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Oola

4.2
909 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
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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

Brunch
Weekends 11:30am-3pm
Happy Hour
Weekdays: 4pm-7pm
Dinner Daily
5:30pm-close
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Phone number
(415) 995-2061
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ola Fendert
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Catering
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 info@sf-local.com for more details or to book your next event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
Metered Parking available on Folsom, 4th and 5th Streets. Free parking after 6pm
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Additional
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

Private Dining

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.

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What 909 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great brunch!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Went to Oola on Saturday mid-morning before attending a performance at Yerba Buena. The food was very good, I had the poached eggs with ratatouille, kale and polenta. Very filling and tasty plus comforting food. Also had a glass of their fresh blood orange juice that was so
refreshing. My companion enjoyed their selection.

The service was attentive and friendly. The only negative for me was the ambience, as it is very dark inside. Probably noticed because it was such a lovely warm Spring day outside. A positive was that you could talk with a normal voice and be heard, wasn't too much other table/bar noise at that time of day.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

As the ratings say—a top notch experience. Don’t miss this stylish little joint on Folsom!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service was slow and not very attentive. Food arrived cold, which I attribute to the slow service. Also, wait staff had no knowledge of the cocktail menu and showed no sign of wanting to ask others for help. When the service is good, this is a good place to have a quiet meal or a group dinner. Get the ribs.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were so pleased with the service, from walking in the door to walking out. Will definitely be back and will recommend to anyone that is looking for a brunch place.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Bartender was super nice but the wine was pricey for the taste and the Mac n Cheese was only okay. For the amount of money I would go somewhere else.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Overall everything was just above average. I would have given a higher rating if my girlfriend and I didn't get seated right at the very front next to someone with their kids.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

A great place for food and after work get togethers. The services was great as well as the servers fun and engaging.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Tall female with black hair Server was so rude. Food was only ok

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

the space was beautiful and the service was very accommodating. The flavors were great however the portion sizes were rather small for the price.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Wonderful food. The waiter truly knew what I wanted and was spot on.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The staff were very friendly, efficient and chatty. The food was also very good -particularly the ribs.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Loved the ambiance and the service! We truly enjoyed ourselves and enjoyed our food and they gave my husband a free desert for his birthday!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My sister and I had a late brunch at Oola, a restaurant popular with the SOMA tech and bio-tech locals. The odd, opaque glass front door gives one the sense of entering or leaving a special space. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was traditional USA comfort food reworked into California cuisine portions and presentation. There were film clips projected onto a wall over the bar. Overall it was fine.

The only objections were that neither of us found soap or paper towels/air blower in the restroom and that an item or two on the menu were not actually available (which might be because our brunch was later).

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We had a 9pm reservation and we were seated 30 minutes later. After we got our food it was cold and a bit dry. Definitely not worth the price.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Barely consumable, and overpriced, food. We had to send some of the dishes back because the food was literally burnt. Service was also abysmal... one of the drinks arrived in a glass with giant lipstick marks on it, and I got a call from their reservation person about where the hell I was AFTER being seated. (I told him that I was sitting upstairs and then waived at him... :) ) When we ordered a second round of drinks, they never arrived and had to complain. When the waitress finally showed up, she said “this is on us”, but guess what... the drinks showed up on the bill later. These guys should reconsider being in this business... there are simply so many fantastic options for dining out in SF that this place should not even around anymore.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food, great service, great value and very pleasant ambiance

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was good at brunch but the service seemed off. I liked their ribs, chicken mini sandwich, two eggs and potatoes with salad. They didn't really check on us but twice and had to remind them we didn't order yet.

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1.0Dined on January 28, 2018

They listed a lunch menu for restaurant week (2018) but we got to our reservation and they said that they don't serve it on weekends. This wasn't noted in the restaurant week menu, the website or on yelp.

Food: The eggs were not made as ordered (sunny side up), the slider was dry and sad (see pics) and the meats in general were definitely just reheated. The fries were the best part but we were charged $7 instead of $5 as stated on the menu.

Service: The host kept us waiting at the front for a decent amount of time while he figured out a receipt. With 6 people waiting, he barely acknowledged my party and didn’t acknowledge the other patrons waiting. The server for our table was extremely gracious though and deserves better.

In summary, there was a lack of professionalism by the host and owner and the food wasn’t quality but was absolutely over priced. I rarely leave one star reviews (check my review stats) I'll leave the one star since this was an unsalvageable experience and I won't be returning.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Was not told the restaurant wasn't participating in restaurant week lunch until the night before (even though they did not state on their online menu that it was M-F only, like other restaurants did). Poached eggs were watery and made several dishes very bad. Ambiance was not appropriate for brunch, more for date night

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service; the restaurant accommodated our party of 8 quite well. Ambience is casual chill and appetizers (brussels sprouts and truffle fries) were really good. The entrees were okay— seemed like they skimped on the portions for pappardelle though it ended up being too salty for anymore anyway. Overall good for what we needed it for!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

This is a very intimate restaurant with several tables with booth seating. Service was excellent and the food was delicious and very creative.
One plus is that they show old movies on a large screen above the bar.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Brought two friends to Oola for lunch during SF Restaurant Week...We all chose the three courses for $15. Started out with the Roasted Beet Salad...comes with two types of beets, golden and red beets, watermelon, watercress, goat cheese, lemon thyme vinaigrette. The watermelon added a very refreshing taste to this salad. Secondly, I had five ginger soy glazed Baby Back Ribs with a spoonful of Cole slaw. The ribs were cooked well, forked off the bone and scrumptious! Thirdly, I had a small chocolate cookie. The meal was good. Waiter was attentive and efficient. We sat in the back which was a little dark. I would request to sit in the front with more light next time.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Restaurant week menu was an excellent value with a good selection of entree choices. The service was terrific and we shared different plates amongst the three of us.

Will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was good, and the drinks were alright. A few mistakes in service, drinks being delivered to the wrong party, etc, but all together the service was attentive. It made for a pleasant night and good food!

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Took some important clients for lunch to this place. There were five of us squeezed in a U shaped oddly architected table. Food is ok. Visual appeal is good until you sit down. A bit of arrogance air throughout. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The ambience was festive on NYE, the service was very attentive and the food was so on point. The Berry Soufle was so yummy!

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

More extensive bar list than food list. Would have preferred to see more of a menu selection and more varied options. Delicious food, well plated, terrific dessert. More of a younger vibe.

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1.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Food and drinks took incredibly long. Food was cold when it arrived.

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

What a surprise! This is a gem. The menu was creative with so many amazing choices. The pasta was fresh. The wine list was great. The food was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

It was great! House cocktails weren’t too impressive but still enjoyed them

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Freak food options, super enjoyable staff, great drinks, fast service, and cozy. Had a great date here with privacy and no complaints

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Nice ambiance for a dinner date. Dimmer lighting, fresh take on foods and ribs are recommended.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Great date spot. Unbelievable food!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

One of the best spots I’ve been too. Highly Recommend checking out Oola. My girlfriend and I will definitely be back.

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