The decor is inviting,wait
The decor is inviting,wait staff very friendly and helpful and the food is great! This was my second time dining here. I would only change one thing: it gets very loud.
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was phenomenal. The food
It was phenomenal. The food was absolutely delicious.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
The waitress recommended the
The waitress recommended the Sea Bass and it was excellent. As was the sangria, and my friends all enjoyed their meals as well!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always good food and service
I have been a long time fan of Fresca. Been to this and the Noe Valley locations many times and always had delicious, flavorful food and friendly service.
Today, I had to change my reservation within 30mins of my original reservation. They accommodated my request only if I could agree to finish the meal in 1.5 hrs. Since it was just my friend and me, I thought that was no problem. However, dessert came a little slower than expected, so we went over our time limit. But the hostess did not push us. I saw her kindly keep the next couple talking and waiting patiently at the door until we were finished, about 15 minutes late. My dinner date was new to the city and to Fresca and she is now a fan of the restaurant.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I always have a great experience
I always have a great experience at Fresca, and love bringing people there for their first trip. We had a big group, and their staff did a great job having things prepared for us, with quick service for the whole group. Food as always was delicious.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I was new to the restaurant,
I was new to the restaurant, having chosen it based on Open Table reviews. The food was first rate, favorable and well presented.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I came here
My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner. The food was delicious. We definitely want to come back for lunch and brunch.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Both the food and the service
Both the food and the service at Fresca are wonderful. A great place for a relaxing meal with a friend or date,a little noisy because of it's popularity though.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was incredible.
The food was incredible. The smells, as we walked into the restaurant, were intoxicating and we were very excited to find that the food was as good. the chicken stew was outstanding but the ceviche was the treasure. I will definitely go back.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my fav spots in the city! Get a sangria, ceviche and llomo saltado.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took out of town guests
We took out of town guests and they raved about it. The cerviche can't be beat. Entrees: Ahi Tuna, Chicken Stew, Salmon all fantastic.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Be sure to ask for the waiter
Be sure to ask for the waiter named, Jonathan, if possible. He's the best there is!!! Literally MADE our dinner experience at Fresca.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband loved the Tequenos
My husband loved the Tequenos (crab and cream cheese won tons) but we were not as excited about the Platanos Fritos. I ordered mussels for appetizer and the portion was so large that I made it my entire meal. The mussels were great and there was plenty of sauce for mopping up with extra toasted bread. My husband also loved his Corvina (bass) fish on spinach on rice cake. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we ordered dessert. The Alfajores consisted of 2 shortbread cookies with caramel filling, ice cream and strawberries and whipped cream. The portions were just right and I ate the whole thing! My husband liked the sugary Picarones (beignets). The Illy decaf was the best coffee I've had at a restaurant in years! The service was O.K.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been to different locations
Been to different locations of Fresca. This is my second visit to the one on Fillmore. The food was very good--the pork was cooked to perfection--tender and not dry. It was very hard to have conversations at the table because of the noise level of the other tables. Also, I had made reservations through Open Table for 3 at 8:30pm but still, had to wait for about half-hour, to which the hostess said she would offer us free sangria but that did not follow through; however, the food was so tasty, we were forgiving on these issues. I might try the other locations again, instead of this one.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great place to dine, but
A great place to dine, but the noise level is very high, making it hard to have a conversation.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun, pleasant dinner spot
Pleasant, warm ambiance. We enjoyed sharing the ceviche trio, a few small plates & daily special (sea bass with homemade ravioli). Tasty food and a fun experience. Service felt slightly rushed at times, but I guess that's what you get in a busy restaurant.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best ceviche in town
I have been to this restaurant multiple times and I have never been disappointed by food nor service
This time I must comment on my visit on May 17th in evening
I arrived and was greeted by a young blond hostess. She was very unprofessional, disengenious, and quite rude in the manner she addressed our inquiry about seating options. I believe her name was Annie and if I was not so impressed with my previous experiences, I would have found another dining option that evening.
This evening my guest and I ordered ceviche, lomo saltado, tequenos, and mussels. I wish I could eat more food but I'll return again. For dessert I ordered chocolate lava cake and it was fantastic.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good peruvian style
Peruvian flavour with à taste of us californian. This restaurant is certainly of one best restaurant of neighborhood in sfo. Not oo expensive, large portions, staff friendly
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
good Peruvian food!
place seemed pretty busy and packed so the service was not that great. Papa la huancaina was not on the menu but I love trying that dish at each peruvian restaurant I visit so i asked! Luckily they still had the sauce to make it so we shared it! it was pretty good. One of my friends have never tried it and he thought it was pretty good! I ate the aji de gallina and my friend had the lomo saltado. both were pretty awesome. The chicha morada drink is not alcoholic but for some reason it is not listed under the non-alcoholic beverages. I thought the chicha morada tasted kinda funny...not limey enough. the sangria drinks were pretty weak. I would definitely go back and try other dishes!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best (cooked) fish I've had in SF
Everything was great, but the whole dorade was unbelievable! the Yucca chips were also perfect. Ask for aioli with them. The servers were attentive and charming, as well as well informed.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful dinner for two
The mood was just the right amount of lively and relaxed for an evening out with your significant other/small party of 4 - it might be a little too busy on Saturdays though as there were enough people waiting to be seated on a Sunday evening. We were seated close to a family with a baby, so you can say it is pretty kid-friendly. The food was delicious and while the appetizer menu is a little heavier on the seafood side (we didn't order any entrees), there was enough variety in meat/poultry/salad/etc (please note only 1 or 2 vegetarian dishes). Portion-price ratio was appropriate & befitting of a mid-scaled restaurant in the Fillmore. Service was great as they refilled our water regularly and managed to give us our space to enjoy our meal.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food, service, and night!
Fresca was had incredible food, awesome service, and the overall vibe of the place was really fun and made me want to go back very soon! If you're wanting a nice dessert street following the yummy main course, the tres leche cake was to die for! Can't wait to go back.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Get there early, after 7:30
Get there early, after 7:30 noise level rises to point that conversation is difficult.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place had the best ceviche Ive ever had in my entire life!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely delish! Very authentic, interesting, perfectly prepared, unique selections. The reviews on Yelp! said that the plantain chips were soggy and lacked flavor, but they must have read the reviews and fixed the problem......perfect with the amazing ceviche trio.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent sea food
The Peruvian stew dish was superb. So many tasty bites of fish in a savory sauce - highly recommended.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresca was recommended by my nephew and his wife (who is from Brasilia and this is her favorite).
We were in SF for one night only for the symphony and wanted something appropriate for my three teens
As well as three adults. Fresca definitely delivered with delicious flavors blended with artistic presentation and excellent
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Peruvian Food Extraordinaire
The loma saltillo is ourtstanding. Pisco sours are just like Lima!!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came upon Fresca last year
We came upon Fresca last year on the 4th of July on the way to fireworks. Since then, we have visited this and the 24th Street outlet, several times. Both offer outstanding dinners. We have a crispy fried whole dorade fish and the brazed lamb shank. Both were excellent. The lamb was tender and fell off the bone. The fish was flavorful with a zesty sauce. Definitely a great place for dinner with a unique menu of Peruvian food.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
what does a gourmand think?
peruvians have invented more amazing things than Machu Picchu...and this cuisine proves that point
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have loved Fresca for 20 years
I come here every few years and the food is always amazing. It is one of those "go-to" SF restaurants that is always energetic and fun. I noticed that the clientele is young, probably Pac Heights friends and couples.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I dined here with a friend who works nearby. Was looking for something different. The service was excellent and very friendly, the food was quite good and reasonably priced. All in all, a pleasent expereince.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the quinoa dish and it was phenomenal. I've had the cerviche before which was also wonderful. The one thing worth noting was that it was incredibly hot inside - uncomfortably so after a while, but not enough to rush us into leaving.
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great birthday dinner!
Three of us went there to celebrate a birthday. The pan roasted trout was outstanding. The steak dish was melt in your mouth good. The shrimp dish in a light cream sauce with vegetables and purple potatoes was also very good!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed Fresca. The
Really enjoyed Fresca. The seviches were a real treat, and don't miss the Papas Rellenas (potato croquettes with a delicious beef filling) app. At a table of 6 we ran the range on the entrees, paella, trout, salmon, pork chop and everyone was delighted. Just a real nice place place i would return to and recommend to anyone.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sangria was great, loved the pulled chicken stew and pork chop, tuna ceviche with cashews was amazing. Don't miss out on the tres leches for desert. We loved everything.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Peruvian food and tasty appetizers. Too noisy but
enjoyed the experience.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of five had a wonderful meal at Fresca. The food was excellent and our waiter did a terrific job. The restaurant was crowded, but each course arrived in a timely manner and was very professionally seved. The fish and seafood were outstanding.
Everone in our party ordered different dishes and we found each one both delicious and beautifully presented. We will definitely return again and again.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food - weekend nights NOISY
incredible food.great beef heart, ceviche, platanos... wonderful food. Great sangria.
But NOT a good place for a group wanting to visit with each other for dinner on a weekend night: Off The Charts noise volume from everyone in the restaurant enjoying themselves so much makes it so that even if you yell to your buddy next to you, you cannot be heard. The volume is way beyond "Energetic", but some people dont mind that though, I guess.
Awesomely delicious food.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Long Dinner
Delicious food, good wine. Loved the ceviche and the lomo saltado. Only real complaint is the slow service--was very hard to get our orders in, pay, etc.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
great ceviche and large dishes
the food was great, but a tad spicy for my sensitive taste buds so I stuck to the ceviche :)
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. Everything tasted so fresh and it was great to be able to smell what kitchen was cooking and seeing the plates being brought out (the kitchen is open to the whole restaurant). I highly recommend it!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
great, tasty, well-prepared
great, tasty, well-prepared and presented food, very good service, extremely noisy
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came on recommendation from a friend - I was planning dinner our for 4 people.
Seafood dishes were spectacular; halibut was succulent, prawn stew was flavorful (prawns were slightly overdone). Ceviche samplers were delicious.
Beef dishes were tough and overcooked, but the rice and vegetables were cooked well. One exception: beef heart anticuchos were amazingly tender and flavorful.
Corner banquette table was slightly quieter, which made for better conversation, but was slightly stuffy (less air circulation). I was sweating, and not from any spice from the food.
Bottle of Pellegrino was flat, but the sangria was delicious.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food fantastic! The tables
Food fantastic! The tables are really close together, and the woman next to us was most annoying.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely neighborhood spot
We're neighbors but had not been to this spot. We'll be back. Plenty of choices.
The ceviches are wonderful. We enjoyed the -- Ceviche de Coco - ahi tuna, lime, coconut juice, rocoto, green onions, purple corn.
The steak salad and halibut were both well done.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresca on Fillmore is a great find! The staff is very polished and helpful, the food is spectacular and the overall experience is divine.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place. An absolute must if you visit San Francisco! The ceviche is the best I've ever had and I've had a lot of it from around the world.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresca is tucked in between Fillmore shops and can almost be missed…but you won't want to miss the phenomenal service, delicious menu and wonderful atmosphere!
As soon as you walk in, you're greeted with a welcoming smile by the hostess. As you sit at your table you quickly realize that the friendliness doesn't stop there. The staff seem to truly care about your experience and put in the extra effort to make you feel welcome.
The atmosphere is slightly different during lunch and dinner. Lunch is classy and professional, where dinner has a more romantic feel to it. However, both are perfect for their specific meal time.
They are popular for dinner, so make sure to make reservations. You won't want to miss an opportunity to enjoy a meal here!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food
Have dined here several times over the years. Food is always very good. Service tonight was very sketchy -- way too long between courses and a little too long to take our order. Maybe it was just a off night -- will certainly go back.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM