About Pera

For freshness and flavor you can't go wrong by aiming for a classic Mediterranean cuisine appreciated around the world. At the heart of a Mediterranean meal is fresh quality ingredients down to the olive. Pera chooses to take that aim, and where possible we will use local farms, as well as locally grown produce. In selecting our lamb and beef cuts we strive to make grass feeding top on the list.


Add to this Pera's offering of regional breads and desserts made in-house with a full array of compatible California wines, Greek, Turkish, and domestic beers. And finally top it all off with Turkish coffee.

1457 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday/Sunday: 10am-3pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday:5-9:30pm

Cross Street:
Connecticut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 796-3812

Website:
http://www.perasf.com/

Catering:
Pera Provide catering for up to 350 people.
Please contact Sherry Wilson regarding your events and Menu options.

Executive Chef:
Irfan Yalcin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Pera Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

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Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (11)
Authentic (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Healthy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic restaurant! Amazing friendly service with wonderful food!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service and good food! We had an array of appetizers which were delicious and kebabs were yummy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great food and nice ambiance. Good for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I've been to a lot of Turkish/Mediterranean restaurants in the US and Pera has by far the best food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Tasty food in a nice environment with very friendly and accommodating service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Always delicious cuisine, especially the Manti ravioli, and attentive service, a pleasure to be at Pera. Also stays open late-ish on Potrero.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Extremely welcoming and attentive staff! Comfortable and warm environment. The food is consistently delicious. We love coming here!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant on Potrero Hill. The food is always great and the service really shines through.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Had a wonderful time with my boyfriend celebrating our 2 years together. There was a large table next to us who were very loud, and left halfway through our dinner. Was quiet and romantic after that!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything we had was delicious. Will definitely visit again

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by most recent meal at Pera. I'm a neighbor and have been there numerous times and the food was fine. This time it was excellent. Ingredients were very fresh and well prepared. Had a little glitch on my order, where I'd requested salad instead of potatoes, which did not come correctly at first. But the issue was quickly rectified. And worth the wait. The fruit was especially flavorful. I shall return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Pera was less than my expectations. I rated it low because our food came after an hour and a half, we weren't served bread until 15 minutes before our meal. Our servers kept switching through out the night and overall our experience was cumbersome and slow at best.

I the food was okay but the wait was uncomfortable. We saw a few tables come and go with drinks, bread and food before we saw our meal. When I we mentioned it to our waiter he said that was a typical Friday night and he didn't know what we was expecting.

Overall the company I had was great but the service wasn't. We won't be coming back anytime soon. Would not recommend unless you have spare time and an open appetite.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Disappointed. My friends and I went here to grab a bite last minute on a Friday night. The short of the long is we waited over an hour and a half to get our food. We had 2 different waiters that never checked in to see how we were doing or how our food was or drinks. Lastly, we watched as several tables around us that arrived after us got food, bread and cashed out before us. Maybe it was an off night, but not worth the hassle to go back again.
Side note: we made our reservation on open table, mentioned it at the door but at the end of the night I got an email saying we never showed up. The experience as a whole felt difficult.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We had a specialty - cannot remember the name, but it was a medium spicy chopped up lamp on top of an eggplant puree and it was FABULOUS. We also had the salmon which was over cooked to our taste, but the accompanying creamed spinach and potatoes were great.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Really yummy food and great service! The restaurant was empty when we arrived on Sunday at 7pm, but slowly started gaining more tables - and that did not reflect the service or food. Truly a wonderful experience! Definitely will be going back!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

My boyfriend is Turkish. We went for the authentic Turkish breakfast with some friends visiting from NYC. It was easy to get a reservation, and the food was delicious. We had two vegetarians in our group, and everyone was extremely pleased with their meal options. If you go for brunch make sure you order a glass of juice. They don't advertise it, but it's fresh squeezed to order.

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Amazing authentic Turkish and Greek food. Nice atmosphere and excellent service. Not to miss the Baklava dessert!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Healthy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

The food was delicious (we got the hummus, manti, moussaka, Bellini...) and our server was really nice and funny!
We'll come back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Pera is a neighborhood favorite for us and has been for a long time. It's probably been six months or so since our last visit. We were just back from a trip to Istanbul and decided to take our dinner party of four to Pera for my wife's birthday. With memories of Istanbul's wonderful restaurants fresh and much in mind, Pera showed itself a real gem - we had four amazing dishes and shared them around among us - two from the regular menu and two specials. Food, service, and hospitality all felt as great as we'd experienced in Istanbul. It was perfect for the birthday with a wonderful feast that made us grateful we're in walking distance. We left the restaurant talking about how glad we were we could return soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We invited some friends for a Sunday brunch. The food was tasty- really good.
The variety was rich. Customer service was excellent. The noise level was low. We enjoyed the food and our friends' conversation in a family friendly environment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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