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Fresca - West Portal

606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in West Portal, San Francisco, Fresca serves artfully plated Peruvian cuisine. It has a casual yet comfortable setting that's ideal for enjoying a meal with family. Fresca features delicious appetizers like crab-filled wonton fritters, ceviche made with fresh seasonal fish and lamb meatballs that will tantalize the palate before dining on the main course. Fresca serves popular traditional entrées such as lomo saltado, which consists of sautéed tenderloin steak strips topped with onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a bed of rice. The lunch menu showcases sandwiches, soups and specials.

Fresca's owners Zoila and Julio Calvo-Perez opened its doors to share the flavors of their culture with the community. This restaurant hosts various events and welcomes reservations.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 759-8087
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 606 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Booked a table in advance, arrived 5 minutes early and were told that our table would be 5 minutes.

Cut to 25 minutes later, still standing in the crowded hallway, with nobody offering us a drink or telling us to go to a bar nearby and they will call us when the table is ready.

Overall food was poor for the price. We had a drink, a ceviche to share, and two main courses. Total came to over $100. Usually not a big deal but the food lacked flavor. Come on, you're Peruvian food, how can you prepare the steak well done and the chips undercooked?

Poor on all fronts.

TomB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Great food, very nice staff and enjoyable. The place is a bit cramped and the tables for two are not very comfortable. But probably worth it for the food.

vipPJDiva (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

The paella was wonderful. I had the fish of the day which was mahi mahi over risotto, which was also wonderful. The noise level in a full restaurant is deafening though. We'll go back on a quieter night.

viplala (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

Disappointed with the food this time

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 10, 2016

The other locations have been great, this one is cramped, loud and just not the experience I've come to expect from Fresca.
I'll go back, just not that one.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 3, 2016

I have gone to Fresca many times over the years, but not for awhile. I took some friends for a celebration dinner and was very disappointed. The lamb was overcooked as was the steak. I don't know if it was an off night but I am hesitant to try it again.

Kidioko (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2016

We loved it! Great neighborhood, kids menu was perfect and the portions were large. Reasonably priced and we will return again soon!

vipSFOSteve (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

When Fresca opened many years ago on Fillmore, it was a wonderful, friendly and unique spot with great food. In recent times, it's honestly unexciting.
I had the quinoa/squash stew. The lunch menu listed it as a lunch special that came with soup or salad. The ingredients listed queso fresco.
The stew arrived luke warm, with no sign of the cheese. The waiter brought cheese on the side at my request. Flavors were meh. Didn't see the waiter again until I was done with the stew. I asked about the salad. He said that since I hadn't asked for one, he didn't think I wanted it. Really?
Not worth the $15 lunch price, especially with other good alternatives in West Portal. Sorry Fresca, time to wake up to the what you're really delivering and stop relying on past reputation.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

Great lunch menu.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2015

Love this place. Could eat there everyday

vipRaeL (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

The food at Fresca is consistently delicious. This visit we shared the crispy quinoa salad...the combination of ingredients made for incredible flavor. Next time we won't share; I want the whole thing!

Yummerz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2015

Been here a coupla times now. Had the sampler with the fried seafood. The Fried calamari seemed tinier now than before. Chicken was decent. Overall a nice experience and they didnt rush us out. I always appreciate little things like that.

vipKJSF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2015

The food is always good. Good options for a vegetarian.

vipEllen (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2015

Bella has wonderful food, though for me, it's too noisy. Also, we had some trouble understanding out waitress. It was a combination of her accent and the noise. We'll still go because the food is so good and the service is as well.

PotstickerV (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 27, 2015

I scheduled a reservation through OpenTable, but when we arrived at Fresca the hostess said she could not find the reservation on file. She was able to make room and gave us a table for 1 hour, but after our meal she came over twice to remind us that we only have the table reserved for 1 hour and will have to leave. Not sure if it was OpenTable's or Fresca's fault. Food was delicious. Noise level was quite loud so not the best for conversation.