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.

800 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday 11am- 9:00pm

Cross Street:
corner of F St. & 8th St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 347-4667

Website:
http://www.nopadc.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking in the evenings beginning at 5:30pm for $10.

Public Transit:
One block from Gallery Place Metro- 9th Street exit.

Executive Chef:
Chef Matt Kuhn

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for Happy Hour Monday- Friday from 4pm-7pm and Sunday all night.

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Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.7

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4.6

value

4.2

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (30)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Special Occasion (27)
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Fit for Foodies (23)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Business Meals (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Cozy (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
People Watching (10)
Romantic (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Casual (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Scenic View (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Seasonal (7)
Organic (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2015

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2015

A restaurant with a great, changed fall menu, with consistent friendly service and very yummy food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2015

Great short rib sliders. Excellent service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2015

Delicious Sunday brunch. We had the egg risotto, which was wonderful. Music was good, but a bit too loud. The staff graciously lowered the volume when we made that request.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2015

Our meal was great - the server was excellent and the food very good. Server gave great food and wine recommendations and never hovered but was attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2015

Wonderful lunch options, with a very responsive staff. They food is tasty and I've always been seated straight away. The management brought olives and nuts as soon as we sat down and start to finish, it was delightful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2015

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2015

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2015

And I'm a repeat customer because of the space with big windows, terrific food, focused service, and the bar is a great place to re-connect and catch up.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2015

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2015

We had dinner at NoPa before rhe Caps game last week. The food and service was outstanding, The waiter was really helpful. Lots of new dishes. Great salads as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Farro & quinoa risotto was absolutely amazing! This is a place I'd like to try again when I'm back in DC - very enticing menu and wonderful service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2015

Everything was on point, from my order (eggs benedict), to the brioche bread served, to the ambiance, to the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2015

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2015

Always love the big windows in the front dining area, to be remembered by the staff, and this time to see new items on the menu to try which I loved.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2015

As the staff there know, NOPA is a favorite of mine for lunch and drinks in the bar area. Food and service are first-rate, and I love the big windows facing F Street.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2015

We went to NoPa before the Stevie Wonder Concert and it was great. Our meals were excellent, service was excellent and we were out of the restaurant on time for the concert. Would definitely go back again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2015

I hadn't been to NoPa in awhile, and it was just as good as I remembered - good wines by the glass, a nice wine bottle list, the food was fresh and seasonal, and well prepared. Our waiter was delightful, pleasant and efficient.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2015

Never disappoints! We had a lovely evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Ryan was a terrific guide. Great wine, deviled eggs are huge, salmon topping is excellent. Recommended short ribs were fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2015

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2015

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2015

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2015

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2015

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2015

Once again, best in greeting, serving, and food. Love bringing newbies and enjoying it all

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2015

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.
Phil Costello

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2015

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2015

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2015

The bar and wait staff were excellent. Very attentive and charming. Food was delicious and nicely presented. The manager (?) Came over several times to see how we were. A very enjoyable evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2015

Went for Restaurant Week..octopus app was too salty. So was the scallops. The steak confitte was made well done when I ordered it medium. Good service tho...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2015

What's great? Short ribs, sea bass, scallops, meatballs, gnocchi
Love it all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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