Barranco

4.5
457 reviews
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$30 and under
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Peruvian
Barranco is a warm, casual yet sophisticated, full-service restaurant serving modern Peruvian cuisine from Chef Carlos Altamirano made with high-quality and responsibly sourced ingredients. Inspired by the romantic seaside district of Barranco in Lima, Peru, Barranco is dedicated to creating an outstanding eating and drinking experience with a spirit that is laid-back and approachable.
Inspired by its namesake, Barranco’s menu offers seafood, family-style tapas and a select number of main dishes. In addition to a ceviche bar, Barranco’s menu features bocaditos (small bites) such as Scallops Carlitos and Langostinos Crocantes (prawns), grilled anticuchos (meat skewers), pollo a la brasa (traditional Peruvian rotisserie chicken), classic Peruvian sandwiches, an assortment of delectable sides and, for dessert, Alfajores, the popular Latin-American artisanal cookies.
Barranco’s beverage program features pisco, the traditional spirit of Peru.
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WT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our first meat at Barranco. Gave Barranco a great review on TripAdvisor.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and ambiance but service was lacking. They need more waiters.

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DM
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!! Highly recommended for food, service, ambience and atmosphere. We dined outside.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is excellent. But we ate outdoors because the noise level inside was definitely not to my liking. It’s expensive too. The food, however, is unique, very tasty and fun

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BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barranco was the perfect venue for our Father's Day celebration. They accommodated both the dog and the wheelchair as we sat outside on a lovely day. The service was top notch and our food was creative and delicious. Loved the Barranco Sour! Loved the chips offered up front!

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T
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful way to spend Fathers Day!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was decent, but I would’ve expected something better for the prices that they’re charging.

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

noise level is only tolerable if you're sitting outside, or if there are very few people inside. Food is high quality and delicious!

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JD
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I haven’t been to Peru but for sure this was not Peruvian cuisine.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Todo fue muy rico. We got the ceviche (cebiche?), chicha morada, and tequeños, and they were all really delicious.
We were surprised that the ceviche didn't come with chips included -- that cost an extra $5. The servers were friendly and helpful, though they did forget to bring us our check for about 20 minutes.
But a great restaurant. Well-deserving of the high praise it's already garnered!

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CR
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great addition to the Lafayette restaurant scene!

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have only been here twice but with 12 people total, we had to have a big family meal with tons of food rolling out flooding our table. Barranco delivered.

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t
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent and unusual menu and very good service. Best to sit outside because the inside gets very noisy.

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k
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A truly talented chef. Third time there. Pork belly skewer, plantanos, & chorizo empanada were exceptional. Great wines. Same service problem as we always have experienced. The dishes come out in the wrong order or they forget one, but the dishes are worth the trouble.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Do not leave without getting the churro dessert. It was the best dessert I've ever had, and I never even think of getting a churro. Excellent service as well.

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PW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had good food and a great time. The servers were kind and informative.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately, this place needs some help. The server brought wrong cocktail, tried to correct it but didn’t quite get it right. (Never take ice out of Don Julio 1942, and bring it back to the customer when it was ordered neat.) Found bones and chicken cartilage in one of our dishes.

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R
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, interesting cocktails. Better to sit outside for conversations. Too loud inside.

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M
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I have eaten at Barranco many times now and I am never disappointed. The food is excellent and the service is pleasant and attentive. It was noisy but at least they did not have background music which would have made it worse.

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and drinks - great service too with staff that was very knowledgeable - will be great to sit out when the sun is out.

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K
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our service was very slow. We were concerned about chilis as our of our party has a chili allergy. We were told that nothing was very hot, which both was not correct and was not the issue. Maybe the lunch staff were just being trained?

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food - every menu item was well done and well presented. Prices are high (it’s Lafayette). The could have used another server - the one we had couldn’t have been nicer but was scrambling. The dulce de leche churros were a piece of heaven.

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JR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent dinner at Barranco. We started with the grilled baby octopus salad and fish of the day ceviche. The octopus was perfectly grilled and served with crispy slices of Granny Smith apple. The red snapper in the ceviche was tender and went perfectly with the yucca chips. We split the fish fillet over fish stew, it was served with coconut rice. The fish stew had a delicious tomato based broth that was velvety smooth. Topped everything off with coconut panna cotta which was also delicious. Very lively, happening place with an airy atmosphere. Nice outdoor patio to dine during warm weather. Will definitely go back.

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NA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try a new and different restaurant from our typical restaurant choices and so glad we did! it was pricey, so not a place we would go to frequently, but nice choice for special occasions. I liked that they kept regular menu for Mother’s Day and we tried 3 appetizers and 4 entrees and every dish was very good. A little spicy hot on some but I’m sure they could reduce heat if you ask. Only con for me was their limited dessert menu. They only had 2 choices which we passed on. Server was super friendly and great. Restaurant was very crowded too and we still got our food in good time.

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LE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Adobo platter was delicious. Nothing really special about this Peruvian restaurants since there are so many in the area. I will be going to Limon as my go to. Great service by the staff especially the hostess who accommodated my family.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The chicharrones are excellent, but that's about it.

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food had good taste (very tasty) but I would not recommend Barranco (if you are Peruvian of course) because the food was not authentic Peruvian, it was more Asian food with Peruvian name (Paella is an spanish dish, ceviche should never be served with fried wantan or sesame seeds!!!!, lomo saltado had no Peruvian yellow pepper.....) I went there hopping to eat a Peruvian meal.... I had to go back home and made it myself.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely go again!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for Mother’s Day brunch with my two young kids. Service was friendly and timely, food was good.

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MA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal. The food was full of new flavors and textures.

The barkeep provided excellent service and entertainment. The wait staff had some problems with execution but tried very hard to make things right.

Worth the visit and will visit again.

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LD
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

On my first visit, I thought the food was Ok but overpriced, and I didn't like the noise level as it shut down our converstaion. I ordered the Ahi tower and a ceviche and thought it was about as good as any other respectable restarurant's raw fish. This week, I ordered food that was actually cooked by the chef. I had the avocado and chiccarones salad and the chicken albondigas. This was a very delicious meal, well worth the price. The flavors were strong and interesting. The noise level was high, but it didn't inhibit conversation this time. We'll be going back!

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is spectacular. Very warm and attentive. The ceviche, the avocado stuffed with chicharrone, and the spare ribs were fantastic. Skip the chicken skewers which arrived burned and dry. Skip the yucca chips they offer when you order the cebiche. Despite those two less than stellar offerings, the others were so good that I would go back again and have! The coconut panna cotta was sublime. On a warm but not too hot day, it is lovely to sit on the patio under the umbrellas. On hot days, the inside is cool and comfortable.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very knowledgeable about the food; all of which was wonderful. We will definitely return.

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

We arrived shortly after Barranco opened and were seated outside, which was much quieter. Our server, Ashley, was attentive and energetic throughout our meal. We ordered a mix of cebiches, beef heart skewers, pork ribs, and the paella and arroz. Everything was delicious, and the carrafe of Sangria was well priced for the size. I agree pricing is probably $1-3 more on each dish and drink than it should be for the area (it's Lafayette, not SF). All in all, this was a fantastic meal and we would return to Barranco again!

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an enjoyable place to eat. Great food. Nice. Casual ambience. A bit noisey, but not unbearble. Service was efficient and cordial.

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SD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fresh, tasty, different.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside on a warm night. Fun cocktails. Portions of the cebiche are not huge so order plenty...with yucca chips. Langostino (shrimp) and púlpito (octopus) are delicious. It’s not as crowded as when it first opened (due to other nearby restaurants) so it’s easier to book now!

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E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting menu and well prepared and presented.

It was unique and definitely worth many visits to follow

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VG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice clean, casual ambiance and great location in downtown Lafayette.

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PV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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