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  • Address:
    Pier 5, The Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Coqueta Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coquetasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 704-8866
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We have to quit ordering the paella! Every time we go to Coquetta we get it, and love it. Sitting at the counter is quite the show, watching all the exquisite little plates go by...and our paella being prepared...while drinking a bit of sangria."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was a return visit for Sunday brunch. We are really impressed with the impeccable service and attention to details. As expected the innovative tapas were amazingly delicious. Paella was done superbly with proper crispiness and ingredients. We enjoyed the creative cocktails and comprehensive wine list. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Every bite was delicious (especially the gazpacho), service was efficient and pleasant, and the location with the bay right outside the windows couldn't be beat. A real keeper."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Took a group of friends from out of town to share the experience of Coqueta. Definitely, the highlight of the trip! Tapas & pitchers of Sangria; I felt as if I throwing my own dinner party enjoying great food, drinks & company!!! Service and friendliness from staff from walking through the door, to dinner, dessert and leaving was outstanding. High energy, knowledgable and showed genuine interest in ensuring we had the best experience. Thank you Coqueta Team, look forward to seeing you soon!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the staff, especially the bartenders and host were amazing. I'm looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Warm welcome by host; bartender helpful, fun & creative, bright & cozy ambiance in "outdoor like" bar. Piquant & lovely presentation of starter tastes & tapas & sauces to follow. The artistry & effort & love put into each dish makes the diner eagerly anticipate the next new "exploration" of what may follow. True professionals behind this adventure. Yea, "Napa Style goes Tapas Style!""
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I really enjoyed our meal at Coqueta. Our server was very knowledgeable and helped guide us through the menu. I liked the vibe and the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Had a 2 p.m. reservation. Restaurant was probably 2/3 full. Everything took forever. Had three orders that came at a snails pace. Calamari..delicious. Shrimp tortilla a salty greasy dish. Seafood paella was OK..nothing special. We each had a different albarino and they were both quite nice. Took the better part of two hours. Water is served in a metallic cup..really!? Who had that great idea? I love metallic tasting water. Nothing special..fairly expensive. This place is well thought of so I might give it one more try."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have enjoyed two separate dining experiences at Coqueta over the last 5 weeks. the last one from July 10th that included one newly relocated So Cal refugee and an out of towner from La-La land...the best grilled octopus and paella they have EVER eaten...the out of towner was also impressed that he could enjoy a beer that was imported from Barcelona...I think we needs to get out more...but If he can get the Barcelona Beer here in SF more power to you guys!...Keep up the fabulous food and beverages. I will be returning soon!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious. We showed up for an 8:30 reservation and weren't seated till 9:15. They ended up covering out dessert as an apology The good was amazing"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • " The bartender was pleasant and knowledgeable. I helped to name his new Mescal concoction. When seated in the dining room, the service was flawless. The interior is awesome. Chiarello has an uncanny ability to set the stage perfectly for each of his restaurants. Our pintxos were excellent, especially the octopus and the calamari. The prawns were executed well, but paled in flavor and complexity to the octopus. The house cured olives have a fresh citrus quality giving them a lightness not common to most curings. The friendliness and warmth of the entire staff was refreshing. I look forward to returning with friends to share this new culinary gem."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Took my mother here for her birthday and she said it was one of (if not the best) meal she'd ever had. We started with a selection of bit-sized skewers (the chorizo was my favorite, all were good) followed by the berry gazpacho (the best soup in the world), the kale salad with grilled strawberries (incredible), the gulf prawns (never had anything like these before - more like lobster than shrimp), the calamari (best ever), and the patatas bravas (I wanted to dip everything in that sauce!). I highly recommend this place, not only is the food outstanding, the service was impeccable, and they did an amazing job with the interior."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • " Coqueta's restaurant is the spot to go for an extraordinary culinary experience in San Francisco. The food is innovative and every dish is presented with pizzazz. The flavors of the various foods we tried were spectacular! The non-alcoholic J & T Referesco is awesome; it has the sophistication of an alcoholic beverage, and most importantly, tastes amazing-it's refreshing-and is presented superbly The staff is incredibly astute. As an example, my husband got up from the table and the wait staff slyly folded his messy looking napkin. Searching hard for downfalls, the tables are too close together and it took me some time to get acclimated to the music which is on the loud side, but it's only because it was unexpected. Recommeded!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here on the 4th of July. We loved trying different foods and drinks! The croquettes were amazing. We would definitely come back here again on a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I had been wanting to go to this place since it opened and I had high expectations of Coqueta based on what I've read and heard but was disappointed when I got there. Place is really small but it didn't feel cozy and warm. It felt like the entire place was a bar. Maybe I just really love Bottega. The food was okay, nothing really extraordinary. Pricy though. I loved the Sangria! My husband asked for hot sauce...it took a while to give him a tablespoon of some chili then I was so surprised that we were charged $2.00 for a tablespoon of chili sauce...WTF? I've never ever been charged for chili sauce and they didn't say we would be charged for it. That was so ridiculous!!! Glad I got this out of my system! First and Last visit!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Paella is well worth the 40 minute wait--do it! Also love their sunny side up with chorizo sauce, patatas bravas and duck meatballs. Also only place in SF I've found kalimotxo. Fun!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We generally enjoyed our meal. However, those manchego skewers were waaaay too chunky! Manchego is such an intense flavor that less is more -- consistency matters, and manchego should be sliced thin. And we could barely taste the membrillo that supposedly existed between said chunks. But the quail egg bites were divine, as was the asparagus dish -- perfectly cooked and the favors were superb. I also thought that the pork/duck meatballs were great, but the sweet sauce brushed over them was superfluous, and almost masked the flavor of the meat. Wine was incredible, as was "cheesecake" dessert bite. Very creative!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Although I am a big fan of Chef Chiarello (Bottega is my favorite Italian restaurant), I hesitated going here because of a less-than-great eating experience in Barcelona. But I had read so many great reviews about Coqueta and finally the time was right because a dear friend was in town from Madrid. To put it mildly, we were 'blown away'! Saying that Coqueta is a great dining experience does not do it justice - it is an incredible aesthetic experience. It's like being served incredible food and wine in the elegant, vivacious home of a friend, with all your friends there - just a fun, revelatory culinary night that fills all your senses! Coqueta is now my favorite restaurant in San Francisco."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A couple of friends joined us for lunch. Small plates of a variety of menu items were enjoyed. There were several unique dishes (e.g. sea urchin). Not too noisy. Service was slow, but reasonably paced."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We took some serious foodies to dinner and we had raved in advance about the pulpo and the albóndigas. The albóndigas were delicious as usual, but we were disappointed that the pulpo was extremely chewy. We had had it before and it melted in your mouth. Our daughter recommended the espárragos which we had not tried before but, unfortunately, they were undercooked and we only got the green variety and none of the purple. The table was divided on the pintxos, but we all agreed that the churros were to die for! The service was knowledgeable and friendly. Our table was greatly situated in a corner with a view of the entire dinning room, but it was quite drafty and we wished we had brought a sweater!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very disappointing! Some of the food was just plain bad. Lots of it was fried. Service was very spotty. We didn't see our wait staff nearly enough. Some of the plates were chipped. The wastebasket in the bathroom was overflowing and the windows were dirty."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is our third time to enjoy lunch at the Coqueta. It has not disappointed us yet. The tapas were fabulous. We also ordered the classic paella (yummy!) and our favorite dessert, the apple pie with blue cheese ice cream."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I can see where this restaurant would be great fun for a group of younger people. You can sit and drink as you sample their small plates. We found the food fun but not particularly great. It was expensive for small servings. The service was good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything was delicious! It was my 3rd time there and the food and service area always fabulous! The desserts are great, too! It reminds me of some of my favorite spots in Barcelona (not the touristy old world stuff). Definitely, fit for foodies! Right up to par with Bottega!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Absolutely top-flight on all counts. Wonderful food, professional, friendly, knowledgeable service, beautiful space. Loved our meal, our server (Nicky), and the hostess (Grace). Will be back as often as I am in San Francisco."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a great time at Coqueta. We first sat out front at the picnic tables and had drinks. They were all well crafted and tasty. We then were seated in the corner round table, where you can see the entire room - very fun. We shared many small plates - the coquettas are terrific - paella and the bistec. Everything was perfect. We will definitely go back. Afterward we took a walk along the water - the location can't be beat."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner here for our sixth anniversary. The service was correct, attentive, good humored—never fussy. The ambience is inviting. Cocktails were balanced and made smart use of unexpected ingredients. Server possessed thorough knowledge of menus and led us to a delicious and appropriate wine for dinner. All dishes—skewers, chicken croquetas, kale salad, grilled octopus, and churros—were all expertly executed (and quickly consumed), but the uni and jamon open face sandwich was out of this world, face-melting good. Absolutely worth the time and energy to get a reservation."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The whole grilled calamari was the highlight of my dinner, my companions and I liked it so much we ordered a second one. The paella, razor clams, octopus could not be beat also. Menu said paella suitable for 2-3 people. There were 4 of us and it provided the perfect helping size after enjoying a number of tapas. Try the sangria type drinks...what fun."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had an amazing 2+ hours of munching on tapa after tapa. Loved the octopus, razor clams, padron peppers, pinchos, patatas, plancha pork. Can definitely get pricey, but a wonderful food experience in a very comfortable atmosphere, which I really appreciate. Have already recommended it to others and high on our list of places to return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food is delicious, well prepared and presented. Different kind of menu options so need some input from wait staff. Staff are all very but not overly attentive and tuned in to what you want to know. I like flan and so had some hoping it would be in the good category. The flan was not just good but exceptional, different (better) than any I've ever tasted (that's saying something for what is normally a pleasant but unassuming custard dessert). Everything at Coqueta exceeded our expectations, which were high to begin with."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Dennis,the bartender gave us "dinner and a show" on the first visit when only bar seating was available..best seat in the house....Creative, friendly, fun atmosphere.amazing cocktails, ambience beautiful on the water, views, smoky, salty, leathery, teuxtured salty.. a trip to Spain.. I went 2x last week and plan to continue! Perfect food, service, it just works on every level! Bravo!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It was marvelous - food and service. Great taste in every little detail."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Loved the great assortment of foods offered. Definitely will be back to try more dishes. Service was great and very helpful and friendly."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Heard of this place from a friend who gave good review, but was quite disappointed with the the over-all taste of food and beverage. We ordered Sherly Temple for my daughter. The drink tasted more like mojito w/o the alcohol. The sangria we ordered did not taste like it at all! We ordered gambas and paella...sorry but we tasted better ones. Sorry."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Solid take on Spanish food, but there is room for improvement. Tried the pulpo, albondigas, pluma, croquetas, chorizo and cana de cabra cheese, smoked salmon with queso fresco, deviled eggs, setas, tortilla espanola, and quail egg pintxo. Pulpo was excellent, not overcooked at all and very similar to what you would find in a pintxo bar in San Sebastian. Croquetas were also well-seasoned and lightly fried, probably one of our favorites of the night.The Iberico pork shoulder was extremely undercooked...I like meat cooked medium rare, and this was more rare with a cold middle that would have been more appropriate for beef, not pork. Also, the sauces on the pork and the albondigas were too sweet. Would go back to try other things!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Highlights included grilled octopus, a wonderful gazpacho, iberico belotta ham, white anchovies, patatas bravas. We also had the seafood paella. The shrimp on it were delicious but the rice was too salty and the bottom was burned instead of the expected delicious crust. We ordered a 2001 Rioja from Bodegas Hermanos Pecina which was delicious, showing elegance, lovely effects of age and a perfect match for the food. It was $84 but for a wine of such grace and age a real bargain considering what one would pay for a French or CA wine of equal age and quality. Wine list was well chosen, a welcome change from most restaurants. The wait staff was courteous and knowledgeable. I'd return anytime. Setting on the Embarcadero is an added plus"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Was recommended by a local friend who is THE guy to know for food and wine. Spot on. You can't miss here. Just great!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Coquesta is situated in a fantastic location along the Embarcadero in SF. The drinks are great, and the service is very professional."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It is Spanish food with a twist, some things were good and others like the patatas bravas aren't, the cocktails are tasty."
    Dined on 6/11/2014