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Oola Restaurant & Bar is a French American Bistro specializing in “San Francisco” cuisine. Using classic cooking techniques, we utilize the best the Bay Area has to offer, featuring organic meats and produce, and artisan cheeses and wines. Award Winning Chef Ola Fendert's menu is not only inspirational but highly sought after in SOMA and the friendly & knowledgeable staff has a passion for good food and excellent service. While certain dishes remain constant (our customers rave about the ribs!) there are also fresh menu items that are seasonal to maintain the highest quality dishes are enjoyed.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Contemporary French / American, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday: 4pm - 11pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 4pm-12pm
Friday: 4pm - 1am
Saturday: 11:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-1am
Sunday: 11:30am-3pm & 5:30 - 11pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Inquire with our private event planners to make your off-site catering the talk of the town. Oola provides full service event planning from beginning to end. We will coordinate event details and needs! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to book your next event.
Metered Parking available on Folsom, 4th and 5th Streets. Free parking after 6pm
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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There are a number of different options for private parties within Oola Restaurant & Bar. Mezzanine Level,up to 18 people. Seated dining room 65-80 people. Please contact Oola's Private Event department for details.
Oola Ratings and Reviews
It was okay. The booth we were sitting in was uncomfortable and the place was dead when we arrived at 7pm. There was a group of 6 of us. The food was fine, but nothing special. In SF you need to do better in order to standout in a city with such amazing restaurants. The service was good.
We were visiting San Francisco from NJ for a long weekend. I went on open table to find a restaurant close to our hotel that would accommodate both my husband and I and our daughter who is a vegetarian. Oola looked like it would fit the bill and we were not disappointed. They even made small revisions to some menu items to make them totally vegetarian for our daughter. We had the vegetarian tacos, shrimp risotto and the butternut squash tortellini. Each dish was better than the other. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Two of us - one ordered ribs and very satisfied I had the poke. Fish was good, The potato chips cheapen the dish. Almost didn’t order it because the menu mentions potato chips. Almost any cracker on the side would be fine - I think pita chip would be good. Happy hour only at the bar wasn’t clear until we ordered. Be nice if they at least discounted wine (cheapest $13.00) or cocktail.
Arrived for reservation and not greeted by staff. Only "Wait to Be Seated Sign". Waited and ignored by bartender and waitresses who were unable to acknowledge or greet us. After five minutes we exited, entered another restaurant on the same block and canceled the reservation.
Food and drinks were very good and extremely good values. Service was friendly, courteous, and attentive. However, any specialty cocktail not on the menu (G&T, Martini) end up with bizarre tack-on charges ($.25 for tonic? Really? $2.00 more for a Martini because you actually have to shake the drink? Honestly?). These strange and wholly unnecessary charges were about the only big negative on our dinner at Oola.
Getting a reservation at 9:30 PM on a Friday (or anytime earlier) was not a problem. We arrived on-time and ordered drinks which came out within minutes. We ordered appetizers and main plates at the same time that we ordered the drinks. Then we waited. We finished the drinks, but still no appetizers or any food. 45 minutes passed and still no food. The restaurant was only about 1/3 full. We asked if we could at least have some bread. We were told that there was focaccia on the menu to order, but she'd see if the manager would comp it. Another 5 minutes passed and we decided we were finished waiting. We told the waitress that we'd like to pay for the drinks and go. As we got up, someone (manager?) brought out a plate of focaccia but it was too little, too late. She apologized, and said we didn't need to pay for the drinks, but we paid anyway and left.
The host was on point! When he called to confirm our reservation and I told him we were early he recommended we take advantage of happy hour at the bar (best tip ever!) Their happy hour has an excellent small plate selection including $1 oysters and $2 ribs. When I mentioned looking for parking the host called me back to notify me that a spot was available in front of the restaurant and he stood in it to hold it for us. Best service I've received from a host yet. The cocktails were delicious as well.
I booked a reservation here without knowing much about the restaurant; it was just nearby and open late and had availability. So we approached our reservation with some apprehension and uncertainty. Once the drinks and food arrived, any doubt quickly disappeared! Each item we ordered was exceptional, even down to the delicious focaccia bread served as an appetizer. The butternut squash ravioli ranks among the best I've ever had, and the beet salad was exquisite. Even the herb french fries were on a different level. This last minute reservation was one of the most fortuitous spur of the moment bookings I've made in a long time, and I can't wait to return to Oola again soon.
I first ate at Oola over 20 years ago, and have been back many times. Although they have a diverse menu, this place is all about the Ribs!!! Ribs, Ribs and Ribs!!!!
Their RIBS have to be the very "best" in the west by far and away!
Everyone in our party of 5 ordered the Ribs, and everything was devoured in 10 minutes, which was great as it left a lot of time to sit and socialize!!
Keep the RIBS rockin, we'll all be back soon!
The restaurant was blasting techno music. The vibe was more of a bar than of a restaurant. The food was good and the portions larger than expected. The service was poor and a bit amateurish. OK for a nothing special weekday dinner, but I will not be back.
Great restaurant near Moscone Center. We went to entertain clients (table of 6 total) and it was a great mix of low key and relaxing, yet hip with outstanding food. Felt like I was showing clients a great San Francisco meal without either overdoing it or doing the same old, same old.
All the food served here is top notch. The drinks are good especially if you have any of the specialty list. Wait staff always friendly and attentive and answer questions about menu or drinks. Usually go here if I have a performance to see at Yerba Buena Center and surrounding area. The noise level is usually very quiet but had a large table of 10 guests this time that were seated after us.
Oola looked nice. The general ambience was pretty good and if I was in the area I'd drink there. Brunch Menu was confused in places, dull in others. The food was actually better than I'd anticipated based on the menu, but still super average. Restaurant was very empty, but despite having a ratio of servers to customers around 1:1 during our visit service wasn't outstanding either. Overall it was ok, but really nothing to write home about.
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