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About NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.)
nopa Kitchen + Bar, a new 160 seat American brasserie in the heart of the Penn Quarter. This is the award-winning restaurateur's eighth restaurant in the nation's capitol and it serves Modern American fare. The restaurant offers lively dining in the main dining room, and also offers quieter dining options and several private dining rooms. The name represents nopa's location just north of Pennsylvania Avenue and it welcomes guests for lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch.
Washington, DC 20004
Contemporary American, Organic, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm
Sunday 11am- 9:00pm
corner of F St. & 8th St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer valet parking in the evenings beginning at 5:30pm for $10.
One block from Gallery Place Metro- 9th Street exit.
Chef Matt Kuhn
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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For private dining, nopa Kitchen+Bar offers three exclusive spaces: a 40-seat dining room with a working fireplace, expansive views and AV capabilities; a 24-seat dining room next to the bar, which also have floor-to-ceiling windows, and a cozy 14-seat dining room for smaller parties.
NoPa Kitchen + Bar (Washington D.C.) Ratings and Reviews
NoPa has a good value pre-theater dinner. Food was okay. Service was excellent. Clearly our waiter was accustomed to serving pre-theater customers and, in addition to being pleasant and putting us at ease, made sure our service was quick enough to enable us to finish in plenty of time. The main drawback, as with so many otherwise nice restaurants, was that the noise level was high to unbearable, and I think we were in one of the quieter areas. Sad to appreciate quick service in part so one can get out of there quicker. With less noise, the ambiance could be quite agreeable.
Excellent food, superb service, perfect spot for a group outing: what else can you ask for? I made same day reservations on a Saturday night for six and we were not only fit in, but received excellent service. I always have had amazing eating experiences here and recommend it highly.
I really liked Nopa, however I thought the steak I ordered was not up to par. The rest of our dishes were fantastic so I don't think one should judge a restaurant on just one dish. My dessert was phenomenal and the service was fantastic. I would definitely go back, but just order a different entrée.
Excellent service - servers were abundant (a rarity). Food was VERY GOOD. Hush puppies and meatball appetizers were delicious and I rarely eat appetizers. Glaze on Chilean Sea Bass with bok choy a touch too sweet but not enough to make mention to waiter. Great ambiance. Noise level was fine - lively but not impossible to hear someone next to you -went with friend from out of town and conducive to chatting. Hostess was welcoming. All in all a great experience!
The food and drinks here were delicious. I wanted to try this restaurant out so my birthday was the perfect occasion. The atmosphere was very nice and had it not been a Tuesday night I could see this bar being very vibrant considering the location. Anyone who has been in DC for a while knows that this used to be Zola so the look inside didnt change much. Nice exposed white brick walls and big bar and dining areas.
For drinks we order the Rand' Regulation (bourbon) and Mad Hatter and the Funk(vodka)cocktails that were both very flavorful and strong but not too much that u couldnt enjoy them. I would definitely come back for happy hour if ever in this area.
Next we ordered the Spicy Pork Meatballs. They were juicy and spicy. Very flavorful. We both wished they could have been a main entree instead of just 3.
For the main course I order the Beef Short Rib Pot Au Feu(like a beef stew without the stew). The mean was tender and just the right size that I didn't feel like I was over eating. It was cooked perfectly. Served with standard beef stew veggies that was tasty as well. We also ordered a side of crispy brussel sprouts that were good. My friend had the Chilean Seabass which was cooked just the way she liked them and great portion.
And since it was my birthday I received complimentary chocolate mousse cake with ice cream. We also ordered the cookies plater and the fried apple crisp. We left with doggies bags for sure
Will definitely be returning.
AGAIN, I made a reservation here for a small group and NoPa went above by expectations. They seated us in a private room :) It was so cute and quaint and EXCLUSIVE. Felt like we were VIP or special guests.
The food and service was amazing as usual and the Chilean Sea Bass was the hit of the night! This place is a DC fave. LOVE IT!
Our first time- but not our last- was a success for our three diners. Two of us had the pasta with lamb and one had the salmon. We also shared the crispy Brussels sprouts as an appetizer. Everything was delicious and my husband, who usally says something was okay or not very good, declared the salmon delicious and ate it all.
We chose this place in Penn Quarter because it was near the Shakespeare theater and because we had tried most of the other recommended places in the area. Handsome decor and innovative foods. It seems the management tries to make dining a special occasion. They even put foam rubber on some of the tables in the hope of reducing noise. Nice touch whether or not it was successful--the noise was not that loud. Undoubtedly because of their prime location they can get away with slightly higher prices (e.g, a glass of wine could cost as much as $16). But location, location, location makes up for it.
I went here for brunch and LOVED it! The champagne brunch is a great deal and you get really nice food along with bottomless mimosas. My friend ordered an appetizer and I ordered dessert and we split it. There was so much food, and I loved how they didn't rush you through everything. So many restaurants serve the entree before you are finished with the appetizer and NoPa made sure you were enjoying the food and taking your time. Will definitely be here again.
All of the dishes we tried were excellent. Highly recommend the pumpkin soup, the deviled eggs and the gnudi. My fellow diners also enjoyed the mussels. Our waiter was extremely accommodating with our special requests (including splitting up items between our two kids). The main part of the restaurant was loud and a bit of a scene, but we were seated in a lovely back room that was perfect for a family meal.
We had no idea that NoPa was this old Zola's...of which we could not remember the name. Unlike Zola's, the ambiance, food and service were simply "off the page". What a delight to find after a tour around the National Portrait Gallery!! Wonderful! We will be back!!
We have been enjoying Nopa since it opened - and go back because we are never disappointed in the seasonal menu, excellent service and they remember us. This Fall 2015 menu is wonderful including gnudi pasta to die for. Love the spaghetti I had during restaurant week and it is now on the menu - simple but excellent. Their steak tartare never disappoints (ask for more toast). Desserts of fresh and timely. Great cocktails from the bar - also fresh ingredients and designed by bartenders who know their liquor and make their mixers. Great happy hour, grazing menu or full on menu, your choice. Love the "private" rooms in the back. On the left behind the bar very quiet - 4-4 tops large window. On the right - table for 10-15 for private group dinner. Make reservations so you don't miss an opportunity to enjoy a meal there.
The food was fine. I started with black garlic gnocchi, which was quite good. The scallop entree was average, perhaps a bit salty. My companion' burger was average. Service was rather poor. I wasn't served for several minutes after I sat down and then the waiter was scarce.
The food at NoPa was incredible- I had the scallops, which is now one of my favorite dishes. Others had the seafood tower - which had just about any seafood one would want, and I heard it was delicious as well. Service started slow, but they picked up throughout the meal. Overall a great experience.
The waiter was simply wonderful! Truly helpful and funny and attentive. I loved the quinoa and farro (? ) risotto. My lunchmates enjoyed the shrimp salad and the fried chicken salad. We ran out of time but the white chocolate spearmint ice cream sounded awesome for dessert!
I love to come here. Portions are perfect and stylishly plated. The menu changes and all the dishes I have had were amazing. Service is above par. I must try a brunch at NoPa.
The restaurant didn't mind that we stayed on to talk business after our meal. The restaurant was not full and the server didn't mind.
one member of our party wanted his eggs benedict with a kick, another came just for the 63 degree eggs, another was celebrating a birthday - the chef added slivers of peppers to the eggs benedict, prepared exquisite 63 degree eggs, and provided a wonderful birthday dessert -- the chef also came out to offer personal greetings - and the waiter could not have been more competent or welcoming - met and exceed all expectations
One of my best friends recommended this restaurant to me and said she thought NoPa is the most delicious restaurant in Washington DC. And I agree with her now.
All the food are very delicious especially the oysters. I ordered the Tomato Infused Spaghetti and it was a little bit salty but delicious. All my friends that came with me also enjoyed their food very much. We also ordered chilled Seafood Tower and it was very good. Highly recommend this one if you like eating seafood.
Each year my wife and I take a weekend (late summer) and goof around in DC. She suggested and arranged we have brunch at NOPA on Sunday (Labor Day weekend Sunday) - our last day in
town. We showed at 11 a.m. and were seated at table no. 21. Noel was our main server.
Nice table, as it gives a good view of outside activities. The day was beautiful so we had plenty of 'people watching entertainment'. The service was excellent and Noel had a fine sense of humor which only made our visit more fun. The food was excellent - my wife is a bit of a foodie
and is rather critical - all good by her own review. We stayed about an hour during which time
the restaurant GM came over and we had a good chat. It's only Monday now but we've already given 3 NOPA business cards to neighbors. It was a pleasure for us to have brunch at NOPA this weekend and we'll certainly return. Thanks to all for a fine time in every way.
We found NoPa while heading to the Spy Museum. After looking at the posted menu, we decided to upgrade our lunch.
It was quite afternoon (holiday weekend), but the tables in the bar area that were being used were lively. We sat in there because we were woefully underdressed for this place.
Service was perfect - good looking, well dressed staff. They got everything right - the orders, checking in with us, refills, enough banter to make it fun.
Food was awesome. Wife had the kale salad and the duck liver mousse plate. Presentation was great; both dishes were well-plated and with just the right amount of food on them. She even ate the okra (which she really dislikes). I had the NoPa burger. When it came out, I was concerned because it was very dark and I had ordered it MR. But it was excellent. They got a great crust on the meat with a high grill, and it had a near perfect interior. The chees-whiz (yep, not kidding) was elevated and delicious. The pommes frites were very good. I normally hate it when my fries are pre-seasoned, but these were excellently flavored (salt, a touch of minced basil). Here's where I'll squeeze in one complaint so I feel like I've done my reviewer job : a couple of fries were a touch underdone.
We will definitely return here next time we're in DC, but it will be for dinner and we'll be dressed for it next time. Check it out!
The fact that aast minute reservation was availble at any time was interesting. The place was nearly empty. Our waiter was extremely nice and attentive but tried to explain how steelhead salmon was different from other salmons such as farm raised. The menu looks great. The execution fair to poor. I would not go back nor recommend to a friend.
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