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725 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Delight your sense at L'Ottavo Ristorante. This family-run trattoria serves classic Italian recipes in a cozy space, decorated with folk art. The restaurant's menu features appetizers, soups, salads and an appealing list of beef, fish and veal dishes—prepared using the freshest herbs for the best flavor. L'Ottavo Ristorante also serves pasta and an enticing range of dessert. Located within walking distance of the Union Square, this restaurant is an easy pick for tourists and local residents, especially if you're in the mood for some homemade pasta. The restaurant's warm ambiance and friendly service provide the perfect balance to a family outing or a fun evening with friends. L'Ottavo Ristorante is open for dinner Sunday through Saturday.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Pranzo (Lunch): By request

Cena (Dinner): Monday-Thursday 5:00PM - 9:30PM

Friday and Saturday 5:00PM - 10:00PM
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Valentino Luchin
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Private party facilities
The intimate atmosphere and exclusively designed menus make OTTAVIO the perfect venue for your private party! With the open kitchen as OTTAVIO's heart and soul, Executive Chef/Owner Valentino Luchin will delight and entertain guests as he passionately prepares innovative cuisine from his Veneto region. As a wonderful alternative to off-site catering, OTTAVIO is perfect for a restaurant buy out, accommodating 30-50 guests. Join us for an extraordinary private dining experience!
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Private party contact
Michele Luchin: (925) 930-8008
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Catering available upon request and consultation.
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Cross street
Lincoln & Civic
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Parking details
Public garages or street. Garages located at the corner of Civic & Locust - Regional Theater, and one at Broadway and Cypress.
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

After being a fan for a long time, was very disappointed with my experience here. The service was terrible, they did not accept credit cards and failed to inform us until we asked for the bill, the food was mediocre, and the owner/chef was very rude to my mother. Will never go back and recommend that all stay away. Your money is better spent elsewhere.

vipStephen (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

Poorly managed and no service. Food was subpar and cold. Demanding cash payment at the end citing machine broken.

vipGeneS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Very slow service

vipBigMike (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

The food was outstanding! Nice people running the place.

vipTildonker (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

Four of us had dinner early for a change so it was a surprise to see an empty restaurant at 6pm on a Friday night but what a treat for us that it wasn't as busy as usual. It did fill up later on but by then we weren't paying attention as we were enjoying ourselves so much. The food was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed seeing a varied menu without too many choices. The wine was perfect with what we were eating with limoncello given to us at the end that was amazing! The chef was very entertaining and recommended different foods and wines along with service from his son and one other which was perfect. We weren't going to have dessert but.... we had 3 out of 4 of them (there were 4 of us after all!!) and every one of them was to die for! We were so impressed and sad too that we hadn't been before now. I believe he has been there for about 8 years but..... we ARE definitely going back!

DanaC (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

We left once the wine came they only had one Chardonnay and it had cork in it. They sat us next to four old ladies when there were only six people in the restaurant. Once I tasted the wine and saw there was nothing on the menu like the pictures I had seen we left and picked somewhere else. If this restaurant going to last and only have one Chardonnay they better make sure it at least drinkable.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

We had an amazing time and the food was incredible. Can't wait to go back.

ChantalR (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Valentino is the owner and head chef. He named the restaurant after his father, so it is truly a labor of love and one that he takes very seriously. Valentino and his sous chef, Richard, create the most delicious food that I have had in the Bay Area and perhaps in the U.S. The food is authentic Italian that charms the palate with every bite. An example of the dedication to tradition is shown in the fact that Valentino makes his own bread and cures his own meats at the restaurant. For wine, Valentino recommended the 2010 Valpolicella Superior Ripasso Bosan and it was divine. The wine complimented the food perfectly and provided a nice balance with our choices. We started with the Burrata Con Speck, which came with a fist size of burrata and their homemade prosciutto in a balsamic vinegar sauce. The burrata melted in my mouth and it was a perfect combination with the saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the sauce. It was simply heavenly.Then we sampled the grilled octopus with arugula and olives. The octopus tentacles were quite large and cooked perfectly. I have tried octopus many times and this is only the second time I have had it prepared correctly. There was no chewiness and the flavor seeped into it well. For the entrée, we shared the spicy risotto with octopus. We could not get enough of the octopus since it was prepared flawlessly. The red sauce was spicy but not overpowering to the other ingredients. It was a subtle but noticeable touch. Finally, we finished with a dessert similar to a crème brulee. It was served with raspberry sauce and chocolate shavings. Truly heavenly. As a thank you for dining with them on our anniversary, Valentino gave us two glasses of his Limoncello. The drink was equalized so that the sugar offset the bite of the lemon. It was simply delicious. Valentino runs his business in honor of his father and it shows. I recommend Ottavio to anyone who is interested in authentic, delectable Italian cuisine.

JohnL (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Regular diner at Ottavio. Food is excellent with great favors and touch. Menu is on the small side, but that is a good thing as all on the menu are outstanding. Valentino is a true gentleman and chef. Last time in we had their arugula salad (very good), in-house cured meat tray (outstanding), Lamb Promegranate (wonderful) and the best Gnocchi around. Small family owned establishment that we enjoy supporting!

MarloE (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Great service, delicious food, I plan on recommending this restaurant over and over again!

vipKenS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

We had a wonderful meal here last Friday night. Starters were burrata with house cured speck and octopus salad. The creamy cheese and speck were heavenly and one would be justified pushing away from the table at that point, but you must carry on! The grilled octopus had a great smokey flavor that paired well with the greens and dressing. Mains were baramundi fish and lamb sirloin. All excellent and plentiful - no room for dessert. We asked Valentino (owner/exec chef) to pick our glasses of wine for the various courses and they were outstanding. We were also treated to a little intermezzo of Valentino's smoked fish, which is a recommended starter here for taste and texture. Someone at your table should get this and share bites.

This was our sixth visit to Ottavio and we decided to go this night because we wanted something different from the run-of-the-mill dinning experiences. If you are looking for great food and a little adventure, definitely give Ottavio a try. You will be treated well!

GaryL (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

Been here many times. This time was a disappointment. Dish we came for was not as good as usual. Beet salad was almost empty of beets and mostly radishes. It was a Thurs night and few diners so had the impression chef was not into it, though he is a charming host and an interesting person. Felt very let down.

vipOrindaScott (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2016

We had a very nice dinner here last week. We shared everything and started with the
Caprese Salad with Burrata cheese and Heirloom Tomatoes. The Burrata was full flavored and creamy and a perfect complement to the tomatoes, Basil and Balsamic dressing. We next went to the Wild Boar Sugo and the Organic Lamb Sirloin with Pomegranate sauce. Both dishes were well prepared and the flavors were great. The chef recommended a reasonably priced Italian red to go with the dinner. Everything was delicious and we will definitely be going back soon.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

We don't go out to nice sit down restaurants very often, so we aren't very well versed as restaurant patrons. Ottavio served us delicious food we have never tried before, with service that felt intimate and genuine. We went on a quiet weekday evening and had a wonderful time for our 2nd anniversary dinner. Recommended for anyone visiting the Walnut Creek area looking for a smaller scale dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Loved everything about Ottavio. Pleasant conversations with the owner and the wait staff, all of whom took great care of us. Generous pours of wine. All meats are cured in-house and the proscuitto did not disappoint. Messy Lasagna, the name of the dish, may have been the best lasagna I've ever eaten. My husband enjoyed the ricotta gnocchi with duck. The lasagna was veal truffled ragout, so it had a slight smokey flavor, which embellished the dish. For wine, we selected the 2010 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Bosan, Veneto, Cesari. As it was Father's Day, my husband splurged on a chocolate torte and the owner treated us to a decadent sip of limoncello. Exquisite. Now, if Walnut Creek would just discontinue outrageous parking meters.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

Owner or manager not friendly, and service was slow. We were ignored most of the time. Servers were good. Food okay and reasonable., except for a $20.00 corkage. Won't go back.

Hasi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2016

We've been here many times. Always great food and service.

vipNumm (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

We enjoy going to Ottavio's on occasion. The service and people are fantastic. The food is always good and the chef/owner always stops by and wants to know if you are enjoying the meal.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

This was our first visit to this restaurant. This was a last minute Mother's Day reservation. It was just me and my mom, and we were pleasantly satisfied. It is a family-owned restaurant, and the chef is the owner. The place is so intimate that the owner takes time to visit every table.
Excellent find!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

This place offers a moderately priced slightly upscale Italian experience with a friendly staff. The food is outstanding and interesting. We had the duck gnocchi and the Baramundi which both had memorable flavors. Don't leave without having a dessert. The Zabayon might change your life.