Coqueta
Coqueta

Coqueta

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coquetasf.com/
  • Phone: 4157048866
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily, 11:30AM – 3PM
    Dinner: Sun-Wed, 5PM – 10PM; Thu-Sat, 5PM – 11PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Chiarello
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring Coqueta to your next celebration. Chef Michael Chiarello"s team will bring you the flavors and conviviality of Spain right to your home or social gathering. For more information please contact General Manager, Michael Iglesias.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: Embarcadero Bart
    Golden Gate Ferry
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two parking lots available within blocks from the restaurant.
A word from Coqueta
Brought to you by Award Winning Chef Michael Chiarello and located at Pier 5 on the the bustling San Francisco Waterfront, Coqueta is inspired by the cuisines of Spain. Chef Chiarello feels that Spain"s signature ‘small plates’ coupled with the social vibrancy of their dining scene is the perfect combination for San Francisco, which has its own deep-rooted history with the country. Focusing on regional dishes from Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and beyond, the menu will feature Chiarello's interpretation of traditional Spanish cuisine and, as has always been his tradition, will highlight the bounty of fresh, local ingredients from land and sea.
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Coqueta reviews from OpenTable diners
300 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (224)scenic view (142)hot spot (129)special occasion (118)great for lunch (111)vibrant bar scene (93)good for groups (73)romantic (68)notable wine list (62)neighborhood gem (60)great for outdoor dining (40)great for brunch (32)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Pickyforareason
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great atmosphere - casual in a good way with service never rushed but at the side of your table in the blink of an eye if you indicate you need service. We ordered the cheese plated (excellent ham, ripe cheese and membrillo) and paella (40 min wait) first and just kept ordering small plates as we went along and felt like trying more, no problem. Chicken croquetas were crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, grilled octopus very flavorful, the paella had house-cured chorizo (excellent) and broccoli rabe in addition to the seafood, delicious. Very good selection of Spanish wines, best Alboriño selection I've seen and they even had Manzanilla sherry on the menu. Will go back as there's lots more to try and it was all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Spanish food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I am a Spanish native and the food in coqueta is not Spanish. Moreover, the prices are very expensive. Good ingredient quality. Awful paella
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    LittleAcorn
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were pleased to be able to book at this restaurant and we had a great time. The food and service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful tapas & the best sangria
    cwpnewpaltz
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great meal. Some of the items we had were repeats of our prior visit several months earlier, some were new things we tried. All were delicious. This is a great place for a delicious Spanish meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Currently my favorite
    NinerGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is truly a winner. Food, atmosphere and service have been top notch. I've been for lunch and dinner and several times and each time has been excellent. I will absolutely go as often as I get a chance, my standards for Michael Chiarello are set very high now! I hope the restaurant continues on this path.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An absolute gem
    DavidandPat
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Coqueta is perhaps my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, and that obviously says a lot. From the moment you walk in the door, you can tell you are going to have a special evening. The decor and ambiance merely serve to heighten your expectation for the food, and the food doesn't disappoint. Every single thing that I've had at Coqueta is a 10. My only disappointment was that I had notified the restaurant that it was my fiance's special birthday and they said they'd take care of it but that never happened. Oh well, the rest of the experience was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Run Don't Walk
    AFungVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    One word - Delicious. Two words - Barca Gintonic. Its a small tapas type of place so go with friends so you can try EVERYTHING. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a gem.
    madrilena
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you have spent any time in Spain, then you appriciate Coqueta. Their food is what you might find in Madrid and Barcelona at some of their top restaurants. Some well done classics, but the focus is on creating new dishes, and these never disappoint. Tapas are small jolts of flavor. The dishes will not fill you up, but they will put a big smile on your face. That's the point. Don't be afraid to order extra dishes. Their paella is probably the best you will find in the Bay area. Maybe anywhere outside of Spain. The wait staff and every other member of the front of house are energetic, friendly, knowledgeable about the food ingredients, and somehow right there when you need something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Tapas & Drinks!
    eliza3939
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved this tiny place at Embarcadero 5! The tapas menu is extensive and everything we tried was delicious. The gin/tonic was not only beautiful but was probably the best one I've had in years. Highly recommend for a group so you can taste more items. Want to return for dinner when we return in a couple of months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take a walk to Spain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you're walking along the Embarcadero, but feel like taking a short trip to Spain for some tapas, you can't go wrong with the plates at Coqueta. The service was impeccable, with no stall whatsoever as we moved from plate to plate and they have the best patatas bravas I've ever tried (seriously, you'll growl at the servers if they try to take away the spicy, smoky sauce too early).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tapas and cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was perfectly delicious. Service was uneven and awkward. It was not busy when we dined, but we assumed since they are always so slammin' busy that leisurely dining, which requires a change of pace for the server, was not well executed. We have dined there before and will go back because of the food and we live in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something different
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We loved all the tapas and pintxos but found them a little overpriced. The two gin-tonics we tried were terrific! The dining room had wonderfully high ceilings but too bad it didn't have much of a view of the bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Tapas
    Sandrababy67
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tried six items for two of us - one repeat. Everything we ate was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, excellent service!
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our server made our first experience with Coqueta very enjoyable. We were unsure what to order and how many plates would be sufficient for two diners. We settled on her recommendations and we were not disappointed. But looking at our neighbor diners orders I doubt you would be disappointed with any tapa plate on the menu. Noise level was quite good. I actually like to converse with the person I'm dining with without shouting or repeating myself. I would recommend this restaurant and I can't wait for the next opportunity to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Equisite Food but Hard to Hear :(
    ImpressedVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I would definitely recommend trying Coqueta if you haven't yet been. The Pier 5 location is easy to access, with public parking at Broadway and Embarcadero. Lunch was a treat - flavorful and beautifully presented. We really liked: the deviled eggs with Pimento - they were an exquisite blend of flavors and way more interesting than I could ever describe. The cooked vegetables with raisins and pine nuts, and grilled octopus and fingerling potatoes were also delightful. The atmosphere is rustic and open and interesting... but it's really a shame that as a consequence it's hard to hear. I can see that it would work as a hot spot for after work, but if they reconfigured the interior to allow for intimate conversation... WOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and service
    Vijay
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best meals we've had in a long time - every little dish was made with care and attention to detail. The best tapas in SF!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best gin and tonics
    G8Tqueen
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    These were the best gin and tonics I have ever had, went to well with the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Word of Mouth
    Eugene
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Recommended by a food critic from Texas. Wine menu is not as large as you would expect and fairly limited on wines outside of Spain. He recommended a very good wine and his favorite dishes. They were all amazing including the smoked salmon and the duck. I have a shellfish allergy but folks in my party said the prawns were delicious. I will definitely be back and will be bragging to anyone going to SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and great service
    susiekVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Everything we had at Coqueta lived up to the expectations! The small bites were fun and gave a great sample of the food. The meatballs, gambas, and croquetas were all outstanding--I could have eaten double of each of them. The pan con tomate with jamon was also really good. I loved how each of the dishes were light but packed with flavor, making it possible for us to try a number of dishes. We also had the paella, which was an excellent rendition. My favorite part was the grilled asparagus and brocolini. We ended on the perfect sweet note of the churros.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small bites of heaven
    Lcp705
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Terrific original tapas. Super yummy. But only 1 Chardonnay by the glass in SF is pretty poor offering. Also, service is not up to caliber of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great-god prices
    JayBeeK
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is not line one of the over-priced restaurants overlooking San Francisco Bay that cater to tourists. It is over-priced, but the food was both unique and divine. The bar has filtered views of the bay, the restaurant has limited views, but the look and feel of the place makes you feel you are having a very special night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service!
    Coiqueta
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The 2 of us had an enjoyable Lunch on Saturday. I will return for dinner sometime This was mym first visit. Lovely
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FairlyReasonableVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I had heard from a few people that the food was wonderful but we were very dissappointed. The quail egg hors d'oevre was dull. No flavor at all. The egg and chorizo dish was so salty we didn't eat it. The paella tasted like a rice casserole from a previous era. No taste of saffron. Our server was excellent and I will return for the incredible grapefruit gin and tonic.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding food
    MadeleinetpVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a very special place with terrific food. Very tasty and original Spanish tapas. Too bad that this time the service was truly subpar for such an outstanding restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service ok
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    So happy to have another foodie lunch spot to take my clients on the Embarcadero! Love the ambiance, industrial design of this place, & the cocktails and food are delicious!!! The wait staff unfortunately is not very attentive and a bit forgetful (except the bartender who was super nice, helpful) Hate to keep craning my neck, looking for someone when I need something... and for the prices, that definitely needs to improve. Also, when they give you a call to remind you of your ressie the previous day, it's an unknown #, so no way to return the call (??) and their main line throws you to their sister restaurant's voice mail. Ugh- Annoying. Overall, great place- just some minor glitches to fix. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant experience!
    Feanor
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent food with perfect portions and delightful presentation. The ambience is relaxing and inviting , and though a small space, it feels more intimate than cramped. I don't know about the rest of the cocktail menu, but I'm assuming it's spectacular as I had what was clearly the best Manhattan I've had in my entire life! I wanted to also mention that the wait staff were amazing! Taking time to very thoroughly answer all our questions about the menu without feeling like it was an imposition, They were friendly, efficient and extremely gracious. All in all a very pleasing balance of all the things you look for in a great dining experience . Thoroughly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Cocktails and wine were excellent. The duck and pork albondigas with tart cherry ketchup and crispy shallots might be the best small plate I've ever had. Our server was extremely helpful and able to make helpful recommendations. Save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Service in San Francisco
    Lucy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Arrived at 1:10 for a 1:15 reservation. Checked in. 20 mins later, we were still not seated. Sat waiting in the bar area for our non-existent table, waiting for drinks that never showed up. Waitstaff opened door to outside seating area and left it open creating a nice, freezing cold wind tunnel throughout the area where we were sitting (and yes, I had a jacket on - I live in SF and know how cold it can be in the summer). We finally just left. Living in San Francisco, we dine out a lot all over the City, and have never had an experience like this. We will never go back, and will never recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fine food, noise to the hilt
    lsm50
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was a delicious lunch, from the skewers to the larger dishes, everything was interesting and beautiful. But the noise was intolerable. I don't think I will go again unless it is at an "off" hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not too impressed
    Sony
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As a Michael chiarello fan I was expecting more. Most of the menu items were just okay. Ends up being real pricy if just doing tapas, depending on what you order. The smoked salmon was amazing. Rest of the tapas didn't strike me as anything extraordinary. Cool vibes and a fun experience for a fan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pongee13VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food was good but not as good as Bottega in Yountville (same owner). I would've preferred more meatless options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food.
    NTinSFVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our group of 4 ordered a variety of tapas - mambas, pulp, croquetas, and and cheese plate were all really nice. The paella was good. The only thing that wasn't successful was the cocktail I had before dinner. Not sure there was actually any gin in it, which at $12 was disappointing. The space is lovely. Like all restaurants in SF these days, it is difficult to carry on a normal conversation because the entire place is hard surfaces - energetic doesn't describe it - it's just noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience as good as the food
    LindakVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is my new favorite restaurant in San Francisco! The food is so different and so amazingly good that I wanted to taste every single thing on the menu. The way the food is served - all small plates - is almost as fun as tasting it. Such unique and different preparations. Our favorite was the shrimp and egg dish...could have had 2 plates it was so good. The waiters walk around with these trays of very small skewers that you select from - sort of a chef's offering - and it's not only fun but gives you an opportunity to try small bites of some unusual pairings. We couldn't get in for dinner so had lunch and it may have been better since we got very attentive service. Oh...try the sangria; you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cocqueta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been to Cocqueta three times now and every time I love it. Go-to dishes include the shrimp with black garlic, octopus, pork and duck meatballs, platter of cheeses and meats and many more! The service is always very good but not over bearing and its a friendly, fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience...
    Vinehouse
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    On a beautiful day in San Francisco, we experienced excellent food, above and beyond service and beautiful surroundings! We will come back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gretta
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a lovely time. We were seated at our reservation time. Loved the types of gin & tonics. Interesting drink selections that went well with the food. My first-time guests from out of town loved it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigdVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The tapas style food was great so we were able to try several different items but the desserts were very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Maren
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our lunch lived up to all the hype! We sat at the chef's counter which provided a great view of the kitchen. Food was creative and delicious, and our waiter was efficient, personable and well-informed about the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    LoveMyFood
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I expected more attention to detail. Complaints: salad dressing was way too vinegary, limited options if you don't eat pork Highlights: little brioche eggplant and cheese sandwich was delicious, octopus was cooked well
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of Spain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Having lived in Spain, we find this a delicious trip back the many magnificent towns and cities we lived,visited, are & drank our way through!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.