Barvale

4.6
299 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Check out our Spanish-style happy hour with passed pintxos in the bar on weekdays from 5-6:30, and brunch every Saturday & Sunday from 11-3.

barvale, located at 661 Divisadero Street in San Francisco’s NoPa neighborhood, is more than just a place to fuel up – it represents a cultural way of life; a daily ritual. Gathering for tapas fosters a spirit of togetherness and community. It is Spain at its very core. Celebratory, delicious and inclusive. Our goal is to capture the essence of a tapas bar and share it with San Francisco. Our bar serves unpretentious cocktails, Spanish wine, sherry, and cider. Food is served tapas style, meant to encourage sharing and togetherness. barvale is the essence of Spanish culture; inexpensive and filled with people enjoying bites and drinks late into the night.
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l
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great & friendly service, nice ambiance!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service, kept switching servers.

Reservation was for a birthday, but no birthday treat.

PZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a couple of friends and everything from the drinks to the food was amazing!!

LC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Outstanding food. Service was slow, inconsistent and our waitress was very rude. The place had more customers than what the staff could handle and it was reflected on the poor service we received.
Maybe next time.

f
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok.
Service was quite meh.
Table was so uncomfortable.

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service, atmosphere, wine list, cocktails...you name it. Well worth a visit!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was amazing and our server was really nice and accommodating. My one complaint is how loud it is, the tables are rather wide so sitting across from my boyfriend we could barely hold a conversation without yelling at each other. We also were pretty crammed in with the people next to us so it didn't feel like we could hold any sort of private conversation. I'd like to come back at a time when it's not so packed, or maybe try sitting at the bar so we don't have to yell over everyone.

RW
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food , friendly service, and nice ambiance though a bit loud for conversation. Would go again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent tapas, cocktails and wine! I sat and waited at the table for a very long time before I was even served water or asked for a drink

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Deelish food. In the middle of dinner there was some sort of loud cowbell ceremony where they poured tequila though a big pot into a woman’s mouth. Felt very out of place and super loud

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish happy hour prices applied to dining at table.

V
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waiter, nice unusual choices line sunchokes

NA
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Two waitstaff for entire large cumbersome restaurant?!
Further, the guy ‘waiting ‘ on us would take orders from adjacent tables then not even look to see if indeed we needed anything
Drinks ? Food orders late
Food was fabulous but lackadaisical if not incompetent service was big drawback
Maybe some employees didn’t show up ? There were as many hostesses as servers
We would have had at least two more drinks had anyone asked

x
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent but the service was not very good even though it was not too busy. Our waiter was nice but was overly attentive while still taking a long time to get us 2 glasses of iced tea and later a glass of ice because the iced tea was warm with no ice in it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Fun atmosphere.

a
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood spot for tapas, which taste as if straight from Spain! Good people-watching too.

LE
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! And the food was bomb!! As always :)

JO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It’s ok. Loud when busy. Overfilled with tables. Service started ok but our waitress left for 20 minutes after a few courses and never gave us the chance to order more tapas. We settled the bill and finished dinner across the street at nopa, which was better.

s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

French Toast - excellent, Poached eggs on Brioche, excellent. My crispy bacon - burnt. The Mimosa was a dud. Service - Excellent!

MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Barvale is quickly becoming my go-to restaurant for a night out. The food and drinks are incredible- there’s something for everyone (vegetarian and gluten free options too). The noise level is a bit much for a date night, but it’s a fun spot to meet up with a group.

SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating my partner’s birthday. Appreciate the attentive service. Will return!

DH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Steak and eggs were good. Avocado toast was good. Service was good. Paella was pretty bad.

j
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to find this gem

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Barvale is a great neighborhood restaurant. The tapas are excellent, the wine list was good. It’s very popular and has a youngish, trendy vibe. Be prepared to shout at your date in order to be heard, as the noise level is very high.

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Please make sure the servers ask if you want dessert before putting down the bill. I was there for a birthday and was hoping to have dessert but the bill came before we were offered any dessert.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my birthday dinner here and was happy we did, the food was great, the waiter was lovely and the over all experience was very enjoyable.

T
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Coming from Europe, these tapas were much better and so tasty.
Great service and welcome too.

n
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment. I wish the paella was less juicy, with a crust, but it was still very good.

CP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Tapas were better than one I had in Spain. I am glad to find this place.

RT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was fast. Tapas were great. We had the tempura soft shell crab, octopus, gambas, squid ink rice, lamnb sausages, kale salad. It just gets very noisy so if you prefer a quieter place, go earlier or later.

KM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fun, party vibe to the place. Food is quite good. Service is good but I wouldn't say fantastic.

L
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barvale is our favorite place for family get-togethers and to bring out of town guests! Always wonderful food and service, and not too loud if you go early.

TH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating the end of a wedding weekend on a Monday night, the ambiance was so warm and welcoming, and the food and service fabulous!

RM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and our server Tim was FANTASTIC

EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a lovely dinner at Barvale! Our server was friendly and the delicious food came out quickly - the croquettes were amazing, and we also loved the charcuterie board. Would definitely recommend if you're looking for a low-key, hip place to dine.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my mother for her 60’th birthday and it was spectacular!!! They treated us so well, food was excellent and it made for an unforgettable dinner!!

Thank you!!

TB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

good Tapas selection. Authentic Spanish food . 50% off bottles of wine on Monday

ER
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a must! Great food and great service 👌🏻❤️ You can have multiple plates and share even the cocktails are crazy good

VN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

All good. Except the noise. Hopefully this horrible fad of noisy restaurants will die a quick death. Almost unbearable.

SM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had a reservation at 8 and didn't get seated till 8:45pm. While the staff apologized repeatedly and offer to sit us at a community table it was still annoying since the whole reason for having a reservation was to sit in the dining room without having to wait. Having said our waitress was very nice and attentive and the food was very good.

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