nopa - San Francisco
nopa - San Francisco

nopa - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nopasf.com/
  • Phone: 4158648643
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily 6pm - 1am (Bar opens at 5pm with light snacks available until 6pm); Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11am-2:30pm (Bar open 11am-11pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Laurence Jossel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hayes
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking with public parking for a fee available.
A word from nopa - San Francisco
nopa is a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle, serving urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine. We serve simple food created with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
nopa - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (162)hot spot (128)neighborhood gem (114)special occasion (104)vibrant bar scene (103)great for brunch (85)notable wine list (70)late-night find (66)good for groups (61)romantic (42)great for lunch (22)kid-friendly (14)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Awesome!
    LPwhymustiaddcharactersVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is my go-to spot in SF, when I can get in. Consistently outstanding food, great atmosphere, just love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Met our expectations
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Four of us shared small plates, entrees, & desserts. We agreed that every plate was exceptional. My husband ordered a Mescal drink which was just too overwhelmingly smoky-tasting & they replaced it with a delicious Margarita for no extra charge & willingly. We were seated upstairs & it was very warm on a cool evening so I would request the main floor in the future. Even though it is a challenge to get into this restaurant, it is worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait for a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is the second time we have enjoyed NOPA for brunch. All dishes and drinks were inventive well prepared. Service was very attentive, pleasant and informative. Diners in our party on this occasion were mixed generations and all were impressed. We shared a large custard french toast for a "died and gone to heaven" moment. Savory dishes were also good with many delicious, perfectly-cooked summer vegetables. Staff are challenged by tight quarters in the dining room, but somehow once seated the diners feel that they have enough privacy to enjoy themselves. Floor management was nearly "queen's high table." I had never before had a manager approach and fold a napkin left by a diner who had excused himself momentarily from the table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • snackrabbit
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Absolutely loved it! Would highly recommend to anyone who can get reservations! The pork chop is a must.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun...
    juliecamp
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We always like going to NOPA, but I'm still not sure exactly why. Ambience is great, service is always good, food is good, but nothing is overwhelmingly amazing. And it's really hard to get a reservation that's not at 10pm. I think it's just a fun place to go that always delivers what is expected - nothing more, nothing less - I'm sure we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    Rebekah
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It's my fault for nurturing such high expectations, but I wasn't blown away by the food. That said, nopa is a very trendy and delightful restaurant. Service and all employees are absolutely wonderful and the crowds that dine here seem very cultured and polite. Food is indeed prepared in a unique way, and presentation is gorgeous. However, majority of the dishes we ordered were over-salted (I love salt and bold flavors but found myself extremely thirsty throughout the meal). The popular broccoli side had a strange bitter aftertaste the crudo could use some sprinkling of lemon, but the burger was very delicious! I personally enjoyed the (yummy) bun to patty ratio and the fries that came with it were crisp. Drinks are concocted beautifully!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiebr13
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Good food, amazing ambiance. Nice service, we were late for our reservation but they didn't mind at all and quickly arranged our table. Our appetizer and desert were really good, but I didn't mind too much for my dish (I had the salmon). Some tables can be too close to another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first time at Nopa
    marie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Six of us plus our 2 yo granddaughter went for dinner to celebrate her birthday and her daddy's birthday with two sets of grandparents. We ordered almost every appetizer, lots of wine, main courses and desserts. Although we spent as much as an airline ticket from Phil {where we're from} to Ca, it was a most enjoyable and memorable experience and worth every cent! Every morsel was delicious!! We'll go again for another special occasion!! It was special!! Our waiter was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing evening
    NurseFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I made a late night reservation for myself and my boyfriend. I had heard from others that the entrees were not as great as the appetizers. We ended up ordering 4 appetizers and an entree to split between the two of us. We were not disappointed in the slightest. We also ordered a bottle of wine that the server was able to recommend and wasn't astronomically priced. After we finished our meal we ordered dessert which was decent. We probably would have ordered something different if we weren't so full! We ended up spending 3 hours at the restaurant and never felt rushed by the servers but really wanted to take our time and enjoy the meal. The portions were bigger than expected, it was great. I will be going back for the next special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner in a Neighborhood
    Mmoney
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The menu was diverse and interesting from a piggie platter with head cheese to a simple yet modern twist on a roasted chicken. The ambience and crowd was hip yet not too stuffy. Great for a group of friends or even a date. The place gets busy so be sure to book a reservation weeks in advance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable
    postsfromiris
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Just simply impeccable, from the service to the food. Everything was flawlessly executed and I love how they all work as a team to make the experience great. Never was my water glass empty nor my table dirty with crumbs. The food was delicious. Perfect balance of flavors and great portions. We had 2 starter, main entree and dessert but did not feel too full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pork chop is the best
    yomi
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I was here for NOPA's pork chop and I was really impressed! Nice food and waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sub-par food
    Ilikeporkalot
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Overcooked chicken sent back and returned with another overcooked chicken. I've had this dish 3 times before and every time it was perfect. Very disappointing as I reccomended it to a first timer. Drinks were great. Desert wasn't memorable. I love Nopa and will come here forever - it must have been an off night or a new menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Best part is that they are open until 1am. Food and service outstanding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food/drink in lively setting
    mojoetooVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    With a group of 8 we fairly well toured the whole menu. Friendly and proficient service. All dishes were transparently well-sourced, thoughtfully conceived, and deftly prepared. Standouts amongst the crowd were the tomato salad w chickpeas, fried anchovies, king salmon, and impossibly light and airy sopapillas. Top notch beverage program and an intelligent wine list appreciated by a large and energetic bar crowd. Would eagerly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Corkage Fee
    Audible
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I enjoyed the food and so did my guests, but really, a corkage fee of $20 even though we also purchased two of your bottles of wine? So...until that moment I enjoyed the evening. I asked our server, and she replied it is the "establishment's policy." Fortunately, there are other wonderful restaurants in town who don't feel the need to ask for corkage especially when also buying a wine or two from the wine list. I liked the flavors of the food but the snobby young man at the entrance desk and the corkage fee will probably keep me from returning, since I had to wait a full 30 days for the honor anyway. Arles Tooker
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip from Walnut Creek!!!
    stonefire
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great attention from entrance to exit by entire staff!!!Great bread pudding & unique French toast dishes!!! Thoughtful service not rushed or delayed between plates!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not impressed
    foodforthought
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was my second time going to NOPA for dinner and I was not impressed. They made us wait 15 minutes past our 8:15 reservation. Once we were finally seated it was upstairs above the kitchen, it was hot and smelled. We ordered a few appetizers and for entrees the pappardelle rabbit, burger, and roasted chicken, the rabbit was by far the best. We ended up spending $120 per couple, for the money I can get a better meal at Range, Frances, and Lolinda to just name a few. Maybe third times a charm, but I won't be finding out anytime soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So noisy...
    ChuMinHo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The rest makes no sense with such a noise. Dining is a social event, but at your restaurant you have dinner alone. Nobody hears you and you can only hear noise.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • disappointed
    JenRecommendsVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Have been wanted to come here for dinner for a while, had been for brunch twice & loved it. Its a hard place to get reservations at before 11pm on weekends, so booked it 6 weeks out. The service was very slow, took an hour from entree order to delivery. The appys were tasty, we had the flatbread, & the fresh tomato dish, but the entrees were just...mediocre at best. My husband had the salmon - small portion & bland. I had the lamb, on the servers recs as she described it as "lovely tonight" - must have been the presentation she was talking about, the meat was very chewy & again flavorless & I eat lamb a lot in SF. Other had the pork chop (overcooked) & chicken, again average. Will stick to brunch & burgerss. thats what Nopa does best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the best.
    dontsettle4averageVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It is very difficult to get the food, service, ambiance, and the rest correct each and every time- especially in a restaurant of this size. This restaurant should be a model for how it should be done.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scrumptious
    LANAK
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were here for brunch. If you are looking for over sized and overloaded american breakfast Nopa is not your place. It is for people who can appreciate creativity and quality. The food was delicious. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All I could want from a restaurant
    sfjojo
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Nopa is all you could ever want from a restaurant- amazingly well versed, and friendly waitstaff, local and seasonal food, and the perfect atmosphere! Now I understand why it is impossible to get a reservation. Nopa is delicious and upscale without being snobby or stuffy. I loved every minute.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Another excellent meal at Nopa SF. We were 20 minutes late for our reservation. They were kind enough to call to confirm we were coming while in route, thanks for that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My fiancé and I have dined at Nopa multiple times. We enjoyed everything we ordered. We started with a glass of wine and a beer then had a bottle of Barbaresco. Both went well with what we ordered. Our server however was missing half the time, we had to order our wine from a different server. It took a while in the beginning for our server to greet us which was frustrating since we were so hungry and thirsty coming from a show. But as soon as we received what we ordered, everything just came together again. We love the atmosphere here and the food. I just wish service was a bit more attentive in the beginning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but too hot inside
    impressedVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    we liked the food, but the temperature in the dining room was too warm to enjoy the meal. we sat upstairs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The wine we had was just average, but the baked goat cheese and pork was really good. Just remember to reserve a table...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun! Good Food! Great Atmisphere!
    LAHM
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a great time at Nopa. Food was good. Fun vibe. Service was great due to the old concept of cross service. Not one person passed our table without a quick glance to see if we needed something or could take a plate away. We were never without drinks or food. The front door was friendly. A very popular restaurant that lived up to its rep. We had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday dinner!
    JAMaude
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Celebrated two friends' birthdays. Great meal, ideal to share plates, wonderful food, on spot recommendations for wine and cocktails, attentive staff. Will definitely go back again soon--if we can get in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    LuvFood
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I was really excited to try Nopa out. We were able to get a reservation on a Thursday night. The restaurant looks really nice inside. It's clean, modern, and open, but HOT. Really hot. We saw people fanning themselves. I was in a sleeveless shirt and was very warm. My husband, in a button down, was very uncomfortable. Our waitress was great.Loved her. Our bottle of wine was excellent. As far as food, everything besides the white bean feta appetizer was sub far. We split a burger and bolognese. The burger was super thick and incredibly dry. It wasn't very good at all. The fries weren't special. The bolognese was ok, but not great. It needed more seasoning. Overall, I was really surprised and underwhelmed by the experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dinner
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was amazińg, a true experience. Server wasn't overly friendly but the food and the vibrant energy made up for it. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food in a bright setting
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Nopa is brightly lit and benefits from natural sunlight, that make summer dining especially pleasurable. Each dish was more delicious than the last - from a fully loaded avocado toast to a juicy and spicy pork pancetta. You can tell they use fresh ingredients and high quality meats. The flavors are all subtle, but they work together nicely. Only thing to note would be the fairly "light" wine serving. But the wine was great, nonetheless. Definitely a great date spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy late-night hotspot
    Nate
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Nopa was an amazing experience. The waiter helped move table to the second floor, which I cannot reccommend enough. Looking out over the bar and kitchen is mesmerizing. The food was top notch, and the ambience is very trendy and modern. Best in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal Food!!
    ChefonTheRunVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I had heard great things about NOPA and every word was true! The service was phenomenal and the food the food was even better!! I had one glass of wine, the poached duck egg with eggplant caponata, and the smoked trout with quinoa and pickled cherries. WOW!!!! They both were spot on with flavors, textures and overall balance!!! I will eat here again in a heartbeat!! Thank you NOPA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnificent
    Stephen
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Best meal I had in the USA. Food was fresh, original and extremely tasty. Service was splendid. Design was understated. Room crowded but not noisy. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. Just go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    cflores81
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The vibe is better than the food. The food is not bad but it is nothing noteworthy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    theDarbs
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was perfect from the small bite that was offered to welcome us, to the gorgeous Cappuccinos at the end of our meal! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best I've had in San Francisco
    hoitytoity
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent wood-fired food. Fresh CA flavour. I'd return anytime I'm in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh...
    Cindacious
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Party of 3 arrived for 6:30 rez and were seated promptly in area I had requested. My second visit, first being many years ago, and my guests first visit. Service was good and the restaurant was soon very busy, especially the bar; on a Wednesday night! Though all seemed well I was not impressed with the food. I/we dine out a lot at truly great spots all over the country (Husk in Charleston anyone:) and I must say that what we ordered was average at best. Small plates: white beans- tasty, calamari- meh, eggplant- horrid. Eggplant had an odd flavor and texture. Roast chix- flavorful but a bit dry. Accompanying melon was wonderful. Duck dish- very undercooked, rare. Brought it home to cook for next night. Olive oil cake- meh... We won't return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Lovely Blend of Flavors
    Perfect
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I loved our dinner at Nopa. Our son insisted that we try it and even made the reservation. We were seated on the 2nd floor above the kitchen. It was amazing to watch the chefs prepare food. I ordered the squab and was served a whole squab, partially de-boned with hummus and a grilled pepper. Every part of the meal was full of flavor and perfectly matched with each other. We finished with a Peach-Blackberry tartlet with Hazelnut Ice Cream. It was absolutely delicious. Service was spot on and warmly given. I can't think of a thing that I could complain about. A+ to Nopa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic