Fresca - Fillmore
Fresca - Fillmore

Fresca - Fillmore

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescasf.com/
  • Phone: 4154472668
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday to Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Weekend Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Jose Calvo-Perez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Corporate Lunches/Dinners, Pre-Fixe Menus, Large Party Take-Out, Private Events, Dining on the Run, Picnic Lunches for concert goers, etc... You name it and we can help create it. Contact us at Tony@frescasf.com and tell us about your event needs and we will get back to you right away to help make your event the success you want.
  • Entertainment: *NEW* Starting Monday July 11, 2011 we will be featuring a new Happy Hour Menu with great deals on food, Sangria, wines and beers. Our big window will be open and our awning will be out and you can people watch, snack and have some Sangria with a friend! Great way to unwind after a long day of work! See you on Monday Funday! Cheers ~ The team at Fresca on Fillmore
  • Special Events: We can design menus for your special event or you can offer your guests our full menu to choose from

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking - metered parking on Fillmore Street from 9am - 6pm Monday - Saturday (Free on Sunday)
A word from Fresca - Fillmore
Only at Fresca will you find A Nouveau Peruvian Cuisine, a modernized style of Peruvian food crafted by Chef Jose Calvo-Perez, son of Julio and Zoila. We are proud to feature both traditional and A Nouveau Culinary styles in modernized presentations. We keep the Peruvian cuisine alive by keeping all traditional Peruvian ingredients and incorporating them into all our creations. Stop in and become a regular! Lot's of fun things going on here at Fresca and we want you to be a part of it. We have introduced a new weekend brunch menu and we are creating some new Happy Hour menus that will feature some of our fantastic wines and savory appetizers! Yum! Stop by and meet our new General Manager, Tony Rasmussen and welcome back our Chef, Manuel Rodriguez along with the rest of the team that makes Fresca on Fillmore a fabulous place to dine. Cheers!
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Fresca - Fillmore reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (38)good for groups (14)great for lunch (14)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (6)romantic (4)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Ridiculous
    Sweetpea
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We sat at the bar at 4:00pm on a Tuesday night and could hear the cook on his cell phone having an argument with his girlfriend. He left the kitchen several times to answer his phone before he began preparing our food. He left 2 pans burning on the stove and yelled at the waitress when she removed them from the fire. His girlfriend kept calling him and he kept answering his cell phone and leaving the kitchen. He served us bad oysters along with one shell that didn't have an oyster in it. I'll never go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Will not go back there or recommend it to my friends.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peruvian at it's Best
    SarasotaLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Once again we had a delicious dinner at Fresca on Fillmore in Pacific Heights. The tuna cerviche is a must. The duck was delicious served on top of rice and cooked perfectly. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DEE-licious!
    TheBobster
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our dinners were great. I had scallops on risotto and wife had lamb chops on rice. The chefs here definitely know what they're doing with subtle flavors, etc. When we didn't order drinks or apps the waiter turned sour and ignored us after that. I'd go again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Find
    SarasotaLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I invited two friends to join me for a casual dinner at Fresca and we loved the food. I had recently moved to the area relied on an Open Table search to find out good neighbor restaurants and Fresca had great reviews. Everything was wonderful and I have already made another dinner reservation and can't wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30 minutes additional wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Despite making the reservation online through opentable we still has to wait outside for an additional 30 minutes before getting a table, food was good but the place was very very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    CoHighPriestess
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We got hooked on ceviche on a trip to Peru, so we seek it out when we are looking for restaurants. Overall, the ceviche was good - not OMG amazing - but we did order two rounds of the quarto-tasting option, so obviously we though it was decent. I will say we were a bit surprised that we were charged $5 per plantain chip basket, which is Fresca's updated take on the tortilla chip, which is what is traditionally served in Peru. It just struck us as cheap - do you want your customers to have a good experience or not? Then don't nickel and dime them on an essential to the experience...
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  • Great Peruvian food
    MarkEngels
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Not much of a reviewer, but I went with my girlfriend on a Saturday around 9 and had a great experience. Sure the wait staff was quick and courteous, but the real highlight was the food. We had the big eye tuna ceviche and fried seafood appetizer which were great and followed it up with her getting the fried dorade (adorned with mussels, clams and shrimp) and me the lomo saltado. Both were ridiculously good and (for those who like this) the portions were huge. Needless to say we took food home. Desert was solid as well, but the ceviche and entrees where undoubtedly the highlight. Would highly recommend and will definitely repeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ronnie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    First time to dine here with my other 3 girlfriends. Had a reservation at 7pm but since we got there half an hour early we asked if they can take us in and without hesitation , the nice hostess gladly took us in. Prior in making reservation here, I checked out all the reviews and mostly are positive and it did not disappointed me and my girlfriends. The food is very good! The Ceviches were great and so as the appetizer, although I was a bit disappointed that they did not have the salmon with squid ink rice, but nevertheless the porkchop was tender and flavorful! The sangrias are a must, refreshing! The paella, that my friend ordered was ok, pricey for a small and few seafood mixed. Overall, it is wonderful place to dine but a bit pricey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait Staff
    Kruk
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    our wait staff was not attentive at all with our party of six. it took him a long time to come with our drinks. he didn't fill water glasses, we had to continually ask. worst was he didn't announce he was setting down the entry and hit two of the guests with the plate on the corner of their cheeks and in their eyes. he did state he was sorry, but he didn't even compensate by offering a free dessert to them. i was very disappointed as this is one of our favorite places to go. on the positive the table was ready for us when we arrived, however, they pushed us up against the walls so that the person sitting on the inner seat against the wall had to have people get up so that they could go to the restroom. we felt very cramped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed dinner at Fresca...
    sfkiska
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. Never tried before Peruvian cuisine and we weren't disappointed. The service was prompt and food was tasty. Guess we have to come back some times to try some other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy Latin Fusion on Fillmore
    foodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was delicious, innovative and beautiful. Lots of interesting spices. We are glad we dined early as the noise level rose dramatically after 7 PM. Service is adequate and rapid but not friendly or attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great peruvian food!
    Xyzz
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We ordered Lomo Saltado, along with fried plantain. They came quickly, and were delicious! We also had sangria, which is spanish drink, and Chicha Morada, a Perucian non-alcoholic drink, both were good. For dessert, Picarones, which according to a Peruvian friend, can't be foind easily , and Tres Leches cake, very moist as we like it! I highly recommend this place for anybody wanting to try authentic Peruvian Food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • faltaban unas cosas
    allquallqam
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I live in Peru and was hoping to have my family experience some of the amazing cuisine closer to home. They were out of my favorite beer and my favorite dish and the waitress was completely unapologetic. The appetizers were okay but the waitress kept clearing the plates as we were literally still eating off of them. She also mistook our wine order, poured half a glass of a different kind of wine into the already incorrect glass, and then took a correctly ordered glass away by mistake. Overall, the food was just okay, of average price for the city, and below average service. More than likely we will not be returning.
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  • SFNatives
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We found the paella to be excellent and served promptly and hot. The waitress was friendly and efficient and attentive even when it turned busy. The lamb chops were grilled and well seasoned and prepared as requested. The wine list is current and offers a wide selection. We would return, and were delighted the restaurant was full when we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    dishes very authentic (Peruvian), and the seafood very fresh. Our lamb chops were excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ElizVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was friendly, if a little hit-and-miss considering that the place was not packed (I had to repeatedly ask for a side of aji Amarillo to dip the rather dull fries in). The lechon asado sandwich underwhelmed me--the main attraction there is crispy pork skin, and I kept finding lots of pieces of fat instead. Plus, near the end I bit down on a piece of what looked like hard crab shell; if the crab dishes are being prepped so closely to the other dishes, this is bad news for people with allergies. I may give Fresca another chance someday, but probably not for a long while.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peruvian Delight
    foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Pollo a la Brasa & Trucha Encebollada is yummy & the purple corn creme brulee is to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rapid Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our server must just had a spat with his girlfriend before coming to work. We couldn't get a hint of a smile on his face all evening. He brought the bill to us without ever asking if we wanted dessert which we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    MargaretMc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We dined here on a Saturday evening. The place was packed. The service was slow but the food was good.
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  • Food was very much mediocre
    Wvortices
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Appetizers of crab puffs and beet salad were good but the skirt steak and sea bass were not flavorful at all. My sea bass was also over cooked. Both my date and I also experienced some after effects later on from something we ate there. The service was nice and our table was good.
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  • Fabulous Food, not so fab service
    SFGiantsGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food here is consistently good. They are very good at making paella, all the fish dishes are so delicious! The shrimp bisque is creamy loveliness, with nice big prawns, potato, corn, rice and it's spicy! The whole fried Dorado was great, seasoned well and while fried, it wasn't overdone! The pumpkin fritters were bad, no flavor, oily, desserts are not their forte. Okay, now all the accolades go to the food. We love the food here, and it is really good, but just know that the service (at the Fillmore location) just isn't that great. The food is spicy but they don't stay on top of refilling your water. Even after asking for something it took them twenty minutes to get it to us. Just FYI service is sketchy, but the food is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for catching up w/ friends
    KRTU
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First tip...the serving size of the ceviche appetizers is enough for a meal. That said, the entrees are so fresh and delicious that you'll want to order both. Of course, this left us no room for dessert, but I'm sure we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    MauiGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I REALLY loved Fresca. It was my first time dinning.Food was SUPERB and the service was EXcellent. Our waitress was super friendly and she was just so pleasant person to deal with. I would definitely go back to Fresca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rainbow trout is great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The ambience and location is great! The appetizers were ok, but the Rainbow Trout is out of this world! That's a must try!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresca
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have never been disappointed with many visits at all their many locations. The food & service remained consistent through the years!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunchie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The venue is unenjoyably crowded and noisy for weekend brunch. I love the 12$ bottomless mimosa, and I've been here other times and thought the food was great, but the Eggs Benedict this week was underwhelming with tough ham and had only a small portion on sides.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find
    Daddio
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Despite waiting for our table (outside) for 30 minutes past our reservation time, we enjoyed the variety of choices on the menu--enough but not too many. The food was delicious. We can't speak to its authenticity, but it was good. Our waiter was helpful and attentive. The wine list offered good choices. The crowd was upbeat and lively, but the overall noise level forced us to really strain to hear and be heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date spot
    Skincarequeen
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved everything we ordered- three different civeche, mussels, flush special, crime brûlée and tres leche cake. The staff was friendly and genuine. Vibe is fun loud and kind of sexy. Great date spot. Will definitely be going back many many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, ok service
    Rollie14
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went on a Friday night. Changed the time of my reservation over the phone... Come to find out when we arrived.. they didn't hold our spot! The hostess was rude and had an attitude! Although they didn't have any more available tables they did have room at the bar, so we stayed. Service was slow.. Waiter was busy. We did go on a Friday night, but the food was good. Everything we ordered on the menu was delicious. The staff wasn't too friendly.. Its small and loud in there... But if you're looking to eat good Peruvian food, go here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food, atmosphere and service. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ceviche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The several options for ceviche will not disappoint, try any of them and you will experience complex flavors that light up your mouth! The entrees also are just fantastic. We had duck, trout, chicken and scallops among the four of us, and ALL of us loved every bite. The shortbread Dulce DE Leche with ice cream ended the meal on one delightful note. I live in this hood and not sure why I do not go more often, but I will. Fillmore Street is always fun and eating at Fresca is the icing on the cake.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great cuisine for a family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our second visit for a family dinner was another success. The appetizers were delicious and the main seafood dishes as well. Even the deserts were very tasty. In summary: You should stop by and enjoy great Peruvian food and courteous service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Packed on a holiday
    John
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was good and the place was packed. But they were understaffed, so the pace of the night was slightly off.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresca Never Disapoints
    beatsVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    this is a favorite casual spot of ours in the city. they are kid friendly but you want to go on the early side as it gets very crowded and noisy. your kids should also be pretty adventurous eaters as they don't have a kids menu. the ceviche is definitely their specialty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant is awesome but...
    errk
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    ..they lost my reservation. Some sort of miscommunication between OpenTable and the Staff. They even called me to confirm earlier in the day. However, when I arrived they had no record of my reservation. Weird. It's all good though! They sat us right away when they realized there had been some kind of mistake. Good job, Fresca. The food is always amazing. No complaints whatsoever on that front. Cusqeña Pilser is awesome. Anticuchos and Crab wontons are insanely good appetizers. And the Pescado A lo Macho is probably one of the best dishes ever conceived by man. Kudos to the chef staff here. The Wait staff were great and as attentive as possible though they seem spread a little thin. Didn't really affect the overall experience. Great dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 853 reviews are from the Fresca - Fillmore reviews archive.
  • Outstanding
    John
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My girlfriend and I were celebrating our 1 year anniversary; since she is Peruvian, I felt Fresca was a fitting location. We were greeted with a complimentary round of champagne and a warm welcome. The food kept getting better and better with each dish (2 appetizers, 2 main dishes). I have visited Peru before and can say that the food from Fresca is, as far as I can tell, indistinguishable from the traditional dishes I tried while I was there. I would highly recommend Fresca to anyone, even if it is for a date on a budget (not too pricy). I will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Ceviche!
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    You must try the ceviche at Fresca, and there are several choices to select from, including sampler combinations. All of the food is great and this is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The noise level is too high, but that seems to be "normal" these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, lackluster ambience
    Foxette
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    From previous reviews I was expecting something a bit more upmarket so was surprised by the lack of street appeal and slightly tired decor inside. Asked a couple of questions about the wine and the waitress (who was lovely) didn't really know anything about the wine but quickly offered a taste. The food was very good, but the overall experience was just brought down a bit by the (lack of) ambience (week day lunch so only about 4 other diners) and interior. Probably a good choice if your only requirement is getting something quick and tasty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peruvian Find
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This place is great whether you are looking for a great fish place or want a nice piece of meat. On my last visit I had a meat entree which was outstanding and this time my friend and I each had fish. Both were outstanding. We each had a different dessert and both were fantastic as well.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet