NOVY

4.7
265 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek
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.

Support NOVY during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 265 people are saying
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Lupe
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service marvelous. All safety precautions due to Covid were taken. Will return soon.

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Maureen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

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JessicaS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMaryN
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service on a busy day!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliscious food and great place for business lunch.

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vipYms4143
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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!

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vipmelenab
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! Simple streamlined menu, prepared authentically.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JoelM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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HollyS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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StamatsPS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

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.

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vipHaley
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

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debo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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!

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vipRandyS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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maryw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipHarveyClan
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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SheilaR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipVictorT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSFNative
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistent in food quality and service. Love the Gyro's and Calamari Salad. Great neighborhood restaurant. Decent wine by the carafe too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and wait staff.

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ShelleyR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It is good - a little overpriced - but I would go back again

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vipluvfood
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a good time, waiters were very nice, food was good. A bit pricy but we will come back

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TonyT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The shrimp pasta was excellent. Their outside tables are very nice.

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vipluvwine
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great! I’d go back again!

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ScottM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and just around the corner so I will be going again.

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Alicev
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was really great! Love the vibe here, felt warm and cozy with the outdoor dining!

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vipRandyS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back in the restaurant with such amazing service and outstanding food.

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vipanonymous
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the casual atmosphere. Service was terrific. Food came quickly. Staff super nice. Look forward to returning

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellant food and staff

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! We sat in the sun and had great service

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vipmoon
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The busser should be a waiter! He was so attentive and has great customer service.
Staff were great.

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vipRita
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here! Coming early keeps the noise level down so that people can talk with each other.

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vipDora
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Calamari salad was delicious and our waitress was wonderful.
The dining room is very loud.

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vipJbolt
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely corner spot in prime Noe Valley main drag location. Yummy food!

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sfmmr
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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ASHes
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good... value for the $. Food could have been served hotter. Noise level very high. Service, excellent

NOVY
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you!

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vipMussellove
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service, great food, neighborhood feel, easy to get to...it is really a fantastic little place....

NOVY
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you Mussellove!

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vipReginaSF
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great...our go to place for a great, casual dinner in the hood! Glad that the brussel sprouts are back!

NOVY
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks Regina! We're glad the brussels sprouts are back too :)

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FAQs

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.

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