What You'll Get
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 & Wine Bar.
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 and Best Selection of Wines in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2010, 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 of three 3-ounce pours ($14 flight; $4–$12 3 oz.–6 oz. pour) 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 a variety of 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 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. Follow fresh daily specials on Twitter or Facebook, or pop in for brunch or dinner.
San Francisco Weekly readers awarded Noeteca Best Wine Bar – 2010; San Franciso Bay Guardian readers said it had the Best Wine Selection. The San Franciso Bay Guardian also gave it a glowing review. Yelpers award an average of 4.5 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
- Absolutely love this place. STELLAR food. I've had lunch and dinner here, and both have been reallllllllly scrumptious. – Brooke H., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required for parties of 6 or more. Dine-in only. Not valid for online reservations. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
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”.