Making the Best of “No Eats Valley”

Noe Valley gets a big “eh” from hounds in comparison to more chowish nabes like the Mission, the Inner Sunset, or Clement Street. Inexpensive options are especially sparse. But one can’t always travel across town for every meal, so the following is a local survival guide.

The only places garnering near-uniform raves are La Ciccia and Incanto, both Italian. Other solid, though lesser, Italian options are Lupa for pasta, and Bacco.

Hamano is the favorite for neighborhood sushi. It can be great, and often has fish hard to find elsewhere, reports Windy.

Firefly makes upscale Californian cuisine that gets mostly thumbs-up, despite occasionally disastrous service.

Mi Lindo Yucatan makes some unusual Mexican dishes, and the appetizer platter is worth getting, but some items bomb, says veebee.

Fresco (Peruvian) and Eric’s (Chinese) are at-your-own-risk. At Fresca, ceviche is delicious to some palates but harsh and acidic to others. Reviews for Eric’s range from amazing to inedible, in the great San Francisco tradition of strongly bifurcated opinions of Asian restaurants catering primarily to non-Asian clientele.

In the brunch wars–as close as Noe Valley ever gets to conflict–Pomelo is a sweet little place with a wide enough menu to satisfy diverse tastes. Savor stands out for its “New Orleans benedict,” make with a crab cake. Chloe’s is good for breakfast, but, oy, the crowds.

La Ciccia [Noe Valley]
291 30th St., San Francisco
415-550-8114
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Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar [Noe Valley]
1550 Church St., San Francisco
415-641-4500
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Lupa [Castro]
4109 24th St., San Francisco
415-282-5872
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Ristorante Bacco [Noe Valley]
737 Diamond St., San Francisco
415-282-4969
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Hamano Sushi [Noe Valley]
1332 Castro St., San Francisco
415-826-0825
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Firefly [Mission]
4288 24th St., San Francisco
415-821-7652
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Mi Lindo Yucatan [Noe Valley]
4042 24th St., San Francisco
415-826-3942
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Fresco [Noe Valley]
3945 24th St., San Francisco
415-695-0549
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Eric’s [Noe Valley]
1500 Church St., San Francisco
415-282-0919
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Pomelo [Noe Valley]
1793 Church St., San Francisco
415-285-2257
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Savor Restaurant [Noe Valley]
3913 24th St., San Francisco
415-282-0344
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Chloe’s [Noe Valley]
1399 Church St., San Francisco
415-648-4116
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