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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
Oola’s flavors were well developed. We enjoyed a selection of starts all of which were good, but the octopus was everyone’s favorite. Entrees were also well received particularly the ribs, risotto, and Bolognese. The Mac and Cheese is a decadent side that is not to be resisted.
Service was below average and we were frequently neglected.
Over all very good, albeit but not excellent.
It’s been a few years since my last visit. Upon walking in, it was just as cool and hip as I remembered it to be. I took a minute or two to get greeted at the door. We sat at our table and our server greeted us within a minute. He was very nice and polite. We ordered our meals and noticed he wasn’t writing anything down. Now, I work in the food service industry as well but when you have customers ordering two burgers with different toppings, it might be wise to write something down. It only made me even more uneasy when he repeated the items back twice incorrectly. We ordered a starter and noticed it hadn’t arrived after 15-20 mins or so. Then out came our meals, including the starter. The server apologized about the delay stating that the kitchen didn’t read it correctly. We had no choice than to eat our cheese plate with our mains. We passsed on dessert even though it was my son’s birthday but they were kind enough to drop off a free dessert. Upon receiving the check, I was maybe hoping/expecting that the appetizer would be comped off for its long wait but it wasn’t. Overall, our experience was ok. Nothing too special which is unfortunate since we were there for a special occasion.
Oola has a great burger and the best ribs I have ever eaten. We have dined here on more than 10 occasions. I do wish the ribs came with something other than the coleslaw which is not very good. Maybe some type of vegetable such as roasted broccolini, a green salad or even white rice. The menu pricing is very reasonable and we will continue to visit this restaurant.
Even though they were a bit short staffed (Sunday brunch after Santacon) they still rotated their wait staff to make sure we weren’t ever waiting too long for anything.
The food was also delicious, nothing short of what you’d expect, and then some
Go for their drinks!
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this restaurant. Very dimly lit interior - plan to squint at a menu a smidge before your eyes adjust fully.
The bacon Bloody Mary was yummy if only for the deliciously salty, fatty piece of bacon which adorned it.
My tomato Benedict was good. I added smoked salmon to it. I must add that the eggs were PERFECTLY poached. The hollandaise (I got on the side) was more like an aoli, but I’m not complaining - it was scrumptious.
The salad was an A+ fresh addition to the plate.
The potatoes could be crispier on the exterior, I think.
Our server was cheerful and personable - no complaints there. She was attentive and polite. Overall I think this was a great meal and made for a nice Sunday brunch date with my sweetie.
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.