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Fresca - West Portal
Fresca - West Portal
  • Address:
    24 West Portal Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94127
    Neighborhood:
    Forest Hill / West Portal
  • Cuisine:
    Peruvian
    Price: $30 and under

Fresca - West Portal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 759-8087
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ulloa-Vicente
  • Parking: No
A word from Fresca - West Portal
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 creationsContinued
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a lovely dinner to celebrate my son's birthday. My other son doesn't eat much seafood but there were enough choices for him as well. We all loved our dinner!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The West Portal Fresca is particularly noisy and cramped but the food, especially all manner of seafood, is top notch. The whole fried fish (pescado a lo macho) was a particular standout. Between apps and main courses we waited what seemed like a very long time (probably had to do with the table of 12 next to us) and since we had brought in one bottle of wine and ordered another I thought it would have been a really nice gesture to waive the corkage. No dice. The wine list here is an afterthought but the prices are reasonable (a straight 100% markup). $18 corkage. We'll be back but maybe early or late on a weeknight. Prime time weekend is way too noisy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in San Francisco: small & friendly informal atmosphere, fascinating food, interesting wines, good neighborhood, easy to reach, nice people."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Thank you for the great food and perfect service. Will see you soon."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Went for a Sunday lunch and food was good but not as good as when I went during the weekday. The service on a busy Sunday afternoon was terrible. Only 2 waiters who busing the tables, taking phone orders, serving the food, taking orders and bagging leftovers. Took 15 minutes to get our check and our waters were never refilled. For a Zagat rated restaurant, please make sure you have enough staff especially on the weekends."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I personally think the food is better at the Noe Valley location."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went to Fresca on Fillmore a couple of times. West Portal location is so much better. Better service and food. Didn't feel rush and enjoyed the El Toro Steak (salad) and Arroz Con Mariscos (paella). We ordered half of carafe of Sangria and was surprised they almost filled the pitcher to the top! Wonderful dinner!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This our 2nd time to this location West Portal. The food is very flavorful, light and tasty. all the dish were good. this time the ceviche was a little to lemon-strong--last time was good. If we want to eat Peruvian food, we will go back again."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Visited on a busy Friday night; thankful to get a reservation at exactly the time I wanted. Ceviche, a regular favorite was served without the usual plaintain chips or any other crisp. And no explanation... How odd. When I asked I was told they didn't have the plaintain chips tonight. Even more odd for a Peruvian restaurant, don't' you think? Overall the food was still good, better than most places. With better service, I would have ordered an additional glass of wine, too. But the waitstaff never asked if I'd like another glass, so I decided to spend that 12-15$ elsewhere."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I always enjoy the Peruvian slant to the food, even the crab and avocado sandwich, which rocks."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Every dish surpassed the last. Peruvian tapas the way they should be made with creativity and inspiration. The Ceviches were perfect, especially the tuna with coconut milk."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Starter: Ceviche w fish, shrimp, baby octopus, nicely spiced, a hint of tamarin plus a surprising bit of cooked sweet potato finishes off the best ceviche. Entree:perfectly seared ahi tuna, a bed of nicely seasoned, purple mashed potatoes. Finished w a complexly spiced, somewhat sweet & sour papaya salsa. Dessert: extremely dense flan, expertly caramelized sugar & tres leche ice cream -- the only thing missing was something to sop up the remaining caramelized sugar and ice cream from the plate. Nice shopping neighborhood gem, steps from train-stop easy to downtown. From bar, saw beautifully plated braised chicken, ripe plantains, bouillabaisse & other Peruvian favorites, a teaser for my next trip."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food was really nicely presented, but nothing extremely special about the quality or taste of the dishes. I remembered the food being more flavorful. The service was disappointing. There seemed to be a decent number of waiters, but it took forever for any one of them to come by to get our orders and once our food came, they never came back to see if we wanted anything else. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We love Fresca. Terrific Peruvian food. Wonderful ceviche (many kinds) and great fish dishes. It gets pretty loud (as most places are) so not great for a large group if you want to talk with each other."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Local little place on West Portal. Food is great; service OK. The only real problem I have is that it is literally too small. The tables are way too close together, so it's hard to get into or out from your seat. Kids are welcome, so if you are sitting next to a table with kids, you are subject to hearing all the things parents often say to keep them in their seats and eating throughout the time they and you are there. I love children, but what happened to babysitters? It's clear to me that parents would prefer to be in these tiny restaurants without their kids just as much as I would. I advise they order a "take-out" meal and enjoy the delicious food at home. I'd like to return for any one of the entrees in a more spacious kid-free scene."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The ceviche mixto was very tasty and overall the dinner very pleasant. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was good but the service was poor, the waiter was not courteous and was away most of the time even though the restaurant was not crowded. Not a single smile or friendly gesture came out of him."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The staff is always right on top of things without being bothersome. Very polite, courteous & friendly."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Found small pieces of plastic in my meal. The salad came with canned crab. Wish they would have stated that on the menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went to Fresca with a couple who we recently met. It was quiet in the beginning but got increasingly noisy. It was hard to hold a conversation. My husband loves chicken and usually orders it. He has had the half chicken three times and twice it came luke warm. Not a good idea for chicken. I had the Seared Ahi Tuna with Purple Potatoes and it was very good. Our friends liked their trout and seafood dishes .We will go back but won't order the chicken again:-("
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Four of us paid our first visit recently to Fresca. The woman at the door was friendly but asked for my name three times. I don't know if she understood English well but this was off-putting. We were seated at a window table which was nice. But the tables are so close together that it was difficult to get to our table. I ordered the steak salad with a cilantro dressing. The dish was very good. My companions liked their meals as well. I would return again but for the cramped setting."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have been eating here for years and the food and services never disapoint. Generous portions and delicious food. The lamb chops are so....good!!! The Halibut is equally delicious too. In fact I have yet to find a dish that I did not like. The Staff is friendly and very helpful. I recommend you try this restaurant. Go out of your way, it is worth it. Queen"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Had the ceviche quartro and the seared tuna, both fantastic. My friend had the trout and the diver scallops, both really liked there meals, and we all agreed we'll be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Their food is a modern semi Italian twist on Peruvian food. They have delicious sangria as well! their meats are delish."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was very fresh and tasty. It seems to be better than the one on the fillmore? we were not impressed there when we went. Ceviche was very good, all appetizers were well prepared. We will go back again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Wonderful! Ceviche was great! The trio platter is remarkable! Must be coupled with sweet potato fries."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were 3 & on time for our reservation, and waited for 5 mins. for a table. But, my husband had to park blocks away, delaying us by several minutes. I was very happy that the two of us were seated immediately & the staff were pleasant & assured us there was no rush. As it turned out, within minutes every table was occupied! Wonderful, interesting menu & food presentation. Panco Crab Cakes appetizer was spicy, hot & perfect inside. We had the Fresh Bass on crusty Spinach Polenta. Excellent! Our guest had the steak tips, veggies & rice, also delicious. We had their Sangria which was not real sweet & had some nice pieces of fruit floating on top. Very good. Definitely will try it again, since every dish that passed by looked wonderful."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "A very nice neighborhood standby. The restaurant is small and therefore the tables are close together and it gets noisy. The service can be slow...but the food is consistent and the roast chicken is especially satisfying."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I've been coming here for years. The food is very good and the service friendly. The ceviche in particular is always excellent. Some of the other dishes, salads, other appetizers are more expensive than it used to be, (and portions noticeably much smaller) and occasionally the food not totally up to previous standards, but regardless, everyone always enjoys the meal. A great place to take out of town guests. NB, It is always quite noisy, so don't expect an intimate conversation."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Dinner was delicious. I had the sea bass on a risotto cake and my husband had the bouillabase. His son had the seafood stew. It was all delicious. It's noisy in the restaurant so don't expect a romantic time. We had to speak loudly to converse but the food was worth it."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My wife and I had reservations for dinner on Valentine's Day, after waiting for almost 45 minutes to be seated we were shown to a small table cramped in the corner. After sitting at our table for at least 10 minutes we were finally greeted. Our meals consisted of tough steak. With a small portion of rice, extremely disappointing experience overpriced would never recommend this place to someone I cared about."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "although we made reservation, when we arrive, there was still no table, we had to wait another 30min so whats the point of making reservation?!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "My Only complaint was that we sat by the door and the people outside waiting for a table were giving us dirty looks, I felt that we needed to eat quickly and I was a little uncomfortable. Perhaps a curtin, partition or wall if some sort."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This Peruvian restaurant is affordable and delicious. The dishes have the most intersting flavors. The staff is attentive but not obtrusive.. We had a great time."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Fresca West Portal is my family's favorite birthday celebration dinner spot."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I enjoy entertaining my friends at Fresca. The food is authentically Peruvian, and each time that I have been there, I have been treated well by the staff."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Every time is a GREAT time at Fresca! I have been here more than a handful of times and am never disappointed with my overall experience. The staff is service oriented; the food is delicious and it's always a good time. The ceviche mixto is one of my favorites!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Fresca has fantastic food from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. Their ceviche samplers is a super way to get started. Small plates but plenty for a party of 4 to taste up to four of their 8 variations. The entrees were creative and very enjoyable. And the dessert menu has some fantatic gems, the rice pudding and the shortbread cookies, wow! Only drawback is it is loud and difficult to have a table conversation."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have had this dish before and it was very tasty. This time a bit salty. The noise level made it extremely to talk and conversation was almost non-existent. It was a favorite of my guest, but I think in the future I will try and go there earlier or later, during the dinner hour or after work just wasn't good this time. The service as always was good."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We were 5 adults and sampled many things. Appetizers bad, entrees very good, desserts excellent. Extremely noisy when full."
    Dined on 1/12/2014