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Barvale, San Francisco, CA

Barvale

4.6
4.6
409 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Check out our Spanish-style happy hour with passed pintxos in the bar on weekdays from 5-6:30, and brunch every Saturday & Sunday from 11-3.

barvale, located at 661 Divisadero Street in San Francisco’s NoPa neighborhood, is more than just a place to fuel up – it represents a cultural way of life; a daily ritual. Gathering for tapas fosters a spirit of togetherness and community. It is Spain at its very core. Celebratory, delicious and inclusive. Our goal is to capture the essence of a tapas bar and share it with San Francisco. Our bar serves unpretentious cocktails, Spanish wine, sherry, and cider. Food is served tapas style, meant to encourage sharing and togetherness. barvale is the essence of Spanish culture; inexpensive and filled with people enjoying bites and drinks late into the night.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 654-5211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Santos Ramirez

  • Private party facilities

    The Pintxo Room is private and perfect for large parties and communal dining. Featuring a vibrant mural and our stunning Pintxo Bar, this is the perfect place to host your next party. We can offer a variety of menu options including brunch and lunch/dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Fabio Prieto: (888) 604-0992

  • Neighborhood

    North Panhandle / USF

  • Cross street

    Grove

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 409 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. MM

    MarkM

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Barvale. You are the best
  2. S

    Spencer

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Let’s be real: in the midst of a pandemic Barvale did NOTHING to acknowledge it. No signage, no gloves, no conspicuous wiping down. Worse, no one else seemed to notice. This is no time to be eating in a restaurant but I would have expected even the gesture of concern. The fact they don’t show concern for safety means the employees serving your food are unchecked and unmonitored. You really want to eat in a place like that?? Overall Barvale fails to really deliver an authentic Spanish meal. Portions were uneven. $2.50 for half a deviled egg?? A Croque Madame (not spanish at all, btw) featured two very thick pieces of bread, a skimpy piece of cheese in between, a bit of ham, fried egg, and bechamel. They could have left out one piece of of bread because the bread slices were as thick as two pieces. I can't really fathom coming here again, although the Happy Hour looks like it could be promising. Oh, and the outside sign is painted on the wall about three feet off the sidewalk, so if you're looking for the place (especially at night), there is nothing else to indicate the name of the restaurant other than a feeble neon "tapas" sign.
  3. LH

    LisaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Having lived in Spain, this restaurant has a very authentic menu. The food is absolutely delicious and the value is good considering it's the city. It is extremely loud and you can't talk to anyone at your table. Open table app didn't work well for this restaurant and when trying to call them, they took awhile to respond. The waitress was not very attentive. I'd say excellent food, poor service,
  4. M

    Marisol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food!! Too loud (During the dinner slot) to have a group conversation.
  5. KS

    KenSF

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Made a reservation, drive over. Seated right away (5:30pm on the weekend) Waitress had good suggestions. Everything was very well done. Glad we sampled the paella. We will be back!
  6. AB

    AlexandraB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was fantastic,,,a girl with brown hair in a bob haircut with black glasses,,,wish I could remember her name,,,she was patient, informative, funny, did a great job even when the place was packed and loud. Food was great, loved the mussels with chorizo and the bread to dip in the broth....heavenly!
  7. SR

    ScottR

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was outstanding. $48 for a three person Paella was a bit outrageous though. Not sure why they had the lights turned down so low. Could barely see in the place
  8. l

    leam

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lové this place and the food. Great cocktails! Noise level a little bit too high
  9. r

    ralphjg

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a very good meal with friends. The selection of tapas satisfied everyone from the vegetarians in the group to the non-veg's. The Polpo and cauliflower were especially tasty, as were the Brussel Sprouts. Everyone came away full, happy and ready to return another time!
  10. DN

    DateNight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    If you're planning a date night, this is not the place... It's super loud & crowded. Great for large groups of friends.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was extremely nice and helpful. Just vibing. Each small plate was uniquely different and bursting with flavor.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent every time
  13. A

    Akshat

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Team offsite. Service was excellent. Our waitress was very nice and helpful!!!
  14. MB

    MackenzieB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Snuck over for a quick bite before a concert at the Independence. Good food that came out quickly :)
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was amazing! Food was equally as delicious
  16. SY

    SarahY

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had the prix fixe menu for restaurant week, a sample of many different things, all tasty! All our servers were really nice and helpful even though it was very busy. Some of us also ordered a glass of wine; the Tempranillo was delicious!
  17. CH

    CoryH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Visiting SF from LA. Restaurant week.
  18. SP

    SteveP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great time at the prix fixe restaurant week special. Our server was great fun, food and drinks were all very good, and the portions were generous or more. Only ding was that the paella was a tad overlooked. Otherwise a perfect night out with friends.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, one of my face spots in SF!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Value
  21. LS

    LovesSF

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We went for restaurant week. It is a lively place with super friendly and polite service. Although the drinks we had were good (sangria, beer, rum cocktail), the food was kind of average. The coquettes were tasty, but the paella was bland. Don’t order the churros....like eating a sugar coated stick. So overall hit and miss. Go for drinks and appetizers.
  22. s

    shelleyw

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The service was good and attentive. Food was good, not spectacular. My main complaint was the paella was a mediocre shame. Paella should be made with arborio rice. This was burnt, plain white rice. And the shrimp was dry. Just not yummy. Everything was fine, but not out of this world
  23. g

    goodfood

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great dining experience, dishes were well executed and served hot, server was wonderful, service with a smile.
  24. CT

    CindyT

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Solid 4 stars. We went for restaurant week and had a reservation at 6pm. It started to get packed around 630/7pm. The service was nice - the waitress was pretty attentive. I was worried there wasn't going to be enough food because I read the portions were small and not as great during restaurant week, but there was more than enough for the 4 of us. I'd recommend.
  25. JN

    JordanN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience! Will definitely be going back to this place.
  26. RS

    RosaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very fun atmosphere. Pretty loud. Good food and it was great value for the restaurant week menu.
  27. JL

    JulianaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Food was overcooked especially the seafood paella. The mussels were so cook and dried that meat shrunk and there was no meat any more. It was quite disappointing. Tried the restaurant week specials and all courses were pre-cooked. There was no value.
  28. S

    Sashag

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was awesome. Great vibes, drinks, and energy. Came here for my birthday and it was nothing short of perfect for my group of 16
  29. B

    Betty

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was very noisy so I don’t think it’s good for a group larger than 4. Food was delicious.
  30. s

    ss1216

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Must have- paella!!! I loved their seafood paella! The rice was nice and crispy on the bottom and soft on top with plenty of flavors. The portion was too small tho!
  31. AM

    AnthonyM

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner date with wife, sat at high top table which was fine. Food portions were small but plentiful as we had the special presented during restaurant week. Overall great place, waitress and staff very professional and had a sense of humor and personality.
  32. AH

    AustinH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for SF restaurant week and loved the tasting menu, service was great!
  33. WP

    WendyP

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! They had a 50% off wine bottle promo when we went, too! Awesome!!!
  34. A

    Anana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, and many options for vegetarians. Sitting at the communal table felt comfortable and we could still have a conversation. The cauliflower was amazing, as were the escalivada (toasted peppers, eggplant, and fresh burrata), bombas (fried rice balls similar to arancini), and potato omelette. Ordered the cab and it was delicious! Cons - Didn’t like the deviled eggs. And service made us feel rushed and didn’t answer any questions.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, affordable Spanish restaurant with a gin-tonic menu and friendly service. Also very good paella!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing night, great ambiance and food!
  37. G

    Ginger8

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Overpriced drinks from unfriendly bartenders and a rude host gave this place three stars.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for tapas and sandwiches. Reasonably priced. The staff were very attentive. It is a nice locale. Very pleasant experience overall.
  39. SP

    SaraP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and cocktails were amazing, and reasonably priced. The albondigas and bone marrow were two of my faves. The service was average, and when the bill came we were charged for something we didn’t order and also for an item they forgot to bring. But they quickly resolved the issue.
  40. JB

    JosephB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot! Good vibe. Food and service really good.

FAQs

Barvale is rated 4.6 stars by 409 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grove

  • Neighborhood

    North Panhandle / USF

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Santos Ramirez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 654-5211

  • Private party facilities

    The Pintxo Room is private and perfect for large parties and communal dining. Featuring a vibrant mural and our stunning Pintxo Bar, this is the perfect place to host your next party. We can offer a variety of menu options including brunch and lunch/dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Fabio Prieto: (888) 604-0992

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