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“Quiet, intimate, personal attention”
Review of Olea

Olea
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Ranked #678 of 5,769 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Cross street: Larkin
Transit: Olea is on the California St. Cable Car line. Get off at the Larkin St. stop. Take the #1 California MUNI bus and get off at Sacramento and Larkin, walk one block down Larkin to California Street.
Reviewed March 7, 2014

Open Table said nothing was available here for that eve, but we called and the restaurant cheerfully gave us a 20-minute window when they would sit us at our desired time. It's small, quiet, and seats maybe 20-30 max. The owner greeted us when we arrived and sat us at a perfect table with a window to the sloping sidewalk scene outside. Very generous sized pork shoulder ($18) not as tender as we hoped but tasty (with enough left over to take home) and the brussel sprouts just seemed plain. Arctic char ($17) and Papardelle pasta ($16) very good. Wine selection small but varies nicely, and the per-glass cost ($8-17) is for a big 8-oz. pour. A nice, off the tourist track neighborhood restaurant.

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Thank notpassive
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

I love their French Toast. I really do.

Their custard toast is a little bit more special than your typical pan fried eggy bread.

First, the texture was perfect. The toast was fluffy on the touch, slightly crispy on the outside and really bouncy in the center. The egg custard was cooked through and there was not a hint of sogginess.

Secondly, maple syrup and the strawberry topping were completely addictive. It wasn't too sugary nor thick. It was tasty till the very last bite.

Lastly, it just looked beautiful. I love the plating and presentation. How could it not be a wonderful day waking up to a breakfast/brunch like this?

Cazuela and other items on the menu were good but I would come here just for the french toast.

Thank Verlisia
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Best French Toast I've ever eaten! Get there before they open so you get your seats. The staff are friendly and takes their times to provide great food and service.

Thank SayaQueenbee
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The challah French toast was the best I have ever had...even better than Momma's. However, be ready for a long wait in line.

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Thank Vermontmomma
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Loved the French Toast, ambience, and attentive and friendly staff. We were in the city only on the weekend so we could not help but brave the long wait for the Friday thru Sunday Brunch. Would made weekday/weeknite reservations next time. Ask Owner Glenn to recommend a dish. He pointed us towards the French Toast and he was not wrong when he said it was the best.

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