1469 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107Neighborhood:
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
PeruvianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.mochicasf.com/
- Phone: (415) 278-0480
- Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-6pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
- 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
34 reviews since July 24, 2014
- Ambiance3.6Noise LevelEnergetic
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (8)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (2)romantic (2)great for lunch (2)special occasion (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
- great new restaurant for Potrero HillActiviqiDined on 11/16/2014Excellent restaurant, the food delicious and different, the service warm and attentive. Our waitress was great. The brunch was wonderful and I plan to return for dinner to enjoy the more Peruvian dishes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- big hit!fun2BmeVIPDined on 11/15/2014Just the braised rabbit was worth the price of admission in itself!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neighborhood gemHannaVIPDined on 11/8/2014Small plates rock -service needs to get better-we ordered five small plates & asked them to space them -they brought them all at one time -some got cold. Had to read the menu with a flashlight -little dark in dining area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New spot and great tunaOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/6/2014Living in the area, we were excited to see the doors open. My husband and I went in and ordered several items off the menu - the food overall was great, the tuna tartar was excellent! A bit much for a Wednesday night, but would be back for sure for the tuna (the crab cake was great too!)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, really poor servicemegregVIPDined on 10/31/2014The tasty food and quality drinks don't make up for the incredibly "lacking" service. Our waitress didn't know what several of the ingredients in the dishes were (inexcusable!), took one person's drink order than turned and walked away as the second person was ordering, the list goes on... There are tons of servers and wait staff milling around, but not a lot is getting done. I'd go back for the drinks and sit at the bar to hopefully avoid this poor experience.Special Features:
- Noisy and trendyBirdbrainDined on 10/30/2014Food was interesting but erratic. Service was terrible. The waitress forgot our orders and mixed them up. But the main reason I would 't go back was the horrendous noise level. Hard services on the walls create that buzz that so many people like. Not me. The décor is beautiful, the concept is good, and the neighborhood needed a good restaurant at that corner. But I and my fellow diners would not go back. Plus. It's not open for lunch.Special Features:
- Good food. Service...first week :(DaWinDined on 10/28/2014I start with the negative aspect: the service was a nightmare. We waited 25 min for water, another 15 for wine, they brought the dishes in wrong order, we waited for every course about 30 minutes....I can go on an on. They were nice but not organized at all. BUT to their defense: It was their first week in Potrero. I give them another 2-3 weeks and be back because it is a GREAT place with nice food. We had causas with tuna, scallop appetizer, fish ceviche, Aji de Gallina, quinoa salad and Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Everything was good, not outstanding but good. The Fish ceviche lacked spice and sauce on the salad was too sweet. Must try: the wine and the scallop appetizer.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pricy food, tiny portions, skip itOpenTablelover2014VIPDined on 10/22/2014A few facts, entirely dispassionate: - waitress asks verbatim: " would you like sparkling water or is still ok?" Answer, "still is fine". Waitress brings a small bottle of still water and charges 5 dollars. - Calamari appetizer (13 dollars) consists of 3 tiny calamari tentacles and a spoonful of mashed potatoes. Really not enough to be shared. - Entree menu with limited selections. Only 1 chicken option (shredded). - The beef entree (19 dollars) topped with french fries also modest size. I am not a big eater, but I left very hungry. - Glass of wine from 10 to 13 dollars. Be aware that they only serve you a sip, 100ml or less for that price. I live in the neighborhood and was hoping for a new dining option. This isn't one.
- Very niceRumberaDined on 10/21/2014The restaurant is very nice and service is great. Only downside is that the "to share" ("para compartir") portions are in no way to share: they feed one person only. I guess it is just a matter of changing the heading in the menu to "para empezar" and "para degustar" or something like thatSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MochicafoodalinaDined 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
- AbsolutelyeddieksfDined 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.