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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
nopa - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (138)hot spot (117)neighborhood gem (102)vibrant bar scene (96)special occasion (87)late-night find (68)good for groups (67)great for brunch (67)notable wine list (53)romantic (34)great for lunch (23)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Foodie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Papperdella pasta was excellent, as was the grilled calamari salad. Baked bean app was ok. had a late lunch so pasted on the desserts. drink list and wine list might as well have been in a different language because I didn't know what i was reading. the restaurant is beautiful and very fun. would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    One reason I come to NOPA is the service. The staff take care of you the minute you walk into the door until you leave. The food is high quality along with great drink menu. It's always a treat to come to NOPA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatest of them all
    tian
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Extremely attentive waiters and waitresses, impressively great food, no wonder you have to book this place weeks in advance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vibe, overrated menu
    NinaMVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I'd been hearing about Nopa since I first arrived to San Francisco and of course had to try it out. Overall, I really liked the restaurant. The vibe is cool and the bar area is buzzing. But I did find the menu to be overrated. I wouldn't not go back, but I wouldn't go out of my way to grub there again either.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy
    Vero
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nopa is a trendy concept. The best we ordered was the pork chop. It was extremely hot in SF the night we had dinner at Nopa and the first table we got was upstairs in the corner. Not nice and extremely hot, we were switched downstairs and was much better. Salmon with lentils is also very good
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly underwhelmed
    ParisDunk
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My second visit at NOPA, as thoroughly underwhelmed as the first. Vibrant restaurant with non-stimulating food. We all got different items that consisted of every dish on the menu. 2 main dishes I'd order again (burger and rabbit) and 1 appetizer (broccoli) that was captivating. Overall, not a place I'd recommend to others nor feel the need to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy on a monday
    Cfm1985
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This place loved up to the hype. The food was great and the service was on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    awdngreviewsVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Nopa' excellent food was exceeded by Michelle's attentive, thoughtful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    locallover
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife was running late and we were terribly stressed, but I was seated without even having to do the song and dance I'd planned. This was a special night for us and we were treated well. The mackerel and oil poached tuna were amazing. The duck was a little overly salted, but on the whole everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nopa
    JYSL
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Well executed dishes with great service to boot. Loved the porchetta, pappardalle, goats cheese and flatbread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You can't go wrong!
    Andrea
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    With superb service, sexy vibe and SENSATIONAL food, Nopa never disappoints. Foodies will appreciate the ever-changing exciting menu. Its not the easiest to get a table, but its worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A great mix of casual and special occasion - if you don't get a reservation, try coming before 6pm and wait for spots to open up at the communal table. Also a great cocktail/bar place to have a drink and some snacks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, desserts lag behind
    littlebear
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Authentic satisfying food, well executed meals, but not super sophisticated. Desserts lag behind other courses. Service was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopping Spot
    FoodieR
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Small sharing bites... Very tasty but expensive. Skip the entrees. Cocktails interesting and pungent, offbeat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1fanofdiningVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Nopa is one of a kind - it is just beyond description - their food is off the charts and creative - the service outstanding - and just the most pleasant dining experience one can have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot
    Anis
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food is pretty good but not outstanding. The service is usually really good. I have to try this place for brunch because I've only heard good things about it. The wine list is pretty exhaustive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My family and I enjoyed a most delicious weekend brunch at NOPA and will definitely be back! Even the pickiest of our group was impressed. We had superb french toast and soft scramble! Wonderful and service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best brunch
    stonefire
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Been to Nopa for brunch & dinner. Just great food & friendly service from both waitpeople & hosts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    FrosTradedVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Was really looking forward to dining here with my wife, came away underwhelmed. Combine 30 minutes of circling around the block for parking, inattentive servers, and average food (the highly rated pork chops were rather dry!).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nopa is a Yesa!
    BecmapVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Nopa was the highlight of our trip! The Grassfed Hamburgers were incredible! The service was impeccable and our server stayed and talked at our table as if we were his only table. They were extremely accommodating to my dairy allergy. The bar drinks were out of this world and creative! I had the pear. Highly recommended...any drink is great! The rotisserie chicken tasted like an herb garden. Beware of the calamari...it is basically the squid cut in half, but it was exquisite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great
    CraigC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Looking forward to coming here. Starters were very good. The flatbread and the baked beans and feta were great. Things came apart a little for the main course. Rotisserie chicken huge portion and a little dry. Didn't need the side order of fries which were great with the basil mayo but wish the server had said portion sizes were quite big. The burger seemed A bit on the dry side. Loved the server (Kim) very warm and informative and loved The space. But was disappointed overall. Foreign cinema was much better the previous night
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great restaurant!!
    drezak
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Overall amazing experience at Nopa. The food was delicious and the service was on point. Nothing bad to say about this restaurant. You should definitely check it out if you're in San Fran!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We sat in a corner, upstairs, near a loud, obnoxious party. Pork chop served medium was fatty and not appealing. Too expensive and out of the way to recommend. Didn't live up to the hype.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch Worth the Hype.
    ShawnVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've been here for brunch multiple times, and each time it's been great. First things first, always make a reservation if you want to get in for sure for brunch. You can walk in and try to get onto the communal table, but it's a tough ask. Each time I've gone for brunch I've tried different things, but my favorite things have always been the pork and French toast. Both are very rich in flavor, and easy to share with another person. Never had a complaint about any of the other brunch menu items. Service has always been good. I've sat upstairs, downstairs, and at the communal table. and it's been great in all spots.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
    privleged2dine
    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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.