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¡Chao Pescao!, San Francisco, CA

¡Chao Pescao!

4.7
4.7
278 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Chao Pescao is a new casual Latin Caribbean restaurant from longtime San Francisco restaurateur Rene Denis inspired by his Cuban-Colombian heritage. The name, translating roughly to “see you later alligator,” captures the friendly and fun spirit of the restaurant. Cocktails are inspired by many of the traditional drinks from Latin America, while the food pulls from the comforting Cuban and Colombian home cooking of Denis’s childhood. The menu is rounded out with other Latin American favorites with particular emphasis on dishes designed for delivery. Chao Pescao is located in the Civic Center Plaza at the heart of the city, across from City Hall.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Colombian, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-2200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rene Denis

  • Catering

    Please visit our website at www.chaopescaosf.com and view our Events Menu for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Chao Pescao's mid-town location and latin-caribbean menu makes this city favorite a winning choice for private group dining, and Chao's plentiful array of Latin-themed cocktails and fine wine list will please every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Shaw: (888) 654-2841

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Larkin

  • Parking details

    $5 Parking Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day Saturday with validation at the the Hastings Parking Garage.The UC Hastings Parking Garage is located at 376 Larkin St between McAllister and Golden Gate. The Civic Center Garage entrance is located at 355 McAllister. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 278 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and food
  2. K

    Khoi

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The VEGANA ROPA VIEJA, a vegan dish, is a little disappointing but the Colombian Chicharrón, the ensalada fresca and ajiaco (chicken soup) are nice. Beautiful decors. The service is top notch, wait staff is attentive.
  3. DP

    DavidP

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 5th time here, had the Tajin Fried chicken with black beans and white rice, definitely the best fried chicken! For dessert I had the Alfajores, never had such delicious cookie before.
  4. B

    Blondie

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chao was amazing! Their food is delicious. We started with tostones and chicarron. The plantains were quite tasty and crisp, with a nice salsa to add a touch of flavor. The chicarron were a bit fattier than I thought they would be, but still delicious and juicy. The salsa added a good heat. My friend had the lechon cubano, and he loved it! The garlic on the shredded pork was delicious. (I had a small taste.) Definitely something I would order in the future. I had the cemita poblana as I don't usually have any kind of chicken sandwich, and I wanted to try something new. It was so tasty! And I think they put an entire avocado on the sandwich. The chicken may have been the tiniest bit dry, but it was still delicious. And the fries that came with it were crispy perfection. I also had one of their cocktails, the mango tango. It wasn't quite as sweet as I expected, but it was lovely. Carlos was our wait-person, and he was very friendly, and knew the menu well. I was deciding between two options, what I had and the ropa viejo. He said the ropa would be more filling (I'm guessing because of the amount of rice that comes with the specials) and the sandwich would be tastier, which is why I went with the sandwich. (And honestly, that was pretty filling, too. I wound up taking half home for dinner.) Anyway, I will be returning to dine her again. Bon Appétit!
  5. p

    patriciag

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and knowledgeable service and very tasty food
  6. K

    Kate

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, and atmosphere at Chao Pescao was absolutely great! The waiters were very attentive and the kitchen got our food out fast. It’s a beautiful restaurant and very clean. The drinks were also delicious; I recommend the passion fruit one. I got the pan de bistec and it was great! The only negative was the bathroom was out of order.
  7. RC

    RusselC

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to grab food and drinks with friends.
  8. SL

    SLam

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. I came here again after experiencing my dish that I came here for and that is ajiaco. It's a soup that you have to try with tons of veggies. This time around, it was a bit more salty and the chicken was more tougher. The last time, it was just perfect in my mind. I have made it several times at home after experiencing this dish. We also got the steak arepa which isn't bad as well but I wished the steak was more rare as they used rib eye cap and that shouldn't be cooked well. Overall, great place to dine.
  9. d

    dulcinea

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    fun place- nice atmosphere. I just had some appetizers as it was happy hour and I wanted to try a few things..sangria not so great just red wine with fizzy water...so I asked for some orange juice in it. The empanadas filling were a miss..no really flavor in the shredded beef and chicken empanadas I ordered and the red salsa sauce it came with tasted like ketchup and was def from a can...but the one thing that won me over- the sizes were good and the prices great, the crust on the empanadas was among the best I have had with a cornmeal- very lite - I would go back but perhaps try something else.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, helpful service, metal straws (surprising big +, especially over paper straws), empanadas (beef, pork and chicken) were tasty and filling.
  11. LE

    LovelyExperience

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet to moderate noise level for a Thursday dinner. This was an all senses experience. From the selection of the music (perfect level) when one first walks in (old school boleros for a romantic setting to Celia Cruz' masterful songs, to a modern touch). The food was high quality and quite varied to include a full range Latin(x) cuisine. The service was beyond exceptional (Mike provided us such a wonderful experience). I was transported to foreign lands with every dish, song, and the environment somehow provided a vintage to modern experience. I don't often repeat restaurants, but there are items on the menu that I just need to return; possibly more than once. This is a must experience in San Francisco. The drink menu is just as varied and exquisite. After speaking with team members, it's rather evident that the owner has put much effort into providing such an experience. He personally created the playlist. Congratulations to all team members for a perfectly executed beyond dining experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations for my birthday lunch. We were looking forward to a good gluten free meal. When we arrived Ian took care of us. Not only was the meal perfect but he remembered everything we asked for without having to write it down and delivered the perfect experience service. My parents don’t speak English and he even understood their requests. We will return because of his service alone. The food is a perfect bonus on top of that.
  13. w

    watermoss

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything😊 the food delicious, the ambiance awesome, the bartender Aron the best, the manager also friendly and accommodating. This is a gem. You will not be disappointed. Empanadas chicken or beef so much flavor but not overwhelming. The quinoa avocado salad just the right mix and balance.
  14. TW

    TysonW

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What a hidden gem. Two Uber drivers had pointed this place out while driving past so we decided to give it a try. There wasn’t one thing we ordered that wasn’t delicious… but hands down the Beef Empanadas and the Bistec Arepas were to die for! We’ll definitely be back!
  15. E

    Ecravengreen

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and a nice atmosphere. Always friendly service.
  16. e

    elkinc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and Efficient service. Will come back and highly recommended
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, staff very attentive and helpful. Fun decor, cool vibe
  18. IB

    IsaacB

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience, service, and the food are great!
  19. BJ

    BJoy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious meal. The wait staff are charming and funny. Never rushed to eat your meal . Luxurious meal and drinks at a great prce. Always have to bring leftovers/ to go order home or my spouse would not forgive me.
  20. AI

    AngelaI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for a birthday dinner and had a wonderful experience. The food and drinks were delicious, the staff was very helpful and attentive, and the overall atmosphere was great. Would definitely eat here again.
  21. LH

    LeslieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and very accommodating and friendly wait staff. Highly recommend!
  22. MS

    McSherry

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first dining experience here. We had no idea how generous the food portions would be and despite the food being wonderful, we had to leave half of it. We were attending the theatre and had taken BART in the Berkeley, so the offered to-go box was not an option. We felt bad about wasting so much food. Next time, we will order more wisely!!!
  23. JM

    JerryM

    Adelaide

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Interesting Peruvian based menu. Food was fair. Though the Empanada were very good. Soup and steak were fair. Cocktails were varied.
  24. DJ

    DeeJ143

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious. The wait from the kitchen is a little on the slow side however we were prepared and scheduled accordingly. The service was impeccable, friendly and efficient. The music is fun and the dining room is clean, vibrant and well lit. Last visit we shared family style and decided on favorites, this round everyone got their own and since portions are healthy, I took half my food home and gifted my leftovers to a very happy family member who enjoyed that 1/2 a Cubano as much as I did!!
  25. S

    Singlereed

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun, high energy place. Convenient to Orpheum Theater. Excellent service from Michael.
  26. a

    angelfire

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our pre-show dinner at this cute venue. Seated quickly and downloaded the online menu via QR code. Found the happy hour menu but it only applies for bar seating. Empanadas were crunchy and sauces were good. The Pozole was complex with lots of meat. The quinoa salad was lovely and fresh. The steak special was tasty but steak was on the well side. Cocktails were not great. Might do beer or wine instead.
  27. NL

    NicolleL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! They have the best Colombian empanadas in SF. I’m Colombian and it’s very authentic!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  29. PT

    PThangConner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place! Waiter, Mike, was amazing with the recommendations & overall accommodations! Ordered 5 different plates & they ALL looked amazing & tasted even better! Looking forward to the outdoor patio they will build in front & can’t wait to go back!
  30. LA

    LaurieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best service ever! They were kind enough to hold our table for us when we called and let them know we were running late due to traffic from the pride weekend. They knew we were going to a show and recommended entrées that would come out quickly. They even helped us with directions to the theater. The vibe was positive and energetic and the food was amazing! I would definitely go back there in a heartbeat.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and great food!
  32. TC

    TeresaC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    This place was very good in most respects except that we were seated next to a party of six who were exceptionally loud. There is basically no noise dampening in the space. Every other table was speaking quietly. Even so, I will probably go back, they had a lot of nice vegetarian options.
  33. LM

    LaurenM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, tasty cocktails, and amazing empanadas
  34. AL

    AL67t876t

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was very good for the price. Portions were very appropriate. Enjoyed the happy hour offerings.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    all the food was so yummy and flavorful. definitely have to work on their drinks though. returned my initial drink (xocolatl maize) then the waiter recommended the mango tango. it wasn’t good either but i was too shy to say anything.
  36. NM

    NehaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my second time going here, and it was an excellent experience overall. Food, cocktails and service - all was great.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, fun atmosphere, friendly staff, definitely recommend.
  38. VI

    VICTORC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really tasty and filling, the drinks were also really good. The service was excellent, our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Definitely will be coming back here for the great food options.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Went there last night before concert and it was excellent. The only challenge ones that our reservation table wasn’t ready until 40 minutes late, but we sat at the bar, were served free appetizers , seated the second to the table was clear and were also given a complementary dessert so they did more than enough to make up for it The ambiance.is bright, creative and colorful, so too the food and cocktails. Service is warm and friendly. Overall something a little different and a great asset to the Civic Center neighborhood
  40. CA

    CleanAirGal

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We love dining here before a show and enjoyed our cocktails and vegan entrees. It so nice that they have a wide variety of menu options that suit everyone from a carnivore to soy-free to gluten-free to vegetarian to vegan. Everything was tasty as usual. We look forward to our next visit. Fantastic staff, too! Thank you.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ¡Chao Pescao! using the Order Online button. ¡Chao Pescao! also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 621-2200.

¡Chao Pescao! is rated 4.7 stars by 278 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for ¡Chao Pescao!

272 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Larkin

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Colombian, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    $5 Parking Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day Saturday with validation at the the Hastings Parking Garage.The UC Hastings Parking Garage is located at 376 Larkin St between McAllister and Golden Gate. The Civic Center Garage entrance is located at 355 McAllister. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rene Denis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-2200

  • Catering

    Please visit our website at www.chaopescaosf.com and view our Events Menu for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Chao Pescao's mid-town location and latin-caribbean menu makes this city favorite a winning choice for private group dining, and Chao's plentiful array of Latin-themed cocktails and fine wine list will please every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Shaw: (888) 654-2841

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