Offering a locally-focused, rustic, and always seasonal menu, the food at San Francisco’s Nopa never seems overwrought or over-thought, just simple and well-executed. Savory starters here might include Flatbread Pizzas, or one of a number of seasonal specials such as tempura-style Fried Anchovies.The excellent Spit-Roasted Chicken can be enjoyed with a simple starter of, say, braised greens with garlic and lemon.

In the convivial din of the high-ceilinged room, talented mixologists make classic San Francisco cocktails plus their own inventive compilations of artisanal spirits.The staff here has a played key role in a resurgent Bay Area Cocktail Scene that came to life around 2006 as the local, artisanal, and seasonal culinary ethos began to make its way behind the bar. 

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