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Fresca - West Portal

4.0
606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Peruvian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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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Cuisines
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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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Ulloa-Vicente
Additional
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
4.1
food
3.8
service
3.5
ambience
3.6
value
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Disappointed with the food this time

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Great lunch menu.

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

Love this place. Could eat there everyday

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2015

The food was excellent and we would definitely go back again

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SFer (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 21, 2015

Food is very good, portions are large, service was good.
Small restaurant, tables are close, but neighboring patrons were friendly, a little bit noisy.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 20, 2015

The menu at the restaurant did not match the menu posted online: no scallops!! However, the ceviche was terrific. The hostess was excellent.

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SFMegan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

I love their lomo saltado. The server recommended the zinfandel to pair with it, which was a match made in heaven!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

We tried a few different plates and shared them. We enjoyed each dish. The seafood is fresh and tasty and the sauces are filled with flavor.

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MB510 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

We had only 1 hour for a work lunch and the server was on point with that.
Overall a great experience and great food!

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Kalyn (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2015

The staff members of Fresca were very accommodating and patient with us. We had a party of six but two family members had yet to confirm whether they would show up. Although Fresca is a small restaurant, the staff was very willing to save another table and seats for us. They allowed their customers to bring their own wine and their dishes were great! It was my first time having this type of of cuisine but a member of our party said it was pretty authentic.

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vipCesar (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

Great restaurant

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QualServes (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

It a small restaurant which makde it very quaint for an interimate setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

Good option for West Portal main street as far as dinning. Same quality as other Fresca restaurants. A bit pricey but fresh ingredients and tasty food. We will go back when feeling like enjoying Peruvian cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

Always delicious feels like home

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2015

My friend and I both had TRUCHA ENCEBOLLADA, of skillet roasted Idaho trout, shrimp, onion, tomato, cilantro, white rice. It was absolutely delicious, served in a black cast iron pan sizzling in the juices. Sweet onions and tomato on top. You just want to soak up all the juices with the white rice. We each ordered a glass of white wine to go with our lunch and it was a hardy pour in a good sized wine glass. I would definitely go back again and probably have the same dish.

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StraitUpTheBest (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2015

Great food, even better service. I was referred here by a Foodie friend; it well over exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be going back soon, especially for those Sangria Pitchers!! Lol

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2015

As a Peruvian this place is legit!!!

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eselene (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2015

The food was delicious and the portions were generous! Three of us ordered two salads and the stuffed trout all to shared. Everything was so good that we ate every morsel. The staff was accommodating with our sharing and gave us small plates. I would ask for larger plates next time. Fresca is in my neighborhood so I will definitely return!

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