Barvale

4.6
163 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
NEW: Check out our brunch every Saturday & Sunday from 11-3.

Our goal is to capture the essence of a tapas bar and share it with San Francisco. barvale, located at 661 Divisadero Street in San Francisco’s NoPa neighborhood, is designed to be a transitional space that transports and delights. It will also function as a meeting spot for friends and as a stop among many on an evening out. Our bar will serve unpretentious cocktails, Spanish wine, sherry, and cider. Food–paella included–will be served tapas style. barvale is the essence of Spanish culture; it will be inexpensive and filled with people enjoying bites and drinks late into the night.
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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food! Wonderful variety! But dont be surprised if you leave hungry...and not because you didn't spend a lot of money!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love that they still take reservations at 10pm at night. My boyfriend’s job requires us to look for late night restaurants and instead of being empty at 10pm this place was hopping. Food was fantastic, and the bartender even made me a few mock tails since I wasn’t drinking, and they were so good I forgot there wasn’t alcohol in them

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HT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Barvale! It's crazy loud, but knowing that, I can come early in the week, early in the evening. The food is wonderful--tastes like eating in Spain! And, the service is really sweet and attentive. And, knowledgeable.

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GG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best tapas experience in San Francisco

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic. The noise level was very high.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was top notch. We went during happy hour so ordered everything on the menu (6 items), plus 4 other items off the main menu. All food was excellent. The tables were very close together (too close), but comfortable seating. Noise level was very high - to the point of not being able to hear my date much of the time.
All in all, I would recommend it and would definitely go back.
One thing about reservation though. I indicated it was our anniversary, but nothing special or even mentioned by staff. Don't understand why they ask if nothing is done.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loud

Also loud.

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EW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barvale never fails to deliver. This was my first brunch after many dinners. Perfectly delicious. I love a few items (shisito peppers) made it to the brunch menu. The “Bloody Mary” was really weird, but delicious. The staff gorgeous and attentive. Go for it. You’ll love it.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It’s easy to get a larger table for a group and the food is good enough. The price is also reasonable.

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BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Our food was pretty good but the service was horrible.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Very reasonably priced. Lovely ambiance.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second time in and it was great. Our server was on point, food was very good, Arctic char crude was especially lovely.

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SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. We’d just come back from a trip to Spain and this place was better than most places we went there. Try the octopus - so tender.

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KW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my visiting parents and wife for an early New Years Eve dinner. Accommodated our special needs by giving us a cozy corner spot (where my older parents could hear better). Nice whisky selection. Many delicious options for my lactose-intolerant Mom and my semi-vegetarian Dad (and omnivorous wife and me). The small paella tapas is a great idea -- 15 minutes instead of 30-40. Super reasonable prices, for the 4 of us grand total was under $150 with tip. Highly recommend, can't wait to return.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was awesome! Some of the dishes were excellent, others just so-so.

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p
London
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food but be prepared for a noisy night out...

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sneaky gem. Every dish we had was great. Octopus is a must.

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I chose this spot for my girlfriends birthday. It was pretty good. However we felt that the smaller tables were uncomfortable because they are right up against a divider between the bar and the open seating area. Our table also kept wobbling. Annoying! Overall good food though.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Early is great for families and older folks!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service, from the host to our server to the runner to the manager. We had a fabulous time. We ate A LOT. We are feeling very full now but everything we ate had phenomenal flavors and was beautifully presented.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Barvale fairly regularly since they opened in the neighborhood. Great cocktails, and a wide variety of Tapas options to be able to order favorites and try new options over multiple visits. Bar and waitstaff are always incredibly friendly and hospitable. Barvale rides the fine line of being both 'hip' and 'inviting'. Great for dates, casual dinners, or just quality craft cocktails in the neighborhood.

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M
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good choices. Nice addition to the neighborhood.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patatas bravas, the hummus, chicken wings were fantastic

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marissa was the BEST!!! I recommend her....
Great Food!!!

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, and excellent service. Impressed with both times I've been.

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had a reservation at 8:15 but didn’t get seated until 8:45. The service staff usually makes more of an effort when this happens but it seemed like they didn’t think it was a big deal and treated us like nothing happened (no comped items). Order a few items and one item took 20 minutes longer than the others so we were done with all of our food by the time the last item came out. I really wish they communicated this might happen beforehand because we might have changed our order given we were already short on time. Again this didn’t seem like it was an issue in their eyes. Food quality was great... I really wanted to enjoy my experience there more but unfortunately stayed at the restaurant about an hour longer than anticipated and didn’t feel taken care of.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Loved the octopus, cheese plate especially. Amazing gin and tonic variations - #4 is my fave. This is a place I keep going back to

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Z
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the paella, & wished we’d ordered the full size - it had everything we wanted in a paella, ie fresh, perfectly cooked briney seafood, tasty rice & golden socarrat. Also loved the tortilla, & glad we placed 2 orders of this. Probably one of the best tortillas we have had.

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6:30 on a Thursday, not too crowded when we arrived, packed by the time we left. Food was delicious, very flavorful and perfect texture. The cauliflower and hummus plates are not to be missed. Also recommend the deviled eggs!

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HB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband is Spanish, so we're picky. The food was all very tasty and tasted like tapas we'd get in Spain. Portions are small, which is normal. Prices were reasonable. Our server Bianca was from Madrid, and very attentive. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and Spanish flavor for sure...

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

servers nice but you have to hunt them down.

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always - servers are great / Miguel is very professional and customer service oriented

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I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Solid food! Octopus was ok and music was a tad loud for a Sunday night but great experience otherwise! Thank you!

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

Quality of food was nice and so was the ambiance however their service could be better. Had to ask multiple times from different servers for a cup of coffee, and they forgot to bring other items that were ordered.

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DG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly place with good service and tasty food. Nice options for small plates to share as well as having your own delicious plate all to yourself.

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JP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I know things are expensive in San Francisco but come on. My Americano breakfast ($13) before adding bacon ($4) was just ridiculous. For a total of $17, I received two scrambled eggs, a piece of toast and some cubed hash browns. The $4 for the bacon came out to be $2 a piece. There was absolutely nothing more on this plate, not even a twisted orange slice for a garnish. By my calculations, the total value fo the meal was less than $1.50 tops. One had to ask for salt and pepper as the food was unseasoned and there are no condiments on the table. I will not return as getting charged so much for so little is not my cup of tea. Oh, by the way, the $4cup of tea was excellent as was the service.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Poor acoustics, very crowded between tables, but everything else is impeccable. We’ve had consistently great food and good service here. Will keep returning!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing and service was wonderful.
The restaurant is loud so if you want peace and a space to have a good conversation, go elsewhere.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for a date or a group.

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