C California Style

Inside Octavia, designed by Michael Baushke of Apparatus Architecture. PHOTO: Aubrie Pick.

Prime Position

by C California Style

Since Melissa Perello debuted her neighborhood hot spot, Frances, in 2009, the Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant has become known for its upscale, locally driven cuisine.

Now, the chef applies her tried-and-true formula to Octavia, her latest endeavor perched on the Pacific Heights street of the same name. Refined, yet rustic cuisine (including squid-ink noodles, Alaskan halibut with preserved Meyer lemons and house-cultured yogurt) steals the spotlight in this charming 55-seat dining room adorned with floral art sculptures, along with a thoughtful wine list and a selection of vermouths and madeira from Paul Einbund, Frances’ beverage director. The corner location, too, comes with its own pedigree: Not only was it home to haunts like Baker & Banker and The Meetinghouse, but was also the original location of chef Michael Tusk’s illustrious eatery, Quince. 1701 Octavia St., S.F., 415-408-7507; octavia-sf.com.

Written and Edited by Lesley McKenzie.