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About DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar

DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar sits on Market Street in between Valencia and Guerrero, and has been for the past 15 years. With personal roots from Peru, executive chef/owner, James Schenk has been on the forefront of gastronomical trends, making DESTINO a staple of Latin American restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. From Pisco to Cachaca to Mezcal and Burbon, our full bar can satisfy any cocktail craving! If you don't know what Pisco is, ask one of our bartenders, and they can educate you with our Pisco Flight. For wine lovers, we offer a wide variety of South American, Spanish and California wines, that make pairing dishes a true delight!

1815 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates, Peruvian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
CLOSED MONDAYS
Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
In between Valencia and Guerrero on Market

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 552-4451

Website:
http://www.destinosf.com/

Entertainment:
We offer a great selection of Latin American music ranging from Salsa and Cumbia to Latin Pop and Top 40.

Catering:
With over 15 years of event experience,
DESTINO can accommodate a variety of
catered events:
From cocktail receptions of 20 people,
to full service catering up to 200, let us make your next occasion memorable
at your home, office or other location!
(Options Include)
-Deliverable party platters
-Customized menus
-Event staffing

For more information, please visit our website at destinosf.com or contact: james@destinosf.com.

Parking Details:
Street Parking. We recommend parking on Market street in between Valencia and Guerrero, Duboce in between Valencia and Guerrero, Peal Street and Elgin Park side streets.

Public Transit:
F Trolley Line at the Guerrero stop. Closest Bart stop is Civic Center (about 10 minutes walking).

Executive Chef:
James Schenk

Private Party Contact:
James Schenk: (415) 552-4451

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For private events, DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar can accommodate up to 175 people!
(optinos include:)
- Seated Dinner- accomodates up to 60 people
- Cocktail Reception- hosts up to 90 people- DESTINO hosts up to 175 people for receptions- Customized audio & video playlists- DJ & video media display options- Customized cocktail list & food menus

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DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

58% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Casual (3)
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Fun (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

If you are Peruvian or fan of Peruvian food, PLEASE! do not expect to get the Peruvian dish you have in your mind. I was very disappointed!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was on point, lots of veggie and gluten free options. Ceviches and empanadas were killer.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Disappointing food but beautiful decor. The restaurant had a strong Pine Sol or some other cleanser odor that was a bit overwhelming when we walked in. We ordered several items to share and they were all disappointing. I've never had fried yucca so dry before.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant had the best ambiance for a get together with friends or date. The food was good, we loved the empanadas; tamale, calamari relleno, so good! The service was top notch. We will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We enjoyed eating at Destino. We had picked eating here because of the SF Restaurant Week. The food was amazing and it was delicious.

The noise level at that time was super loud because there was a party of 7 right next to us. Even then, we still loved our experience.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The appetizers and wine were good. We both ordered the steak and fries entree and the meat was dry and didn't have much flavor. The service was great but I think it is over priced.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Awesome experience, very mellow on a Wednesday night!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing food, good vibe, killer cocktails, great for groups

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Disappointed with the food. The dishes were pricey. 3 of the group found their dishes overly salty and 1 was under salted.

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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lovely staff and great drinks. Quiet enough to have a good conversation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

If you’ve ever had Latin/Peruvian food this is not the place to go. Was completely disappointed with the food, taste felt more Spanish than anything else but it wasn’t even good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Took my son and his girlfriend here for a nice family evening out. I had heard that the food was wonderful and the ratings on Open Table were good, so we traveled a distance to give it a try. I have to saythat it was 100% worth the drive. The atmosphere was warm and cozy. The drinks were definitely unique and delicious. The food was so delicious that I couldn't leave my hubby out... I had to take a plate home for him! And, the service was spot on. My son didn't love his drink, so the waiter quickly obliged him with a replacement free of charge. Everything about this meal was on par with my experience at finer dining establishments. Beautiful meal & memories! Well done Destino! 😊

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was OK but not delicious. Service was rushed and not as welcoming as I would have liked

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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Cerviche was too sour, no fish tastable anylonger.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Destino. We split an empenada, ceviche, plantain chips, salad, and casserole. I had a Pisco Sour - mmmmmmm, and he had wine. We were not overly stuffed, but pleasantly satisfied with our dinner. Kudos to Destino!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We went to the bar side first which had very entertaining 80s music videos playing. The staff were really friendly and quick. The dinner itself was delicious. Staff was extremely attentive and the feel of the place was lively but still comfortable. Definitely a place worth visiting.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Gracious service, fun menu with lots of creative takes on S.American fare. We felt prices were extremely reasonable for S.F. We had an early 7 pm dinner and it was fairly quiet in the dining room, although the bar side was lively. By the time we left , the whole place was abuzz and there were a couple of large families dining. We enjoyed people watching while we ate at the window counter facing Market st. We will be back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Lovely little restaurant with good food and great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great meal as always!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The Tapas & small portions are excellent for early dinner. We love the Chicken Empanadas, Cheviche Peruana & salad. The pitcher of Sangria w/ too much ice was a bit much $$$ for 2 people.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

We had such a great evening at Destino. I hadn't been for several years, and the food is as good as ever. I love the warm feel, service was great and the price is good for SF. I already booked my next meal there!

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Cozy, Spicy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Mm tasty food, i liked the yuca fries and spicy cod and stir fry beef with fries. Good pisco drinks too. I take my girlfriend here for a treat and the service is awesome

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I have been to Destino a number of times in the past, and always enjoyed my experience. This time, we went there for our 9th wedding anniversary. The service was ok, a little slow and I noticed that other tables were getting served more quickly than we were. At the end of dinner, our server asked if we wanted dessert menus then was gone for several minutes, then chatting with his colleague for several more minutes, then I had to loudly call him to come over as he was walking by. We had clearly been forgotten. I reminded him that he had said he was going to bring us dessert menus, and at this point we really just wanted the check. Not an awesome end to dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful. The ceviche was amazing. Our server was so friendly and knowledgeable and a pleasure to dine with.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 25, 2017

This place has been here for 17 years so you know they are doing something right! Great service, thanks Juan!, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. Food was good but we thought there is room for improvement. Pescado a lo Macho was outstanding just be careful with runaway spines. Pineapple panna cota very unique and delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Good choice. The staff was helpful and the food was good. We will return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Comfort Food, Organic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Awesome service and yummy food, though it got VERY loud during the meal due to large groups and echoing walls!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We've come to favor Destino for dinner before theater events. The menu's combination of tapas and large plates gives diners options perfect for individual appetites as well as opportunities to share their unique Peruvian cuisine family style. Service is friendly and attentive. Diners have a choice between their airy & colorful restaurant or more casual and dark bar side. The seasonal menu varies for variety but always offers a variety of ceviche and samosas. Last visit we tried the capon with quinoa served in a winter squash bowl with crunchy strands of jicama and a bit of spice. Wonderful! Perfect spot for family, group or couples.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Loved my visit. The food was beyond delicious and the service was refreshingly even better.
Definitely going to be visiting again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

We three were there to have dinner but decided to sit at the bar and eat there before heading to the movies. Great tasting food and our bartender Maddy was very pleasant making us feel very welcomed on a Sunday early evening.

Great happy hour too!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

We were a party of nine and reserved a table through the open table website. We called earlier on the same evening for confirmation. 8:30, party of nine, the same day, it looked all fine and we were looking forward to it. When we got there they told us that our table was reserved for 9pm and we should have a drink first. Okay, fine, we found a tiny table at the bar and had a drink. Then they told us that this small table should be our dining table. This option wouldn't have worked. The table was okay for drinks, but food for 9 people would have never fit. Another half an hour later we were properly seated. And another half an hour later we could order our food. In the end we waited 2 hours to eat without any apologies. All in all, the food was fine, but we weren't treated well. I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The chiles rellenos, empanadas, and ceviche were quite tasty. We enjoyed the chiles rellenos and the lechón. Thought the lomo saltado was too tough. The service was not tip top. Forgot a dish and drinks. But overall it was a nice night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Enjoyed our dinner at Destino very much. The Pescado a lo Macho, Chile Relleno, and Lomo Saltado were our favorite dishes. Didn't much care for the Pastel de Choclo but everything else was great. For two people, I would recommend splitting an app, then get two small plates each. Add the salad to split if you're extra hungry. We didn't try any dessert but next time we will. Waitstaff was knowledgable and friendly.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2017

My fiance and I really enjoyed Destino restaurant. The food was particularly delicious, everything we had some amazing. The service was great, my only complaint would be that we asked one of our appetizer to come without pork and it arrive with a big slice of bacon on the scallops... So we had to wait another 10 min for the chef to redo our plate. Besides that, the waiting time between dishes was decent and the atmosphere very enjoyable, soft lights, big mirrors on the wall. I would come back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Empanadas are out of this world, seafood is cooked perfectly. Other dishes were good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

kale was old. fish was dry, panna cotta was hard. service was good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Our server was lovely. It was super busy and she did her best to make it a memorable evening. She was cautious of my allergies. And good with suggestions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Beautiful interior, exceptional staff. Food was hit-or-miss on taste. Would go again to try other things.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Thought I would try Destino again after many years. The food was interesting and we had an enjoyable evening - but it wasn't special enough to return. The decor and tables are frayed at the edges - perhaps adding table clothes would mitigate this. Yucca fries soggy. Brussels sprouts meh. Squash/qunioa veg dish ok, but undercooked, fish dish was nice, cooked perfectly, tasty sauce but the fish was swimming in it. Dessert of chocolate bunuelos was really good. Horchata pana cota sounded like a good idea, but wasn't - an odd texture when you're expecting a smooth pana cota or a rice pudding - and this was sort of both. Perhaps a more focused execution is called for...?

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Expensive for what it is offered. Not worthy

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