5337 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618Neighborhood:
PeruvianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.pucquio.com/
- Phone: 5106587378x
- Hours of Operation:
Sunday & Monday CLOSED
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Peruvian
- Executive Chef: Carlos Moreira
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
A word from Pucquio
Pucquio serves elegant, high-end Peruvian cuisine out of a small Oakland kitchen.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
- Diners' Choice WinnerPeruvian
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Pucquio reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.5Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (25)special occasion (7)romantic (5)great for lunch (3)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
- Peruvian gem!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/30/2014It's small and friendly as can be, with outstanding ceviche! Prix fixe is a great deal too. My husband and two friends loved it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrific Peruvian Food!MomoDined on 1/24/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A bitof PeruareandjayDined on 1/16/2014Went 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!Special Features:
- European Style Dinning - slow!veryslowserviceDined on 1/10/2014If 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.Special Features:
- Great food, moderate priceLascaDined on 1/10/2014The 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great addition to RockridgeNewbieDined on 1/4/2014Food 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent cevichesHungryVIPDined on 1/4/2014Great food all around, especially the ceviches. Will go back for sure. Tiny place, so better for small parties, ie two or four at mostSpecial Features:
- Very impressed with everything.MicksfVIPDined on 12/20/2013Very impressed with everything. The bar seats are the best.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Little GemOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 12/12/2013Very delicious cuisine. The appetizers and dishes were well-balanced with a delicate hand. So yummy!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A must try!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/23/2013Great spot! Really good food creatively prepared and the service is wonderful.Special Features:
- may have been an off nightchuckVIPDined on 11/22/2013may 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.
- had to wait an hour and aOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 11/20/2013had 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!Special Features:
- Small packages...maudeVIPDined on 11/16/2013Tiny space, smallish portions Exquisite fare. Don't miss the TucoTucoSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tasty!BHF13Dined on 11/14/2013The food was great, the ambiance was friendly. one note however, if you don't have the time to sit an enjoy your meal...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrific Peruvian food. AttentiveOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/12/2013Terrific 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Satisfying Introduction to Peruvianevelyn22Dined on 11/2/2013Three 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food and great service.hiedVIPDined on 10/30/2013Excellent food and great service. Something a little different for Rockridge - on the food frontSpecial Features:
- Fresh, fabulous food!SkPAVIPDined on 10/26/2013Terrific 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So DisappointingAlwayshungryVIPDined on 10/25/2013I 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.
- A new East Bay must2hijasandmaxVIPDined on 10/19/2013Interesting 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.Special Features:
- Birthday Dinner for 8buckphittyDined on 10/12/2013We 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Peruvian neighborhood gemmomkaren4Dined on 10/11/2013We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Peruvian freshjedshelleyVIPDined on 10/9/2013We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food - slow serviceMona1Dined on 10/4/2013The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not a place to dine at ifScooterVIPDined on 10/1/2013Not 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...Special Features:
- AmazingDaveinoaktownVIPDined on 9/28/2013A 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- love ceviche? you'll love PucquioPhilDined on 9/28/2013Best 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.Special Features:
- Love the foodOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 9/21/2013I'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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous FoodInLovewithPucquioDined on 9/14/2013The 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good dishesOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 9/14/2013We 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.
- "Guest Chef" does NOT exist anymoreOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/16/2013Guest Chef has been replaced by a Peruvian restaurant which was OK, but not what we expected!!I would recommend this to a friend.
- very uniqueOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/14/2013my 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!Special Features:
- Where's the Wow?OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 8/9/2013We 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.
- Terrific New SpotMaggieOakDined on 8/7/2013A great new restaurant (Pucquio) has taken over "Guest Chef" in Rockridge. Food was wonderful -- lovingly crafted is really the best way to put it. The staff was attentive and extremely informative about each dish. We left fully satisfied! Hope they stick around for a LONG time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pucquio is outstanding!,,,,,,,BoopVIPDined on 8/4/2013Contemporary Peruvian street food. Well if this is what you eaton the street....WOW! The food is fresh. The variety is wonderful. Chef Carlos is exquisite . The staff is knowledgable and very informed about the food prep and the menu. Great menu, go there ASAP.Special Features:
- Great new addition to College Ave.!OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/1/2013Pucquio, 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Peruvian foodOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 7/20/2013Guest Chef in Oakland is becoming Pucquio, a great new Peruvian restaurant in Rockridge. The Cebiches were great, the whole fish was perfect and everything we saw from the kitchen looked spectacular. The space is so intimate that it's like the chef is cooking in your own kitchen. The chef worked at Ozomu and Fifth Floor and is now expressing his personal history and passion for his traditional cuisine in this location.Special Features:
- Pucquio is my new favoriteOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/16/2013Pucquio is my new favorite spot for Peruvian food! Excellent food!!! The Ceviches are Yummy!!!! Excellent service!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful!hlanddDined on 7/12/2013Wonderful food - especially the fish and the potatoes! Very nice space, and the guitarist was lovely. The only things we would add are small plants or flowers on the tables for a little bit of green, and perhaps some bread with olive oil and vinegar as a start.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Saying goodbye to a great restauranLiveLoveEatDined on 7/12/2013I will miss Guest Chef -- love the idea and variety of this pop-up restaurant.Special Features: