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August 2012 Oola Restaurant has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards top 100 Late Night Dining Restaurants in the United States.  The list of winners is derived from more than five million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Paper City

“No Detail Overlooked:  Simple and not too trendy, the industrial exposed brick is balanced with recycled wood and beige stone from Israel. Modern rust-toned light fixtures with big lightbulbs that hang in different lengths, a gold-wallpapered ceiling, and a mezzanine set apart by a blue glass partition add enough flair to appease scene-seekers.”

San Francisco Chronicle

 “While an early dinner is nice at Oola, the magic really unfolds later at night when the bar area is cranked up and the place feels like a big cocktail party. At that hour, everything is copacetic.”

“Critics Choice”San Francsico Bay Guardian

“Oola gives Ola Fendert his own platform at last, and the result is a modern, golden SOMA restaurant with a menu that mixes playful opulence with local standards.”

EATSF Weekly January 2005

“Joe moaned with the pleasure at every taste of his decadent, luxurious dish.”“Sophisticated and delicious fare in a chic setting”“A grown-up restaurant”

San Francisco Dining: The Buzz is backSpecialty Food Magazine January/February 2005

“South of market’s newest restaurant features sleek, industrial design and fresh California Cuisine served until late night. Along with the basics like burger and baby back ribs, more upscale items include roasted Halibut with Chanterelle cream sauce and chicken foie gras raviolis.”

7x7 Magazine February 2005

Editors’ pick for the 10 cocktails that are well worth a hangover."

Watermelon Cosmopolitan

 “For the Vodka lover craving a clean cocktail with just a hint of sweetness, this icy aperitif at OOLA is worth a toast. Neither too saccharine nor to dry, it’s a mix of Skyy Melon, watermelon and lime juices, Cointreau and, as they say “lots of love.”

"The hottest restaurants of 2004"7x7 Magazine February 2005

“The split-level space has sophisticated sex appeal (exposed brick, gauzy curtains, lots of candlelight), making it the perfect slinky-dress night out. No-brainer California comfort food with French flair makes up Fendert’s menu.”

Bon Appetit – March 2005

Hot 50 

”Top spots around the country-from the hottest scenes to the best bites" 

“After a successful run at local favorites such as Chez Papa and Baraka, chef Ola Fendert finally has a place of his own. At the intimate and stylish OOLA, he’s making big impression on the city’s foodies with a menu of hearty bistro favorites."

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