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Nopa

New American Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
Alamo Square, San Francisco
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    "7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the custard french toast is delicious."(19 Tips)
    Bommy
    "Try the smoked trout with quinoa and blue bottle cocktail."(14 Tips)
    Karin X.
    "I am not a big meat eater but I loved the pork chop @ NOPA."(108 Tips)
    Radhika N.
    "Amazing tagine and mushroom toast"(9 Tips)
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  • Francisco G.heart icon on user image
    Francisco Granados GomezOctober 23, 2016
    Custard French Toast is really amazing. Half of it is good for 1 person, if you order sides it's better to share. The full size is 2 slices for 4 people. The mocha is good. Gwen it's really kind!
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    BommyFebruary 11, 2015
    Searched high & low and nopa still has the best burger and fries in sf. Request medium-rare and cheddar cheese. Smoked trout bagel and half order of custard french toast is the perfect brunch.
  • Hailey T.heart icon on user image
    Hailey TarletonApril 15, 2016
    Amazing atmosphere. Awesome drinks. Even better food! My boyfriend and I shared the burger & the pork chop per recommendations from Foursquare -- Wow! Friend's ummy veg fish also pictured!
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    That burger (📷), and that pork chop, and all the small plates (anchovies, asparagus salad, lamb bucatini), were all superb. Add to that an impeccable wine list and fine service for top marks!
  • Maria R.heart icon on user image
    Maria RiabtchenkoFebruary 10, 2019
    Time and time again I go back for the pork chop - an absolute must, as well a their chicory salad (winter seasons), lamb tartare, and look no further than a side of charred broccoli.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussMarch 29, 2022
    Outstanding. No longer open super late but this modern bar and grill fires on all cylinders — outstanding service, generous portions of modern American food, and great cocktails. Fried chicken ftw!
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 4, 2016
    Eater "21 Essential Hamburgers of America" '15: Grass-fed beef patty grilled over an almond-wood fire makes it deliciously fragrant and smoky. Suggests diners add "smattering" of blue cheese on top
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyOctober 28, 2018
    A spectacular meal, worth every minute you wait (go across the street to Namu or the Ethiopian place). The pacing was perfect and sitting at the chef’s counter is a joy. Oh, and get the pappardelle.
  • Shruthi G.heart icon on user image
    Shruthi GowdaMarch 21, 2017
    Love the ambience. The place is very hygienic, staff care a lot about how the food is plated and served. Limited veggie options! I liked their crunchy avocado toast.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LaboveAugust 12, 2014
    A solid neighborhood restaurant turning out tasty cocktails and delicious, hearty plates, the star is the pork chop. Sit by the kitchen and watch them fire hundreds in an evening, all to perfection.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Grassfed beef on a brioche bun, with optional cheese. (You want the cheese.) Eater SF editor Allie Pape says, "Nopa is my favorite white-napkin burger by a mile." Bonus? It's served til 1:00AM.
  • herm p.heart icon on user image
    herm pugayMarch 18, 2015
    From the drinks such as the aristocrat and Jetsetter to the food, pasta and rabbit dish. The avocado flatbread..It's a gourmets delight! A very popular place with a long wait list. Reserve in advance
  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommyApril 9, 2016
    For vegetarians, the moroccan vegetable tagine is flavorful, hearty, and filling. Thumbs up!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 21, 2014
    Fantastic pork chops, stellar burgers, and a brilliant wine list and cocktail menu. Sit at the chef's counter and watch the magic happen.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    The wine list is impeccable and the menu’s range of flavors is outstanding. We loved the Brussels with Tasso Ham, Wood Baked Butter Beans, and the Moroccan Vegetable Tagine.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissAugust 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    #1 brunch, hands down. Custard French toast is gooey perfection. Savory egg dishes, like with sausage, rock. Sit upstairs for optimal people watching.
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin SkobacFebruary 18, 2017
    One of our favorite meals ever. Fusilli with Olive Oil Poached Yellowtail, Pappardelle with Nine Hour Bolonese, Porkchop with Horseradish Cream, and Huckleberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta were to die for.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The grill under the rotisserie can take credit for producing one of the best pork chops around: Almond wood accentuates the chop's sweetness, and it's served with braised greens and flageolets. Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    I love this custard French toast at Nopa. Everything else on the brunch menu, even the buttery and light soft baked eggs, should be eaten before the French toast because there's no comparison. Read more
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    MariJune 5, 2017
    The best pork chop I've ever had. Solid burger as well.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    The place is stupidly packed 7 days a week. Everything's pretty great, from the baked eggs to the fried pickles to the butter-basted eggs with ham and cream, and of course there's always the burger. Read more
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussFebruary 19, 2020
    Just about any restaurant open until 1am in SF should get an award, but this place offers stellar modern Italian and American fare at a late hour. Little Fried Fish were the perfect alcohol sponge.
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    BommyFebruary 1, 2016
    If biscuits are on the brunch menu, get them! Recommend getting a 1/2 order of french toast as it's huge and almost nauseatingly custardy. Promise you'll feel better post-meal.
  • Matt G.heart icon on user image
    Matt GalliganOctober 16, 2016
    Just about everything here is great, but the burger and pork chop are outstanding. They've also got a phenomenal wine list so be sure to ask for a pairing.
  • Adena B.heart icon on user image
    Adena BrenowitzNovember 16, 2018
    Dinner was so delicious. Great wines! The menu is seasonal which highlights fresh in season produce. Everything is great can’t go wrong with anything you try! Make a reservation far is advance!
  • Stavria K.heart icon on user image
    Stavria K.June 7, 2018
    Burger, freshly cut salad and gin. Gin Gin and again Gin. Everything is freshly made, you get it from the beginning when you see the chefs trying their masterpieces. Worth a visit.
  • ᴡ E.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ ElliotOctober 4, 2015
    The flatbread, the Pinot Noir, the baked beans are all excellent. The vegetable tagine was slightly overcooked, the avocado toast was a bit mushy. Go early and hover around the communal table
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.April 23, 2016
    The burger is outstanding and the fries are just as good, but my favorite dish is still the housemade pappardelle.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The oven turns out a delicious flatbread topped with sausage, broccoli di cicco and red onions. It's cut in irregular pieces and arranged helter-skelter on the plate, looking casual but bountiful. Read more
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissNovember 11, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't skip on dinner: fantastic brisket and burger, with great vibes and drinks.
  • Adnan M.heart icon on user image
    Adnan ManjalJuly 10, 2016
    Amazing food. Their eggs, French toast, coffee, burger, all is good. Can't go wrong here. Great lively ambience. Service staff is great. Recommend going later in the day to avoid long waiting.
  • Stephany
    StephanySeptember 9, 2018
    Sounds boring but the burger is what you need to get. You won’t be disappointed. You can jazz up your meal with goat cheese and fresh strawberry crostini, but get the burger.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsApril 1, 2016
    Very very boozy cocktails and an excellent burger (cheddar, medium rare is my usual choice). If you're looking for a seat at the bar or open tables, be ruthless. Plenty of assholes will sneak in.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    Eight years into its tenure, it remains one of the city's toughest tickets: book early, try brunch, or go later in the evening for the awesome burger. Read more
  • Gregory C.
    Gregory ChomatasFebruary 7, 2014
    Great food! The grilled pork chop is delicious as well as the toasted quinoa with smoked trout, hazelnuts and blood orange. It is popular so reserve to avoid waiting or try for the big shared table
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    It's an updated take on the Zuni formula, with the success to show. Both neighborhood standby and destination restaurant, Nopa continues to grow admirably under Chef Jossel. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedDecember 3, 2015
    "The soups at Nopa change all the time but are always perfect. I once heard that they are Laurence's special, personal project and he devotes a lot of energy to them." Chef Caitlin Freeman Read more
  • Roxy K.
    Roxy KApril 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Moroccan vegetable Tagine, flatbread &baked polenta. We wouldn't leave until we finished the last bite! Food is phenomenal. Wine list as well; get a bottle of Littorai Pinot. Worth every penny
  • Jane R.heart icon on user image
    Jane RadstromMarch 19, 2016
    Expect perfect execution. 8 staple entrees, but flavor and sides change with what's fresh at the market. The small plates are usually more bold and inventive flavors, 2-3 of those also make a meal.
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    🐐 🐙July 19, 2016
    Jesus every damn thing on this menu is amazing. Of course get the pork chop. Then try as many small dishes as possible. So good!
  • Arthur L.heart icon on user image
    Arthur LeeAugust 6, 2015
    Everything is good, except for the wait. Try the goat cheese with berries - works pretty well!
  • Allie R.heart icon on user image
    Allie RFebruary 4, 2017
    Had the burger and spaghetti, delicious! Walked in around 10pm on a Thursday and got seated at the chef's bar right away without a reservation. Fun place to sit and watch the chefs
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 1, 2014
    The big sister restaurant of Nopalito- more upscale, just as delicious. Brunch is great. Reservations are tough - walk in if you're okay with a bar seat/communal table, or go at an odd hour.
  • Jazz A.
    Jazz AboySeptember 20, 2013
    Delicious grass fed burger! The Haiku cocktail is great too (although a slightly small). Must make reservation unless you want to wait for an hour to be seated or to hunt seats around the bar.
  • Kostas K.heart icon on user image
    Kostas KoukoravasJune 26, 2015
    Had the rabbit legs with dates, preserved lemon and tzatziki and oh my that was absolutely fantastic! Great imaginative composition and flawless execution! You have to try it
  • Sam L.
    Sam LeeOctober 10, 2015
    Damn good food. If I had to pick one restaurant to dine at during a trip to SF, this would be it. "Chef's Table" an entertaining touch to the night.
  • Megan Allisonheart icon on user image
    Megan AllisonJuly 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    10+ years of flawlessness. Freshest seasonal produce, best quality service, best burger in town, best bartenders, best windows. If you're willing to wait, you'll be rewarded. 💯
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    There are many of its kind in this city, but NOPA is San Francisco’s best at serving familiar, hearty and thoughtful versions of what it calls “urban rustic food". Read more
  • Q L.heart icon on user image
    Q LamOctober 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you get the burger, get it medium rare. Comes out perfectly crusted with a bit of pink. Delicious!
  • Elynn L.
    Elynn LeeJuly 9, 2015
    They have seriously some of the best french fries I've ever had! The crostini with goat cheese is awesome. The pappardelle is delicious and has a hearty meat sauce.
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