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 WinnerCalifornian
nopa - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
230 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (158)hot spot (126)neighborhood gem (113)vibrant bar scene (103)special occasion (102)great for brunch (78)good for groups (65)late-night find (65)notable wine list (64)romantic (36)great for lunch (23)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • NOPA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It was a great experience. Fast and accurate service. The food is awesome and the cocktails are ridiculously good. My dinner was cut short because the cocktails were stronger then I had anticipated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger
    xodaniel
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The grass-fed burger was delicious! I will definitely go back on my next visit to SF.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as great as I 've hoped
    MissMolly
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food not as great as I was hoping it to be. Nice staff though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overhyped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Over hyped, loud restaurant with a huge bar counter with under seasoned food, small portions & limited menu; then Nopa is your choice. Very disappointed after all the great reviews I read.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good you'll forgive the service
    amblouin
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Just go. If you can make a reservation. The service was forgetful and poorly coordinated but the food was SO AMAZING that we barely cared. It would have been nice to coordinate our flight of wine and not have to remind the staff every time (and they would bring my glass and forget the other!!!). A bit frustrating but the food is amongst the best I've had in my life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noisy, cramped, underwhelming food
    Sfdiner
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Had to book 3 weeks in advance. Noisy, cramped space. Server's butt in my face as he presented wine to next table. Burger good but not up to hype. Food unevenly cooked in vegetable stew. Slow service. Sun in eyes. Irritating experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twice as Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Have been to NOPA for both lunch/brunch and dinner and food did not disappoint. My table was there waiting for me both visits and I will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    KimmyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We love Nopa. The pork chop is to die for. The flatbread is the best I have ever tasted. My daughter loves the pasta with butter and cheese. We keep coming back to Nopa. Love it. The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOPA IS AWESOME
    IrvineFoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Absolutely love everything about this restaurant. The quality of the food and creativity of the Chef are exceptional. The French Toast and the coffee pot de creme are must haves. Our server Daniel was very knowledgable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nopa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great food!!! Long waits, but with the reservation on open table, we skipped the hassle of the host station and went straight to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Amazing food and cocktails. Great staff, very helpful and knowledgable. A must go
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner in this super popular restaurant. Avocado toast and a terrific porchetta made my night. Very difficult to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and food!
    TacocaT
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great atmosphere! I loved the lighting and the wood decor in the place. It is definitely upscale but not too snobby and located in a neighborhood near the painted ladies. My compatriots and I were really starving and the food did not disappoint! We all had the famous pork chop cooked medium to perfection. Also shared the Moroccan vegetables which interestingly tasted well. The service was fine, we were just really starving and were talking to each other the whole time. They were all nice and we didn't have to wait long to order. Would definitely recommend this place and come back for the duck and burger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    All the food was amazing - so many different and subtle flavors. And, all in a stunning building!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch never disappoints
    mtf419VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Brunch at Nopa should be on everyone's must-do list. Our party of six was seated promptly (they didn't require that our entire party was present, which was appreciated). The custard french toast with blueberries is amazing, as are the egg dishes. Cocktails and mocktails are very well executed. The only criticism is that they stop brunch service at 2:30 and asked us for "last call" on food before we received our orders, so seconds were not an option.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing.
    chica
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great service and food. Everthing was very tasty. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I am so glad I made a reservation a month in advance. Everything about the experience was top notch. I walked out thinking about the next time I could go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but loud
    SFfood
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Our reservation was late, but the restaurant was loud - almost too loud. Definitely hard to hear across the table. The fries are great and the food is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    ThreasaVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    great food in vibrant room. good wine and beer selection. wine menu was tough to navigate, hard to read in a dark room. I'm sure that comment is aging me, I was with four younger girls none of them could read it either.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Bucket List Dining Experience
    OpenTableNoobie
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Wanted to try this place out because of all the raving reviews, so made a dinner reservation a month in advance to guarantee our preferred date and time. We tried the Wood Baked Butter Beans, the Pork Chops, the Pappardelle, and a side of the French Fries with Basil Aïoli. All were pretty darn good. The beans come with feta, and I'm not a huge fan, but this appetizer was quite delectable. If we were debating between ordering or not ordering the French Fries with the Basil Aïoli again, I'd pass next time. We wish the fries were gourmet. The service is spot on though, and the environment is very energetic. We liked that we were upstairs because there was a little less chit-chatter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A perfect way to start a Sunday. I love that they open a half hour "before they open" where guests can sit at the bar and enjoy a drink while the staff readies for the seatings to begin. Try everything!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • incredibly poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I must say the food was excellent, however, the service was awful. From start to finish, it took nearly 2.5 hours. Our entree didn't get to us until the 1.75 hour mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just WOW...
    travelingange
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I went for brunch and had a lovely time. The service is great, cocktails are great and the food is so delicious. I had the trout with fresh dill cream cheese and sea salt bagel. We will definitely return. Hayes is a neighborhood full of character and Nopa fits right in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SydneytoSanFran
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    An Australian friend so love Nopa they organised a gift certificate for us so we could experience its delicacies when we arrived in San Francisco. We are hooked. Amazing smoky/woody flavours, great wine list, excellent service. Need to open one in Australia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing!!
    Kantelope55
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This reatraunt was absolutely Perfect! From the moment I walked in the front door to the moment I left and was greeted with thank you for coming. I have to start off by saying our server was Nina and man did she know the menu inside and out! She have us a few choices for our appetizer and of the three we chose the poached duck egg app. It had so many flavors we loved every bite!!! Again we asked Nina what her favorite entrees were And again she had three to give us in such detai. My special date and I always have a hard time agreeing on wine Their wine expert found us a bottle that was in between both a PN and a cab!! She was so knoweledgeable and helpful! I can't believe I can't remember her name. She was a blonde girl with a gift!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • depends on the season
    bmcl
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Last time I visited Nopa, the food was great. But their menu changes according to seasonal menu and when I visited this time I was surprised at how nondescript and mediocre all the food were. The presentation was great, but there was nothing special about the taste. And our group ordered wide variety of the dishes too. It was quite disappointing to find out that the quality Nopa offers is not steady.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.