Barvale

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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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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e
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were 6. We ordered one double order each from the tapas choices. It was enough food. It was delicious and fun . Also ordered 2 desserts-almond cake and bread pudding very good.

CJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot, great food, good serivce, one of our dishes was forgotten and it got comp'd, good drink menu. It was very busy due to Dreamforce but everything was quick and tasted delicious. Will definitely be back.

PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, decent service. Good spot for a date or eating out with friends.

PR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here with friends and on dates. Food is quality and interesting but not stuffy and trying too hard. The escabeche and G&T no. 1 are both something I always order #drool

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food super under-whelming. One of the worst tapas restaurants I've ever been to.

T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Barvale so much. Great cocktails, great food and great ambiance. Definitely a great go-to restaurant.

MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great tastily food with a warm friendly environment to match. Yummy cocktails and cool interior design.

MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We went on a weekend for lunch and realized the menu was limited to mostly breakfast selection. There were only a few tapas to choose from. The paella was good, the pimiento was great. The sangria was pricey. I would probably go back on a weekday for a wider selection.

o
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great value. Excellent food for the price

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I enjoyed my experience! I was seated near a drafty door, so I was hit by a blast of cold air each time someone went through. A curtain to cover the door would have been nice. I also wish my server checked in more because I had a lot of additional menu items that I wanted to order, but it wasn’t terribly inconvenient. The food was delicious, and although I was heartbroken that they were out of croquetas by 7pm :(, the various plates that we ordered were fabulous.

Super good though and everyone was so friendly!

i
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Worse cocktails (completely watered and tasteless) I have ever had, especially for that price.

We could barely hear each other, food was ok but very, very overpriced for both quality and quantity.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in Madrid for two years and Barcelona for a year. I develop Spanish language textbooks, programs, and apps for the North American higher education market. I think I know Spanish food pretty well. The food at Barvale is legit! It’s the best Spanish food I’ve had outside of Spain. So good!

s
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic and service was excellent as well! I had been wanting to try Barvale for some time, and it did not disappoint. My favorites were the halibut shooter, the croquettes, and the seafood paella.

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy dishes you can share! Definitely recommend the Paella since that stole the show :) Definitely will be coming back here!

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very much appreciate the host making extra effort in helping us find the right spot for 5 adults and 4 month old baby to sit. Fun place with very good food

OT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service with helpful recommendations on food and drink. Really liked the white wine.
Can get busy and service impacted with flux of tables all at the same time.
Nice menu choices

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Prices were reasonable, and the food was pretty good (though nothing was original or specifically memorable). It was a young loud crowd and we had to shout to hear each other; the bar area had stools in the waiting section that were extremely uncomfortable. Service from our server was excellent.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and smart and thoughtful waitress who recommended good wine choices. Their shrimp and garlic was especially wonderful. Lots of families with young kids so friendly in that way. But very noisy. Cute and informal decor.

DC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Way too loud. Food was good, not great. Beef had no flavor.

HY
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Family get together

G
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Drinks great, appetizer's solid! Everything was solid, and tasty. I didn't give a 5*, because nothing was really memorable, but definitely very very good

VS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome tapas restaurant. The octopus is delicious.

e
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic. Service was great. Recommend sitting in a booth because the wire chairs need to go. Super uncomfortable. I'll go back if I don't have to sit in an orange wire chair!

MV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! We went in a group of 6 and were easily seated. I recommend to anyone looking for tasy tapas!

OT
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch, lovely cocktails, great service. Beautiful restaurant along divisadero corridor. So fun. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome - great food and the staff was knowledgeable while not taking themselves too seriously.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really noisy!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, great food and wonderful, informed staff

YM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Me and my girlfriend had a great time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty, small portions but not unreasonable for tapas. Monday half-off wine bottles is nice. Was a bit too loud to hear each other comfortably and tables are too squashed together.

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing. Our waitress, Maria, was an absolute joy. We really loved that there was no rush at all. The menu was really interesting. I will be back

NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a total rockstar!! We were a group of 8 and all 8 walked out so happy with the experience

MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good, prices are correct, but the service too long and the restaurant too noisy.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great joint!

VM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for a date, birthday, or night out with friends.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, great atmosphere, great food! What's not to love! The price point is a bit high but I think accurate to value and to the area. Will definitely return and reccomend!

DG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can always count on Barvale to have the tastiest bites to satisfy and impress our guests. It has become our favorite neighborhood spot to take visitors. The Gin drinks are OOTW, the variety on the menu has something for everyone, the bartenders and servers and hosts are so friendly and accommodating, and the place is just plain fun. Its a great spot for groups, to share a table and meet your neighbors or grab a spot at the bar for a quick bite.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food and drink.
Service was slow in the beginning but once we told them we had a strict time limit - was wonderful.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super yummy. Awesome service. Great gin n tonics. Octopus and steak to die for

VD
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Delicious brunch food somewhat offset by non-existent drinks service. 15 minutes after ordering our drinks we were told that particular choice was unavailable. So we switched to Mimosas - they still hadn't arrived by half way through our main dishes so we cancelled them.

Hope they can iron out these issues as otherwise it would have been wonderful - the atmosphere was great (buzzy but not too loud or busy), food was delicious and the service was friendly.