Permanently Closed - DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar

4.2
692 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. For the past 19 years, DESTINO has focused on traditional Latin cuisine with a modern twist. With personal roots from Peru, executive chef/owner, James Schenk has been on the forefront of gastronomical trends, and has made DESTINO a true destination of San Francisco's vibrant culinary world! Located on Market Street between Valencia and Guerrero, DESTINO is open 6 nights a week and can accommodate diners in our bistro, or more casual offerings in our bar/lounge. From Pisco to Cachaca & Mezcal to Gin, our full bar can satisfy any cocktail craving! If you don't know what Pisco is, ask one of our staff members & 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!

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TaylorS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wine selection was great. Food was tasty but nothing too impressive.
They were nice to accommodate our party of 10 last minute.
Overall service was fine with nothing really to complain amount. Would try again and maybe sit on the bar side and get cocktails.

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vipscottm
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food... great time and great service.. And the wine was flowing.

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Jordan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food was fine, but the service ruined it.

Went on Valentines Day, to say they were critically understaffed would be putting it lightly. We were seated 30 mins after our reservation time, even though the place as half full. All the staff were working hard but it was a Friday night and the service was very disappointing. Won’t be coming back.

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vipDaviator
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We had dinner here on Valentine's Day. Despite having a reservation, the host seated us in the bar area rather than in the dining area, and I'd recommend that if you are at Destino to eat, learn from our mistake and don't let them seat you on the bar side. Our server was one of the bartenders, and the service was very slow. We didn't even get acknowledged or get waters for about 15 minutes after being seated, and it was another 10 minutes before we were asked about drinks. After that the service got a little better, but was still slow. The bar was busy and at one point they turned the music up dramatically on that side, after that it was pretty difficult to converse.

The food was really delicious (a couple dishes were not very hot, I think it's probably because they sat there for quite a while before our server went to pick them up) and we did enjoy everything we ordered. But if we go back we won't make the mistake of allowing them to seat us in what felt like the "second class citizen" area. There are a couple other tables on that side, and those diners seemed to be having similar problems with the service.

I am pretty sure we'd have fully enjoyed things had we been seated on the restaurant side.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day

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vipHobbes
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

They didn’t give me my open table reservation points!!!

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Avoid
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was awful. Our server knew nothing about wine, he didn't know how to open the bottle or what a decantur was. All the food was extremely overly salty. Portions were very small and costly for their size. My date was still hungry after dinner and we went somewhere else for him to eat. The restaurant was terribly loud. I will never return

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was fine

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Shannan
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The signature drink was tasty and the food was good but the service was super slow. It took forever for our group of 7 to get a server to take our order and even longer for the food to arrive.

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vipBillS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Went for friends birthday. At the beginning we had good service but then it quickly crashed. A 40 minute wait for two Pesco sours. Items we ordered were never delivered to table after I asked it was again affirmed that I had ordered the item and it was still never delivered. I keep trying this place but they seem hit or miss.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fun and good food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Get the Arepa!!!!!

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vipRakeshM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Ridiculous bad service. Understaffed. Half empty restaurant and still took forever for someone to greet and sit you. Takes forever to get orders in, waters, drink, etc. Wouldn’t bother coming here. It’s a shame since it used to be a great place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New Years!

Overall we were very glad we picked Destino vs a restaurant with a fixed price NYE menu.

They were a little bit understaffed for the crowd that showed up, but the food was as delicious as always!!!

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Phnam
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our company's holiday party. Organizing was painless, the team was very accommodating, even for a last minute event. Food was delicious and varied. Great options for GF, DF and vegetarians. Perfect amount of food. Service was lovely. Ambiance is charming. Drinks were tasty. Highly recommend this little gem on Market street.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They staff was amazing and very accommodating. The food was delicious. They let us bring our own cake for the birthday celebration. Amazing experience. They personalised the menu for our birthday table.

JB
vipJamesB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food and service, but a bit pricey if you want an economical meal beyond small plates

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IreneA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great comfort food dinner, loved that portions were not too big so we could try different things, flavors were great, ambiance very relaxed, cozy, we will be back.

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JoshLeo
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had not been here in years. Really used to love this place. Lost its charm and food quality/flavor seemed to decrease.

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LisaM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family event dinner! Love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I would never recommend this place to anyone, service is very poor food was more or less in edible. I think maybe it’s a little bit more of a bar scene.

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KatherineS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent innovative original dishes. Delicious food and great service. Great ambiance. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Heavy traffic and very limited parking only downside. Must take MUNI next time!

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NancyP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Flan was delicious as were the empanadas and yucca nachos! We sat in a nice quiet corner of the bar.

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AaronP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Awesome staff!! A hundred percent recommended!

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Rachel
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food! Very quiet..

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vipSarahfromSF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had an awesome time at Destino! Brought a big group (22 people) for a birthday celebration and Destino accommodated ya even though our reservation was for 16. Great value/food/drinks!

I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always great food here and good service. Very consistent.

JR
vipJamesR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and great service. Would highly recommend any occasion here.

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wendyp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food appears pre-made and not fresh or interesting. I would not recommend this restaurant to others.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service! And pretty good food.

LJ
vipLillianJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Fav is lomo saltado and pork empanadas

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vipBillS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I gave them a second chance thanks to the owner extending a gift certificate. The food was great! The Lechon is very tasty and everyone at the table wanted a bite.

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vipJenniferF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We happened upon Destino on a Sunday evening and it will be a new go-to restaurant for us in the city. Every item we ordered from the small plates/tapas options was incredible. Full of flavor, clean finish and really perfectly done. We had THE BEST service from the bartender Aaron. The restaurant was slow and he basically served as our own personal mixologist. It was such a pleasant change to have a bartender who mixes so many different drinks with joy. The hostess was amazing too. We will be back!

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Alms
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best peruvian!

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AdamL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. My go to spot for Peruvian!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks

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RoccoC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it, but was a little pricey for what I got.

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AaronP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and good food!!
The neighborhood restaurant featuring really good cocktails and food!!

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cevichelover4ever
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite in SF- a go-to spot for yummy latin cuisine....They are pretty good at consistency for their tapas and cocktails...good wine list too!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They don’t adjust food items everything is pre made. I’m allergic to quinoa and it was in majority of their foods so I could not try anything

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