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Oola - 55 Reviews - 860 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 995-2061


860 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (at at Fifth St.)
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 995-2061
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Oola - San Francisco, CA
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Oola - San Francisco, CA
Oola - San Francisco, CA
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I love the atmosphere and the food. The also have an intimate upstairs area. I would also check out their other restaurant called Local which is a bit more casual. Pros: great...


We went recently for a friend's birthday and had reservations late on a Saturday night. The host was bland to say the least and we waited for at least 20 minutes for our table. A...

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A Disappointing Dining Experience 5/1/2006

What a disappointing meal. I was so looking forward to going to Oola after hearing so many good things about it, but was very underwhelmed by the food. I had the roasted beets and watercress salad and the grilled mahimahi, and boy were they bland, undersalted, and completely lacking in flavor. Eating the fish actually turned into a chore, it was so dry and tasteless. My husband had the infamous ribs, and they suffered from the same problem - they weren't bad or inedible, they were just...missing something. How is it possible to make food taste so much like nothing? I've never run into this situation before in the Bay Area, so this meal really perplexed me. The service was pretty good, and the decor is very hip - cool artwork, exposed brick walls, very low lighting, loud-ish music, etc., so two stars for that. The high prices do not equal the quality of the food, though, at least not on that night." more

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Mediocre meals at hipster prices 4/29/2006

After seeing the glowing reviews from some reviewers I really have come to respect, I had to ask myself why Oola never made its way onto my culinary radar. Now I know why... it's because Oola is THE RESTAURANT THAT FLAVOR FORGOT (cue ominous music). I mean, Oola didn't really do anything wrong - except for that horrible slaw. I mean, what the hell were they thinking and how the hell can you screw slaw up that bad? It's just shredded carrots in a light salad cream! People who've never made a slaw in their life could make a better slaw than this. I'm no fan of slaw, but come on. Really. Anyway, as I was saying, aside from the slaw, they didn't do anything really wrong, but that isn't to say that they did anything right in the kitchen. Take, for example, the Caesar Salad. This salad had such potential because they not only used anchovies in the dressing, but also included two fillets. However, the white anchovies lent little flavor to the dish, and even less salt. The chef was heavy handed with the dressing, which was close to being good, but tasted more like an aioli than a true Caesar dressing. With some of the dressing scraped off and a healthy hit of salt, the flavor improved significantly. That's when I realized that the chef was just too scared of his diners - choosing to underseason and dramatically undersalt everything. In an attempt to make something that would appeal to everybody, they end up making something totally lackluster and ultimately forgettable. This, in itself, confused me when I finally bit into one of the ribs that everybody seemed raved about. Even the people at the table next to us were waxing philosophic about the "best ribs they ever had"... so again, I had high hopes. However, the ribs just weren't interesting. I've made better Asian-style ribs, as have friends of mine. Technically, the Oola ribs were perfect - tender to the point that the meat just falls off of the bone, with a nice caramelization of the sauce. However, the flavor just wasn't there. Adding some salt, pepper and chili while easing up on the honey and hoisin would have helped. Not being afraid to make something bold would have helped more. Even the sauteed spinach - technically perfect, was bland and underseasoned. Salt and pepper helped after the fact, but you can't correct this dramatic of an underseasoning job once the food has left the pan. For $50 a head, I expect much better. I don't want my lemonade to be warm in the glass when served - take out the bar spoon and give it a stir with the ice in the glass before bringing it to the table. Honestly, I'd rather have had a bad meal than something just so disappointingly unforgettable. more
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  • The Scene
    Open a heavy, two-story-high door on this desolate stretch of Folsom and find a welcoming blend of raw grit and modern elegance. Exposed-brick walls are juxtaposed with gauzy...

  • 4/14/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday From 06:00 PM To 12:00 AM Tuesday To Saturday From 06:00 PM To 01:00 AM Sunday From 06:00 PM To 12:00 AM
  • Payments:

    Diner's Club, American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    SoMa (South of Market), Central East, SoMa