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About Oola

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.

860 Folsom St A
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Brunch
Weekends 11:30am-3pm
Happy Hour
Weekdays: 4pm-7pm
Dinner Daily
5:30pm-close

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 995-2061

Website:
http://www.oola-sf.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Metered Parking available on Folsom, 4th and 5th Streets. Free parking after 6pm

Executive Chef:
Ola Fendert

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

Specials

Complimentary Truffle Fries
Complimentary Homemade Pop Tart

Specials

Complimentary Truffle Fries
Details

Nothing goes better with our Baby Back Ribs, than delicious Truffle Fries!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: October 11, 2017

Ends: April 11, 2018

Availability: Sun-Tue 5:30PM-6:15PM 9:45PM-11:00PM
Wed-Thu 5:30PM-6:15PM 9:45PM-12:00AM
Fri-Sat 5:30PM-6:15PM 9:45PM-1:00AM

Complimentary Homemade Pop Tart
Details

Enjoy your brunch with a Homemade Pop Tart on the house!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: October 11, 2017

Ends: April 11, 2018

Availability: Sun 11:30AM-3:00PM
Sat 11:30AM-3:30PM

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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.

Oola Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Great for Brunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Waterfront (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great date spot. Unbelievable food!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The staff members are all amazing every time I come here! Recommend 100%

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This is a casual dining restaurant close to the Moscone Convention Center. It's small so reservations are a good idea. If you're there for a convention it's a good place to meet with colleagues after a day of meetings. Food is delicious.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The menu offered a good variety of dishes that would satisfy many folks' dining desires. Wait staff is very friendly and able to offer a good detailed description of the various fare. Service was efficient and timely.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great brunch and attentive service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Well run restaurant.
Service was prompt and efficient. Gabby checked multiple times (but not overdone) to make sure all was ok and to see if anything was needed or wanted.
Limited but nice menu.
Food was good. The hamburger was great.
Would go back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Little noisy in the bar area but the old movies were neat. Not sure how it claims to be French

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fantastic brunch and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Mikael, our server in the bar area, was OUTSTANDING!! - the food and cocktails too!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Oola was fantastic. The food was scrumptious and the service was excellent and friendly in a chic and stylish environment. I highly recommend Oola. Try the ribs and the tuna salad.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The introduction of Octopus & Potatoes is incredible. The Cauliflower Soup, the Sweet Greens, the Pasta Bolanese, the wine, the dessert...all six for six. Waiter & company was great. This is a repeat and more...depending on getting parking when I pass by.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Short menu but everything was great. Very tasty. Appetizers were nice and decent portions. We were 4 in our group and each tried something different. Special drinks were "different" and tasty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

They may have just had a bad night, but service was not good and left plenty of tables upset, with so many options not sure I will make it back again

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had another great time at Oola. Drinks were tasty and the food delish. Had a wonderful root beer float for dessert. We will be coming back.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Delicious cocktails, we had the ribs (meaty and full of flavor) and burger (juicy paired well with truffle fries) both were prefect and better than expected even though we where in quite late the staff where super accommodating

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good food, service, and got reservations right away.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The "background" music was way too loud and "thumping." Made it difficult to have a relaxing conversation during dinner. Otherwise, a fantastic restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Mattis was amazing! Really made dinner special for my whole family! I would come back 100 times:)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

My complement to The Chef, the best salmon I've ever had. My boyfriend and I both ordered salmon, and we enjoyed it. Highly recommended Oola. We used Dining Passport.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Unlimited Mimosas and great brunch! What more can I say? I love the place :)

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great food and service!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Bad oysters, rough dining room

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The restaurant has a unique decor that was very fun. The bar was quite busy when we arrived and appeared to have everything you need. The wine list was great and not overly expensive. The staff was really fun and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Had a nice evening with my team. The food was great and the atmosphere was upbeat and casual.

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