Is neighborhood gem too redundant?
Lucky enough to be able to walk to Fresca, West Portal, San Francisco. Always good food, attentive wait staff. Lunches are very reasonable and dinners are equal to "special occasion".
Everything i've tried on this menu is always good.
3/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were unfamiliar with Peruvian
We were unfamiliar with Peruvian food but delighted at the experience: high marks for the ceviche (5 types), arroz con mariscos, other fresh fish, and the sangria. Noisy but friendly. Go early. Gets crowded.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fresca features fresh ingredients
Fresca features fresh ingredients and Peruvian-inspired dishes which are a hit with diners. They accommodated our group at lunchtime and service was efficient. Food was brought out promptly and water glasses were refilled without our having to ask. For us, the spice was just right: delicate, not overwhelming. Portions are generous and prices are moderate.
I would have preferred a little more light inside, but overall the ambience is fine.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Thank goodness Fresca is on
Thank goodness Fresca is on open table because I would not recommend going for dinner without a reservation. This is quite a small place that fills up quickly. We were more excited by the ceviches and appetizers than the mains, so we got 2 ceviches and 3 appetizers for the two of us. That turned out to be more than enough--probably should have only gone with 2 apps. The ceviches were amazing, and each so unique. We will definitely go back!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
only problem is even very
only problem is even very very early in the evening the sound level can be almost impossible to have a conversation. But the food keeps me coming back.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
great neighborhood restaurant
Overall a great restaurant with consistent quality food. They provide good customer service and can accommodate reasonable requests. If you want good quality food and good service come to Fresca. They have a few locations throughout the city so if west portal is too far away try the other branches.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good meal!
I love this restaurant. The menu changed since the last time I was here, and the trout dish I usually get was not on the menu. Not to worry. For an appetizer we shared hamachi ceviche - excellent! For an entree we shared the Pescado a lo Macho (crispy fried whole dorade) which was presented beautifully and tasted as good as it looked. We ordered something else but it was a week or two ago and now I can't remember. Sorry. All I can remember is that we loved all of the food and had a great time. My only criticism is how noisy it gets. I had to lean in close and cup my hands behind my ears to capture what my dining partner was saying. But the food is so very good, worth putting up with the noise.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We been coming to the West Portal "original Fresca" since open in the mid 1990s. Food is consistency and plentiful. Prices have not increased significantly. Juno
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waitress was very caring.
Our waitress was very caring. When we asked her if our steak entree was supposed to be room temperature, she took it back and presented us with a brand new, hot dish. It made such a difference! The appetizer we had were 3 scallops on plantains which were just delicious. Very tasty food. Not cheap, but decent food.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Fresca a few times but never for brunch. I went a few days ago and was so pleasantly surprised. I wanted to order almost everything on the menu, but settled for sharing ceviche, an egg dish, and the sweet potato pancakes. The egg dish was probably my least favorite (a little too cheesy, on the cold side, and hard to differentiate the tastes). The ceviche and the pancakes were delicious!!! I would love to go back and try some more tasty treats.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Looking for a place that has great seafood and lamb? This is the place. The lamb shank is tender and well flavored. I always get the sea bass sitting on a fried round of risotto. Top that off with a pitcher of sangria and you're good to go.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Haven't been here for a long
Haven't been here for a long time, but it was excellent. Enjoying the leftovers at home!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've never had a bad meal here.
Have never been to Peru, but think this Peruvian food is authentic.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining in West Portal
We enjoyed our meal at Fresca so much we keep talking about it. We had the fried plantains, coconut ceviche and the paella. Washed it down with the Sangria. Can't wait to try the other items on the menu.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the drive down from Petaluma
Important for me was quality "shucking". I dislike oyster shells in my oyster & they did an excellent job. The five of us all stayed with small plates & thoroughly enjoyed the variety. The mussels with chorizo was excellent. I will be back with friends.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love Fresca! Great Peruvian Food
This place rocks! If the food in Peru tastes like this I know I would like it. Has a Spanish meets Asian fusion taste. Our favorites are the coconut shrimp, tequenas (creamy shrimp egg rolls) and the Lomo Saltado (steak with onions). Staff is great. Malbec wine is really good. They take normal sounding dishes and make them taste like something you have never had before. Go really late or early if you want to avoid the crowds and noise.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
I really wish they would serve bread or something with certain items...like the Chupe de Mariscos (soup-like) with the egg on top. They used to serve toasted pieces of bread to soak up the wonderful broth...but not now! We asked for bread which they also served at the beginning of the meal in a basket...but no bread...we had to order the garlic toast...which was not what we really wanted.....we did not want any other flavors to get in the way of the tasty broth of the entree...but no choice! Otherwise the food was excellent....
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We received a warm welcome as we checked in, seated immediately. The staff was friendly and attentive. We ordered the
El Toro Steak Salad which was delicious along with Sauvignon Blanc. For dessert, the flourless chocolate cake was wonderful.
We always come back to Fresca because the food is consistent and deliciously prepared.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was absolutely amazing! I would definitely go back again and again. And the servers are very friendly. Just make sure that you are on time for your reservation.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super yummy food, good sangria.
Super yummy food, good sangria. Definitely need to make a reservation to eat here. Took two friends visiting from out of town. They loved it... want to make it a regular girl's night :) Excellent service too.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place
Never have we had a bad meal at any of the 3 fresca's in the city, or at Paison their other restaurant.
The fish is always so fresh. Everything I order calamari it never has the slightest fish smell. The ceviches are perfectly paired with the right ingredients. The squid ink rice is so delicious. Every fish portion is a huge piece of fresh wild caught fish. 5 stars!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
met an old friend at Fresca for brunch at 11:30am. we were the only people in the joint til for almost 30mins. perfect environment to catch up. by the time we left (2 hours later) the place was packed. wonderful eggs benedict with crab cakes. sangria was good, not great, but good. highly recommend Fresca. going back with husband.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I celebrate my birthday.
Everybody like food, friendly atmosphere and definitely
I will recommend this restaurant to friends and will go
myself to try different dishes.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresca has awesome food. The raw fish tapas are outstanding. It is very crowded, however, so I recommend a reservation.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good food, generous portions, friendly staff - unobtrusive but very attentive ... Only downside was the noise level.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Peruvian Seafood Yum Yum!
It was wise to get a reservation as it was a full house at 6:30 on a Sunday evening. Our waiter was great -- efficient and smart. The room was little noisy for my taste and tables are set close together (so you might hear conversations you wish you didn't). Lots of incredible seafood. The oysters were magnificent! I also loved the causa and relleno. Flan at the end of the meal was rich and eggy and delicious.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love the camarones al pisco
Fresca is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food is very good and you can't beat the convenience if you live near West Portal. For appetizers we love the camarones al pisco - shrimp sauteed in mildly spicy tomato sauce with garlic bread. For entrees we tried the loma saltado, a traditional Peruvian beef stew with tomatoes, onions, and potatoes. It was delicious. Service is very friendly and helpful. Almost all wine is offered by both the glass and the bottle.
9/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Happy to be reminded
We had a really nice meal. The ceviche was especially lovely. I wasn't blown away but it was yummy, plentiful and the service was spot on. Happy to be reminded of this place!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ceviche was great!
I have been looking at this place for awhile and decided I needed to try it. Getting tired of boring italian, pub fare, and the like. Fresca is so close to my house and I enjoyed it. I started out with the sangria, which was prefect, then a tuna/coconut ceveche whith was really really good.
I then moved on to a tuna main with purple mashed potatoes. I have to say I enjoy my meal and this is coming from someone who is picky and not into new things. I was happy I finally convinced myself to give Fresca a try.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service
I came here with my girlfriend late at night. I made the opentable reservation at 9.20pm for 9.30pm and we made it. At this time you don't have to pay for parking Meters and it is really convenient parking at West Portal. Food was really good. I had the salmon and my girlfriend the pulled pork. We were sharing and we both liked it. Awesome quatity of food and 5 stars in my opinion.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have always had a great meal here. The halibut is delicious. The Toro salad (steak or chicken) is delicious. The stewed chicken with rice is delicious. The trout is delicious.
Do you see a pattern here??? Go to Fresca!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this neighborhood restaurant.
Love this neighborhood restaurant. The music was very loud but the hostess turned it down for us.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Solid Food, Warm Waitstaff
We always have a really good meal here! Wait staff know what they're doing. They're efficient, knowledgeable and very nice. The food arrives hot, excellent portions, and delicious. We had yummy lamb chops, mouthwatering, super fresh salmon with a squid ink risotto that was fantastic, and sweet, briny oysters served with excellent mignonette. It's the first place we think of when we feel like solid restaurant experience.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great little spot for dinner
This was a great little spot for dinner with friends. I had the seafood stew that included lots of prawns plus potatoes, corn, and a wonderful cream sauce. YUM!! One of my dining companions is vegan, and our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful in finding her something she could enjoy. My only negative comment was that they were out of chicken the night we were there, as well as the Peruvian wine we wanted to try. (We made due and everything we ordered was delicious!) I would definitely go back again--especially for another bowl of that stew!!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM