NOVY

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$30 and under
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NOVY is a Greek restaurant in the San Francisco Noe Valley district. We are a family-run and woman-owned Greek restaurant. NOVY is our nickname for Noe Valley. We are a neighborhood restaurant serving Greek food alongside fresh California favorites.

In 1977, John Gianaras purchased the L and F Corner Market and turned it into a casual dining restaurant named Panos’ (after his father.) In 1988, newlyweds John and Vi expanded and remodeled the space into a fine-dining Greek restaurant. They operated the ever-popular Panos for a total of 20 years. Flash-forward 17 years and the Gianaras family has reclaimed the space, with daughters Kristen and Kathryn running the show. This time around, NOVY offers Greek food and California classics in a more relaxed atmosphere. All of our beer and wine is on tap to do our part in eliminating waste. NOVY strives to provide a personal and delicious dining experience in a polished setting.
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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Novy!

r
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

NOVY is always great. I especially like the chicken wrap but their salads and pastas are also excellent.

g
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Both of our main course dishes tasted very bland and unexciting. Too bad, because everything else was fine.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our neighborhood go to.

R
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This time we enjoyed the chicken wrap and the souvlaki plate. Really great flavor and freshness.

NOVY
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you Rita! So glad you enjoyed the chicken wrap and lamb souvlaki. We'll see you again soon! Kristen Gianaras Owner

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RS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent great food and service! Love the Friday night cioppino!

NOVY
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you Randy!

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e
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great lunch!

NOVY
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you!

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Most of the food was delicious and acceptably priced for the value. However, polenta/mushroom dish with balsamic reduction was ruined by the acrid and sweet sauce. Table was fine after a kerfuffle (we’d made reservations and were not late but it took staff a while to understand that). Service was overly familiar and still falling short of what we’d asked. I’d probably recommend but with the previous reservations.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expectations need to be better set overall.
Food took a long time. One item should not have had bacon! I don’t care if it is listed on the menu!

R
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Greek food. Lamb gyro sandwich was lovely, light, and flavorful. The moussaka was also great.

NOVY
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you Rita! We're thrilled you enjoyed the lamb gyro and moussaka. Hope to have you back soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with friends. Thanks for a great meal.

NOVY
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you!

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H
Edinburgh
55 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have been to NOVY several times and always enjoy it. The entree menu is somewhat limited but it has a definite Mediterranean flavor. We had Kolokithokeftedes (Greek zucchini fritters) for a started and a nice salmon with mango and a Moussaka for our entrees. The only negative was that, while the menu clearly called out just the salmon and rainbow chard, it would have been nice to have the plate augmented with a starch of some variety. The appetizer and entrees were delicious. The Brioche Bread Pudding and Baklava for desserts were nice with a fairly large portions. We took half of each home to enjoy another evening.

NOVY
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thanks for the detailed review Hank! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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EL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love calling NOVY our go-to neighborhood spot and Saturday night was no exception!
Great service, really good food, nice space and great value.
Thanks for being in our neighborhood NOVY!!!

NOVY
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thanks for the kind review ElGourmand. You just made our day! And we're happy to be in the neighborhood as well :) Kindly, Kristen & Kathryn Owners

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RS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Moussaka was absolutely delicious!

NOVY
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks Randy! So glad you enjoyed the moussaka.

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PJ
San Francisco
306 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lamb gyros are great here and huge. Order the Greek fries (garlic and feta cheese).

NOVY
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks PJDiva! So glad you enjoyed the Lamb Gyro with Greek fries.

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D
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

very average food. The spanakopita & calamari were not great. The meatballs were tasty, but not hot enough. The greek salad was good, the kale salad was OK. Not as good as I remember from my last visit

L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood feel. Very nice staff.

NOVY
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thanks Lonzo! So happy that you enjoyed our warm neighborhood service & ambiance! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited the restaurant on Sunday the 18th of August and enjoyed the food and ambience. Everything was reasonably priced and the portions were good. Our waitress recommended wines and provided samples to taste. The overall experience was great and we’ll be returning again soon.

NOVY
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thanks for the nice & helpful review! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was rushed and impolite.

DS
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

What delicious food and great staff to take care of us! Can't wait to come back for some more octopus, halloumi, and other food and wine.

NOVY
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thanks DinerSF! We're so glad that you enjoyed your meal and service! Hope to see you back soon. -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was not good, but they did refund one item that was awful. Waitress never came to check on us. We had to flag someone down every time we needed something. We weren’t even sure who our server was.

O
Edinburgh
162 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

while we missed the trio of mezes that used to be on the menu we found other things that were delicious. the dolmas were excellent but the star of the meal was the octopus salad. It is large enough to share or to serve as a main course and the octopus is perfectly cooked. The gyro is always good. the souvlaki was well cooked but could have used more seasoning. The total bill was a tad more than previous dinners so I think prices have increased.

NOVY
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you for the review! I'm glad that you enjoyed the dolmas, octopus and gyro. Yes, we had to adjust our prices slightly this July to be in-line with rising minimum wage costs. We hope you still find value in our overall package of food, service and ambiance. Kindly, Kristen Gianaras Owner

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RS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought some friends from LA for the first time. They absolutely loved it! The service was phenomenal and the whole dinning experience delightful!
We had great wines, lamb, calamari and sciopino! The food was delicious with a fun busy vibe. It’s fun to watch all the people go by on the sidewalk for a great experience as well.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and cozy atmosphere

NOVY
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thanks! Happy to hear that you enjoy the food & ambiance. We'll see you again soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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s
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food was tasty - ambience was good. The portions for entrees were on the smaller side. The vegetarian options could be improved to be more substantial and filling.

NOVY
Responded on July 29, 2019

Hi seekingsimplicity, Thank you for this honest and constructive feedback! We will revisit our portion sizes and also our vegetarian dishes. Kindly, Kristen Gianaras Owner

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RS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious with great service!

NOVY
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thanks Randy! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed your meal & had great service! Hope to have you back soon. -Kristen Gianaras owner

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great cozy neighborhood restaurant with quick service and great appetizers

NOVY
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you Charlieo! I love making a meal out of the share plates offerings too :) -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

No dining points awarded?

KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Nice dining experience.

NOVY
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thanks for the review KittyKat! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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PJ
San Francisco
306 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The lamb gyro is excellent but the Greek fries were out of this world. Seasoned with garlic, cheese, and herbs, these fries were finger-licking good.

NOVY
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thanks PJDiva! We're thrilled to hear that you loved our Greek fries :) Hope to have you back soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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RS
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love NOVY ---I am so sad however that they dropped the Brussel sprouts from the menu - they were fabulous! Bring them back!!!! Pretty please. ;-)

NOVY
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hi Regina- We love the brussels sprouts too!! As soon as they come back in season we promise they will be back on stat! :) -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been to Novy a few times and will not only return again but will recommend it. The service and food are very good and priced well.

NOVY
Responded on June 24, 2019

Thanks so much for the review! I'm thrilled that you find value in our food and service and we're glad you will recommend us to others. Kindly, Kristen Gianaras Owner

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was impeccable. Highly recommend!

NOVY
Responded on June 19, 2019

So glad to hear this! Thank you! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience, food, service everything was great....

NOVY
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you Matthew! I'm thrilled that you had such a great experience. Hope to have you back soon! Kristen Gianaras Owner

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good greek food!!

NOVY
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thank you! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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p
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience
excellent staff
delicious food
...strongly recommended

NOVY
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thank you pedrom! Much appreciated :) -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious small plates - able to find great choices for a friend who is a vegetarian, too. Attentive service and excellent food!

NOVY
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thank you! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed our food & service and that there were adequate vegetarian options as well! Hope to have you back soon. -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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c
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated Greek Easetrr while visiting San Fran from Toronto. The food was fabulous and we had a great time!!

NOVY
Responded on May 6, 2019

Thanks Claudia! I'm so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Easter Brunch! Efharisto :) -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and wine was excellent, and service was very good. Only downside was that the restaurant was so small, the waitress had to ask us to vacate our table to make room for the next reservation.

RL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had about 5 appetizers which were all very good, fresh and tasty, but not great. The service was great. I would go back to try some other items. The price was moderate for SF now.

NOVY
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thanks Richard. We are sorry nothing hit the 'great' mark but we will keep striving to improve! Kindly, Kristen Gianaras Owner

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