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Bossa Nova

Brazilian, Spanish, South American
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139 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2715 (Minna)
1.5 blocks from Civic Center station.
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Waited forever, Feijoada was awesome

went with a big group. Waited about an hour for an order of Feijoada, Brazilian staple black bean stew. It was really, really good. Waitress gave me a free drink in apology for the wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2014
San Francisco
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1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is closed. I went on may 6 and unfortunately found out that the restaurant closed about two weeks before.

Thank Adriano S
San Francisco
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

went with a big group. Waited about an hour for an order of Feijoada, Brazilian staple black bean stew. It was really, really good. Waitress gave me a free drink in apology for the wait.

Thank afitzcharles
Sao Paulo
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Nice Brazilian restaurant. Not all options are truly Brazilian (the rice, for example, is certainly not). But the Brazilian cheese bread is authentic, as it is the little dishes like coxinha. The staff was very friendly, also. Overall, nice experience.

Thank Edson Y
Cleveland, Ohio
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150 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Five of us had an early dinner in August. We had appetizers, drinks, main course and shared a dessert. Service was a little slow but not obnoxiously so. We enjoyed all the food we were served. It was fresh, well-prepared and nicely plated. We had the Raindrop donuts for dessert and highly recommend them. The donuts were still warm and... More 

Thank mumzie1039
Dartmouth, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We dropped in for tapas and really enjoyed the casual atmosphere and tasty food. The menu looked interesting - we meant to go back for a meal but didn't make it - on the list for next time!

Thank Thelma F
Ft Hood
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stoppe by here after dinner to enjoy a lounge type atmosphere with a litte activity. We enjoyed each of the rooms and the live music Saturday night - great dj as well. The spot was small but fun and the food was ok but just as appetizers. I would not recommend eating a full meal here... More 

Thank themchn211
Sonora, California
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155 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We seeked this place out after reading the reviews on it. It isn't a obvious building, so we passed it a couple times. We order a bunch of tapas, and two entrees. Overall the food seemed to be just average, there was really nothing that I would rave about except for the aioli that came with one of the sides.... More 

Thank Crystal K
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Mixed feelings. On one hand it was one of the best lamb I have ever eaten. On another hand this "main course" was size of appetizer. It is deceiving when you order relatively expensive dish and realize that in order to get full you must order it at least 2-3 times. Come on, don't pretend that lamb is some rare... More 

Thank Raul F
Los Gatos, California
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160 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I went to this restaurant with a friend after we attended a matinee at the Orpheum Theater. They opened at 5 and we were the first at a table. A lovely Parisian waitress served us water and our menus. We started with a traditional Brazilian drink, calpirinha. Yummy and happy hour priced! We had fried plantains with lime dip while... More 

Thank Ann B
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This place kind of sneaks up on you because you would never know it was there unless you were looking for it. We had a table of six people, which was kind of cramped, and they seemed to be having trouble adjusting for temperature (by opening the door, then the window, then shutting the door, and so on). Apart from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 139 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2715
  • Public Transportation: 1.5 blocks from Civic Center station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: 415-558-8004

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Spanish, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighborhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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