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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New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good, but expensive and a bit loud.

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SE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I brought my family out from the east coast to SF to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday and chose NOPA. I called ahead, spoke to Manager, Francesca, who assured me that it would be a great place to celebrate. She said she wrote down that it was a special occasion so wait staff would know. She advised me not to bring in a dessert , as theirs were better and there would be candles. She said she would be there. Nothing happened. After paying my large bill I quietly inquired about Francesca etc. hostess said”sorry”. Then she turned around and walked away leaving me once again disappointed. I can’t get this event back for my family. I left feeling very sad. I hope the chef, manager of NOPA never feels this kind of disappointment when they attempt to arrange something special for one of their family members. I don’t know what else I could have done.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Far too long a wait, 25 mins between a bowl of beans and a goats cheese starter. Whilst other tables had received several dishes at the same time, in a shorter amount of space.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual!!!! 💗

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, very loud. But will go back.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants!

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KF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Say nope to Nopa. Our 2-person dinner consisted of only 5 dishes but lasted 3 hours, not by choice. The timing was strange, the dessert never came and the food was mediocre. By the time our 4th and 5th dishes arrived, I had already forgotten what we ate first - it was that unremarkable. The only bright spots were the red wine and our server. I would not recommend.

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LQ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place especially for late night great bites!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Birthday and anniversary

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was appetizing and savory. Service is great. Normally we have to wait or flag our server for more water. Here, it was never an issue. Our server and a coworker kept our glass and carafe full. We were also frequently checked on for anything we need. Atmosphere is relaxed.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not baby friendly

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We had 2 savory meals for brunch. I recommend the sausage with the poached eggs. This was very hearty! The custard French toast is always a winner. Fabulous service!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Nopa! Scored a last minute reservation at 9:30 and were seated upstairs. It can definitely be loud but you don’t notice it at the table. My boyfriend and I were able to talk no problem. Food was delicious as always. The halibut special was to die for! Right amount of spice from the chili’s. Our only complaint was that the service seemed off. We asked for the Somm and while we appreciated and enjoyed the wine our, I think server, recommended it wasn’t quite what we were looking for. Our table was touched by 3 or 4 different people throughout every stage of the meal. Not a big issue as we are in the industry and understand when things get busy or breaks happen but made the experience a little off. Regardless, we will be back many times over!

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c
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. Noise level was a high.

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PK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance, service, everything was perfect! Recommend this place strongly!

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GC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been driving to the city from LA every year since 2008 so that I can get my Birthday dinner because this is my favorite place!!! Everything is so delicious!!! The pork chop/shank is so damn incredible, I rarely pick another dish!!!

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DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great, service is good but not exactly the best attitude, kind of on the smug end and acting like they're doing you a favor to be getting you a table even though we had reservations.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

The french toast was good but the rest of the plates were very bland and disappointing. Overhyped and overpriced, wouldn’t go there again.

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place. The custard french toast alone would keep me going back.

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NS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's lively and it's (too) loud. Most of the evening I spent with my hand cupped over my ear to hear my softly spoken companion over the incessant din of those shouting at each other on adjacent tables. It certainly does not help that the restaurant chooses to turn up the ambient music to the same level as the chatter. Food and service are great, so my suggestion would be to visit alone with ear-defenders.

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H
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the duck breast and it was great! My husband had a hamburger and it was a little under cooked as was the broccoli. Would absolutely try it again!! Great vibe!

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nopa was a fun and upbeat experience. The staff are friendly and helpful with their recommendations. The food was delicious! I would highly recommend it!

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Alejandro is the best!!! The food was great and the service. Nopa is the best!!!

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious. One of the few places in the city that offer macerated wine and they didn't let me down. The chicory salad was Divine and our roasted chicken was perfect. Thanks for helping to make date night so amazing...

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always solid

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JG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant is a San Francisco institution but the food last night was a bit uninspired. Previous visits were better but dessert is always great. Meats were slightly overcooked.

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MT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nope is always consistent. Fantastic food, daily menu, local produce. Service is very friendly and the drinks are amazing. I think unfortunately it is still very pricey and sometimes could be a strong argument not to go as often!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointing. Overall food was average except the chicken which was very dry. Dry enough that I didn’t eat it. Service was poor and unattentive. Had to track down server on multiple occasions. Our dining experience took 2.5 hrs when all we ordered was apps and main course. It took over 10 mins for us to flag (anyone) down for our check. I wouldn’t recommend — hopefully your experience has been or will be different.

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LR
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fun restaurant - very lively "scene". went for brunch
Service was adequate - took 3 trips to bring cream for my coffee.
Food was also just adequate - coffee is bitter and gross (even after cream!).
I got special "ribs and waffles" and thought ribs were too smoked and too salty.
Sausage dish was good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

really good late night dining

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pappadelle is the way to go, but everything is amazing.

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B
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was pretty solid, but gap between appetizers and entrees was at least 45 minutes. It's like the food for the either balcony section was forgotten and then all came out at once. Once delivered the food was good, but this gap really detracted from the overall experience.

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h
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The atmosphere inside the store was very lively and powerful!

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J
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredibly impressed. The food was spectacular. When the bill came we were surprised that for $150 we had two cocktails, two glasses of wine, two appetizers, one pasta dish, a dessert and a coffee drink! Service was great too. But the food really was amazing. Can't wait to go back now that I know what all the fuss is about.

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TM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing vegetable tangine! Will try to make it at home

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little on the noisy side at the bar but seems better at the table, allowing to have conversations.

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h
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best food we ate in San Francisco. The service was exceptional. It took a little long for the food to come out but it was so beautiful and delicious that it didn't even matter. We went at 1:30p. My husband had custard French toast and i had pork belly with waffles. To start the meal we shared house grilled levain. Every single bite of every single dish was the best ever. Definitely a not to miss spot!

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AB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, really interesting menu, fun cocktail list and really slick service. We will definitely be back

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NJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Not only normal food but it was a well-balanced combination of dish which seems to be rotating monthly so you can expect a different dish based on season. Good list of beverages too both alc and non-alc. Staff was very attentive and helpful. Would recommend a group of friends rather than a couple as the space between tables were limited.

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