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Bossa Nova

139 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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  • Bossa Nova
    Gisele Muller
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    4 Jan 08, 2013

    A very nice place to try some brazilian specialties and enjoy a good atmosphere with friends. If you go with a group that enjoys Caipirinha, go for the pitcher... you won't regret, it is really good. And I'm brazilian, so I know what I'm talking about.

    We tried the Brazil Nut Crusted Goat Cheese w/ Cipollini Onion Jam, Chicken Croquettes "Coxinha," Corn & Cheese Risoli w/ Aioli and "Peixe Frito" Fried Smelt w/ Rocoto Aioli, everything was delicious.

    Service was not that good, they definitely can improve it being more attentive and fast on helping the customers, but other than that, is a good place to go.

    And if you like Bossa Nova, they have live music every wednesday and sunday.

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  • Bossa Nova
    Paul Petrick
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    3 Sep 20, 2012

    The food used to be really good here, but the quality has diminished a bit. The skewers, tuna, and beet salad are all pretty good. The mussels weren't very fresh. The drink quality and waitstaff attentiveness are unpredictable.

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  • Bossa NovaPro 2014
    Eduardo Sasso
    4 Aug 04, 2012

    Nice place to have some caipirinhas and traditional brazilian appetizers. As a brazilian I think the place is legit although I couldn't find any brazilians working there.

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  • Bossa Nova
    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Aug 04, 2012

    Coisas bonitas, povos felizes, alimento delicioso.
    (Beautiful things, happy people, delicious food.)
    This is what you will find an abundance of at Bossa Nova.

    Bossa Nova combines intimacy, vivacity, and flavor - it exudes Brazilian charm. I hadn't been here in a while, and it was the first time I came here with the downstairs open for dining. They had some flood damage to the main room, so it's been closed for renovation. I have to say that I really love the underground feel better!

    I came in a group of five, and we were seated in the back corner at a large table. The area was large enough to seat at least eight comfortably.

    We decided to get pitchers of their fresh orange Caipirinha and chose a few small plates to share - my favorite way to go here - and went with:
    -Brazil Nut Crusted Goat Cheese w/ Cipollini Onion Jam (MUST ORDER!)
    -Tuna tartare with ginger, radishes, avocado and amarillo
    -Corn & Cheese Risoli w/ Aioli
    -Chicken Croquettes "Coxinha" w/ Aioli (skip this)
    -"Hamachi Tiradito" w/ Rocoto Chili & Yuzu Dressing (A FAVE)
    -Top sirloin skewers with 3 sauces (salsa, chimichurri, mango)

    It was the perfect amount of food and the flavors were all great!

    There is no way anyone cannot have a wonderful time here with friends, or even a blind date for that matter. Absolutamente maravilhoso!

    Recommended for:Foodies
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  • Bossa NovaPro 2014
    Alex
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    5 Jul 11, 2012

    We pretty much just went step by step through Gogobot reviewer Connie Chang's list of what to order, and were steered right. The goat cheese with cipolline onion jam and tuna tartare were reason enough to eat here, but we also loved the Brazilian cheese bread. It's like eating a pillow. A delicious, herby, cheesy pillow.

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  • Bossa Nova
    Luke Maffei
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Definitely dinner with an attitude.

    I've gotten a steak with a knockout fennel salad on the side, but the best thing on the menu is also the cheapest: The pork and black been stew! I wish I had some right now. They serve it with bread crumbs for the top, and it's satisfyingly homey like a Brazilian cassoulet.

    Drinks were standard when were there, but they hit the spot. We took advantage of happy hour mojitos, and found the first round a little too sweet. The bar had adjusted the mix for our tastes by round two!

    The money you save on dinner and drinks can go into ordering round after round of plantain chips. They are crunchy like tortilla chips, and you'll want more because their salsa is incredible!

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  • Bossa Nova
    SaraLua
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I love Bossa Nova for its chill contemporary urban vibe mixed with dark wood flooring, truly friendly servers & patrons, and delicious dishes. Bossa Nova also concocts wonderful cocktails in the Brazilian style. While I wish the food was more hearty (it feels very careful & almost conservative) and that the servers were more familiar with Brazilian food, I love this place each time and am always up for more Bossa Nova. It's a hidden gem, so don't mistakenly drive by it!

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  • Bossa Nova
    David L.
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    came here for a happy hour a few years back and this place was full of energy. a fun neighborhood brazilian bar, they were showing the world cup games on the TV, and the patrons who probably were mostly south american and european were going nuts. when the place is packed, you feel like you're transported to another country. i just had a draft beer but didn't order any food so can't comment on that. this is a fun place if you're looking for something smaller and off the beaten path

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  • Bossa Nova
    Cody Gossett
    4 Jul 11, 2012

    Pretty nice food and excellent cocktails!

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  • Bossa NovaPro 2014
    Julia P
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    5 Jul 11, 2012

    Great Brazilian food in downtown Sf.

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    Travis Katz
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    3 Jul 11, 2012

    Cute, intimate Brazilian tapas place. Service was mediocre but the food was tasty.

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    Jason Flegel
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    5 May 03, 2011
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    Sabrina Blardone
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    5 Aug 04, 2012
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4.5 out of 5
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