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.
thin-sliced roasted leg of lamb, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, tzatziki & fries
hand-rolled spinach and feta stuffed pastry
Mary's chicken, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, tzatziki, salsa verde & fries
Loved the food and the casual atmosphere. Service was terrific. Food came quickly. Staff super nice. Look forward to returning
Excellant food and staff
Great experience! We sat in the sun and had great service
The busser should be a waiter! He was so attentive and has great customer service.
Staff were great.
Always a great meal here! Coming early keeps the noise level down so that people can talk with each other.
Calamari salad was delicious and our waitress was wonderful.
The dining room is very loud.
Lovely corner spot in prime Noe Valley main drag location. Yummy food!
Good but not great. The wine was very good. I had the Pinot Noir and my wife had Rose. Both we good. For a starter we had the haloumi.
It was rubberyu and not very flavorful. The artichoke dip which came with it was sweet. Why? Ewww. For dinner my wifre ordered the lamb souvlaki. My wife was able to substitute the polenta for the quioa which was offered. I had the gyro. It was ok, but not really enought garlic . The tzaziki was rather bland. The pita was fresh and soft.
Good... value for the $. Food could have been served hotter. Noise level very high. Service, excellent
Friendly service, great food, neighborhood feel, easy to get to...it is really a fantastic little place....
Thank you Mussellove!
Always great...our go to place for a great, casual dinner in the hood! Glad that the brussel sprouts are back!
Thanks Regina! We're glad the brussels sprouts are back too :)
Very enjoyable meal, great service, delicious. good options for vegetarians.
Thank you KJSF!
I come to Novy a lot for working business lunches. Always good food, nice servers, calm environment.
Thank you excelsiormama!
Overall a very pleasant forever dining experience
Thank you mkzz!
Amazing experience, as always.
Excellent Greek food. The chicken wrap is spicy. The moussaka is creamy and lucious.
Thanks Rita! We're happy to hear that you enjoy our Greek offerings, such as the grilled chicken wrap and Moussaka. Hope to have you back soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner
love this place! definitely recommend and their food is the best!!
Tasty food, orders correct, excellent service, veg. options
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your meal and our vegetarian options. -Kristen Gianaras Owner
one of my go-to restaurants. the pesto pasta dish is amazing. never disappoints
Thanks for the review Tim! So glad you enjoy our creamy pesto pasta. We'll see you again soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner
AS ALWAYS THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS AND EXCELLENT SERVICE. SUCH A GREAT PLACE I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD!
Hi Randy, Thanks so much for this energetic review! Put a smile on my face :) We feel lucky to be here as well! We love the NOVY family we have created with staff and patrons. Kindly, Kristen Gianaras Owner
Neighborhood friendly restaurant. Relaxed vibe, tasty food.
Thank you Silvina! We're glad to hear that you enjoy our neighborhood friendly vibe and cuisine! Kindly, Kristen Gianaras Owner
We love NOVYS . It's our favorite neighborhood spot. We have frequented it through its' many incarnations.
It is very popular so don't forget to make a reservation!
Thanks for the review! We're so happy that we're your go-to neighborhood spot and we appreciate your patronage through the years. See you next time! Kristen Gianaras Owner
Enjoyed a delicious lunch with a friend. The spanakopita was exceptionally good, as was the hummus and gyro. The salad (chicken apple) was only okay . Service was attentive and did not rush us.
Novy’s has become one of my favorite lunch places. The menu has something for everyone, food is always tasty, service is great!
Thanks for the review! We're thrilled that NOVY has become your go-to lunch spot. We'll see you again soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner
Thank you! So happy to hear it :) -Kristen Gianaras Owner
NOVY is always great. I especially like the chicken wrap but their salads and pastas are also excellent.
Thank you razfine! We're thrilled that you enjoy our chicken wrap, salads and pastas. Hope to have you back again soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner
Both of our main course dishes tasted very bland and unexciting. Too bad, because everything else was fine.
Our neighborhood go to.
Thank you! So glad to hear we're your neighborhood spot! -Kristen Gianaras Owner
This time we enjoyed the chicken wrap and the souvlaki plate. Really great flavor and freshness.
Thank you Rita! So glad you enjoyed the chicken wrap and lamb souvlaki. We'll see you again soon! Kristen Gianaras Owner
Always consistent great food and service! Love the Friday night cioppino!
Thank you Randy!
Always a great lunch!
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.
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!
Excellent Greek food. Lamb gyro sandwich was lovely, light, and flavorful. The moussaka was also great.
Thank you Rita! We're thrilled you enjoyed the lamb gyro and moussaka. Hope to have you back soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner
Wonderful dinner with friends. Thanks for a great meal.
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.
Thanks for the detailed review Hank! -Kristen Gianaras Owner
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!!!
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
The Moussaka was absolutely delicious!
Thanks Randy! So glad you enjoyed the moussaka.
The lamb gyros are great here and huge. Order the Greek fries (garlic and feta cheese).
Thanks PJDiva! So glad you enjoyed the Lamb Gyro with Greek fries.
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
NOVY does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. NOVY also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 829-8383.
NOVY is rated 4.5 stars by 237 OpenTable diners.
NOVY does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.novysf.com/store/gift-cards.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.