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Nopa

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(60 Reviews)

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 864-8643

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Today: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
13
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

Brands
Alba
Payment method
discover, amex
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Northwest San Francisco, Alamo Square
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nopa - San Francisco

Categories
Mediterranean Restaurants, American Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Bars, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Asian, Mediterranean, American, Bar & Grills

Good For Groups: Yes

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Nishi S.

05/25/2016

Overall

THE EATS:

Spanish Chorizo -- A dish that came with a full, juicy, chorizo link instead of the normally smaller ground up pieces you find in a chorizo dish. Accompanied by a handful of perfectly seasoned potatoes and two even more perfectly done poached eggs. Super thin pieces of cheese were grated over the dish as a finishing touch. This dish definitely did not disappoint. If you're a fan of eggs + sausage, don't hesitate on this one!



Soft-Scrambled eggs -- Super simple and classic, yet somehow they've made this a fancy $$$-worthy dish. The eggs are extremely yolk-y (very yellow, very creamy) and true to its name (very soft.) Carefully poured onto a large piece of crispy grilled toast that is topped by a couple slices of tasso ham and spinach, this dish was not only beautiful to look at, but also mouth-watering good.

th56

02/01/2010

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Overall
Simply the best cocktail in town

Naya and the team take extreme pride in what the do behind the bar and it shows. Order the Manhattan special with a selection of bitters that shows off how creative it can be, or the death at dusk for a bubbly adventure. The food is basic but very good and the service is efficient without being too overly present or missing in action.

guythwaitefan

03/17/2009

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Overall
We were pleased and would definitely go back again.

A friend of mind recommended this restaurant and so I took several friends there this past Thursday.  Due to lack of reservations though, our wait was a bit longer than usual as we were told, but they did comp us with free french fries, which was congenial, we thought. The atmosphere was fun enough for our lively group, and it was good to get friendly, knowledgeable service from the waiter (very knowledable on the food and what wines to pair with it). Overall, we were pleased and would definitely go back again.

lawrencecoburn

11/20/2008

Overall
open late, tastes great, sfgate

Hi, Nopa is open very late which is good. And it's got good burgers, so it's got that going for it. And there's a really high ceiling.

dangrmous

07/02/2008

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Overall
Simply brilliant...

I was taken to Nopa last weekend by a friend who used to be a chef there, and the food absolutely shined. The fried fish was great, but the flatbread stole show for appetizers - house-made bacon, zuccini and goat cheese on an impossibly thin perfectly crispy crust. It was amazing. We shared everything - salad, pork chop, and halibut, and it was all fresh and very impressive. The pork chop was brined and then expertly grilled - it was phenomenal. We didn't have room for dessert, but they make the best sazerac I've had and my dining partners were equally happy with their libations. The next time I'm in SF I'm making a beeline for this place.

drmata

05/23/2008

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Overall
Late night feasting left me full and wanting more!!

Got there late on a Saturday night without a reservation, and was seated immediately at the Chefs bar. Had three appetizers: 1)Warm Goat Cheese-Fabulous, melted in my mouth; 2)Flat Bread-Satisfied my carb cravings and had great flavor, similar to a this pizza crust without the cheese; 3) Fries-Unique and good Garlic Aioli sauce; 4) Shaved Asparagus-This was the best, full of flavor and fun! Overall, the experience was great. Never felt rushed or was looking for the server. The late night dining experience was fabulous!

spinitch

04/03/2008

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Overall
disappointing

was taken here by a good friend of mine and from the hype that i was told about, it was indeed just all hype. the fried fish appetizer was good, but i think it's hard to mess up anything fried. but i will give it to them anyway. the halibut was subpar to say the least. although the asparagus was perfectly cooked. the churros was also good. overall, i would not recommend this place.

bella66

09/13/2007

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Overall
Excellent all around

I don't know what the others are talking about. I have been to Nopa 4 times and it's been consistently excellent every time. Charming waiters(resses), excellent customer service, delicious food and wine, decent prices and wonderful atmosphere. All the ingredients you need for a great night out. I've taken friends and family there and it's quickly become one of their favorite restaurants in the city. One of my favorite dishes is the Moroccan Vegetable Tagine - yummy! Highly recommend this place.

rachelpedersen

08/18/2007

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Overall
I know its trendy but its an awesome restaurant!

Great food, amazing ambience, fantastic drinks and centrallly located. I love this place, but wish the prices were more reasonable.

gardemangergirl

07/18/2007

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Overall
disappointing service ad food

i've been to nopa three times over the last year. my first time was the best probably because it was soon after its opening...
the last two were mediocre. even with a reservation, we had to wait almost half an hour for our table. once seated, it took over ten minutes to get a server and drinks. on top of that, we received an undercooked pork chop and when we asked nicely to have it cooked bit more, our waitress was very rude. i like pink pork, but this was totally RARE...
on the plus side, the cocktails, flatbread, and beans were all delicious.
i would go back to sit at the bar for some flatbread, but i'm saving my money for a better experience!

gagne12

07/11/2007

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Overall
Why bother?

Why do people come here? I live in the neighborhood, and have been to NOPA several times. Every time, I think to myself, ""Why do I come here?"" The service has always been sub-par, and the food has been very inconsistent. Anyway, I won't go into details, just don't bother with this restaurant.

seeni

06/17/2007

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Overall
Unexpected!



I expected more from this place based on all the reviews. I went with my friends a month ago, the service/ambiance was excellent. we ordered several appetizers which I really enjoyed... that's about it. We tried 4 different entrees(Vege tagine, Halibut,pasta and something else)it was so plain, nothing special. i was not impressed. Some of my friends had mixed drinks and they really loved it.

drsomm

06/01/2007

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Overall
One word - Pretentious

The food is very average, yet people love this place.....WHY?? It's so loud you can't have a conversation and the service was below average.
Although I live in the neighborhood, I still will not go back. It's just not worth the time.

jmorrow

04/30/2007

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Overall
Average, at best

I don't get it. Why do people like this restaurant? We live in the neighborhood, and were very excited for this place to open. When it did, we were very disappointed, and we still are. It seems like a destination place for marina denizens and they don't really seem to care about the people who actually live in the neighborhood, which is a very working class kind of neighborhood. The food is very very average and the service is lackluster as well. The restaurant itself is very loud, and it's difficult to actually hold a conversation. The food was average, at best.

Overall, a mediocre experience, and, for the price, not remotely worth it.

kathypsf

03/09/2007

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Overall
Crowded, a bit slow, but really good food

I enjoyed my experience overall at NOPA. It is loud, a bit expenseive, and it took a while for our main courses to arrive, but everything we ate was delicious. Due to our wait, they comped us with free french fries. We split an arugula salad, one person had the steelhead, which they loved, and two of us had the rosemary chicken, which was excellent as well, with fantastic seasoning. Our server was very polite, nice and knowledgable, and had several tables in our section, along with some of the tables at the bar, so he was working hard. I would definitely like to see the menu expanded a bit, but overall it was a very nice dining experience.

foodluvr17

03/04/2007

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Overall
trendy, pretty average

a friend of mind recommended this restaurant so we went. when you come inside, its a very trendy place. cute cartoon murals on the walls and lovely bar. we had a reservation at 10:45 but decided to go early and get a drink. it was pretty packed on a saturday night and loud. we got seated earlier than our reservation which was nice. the food was pretty much your usually dishes but with a gourmet twist (fries with an aoli dipping sauce, porkchop with lentil beans, pasta baked in a terra cotta dish, etc) the porkchop is very tender for its thickness and the flatbread was pretty good. reminded me of extremely thin crust pizza. i had baked pasta. it was pretty good, but a little too salty for my liking and it had some kind of red lettuce or arugula in it that i was unaware of. it didn't taste that bad though. service was average, though the busboys frequented the table more often (switching silverware and clearing out plates) overall, the experience at the restaurant itself was good. it was pretty noisy, but bearable.

a_springer23

02/23/2007

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Overall
Overhyped, Average at Best

This restaurant is not worth the hype. If you enjoy overpriced, average food in a super loud obnoxious environment, then maybe this restaurant is for you. The food wasn't bad, it just wasn't great. And when it's priced at $20/entree, it should be better than your average corner restaurant.

Almost all of the food we ordered was average, including the calamari dish with olives and capers (overpowering with too much salt), steelhead salmon (too bitter) and london broil plates. The only thing that was worth the hype was the butternut squash flatbread. The service was great, but the noise definitely travels with the hardwalled ceilings.

If anything, maybe I'll go back for the flatbread and a drink at the bar.

emssk8s

01/26/2007

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Overall
Mediocre entrees with terrible service

From the moment we walked in the door we knew this place was not worth the hype we had heard. We had a reservation on a Wednesday night at 6:45pm (the only one left) and the hostess told us it would be a few minutes till a table was ready. We tried waiting at the front of the restaurant but instead we were told to wait in the bar area. Obviously they need to make extra cash at the bar. While waiting, we counted 8 tables that could of held our party, all but one was suitable. We of course were seated at the unsuitable table. It was located on the second floor at the top of the stairs. We had to move our table in towards the other tables so that our friends could sit down without being bumped by the people coming up the stairs.

The waitress had no idea what was good on the menu and instead of giving us a canned description of what was good about the entrees she hadn't tried, she told us she wouldn't eat that because she doesn't eat meat so she wouldn't know. Well thank you for your help!!!! The appetizers we enjoyed were the flat bread and the goat cheese. Both were great. But the bus boys kept returning and trying to take away our plates before we were even finished with the food. After rushing us through the appetizers we waited 15 minutes for our entrees and boy were we disappointed. The portions were small and I could have made better food at home. My recommendation is save your money. Check it out for appetizers and drinks and move on to a better place for dinner.

sfnhoj

01/03/2007

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Overall
Fine dining experience

It has fun atmosphere and has friendly knowledgable waiters. Good wine list. Was there with a group of 8. Dishes were cooked to perfection.

muhlberg

12/14/2006

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Overall
Excellent customer service, yummy food, and good atmosphere

LOVED OUR SERVER JEFF!!! Everyone there was very attentive and accomodating, even down to the offer of a magnifying glass to read the menu (I'm farsighted). The food was tasty and the portions were perfect for sharing. I recommend the goat cheese appetizer, fries, and the doughnut holes with rum caramel sauce.

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