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“Should have been told main dining room unavailable” 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 #2,192 of 5,014 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
Ukiah, Ca.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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“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
Senior Reviewer
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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“Excellent food, good service and ambience; reasonably priced prix fix menu and a good place for business lunches and/pr...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2009

Excellent food, good service and ambience; reasonably priced prix fix menu and a good place for business lunches and/pr dinners.

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Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Christmas Dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

There were no restaurants serving dinner on Christmas Day in Sausalito, so we ventured into the city for a late afternoon holiday meal. L'Olivier offered a special four-course Christmas menu as the only option at $62 not including the 18% service charge they add (even to parties of two). As it turns out I think this was a little expensive for what you got. The food was good but not inspired. A nice pumpkin soup was the first course followed by an appetizer course and a main course with about six choices for each, and then a choice of four deserts. It was Christmas so we opted for the traditional turkey main course and it was quite all right. Most of the wait staff seem to be from eastern Europe. The two we dealt with were very friendly, helpful, and helped make it an enjoyable experience. The wine list is not extensive but had plenty of nice choices from all price ranges.

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New Providence, New Jersey
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146 reviews 146 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Another overrated French-inspired restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2008

We are a French-American couple. We are always amazed by the poor quality of many so-called "French" restaurants in the U.S., and "L'Olivier" is unfortunately another illustration of this observation.
The food is average because the recipes are quite basic and the ingredients not the freshest ones.
One good point, though: The restaurant is very quiet and offers separate banquet rooms, which is convenient for business or family events.

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