Olea Restaurant

4.7
250 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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
What 250 People Are Saying
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HW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful place for breakfast. The scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly. Custard Challah French toast is amazing. The Acme Bread egg sandwich was probably the best I ever had. Can’t wait to go again the next time I’m in San Fran.

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YR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such warm service and delicious food... we ran late and they accomodated our late arrival. Owner/host? was simply delightful. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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RW
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch menu and service. Very casual indoor and outdoor seating and food is delicious

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B
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great experience!

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VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place has really gone downhill. Bad service; bland, tasteless food and kind of pricey; loud inside; door wide open on a cold day and they wouldn't close it so I had to wear my jacket inside. We waited 45 min to get our food after we sat down. Overall, extremely disappointing. Needless to say, I won't be back.

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JK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Olea came up as a good brunch place a reasonable walk from our Union Square hotel and we were not disappointed. I had Huevoz Rancheros, delicious red sauce, eggs done perfectly and black to round it out. We had s large pot of FrenyPress to accompany it and it fortified us for a long day of walking. I was happy, my stomach was happy and my legs made it through 9 more miles of walking the city.

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DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good menu and creative Latin/California dishes. When the sun is shinning the outdoor seating is fun and relaxed.

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GK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience at Olea tremendously. The owner was lovely and accommodating. The food was DELISH. We will be coming back.

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KZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always! The chilaquiles and the cazuela continue to be delicious brunch favorites, and the owner and staff are always delightful!

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding service and delicious ingredients. Continues to update the menu with great new additions.

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L
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch at Olea was delicious! I loved the chilaquiles (so flavorful). Coffee was strong but tasty. Small place so best to make a reservation.

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JD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, coffee and service all very good.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint neighborhood spot, great food. We will definitely be back. My only complaint would be that I would love to have an option for plain ol' regular coffee for a Sunday brunch instead of the Blue Bottle French Press for $7. Other than that, I can't believe it took us so long to try this cozy place! Service was good, Philip the owner is charming, and we really enjoyed everything.

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CO
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Olea is a delightful spot , serving delicious food with a varied menu and thoughtful service. I look forward to trying everything on the menu, prices are extremely fair and portions are perfect, what can I say , I love it there. Go, treat yourself.

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NL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always delicious at Olea!

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KS
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious French Toast in a small restaurant! The challah french toast was yummy with strawberries and a touch of cinnamon. It is a great choice for brunch! My boyfriend had the french press coffee and he said it was good too!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed brunch at Olea on a Sunday morning. My spouse ordered the challah French toast — seriously scrumptious. Though the toast comes with maple syrup, we found it lovely with the strawberries alone. I ordered the Black Forest ham omelet, which honestly was one of the best omelets I’ve ever eaten. The staff were friendly and attentive. We plan on returning to sample the rest of the menu.

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KZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cazuela is amazing. Always. Love brunching at Olea. The staff is wonderful and friendly.

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S
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good and efficient - the food and service both. The French toast was great and the French press excellent. The omelette was fine...a little light on flavor and rather thin. But I would totally go back and keep ordering different things! It was a very serviceable brunch place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute fantastic experience end to end! Greeted outside by the hostess, service was impeccable and the food was amazing! It set the bar for my visit to San Francisco.

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KZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food, as always! The chilaquiles and the cazuela are brunch favorites, as are the tartines.

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ML
1 review
Dined 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
91 reviews
Dined 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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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch and friendly staff

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

Great food and service!

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NF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
9 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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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f
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 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
11 reviews
Dined 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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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 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
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Get the French toast, it's amazing!

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WT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 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
Dined 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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 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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