Best Restaurants in Noe Valley

April 17, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

The neighborhood’s top spots.

Chloe's Cafe
Breakfast · Noe Valley · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.3

This "perfect little" brunch spot in Noe Valley nook cranks out "flavor-packed" scrambles, "perfect" pancakes and other "unpretentious" , affordable American eats in small, "cozy" digs; there's "always a morning rush no matter the day, weather or time" , but the staffers "do their best to keep a smile" ; P.S. no dinner.
Contigo
Spanish · Noe Valley · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

A true “modern” tapas ” bar, this “ lively ” Noe Valley “ favorite ” offers “ beautifully prepared ” Spanish and Catalan small plates “ with a Californian twist ” that fans call comparable to any “ this side of Barcelona; ” there's also an “ extensive ” regional wine selection and a “ helpful ” staff to assist navigating it, but since it’s “ always packed, ” be prepared to “ chat it up with strangers” sitting close by whether you dine at the counter, tiny tables or on the garden patio.
Saru Sushi Bar
Sushi · Noe Valley · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

Look no further " than this Noe Valley storefront serving " superb " Japanese cuisine highlighted by some of the " most succulent " sushi from around the globe and " divine " appetizers that fans simply " cannot get enough " of; the " teeny ", art-adorned space is a " well-known secret ", so " show up early " to score a seat – " you won’t be disappointed.
La Ciccia
Italian · Noe Valley · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

A "Sardinian wonder" , this Noe Valley "neighborhood treasure" is "well worth getting to" for its "incredible" , "honest" cooking (notably "sublime" seafood), matched with an "outstanding" wine list in a "pared-down" but "congenial" setting overseen by "charming" husband-and-wife owners; the "Downtown prices" are eased by the "reasonable" vinos, but the "tight quarters" "fill up quickly" so be sure to reserve.
Firefly Restaurant
French · Noe Valley · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

Since 1993, this Noe Valley "favorite" via chef Brad Levy has been luring locals with "honest" , "delicious" Americana, including "perfect" fried chicken plus "seasonal" vegetarian and gluten-free offerings; a "low-lit" , "unpretentious" setting, "cordial" service and "reasonable" tabs make it an "amazing" date-night option.
Eric's Restaurant
Chinese · Noe Valley · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

For "flavorful" Chinese chow "without the hassle of Chinatown" , Noe Valley locals head to this "popular" neighborhood "go-to" ; it's "not fancy" , but "welcoming" staffers, "reasonable" pricing and a "homey" feel help make it "satisfying" for a "low-key" meal.
Bacco
Italian · Noe Valley · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

You can't go wrong " with anything on the " pretty darn authentic " Italian menu at this " charming " neighborhood trattoria in Noe Valley, known for its " exceptional " housemade pasta, " daily risotto " and old-country wines; moreover, the " warm, friendly " style ensures the regulars " enjoy getting fed.
Uma Casa
European · Noe Valley · $$

Chef Telmo Faria (Tacolicious) brings this contemporary Portuguese charmer to Noe Valley, offering shareable small plates, raw-bar items and mains, plus Portuguese wines and sherry-based cocktails. Clean lines, light woods and bright tiles distinguish the surroundings, outfitted with high-tops, banquettes and cozy tables.
Patxi's Pizza
Pizza · Noe Valley · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

Although these family-friendly Bay Area pizzerias are known for their "true Chicago-style" deep-dish pies, regulars say the thin cornmeal-crust pizzas are "da bomb" too; "friendly" staffers, a "full bar" and "big flat-screens" for "watching the ballgame" are reasons why it can be "crowded" , so insiders anticipating "long waits" "call ahead" and order a half-baked to go.
Little Chihuahua
Mexican · Noe Valley · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

High-quality ", largely " organic " ingredients and unusual fillings are the hallmarks of these " cut-above " Mexican burrito-slingers that also pour " amazing " sangria; the " quirky decor " and " big smiles " at the counter add to the appeal for " casual, quick takeout.