Best Restaurants in NoPa

Local Love
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated restaurants in NoPa.

New American · Alamo Square · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"The overall buzz has not subsided" at this Alamo Square Californian that’ll "rock your socks" with "earthy" locavore dishes to "dream about" (including "acclaimed" wood-fired burgers) delivered alongside "outstanding cocktails" in an "energizing" duplex space manned by an "efficient" crew; prices are "decent" , brunches are "fantastic" and it's a "favorite late-night spot" , so the "only disappointing thing is the wait."
Bar Crudo
Seafood · NoPa · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Irresistible" fish dishes – including the namesake crudo sampler – and a bacon-infused clam chowder "guaranteed to blow your mind" lure locals to this "hip" , "raw bar–focused" NoPa seafooder; it’s a bit of a "splurge" and there’s "always a wait" in the "super-small" digs, but "lovely" service, a "well-thought-out" wine and beer list and "happy-hour specials" ( "$1 oysters!" ) enhance the "oceanic goodness" ; P.S. it has a wine country offshoot, Seaside Metal Oyster Bar, in Guerneville.
Bistro Central Parc
French · NoPa · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

Regulars exchange "French-style cheek kisses" with the "fabulous" owner at this "warm" NoPa bistro serving "simple" yet "amazing" Gallic fare and "excellent" wines that won't "break the bank" ; it's suitable for a "quiet" , "romantic" dinner or "lovely" weekend brunch, but be sure to reserve ahead.
Little Star Pizza
Pizza · Alamo Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

"Heavenly" Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas with "flavorful" cornmeal crusts and "tangy tomato sauce" are offered alongside "super-crispy" thin-crust pies at these "fair-priced" pizzerias; since it's often "noisy" – and "no reservations" lead to "long waits" – regulars opt to grab and go.
4505 Burgers & BBQ
American · NoPa · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

Offering "a taste of true-blue BBQ" , this NoPa pit stop from the "hip" 4505 restaurant group doles out "sublime" wood-smoked meats, "ridiculously delicious" burgers and "awesome" sides, all matched with "local brews" and served over the counter "with a smile" ; the "sparse" interior and "convivial" patio are "wildly popular" with those "craving" "a killer meal" , but "the steady line is worth it."
The Mill
Cafe · Alamo Square · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

Fans "never thought toast would be worth what they charge" , but it's "actually amazingly good" given the "hearty" , "well-crafted" Josey Baker breads and spreads made with "finesse" at this "airy" NoPa/Alamo Square bakery/cafe; other incentives include Four Barrel coffee, "pleasant" counter service and a "variety of loaves to take home" ; P.S. "great pizza" is on offer each weeknight from 6-9 p.m.
Brenda's Meat & Three
Southern American · NoPa · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

"Come hungry" to this "wonderful" all-day follow-up to Brenda's French Soul Food, where the "authentic Southern cooking" includes a "supremely filling" selection of "swell" "staples" like the signature fried chicken paired with "pretty fantastic" sides; "good value" and a "charming staff" help draw crowds to the "small diner" digs, so "expect a wait for the weekend brunch."