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“Expensive food, not good at at and definitely not very French” 2 of 5 stars
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L'Olivier
465 Davis Ct, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Financial District)
(415) 981-7824
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Ranked #2,727 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Financial District
Cross street: Jackson
Transit: Close to BART, and Muni
California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Expensive food, not good at at and definitely not very French”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

I went to L'Olivier to celebrate a French friend's birthday. The service was OK, even though they interrupted the toast to the "birthday girl" to take orders. Some of the food was just OK, while some dishes would not get a passing grade in an inexpensive restaurant. I have only a detailed review for the dishes I and my partner ordered. The beef tartar was swimming in oil, had no taste or zest. My partner ordered the most expensive dish on the menu, a Friday and Saturday special, the bouillabaisse. It is a provencal dish with tomatoes, leeks, fennel, and all the appropriate spices and several kinds of fish and other sea food cooked in a saffron broth with a garlic and herb rouille on the side. This is not what was served. We could not fish out any vegetables from the thick sauce. The only detectable spice was salt, the fish, one shrimp, a gummy scallop and five old clams were drowned in an orange colored salty, thick and floury sauce. It was special only in the sense that it might have contained the weeks leftover fish with salt and a thick sauce disguising the age of fish. It was disgusting and it was $27. I was luckier, I had a sea food plate with polenta, which was OK, but not OK for the price. I tasted one desert, the chocolate mousse, which was OK, but nothing to do with the French mousse as I knew it. Is this restaurant really French???Our party provided the wine.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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usa
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“faux french”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

funky vibe, average food, expensive- i felt like i was eating at the haunted house in disneyland- not worth it in a city full of great places to eat

Visited October 2011
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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Run away as fast as you can”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

Food - terrible/ ambience in side room like a diner/ no access to taxis in their location.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Ukiah, Ca.
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Should have been told main dining room unavailable”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

On May 7, 2010 we phoned for a reservation at L'Olivier for 9PM. When we arrived we were disappointed to find that the main dining room was given over to a private party and we, along with other patrons, were shunted off into an unattractive, brightly lit function room. As we were seated we were abruptly informed that the kitchen closed at 9:30 (although their website shows they are open until 10:30).

When I complained to the young lady acting as manager/Maitre d' all she did was stare at me. I think it is unprofessional for a restaurant not to advise clients that a private party is scheduled, and very unprofessional not to make apologies when a complaint is registered.

We will not be returning to L'Olivier.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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san francisco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“How Did We Forget This Wonderful French Restaurant?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

L'Olivier has been in this location just north of the Financial District for over thirty years. Last Friday while trying to figure out a restaurant for lunch at the last minute, we headed over to L'Olivier. It is quiet, the food is great, especially for a French meal on a relative budget. The decor is a bit generic, but the service was very good and everyone was very helpful. We will definitely be going back in the near future. We can't believe we haven't stopped by in five years, but it appears that most of the diners are locals, and not from the Financial District. The prix fix for lunch for two courses was $17.50 and about $21 for three courses.Two thumbs up!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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