nopa - San Francisco

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nopa is a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle, serving urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine. We serve simple food created with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors.
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4.6
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4.5
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Went here with my girlfriend to treat her out for her birthday and the service was pretty bad for how much hype this place gets. The waiter was stand-offish and hurrying us up the entire time, they messed up one of the orders which we ended up having to send back once to get corrected, then back again because they didn’t correct it, and all the staff we encountered while there were not nice at all. Good thing this whole experience didn’t ruin the entire night (which it initially did)! Not planning on ever coming back. Recommend going elsewhere for a special occasion!

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They have the best French toast in town

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way

SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite SF restaurant. Never disappoints. Consistently amazing, exceptional service from the hostess, servers, wait staff. NOPA has the winning recipe for success. Kudos to them!

AA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Nopa!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Disengaged server. Cold eggs. Very disappointing

RG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to nopa dozens of times since it first opened. Each one of those experiences has been a delight. I’m still thinking about my dinner from earlier this week.

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. We each had a cocktail, shared a tasty appetizer and then the chicken and pork chop which both were delicious. Server did a great job of allowing us space/privacy but checking in and being present when necessary. Ambiance was not too loud but lively.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Small but interesting menu, also very creative drinks menu, one of two main courses arrived 10 minutes after the initial one, disappointing but in the end the late meal was complementary, much appreciated. We'll go back.

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious just like always . Amazing food and service!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Expensive but the food and wine was amazing. Every dish was my favorite. Great atmosphere - lively but really easy to talk. Comfortable booths. Great lightly. Would return for sure and highly recommend, especially for special occasions.

F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had early reservation at 5:30 - initially given table in back of restaurant with a view of the BR. They were very accommodating when we asked for a change in seating. Service was excellent and food creative and appropriately priced. Environment interesting and eclectic. Noise level on second floor high bu could still carry on a conversation. Will hopefully return in the not too distant future

SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the time we were seated we were treated to exceptional service and ordered family style. Every dish we ordered was delicious and I would definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Fin de año

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

V fun! I ordered the grilled squab and it was delicious! Thanks for the great service on NYE. Will def be coming back for another date night!

EB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for NYE and it was great. Food and service were excellent.

N
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Sunday Dec 29 early evening - The tall waitress in the communal table area by the door was having a bad night! She seemed very bothered that we had to stand in her service area as we were waiting for our table. She said to us a few times “excuse me” in a very rude tone. When my mom tried to take an empty high seat at the communal table (trying to get out of the waitress way), the waitress told my mom the seat is taken. I don’t understand why she wouldn’t let us sit while we wait for our assigned table. It was not our fault to be in her way, because this ridiculous restaurant will not seat customers until 5:30pm (we were 3 mins early).

d
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit to Nopa (first time was almost five years ago!) and it’s just as I remembered it to be. Food prepped with seasonal veggies and fruits; everything cooked to perfection. The best part? Just the right amount of seasoning. Thank you Nopa!!

SM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Mainly because I live in the Berkeley area and most equivalent (or better) restaurants on this side of the bay are at least a third - 50% less expensive than San Francisco...

Chez Panisse cafe and Revival are 2 much better restaurants here that cost 1/3 to half as much!!!

also they need to improve the acoustics dramatically - and there are many easy ways to do that:

fabric ceiling clouds, area rugs or cork flooring are a couple examples

SS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch with 5 people for a celebratory end of the year gathering. So many great things to report! The food was amazing, the drinks were delicious, and the french toast we got for the table as dessert was beyond delicious. The restaurant was packed as always but although it was packed we could actually hear each other talk. No one had to scream to be heard. This is so rare for a top restaurant in SF. All the dishes scored 5/5. Note, this is not your basic brunch. If you're looking for creative dishes and amazing flavors, this is your spot.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It’s a shame that a place with such potential could be ruined by horrible service. Our food was ok, but nothing stood out. Was thrown by there being a beet in my Bloody Mary. The house made smoked bacon was fine with a nice hint of smoke. Honestly, our food experience was probably lowered due to the service. We were rushed through the meal. Drinks spilled on the table when dropped off, but not cleaned up. The check was brought before we were finished. I understand wanting to turn a table, but we were there less than 30 minutes. Would not recommend, especially during brunch.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my family to celebrate my birthday and we had a great time. Food was delicious and our waitress was super friendly and helpful.

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We found a live worm in our food. This was a birthday dinner, and it ruined the whole night.

e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We tried for over a year to dine at Nopales. Finally I was able to get a reservation. My wife and I couldn’t wait. We arrived at 5:30 and was told to wait while the staff received the final instructions. Finally we went to a table at 5:45. Ordered the baked beans appetizer and was delivered Brussels sprouts, wrong table. Then French fries, wrong table. Finally the beans were delivered which were just ok. Our wine finally arrived. Mine was a short pour Pinot and my wife’s bubbles. Our main course arrived pork chop for me and vegetable ranging for my wife. The pork chop was great, but the vegetable tanging was over cooked and under seasoned.
Overall it was just ok. We won’t be back. It seems like Nopa is not trying. Enough business but a bad attitude. There are too many great restaurants in San Francisco to get a just OK.

ML
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, my partners eyes got watery as the pasta sauce reminded her of her nonnas!
Also, the waitress who served us made the experience so amazing and cannot thank her enough!

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The squash dishes were cold and the “vegetarian pasta” was not good. It seemed that they just dumped some of the squashes over the pasta. We didn’t enjoy that dish.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience for our anniversary!

a
Milwaukee
37 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visit in sf

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

SC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!
Thank you so much!

TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't go wrong at Nopa, which is perhaps why it's always bustling.

DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been to NOPA multiple times now. Last time we tried the smoked trout which was fabulous. The Burrata was disappointing. We got Bolognese and duck legs for main course, that were delicious. The staff is nice.

E
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food. Good ambience. Excellent service. The noise was out of sight

IP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a work party brunch before going to Hamilton and everything went very smoothly. We got to our table on time and they accommodated our group putting our two tables together. The food was fabulous, especially the lamb and the baked egg dish. Drinks were lively and fun. Overall, great experience!

HN
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party was fortunate to be seated on the balcony, overlooking the restaurant and part of the kitchen, which greatly added to the experience. The ambience is relaxed, if slightly noisy, with most of our fellow guests dressed up slightly in business casual attire. Service was excellent. Get a reservation if you'd like to be seated quickly and don't be afraid to ask for recommendations as the menu seems to change seasonally.

Food-wise, every dish was exquisite and prepared quickly. My party commented that they'd never eaten tastier vegetables. If you'd like a surprising treat, try the brussels sprouts appetizer! We feasted on duck, porkchop, and spiced ham, as well, and had a few cocktails to full in any gaps left over from a delicious meal. None of the dishes were large, so the meal was filling but didn't leave us overstuffed. All of this came out to about $65/person, which I consider a good value.

j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere in a wonderful neighborhood. A SF must

MM
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing but it felt very rushed throughout. Too expensive to be that rushed.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It awesome! The food was excellent and our waitress provided attentive service my girlfriend and I’d anniversary!

KM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with really great service. Really felt taken care of and the food has all the innovative tastes you would expect from a restaurant like this.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom toast was incredible - still thinking about. What a fabulous dining experience!