Best Restaurants in Noe Valley

April 17, 2018
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.
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
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
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.
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.