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Poquito

3.7
120 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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  • Good for Groups (139)
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Poquito is a Latin American restaurant located in San Francisco, California that specializes in serving Spanish tapas and South American cuisine. The restaurant features a casual dining atmosphere in a contemporary setting with a full service bar that features a daily happy hour.

Poquito serves dinner daily and offers a variety of finger food, hand food, plates, sides and desserts on the menu for diners to choose from. Finger and hand food menu options include habas fritas, tostado, croquetas, Cubano sandwich and shrimp taco. Featured plates served at Poquito include shrimp ceviche, fritada, churrasco and camarones al mojo de ajo.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 3:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(415) 643-3900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th Street
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Parking details
Street parking is usually available on Third Street or around the corner on Tennessee Street
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Public transit
T-Line: Muni stop across the street on Third Street and 20th Street. Muni stops for the 22 and 48 at Third Street and 20th Street.
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Entertainment
Poquito's bar features two TV's for sports fans. Come by to watch the game.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
3.1
ambience
3.5
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

Wasn't impressed. Doubt I'll go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

Great sliders and other vegetarian options. Great recommendations by the server.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2016

I made reservations the day before our dinner. It was for 4 of us at 5:15pm...and early dinner the night of a nearby concert. Two hours before our seating, I get a voicemail stating they were overbooked and they could still seat us, but we needed to leave by 6:45. That was fine...just an annoying message to get, but I get this happens sometimes. Anyways, we get there and the waitress was clearly overworked and stressed about the overbooking...she made sure to let us know, not once, but twice that we needed to leave by 6:45. The food and drink was delicious and just adventurous enough to be different, but in a tasty way...unique flavors you would never expect. If it wasn't for the pushy attitude, we would have had a great time. We weren't even asked for refreshed drinks...we had to flag our waitress down and then she seemed annoyed that we were ordering more drinks...like we weren't going to be out at the time she needed us to be out. My husband actually asked her if she would prefer that we go across the street to get another drink instead of sitting at her table...she didn't answer. All of this becoming more and more annoying when there was only ONE other table in the restaurant....It was a large group table and they were busy at the bar, but that was it. They had 2 waiters working and one bartender...clearly not staffed for the concert. Overall, ridiculously cute place, great menu, awesome drinks...and ridiculously rude service that I just don't need and I'd choose to go elsewhere. Too bad because their sangria is the best I've had!

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LostinNY (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

The owner/host remembered my name simply from the reservation. Very personable and attentive. She took time to describe the dishes and was very accommodating. The soyrizo sliders and the arepas relleno were a treat for the taste buds. Well stocked bar. I highly recommend this place. It was a serendipitous find and perfect for date night for my wife and I.

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vipNeek (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

Delicious tapas! We'll be back (with friends). Best empanadas I've had. Great white wine sangria, and fabulous potatas bravas! Our server was great and made excellent recommendations.

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vipkapow (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 3, 2015

Extremely underwhelming. I was very disappointed in the food: fried, fried, fried.

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mbdzdiningout (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

I have eaten at Poquito several times with my 20 something year old daughters and their friends. The menu selection is large, diverse, fresh and flavorful. We always order plates to share, which is fun for a group. The sangria and cocktails are consistently yummy. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Dogpatch.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2015

The potatoes were generous, the ham croquettes were tiny. The tacos with jicama "tortilla" felt fresh and delicious.

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vipErin (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 19, 2015

Based on reviews and menu, we had hoped for more. The prices were high for such small portions and the food was boring - I'm pretty sure there was thousand island dressing in the tacos? Also the small plate menu was fun but lacked any protein based options.

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vipFlybycats (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2015

Enjoyed small plates of flavorful, well portioned Latin American and Ecuadorian foods shared between friends. The service was great and beer and wine selection decent. Definitely a hidden gem worthy of checking out.

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vipEdoErgoSum (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 16, 2015

Had to eat early at 5:30 pm, but no one greeted us once inside the door. In fact, there was only one table of two seated. So it was pretty dead which is fine cuz we just wanted a quick bite. However, sorta odd no one greeted us, and we sat 10 mins with no waiter coming by. Nothing wow'd but the place executed on the three items we ordered. A red snapper fish taco, a shrimp taco, and a chorizo slider. The fish taco was the best item, but I think it was $12 for two small tacos. Not exactly cheap but most things aren't in the Bay Area. The sangria was a happy hour $5, but I wouldn't order it again. The area is still slowly going through gentrification. This is not a place I would make a point to come back to.

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PickyPalatte (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

I thought the food was quite good. Interesting and different from the tapas I have had locally or in Barcelona. It was very convenient to a friend's gallery opening that evening, a delightful discovery. That said, it's quite distant from my home in Oakland and it wasn't so swell that I'd make it a dining destination. If you're in the hood, though, it's great.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2015

We ate at Poquito on a Saturday night in early February, 2015.

The menu is great--we ordered 7 or 8 different plates and all were EXCELLENT! Portions are on the smaller side, but the server made this clear up front so we were not surprised.

The ambiance was very relaxed and welcoming, with simple decor. Good for both couples and groups of up to 8, I would say. We were the first diners to arrive when we came in at 5:45pm, and by the time we left around 7:45 the dining room was at ~3/4 capacity, with additional space still available in the bar area below.

I have no complaints about the service, which was fairly prompt and accurate. The food arrived within a reasonable period and drinks were refreshed at regular intervals.

Extra credit for the owner, who came to our table personally to inquire after our experience and gave us the history of why he started the restaurant and the significance of some of the items on the menu.

4.5/5 Stars

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2014

I enjoy finding these lil' places with unique, yet simple dishes that I can eat with a ton of allergies. I have limitations but love food. I was able to order dishes without hassle or alterations, and the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2014

We were visiting SFO and wanted to yak mom out for dinner. Someplace hip and different. Poquito fit the bill. We had early res so it was quiet. The service was warm and friendly. Food was fantastic! Definitely come back for happy hour with friends!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2014

Delicious food. I wasn't expecting it to be quite as good as it was. Not sure why, I just wasn't. Absolutely everything we ordered - and we ordered eight different items - was well conceived, prepared and executed. Best tortilla I've had in a long time. Don't miss the chicken tacos.

Good cocktail list. Efficient, on point, unobtrusive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 8, 2014

Poquito fell really short to our expectations. The food was not great (specially the arepa and the pork plate). The decoration or lack of is very sad, the place is super noisy, and the service was just OK. I will not be coming back.

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Foodmama (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

We chose this place for pre-event dining and were not disappointed. Root vegetable chips were crisp and not oily. The salsas were very fresh tasting with the green packing quite a heat hit. High points for the chicken tacos which were generously filled and complemented with crisp vegetables which made a nice bite. The Cubano was flavoraful but the the could have been pressed and crisped up more. The potatoes brava are a meal on its own...onions, smoky pot status, crema drizzle...Yum! Overall the meal was worth a repeat visit. Oh and happy hour portions and prices are well worth an early trip.

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vipUberFoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2014

Great food, service and ambiance! Been here a few times and haven't been disappointed. They serve some tasty tapas - tacos and empanadas a must! Drinks aren't too shabby either. Waitstaff is friendly and attentive. Definitely has that Dogpatch vibe. A casual place to go w/coworkers or a small group of friends or just to meet a girlfriend for din & drinks. They make you feel welcome. Will definitely be back ALOT!!

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vipMark (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2014

We've been looking forward Poquito for a while. When we arrived, it was fairly quiet and we had incredibly attentive service with great background on the food. Our server was either the owner or in the family who owned Poquito. After he had to head out, we had some gaps, mainly empty glasses and no information on the food. The service was still kind so maybe our expectations were set high when we had our first server. Get the Shrimp Ceviche, Fritada Tacos, and Bunuelos de Platanos! Very tasty. Also enjoyed the Habas Fritas (Fried and salted lava beans) and Tostados (Andean popcorn). The Churrasco (beef, fried egg, rice, plantains, spinach) was filling but the beef lacked flavor inside - maybe grilled medium was too much. We will be back!

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