Great! Amazing food & service. Very thoughtful staff—highly recommend!
Simply delicious food ... fresh and flavorful. Exceptional service and we had a really great experience. I had taken my friend there for her birthday and the thoughtfulness of the restaurant made it special.
Stunning! The food was spectacular! Elevated old favorites like tomato soup or pork chop to a level beyond! Flavor profiles were awesomely.
I had been here before and had good memories, today all this was simply reinforced: food fresh and well prepared, great selection of wines, service impeccable, friendly and competent - the atmosphere is warm and cozy, ice to be sitting in there while enjoying some delicious meal
We love Octavia, but so many of the dishes we had were very spicy this particular time. We're not into spice that much, so we didn't enjoy it as much as in the past. Next time we will ask more pointed questions concerning the spice level.
It was awsome ❤️
The desserts were out of this world! but the tables were set close together and the wait staff was attentive but not very friendly.
Super! I was delighted with everything. I had the tagliatelle with melted fennel, a Sicilian-inspired dish that was better than anything I ate in Sicily. The fennel pollen ice cream with almond cake parfait was one of the best, lightest, most satisfying desserts I’ve had in recent memory. The shshito pepper appetizer with corn soup and stone fruit was just so-so; I guess I’m not a fan of shishito peppers, which have a sour, bitter taste that disappointingly reminds me of green bell peppers (I avoid green bell peppers whenever possible. I think they’re a palate killer.). But that was my fault for not knowing what I was getting into with shishito peppers.
Octavia is our neighborhood go-to and have been visiting monthly since its opening. We also LOVE Frances.
We went last week for our anniversary. They gave a great table, greeted us as always and got our wine and apps without a flaw. Then, things slowed down dramatically.
After a very long wait, the hostess showed up with an amuse bouche and asked us the “tell her what we thought of it.” She walked away and no one came by for a very long time. When she finally came back, she brought a salad we didn’t order and said our entrees were being plated. Another long wait.
Our original server came by (no more hostess!) and said our entrees were on their way and that the reason things were slow was that “we have a private party at the chef’s table.”
Okay, first of all there is nearly always a group at the chef’s table. Second, no one ever admitted that they screwed up or apologized. They just astounded us in pretending all was good. Finally, our meat was undercooked and chewy (a “petite filet”).
We love Melissa as a chef, but we have noticed a lapse in service over the past couple of years. We hope Octavia regains its status as one of SF’s hidden gems.
The spinach salad was great with very fresh ingredients. The pork chop was perfectly cooked and very nice presentation. A very good wine list and excellent advice and wine description from the server. Overall a very good experience.
Had to wait 20 minutes for our table :-(
When we checked in they even asked if we wanted to go outside and come back later!! But they did not define later. There is not a lot of options to wait outside on Octavia and we do not live in the neighborhood, we decided to wait inside.
Still the favorite of the Barkers :) WE never tire of joining the lovely staff and dining on the delicious foods....thank you to all of Octavia!!
Octavia’s fails to surprise, we had the tasting menu which was just a regular experience.
We were very impressed with the food and pricing, as well as the service and ambiance. A great value.
First time at Octavia and we would definitely return! The salmon was perfect with wonderful mix of flavors.
We arrived early but were seated promptly. The restaurant was experiencing a ventilation problem and it was noticeably warm. The server explained and apologized for the problem noting that we would have full memu service but later reservations were cancelled and that they would close early. Aside from the warm (but not hot) temperatures, all else was normal and we had a great dinner. A very tasty salmon dish was followed by a small slice of cheese cake for dessert. We were given a loaf of "Octavia" bread along with another apology for the HVAC problem as we departed. The entire staff worked to make our evening enjoyable and successful.
We greatly enjoyed our meal (as always). The staff is both attentive and respectful and I would definitely recommend everyone try the squid ink noodles!
Excellent food and great friendly staff. Casual atmosphere. No screaming kids! Mostly couples.
Food was amazing so good and fresh! The service was great but only when more people came in, when there was just a few couples there the service was slow but definitely would go back!
Still the best of the best in San Francisco....my happy place :)
We went there for our anniversary and had a great time! Food was delicious, the service was wonderful and we loved the vibe inside. Highly recommend!
The chef created a tasting menu for our party of 6 people. Every dish was fantastic. They also accommodated a food allergy. One of the best meals we’ve ever had.
Food was amazing! I had the salmon and my husband the pork chop and we both enjoyed them, very tender and tasty; the service was great as well as the rose wine we had. Thank you so much to the amazing chef and servers!
Food was not what I expected . Not MEMORABLE. Bland no delp. Excellent service
I highly recommend that you get the 75 dollar family style tasting menu.
Only complaint was that we were seated 20ish minutes after our reservation and there was no bar or area for us to wait. The food and service made up for It though, will definitely go back next time in town!
The Polenta dish was a gastronomic delight!
That and the dessert we have pictured below surprised and wowed is at the same time!!!
Wonderful dinner. My husband had the filet and I had the polenta. Fresh food and full of flavour. We had a pretty spot in the corner - lovely low lighting. Nice bottle of Zinfandel, too.
Menu has some interesting, creative choices, although the mains are eclipsed by the starters, oddly enough.
We ordered five apps and shared them. Plenty of food and we got to sample a lot of things. All were good; the corn soup was hearty and tasted like dessert!
You are absolutely killing it.
We had a wonderful dining experience at Octavia on Thurs eve.
Loved the food from the deviled egg to the Rib eye( as good as any I’ve had anywhere.
Service was just right.
I thanked Ana( seemed to be the manager that eve) and asked her to pass my congratulations to the owner, management and staff for providing an intelligent, delicious and classy dining experience
In the increasingly toxic pathologic San Francisico dining scene
Look forward to the next time.
Very crammed and noisy place. The feeling I had all evening was that the main concern of the staff was 'how can we get the dinners out the door the quickest way possible so we can pile new clients in'. Very unpleasant.
Our waiter was not pleasant, inattentive and really didn't look as if he enjoyed being there. Accidentally he even elbowed me in the face whilst serving the table next to us and only apologised after I pointed out to him that I would welcome some acknowledgement on his part (basic social skills he didn't seem to have). The food was OK but I will certainly not recommend the place to anyone. There seemed to be enough people willing to queue without Octovia needing my recommendation.
THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER AT OCTAVIA!!!!! Thank you for an amazing dinner and great love from all....XO Kim and Clarence Barker
We had reasonably enjoyable meals. Deviled egg, i didn’t get it sine it’s a soft boiled egg on top of vegie something. Duck liver mousse was okay as the jam & dates added too much sweetness. Both the pork chop & petite file were very juicy & tender. The polenta was perfectly runny but the mushroom toppings were too salty for me. To be precise, the food rating would be 3-1/2 stars.
The service was a bit slow & attentiveness is moderate.
Loved it. Great food and overall fun experience
Great time spent in Octavia with chef’s tasting menu. Will come back soon.
From the beginning to the end it was a spectacular , very very clean and well organized the best service, delicious food
very well designed all the tables and setting was perfect the noise level was reasonable. music was perfect.
The only thing I would recommend is to have a better fan for the kitchen our eyes was a little itchy because of the smell and my hair was smelling like food after we left.
We would definitely go back and recommend this place to our friends.
Not worth your time or money. They obviously don't care about their customers. Food taste and the food itself is very mediocre. When people come to a restaurant to eat they shouldn't feel claustrophobic. But you guys are too greedy and just try to fill up the place with as many seats as possible because all you about is making money and not your customers. I was put in a seat basically with three walls. Made our table extremely uncomfortable. Not only that they didn't even explain what the tasting menu was. They just said the chef picks whatever and the waiter doesn't know what it is. If I knew I would have just ordered what I wanted instead of eating all the nasty crap you picked for me. Probably one of my worst experiences ever at a Michelin restaurant. You guys dont even come close to that standard. I was really excited to try out your restaurant. But you left a really bad taste in our mouths. Theres are so many other amazing places in SF. Don't waste your time here.
The food was exceptional. The last time I was there I was a little confused by the use of the same ingredient in different dishes. On my second visit, I really enjoyed how the chef plays with flavors similar (but different) in each course.
The accompaniments to each dish (salad under steak, e.g.) were as wonderful as the main attraction. We can see why one reviewer claimed to visit every week. Not inexpensive, but not outrageously priced, either. Noise level could be improved -- perhaps with a rug or fabric wall hangings. Next time, we'll seek a table near the perimeter.
A waitperson carefully explained each dish about which we sought information, and went out of his way to ensure my nut allergy was not challenged.