Poquito
Poquito

Poquito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.poquitosf.com/
  • Phone: 4156433900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 3:00PM - 9:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: Poquito's bar features two TV's for sports fans. Come by to watch the game.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Public Transit: T-Line: Muni stop across the street on Third Street and 20th Street. Muni stops for the 22 and 48 at Third Street and 20th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is usually available on Third Street or around the corner on Tennessee Street
A word from Poquito
Serving Latin American comfort food, Poquito is a tapas style restaurant serving traditional Ecuadorian and Spanish dishes along with Latin-inspired specialty cocktails, seasonal specials, white and red sangria, beer, wine, etc. Stop by for a late lunch or for our Happy Hour from 4-7 pm daily. The full high-end bar, features a wide selection of Latin American spirits ranging from tequila and mezcal to rum, cachaça and pisco, handmade mixes, exotic ingredients, signature margaritas and pisco sours. Located in historic Dogpatch, Poquito has a fun, welcoming neighborhood feel and reasonable prices. The selection of small plates, finger food and individual entrees offer a different take on tapas based on traditional South American dishes and family recipes. Come in and share!
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Poquito reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance2.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (3)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Poquito is like family
    MikeC
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have only been twice, but this has to be my top hang-out bar/restaurants in Dogpatch. Both experiences, the server was outstanding (Mark and then Richard). The food is not epicurean, but it is a cut above the usual Tapas/Latin fare and served with enthusiasm. This is a must try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poquito More, Por Favor
    Y2mckay
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Took the wife for dinner the other night. Our server, Mark, was very polite and attentive and took the time to learn our names and go over menu choices. Food was very tasty - she had Churrasco, I had the cuban sandwich. They also had a nice selection of specialty cocktails, mostly with Tequila and Rum but some Rye choices as well. No street parking right out front so had to park around the back side of the block but not too bad at all. Definitely a good place to grab a bite and drinks before a game at AT&T park or, like we did, before a show at Bottom of the Hill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Ok
    Salsero65
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Stopped by for dinner on my way to local salsa venue. When I came in I noticed bar full of people but dining area completely empty. Staff very friendly but service was slow. Ordered several appetizers that were decent....but not good enough to make me want to come back. Also had samosas that tasted very watered down.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcoming environment/great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The entire staff at Poquito is welcoming, pleasant and helpful. Questions about drinks or items on the menu are fully answered. The owner/chef has a passion for the cuisine and it is evident in the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We had called ahead to see if we could bump our reservation by 30 mins. and given the okay. We waited about 15 mins. and then it was suggested we wait at the bar for another 20; cicjtails were good. Food was interesting but not over the top amazing, though our young waiter was nice and attentive. Wine list is minimal, yet not inexpensive; $55 for an Albarino. The dining area is small and very dark, not promoting a festive experience. Unfortunately, it did not have the WOW factor needed for a return visit; 4 dinners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific find
    gourmetgalVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I've recently returned from Ecuador and wanted to revisit a few of my favorite dishes from my trip. So I was thrilled when my Open Table search turned up a place that not only made them but had gotten great reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening from the first bite of toasted corn to the last of the guava empanada. Many of the plates are easy to share so you can try many items in one sitting. The cocktails are fabulous, too. I'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Very very average restaurant. The service was very far from acceptable. Was hoping for more.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance2.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 87 reviews are from the Poquito reviews archive.
  • In general the food was good,
    FoodieWannaBeVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    In general the food was good, though there was a little too much fried foods and the empanada was overly-salt. The fish tacos were great!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed this undiscovered spot
    RMFG
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great waiter--v. helpful--a little to loud w/the music but got used to it--food was good but limited selection of tapas--recommend the ceviche and the spiced garbanzo beans--no problem w/parking--a plus
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dinner at Poquito!
    NMH1
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Poquito offers a truly delicious array of Latin American dishes, from small plates to entrees. The service is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We've been here a few times now, and we have not been disappointed with a single dish. The empanadas are a house specialty and are certainly the best I've had in the city. This time, we ordered the steak entree on the menu, and it was the best steak I've had in SF. The cocktails and beer & wine list are also quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the food, small svc issues
    SalsabyJake
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I met a friend there at 6:30 on a Thursday and the place was not crowded at all, so it was perfect for conversation. They have a nice bar and table seating up some stairs. If crowded, it would probably be noisy. We ordered coquetas and the maduros for appetizers, Fritada tacos and chicken sandwich for main. We liked all the food, but the waitress got the order wrong and brought the chicken platter we inquired about, rather than the chicken sandwich we actually ordered. In the end they took off one of the appetizers to compensate us for this, and for the record they offered to take the platter back and supply the sandwich, but we were short on time. The one waitress was a little spotty on checking if we needed anything.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas
    kimber
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great place for a social dinner with shared dishes - the Churrasco was particularly tasty! Cocktails are also unique and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found the abiance too dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Found the abiance too dark and plain. Like eating in large closet. Waitress was nice but took multiple requests to get several items. Hibiscus Mimosas were delicious. Food was good but not outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Plates variety
    cbozo
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I enjoyed the selection of tapas which were offered. Most notable: camarones al mojo, red snapper taco, patatas bravas and sangria. We had a reservation but the dining room was closed for a private party. They accommodated us at the only table in the bar. Our service person Ella was personable and attentive. The restaurant only serves 2 red wines, although 5 are listed on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poquito gives a lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Came to this restaurant on a Yelp rating. Excellent drinks at the bar, then met three friends for dinner. Food was excellent. Kitchen was slow and the waitress forgot a couple of things we ordered including a botched drink order. The second round of drinks were not as strong as the first. There was one very loud woman in the place and the noise she made was intolerable. It was like there were 10 yelling people in the restaurant, but it was because the acoustics were very poor in there. Too many reflective surfaces. Finally she left and the place became civilized and we were able to understand our dinner guests at the table. I think the restaurant personnel should be aware that loud people make the place unfriendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a tiny bit of effort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    The food was great esp the chorizo sliders, the red snapper and the ceviche. Watch out for the potato pancakes, they can get a bit droopy. The waiter was attentive and called us by our first names even if he forgot a couple of things. However, what Poquito really needs is some kind of noise absorption material. There were only a few tables full (it was a Monday night) but it sounded like a full on cocktail party with 100 guests
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night group fun
    Kalpesh
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Friend in town visiting, needed something fun and close to chocolate lab (dessert) for 8 friends. Poquito was perfect. Sangria was delic, helped loosen the group up. Drinks, lively conversation, excellent flavored dishes. Service was solid, we were just out to have a good time, didn't feel rushed, the bill was brought out when we wanted. Recommend the mushroom epanadas, and the soyrizo (veggie) sliders. And only a block walk around the corner to Chocolate Lab for dessert. Tons of ample parking around 3rd and 22nd as well in the dogpatch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is terrible
    MrRomanVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I was a reservation here for 3, showed up at the restaurant which was essentially empty. The bartender told us to wait for someone to seat us. We waited for 5 minutes, no one came. I went back to the bartender and asked if we should seat ourselves, she said yes. We go to sit down and immediately another employee shows up and said the tables are reserved in an extremely rude fashion. We ask if the next table over is reserved, same rude response. At that point in time, we decided to check out another restaurant instead of giving money to a restaurant with such horrible service. To be honest, it really seemed like the person didn't have any interest in serving us. In my 7 years in SF, I've never had such a bad experience.
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  • Waiter this time was mediocre,
    Dani
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Waiter this time was mediocre, but the overall care and attendance from the staff made it the usual warm, inviting experience. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great drinks-when we could get them
    codyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    PRO: We had some wonderful food! I always enjoy the food! The drinks are out of this world love love love them. Cons: Waiter was too busy...he also was not attentive. We tried to flag him down to order food. He came and bussed our drinks but did not ask if we wanted to order more drinks...we did. He was a lone so I dont blame him but I can not give more than one star for his lack of attention. We would have order two or three rounds of more drinks. In addition to that it took FOREVER to make the drinks once we ordered them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Poquito
    PariVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    The waiter at Poquito was super friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, fresh and so tasty. Owner was very attentive. Over all a Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, GREAT SERVICE!
    SacredCow
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Not very crowded. Food very good. What sets this place apart is the way they make you feel: SPECIAL. Taken care of. Important and otherwise mayoral-like. In this supposed service economy so many have forgotten what it means to really take care of your customers. Not so at Poquito. They truly did not miss a beat. Awesome selection of specialty cocktails...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem off the beaten path...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    There aren't a lot of restaurants to choose from in the Dogpatch, but they are all solid, and it took us a while to venture beyond our regular jaunts to Serpentine and Piccino. When we finally walked a few steps further to check out Poquito, I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised. Not only was our server a doll, the owner, Richard, came by to speak to us during our dinner and explain the dishes and the concept of the restaurant, which made it all the more intimate of an experience. Food exceeded expectations, as there is a lot more thought and care that goes into the food and drink than you might notice at first look.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, interesting
    dmomVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Excellent service, interesting dishes with a twist on the ordinary, and best of all, phenomenal cocktails, with generous pours and great pricing. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    ABarajas
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Could not be happier with the food and service! Great drinks as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip Latin food
    BigSpoon
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Good favors. Mediocre execution. Some things were good. House made bitters. But, Seagrams ginger ale. The texture of the fritata was off. Get empanadas and Cubano. The rest can be skipped. The mixed drinks are made well. Skip the sangria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What I A Find
    SFAcadia
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I was looking for a new dining experience and I wanted to explore the Dog Patch area. I found Poquito on the Internet and made a reservation. The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic and even the parking was convenient. I will be back and I am bringing friends with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mexican food!
    JacqueVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    The food was really good but the person running the place was not very switched on as far as customer service. No eye contact and clearly not very passionate about what he is doing! I will go back again for the food but this place needs to have warmer welcome if they expect customers to get attached to this place and return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, very good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Great service, very good food. We went early on a Saturday evening, the place was not too crowded but should have been. Surprisingly they have a really good gluten free menu. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The space has been spiffed
    SusieZVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The space has been spiffed up a bit since they opened - large mirrors on a dark brown wall on the second level warm the space, as does a charming antique cabinet. The bar area is, of course, graved by a flat screen tv. The cheese stuffed potato pancakes were rich and delicious, the chips addictive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'd definitely go back
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We went for an early dinner on a Saturday night, and chose Poquito. Their happy hour drink and food specials are available also from 4-7pm during the weekend. Since we hadn't been here before it worked for us to try the happy hour sized plates. I recommend the empanadas, beef, chicken, or white bean. We also enjoyed their version of a relleno, Arepa con relleno with pork fritada, green onions, white beans, and plantain. We had the best server. Matt made us feel welcome, and patiently helped us negotiate the menu. We'll go back for more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just an ok tapas place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Food was ok. Meat overcooked. Waitress nice but very distracted, didn't bring additional sauce I requested and brought us the check without asking if we wanted dessert, which we wanted but we decided then just to pay and leave.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun atmosphere but the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Fun atmosphere but the food fell short. Drinks were good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a very pleasant meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    We had a very pleasant meal here. The food was good, although I wouldn't call it great. Service was prompt and very helpful. All in all, a decent neighborhood place to get tapas. I do wish they'd update the decor a bit.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Overall experience was great the hostest was excellent I came out for my birthday and I was not dissaspointed great foid drinks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a fabulous evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    We had a fabulous evening. The waiters and waitresses could not be better. The food was excellent as well as our drinks. Can't wait to take another set of friends!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find! Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    What a find! Amazing food! Super friendly service! Will be coming back soon
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in the Dogpatch.
    MissyB
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Great find in the Dogpatch. Decent food and great drinks! Right across from Muni stop.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place and tapas. The
    johnson
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    Great place and tapas. The waiter was passionate about local sourcing and having the food speak for itself. And the food did speak for itself resoundly in our tummies.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good but not
    Food4MeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    The food was good but not spectacular. The Chorizo Sliders were pretty tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic