555 Second St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410737.782466 -122.392672
Neighborhoods: South Beach, Central East
Great food- best steak salad EVER! – Nova may not look it from the outside, as it presents iself as a slighlty divey, homey, comfortable after-work (and anytime before or in between) bar, but the food is really good- my favorite is the huge steak salad. Lean, freshly grilled pieces of steak on top of baby greens, with some fresh salsa...yumm! You can share this among two people, it's really a good amount of foof for $12. Also, don't miss out on the macaroni and cheeses (off the hook) and grilled asapargus, topped with parmesan cheeses and roasted tomatoes.
Best mac 'n cheese in SF – Nova understands its position in the SF food chain.....equal parts local bar and restaurant, the friendly staff serve up drinks & food with a welcoming smile. As a City dweller eating out 6 nights a week, I have Nova in my rotation when comfort food is in order. Their mac 'n cheese is the best in the League.....interesting choice of rotelli pasta with multiple cheeses and choice of ham and/or broccoli to boot. Outstanding! Equally good is the spinach salad and of course, their popular burger and fries combo. Tap beer choices are solid if not comprehensive and numerous wines by the glass are generously poured for extremely fair prices.
Unlike other bar/restaurants near the ballpark area, Nova is a casual neighborhood spot that caters to locals. – Though it's near the ballpark and gets some spilloff from Giants games, Nova's bread and butter are the South Beach and South Park area locals they welcome with heaping portions, free-flowing drinks and an informal atmosphere with staff and patrons on a first-name basis. Spacious and comfy velvet booths for the hungry (lobster and wild mushroom quesadillas; seared ahi tuna w/ wasabi mashed potatoes; pulled pork sandwiches) become hangout spots during non-mealtime hours for the strictly thirsty, who have twenty-two infused vodkas to choose from (try the jalapeno in a bloody mary). It may not the the best place to watch the game--the owner doesn't want his neighborhood regulars pushed out by screaming baseball fans--but it is a friendly, local-oriented place to eat and to party; think of it as the Cheers of SoMa.
Happy hour with great food – Great food! The lobster quesadilla is excellent. Great happy hour crowd. Hot waitresses to boot!!!!
Quality Ambiance, Food & Service – I just returned from lunch at one of my favorite SOMA lunch spots. As usual, the food & service were strong and the atmosphere full of happiness. We split the Mac & Cheese and as usual it was outstanding. In addtion, we ordered salads- the Wedge & the Chopped Cobb. The Wedge was tasty and generous. The Chopped Cobb was huge and looked great. We made a reservation so were seated promptly as Nova can get busy at lunch time on a Friday. I suggest making one.
best Sunday brunch – In from Phila. Found Nova thru City Search. Food delicious - order everything and share. Must order Lobster & mushroom Quesadilla, Crab Cakes, Chicken PotPie. All salads great. Don't miss Sunday Brunch. Fritatta's excellent. My personal favorite Apple Cinnamon French Toast -to die for. Bartenders & waiters/waitresses friendly and colorful. Forgot the calamari - excellent. Quaint restaurant - a real treat.
NO 50 Cent Wings, Bad Service – I've been here a few times & each time the female bartender is great, ambience is cozy & good for conversation, but the waitress is rude and hostile. I was there last night with co-workers during happy hour and not only were we not given happy hour pricing, but when we asked about it after seeing the bill our waitress was incredibly snotty (not the first time she's been) & only removed $5 from the bill. I only recommend this place if they get rid of the waitress.
Great Bloody Mary's, nice/cute staff – Had been here several times at night and had a great time. The clincher for me was their help with incredible hangover on Sunday afternoon. The Bloody Mary's there will bring anyone back to life. Was about to pass on some giants tix but two Bloody's got me right back into the swing of things. The staff is extremely friendly, especially when it's a little less crowded and they have time to chat. Fun place with the sun up or down
Great Little Restaurant in SOMA – NOVA is an exciting little place in SOMA. The food is absolutely fabulous and the flavored vodka is hard to beat. You must try the lobster quesidilla... Simply the best!
Great bartenders – The bartenders on a Sat. night were really cool; they went the extra mile. For example, when I asked them about a local bar with a pool table, they surveyed various patrons and wrote out the address on a napkin for me. They even listed a few other options if that spot didn't work out. The scene was an older 20s, lower 30s crowd, and this spot had wine-and-cheese undertones.
The drinks were good, but I thought they were trying to make the buffalo wings into something they're not with the strange herbs: classy. They just tasted a little weird.
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