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Fresca at Irving Street

4.7
4.7
596 Reviews
$30 and under
Peruvian
Fresca crafts delightful Peruvian and Latin American fare in its charming eatery. Appetizer options include the sirloin beef empanada, the five-spice chicken chicharron and the ceviche chifa with ahi tuna, pickled daikon and jalapeno. House specialty entrées, such as the luscious seafood paella stuffed with clams, shrimp, chorizo and chicken, and the beef churrasco with egg and chimichurri sauce, speak to Fresca's passion for authentic Latin cuisine. A sensational brunch menu is also a highlight at Fresca, with items like the sweet potato pancakes with rum raisin syrup and the Fresca Benedict topped with Peruvian chili. Try Fresca's classic Peruvian cocktail, the pisco sour clasico with pisco quebranta, key lime, simple syrup, egg whites and Angostura bitters.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm-6:00pm LATE HAPPY HOUR: Fridays and Saturdays 9:00pm-10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 742-5727

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jose Calvo-Perez

  • Catering

    Review menu options on Restaurants Web site

  • Neighborhood

    Sunset District

  • Cross street

    9th Ave

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 596 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Peruvian

  • San Francisco

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. RH

    RayH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    fantastic food, preparation, plating, and service. couldn't say enough. we'll be back!!
  2. JS

    JohnfromSF

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely great food (especially the oysters, but everything we ate was superb), and the best and most friendly service I've ever encountered.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent appetizers and generous drinks for happy hour! Ceviches are first rate, and empanadas have wonderfully flakey pastry with excellent beef filling. We will be back!
  4. AL

    AnaL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at the restaurant. The staff was amazing. Super helpful and on time with my food. Great recommendations with the wine and food. The place was very pleasant to dine. My waiter was really nice and fun.
  5. D

    Dimsum2234

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The 3 of us had 2 different appetizers, 3 entrees, 2 glasses of wine. Food was nothing exceptional.
  6. F

    Frederick

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service; food was innovative and well-prepared.
  7. RM

    RichardM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great good. Kind staff.
  9. AA

    AdeelA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ceviche and lomo saltado is excellent, great service.
  10. AR

    avantARL

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Had dinner with my kiddo and their paternal grandparents outside. Love the Fresca in Noe Valley and figured it would be similar experiences. Sadly, it wasn’t. Between the traffic and the live music, it was loud to say the least. We couldn’t hear each other, and the server likely couldn’t hear us either. This may (or may not) have had something to do with his demeanor/conduct with us which was unfriendly and not personable - I’d even go so far as to say he was short and seemed irritated with us despite our friendly conduct. It was hard to get his attention when we were finished with dinner (and hoping to see a dessert menu) as well as when we were ready for the check - there was a lot of sitting and waiting, which we’re not averse to, but this felt longer than what’s generally practiced, on top of his short/unfriendly demeanor toward us. I will likely not come to this location again or maybe try sitting indoors to see if service is more friendly.
  11. k

    kjdub

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food; fish, shrimp, mussels, etc all cooked to perfection. An abundance of flavors. I’ve been to Peru (Lima, Cusco), this is authentic, high-end, creative food, & top- notch pisco sours. Excellent service. Must return at happy our for $1 oysters!
  12. EA

    ElizabethA

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 3 sisters and I had a lovely outside dinner at Fresco on a friday night. It was chilly and the owner kindly set up an additional table where there was better wind protection and moved a heater by us. Service was attentive and friendly. All of us loved our dinners. Everything was fresh and well prepared with generous amounts of seafood. The cocktails were also delicious with a generous alcohol pour. Highly recommend, we will be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They did not have several items that were displayed on the online menu
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, incredible service! Try the ceviche classico and the pisco sour!
  15. D

    David

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    it was fine. The host was very good at moving things around to accommodate our reservation. The server was good. The outdoor space was nice. The ceviches were good. The chicken skewers were not great, overcooked. Empanadas were fine.
  16. SF

    SF2103

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    excellent service and delicious food. Great Sangria too.
  17. JG

    JenniferG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food so good and service great! Highly recommend.
  18. C

    Claudiatp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, ceviche was delicious, pisco sour one of the best ones. I will totally come back!!!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Outdoor seating is extremely comfortable. Food is fantastic.
  20. j

    jar321

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tasting dishes and very friendly and helpful staff. Definitely will go again.
  21. D

    Daveeee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    food is decent, not worth the high price tag. ambiance and the setting is nice, but generally overpriced for the quality of the food.
  22. AK

    AnitaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Excellent service and wonderful staff! Always a great experience!
  23. R

    Robin

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is so yum, and the staff are always great. Would eat here every day if I could afford it!
  24. Z

    Zooman

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome to see a Fresca back with a new look and great food
  25. LW

    LeslieW

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I LOVE Fresca, but the one in Noe Valley has been closed for two years, so I was thrilled to have lunch at the Sunset venue. I do hope my neighborhood Fresca (also the ceviche bowl & tequenos) will return one day soon.
  26. SK

    SethK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ate outside and had brunch. Everyone was pleased with the food and service. I had the adobo Benedict. Tasty! Fun meal.
  27. J

    Jice

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food is fairly good and consistent. Main dishes can be heavy, but there are plenty of smaller appetizers. Happy hour is a good value, but some items (e.g. oysters) may be provided with a bit less care. Overall a nice spot. However, they have a problem with street musicians on weekend evenings. The musicians set up and create a loud atmosphere. The restaurant does nothing to discourage them. If you don't want a loud venue, avoid in the evening. The location is also loud due to passing Muni trains and a busy street; there is no sound proofing between the tables and the traffic. Best for lunch or happy hour. Best bet is to come for drinks and appetizers or a lunch.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good food and nice outdoor seating.
  29. MS

    MichaelS

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic, fresh and authentic Peruvian. Our server's enthusiasm translated into us choosing a combination of dishes which complemented each other. The evening started and end with the most amazing purple pisco sours which we are still dreaming about....we are headed back soon! Thanks for a memorable evening.
  30. IS

    InnerSunsetNic

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was delicious and the service friendly, and attentive. We were dining outdoors on a chilly night and the heat lamps kept us nice and toasty.
  31. MA

    MargieA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious Pisco Sours! Empanadas had a nice crispy outside and a very flavorful beef filling. The paella was too spicy for me, but my husband liked it. The rice with both of our entrees was cooked just right with perfect seasoning. Our waiter was always there just when we needed him!
  32. j

    jontivi

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for the first time last night because we saw they had live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The tables outside were nicely spaced out. The waiter was great, giving us good recommendations when asked. The two guys performing were great. Nice, jazzy renditions of pop songs mostly. The food was excellent as well. Loved the ahi ceviche with plantain chips. The shredded chicken stew thing was good but the best was the steak stir fry. They came with a lot of fries and rice which was very filling. Also the sangria was very tasty! So glad we tried this place out. Will definitely start going there regularly.
  33. CM

    ChellM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for dinner w/ my 8 yr old. We love sitting outside. The live music is a complete bonus! Jazzy goodness. The food is fantastic. My kid really likes the Mini Lomito.
  34. WT

    WhosThatLady123

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was wonderful and extremely accommodating for us. We love Fresca’s and will surely be back soon!
  35. SC

    SusanC

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was my first time at Fresca. I went for lunch with a colleague and ordered the "Peruvian Cioppino" - basically a seafood soup with toast. It was delicious, with lots of mariscos / fruits de mer, and a nice hearty lunch. My colleague ordered the steak with udon noodles, which while not strictly "Peruvian" was creative, nicely presented, and looked really good. My colleague enjoyed it. We sat outside, and the staff was quite attentive and made sure we were comfortable. We didn't feel rushed, despite the fact that I think we were the only patrons there and I have found that during COVID a lot of restaurants kinda want you outta there if there's nobody else around. All-in-all, it was a great lunch experience, albeit a bit pricey for lunch. My soup was $27 and I think the noodle dish was $19. Am now interested in doing dinner there.
  36. E

    Elsinsf

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and unobtrusive gracious service. We'll be back soon.
  37. JJ

    JessicaJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's the best!
  38. TT

    TarikT

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly neighborhood restaurant and good food. Recommend the ceviches and the appetizers especially. Friendly staff and always helpful.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Attentive servers who were generous with their bottomless mimosas!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food and drinks were terrible, service great.. very unfortunate

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Fresca at Irving Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 742-5727.

Fresca at Irving Street is rated 4.7 stars by 596 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Fresca at Irving Street

737 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Sunset District

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm-6:00pm LATE HAPPY HOUR: Fridays and Saturdays 9:00pm-10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Calvo-Perez

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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