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.
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