El Mono

4.6
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$30 and under
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Peruvian
El Mono is a restaurant serving up fresh and authentic Peruvian cuisine. This is a family owned and operated establishment, and many of the recipes on the menu are taken straight from grandma's cookbook. El Mono is all about showcasing not only the flavors of Peru, but also how its meals can be light and healthy. El Mono is Spanish for The Monkey and is named for the Peruvian Nazca Lines which were drawn in the desert and so large that to see the whole thing visitors must get an ariel view. All of El Mono's food is free of MSG, food coloring and preservatives. There are several appetizers available, but the ceviche is one of the signature dishes of the house. El Mono has a few different recipes for this traditional national dish two of which include fresh fish or mixed seafood.
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vipVMV94941
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy ambiance. But the location is changing shortly.

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KathrynD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

El Mono was fantastic! Great food. Wonderful service. Full house! Will definitely go again.

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viptalamonelove
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We’re looking forward to the new space. The current space is not ideal but they’ve done a decent job making it work. I hope it’s not as loud. The most recent night we were there, a table of 6 was so loud it was bordering on let’s get to go boxes. Love the food. Sweet potato chili fries perfectly cooked. Service and general staff super nice. New space opening in March.

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vipJillN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love this place. The food is delicious, seems authentic, and offers a range of flavors and options. One thing about the fried plantains, yuca, and sweet potatoes dish--it came with a heaping serving of sweet potatoes fries, and way fewer of the other items, which were cut into chunky shapes in contrast to the fries--almost like two dishes that had collided. It would have been more aesthetically pleasing to have equal amounts of all the items, cut into similar shapes.

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Deborah
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly and welcoming restaurant! Frito Mixto is excellent. We enjoyed the (spicy!) ceviche too. Interesting and unusual drinks. Definitely check out this warm and lively neighborhood restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming and friendly. The environment was clean and cozy. I have a 9month old baby and their patience with him knocking things down and playing drums on the table was heart warming. They’re energy makes such a comfortable experience. I love it.
Oh! The food was delicious. 😋

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El Mono does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. El Mono also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 778-8884.

El Mono is rated 4.6 stars by 6 OpenTable diners.

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