brunch here and will return for the Challah Custard Toast!

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San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea is an inventive, delicious menu. Service and ambience are divine, please go!

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San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food. Very lovely staff. Great setting. Loved that you could book for brunch

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MK
Milwaukee
9 reviews
5.0Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this gem when looking up places to eat while visiting San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood. It did not disappoint! My friend and I went for brunch and loved our food. I had the chilaquilles and it was amazing. So flavorful 👍

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R
San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great!! Only reason for docking a few short stars from perfect was due to the overall noise level. Small place, lower ceilings, so noise level was significantly louder than I would have preferred. That's not anything staff or ownership can control. Other than that, I'd come back!!!

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FA
Jacksonville
23 reviews
4.0Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Quick, tasty and slightly different. Enjoyed the gnocchi and the pork.

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Seattle
13 reviews
5.0Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, fresh, high quality food with excellent, personable service. Our new San Francisco breakfast favorite!

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Tampa
22 reviews
5.0Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I visit San Francisco several times a year and love creative California cuisine. We saw that Olea was rated highly on Trip Advisor and made reservations for Sunday brunch. We are so thrilled we did and also very happy we made reservations! If you don't make reservations, the wait can be long. The food was exceptional. I had the mushroom omelet and my husband had the corn cakes. Each was delicious with great flavors. Reasonably priced with very friendly (even though very busy) servers. We will definitely be back and look forward to when they reopen for dinner.

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FZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Arrived promptly at 7:45PM following a 10min walk from our Nob Hill hotel. Our table was waiting for our party of 2. We had read the reviews and so were prepared for a small menu with items potentially unavailable with our later seating. This evening's menu was fabulous - there was nothing I would not have enjoyed. My wife ordered the Black Cod and I asked our waiter for his suggestion and then chose the lamb shank. Both mains were excellent balances of flavors and textures. The bruschetta appetizer was a little too dense. Unfortunately the gazpacho was sold out but the heirloom salad was adequate. We shared the chocolate bread pudding as the blueberry pie was finished for the day. It was tasty but a bit heavy. The wine menu was limited but almost everything was available by the glass. Service was intelligent and informative. I was impressed with the final bill... 15-20% less than I have become accustomed to in the bay area for a meal of this caliber. This is a great neighborhood pick - we will be back again.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fresh and inventive! Would definitely come back.

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Atlanta
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner at Olea. Service was prompt and personalable. Would recommend and will return.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Gluten free options

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c
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed fresh the fresh ingredients and the creative menu.

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard about Olea from a friend and decided to try it out.
It was fabulous. Great food, exceptional presentation and a wonderful wine list.
I especially enjoyed the unusual parings of local vegetables with fish. My date throughly enjoyed his steak which was tender and not overlooked.
The atmosphere was relaxed & casual. The service was very good.
We plan on returning next month with friends to try other items on the menu.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. A true neighborhood gem and owners Phillip and Daniel are great hosts.

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GD
San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The neighborhood restaurant you wish your neighborhood had. Owner is always there, as nice as they come and takes immense pride in his menu.

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