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About Fresca - Fillmore
Enjoy artfully plated Peruvian cuisine at Fresca in Fillmore. It has a comfortable, casual yet contemporary setting that's ideal for enjoying a meal with family or friends. Fresca features an open kitchen where guests can enjoy watching the chefs create their dishes. Delicious appetizers like ceviche made with fresh seasonal fish, crab-filled wonton fritters and lamb meatballs will tantalize the palate before you dine on the main course. Fresca serves traditional popular entrées like lomo saltado, whicht consists of sautéed tenderloin steak strips topped with onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a bed of rice.
Owners Zoila and Julio Calvo-Perez opened Fresca's doors to share the flavors of their culture to locals and visitors to the community. This restaurant offers wine and beer with meals. It hosts various events and also welcomes reservations.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Weekend Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
*NEW* Starting Monday July 11, 2011 we will be featuring a new Happy Hour Menu with great deals on food, Sangria, wines and beers. Our big window will be open and our awning will be out and you can people watch, snack and have some Sangria with a friend! Great way to unwind after a long day of work! See you on Monday Funday! Cheers ~ The team at Fresca on Fillmore
Corporate Lunches/Dinners, Pre-Fixe Menus, Large Party Take-Out, Private Events, Dining on the Run, Picnic Lunches for concert goers, etc... You name it and we can help create it. Contact us at Tony@frescasf.com and tell us about your event needs and we will get back to you right away to help make your event the success you want.
Street parking - metered parking on Fillmore Street from 9am - 6pm Monday - Saturday (Free on Sunday)
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We can design menus for your special event or you can offer your guests our full menu to choose from
Fresca - Fillmore Ratings and Reviews
The food was delicious, and our server was spectacular. We didn't want to leave! We took our parents here -- they're from out of town and love trying fun restaurants in the city. This has always been one of my favorite restaurants but I was even more impressed this time around -- definitely a perfect spot to impress the parents! Plus, we NEVER order dessert and ended up ordering four to share among 5 of us. Not because we were hungry, either -- it was just too good to resist. Can't wait to go back.
The food was very good overall. It was presented well and had complex and delicious flavors. We especially enjoyed a seafood chowder and the jalea mixta. We arrived about 6:00 and the restaurant was quiet and comfortable. By the time we left, about 8:15, the noise level interfered with our conversation. The servers were very helpful and pleasant but, as the restaurant got more crowded, the pace of service became incredibly slow.
Amazing food! A must when you visit San Francisco. We have been dining here for years every time we are in town. I am far from being a creature of habit, but this restaurant's food quality is superb, and makes you keep coming back for more. We are in town for four nights, and decided to come back for dinner again second time on the same trip.
Services are truly delicious. I would recommend dining at the bar and watching chefs prepare the food right in front of you.
I scheduled a reservation to celebrate my girlfriend and I 2nd year anniversary. I was excited to celebrate our two years over a nice meal. We showed up 10 minutes early where we were seated quickly. After being seated no server acknowledge us for 10-15 minutes. My girlfriend and I were just sitting there waiting to place our order and all the servers did not acknowledge us what so over. I have never been completely ignored for around 15 minutes after being seated at a restaurant. We finally ordered our food after 15 minutes of being ignored, which took around 45 minutes to delivered to us! This horrible experience lasted an hour and half. While waiting for our food and during eating our dinner the server only came twice to check on us. I was extremely disappointed in the service me and my girlfriend got at this place. My girlfriend noted to me that she felt that we were ignored because we were the only people of color eating. This was one of the worst services I've ever experienced and what made it worse is that I choose this place to celebrate 2nd year anniversary with my girlfriend. Big mistake!
Great food but the service is very slow. Our waitress didn't come to greet us until 10 minutes after we arrived. Food took a long time to come and the main dish came before the appetizers. We had to ask for our plantain chips with the appetizer 3 times before asking a different waiter to bring it. Then we had to ask for our check 3 separate times until it finally came. We honestly felt ignored by the staff. Food is good but you just need to budget double the time you might normally for dinner.
we were in town for the weekend from Cincinnati. we had received a tip that the neighborhood restaurants were good, but we booked Fresca sight unseen. the food was amazing. we split several dishes which were all good, but the meatball appetizer was our favorite. the sangria was also delicious. our server was friendly and helpful, but didn't rush us. we would definitely go back.
Maybe we were there at an off time. Waiters were all standing around together and chatting. Service left a bit to be desired. Food was tasteless and not made well. I ordered trout with shrimp and there was literally two pieces of shrimp. It was really just trout covered in a huge pile of purple onions, such a huge pile that I couldn't see the fish! Not what I had in mind.
Overall good food! The bistek was great and the paella was okay. The ceviche ahi tuna was quite good as well.
The service was okay. It was a very busy night so our waiter wasn't as attentive as we would have liked.
Would definitely come back but hopefully service improves the next time.
I'm taking the time to write a review to commend Elsa for her calm and effective action that evening. A woman seated with a man, possibly on a first date, had a seizure. The man froze. Elsa filled the void and cradled the woman in her arms and prevented her from hurting herself. She also calmed the woman's date, who after a while got out of his seat and began to help.
It was a weird night at Fresca. An adjoining table of 8 women was extremely high maintenance. Shortly after the woman had the seizure, 2 of the women at the table of 8 got into a heated argument, wherein one of them challenged the other at least 3 times "let's take it outside". These women were in their late 40's at least, if not their 50's! Elsa had to manage that table also, as well as a table immediately behind the woman who had the seizure, who were patient & quiet despite having their meal seriously disturbed.
Before all this happened we stood on the sidewalk waiting until 8:35 pm for a table when we had an 8 pm reservation. One table had a check sitting on it when we arrived at 7:50 pm. That table finally paid and left at 8:45 pm. we took a different table that let their check sit for about 15 minutes. A glance towards the entrance would have been sufficient to see that people were waiting for a table. Another table let a check sit for over an hour, but at that point no one else was waiting to be seated. No knock on Fresca, just an observation about the lack of courtesy of a number of its patrons that particular evening.
Elsa was a star that night, and the food was good.
This is one of my wife's and my top 5 go to restaurants in San Francisco. Contemporary Peruvian cuisine, you simply cannot go wrong ordering ANYTHING off of their menu. That being said, I think Fresca has THE BEST ceviches in the city. Don't just get one (if you must, go with the Ceviche Chifa) but consider doing the sampler. Consider also trying the anticuchos--they're as delicious as they are interesting. As for entrees, here's where it truly is dealer's choice--it's all great. The atmosphere is romantic dark, while the tables are pretty packed in there. Consider eating at the bar if no table is available, which is located in front of the open kitchen and allows ringside viewing of the action there. Fresca is a GREAT choice in a neighborhood packed with them!
I know California is in a drought, but can a boy not get water all night long? Literally died of dehydration. That should have been a big red flag. The service was slow, and our server helped and chatted with everyone around us and didn't pay any attention to us - Umm I don't think we smell so why are you ignoring me?
With that being said, the food was okay, the ceviche was probably the best dish we got, with everything else a little bland. I would rate the food at B.
This is the second time that they gave away our requested table even though I actually visited the restaurant at lunch to make sure they would save it for us for our dinner reservation. The servers are terrific but the food is only average now—not as good as a couple of years ago—while the prices steadily increase. It's our neighborhood and we try and support it but I think it is more and more difficult for us to justify going back.
I've been to Fresca three times now. This time, we went for a special occasion and my shrimp chowder had a big eggshell in it that I bit into. It ruined the meal for me, and rather than taking it off the bill (which I could expect), they sent out a free dessert. Perhaps I have high standards, but I feel paying $22 for a dish that I did not finish once the eggshell was found was unfair and I won't go back again.
This place is always crowded and reservations are highly recommended. Love coming here for my fix of ceviche and paella. We had the ceviche sampler with the plantain chips. Ceviche was fresh and great portions. The plantain chips were excellent, crunchy not greasy or salty. The paella was very flavorful with plenty of protein. Great atmosphere and plenty of options for all. I would highly recommend Fresca to others and can't wait to go back for more ceviche
Decided to spend my birthday at Fresca and was not disappointed. Food was to die for as always. The chefs have clearly mastered the flavors. Everything from the causa to the seco de Cordero to the picarones were top notch.
My only complaint was that my seco was supposed to come with mashed potatoes, but instead it came with rice and I wasn't notified beforehand as to why it was swapped out or if they had run out of potatoes.
Still an overall great experience, will be back again!
Passed this restaurant a few times and finally stopped in for lunch. Was so delicious! The ceviches are so fresh and tasty, and the trout dish was amazing! We really enjoyed our lunch and the staff was professional and helpful when it came to deciding what to eat. Everything on our table of 4 was wonderful. Will definitely be returning.
We hadn't been here for awhile, so it was really nice to see that the food was as spectacular as always. The empanadas were very good, although different than what I've had other places. The roast pork with white beans had such a fabulous flavor. We will definitely go back again.
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