Spotlight on San Francisco Restaurants: Nopa

What are you doing for dinner tonight?  With so many great restaurants in San Francisco, it can be hard to choose where you want to have dinner on the weekend.  Do you go somewhere small and family owned?  New and trendy?  Tried and true?  A good rule of thumb: the experience is always better when the food is delicious AND the environment is beautiful.  A shining example of a restaurant of this nature is Nopa on Divisadero, North of the Panhandle, serving up self proclaimed “urban rustic food” and “organic wood-fired cuisine”.

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Photo from: SF Weekly

What makes Nopa initially so stunning is the property itself – it’s not often that you walk in to an airy, lofty restaurant space in San Francisco, boasting two open levels, and large double story windows.  Its corner location offers great views of the buzzing neighborhood, providing a stylish city dining ambiance.  The space is divided into several different areas: communal tables at the front (my personal fave!), the very long, yet minimal bar, and private dining booths and tables with the upstairs loft above, and the beautiful open kitchen to the back.

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Photo from: Eat Drink + Be Merry

Nopa is also incredibly well lit and romantic – it balances the brighter lights of the kitchen with softer dining area and bar lighting with an overall warm feeling, harmonizing with the natural color palette throughout the space.  Last, but certainly not least, the food is delicious and well presented.  My husband and I have enjoyed many wonderful meals here over the year and always walk away satisfied.

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Photo from: Eat Drink + Be Merry

It pays to be a San Franciscan when it comes to food – we are delightfully spoiled.