Took my adult children and
Took my adult children and they loved the food and thought it was a fun place
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We loved everything we ordered
We loved everything we ordered - about 6 tapas in order to taste as much as possible! Highly recommend the portabella mushrooms. It was a loud, fun, and at the same time intimate environment. Only thing that would make the experience better would be if the kitchen could stay open later than 9pm on weekend nights.
I have been highly recommending Mochica to everyone.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tasty food, salad, tapas, cebiche top shelf.
Good service, warm atmosphere, friendly. only if this place was in a slightly better location...
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Super loud place. Interesting
Super loud place. Interesting dishes. Loved the corn and Peruvian cookies!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had the Chicharones, Palta
Had the Chicharones, Palta Rellena, Cebiches Pescado, and a shortrib dish (no longer on menu). All were absolutely amazing! Really impressed with this place. Now on my list of favorites.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our food was delicious and
Our food was delicious and the waiter was really nice and unpretentious, which we appreciated as a contrast to other restaurants.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Liked our first visit to Mochica
We had reservations for four. We were seated promptly. First thing you notice is the place is noisy and it was not even full at the time. Food was delicious. All the dishes we ordered, Tapas and main entries were v.good. Service could have been little faster. However our server was nice and explained the dishes well I will recommend Mochica if you are in the mood for a Peruvian food.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
3rd time there and still like it
Brought my colleagues, visiting SF for a corporate meeting and everybody like the place, food.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Peruvian food...one of the best that I have ever tried. I would recommend it to everyone: food -price quality was reasonable. Their ceviche was delicious and their fish too.
5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
It has now become my favorite restaurant in SF! Every tapa and entree we ordered were good.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mochica - a real discovery
This was our first dinner at Mochica (ate there for lunch once before) and it was a good as we remembered. A mixture of wonderful seasonings and flavors and very attentive service. Strongly recommend this restaurant.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every tapa dish we had was great. The sangria was perfect with lots of fruit in the glass. What more can you ask for?
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Peru in SF
Peru is our vacation destination this year. We have tasted several Peru menus in SF. Mochica is a good choice
for small plates and traditional food. We particularly enjoyed the "Ceveche's" sp?
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good time and good food
All of our food (cebiche, yucca fries, paella, platinos, quinoa salad, the portabella mushroom app, and corn cake app) was very good, and it's all great for sharing. The service was good as well (made a mistake on an order, but quickly corrected it). The restaurant itself has a small and cozy feel with the open kitchen and wooden tables. Note that they only serve beer and wine, so pisco isn't available.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a real quality restaurant, the food was exceptional. Tried the mixed ceviche, corn salad, and Papa A La Huancaina, was exceptionally good, will go back to try more of the menu. Very understated restaurant, relaxed atmosphere and excellent service.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Skip the crowds
Skip the crowds at the Embarcadero restaurants and come over to this neighborhood establishment with well prepared Peruvian standards like Loma Saltado, and a diverse menu of tapas and larger dishes and service which is just attentive enough to take care while allowing you to enjoy leisurely paced meal.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
much improved recently
I live in the neighborhood, and I went to Mochica when it first opened. I was less than impressed, but they've made some changes recently - and it's all for the better. The menu has a lot more small plates, so you can share a variety of options with your table mates. Service is attentive and efficient. The wine list is small but balanced and well-priced. The ambience is very neighborhood and comfortable.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very enjoyable evening.
A very enjoyable evening. Lots of different and interesting flavors to savor. Romatic
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the finest Peruvians in town
Peruvian cuisine is always a win! Mochica is definitely a great fit. The place is small, intimate, with nice soft lightning. The staff are extremely nice. The food is excellent. I didn't particularly like to Tuna Ceviche -Chino version- a bit too sweet for me - but that's just personal taste. I tried new stuff this time: stuffed avocado, tequeños, and the classic Aji de Gallina.
Always nice to come here. Only one caveat... they don't have pisco and I really miss a Pisco Sour!!! :(
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh flavors galore!
Loved the interesting combinations of flavors in all of our dishes, starting with the chick pea amuse buche (SP?).
Lamb shank with mint was glorious.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never 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!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beef Hearts :)
The 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.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Mochica before and liked it very much. We expect to keep coming back.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spot on Peruvian Tastes
This is high quality Peruvian that is traditional an delicious. Every dish we had was great! Highly recommended.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We 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.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The neighborhood Mochica is
The 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!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent 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!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highly recommend this forgotten gem
It 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!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having never had Peruvian food before, I came away impressed. So many choices, all of them good!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perú as its best
We 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.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
First 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.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small Place... Great Food
We 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.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM