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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
  • Email: info@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
  • "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
  • "I am a vegetarian and love the vegetarian dish which is like a curry, (The other vegetarian dish has cheese, which I do not eat)"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Peruvian food at its best. Nice selection of very different dishes. Our guests always enjoy visiting Fresca."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We went to the West Portal location for lunch on New Year's Day. I had the Peruvian version of a paella, which was excellent. My wife had the crab sandwich and said that it was very good. Reasonable prices."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "I've eaten at Fresca for many years now and find everything to be exemplary ! Fresca serves a fabulous roasted chicken with salad and fries that you can't beat. Staff is helpful and friendly. It's on my go to list for West Portal"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Too many tables in such a small, hot room. Couldn't hear ourselves think. We didn't even finish our first drink before we had to leave."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Two of the three dishes were disappointing. They were dishes I've had before and they have definitely degraded in quality. I don't think I will come back."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food was very good, but one of the noisiest restaurants I've been to. It was also very cold as they don't seem to have any heating and it was a freezing night.. the table they reserved for us was right at the front door with blasting cold air every time the door opened, and another table that we waited for in the back was just as cold. Everyone seemed to have kept their jackets and scarves on throughout the meal."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This was a great little spot for dinner with friends. I had the seafood stew that included lots of prawns plus potatoes, corn, and a wonderful cream sauce. YUM!! One of my dining companions is vegan, and our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful in finding her something she could enjoy. My only negative comment was that they were out of chicken the night we were there, as well as the Peruvian wine we wanted to try. (We made due and everything we ordered was delicious!) I would definitely go back again--especially for another bowl of that stew!!"
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "We always have a really good meal here! Wait staff know what they're doing. They're efficient, knowledgeable and very nice. The food arrives hot, excellent portions, and delicious. We had yummy lamb chops, mouthwatering, super fresh salmon with a squid ink risotto that was fantastic, and sweet, briny oysters served with excellent mignonette. It's the first place we think of when we feel like solid restaurant experience."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Lucky enough to be able to walk to Fresca, West Portal, San Francisco. Always good food, attentive wait staff. Lunches are very reasonable and dinners are equal to "special occasion". Everything i've tried on this menu is always good."
    Dined on 3/6/2013
  • "Love this neighborhood restaurant. The music was very loud but the hostess turned it down for us."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "The staff works really hard but the kitchen is really slow. Food is good"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Warning when making a reservation, they will seat walk-ins if you are not checked in prior to your reservation time. We had to wait over 30 minutes for our table and we checked in five minutes before our reservation time. The table that was vacant was given to walk-ins."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We have always had a great meal here. The halibut is delicious. The Toro salad (steak or chicken) is delicious. The stewed chicken with rice is delicious. The trout is delicious. Do you see a pattern here??? Go to Fresca!!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I came here with my girlfriend late at night. I made the opentable reservation at 9.20pm for 9.30pm and we made it. At this time you don't have to pay for parking Meters and it is really convenient parking at West Portal. Food was really good. I had the salmon and my girlfriend the pulled pork. We were sharing and we both liked it. Awesome quatity of food and 5 stars in my opinion."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "I have been looking at this place for awhile and decided I needed to try it. Getting tired of boring italian, pub fare, and the like. Fresca is so close to my house and I enjoyed it. I started out with the sangria, which was prefect, then a tuna/coconut ceveche whith was really really good. I then moved on to a tuna main with purple mashed potatoes. I have to say I enjoy my meal and this is coming from someone who is picky and not into new things. I was happy I finally convinced myself to give Fresca a try."
    Dined on 10/11/2013