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About Olea Restaurant
Olea is a small neighborhood restaurant featuring fresh organic produce from local farms whenever possible. We use grass fed, organic meats and sustainable, wild caught seafood. Our chef is inspired by seasonal ingredients and updates our menu weekly with items emphasizing the freshest finds of California.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Californian, Contemporary American, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Olea Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
My first time visit was a wonderful experience. The dinner service was very attentive & unobtrusive. The leg of lamb dish was cooked to perfection & full of flavour. Only a small space so an intimate ambience ... and quiet.Will definitely be coming back soon.
Great service - our server was also the waiter and gave us some great tips and recommendations. The food was wonderful too, although a bit overpriced (not by a lot, but slightly more than others for similar dining experiences). The drink menu was also small. We went for dinner but apparently it is known for brunch. We definitely have to try it for brunch again!
Always looking for out of the way places. This one is small, but the owner knows his stuff and the food is both tasty and nicely presented. It sounds like the selections change on the menu, but we appreciated having good choices for both vegetarian and entrees with meat. Wine selection was not large but it was good, beer selection was more modest. The only real downside was the vanilla gelato we tried at dessert. Don't bother with that one.
Perfect cozy little neighborhood bistro with an inventive menu of quality seasonal cuisine and excellent warm, friendly service. Great wine list too. Perfect place for catching up with friends and unwinding. Also one of the best brunch menus in town....If you can get in.
This neighborhood gem offers the most creative, some of the most delicious food on Nob Hill. The wine-by/the-glass list is extensive and reasonable. The owner,waiter, maitre 'd is gracious and knowledgeable. Olea deserves 5 stars.
Overpriced and out of stock, below average overall. Neighborhood spot has potential but falls short.
Booked a table at 7:15 pm on a Friday evening for a dinner date, and walked in to the underground dining room which was cool. Service was slow, and the seasonal menu was small enough as it is, but they were out of a few of the items on the already-limited menu (understandable if it was late but this was just after 7 o'clock). There was a seasonal vegetable paparadelle but they didn't have the paparadelle and substituted linguini instead, they were out of 1 out of 4 appetizers, and 1 out of 4 entrees. I got the lobster bisque which sounded promising but was diluted (tasted like it was watered down to save ingredient costs), nowhere near the consistency of a bisque. The filet cost $39 and was acceptable but nowhere near the premium cost - I am happy to pay that for a great steak experience, this was not. Space was sparsely decorated and noise traveled, there was a group of ladies at the table behind to us who talked loud enough to disrupt our meal, and I don't think they were talking especially loud, just that the noise bounced off the walls and floor.
Last nitpick: the host/server couldn't pronounce "bouillabaisse" - he pronounced the "l's" and couldn't talk to its composition adequately, this matters if you're going to offer a specifically French dish on your menu. Oh, and they did not have 1 out of 2 fishes included in the bouillabaisse.
Nice place, quiet, food was OK. I had the trout, nicely done, but the subtle flavor of the fish was overwhelmed by the yams it was sitting on. Each was good, but an odd combination which didn't really work for me. My partner had the steak, which was very nice, flavorful and lean but still tender. I really liked the short but inexpensive wine list. We would go back if we lived in the neighborhood, but not worth a special trip out of the way for us.
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