Nopa might possibly be THE quintessential San Francisco restaurant: the beautiful airy room in a slightly-off-the-beaten-path neighborhood. The open kitchen, the extensive and inventive cocktail list -- and of course the food: local, organic, sustainable, nose-to-tail.. and all tasting PERfect. But their best kept secret? Brunch. You heard me.
Excellent food and cocktails. The Brian Barneclo mural is a highlight.
Nopa is the quintessential San Francisco restaurant. It has it all: amazing hand-crafted cocktails, locally sourced delicious California cuisine, and a happening atmosphere. It's also open late which is a huge plus in my book!
Superb cocktails, an award-winning burger, and they serve late night. What more could you want? Nopa is always crowded, so grab a seat at the communal table and share bites with friends.
Classic, comforting 'mom foods' like pork chops and roast chicken are executed to perfection alongside innovative plays on seasonal produce; creative mixology and damn good wine only make things that much better. Nopa's atmosphere is warm and lively, while their staff is knowledgeable and even warmer. Best yet for you night-owls, they're open till 2am!
One of the best spots for late-night dining in town. Top-notch cocktails, wicked wine list, and I love the long bar and communal table (perfect for solo diners). Pork chop, flatbread, and the burger are all local favorites. Brunch is one of the city's best. FRENCH TOAST. Yes, it's that good.
Nice Local Dining. After driving by several times, I decided to try the always busy hip looking "new" restaurant. According to my cab driver it used to be a laundrymat so it was nice to see that the owners subtly kept that theme with washrag napkins and clothes pins as your bill holder. The atmoshephere is hip and very loud. The service was great. Tables are close and it is easy to overhear the conversations at the next table. I did however, get chance to meet some nice people. The menu is limited but the food was good. The bar was hopping and people were lined up to dine. Reservations are highly recommended.
Food took over an hour to arrive and then it was not good. The appetizer was very good (lamb riblets) but then we waited over an hour for our food, while everyone around us was served. This has happened to all of us but when it happens at a retaurant that is new to you, chances are you won't go back and that is just what happened. THe waitress did offer to buy us a drink but we had already partaken and without food I was getting drunk so we passed but they still charged us for the drinks that we ordered and there was no real compensation for waiting sooo long. It was average and now because of the service I won't be returning. Save your $73 for two and go somewhere really good.
Mixed emotions. I have been to NOPA a few times now. The last time I was there they were a little late on our reservation no big deal. One of the hotesses was really nice and kept us updated on the status of our table. The woman who sat us was not friendly at all. When I was leaving I asked the girl at the door, whose name is Hillary, what the other womans name was and she she informed that her name was Allison and she was the owner. I like the place the space is great, the food is good, not the best I've ever had. I will probably go back for the atmosphere but, I just have a hard time supporting a restaurant owner who is rude.
Service below par. My first impression was positive - great space, great concept. My experience at the bar and with the hostess immediately changed my mind. I was ten minutes at an uncrowded bar (at 6 pm), and neither of the bartenders asked me if I wanted a menu or a drink. Fortunately my dining companion arrived before I had to hurdle the bar to get my own. We were seated promptly but the hostess was very cold/borderline rude and did not help my impression at all; our waiter was good and the food was generally fine, but for the $ I will go elsewhere.
don't check it out after 12. Perhaps this is a great place during "normal" dining hours, but come late and it's as if everyone who works there has actually left the building. After hearing much hype from many fellow restaurant workers, this was supposed to be the place to go for after work food and drinks. We arrived about 12:10 (they serve food until 1), ordered drinks about 10 mins. later and they arrived 20 mins. later after that. The manager? comped our drinks for the wait, which was unnecessary, but appreciated. The food we ordered was unable to be prepared because the oven was turned off at 12:30...but I thought they serve food until 1?? We also didn't know last call was before 1. We tried to order shots at the last minute and was served more attitude than needed....she said that wouldn't be possible, while she was still pouring drinks for people at the bar(although I shouldn't be surprised, those people probably ordered their drinks over an hour ago) The server was great, none of this was his fault...I think he felt embarrassed. We have all worked in the restaurant business for many years and still do. We know things don't always go right. But, working and knowing a lot of restaurant people, we would've been happy to support a new late night place.....however we'll be sending them down the steets to tortilla heights. I also want to say that the person who delivered our food turned out to be the part owner, and even though we didn't speak, she was the nicest part of the "meal".
Should not be your first choice. We went last thursday with our same day reservation (thats what they take), we were seated in a not so timely manner, long enough to encounter their crabby chic bar tender. The drinks were good, and the food i would give a big O.K. They use amazing cuts of meat, but somehow forget to flavor them. We tried the buger, the lamb the pork chop and the fish stew. The stew tasted like fennel, and that about it, the pork chop, great cut but no flavor, same for the lamb and beef. They did a terrific job converting the space(from a laundrymat) and the balcony tables give a great view of the other patrons, NOPA is worth checking out but i probably would not go back.
What a great addition to the NoPa neighborhood!. What a great surprise to find this awesome new place in my neighborhood! The service was terrific, the ambiance was fantastic (lots of people watching), and the food was yummie! I highly recommend the Moroccan Vegetables - they were amazing! The wine was also good, and the pricing was very reasonable. I'd highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to try out the hippest new venue in town!
menu leaves a little to be desired. I tried NOPA this weekend and am so happy to see a nice place in the neighborhood. The space is beautiful and they have a great selection behind the bar. The menu, however, leaves a lot to be desired. There are only 6 or 7 entrees to choose from and none of them really stand out as being a great meal. I had the sturgeon and my husband had the london broil. The fish was good, but the flavor was somewhat bland. The london broil was average, but the potatoes were good. The service was good, not great. Prices were average. We a 2 or 3 drinks each, 2 appetizers and 2 entrees for about $115 with tip.
Pleasantly Surprised. I love that the Western Addition, Lower Divis area gets a facelift in name and cusine with Nopa. I've been skeptical of the abundance of new restaurants opening in the city lately. Most offer above average fare in stylized settings. Nopa is an original by offering a spectacular setting for very good food. It's a very open and airy setting with tons of natural light which seems to draw in beautiful people. The food is quite good, with no major missteps in our group. While it's not terribly innovative, it's a fun night with very good food.
A Welcome Addition to the Western Addition. Despite the controversy of the name, NOPA is truly a cherry on top of the continuously hip Divisadero strip. The space is undoubtedly gorgeous and there is a full bar... with real cocktails! Food is fresh, lacks some flavor - but the crowd makes up for it. Surely the culinary kinks will work themselves out with time, in the interum, the locality of the produce purchased should satisify those needing a reason to return for food. For now, look up and around, smile, sip your vodka gimlet, and be happy.
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