1469 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107Neighborhood:
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
PeruvianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.mochicasf.com/
- Phone: 4152780480x
- Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-6pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Executive Chef: Carlos Altamirano
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
- Catering: Please contact Eric Canupp for more details
- Special Events: Please contact Eric Canupp for more details
A word from Mochica
San Francisco’s critically acclaimed Mochica, the home of Peruvian Fusion, has moved to a new and larger location, now in the Mission (Potrero Hill). Long considered one of San Francisco's best kept secrets, Chef Carlos Altamirano prominently features the unmistakable touch of Peru, with the distinct flavors of regional spices in every dish; yet with unexpected and delightful twists. Come and experience the new Mochica with its large open kitchen, 2 private dining rooms and a full bar plus pisco bar. We’re confident that you’ll have a memorable good time!Continued
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Mochica reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since June 23, 2014
- Ambiance3.6Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (4)vibrant bar scene (3)good for groups (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
- MochicaOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/18/2014The food is so great and the place is really vibrant and fun!!It's a title loud and more of a grown up place, date night, dinner, or drink and appetizers place than a kid friendly restaurant.It is a little loud but not to the point where you couldn't here. There are also community tables so nice if you are eating solo.Special Features:
- Mochica! Mochica! What happened?SFDINERVIPDined on 10/18/2014As fans of Mochica on Harrison St., we have been anxiously awaiting their re-opening, albeit in a different location. What a disappointment! The Tuna Tartare was cloyingly sweet and had so much gristle, we had a hard time tearing the meat away from the white strings. The Cebiche was just okay - it was significantly better at the Harrison location. We shared the Seafood Paella, but after putting the bowl of paella on the table while we were in the middle of eating our appetizers, the server also neglected to give us plates or a spoon to dish the paella up. The paella had a fair amount of seafood but 3 clam shells - no clams. The flavor was spicy, just one note and needed salt. Service was lacking. We will wait a few months and try again.
- Neighborhood newcomerSuzeqDined on 10/17/2014We went on the second day of business and had a lovely time. The pisco Sours were great! We loved the octopus appetizer especially! It is a nice new lively addition to our neighborhood!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New neighborhood restaurantgrayDined on 10/17/2014considering this was only the second night they were open, everything went amazingly well. We were greeted at the door with a glass of champagne. The place looks great and the service is friendly. They are a few things to work out in terms of service and food being a bit more evenly flavorful. I think it's heading for 5 stars!Special Features:
- Need to iron out their kinksItellitlikeitisDined on 10/17/2014Passion fruit Pisco sour was good. Octopus dish good. Tuna tartare needs more flavor. I will give them one more chance after they work out their issues
- AbsolutelyOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/16/2014A worthy follow up to the old one and a much better location (besides being two blocks away versus a mile). Excellent food, great taste, good service, although if one more person asks "how is everything," i might wince (yeabut, opening night can be a challenge).. A worthy competitor to Limon, a bit expensive, but then we broke our rule of only one appetizer and no dessert (cranky cheap 71 yr old foodie here). Also we could have made a full meal of small plates instead of two big ones (again, first visit) like we do at Limon.Special Features:
- The following 624 reviews are from the Mochica reviews archive.
- FantasticMichaelDonnerVIPDined on 2/19/2014This is my fourth visit. It is convenient to my office and I have begun meeting friends. If you like Tapas, you are going to love this place. Every bite leaves you looking forward to the next one. I think I’ve had most of the menu by now, and no disappointments.Special Features:
- Symphony of flavors from PeruOrlandoDined on 2/15/2014We had been trying to make it to Mochica for a while, and finally we did, and we are so lucky that we could get a good seat, start early our dinner and be treated to a wonderful array of Peruvian specialties, in the interpretation of chef Carlos Altamirano. The cebiche, the Seco de Cordero (Yummm!), the Pargo, everything was delicious. We highly recommend this hidden jewel of San Francisco's culinary scene.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great ceviche and sangriaChicagotoSanFranChickDined on 2/1/2014We lived everything we ate. Very different flavors!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Peruvian restaurant in the BayFoodieDined on 1/25/2014I've gone here at least 10 times and they are always consistent. Service is always great and the food is always delicious. Can't beat their huge made to order empanadas and their Palta Rellena (chicken stuffed avocado) is to die for!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Especially these days it'sSuperbDined on 1/24/2014Especially these days it's hard to find a last minute restaurant availability. This one always delivers. Great Small plates. Quiet armosphere. All the dishes are special.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't let the neighborhoodDavidVIPDined on 1/12/2014Don't let the neighborhood dissuade you .. this is one of the best Peruvian restaurants in San Francisco.Special Features:
- Another wonderful mealrenodeanVIPDined on 1/2/2014OK, so I've been here before and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it even more this time! I could live off of the fried garbanzo bean appetizer that is served at the table!!! The food is wonderful and the service is great. I try to get there early as I like to eat early. Don't know how crowded it gets later on but I would imagine it gets packed. Always a few tables filled when I get there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cold, bland food, cold restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 12/8/2013It was 30 degrees outside during the unusual cold spell in December 2013. My reservation specifically asked for a "warm, quiet table." But their heat wasn't working. They could have told me that when they called me to confirm my reservation that morning. They chose not to. When our group arrived, I again asked for table in a warm spot of the restaurant. The hostess gave me a strange look and didn't say anything. Then she pointed to a table across the room. Again, when she had an opportunity to tell me that their heat wasn't working, she said nothing. Only when I asked for the heat to be turned up, did she tell me that the heat was broken. (It was about 60 degrees in there.) Shrimp's garlic sauce tasted like it was Campbell's Soup.
- Small Place... Great FoodJaneenVIPDined on 11/20/2013We loved the food, but with the place being so small, we waited 45 minutes past our reservation time to finally get a table. It was worth the wait, but be prepared.Special Features:
- Hidden gemJVDubyaDined on 11/13/2013First visit to Mochica was about as good as I could have wanted. Menu was varied just enough and you'll love it if you're a fan of tapas/small plates. I've never had such a wide selection of ceviches, we tried 2-3 and all were tasty and well presented. Ambience was ideal and place has a sense of authenticity to being Peruvian - but not schlocky, more hipster Peruvian. The size is small to medium, which contributes to Mochica's appeal. It is a manageable environment and best of all, it was just plain fun. Not pretentious at all and a hidden gem because you'd never expect to find this type of place in this area of SF.Special Features:
- SlippingcrowbonesDined on 11/3/2013I have been to this restaurant several times as it is near my studio and easy for friends. I don't think that I would go again. Even the ambience has changed with the group table arrangement which does not work with the lighting. Food and service were fair.
- Perú as its bestEliasVIPDined on 10/25/2013We reserved at Mochica thinking that is the same owner than the Mochica in Los Angeles, which is one of our preferred restaurants. We were wrong and very happy. This Mochica is fantastic, even better than the one in LA. It is difficult to decide what was the best of the 8 different courses we selected. One thing we can tell you, it was so good that we over age, which we seldom do. The Tiraditos, anticuchos, yuca frita, chicharon de pollo all were fantastic. Finally we selected three dishes as the starts of the night: Pulpito a la parilla ( we re-order), empanadas y el insuperable cheesecake de lucuma (we re-order). Wine was Albariño. The food was fantastic, the service superb and the price just right.Special Features:
- Eclectic flavorsimitropoVIPDined on 10/3/2013Having never had Peruvian food before, I came away impressed. So many choices, all of them good!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Highly recommend this forgotten gemBKinLAVIPDined on 9/28/2013It was rated as best of SF 2006 and since then has been ranked 25 for food on Zagat but none of my SF friends seem to have been there before. SF, you've been missing out! From small plates to larger paellas, this asian-peruvian fusion restaurant is not only delicious but spans a large menu from seafood to ribs - something for everyone. PLUS, the kitchen is very accommodating to dietary restrictions - even went so far as to make a gluten-free amuse-bouche for our table. Highly recommend this forgotten gem!Special Features:
- Tasty experienceSkikaDined on 9/27/2013Excellent cuisine. I knew food was going to be great as my Peruvian friends have recommended it before. Everything we had was delicious, from cebiche to alfajores. Service and ambiance was pleasant. We had a party of 6 and had a great time!Special Features:
- The neighborhood Mochica isezachryDined on 9/19/2013The neighborhood Mochica is in isn't the best, but the food was great! My friend and I ordered the small plates, and everything came out staggered which was great because then we got to enjoy each one before the next came. Everything we had was amazing, so we will definitely be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sabor PeruMonicaDined on 9/15/2013We had a delicious meal. Ceviches were outstanding & fresh. Wine list was nice & reasonably priced. Complimentary chickpea teaser wind my award for best use of chickpeas ever. Loved the grilled octopus , beet salad & beef heart skewers. Even free parking right out front on the street.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spot on Peruvian TastesJ25BorgVIPDined on 8/30/2013This is high quality Peruvian that is traditional an delicious. Every dish we had was great! Highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wednesday night at MochicaJoeindamissionVIPDined on 8/21/2013Ceviche and small plates were awesome. The entre (peanut curry w/raisins IIRC) wasn't bad, but given the redo, I'd take more ceviche.
- Good But Small3rdAnniversaryDined on 8/16/2013While the food was tasty and the svc was good, the portion sizes were too small. We ordered lots of dishes plus dessert but we all left there needing more to eat.Special Features:
- so...we've been eating attotalfoodieVIPDined on 8/10/2013so...we've been eating at Mochica for a number of years as our go-to Peruvian restaurant for great paella and ceviche. We do love their grilled octopus as well. I have to say we were extremely disappointed, even though we did enjoy most of our dinner, the paella was a huge disappointment, small portion, a bit soupy in consistency lacking seafood and overall really missed the mark entirely. Fortunately the octopus and the fristo misto saved the evening, otherwise I think they would have lost us as a returning customer.
- ExcellentRalphDined on 8/10/2013We have been to Mochica before and liked it very much. We expect to keep coming back.Special Features:
- Beef Hearts :)VoodooDined on 7/27/2013The beef hearts are arguably the best item in the menu...tender and grilled to perfection the spicy flavors mix well with the charcoal grill. The Mochica cebiche is excellent as well...the halibut is nearly flawlessly "denatured" and served in three different spicy sauces. Not to mention the fried chick peas...Mochica is the real deal in San Francisco. Go with 6 people and order every one of the small plate selections...great food. Would prefer more choices of wine by that glass and that are more complimentary to the food. The sangria was softer than other sangria recipes and not too sweet. Order a few carafes for the table.Special Features:
- Loved it!renodeanVIPDined on 7/25/2013Never ate at a Peruvian restaurant. Was pleasantly surprised with the incredible meals. They had a lot of different small plates but I opted for the dinner plate. I had the snapper and it was incredible. My friend had 2 small plates. A crispy chicken plate and an empanada. Both excellent! We also loved the garbanzo salad that they served as a starter. That was a surprisingly incredible surprise!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fresh flavors galore!EthnicEaterVIPDined on 7/24/2013Loved the interesting combinations of flavors in all of our dishes, starting with the chick pea amuse buche (SP?). Lamb shank with mint was glorious.I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of the finest Peruvians in townOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/20/2013Peruvian cuisine is always a win! Mochica is definitely a great fit. The place is small, intimate, with nice soft lightning. The staff are extremely nice. The food is excellent. I didn't particularly like to Tuna Ceviche -Chino version- a bit too sweet for me - but that's just personal taste. I tried new stuff this time: stuffed avocado, tequeños, and the classic Aji de Gallina. Always nice to come here. Only one caveat... they don't have pisco and I really miss a Pisco Sour!!! :(Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A very enjoyable evening.KentVIPDined on 7/19/2013A very enjoyable evening. Lots of different and interesting flavors to savor. RomaticSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- much improved recentlySteveSFVIPDined on 7/14/2013I live in the neighborhood, and I went to Mochica when it first opened. I was less than impressed, but they've made some changes recently - and it's all for the better. The menu has a lot more small plates, so you can share a variety of options with your table mates. Service is attentive and efficient. The wine list is small but balanced and well-priced. The ambience is very neighborhood and comfortable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Skip the crowdsDavidVIPDined on 7/13/2013Skip the crowds at the Embarcadero restaurants and come over to this neighborhood establishment with well prepared Peruvian standards like Loma Saltado, and a diverse menu of tapas and larger dishes and service which is just attentive enough to take care while allowing you to enjoy leisurely paced meal.Special Features:
- Peruvian gemphoenix373VIPDined on 7/12/2013This is a real quality restaurant, the food was exceptional. Tried the mixed ceviche, corn salad, and Papa A La Huancaina, was exceptionally good, will go back to try more of the menu. Very understated restaurant, relaxed atmosphere and excellent service.Special Features:
- Good time and good foodfloulouVIPDined on 6/28/2013All of our food (cebiche, yucca fries, paella, platinos, quinoa salad, the portabella mushroom app, and corn cake app) was very good, and it's all great for sharing. The service was good as well (made a mistake on an order, but quickly corrected it). The restaurant itself has a small and cozy feel with the open kitchen and wooden tables. Note that they only serve beer and wine, so pisco isn't available.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ran out of ice?OpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 6/1/2013When a glass of "ice tea" and a glass of chica morada were brought to the table shortly after 7pm, the waiter accidentally spilled the tea all over the table, floor and my guest's lap. He apologized, and returned to clean it up and bring another glass but neglected to bring fresh napkins. The tea had no ice and only filled 2/3 of the glass. We asked for ice, as I noticed my chicha morada also lacked ice and was not filled to the top. The waiter apologized saying they were out of ice... maybe they could have made a run to get some bags of ice?! and filled our glasse to the top... While waiting for our entrees to arrive, the waiter asked us if we wanted to see the dessert menu... The food was not as good as B4.
- Peru in SFOpenDined on 5/29/2013Peru is our vacation destination this year. We have tasted several Peru menus in SF. Mochica is a good choice for small plates and traditional food. We particularly enjoyed the "Ceveche's" sp?Special Features:
- Peruvian findRichVIPDined on 5/29/2013Every tapa dish we had was great. The sangria was perfect with lots of fruit in the glass. What more can you ask for?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.