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“Best gnocchi ever”

L'Ottavo Ristorante
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Ranked #284 of 5,737 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Union Square
Cross street: Taylor
Slc
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best gnocchi ever”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Seated without reservations, delightful service throughout. Salad, entrees and dessert were delicious. I ordered the gnocchi with some trepidation because I am picky about it, but it was exceptional. Didn't notice if the decor was dated...seriously, if the food and service are that good, who cares?

  • Visited April 2013
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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358 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Good Italian meal in pleasant atmosphere”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I picked this restaurant at random as I was going for a walk. It's outside of the North Beach neighborhood that is the epicenter of Italian restaurants in San Francisco, but it's perfectly credible.

The interior is small and comfortable with warm, dark decor and lighting.

I was seated at a table in the back.

I started with the Melanzane Al Forno (grilled egplant), which was cooked perfectly and served with a wonderful fresh tomato sauce.

The Grigliata Mista (mixed grill of sausage, chicken, shrimp and new york steak served on a bed of rosemary, garlic, tomato sauce) was good but less of a success than the eggplant. The tomato sauce was the same as the one that came with the eggplant. The sauce worked nicely with the sausage and chicken, but it conflicted with the steak and the shrimp.

I ordered a bottle of 2008 San Silvestro Barbera d'Asti Aleramico to accompany my meal. It was reasonably priced at $34 (I believe it retails for about $20 in shops) and went well with both courses.

The server was attentive and friendly throughout my dinner, and she was very helpful in making suggestions for menu items that met my dietary restrictions and in selecting a wine to go with the dishes.

I would eat here again.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank ARWhite
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent pasta”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Excellent beef carpaccia and pasta. Great home-made tiramisu. Friendly service.and reasonable price.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank jim d
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good Meal”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

I enjoyed the meal of seafood with linguine. I was surprised to find a good Italian meal outside North Beach. The prices were on the high side but otherwise, if you're close to Union Square, this is a good choice, located on Sutter St.

Visited March 2013
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Westchester, NY
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice place in need of updating”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We ate here our last night in San Francisco because it was close to our hotel. The staff were friendly but the portions were small for what you paid. Also they could do with a bit of updating. I wouldn't eat here again unless they lowered their prices. $20 for pasta with basil and tomato and not big portion. Food was good.

  • Visited March 2013
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