Fresca - 24th Street
Fresca - 24th Street

Fresca - 24th Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescasf.com/
  • Phone: 4156950549
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11.00pm - 3.00pm Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Saturday & Sunday: Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Jose Calvo-Perez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Weekly Happy Hour at the Bar 3-6:30 PM Monday-Friday Monday Mojito Tuesday Margarita Wednesday Caipirihna Thursday Pisco Sour Friday Sangria $5
  • Special Events: NEW YEAR'S EVE -Three Course Prix Fixe Meal
    Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM -
    $55.00 per person.

    (No a la carte menu)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Noe & Sanchez
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Fresca - 24th Street
Only at Fresca will you find Nouveau Peruvian Cuisine, a modernized style of Peruvian food crafted by Chef Jose Calvo-Perez. We keep the Peruvian cuisine alive by keeping all traditional Peruvian ingredients and incorporating them into modern creations. Experience Fresca’s luxurious new unlimited Mimosas brunch featuring an extensive Raw Bar with amazing ceviches and latin inspired oyster shooters and cocktails.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPeruvian
Fresca - 24th Street reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (32)good for groups (21)great for brunch (16)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (11)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (7)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Food and Piscos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love the variety of food and the great pisco sours. The chicken is the BEST and also have always loved the seafood. The waiters are always attentive and informative. Plus the whole place is alive and full of laughter. Good place to celebrate a Giants' victory! We come here to celebrate or to commiserate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I met clients from out-of-town and we had a delightful meal. We allowed the food server to recommend what we should eat -- and his recommendations were amazingly tasty and filling. Nice wine list. Ambiance and people watching (if you sit near the front windows).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hmmmm
    SupperClubSFVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Eaten there many times but this time was bad. I'll give it another shot, however.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Set Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had reservations for 4 weeks. When we arrived the tables were not set up and we had to wait before we were seated. No one seemed to know where our group was suppose to sit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reductions in portions lately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fresco has been our fall back go out spot for many years. We have always loved the food and the portions while not ample have always been fulfilling and reasonable. Several times now we have been told they don't have bread. This time we did get some but then we were told they were out and were left to eat our smaller than usual amount of mussels and soup with no bread. Even the mussels had one piece for two people while the people around us ate bread. Seriously, if I spend over 70 dollars for a meal then bread shouldn't be an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER
    NotthesameVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    WAITED 45 MINUTES FOR APPETIZERS. ANOTHER 45 MINUTES FOR MAIN COURSES. WHEN WE COMPLAINED, WE WERE TOLD TO STOP EATING. APRIL THE MANAGER SAID THEY WERE DOWN TWO COOKS AND TRAINING ANOTHER. I TOLD HER THAT WAS NOT OUR FAULT AND DID NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS MEAL.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, not-so-good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Seven of us had brunch at Fresca last Sunday. They were able to easily accommodate our larger party, and although the food was good, the service left much to be desired. Long waits for drinks, ordering and in between courses. One of our orders was forgotten. Servers seemed scattered were inattentive to the point of being pretty much absent. Bread was set on our table only toward the end of our meal (to our collective surprise), and they could only give us 4 of the 5 Bloody Mary's we ordered because they ran out. (At noon on a Sunday? Really?) I've really enjoyed Fresca's food in the past, but after this experience -- along with another where service was very spotty -- I don't know that I'll be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food-bad servicer
    sfo123VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have dined at Fresca two times recently. Both times the food was excellent. The first time the service was okay if a bit slow. . This Friday the service was some of the worst I have ever received in SF. It was not only slow, but inattentive, including at arrival. The lack of service was consistent throughout the meal, from bus boy to waiter. We gave up on dessert because it took so long for the waiter to return to get our order., My wine arrived when I was almost finished eating. My dining companion said the ceviche was some of the best she had ever eaten. I love the trout with shrimp and two of my dining companions enjoyed the fish stew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Gone Wrong
    RCL28VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of the worst service experiences I have ever had in San Francisco! I was with an elderly friend and we waited over 20 minutes for our reserved table! The staff (and owner) never even greeted us! The restaurant was clearly over-booked and extremely noisy and chaotic! With all of the other great restaurants in Noe/Mission, I will not be returning to Fresca in anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresca is my neighborhood staple
    FavoritePlacesVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've been going to Fresca on 24th for a couple of years - service is always great and food is excellent. They redid their menu 2 weeks ago - and I really like the smaller new plates/appetizers. I'm not sure if Caipirinhas are on the menu exactly (frescos not Brazilian), but I always get a great one when I ask for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blondy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have gone here before and have been satisfied with the food and service. However, not this time. We had reservations for 5 at 6:15. We met the hostess at the door, who immediately took us to our table. And there we sat for at least 10 minutes. They were not busy. There was plenty of staff milling around, past our table. The hostess looked square at me several times. Finally, we stopped one of the waiters and asked if we could order a drink. He walked off waving his hands in the air. Then a few more minutes later, one of the waiters emerged and took our drink orders, talked about the menu and wandered off. I had to ask for water, and it was another 10 minutes before we got our drink order delivered. I won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre. Pushy waiter. Overpriced
    Noevalleyfoodguy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had the chicken dish. Food was decent. The waiter, however, was pushy and not pleasant. The drinks are overpriced. So are the apps. I live in Noe Valley so it's convenient. But I always leave disappointed and feeling as if I just paid too much money for what I got in return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • all around great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Nice combination of good food, beautiful decor and CLEAN bathrooms. Does not try to be trendy and wait staff are very friendly. Easy to get a table and nice place to bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Neighborhood Brunch
    Robert
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very very nice. Excellent food selection. $12 bottomless mimosa... Can I say more?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Fresca never disappoints! It's great that they have a full-service bar.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been here a half dozen times and am always impressed. Not a bad meal yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fresca has really delicious Peruvian Food. My husband is from Peru, and it is hard to find Peruvian Restaraunts in the Monterey Bay, where we live. We found Fresca in SF, and it is worth the drive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice, no-nonsense
    Robert
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I'm really pleased with this local gem. Not fancy, but great food and good service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, Great Service
    KJSFVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We go to this restaurant, and the West Portal location, lot. It's a good option if one or more people in your party are vegetarians (lots of fish and vegetarian options)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always an A+ Experience
    Melissaloo27VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food, check! Beverages, check! Great staff, check! Every time is a great meal, brunch, lunch, or dinner - I love this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big group - great service
    LDSPVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had no problems with the service. Our group of 5 sat in the rounded booth in the back, which helped with a high noise level. We thought the portions were very generous: the leg of lamb was the largest we've encountered. We split a ceviche trio and ceviche quartet between 5 people, got 3 orders of empanadas, and then had main courses but no desserts. The tasty soup and one order of cause was enough for a meal, replacing a larger entree for one person. The steak was well-prepared. The empanadas are small and somewhat deconstructed, with the olive and egg served as garnishes, but the flavors matched the Bolivian/Peruvian traditional preparation we hoped for. Will return - very quick service; food temperatures were appropriately cold/hot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost 5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great drinks, ceviches, and small plates! We had 2 fish entrees and unfortunately they were overcooked. Maybe it was an off night? Next time, we will stick with small plates and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninspired, starch-fest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    There are many different sounding dishes that are essentially the same: marinated or shredded meats couples with potatoes. Pinot overly fresh, generally devoid of green or anything light or healthy. Weak wine options for the money.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious. excellent veg options
    KJSFVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Large portions. Excellent fish an other non meat non pasta options.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NewDiningExperience
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent dining experience in all aspects: : great food, wonderful friendly and helpful service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quality going down?
    FrescaFrequentFlyer
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I eat here once per month -- and I love so many things about. But tonight's Fresca's signature chicken dish was dry and stringy. Was shocked. Service (in a not full restaurant) was strrained; to much for the server we had.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Always consistently great. Love the ceviches...I usually ask the wait staff to choose our ceviches for us...always a good move. Love it there....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Amazing food and very knowledgeable server! My only complaint is that our table was right next to the door, so people waiting for tables were practically sitting in my lap. They need a better spot for people to wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience!
    Moffatt
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Celebrated a birthday here this week. As always, the food and service were great. So happy to have this quality restaurant in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and normally good service. Last time we went the server was not the best. Forgot to put our drink orders I. And then blamed the bar. Then did the same thing with the second round - at that point we just canceled the order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delighftfood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food, my company enjoyed the dishes they ordered, such as aji de gallina, the lamb, and the fish. I have dined at Fresca before, and I will return again, if friends would like to try Peruvian food. The pisco sour drink was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So tasty
    alexx
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Delicious food. I could have done with a little bigger portions on the ceviche -- pretty expensive for pretty small serving, but tasty enough to be worthwhile nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely time at Fresca's
    Jude
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went on a very lively Saturday night. Had empanadas, Caesar salad, and pork chop. All were tasty, but I especially liked the empanadas. The staff were friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    Dirk
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was amazing as always, great cocktails and wine selection. Service very professional and friendly, but food took a long time to prepare. We were very happy overall nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 630 reviews are from the Fresca - 24th Street reviews archive.
  • Gary B
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Our waiter was great, knew the food well and helped us with some great selections. The place got really busy so am glad we reserved a table on line vie Open Table. This will be one of my fave restos for the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but small portions
    luve
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The ceviche was good. The sauce for the fried seafood was not good. Great Pisco sours.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chaos, chaos, chaos
    Neta
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was a reservation for a birthday, with a request for window table. Waited for 10 min for a host, then seated in the back near a large party (even though a table was open at the front near the window). 15 minutes before a waiter acknowledged us, clearly frazzled and unhelpful with selecting drinks. Rushed us to order. Appetizer came out and we asked for plantain chips, which the waiter rushed off to get and returned with a basket of stale chip pieces, that had to have been pulled from another table. (!!) Main dish was a soup with shrimp that was slightly curdled and not worth the $24 price tag. Waiter couldn't be bothered with us and it made for a terrible birthday. All reflected in the tip. Avoid Fresca at all costs!!
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  • Ceviche Heaven
    cwilsonVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I love ceviche and Fresca is my favorite place to enjoy it's spicy and tangy possibilities. What goes better with ceviche than sangria? Nothing! Fresca's sangria is delightfully balanced, not syrupy and maintains the integrity of the wine. There is something on the menu for everyone, meat eaters and vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Trout & Vegetarian dishes
    KJSFVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We love both Frescas, this and the one in West Portal, but we prefer this one as it has a more vibrant crowd
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    Josephine
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    My family and I did a last minute reservation. The service was not too long, waiters were all kind and caring, and the food was really good! However, if you are sensitive to spicy food, ask the level of spice before ordering, just to make sure you won't burn your mouth! First Peruvian food for my family and they loved it, especially the coco ceviche. I will come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic