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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
thin-sliced roasted leg of lamb, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, tzatziki
Lamb, eggplant, potato, béchamel
Fried Calamari Salad
Cherry tomato, Kalamata olive, feta, spicy aioli
The food was delicious, the service marvelous. All safety precautions due to Covid were taken. Will return soon.
Excellent service! But the kale salad with chicken wasn’t very good. Kale was tough (I asked if it was baby kale or massaged before ordering). Also the salad needed more dressing—and I always like my salads lightly dressed.
I LOVE NOVY! The food is consistently delicious, comes out quickly and the staff is friendly. It’s a place you can take your friends with kids, and also come to celebrate Mother’s Day! All around a fantastic place!
Great food and good service on a busy day!
Deliscious food and great place for business lunch.
I chose the salmon which was absolutely delicious. Mango salsa was the varnish but I asked for more because it was so good. I requested french fries as a substitute for the horta but didn't realize until I got home I was charged for the $8 side dish of fries in addition to my $26 piece of salmon. Resulting in a very expensive meal!
Yummy! Simple streamlined menu, prepared authentically.
Always a great meal at a decent value. The servers remember you and greet you with a smile.
The food has great flavor combinations and there is a great selection.
Their outdoor set up is great not only for COVID precautions but also for SF cold windy night precautions too!!! They've figured it out and are rocking it back with their menu faves returning.
The cobb salad was excellent. one tiny salt and pepper packet per diner (which had to be requested) was not sufficient. They are cheap - please be more generous until real condiments can again be offered. The new parklet, with individual heaters (which were not needed as the day was warm) was very inviting
Ate outside in wonderful warm weather at a parklet table. Generally this would be nice, but we had two large delivery trucks stop next to our table with noisy offloading and also two fire trucks, an ambulance and fire chief car scream by midway through meal. Not controllable events for the restaurant, just unfortunate at noon lunch hour.
Restaurant happy to accommodate time change with reservation, but was out of a lot of its main dishes. Also many nonsensical “covid” rules such as their refusal to spilt checks accordingly “because of covid” but would split it 50/50 -makes no sense. Many people/establishments blame “covid” for their odd handling of things, and this, as a healthcare progressional, was completely asinine. Also was rushed out of restaurant-ordered dessert and was given it to go rather than allowed to finish meal at table.
It was great, and I will definitely return.
That being said, 4 appetizers were ordered for sharing, and they all came simultaneously, with entrees not far behind.
Surely the restaurant knows better!
What a gift to have this wonderful causal dinning experience in our Noe Valley neighborhood. Great wines and beer, with wonderful dishes, we just keep going back and making this a regular dinning experience. We love the Salmon, Mousaka and Calamari ...every thing we have a delightful experience with excellent service! They are extremely consistent and now have beautifully created outdoor dinning.
I appreciated the attention and kindness as they made sure we were comfortable sitting outside on a chilly day. Food was very good. I will return.
Our meal at NOVY was outstanding. The brussels sprouts appetizer is crisp and savory. The traditional Greek gyro was made with succulent lamb rather than leathery pressed, pre-made gyro meat and was a real treat, along with the fries. Penne pasta with lamb ragout was also a filling, comforting and flavorful dish.
The manager was extremely nice and professional. Apologized profusely. My friend and I initially decided we will not return again but thanks to the manageress , we will return and give Novy another chance.We are both in hospitality and understand how demanding this industry is especially during COVID times and how restaurants have been struggling but we just felt from the get go things were in the wrong.The opening & closing times weren’t stipulated on OpenTable and we were forced to place our order whilst in an Uber on our way to the restaurant in order for us to have lunch. We then had to hear that the staff had all been working doubles and are tired and there’s a hard stop at 3.00 pm. This was unpleasant to hear since that’s not, in al due respect, any of our concerns as a paying customer. We were seated when we arrived and our drinks order was taken,the server had made a mistake and brought out San Pellegrino instead of Arnold Palmer and upon pointing this out he said well since you’re experience has been this of unpleasantness due to the closing time of the kitchen and placing an order on our way to the restaurant, we will receive the drinks on the house. From my point of view the server was great, friendly and funny but tried to cover up his mistake by saying we will get the drinks on the house.Then our food arrived, ALL AT ONCE. When we placed our order we clearly asked for Appetizer and entrees but we were served all at once. Which caused our entrees to get ice cold because we could not possibly eat all at once and caused our dining experience to be awful.I also think it is worth mentioning when we arrived at the restaurant there were SEVERAL tables still dining .... which definitely enhances the irritation of why we were served all our food at once. We weren’t given sharing plates for the appetizer , we had to ask. No greek dessert(s) available - VERY disappointing(maybe replace bread pudding with ACTUAL green dessert. Ginger ale tasted awful.
Food was plentiful and tasty leaving a satisfying memory. Service little slow, but the food made up for it. The Spanikopita is still my favorite and the salads can take 2 days to finish.The decor is simple but elegant, and the different aromas fill the place with ecstasy. It warrants a return visit. Sheila Ash
Their outdoor is very nice. They have plexiglass on the booths to help block street noise yet allow us to enjoy the city feel. Wine carafe was perfect for 3 people. Food was very taste. Perfect choice for this area.
Consistent in food quality and service. Love the Gyro's and Calamari Salad. Great neighborhood restaurant. Decent wine by the carafe too!
Lovely food and wait staff.
It is good - a little overpriced - but I would go back again
Excellent service and delicious food. Had the lamb burger on gluten free bun and not once did I complain about the gf bun! Service was excellent and love the outdoor seating. With Covid, eating out can be scary but Novy made it a little more comfortable. I would come back and recommend Nov to others.
We had a good time, waiters were very nice, food was good. A bit pricy but we will come back
Great food! The shrimp pasta was excellent. Their outside tables are very nice.
Food and service was great! I’d go back again!
Great food and service and just around the corner so I will be going again.
Great food and service was really great! Love the vibe here, felt warm and cozy with the outdoor dining!
So good to be back in the restaurant with such amazing service and outstanding food.
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 :)
You can order delivery directly from NOVY using the Order Online button. NOVY also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. NOVY also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 829-8383.
NOVY is rated 4.7 stars by 265 OpenTable diners.
NOVY does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.novysf.com/store/gift-cards.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.