The service is divine. Nothing beats a family run place. They really host you and make you feel welcome. That alone will have us back.
Coffee is legit Turkish style, which you don’t get much of in SF these days with all the third wave coffee available.
Food was pretty good. We had brunch and looking forward to what they do at dinner.
All in all a real gem.
Food wasn’t bad but wasn’t fantastic. People were really friendly through and about the only place in potrero where you can get a reservation for a larger group on sat night at a reasonable time.
Excellent food and service
Thank you for a great experience!
Always enjoy dining at this neighborhood gem.
I felt a little ambivalent after reading the few dissatisfied customer reviews. Was relieved to find our experience to the contrary. Excellent food, very fresh, well prepared. Good vegetarian options. Excellent service. Veyy warm, inviting ambience. Would definitely go back. Love the place!
Food is not fresh- olive tapenade was spoiled, salad and tomatoes wilted, lamb not seasoned, grape leaves mushy. Highlight was cheese lit on fire with dates. Service is excellent!
Will not return. Been two times and underwhelmed.
Overall experience was pretty average. Nothing bad, nothing outstanding.
Made reservations for 16 people for NYE; 18 showed up. Despite being busy, the staff made it work for us. Obviously, a group that large is going to be challenging, with people being ready to order at different times, changing seats, special requests, etc. Regardless, the staff accommodated everyone. Very impressive.
The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Nice service. If it were located downtown, it would be jammed.
We were looking for Mediterranean and this place was a great find to hit the mark. Staff were on top of everything, the meal flowed quickly and the decor and music were fitting. Scallop and zucchini appetizers, Greek salad, skirt steak and kebabs were all great! Unfortunately we didn't have room for desert.
Food was a pleasant surprise. Everything was delicious. Setting was very quaint and low key. Can’t wait to go back.
Just what we wanted
We enjoyed our meal
Turkish dishes were very good, along with Greek salad. Enjoyed the restaurant but the neighborhood is not worth stopping in. Parked just around the corner I had my car window smashed out and laptop and cameras stolen while I ate. People sitting outside at another restaurant just 100ft or so from my car said they saw nothing but that it happens a few times a week.
I have lost count the number of times I have been to Pera. Why do i keep going back? the treat you like friends and family. The warmth that Metin, his brother Irfan, and their entire staff shower upon the dinners is rare in this day and age. The food is always delicious. If you are looking for the trendiest, new restaurant, don't go here. If you are looking for a place you can call home, where you will not feel rushed, where getting to know the employees is a plus, and where you are appreciated as a customer, please take a moment to stop by.
This was the worst experience. Upon arrival at 6:25pm for our dinner reservation of 6:30pm, we had to wait 5 minutes before they greeted us. Immediately, they told us we had to vacant our table by 8:00pm for another reservation. We were seated and had to wait 10 minutes before they took our drink orders. Then had to wait another 10 minutes before they took our order. We ordered three appetizers and only two came out. They said we never ordered a third appetizer. By 7:30pm, our dinner was served. The two pasta dishes were cool; not hot. My seafood dish was not warm either. At 7:50pm, they gave us our dinner bill and said we had 5 minutes to pay and leave.
Often I would give a restaurant a second chance, but I will not for this restaurant because they are rated poorly for service and food.
The food at Pera was fine. Nicely presented. The restaurant front door literally blows cold air on every diner along either wall every time it is opened. There is a partial wall in the center which would shield you from the wind, but nobody was seated there. It isn't warm enough in that part of the city any time of year to allow the draft to blow on you every time someone comes in or goes out. In fact there is outdoor seating in the front and the waitstaff is constantly going in and out. I was chilled from the beginning of my meal to the end. It was annoying and hard to focus on my meal. The waitstaff is very underdressed in my opinion. We don't need tuxedos here, but frankly a whitish undershirt and jeans hits a very wrong note.
Met for a business lunch and had an efficient and tasty meal. It is what you would expect for Mediterranean—simple and fresh; not over complicated with sauces or dressings.
For the neighborhood, it’s adds variety to the flavors available for a change of pace.
This was a good spot I found looking for new flavors. I liked that fact it wasn't a long wait and we "luckily" found easy parking. Take your time to find parking as it is a very limited area.
Food was great, fast service and delicious new flavors to try with my 9 year old foodie and my wife.
I would recommended if you are looking to challenge your paladar. Enjoy!
Fantastic restaurant! Amazing friendly service with wonderful food!
The food was great--impressive variety. Each dish tastes different and each was outstanding. Attentive service. Very good Turkish wines. Would come here any time.
Great service and good food! We had an array of appetizers which were delicious and kebabs were yummy.
Great food and nice ambiance. Good for lunch or dinner.
I've been to a lot of Turkish/Mediterranean restaurants in the US and Pera has by far the best food!
Pera is a "go-to" for me for business meals. With it's central location, comfortable ambiance and delicious food, Pera is a stand-out in mid-town. My only hesitation is the price level, particularly at lunch. It would be lovely if the restaurant would establish some type prix fixe for mid-day. Otherwise highly recommended
Tasty food in a nice environment with very friendly and accommodating service.
Pera is beyond a neighborhood gem, it is a treasure. Every choice we ordered was creative, fresh, flavorful and delicious. Not one item was delicious!
Lots of confusion on pricing - lunch menu prices switched to dinner menu prices--felt bothersome having to deal with getting things reverted back. And even then there was a slight error on the bill but we just let it go at that point.
Pera is a wonderful place to visit! The food is flavorful, the menu interesting and fresh, the decor beautifully done and the staff and service are great! The wine list is chosen with care and a flair for entertaining. We'll definitely go back!
The mucver (zucchini cakes) appetizer was delicious as well as the manti entree. We also got the scallops appetizer and ground lamb over eggplant entree, both very good. Servers were friendly but we weren't told about the specials (we overheard the table next to us being told the specials). Also, we were not offered bread and dipping spread when the table next to ours was. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees. We also ordered a side of garlic fries and a side of hummus. The hummus was somewhat bland, which is the only complaint about the food. Nice, casual dinner overall.
We happened tho be in a nearby area for shopping so stopped in for lunch and were pleased with what we had; lamb burger, and baked moussaka, and a special ginger lemonade. Perfect
Always delicious cuisine, especially the Manti ravioli, and attentive service, a pleasure to be at Pera. Also stays open late-ish on Potrero.
Four of us enjoyed Turkish beer (Efes), delicious appetizers, and wonderful main courses. The saganaki was not what we expected, and we probably would not order that again, but we recommend the kofte and the spanakopita, along with the boregi, the ali nazik, the iskender, and the manti. For dessert, kunefe and gelato hit the spot. We'll return!
This was our first time at Pera. We were so very impressed with all aspects of this restaurant! The food is authentic turkish cuisine, done so well with interesting spices and lots of care. I had no idea I would enjoy this type of food so much - so much better than other Mediterranean restaurants we have enjoyed. We were equally impressed by the service staff, and the co-owner who greeted us at the door, checked in throughout, had a wonderful sense of humor, and definitely knew his country and it's food. We felt a warmth and welcome from all encounters! This has become one of our favorites.
Two of us had lunch recently -- The Shish Kebab plate (all lamb/dinner size) and the Traditional Breakfast Feast as well as a couple of drinks. The plate was very good - tasty leg of lamb with well cooked vegetables. The breakfast was mediocre compared to our home made meals and those we've had in Turkey, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. Felt as it they really weren't serious about making the Breakfast -- just ran to the grocery for average ingredients. I would give it a second chance to try some of the other dishes before passing final judgement. Drinks were average in taste and price. All-in-all a different neighborhood place than normal, maybe better at dinner after they've warmed up the kitchen staff.
My friend and I shared a moussaka and chicken-lamb kebab. The moussaka was very good. The kebab chicken tasted like it had been re-heated, not cooked from raw. And both chicken and lamb were overcooked (lamb was barely pink--I like it deep pink). The veggies were fresh and cooked just right. The red house wine was nice. The appetizer of 2 spanakopita was ok but at $10, I think priced too high. Service was very good.
The menu was all very appealing, and the Greek salad and moussaka we ordered were both quite good. It's tough to find a restaurant open on Mondays, we Pera fit the bill.
This was a very early dining time, so the restaurant was particularly quiet and pleasant.
I love the variety of brunch options that are available, and healthy! There is a nice mix of Mediterranean food along with American brunch options as sides. Quiet enough to have conversation with friends and don't feel rushed to finish your meal. Overall attentive service.