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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.

1494 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm

Cross Street:
Larkin

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 202-8521

Website:
http://www.oleasf.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Ian Espanol

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Olea Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Casual (5)
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Afternoon Coffee (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Healthy (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

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)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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 👍

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great Gluten free options

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Really enjoyed fresh the fresh ingredients and the creative menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Olea is my absolute favorite neighborhood spot! My boyfriend and I often stop by after work for a delicious dinner and glass of wine, and their weekend brunch is amazing! Must try the challah French toast!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

My only wish is for larger portions for the price. Great food and wine though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The waiters were very friendly. Was disappointed by how limited the menu was and how small the portions were, altho foodcwas prepared well.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

A pleasant surprise down the hill from the Masonic. Would definitely go again. They didn't miss a beat!

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Amazing locally sourced food in the heart of it all

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We continue to love Olea's. It is our first choice when we are looking for excellent, interesting food in a quiet, warm, and friendly atmosphere. Always reminds us of dining in NYC without the crowds. Truly, a neighborhood gem! Thank you, Olea.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Our server Philip was very knowledgeable and personable, the food was delicious and the wine list was great--made for a fantastic night out!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 15, 2017

A quaint, quiet, friendly, neighborhood establishment where the owner runs the room and the food is very good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Friends from Hawaii were in town and we took them here. It was a wonderful experience! Great food and amazing service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 15, 2017

A very special and cozy place with tons of ambiance. Attentive but not intrusive service and outstanding food choices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Anniversary

Tags: Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Fantastic cuisine excellent service very well priced, we will return again and again.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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