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  • Address:
    1457 18th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Pera Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.perasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 796-3812
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday/Sunday: 10am-3pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Irfan Yalcin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Pera Provide catering for up to 350 people.
    Please contact Sherry Wilson regarding your events and Menu options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pera
For freshness and flavor you can't go wrong by aiming for a classic Mediterranean cuisine appreciated around the world. At the heart of a Mediterranean meal is fresh quality ingredients down to the olive. Pera chooses to take that aim, and where possible we will use local farms, as well as locally grown produce. In selecting our lamb and beef cuts we strive to make grass feeding top on the list.

Add to this Pera's offering of regional breads and desserts made in-house with a full array of compatible California wines, Greek, Turkish, and domestic beers. And finally top it all off with Turkish coffee.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious, fresh cuisine - a mix of Turkish and California, with fresh veggies alongside fish, shellfish, or lamb. Also, amazingly kid-friendly too if you have a family -- our friends from Europe were with us, and smiles were easy."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Pera is great. We have been there many times and have never had anything less than a great time.The food is excellent. The people are the best. What else could you ask for."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant several times and continue to come back. The food is overall excellent. They have a good variety of appetizers, kebabs, and other tasty entrées, as well as daily specials. Where is most of the waiters here have been superior, my most recent waiter was not as thoughtful. For example he did not provide me a taste of the draft beers I was choosing between; he only described them. It seems obvious that if the beers are draft, they should provide samples. The pan fried zucchini appetizer (kabak muver) was ok - I wouldn't order again. The lamb kebabs were very tender and flavorful."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have been dining at pera since it opened several years ago and we have never once been disappointed. The menu is interesting and varied with familiar favorites as well as some unique dishes we haven't seen before. The staff is always extremely friendly and welcoming. We often bring guests from out of town to this neighborhood treasure because it is unique, unusual, and always exceptional in both food and service. Just recently discovered there Sunday brunch and will definitely be going back. Try the Harem brunch for two or more, for a little bit of just about everything. Awesome! Plenty of delicious and unique vegetarian options as well."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was good, but the portions were very small for the amount they were charging. Not sure if I would go back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a great time at Pera celebrating a birthday and reunion of friends. The food and derive were wonderful and the ambience was perfect...not too loud to talk, reminisce and catch up on each other's lives. Perfect evening."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Went there last night and had several dishes, first the zucchini cakes with a pink yogurt sauce on the side...Very tasty,wild scallops which was very good, excellent lamb kabobs and the girl had halibut which was cooked to perfection. sophisticated wine list, we had Turkish Syrah which was very very good wine, and perfect match with food. To top off the perfect meal we tried the chocolate melting cake which was out of this world. The staff were very friendly and we met the owner who are a really nice folk. We will be back since we enjoyed it so much."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Pera offer more than your regular neighborhood restaurant.is way better than your regular Mediterranean restaurants.. they menu is very interesting and diverse. food preparation and presentation is top notch. service is friendly yet top class. ambiance is warm and romantic. wine list is full with very interesting wines around the world. heirloom salad, sea food stew, Iskenderr(!) and finish with warm chocolate lava cake.. cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Delicious food and spectacular staff! Pera is the perfect addition to the restaurant strip on 18th street. I have been longing for a place to get a Turkish coffee and/or cay! The staff is very attentive and courteous. we had roasted lamb dish and salmon. both were cooked and presented outstanding. Best baklava in my life, a must for dessert!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I was visiting San Francisco from New York City, and I was very excited to go back to Pera. Unfortunately, this time the restaurant didn't deliver. I took the biggest issue with the appetizer -- curry scallops. It was under-cooked, smelled fishy, had a bitter / unpleasant taste. I don't recommend this dish. For the main entree, I had a curry chicken filo pastry. It was the only good thing during my dinner. Despite the entree, I couldn't get over the terrible appetizer. I will not be returning to Pera."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I thought that the reviews I saw on line were overrated"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This place did not disappoint! I made reservations for a date night with my fiancé and I must say that it's a perfect place for a date! Very romantic and intimate. We ordered the heirloom salata as our starter and as the main course I had their famous Pera talas boregi and my fiancé ordered the halikarnas(sea food stew). Everything was so juicy and perfectly cooked! We had such a great waiter. He was jolly and very nice. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our party of four enjoyed all of the entrees: boneless lamb shank and halibut specials, as well as the Mousakka off of the menu. The tomato salad's blended flavors were a real treat. The stuffed Turkish apricots melded flavors of the 'cots, mascarpone cheese, and cream, and and chopped pistachios--the dish was mildly sweet and built to entrance the palate, not clobber you with a huge dose of sugar. The Turkish wine was affordable and matched well with all of the dishes. Ample neighborhood parking and personable staff were nice pluses. My "Quiet" noise rating might be attributed to the fact that we dined before many other diners arrived. But even at half-capacity, normal conversation was unstrained."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "... is how the service was, despite being one of only three groups in the restaurant. The main courses were tasty, but the appetizers were far overpriced for their size (the spanakopita, for instance, was only two small pieces). Finally, we were hurried out even though the restaurant was technically open for another 20 minutes and no other diners were waiting. We would not return, especially given all the other good options in the neighborhood, and are surprised that it has such a high rating."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Wednesday night they have great half off price on all wines. we got Neyers zin for around $29, which was one of the best zin ever had... ..I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to pop into Pera when we've eaten our way up and down this stretch. Nice, clean, bright, cheerful ambiance inside (looks small from the outside but the restaurant stretches back). Additional sidewalk tables outside.. ..I ordered the Bird's Nest, a vegetarian dish of tomatoes, olives, peppers, onions, and cream cheese layered between sheets of phyllo dough and served on a small pool of spicy tomato sauce. AMAZING! My carnivorous companion got the lamb an chicken shish kebabs, which he said were great, but after trying a bite of my dish he was instantly jealous."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Yesrerday was my first Pera experience , it was such a nice atmosphere and friendly service.i had PERA TALAS BOREGI which is stuffed phyllo dough with chicken and vegetables, coconut curry sauce underneath.Thinly sliced apple and blackcurrant on top. Pera is definitely worth to try."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Love this place So far LIKES : Iskender , halikarnas , wild scallops , piyaz.50% off bottle of wines every wednesday DISLIKES : None"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I've been in Pera twice and this was my first visit with opentable reservation. We had dinner at Pera with close friend of mine, she was as surprise as me first time she started to taste mezes. We had flaming cheese saganaki(my favorite!)and pan seared curry scallops. Couldn't decide which one was better. Then because my friend really want to try it, we shared a mousakka as our main course which I wasn't big fan of it till yesterday. I guess I've never had the good one before. That white bechamel sauce on the top was so tasty, flavorful and not heavy at all. We crossed the line and finished our dinner with another meze; spanakopita. I also really impressed by rich wine list. Next time we'll try their weekend brunch. God bless Pera!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Pera offers an authentic Mediterranean menu in a great location in Potrero Hill. I tried the Talas Boregi, phyllo dough stuffed with chicken and vegetables, and was delighted with the presentation and wonderful flavor. The servers are friendly and hospitable and make you feel very welcome during your dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My friends and I found this place one sunday morning.We were there around 12 pm and the place was packed.We ordered Harem Style , Prasopita and Poached.They were all great , especially Harem Style is to die for Food was amazing so was the friendly, kind service 5 star place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My friends and I discovered Pera about a week ago and we got hooked up.Everything about the restaurant is just great .service, food and ambience.I recommend it to anybody who likes Turkish Food or wants to try something new..."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is my to-go restaurant to bring guests around in San Francisco. Great ambiance, outstanding service, wonderful flavors. zucchini cakes are simply delicious! The meatballs were in such a delicious spicy tomato sauce and were excellently spiced themselves...we used our bread to mop up all the sauce. The heirloom salad was fresh and bright, taste wonderful. Place very open, with the business dinner table, but yet can be romantic. customer service was top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant to my friends, and I will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Very good Mediterranean food. We like this place a lot ."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Turkish and Greek specialties - and not the Usual Things you see on such menus. The Borek was delicious, as was the heirloom salad and the salmon. The yoghurt dessert was excellent. We especially enjoyed a bottle of Turkish Sauvingnon Blanc (Majestik) - delicious and intriguing. The atmosphere is lovely, with high ceilings and understated and lovely decor, and it was blissfully quiet (this was on a Saturday evening from 6-7:30 pm). a real find."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "you got the feeling as soon as you walking in to place, beautifully designed. staff greets you very genuine and warm. food quality was beyond my thoughts. everything taste so fresh. I had heirloom salad(must try!!!!!) and halikarnas(sea food stew). both dish seasoning, preparation , taste was just perfect. kudos to owners , staff. look forward to take my friends and family there soon. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We have had dinner here many times & always enjoy the food. Everytime we bring a new group here they are hooked on Pera"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were in San Francisco for a special occassion, but I hadn't been to Protrero Hill in decades. Finding Pera was indeed a nice surprise. All of the food at Pera was at least very good if not outstanding. The Berogi was the best of the five entrees we tried. The lamb and chicken shish Kebabs were on this case a little overcooked and dry, but the flavors were still outstanding - from what we understand the kebabs are usually among the best items on the menu. The appetizers including the mussels, dolma and flaming cheese (I'm forgetting the name) were outstanding. The baklava was the best of the desserts. We would return without hesitation."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Watching the vibrant neighborhood scene is fun from the window seat. Service was attentive and offered good information on the menu. Food was flavorful and warm, trending mostly toward Turkish. had a lamb on eggplant dish. It works for a neighborhood stop."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Wonderful first experience at Pera, and exceeded our expectations. Food was better than expected, with typical Mediterranean dishes having their own special twists. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The waiter was nice when he finally came around. The food was very bland and boring. Won't be back. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Going out for mediterranean food is something special (not like going for a burger)....Pera turns that around. The menu is broad and the food is both healthy and quality. I had the Lamb Burger......and it was very good (short of excellent because of the bun......which was ordinary) virtually no grease at all. We had dolmas and hummus both again very good. And the salads at Pera are wonderful. Will go back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was a terrific dining experience. The food was fantastic and beautifully presented, our waiter was warm, funny, proficient, and gave excellent advice when asked (and not until). Hard to imagine how our evening at Pera could have been better."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I took two newbies to one of my favorite sites, it was very good, as always."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "and invited them to Pera. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. We had a very enjoyable dinner and our friends were very impressed. Would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Menu not as interesting as last visit several years ago."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food was so delicious. Can't wait to return! We went for brunch and was not disappointed. The view and the attention given was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "For the price of this food, the service was not so great. The staff was friendly, but overall I think they were short staffed for the evening."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Would not commute but brunch was good. Had baked egg dish - "spicy sausage" tasted like rubbery salami. Bread was excellent. Lots of small plates for tasting (humus, greek yogurt, feta, etc) were fun to try. Medit salad (cucumber, tomato, etc) needed lots of salt."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The lamb kofte was insanely good. Scallops were tender and buttery. The lamb chops were divine. Can't wait to go back to pera."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took a large group to Pera for my birthday dinner - it was the perfect spot. The restaurant accommodated a reservation for 16, then was happy to scale down when we had some last-minute cancellations. The staff was friendly and responsive, the food was delicious, and the price was reasonable. We also tried their wine list, and got a great bottle! We ordered it for the... unusual name (not fit to print) and were surprised by how delicious it was! I'd definitely recommend Pera for parties large and small (they also ran a bunch of credit cards for us, which was very kind of them). Bonus: it's a short (though uphill) walk from the 22nd Street Caltrain Station!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014