Octavia is the newest restaurant from award-winning chef, Melissa Perello. Beautifully defined flavors and seasonally driven cuisine are the cornerstones of Octavia's menu- all in an elegant yet relaxed neighborhood setting.
Chef Perello's daily evolving selections spotlight her commitment to sustainability and the Bay Area's wealth of agricultural resources. Combined with her natural ability in the kitchen, the result is simple and expertly crafted dishes that reflect her fine-dining pedigree and down-to-earth personality.
Named after the restaurant's location, Octavia is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. A seamless blend of original history and modern elegance, Octavia's natural light-soaked, open floor plan evokes a refined dining experience with a unique sense of home comfort. An open kitchen, which faces the 55-seat dining room, highlights the original framework and masonry of the building's 19th century roots.
Whether it’s the elevated, yet accessible approach to food, or the open, familiar atmosphere and stellar service, Octavia is about sharing great food in good company. This honest, focused approach has resonated with customers and critics alike.
Sara Hauman, Chef de Cuisine, was born and raised in San Diego county. She attended The Art Institute of California in San Diego to earn a degree in Culinary Management. Sara began working in the food industry in 2005. After working at a few restaurants throughout San Diego (Paradise Grille, JSix, WineSellar and Brasserie) as well as a couple upscale health spas (Golden Door, Cal-a-Vie) she finally decided to make the move up north. After staging at some of the Bay Area's more fine dining establishments, she decided that she enjoyed a more rustic approach to food and found her place at Bar Agricole. After two and half years and a promotion to sous chef, Sara was offered an opportunity to stage at Asador Etxebarri in the Basque region of Spain for six months. Upon returning to San Francisco, Sara was asked to open a small restaurant, Huxley, as the head chef. While at Huxley, Sara was awarded; 3 star review from SF Chronicle, Eater Young Guns 2015, Zagat 30 under 30 2015, James Beard Semi-Finalist Rising Star Chef 2016, SF Chronicle Rising Star Chef 2016. Sara left Huxley after a year and half to open another San Francisco restaurant, Mister Jiu's, as the sous chef.