Due to its location just north of the Panhandle, the area known as NoPa encompasses a 30-square-block area stretching from Masonic and Fell, north towards the University of San Francisco, east towards Divisadero and Turk, and south towards Fell and Divisadero. Today, it is home to a surplus of unique and delicious restaurants. We profile 10 of the best restaurants in the area.
Bistro Central Parc is ‘the Panhandle’s taste of Paris.’ The restaurant offers the traditional French bistro-style dishes such as duck confit, sweetbreads, salad Lyonnaise, onion soup, and beef tartare. On Saturdays and Sundays, Bistro Central Parc offers a brunch of traditional American egg dishes plus one of the best French toasts in San Francisco.
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Little Star Pizza is a cozy pizza joint in NoPa that offers an authentic taste of Chicago deep dish pizza in the heart of San Francisco. Little Star Pizza offers a variety of appetizers, deep dish and thin crust pizzas, and a weekday Happy Hour. Trying to satisfy a deep dish craving, but don’t want to shed those sweatpants? Little Star Pizza offers delivery!
Nopa specializes in urban rustic food and organic wood-fired cuisine. They proudly serve simple food created with seasonal ingredients that are sourced from local purveyors. Nopa strives to be a pillar of the community: ‘The sense of community that Nopa looks to instill in its co-workers and guests alike begins with taking care of people, contributing something back into the community, and underlying everything we do with a passion for feeding people.’
A meat and three is a Southern culinary tradition that dates back to the 1930s, which includes a meal with one meat entrée and three side dishes, which the diner chooses from a list of options. With a menu that changes daily, Brenda’s Meet & Three pays homage to this Southern tradition at their meat and three-style diner.
Jannah has been a part of San Francisco since 1988, and after moving to several different locations in the city since then, the restaurant is now located in NoPa. Jannah specializes in Middle Eastern-Californian cuisine and famous delicious phyllo dishes made with exotic ingredients.
Located on Fulton, Barrel Head Brewhouse offers a hip, down-to-earth urban vibe with 40+ beers on tap, many of which are from local San Francisco microbreweries and breweries around California. The menu is constantly changing and offers an eclectic assortment of appetizers, salads, and pub food with flair, with items like poutine, pork belly, shrimp and grits, scallops, and pulled pork-stuffed naan. Barrel Head Brewhouse also offers brunch at the weekend, with bottomless mimosas too.
4505 Burgers & BBQ boasts a family-friendly, quick-casual eatery and is equipped with one of San Francisco’s last remaining historic wood-fired barbecue pits. The menu consists of classic favorites such as their Best Damn Cheeseburger to their slow-roasted brisket and smoked whole chickens. The restaurant serves their BBQ based on a blend of traditions and styles from Kansas City, Carolina, and Texas.
Bar Crudo is a trendy, modern raw food bar, serving pristine oysters and presenting creative ways of serving raw fish preparations. Bar Crudo has strong ties with the NoPa neighborhood and proudly provides sustainable seafood and supports local producers from the area. Enjoy a menu full of oysters and shellfish, crudo plates, and hot and cold seafood dishes.
Gambrinus was the legendary king of Flanders, known as patron of beer. Bistro Gambrinus pays tribute to this fabled king by offering a large selection of beers from all over the world and a menu featuring American classics like cheeseburgers, but with an emphasis on Eastern European delicacies like goulash, pork schnitzel, Bavarian sausage, and veal frankfurter.