Weekend brunch is a major event in San Francisco, with many popular spots crowded with people (some just waking up from a night out) standing in front waiting to get in.

Nopa, with its pedigree as one of the most buzz-worthy neighborhood restaurant since it opened its doors, could be considered a major player in weekend brunch in the city since it started offering a brunch menu more than a year ago.

I’ve been dying to try out Nopa’s weekend brunch because I’m a fan of the handsome dining room with rustic but delicious dishes that are simple but elevating. Dinner is a showcase of local ingredients often cooked in a wood-fire oven, and brunch continues that tradition.

Popular Day or Night
I checked out Sunday brunch today with my friend Kevin, and what’s nice about Nopa is it now accepts reservations (it had a no-reservations policy for the longest time), although it can be tough to grab a reservations if you don’t plan early. But with reservations, we walked up to the hostess and was seated immediately in one of the cozy wooden tables in the large dining room

Even on a Sunday afternoon, the long bar at the restaurant was packed as it often is in the evening. I tried a pomegranate cava ($9) that was brilliant red with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice while Kevin tried a very spicy bloody mary (served with a pickled beet).

One of the sous chefs manning the wood-fire oven.

One of the sous chefs manning the wood-fire oven.

As for the food, I was blown away by the goat cheese bread pudding with grapes and arugula ($9) that we shared as a starter. The dish came looking more like a piece of cornbread, but the texture was light and fluffy like a soufflé. It was nothing like bread pudding, but it was savory good and so unique.

I enjoyed my wood-grilled Italian sausage ($15) served with cream farro, cooked lacinato kale and two poached eggs. The sausage was nicely grilled and had a very spicy flavor, and the poached eggs added a nice creaminess but wasn’t super runny.

Kevin liked his soft scrambled eggs with tasso ham ($13), but he did feel the side of broccoli di ciccio, crispy potato and avocado was on the salty side.

The Last Bite
As I sipped my cup of macchiato after my meal, I reflected on a satisfying brunch in a lovely environment that’s bright and approachable. With reservations, brunch at Nopa can be a stress-free and tasty entry in the San Francisco weekend brunch game.

Rating: 3 out of 4 camera snaps
3-snaps

 

Nopa, 560 Divisadero (at Hayes), San Francisco. PH: 415.864.8643. Open daily for dinner, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; weekend brunch, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations, major credit cards accepted. nopasf.com

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Pomegranate cava ($9) had a brilliant red color

Pomegranate cava ($9) had a brilliant red color

Goat cheese bread pudding with grapes and arugula ($9)

Goat cheese bread pudding with grapes and arugula ($9)

The counter seats are popular for a view of the chefs at work, but this is walk-in only so get early to put your name on the wait list.

The counter seats are popular for a view of the chefs at work, but this is walk-in only so get early to put your name on the wait list.

Soft scrambled eggs with tasso ham, broccoli di ciccio, crispy potato, avocado and parmesan ($13)

Soft scrambled eggs with tasso ham, broccoli di ciccio, crispy potato, avocado and parmesan ($13)

Wood-grilled Italian sausage with creamy farro, lacinato kale and poached eggs ($15)

Wood-grilled Italian sausage with creamy farro, lacinato kale and poached eggs ($15)

A cup of macchiato was a nice way to end my weekend brunch at Nopa

A cup of macchiato was a nice way to end my weekend brunch at Nopa

10 Responses to Review of Weekend Brunch at Nopa in San Francisco

  1. I didn’t know they take rezzies now, and I live just up the street! Their French toast is one of their signature dishes – try it next time!

    • Ben Ben says:

      I was so tempted by the French toast because of the word “custard”!!!! I love custard. But I always feel French toast is too much starch and too sweet. But I was happy with the bread pudding! ;)

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    What a dynamite brunch. The sausage with creamy farro is definitely calling out to me. ;)

  3. Tara says:

    I am so jealous! I have not had the chance to dine at Nopa for dinner or brunch, it is high on my to-do list.

    That sausage looks amazing, was the price justifiable?

    We need to dine out soon! Any places you have been dying to try?

  4. Corinne says:

    That goat cheese bread pudding looks & sounds absolutely amazing! Brunch is always the way to go!
    Corinne @ Munch Ado

  5. Row says:

    Oh man, that goat cheese bread pudding looks divine!

  6. J says:

    This place has been on my to-go list for so long, but I hear that a) the French toast is super good and b) the wait is very long… I guess those two go hand in hand!

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