NOVY

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$30 and under
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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.

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vipanonymous
San Francisco
21 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
1 review
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
58 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
9 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
59 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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vipKJSF
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable meal, great service, delicious. good options for vegetarians.

NOVY
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you KJSF!

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vipexcelsiormama
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come to Novy a lot for working business lunches. Always good food, nice servers, calm environment.

NOVY
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you excelsiormama!

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vipmkzz
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall a very pleasant forever dining experience

NOVY
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you mkzz!

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vipAFR79
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, as always.

NOVY
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you!

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vipRita
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Greek food. The chicken wrap is spicy. The moussaka is creamy and lucious.

NOVY
Responded on January 27, 2020

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place! definitely recommend and their food is the best!!

NOVY
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you!

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vipKJSF
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tasty food, orders correct, excellent service, veg. options

NOVY
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your meal and our vegetarian options. -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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vipTimS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my go-to restaurants. the pesto pasta dish is amazing. never disappoints

NOVY
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thanks for the review Tim! So glad you enjoy our creamy pesto pasta. We'll see you again soon! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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RandyS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AS ALWAYS THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS AND EXCELLENT SERVICE. SUCH A GREAT PLACE I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD!

NOVY
Responded on January 13, 2020

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

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Silvina
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Neighborhood friendly restaurant. Relaxed vibe, tasty food.

NOVY
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you Silvina! We're glad to hear that you enjoy our neighborhood friendly vibe and cuisine! Kindly, Kristen Gianaras Owner

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vipMadameP
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

NOVY
Responded on December 23, 2019

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

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JeanL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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viptopocurls
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novy’s has become one of my favorite lunch places. The menu has something for everyone, food is always tasty, service is great!

NOVY
Responded on December 16, 2019

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

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JMreview
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Novy!

NOVY
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you! So happy to hear it :) -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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viprazfine
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.

NOVY
Responded on December 9, 2019

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

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vipgetawaygal
San Francisco
28 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our neighborhood go to.

NOVY
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you! So glad to hear we're your neighborhood spot! -Kristen Gianaras Owner

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vipRita
San Francisco
59 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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vipRandyS
San Francisco
13 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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vipexcelsiormama
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great lunch!

NOVY
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you!

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SusanD
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipRita
San Francisco
59 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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SFDiner
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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vipHank
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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vipELGourmand
San Francisco
21 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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vipRandyS
San Francisco
13 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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vipPJDiva
San Francisco
317 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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vipDavid
San Francisco
79 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

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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.

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