A poster child for the gestalt of the San Francisco restaurant scene, large and airy Nopa combines seasonal “urban rustic” and “organic wood-fired” cuisine, served in high-ceilinged industrial-chic environs with a hopping bar scene. Make a reservation well in advance or wait to pounce on a barstool or a seat at the big, first-come-first-served communal table. You’ll enjoy artisan libations, one of the city’s best grass-fed burgers, and plenty of veggie-, meat-, and fish-centric dishes that celebrate the region’s bounty. Don’t worry—the rather precious “taste from the kitchen” (perhaps a single radish with salt or some other tease) isn’t indicative of the regular portions, which are hearty. Another reason to visit: It’s in an up-and-coming stretch of the city rarely explored by tourists, conveniently near The Independent, where, if you’re lucky, you can catch an awesome live show.
San Francisco› Restaurant
560 Divisadero St (at Hayes St)
Our Rating Neighborhood Japantown & Environs Hours Sun–Thurs 5:30pm–midnight (until 1am Fri–Sat); Sat–Sun brunch 11:30am–2:30pm. Reservation recommended. Transportation Bus: 21, 24 Phone 415/864-8643 Prices Entrees $19–$32, brunch $7–$16 Cuisine Type American Web site Nopa
Map560 Divisadero St San Francisco
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