Pera

4.5
297 reviews
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Mediterranean
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.
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place. We enjoyed a bottle of zin at half price on a ‘Wine Wednesday.” Walking distance to UCSF Medical Center .

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BB
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It had been over a year since we dined at Pera, and our experience was consistent with our memories. Service was attentive; the sesame incrusted tuna was excellent. We'll return.

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BY
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and tasty food in a bright happy environment.

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G
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pera, located on Potrero Hill’s 18th Street “restaurant row”, is an always reliable source of delicious, wholesome, and inexpensive Mediterranean cuisine. My dinner companion and I were last there three years ago during another Golden State Warriors playoff series and it was time to return.
Our meal started with a complimentary, fragrant and tasty loaf of home baked bread. We split both appetizers, including Piyaz ($10), a type of fava bean salad, and Halikarnas ($14), a delicious dish with fish, prawns, and scallops in a picante red sauce. Of the two, we both felt that the Halikarnas was a “we must try this again” selection.
We also shared our main courses: salmon filet ($22), which was cooked to order, and the “Bird’s Nest” ($18), a delicious vegetarian combination served in – you guessed it – noodles in the shape of a bird’s nest. Both entrees were excellent.
Our waiter, Deniz, provided the excellent service we have always come to expect at Pera. Our total bill, including tax and tip, came to a reasonable $42 per person. Highly recommended!

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LL
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful food, many vegetarian options, easy parking in the neighbourhood

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AS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's such a lovely neighborhood spot. The service is warm and friendly and our family loves going there for brunch.

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M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious healthy food. Very warm and helpful staff.

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G
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food looked great but the flavor just wasn't there. We started with the octopus salad, which was pleasantly spiced differently than what you would find in Greece or Italy, but it lacked the large pieces of octopus you would find in an octopus salad in those countries and didn't contain much octopus to begin with. Then my friend and I split the duck and swordfish kabob special. The duck was good, but there was nothing special about the sauce, spicing, or treatment. The kale and potatoes it came with were distinctly average. The swordfish kabob special looked great when it arrived at the table, and the portion of swordfish was generous, but the visible spicing had little impact on the flavor. The spinach side was probably the best thing we tasted, but the special also came with the same potatoes as the duck, which were like breakfast potatoes. The service was friendly, and the wine and beer list decent, but there really wasn't anything that stood out that would bring us back. I will look to try one of the other interesting looking restaurants in the neighborhood the next time I'm out in Portrero Hill.

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AC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly staff and food was excellent.

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martin and his staff were kind, attentive, and friendly. And the food was delicious. I would highly recommend sharing the small plates

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring break led us here with 4 kids in tow at 7:30 pm... not sure what we were thinking. However, the experience, service, taste, and ambience made for a fantastic evening. The staff were ever so gracious, as my experience, kids are not always met with a welcoming eye, yet, Pera was exceptional. Other than a few shrieks from my one year old and my older kids wanting to eat all the food( including mine ) our kids behaved and we had a great night out in the city. Definitely a treasure eatery, we will try to make it back again, but as a date night sans kids.

Foods: if you like octopus, the octopus salad is A+!
You can never go wrong with the shish kebabs, but I had their special of Tuna Shish kabobs on a bed of creamed spinach and grilled potato’s, they should always have that one*!

Thanks again Pera for a great night out on the town!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a lovely anniversary dinner..think they just opened so was very slow. But food was great. Inventive and very tasty. Especially the grilled cheese with date ( wish there were more dates). Salmon and steak were delicious and argula salad was also delicious. We will definitely be back xoxo thanks again for a perfect date night

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DS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pera was a nice find. We went for the first time. The booking was for 3 persons but they could accommodate an extra guest even while the restaurant was full. They were serving both brunch and lunch, which made it easier to enjoy various selections. We had some vegetarians in our group who found good selections as well.
All our food came together which was great! The portion sizes were appropriate, not too small, nor too large. The food was well seasoned and the accompanying sauce or dressings were generously portioned but placed on the side. So one could indulge as needed. The service was efficient and smooth.
We enjoyed our lunch and would recommend it to others. I’m sure we will revisit again.

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RP
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, fresh, tasty - like eating in the Mediterranean (but no beach or sea)

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Half bottle Wednesday! Great meal large portions

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YS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I brought 7 others here to introduce my friends to the deliciousness that is Turkish breakfast. Other than a friend’s dish being forgotten and coming out much later than the others’, everything was excellent. If I were the restaurant manager, I would have comped that dish. Oh well. Like I said, everything else (including the late dish when it finally arrived) was excellent, so I will definitely be back often. Service was good; the food was delicious—friends who didn’t get the Harem breakfast for two, which is what I recommended to everyone, definitely regretted it, but they were still happy with their choices. As a Turk, I can say that this is authentic Turkish breakfast (of course, it would cost much less in Turkey, but we aren’t in Turkey and that’s the point—it’s worth every penny to be able to get the food I miss here in San Francisco). Highly recommend it. Great birthday breakfast spot!

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. My reservation was at 6:45 on a Saturday and the restaurant was pretty empty when I sat down, but it quickly filled and had a great atmosphere. I'd recommend the flaming halloumi cheese with medjool dates, although I wish it came with more dates!

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b
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food. Great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Highly recommend. We absolutely will be back. The Iskender he was brilliant. Really everything we had was great.

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b
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pera is our neighborhood jewel. Beautiful, calm ambiance; really delicious food; generous portions; caring service and excellent value. The people who own this restaurant really care, and their pride shows. It is a pleasure to support them (we take all our friends here).

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Turkish restaurants I've ever been to. Great food and under priced in my opinion.

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Hosts were very pleasant. Atmosphere was romantic and low-key. Food was authentic and delicious! Recommend the manti and dessert.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was good but the simit was dry and not fresh.

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JL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious -- burrata & pear, octopus salad, spanakopita, dipping trio, kofte, halikarnas, Pera talas boregi, manti, Iskender, and of course the amazing bird nest. Yes all for the four of us. Oh and don't forget dessert!

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PD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Mediterranean food, well prepared. Service good even at busy dinner times. Street parking not hard to find.

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RM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Party of 5 1 dish way over cooked and 1 dish at least 15 minutes after everyone else served
In terms of Greek food taste was bland

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RB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious lamb burger with tasty sauteed potatoes and very nice service.

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pera is one of the best Turkish/Mediterranean restaurants in the Bay Area, if not the best. I have also tried their brunch menu before and very satisfied. Nice people, good service and yummy food. I must have been there at least 6-7 times now.

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JS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Menu looked great and we had some tasty meals. Two comments - service was slow on a non busy night and some of the food came out luke warm. I am more than happy to give another shot and know service could be better especially given the tasty food.

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JL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely delicious. We definitely will be back ;-)

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation so there were not many people there and it was quiet. Very good menu with a number of options. Let us taste wine to choose. Ambiance was good, staff attentive. Found parking close by.

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B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance. The service was superb. The food was a bit 'meh' -- but I think that one can do better if one orders carefully. I had the Pera Talas Boregi, and it was bland and boring. My son who had the duck liked it, but it was nothing all that special. I might look for items on the menu that are a bit more spicy/exciting. The other son ordered a couple of small plates, and he enjoyed them a bit more.

But overall it was a very pleasant dinner -- had time to chat, catch up, never felt rushed. Nice setting and the staff were totally wonderful.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First date 😊

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AA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious Turkish food.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! We loved that so many of the dishes were “shareable”.

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N
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, good value, nice low-key neighborhood restaurant

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was all very delicious with many gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options.
I really loved the decor, a lot of thought went into the wall decorations.
The staff was very friendly and shared a lot of the cultural backgroun of Turkey and its people.

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K
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, friendly service combined with good food make this a great spot. The menu is very diverse and offers a number of different interesting dishes. I can't remember the names because they are Turkish words, but we had scallops wrapped in potatoes, pear and buratta salad, and fried patties of shredded zucchini and other ingredients. House wine -- both red and white -- was good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute Place. Friendly staff. Some different dishes than your standard med palace.

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b
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we tried (which was most the appetizer menu) was very good. The burrata with pears and pistachios was outstanding! It would even make an excellent dessert!

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