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5337 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Sunday & Monday CLOSED
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
6 blocks South of the Rockridge BART station
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Pucquio serves elegant, high-end Peruvian cuisine out of a small Oakland kitchen.
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Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
Everything we had was delightful.
Small place so it feels like someone is cooking for you in your own kitchen. This added to the ambiance. This service was also great. Very friendly and explained every dish. This was our first time eating Peruvian food."
Dined on 2/28/2014
Great little Peruvian restaurant!
Staff is very friendly and eager to please."
Dined on 2/7/2014
Very good Lomo Saltado. Cebiche so
so. Portions are small. Very limited beer selection. My biggest complaint is that the ventilation system does not work."
Dined on 2/15/2014
A small, cozy restaurant with a
select list of menu items. The Lomo Saltado, a beef stir-fry dish with onion, tomatoes in a tasty sauce with white rice topped with an egg was wonderful with my lady friend appreciating the veal short-rib dish, both coupled with a glass of smooth, aged Malbec. Will certainly return for a second meal. A great experience."
Dined on 2/15/2014
The food was basically very tasty,
full of flavor and mostly delicious. Let's start there. But one should not own and operate a restaurant if one cannot staff it appropriately, organize and execute dishes in a timely manner in order to put food on the table within a reasonable amount of time. Two and 1/2 hours from ordering till entree is not reasonable, and we were so agitated by the time the dishes arrived that it was unforgivable, though the chef himself came over to apologize. We appreciated his good wishes and regrets, however, there is really no excuse. As for Peruvian food, which we love, we would stick to Mochica SF over in the City. Don't miss the shrimp bisque but otherwise nothing was so astounding that it was worth so much time."
Dined on 2/11/2014
everything was flavorful and
fresh, but nothing was memorable. I would go back if someone wanted to, but with so many choices nearby, I would suggest a different spot."
Dined on 2/8/2014
It's small and friendly as can be,
with outstanding ceviche! Prix fixe is a great deal too. My husband and two friends loved it."
Dined on 1/30/2014
The whole sea bream in garlic
sauce was amazing ( we had it last time and could not resist ordering it again) as was the Jaleal (fried mixed fish and seafood) and the Tacu. We had the Bombitas for dessert ; another time we had the postre de dia and they both were heavenly. Because it is a tiny place (6 tables and 4 seats at the bar), it can be a bit drafty if cold outside and the door opens, so bring a wrap. We have taken several groups of friends there and they all like it. It is cozy and friendly and has the sense of a neighborhood restaurant. Nice, not expensive wines."
Dined on 1/24/2014
Went on a Thursday night and our
group of four were the only diners. The food was great, small list of primarily Latin American Wines (but the ones we had were excellent). Portions a bit small but very tasty. Helpful and courteous staff. Give this place a try!"
Dined on 1/16/2014
The food at Pucquio is very good.
The ceviche is among the best I have had and I eat a lot of ceviche. The service is personable and efficient. I have food allergies and they are very nice about letting me know (accurately) what I can eat. The dessert was great too!"
Dined on 1/10/2014
If you have 3 hours to spear on
dinner, and don't mind waiting for your meal to come out 1 hour apart, then this place is decent. Otherwise, San Mateo has better peruvian restaurants."
Dined on 1/10/2014
Food is amazing. An explosion of
flavors that will wake up your taste buds. Be patient; only one person is cooking, so dishes take a while. Food is worth the wait. Be sure to try the cerviche."
Dined on 1/4/2014
Great food all around, especially
the ceviches. Will go back for sure. Tiny place, so better for small parties, ie two or four at most"
Dined on 1/4/2014
Very impressed with everything.
The bar seats are the best."
Dined on 12/20/2013
Very delicious cuisine. The
appetizers and dishes were well-balanced with a delicate hand. So yummy!"
Dined on 12/12/2013
Great spot! Really good food
creatively prepared and the service is wonderful."
Dined on 11/23/2013
may have been an off night but the
food didn't match the hype. there are identical treatments and ingreidents in many dishes. if you don't like onions this means three quaters of the menu is out of bounds."
Dined on 11/22/2013
had to wait an hour and a half to
get served, ran out of items on the menu even though we had a 7pm reservation, total meal for our group took 3.5 hours- we did not mind too much as we were all busy socializing but service took way too long!"
Dined on 11/20/2013
Tiny space, smallish
portions Exquisite fare. Don't miss the TucoTuco"
Dined on 11/16/2013
The food was great, the ambiance
was friendly. one note however, if you don't have the time to sit an enjoy your meal..."
Dined on 11/14/2013
Terrific Peruvian food. Attentive
service. The food took time to prepare, but I think it's because we had an early (6:00 pm) reservation and the kitchen was just gearing up."
Dined on 11/12/2013
Three of us came to celebrate our
birthdays and chose selections from the prix-fixe menu. The food was surprisingly sophisticated and presented in a "California" style that I had not expected. Our waitress was warm and friendly. She took care to explain each dish and its ingredients to us. The fish and seafood appetizers were sparkling fresh. My favorite was the rich smoky sauce that accompanied the seafood combination entre. Don't miss the refreshing fruit punch (I forget what it's called). I hope they expand the menu as their following grows."
Dined on 11/2/2013
Excellent food and great service.
Something a little different for Rockridge - on the food front"
Dined on 10/31/2013
Terrific experience- everything
was delicious. Fresh, flavoursome, unique food from appetizers to dessert. And really nice people- this is exactly the kind of restaurant we should support! Loved it and highly recommend."
Dined on 10/27/2013
I don't get it. Most reviews for
Pucquio were so positive. Why? The place was half-empty when we arrived and yet it took an hour before we got our first course, a salad. And the total meal (salad, appetizer, main course, side dish) took 2 hours and 20 minutes. I wasn't in a rush to go anywhere, but I had been hungry when I arrived and would have liked to get the salad, or some bread, in the first half hour. The food didn't impress, either. The house salad was fresh but lacked flavor -- tasted like only lettuce and olive oil. The cebiche first course hadn't been marinated long enough and was a bit chewy. A mixed fish and potato main course was mostly bland, as were the lukewarm plantains. Service was polite, but those delays were maddening."
Dined on 10/26/2013
We enjoyed our dining experience
at Pucquio. The seafood dishes were excellent, however, if one does not enjoy fish or seafood, there is very little to eat, except for one beef dish. No chicken and few vegetarian offerings, which made it difficult for my companion to dine here. The servings are on the smaller side, but excellently prepared and presented."
Dined on 10/12/2013
Interesting selection, well
prepared. Be prepared for a liesurely dine as the service was slow. But there was not rush and we very much enjoyed the visit."
Dined on 10/20/2013
We just celebrated my wife's
birthday at Pucquio. The restaurant is small: counter seating for 4 and seating for about 16. The restaurant is cozy. We thought the food was quite good. The cebiches were very good, with bold flavors, and 3 or 4 varieties to choose from. The main course of the market fish (fried dorado) was good, the presentation was excellent. The other courses of the stir fried beef and seafood in beurre blanc sauce were also very tasty. The only criticism that I have is that the food did not come out all at once for our party for multiple courses, and the service was a little slow (4 hr dinner for 4 courses). We would definitely go back for the ceviche."
Dined on 10/13/2013
We sampled one of the ceviches,
two cold plates and 2 hot plates + their home-made ice-cream . All the seafood was very fresh and well prepared with very generous portions. There were many types of ceviche to sample. However, it would have been nice to have more variety to choose from among the other cold appetizers and the hot main courses. The service was very gracious and welcoming including the special item (fried yucca) that the chef brought to our table to substitute for the french fries that were to accompany one of the main dishes and which we had declined."
Dined on 10/10/2013
A great addition to rockridge.
Incredible food cannot wait to return. Cebiches were unique and delicious. Best quinoue salad every. Both seafood and beef dishes were excellent."
Dined on 9/29/2013
The food was very tasty and
artfully presented. The whole fish was delicious. The place is small so you definitely have to interact with other diners. The service was quite slow on a Friday night with only one waitstaff . The open kitchen was a bit backed up."
Dined on 10/5/2013
Not a place to dine at if you are
under tight time constraints. Slow dining as there is one chef. Cerbiches are fresh and tasty. Chef prepares the dishes individually, thus excellent quality control. Sangria is great, cerbiches tasty and fresh, tacu seafood rice dish is full of flavor,...a bit expensive....service is uneven..."
Dined on 10/1/2013
Best seat in the house is at the
counter overlooking the kitchen. This was our first visit. We were entertained watching and talking to Carlos, the owner/chef as he created the various ceviches on his menu. The whole deep fried fish however was the best of all. Very light on the outside and moist and full of flavor within. Served with tiny and amazingly flavorful garlic chips it was a delight. The ceviche: sea bass and pulpy olio were both amazing as well."
Dined on 9/29/2013
I'd definitely go back, but
several things to keep in mind. The place is tiny, and there's only one chef so it takes a while to get your food. The price is also on the high side, and they still need to work out on a few minor details like keeping track of what customers ordered. We ordered one prix fixe which was initially not on our tab until we brought it up."
Dined on 9/22/2013
The food here is spectacular,
creative and feast for the eyes. I would recommend you get there early as people like to stay for a long time once they are seated which is a good reflection on the food and ambiance. Bon appetite!"
Dined on 9/15/2013
We had the fixe price dinners and
everything was terrific. It's a small menu but the chef mastered every dish brought to our table. We didn't know what to expect but we left happy."
Dined on 9/15/2013
Guest Chef has been replaced by a
Peruvian restaurant which was OK, but not what we expected!!"
Dined on 8/17/2013
my boyfriend and I happened to
walk past this restaurant one day and decided we had to come back for dinner. the good was absolutely delicious, with great flavors and fresh ingredients. service was very personable and informative about the dishes. great find!"
Dined on 8/15/2013
Pucquio, now operating in the
location formerly known as Guest Chef, is a great addition, offering something new to the Rockridge neighborhood restaurant scene with its Peruvian street food. I thoroughly enjoyed the ceviche, quinoa salad with tomatoes and avocadoes, and the whole fish which was delicious and delicately seasoned. The space is small, only about eight tables, but service was attentive. The chef even visited our table to gives us pointers on how to properly debone the fish. The wine list was limited, but had some nice options. The dessert of the day, homemade shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche, was very good."
Dined on 8/2/2013
We read the recent rave reviews
and decided to eschew our favorites for something new. Sadly, we were disappointed. The staff and owner-chef were delightful and the place seems to be a hit with Peruvians. But aside from the very nicely done crispy fish, the food underwhelmed. The appetizer trio all tasted the same. The rice and beans was sort of a mush. And the wines were very expensive - $48 for a nice, but not great, Albarino."
Dined on 8/10/2013
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