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For 2
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Osmanthus

4.1
409 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
A modern-classic Asian restaurant, our kitchen focuses on an array of Chinese Regional dishes, Japanese and South-East Asian flavors. We create bold flavors through casual dishes. A full bar serves craft cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Californian
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Hours of operation


Lunch: T-Su 11:30am-3:00pm

Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 923-1233
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Julia Klein
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Claremont
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Parking details
Plentiful street parking
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Public transit
Three blocks from Rockridge BART
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 409 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipwags (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food was served too fast with the mains arriving before the starters were half done. Felt very rushed and not able to enjoy the distinct tastes of the various dishes. The Thai shrimp was very bland

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vipTheStarLady (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

For a lunch with business associate, we shared a tea eaf salad and a pork noodle dish. Both selections were fine, but fell short of flavorful and authentic. Service was swift and friendly. Besides our lively conversation, the best part was the lychee iced tea! Street parking was convenient.

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vipSimone (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had a great Valentine’s Day dinner with Osmanthus.
In the past, I’ve brought my mother. She loved it.
My boyfriend also mentioned, independently, that he hopes to bring his family when they visit from Denmark. It’s that good.
I reccomend the garlic noodles, the snort ribs, the spare ribs, tuna tartare, and shrimp toast.

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AnneB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I love Osmanthus and have since first discovering it. It is a neighborhood gem and so much more. This evening with friends did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

They took my reservation on a day when they were closed. They are not open Monday and should not have accepted my reservation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I’ve really enjoyed Osmanthus in the past but this meal was very bland and even favorite disheslike the tea leaf salad and garlic prawns weren’t up to par. I’ll give them another chance but if this had been my first time there, I wouldn’t go back.
The service was fine.

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vipberkcal (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent tastes. Best eggplant ever.

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kimkim53 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Ostmanthus is a great option in my neighorhood for a tasty yet healthy and vegetarian cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

I am always happy when I leave Osmanthus. The food is fantastic, the service is great, it is definitely worth the money. It is a place where you order small plates and share. My girlfriends and I shared the brussel sprouts, salmon over purple potato with a curry sauce, short ribs, the dry fried chicken wings (my favorite!!) and the flat iron & arugula salad. It was a wonderful meal paired with a great glass of bubbly rose from Malbec.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was unbelievably poor. They forgot our order twice.

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foodielover (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was delicious! A mix of Burmese, Thai, and Chinese fusion. Service was okay, asked for a few things and they forgot to send the items, and clear off the table.

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SusanB (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

There were cockroaches on the walls.

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vipGilbertoGil (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent s e Asian fusion food. We had roasted Brussels sprouts, dan dan noodles and bass sea bass. All were delicious, well prepared and promptly served after ordering. Good, good service, reasonable prices. Recommended.

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SVS2017 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Had dinner with a group of friends at Osmanthus on a Friday night. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and drinks. We had a very nice time but felt a bit underwhelmed by the food. It was very good but not great. All plates are family style and meant for sharing. We all had craft cocktails from their creative list and the were fantastic! Overall, I would say it is a great place to grab bite with a great drink. I wouldn't consider it a dinner option.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

An tasty and reliable menu with lots of vegetables, some noodle dishes, and plenty of meat options, however it's not very good for the serious gluten avoider. The brussels sprouts and green tea leaf salad are my personal favorites.

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vipLenB (Portland)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Good food at a reasonable price. Tea Salad mixed at the table is a must!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Good experience. Our second time there. Dishes were on point - namely the smoked trout fried rice, garlic noodles, Brussels sprouts, eggplant and tuna tartare. Very flavorful!

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AlanM (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Never again. We like to try new restaurants and made arrangements to meet another couple for dinner. The four of us had not gotten together in months and were looking forward to catching up. The reservation was for Saturday at 6:30 and we were there on time. We ordered a bottle of wine, made our food decisions and ordered... all while having fun and enjoying each others' company. The restaurant was fine. The food was fine. The service was fine. At least it was fine until the waitress came to our table at 8pm and told us our table had been reserved for that time. (I'm not sure what was special about that particular table except that it was one of only a few booths in the place.) We were all a little shocked and discussed that none of us had ever been asked to vacate a table at a restaurant. So we paid and left... and we saw NO one waiting inside or outside for a table. This unfortunately, and unnecessarily, put a damper on what had otherwise been a very nice evening with friends. Therefore, none of us will be back. And when others ask for restaurant recommendations this place obviously won't be on the list. In fact, I will tell this story so others can avoid a similar situation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

The portions were perfect, service very good and the food was exquisite. Beautiful decor, too. Great place for a special lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at Osmanthus. I took my parents and my children (8 & 10) we tried five dishes and four had really excellent flavors. Nice cocktails too. My kids LOVED the brussel sprouts. Our only suggestion is that the owners consider changing the light bulbs from blueish lights to bulbs that feel warmer (like warm-glow LED) in the fixtures next to the tables. We felt it would improve the ambiance. The food and overall experience was great.

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