Wine was once such an expensive commodity that the rich conspicuously spilled it on their golden capes instead of wasting it invisibly in their stomachs. Openly sip and feast with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of cuisine, wine, and more at Noeteca Café in Noe Valley.
Evidenced by the giant scarf wrapped casually around the building's shoulders, Noeteca brings to mind casual Parisian cafés with its offerings of wine, espresso, and cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Recently voted San Francisco's Best Wine Bar in SF Weekly's "Best of San Francisco" readers' poll, Noeteca features a varied wine menu with a multitude of whites, reds, and bottles of bubbly from which to choose. Sip a glass or create your own flight with 3- and 6-ounce pours ($4–$14) from local wineries and from many of the countries Carmen Sandiego has been. A knowledgeable staff is ready and willing to offer expert wine suggestions and to help diners select the appropriate fermented friend for any dish.
Wines can snuggle up to Noeteca's brunch or dinner options, which are created with local, organically grown ingredients. Spoil well-behaved mouths with the croque Napoleon, an update on the classic ham and cheese sandwich that layers savory bread pudding with black forest ham, emmantaler, and provolone cheeses ($9.95). Fish aficionados can snag the smoked salmon tarte flambèe, a cracker-thin flat bread uniting smoked salmon, capers, and lemon, and topped with crème fraîche ($9.95); while fish-fearing tarte flambèe enthusiasts can feast upon the classic tart with bacon, onion confit, cheese, chive, and crème fraiche ($8.95). Daily fresh cheeses are also available for plating, sharing, or staring at in awe, and are complemented with fruits, nuts, and charcuterie ($6–$14). Follow fresh daily specials on Twitter, or pop in for brunch (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or dinner (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Vegetarian specials are also available every Tuesday.
Valid for dine-in only.
Noeteca Café & Wine Bar was recently voted San Francisco's Best Wine Bar in SF Weekly's "Best of San Francisco" readers' poll. The San Francisco Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger gave it a glowing review, and Eater.com followed its opening. More than 50 Yelpers give Noeteca an average of four stars.
- Noeteca's nearest relations are probably the wonderful cafes of Paris, those nameless but indispensable places where you can get an espresso early in the morning, a glass of wine late at night, and good food at any time. – Paul Reidinger, San Francisco Bay Guardian
- FANTASTIC! where else can you enjoy free wifi, wonderful service, great food, great wine, all day and all night. – Carrie S., Yelp
- Depending on time of day and your frame of mind, Neoteca can be a wine bar, a coffee house, a brunch spot, or a dinner place. I love that. – Bret W., Yelp
Noeteca‘s owners spent their lives looking forward to running their own restaurant, so it’s no surprise that the French-inspired tapas spot feels comfortable in its own skin from early morning meals until late into the night. During the day, Noeteca seems like a cafe, where patrons sip on international coffees from local roasters brewed by the cup or for personal-sized French presses. At brunch menu, familiar dishes share space with ambitious French-inspired offerings—the croque monsieur becomes a croque Napoleon with slices of bread pudding layered with black forest ham and emmantaler. When the weather is nice, guests can wander out to a patio colored by a flower and herb garden to learn the sun’s secret handshake.
As evening falls, candlelight fills the dining room and guests switch their focus to wine. The award-winning list includes more than 30 varieties, each available by the glass or half-glass. For dinner, patrons can build their own cheese plates or share a tarte flambèe, Alsatian flatbreads the San Francisco Bay Guardian said have “a lovely thin, blistered crust that was a bit softer and more luxurious than a typical pizza crust”.
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