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.
I made a reservation on Open Table for Tuesday 3/6 for my birthday dinner. When I got to the Resturant it was closed on Tuesday’s. Open table needs to update the hours of operation. I had to go somewhere else for my birthday dinner when I was looking forward to dining at Fresca.
The foods were excellent. Open table asked what occasion during reservation. It was a birthday... then there wasn’t even a compliment for the birthday at all. So I figured why even ask....! But over all it was good. I’ll come back again for sure.
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.
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.
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.
Disappointed with the food this time
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.
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.
We loved it! Great neighborhood, kids menu was perfect and the portions were large. Reasonably priced and we will return again soon!
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.
Great lunch menu.
Love this place. Could eat there everyday
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!
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.
The food is always good. Good options for a vegetarian.
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.
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.
The food was excellent and we would definitely go back again
Food is very good, portions are large, service was good.
Small restaurant, tables are close, but neighboring patrons were friendly, a little bit noisy.
The menu at the restaurant did not match the menu posted online: no scallops!! However, the ceviche was terrific. The hostess was excellent.
I love their lomo saltado. The server recommended the zinfandel to pair with it, which was a match made in heaven!
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.
We had only 1 hour for a work lunch and the server was on point with that.
Overall a great experience and great food!
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.
It a small restaurant which makde it very quaint for an interimate setting.
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.
Always delicious feels like home
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.
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
As a Peruvian this place is legit!!!
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!
The food was good, although the portions where very small compared to the price you pay. Wish the place was bigger as well.
Peruvian specials are great. Don't bother with the Paella--it was bland and soupy and not worth the price! The service was so-so--seemed frantic, and we had three or more different servers. better to know who is really taking care of you. I kept thinking that maybe they were short-staffed that night, but maybe this is the way it always is (I hadn't been there in years.)
Make reservation in advance. It gets very busy for walk ins.
The food is good. A nice selection of well prepared food.. However, they do not offer brunch as stated on the website. Nor do they have a full bar. Service is not great; it was noisy and hot.
A very noisy place when it's packed with diners. It's a small size restaurant and when there are groups (6 or more) the volume makes it difficult to have a conversation with friends across the table. We like their Sangria but as the years go by, they have been less generous with the fruit they put into the pitcher, $30. I always order the lomo saltado, my favorite dish there. Such that I never try anything else on the menu. I had a taste of my friend's paella, very good. A nice neighborhood restaurant. Be sure to make reservations during peak dining hours.
We were a party of 6, celebrating a birthday. Food and service is very good. Will go back there.
I loved the location of Fresca. Very close to where I live. Food is good but I think they're a little pricy and the portion is small. Inside the restaurant is a little too dark.
We were there for lunch. The service was very good as it wasn't too full. The food was good as always.