El Perol Peruvian Restaurant

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El Perol Restaurant is a family-owned eatery in San Rafael that serves generous portions of homemade Peruvian dishes made from scratch with the freshest ingredients and authentic herbs and spices. We were located in SF’s Mission District for two decades. A fire closed our Mission business but we're delighted to be back serving the San Rafael community along with old customers who drive here from the city. Gustavo will greet you when you arrive and your dinner will be lovingly prepared by his sister chef Nancy, who has 20 years of experience and delights meat eaters, fish lovers and vegetarians alike. Some of Nancy’s most requested dishes are Lomo Saltado, Seco de Cordero, Jalea, Pescado a lo Macho, Cau Cau, and Aji de Gallina. Try Peruvian beer with your meal, and end your meal with mouthwatering Peruvian desserts such as Alfajores, Helado de Lucuma, Crema Volteada and more. Visit us to experience authentic Peruvian dishes cooked the way our grandparents meant them to be.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem. Don't let the decor fool you. Really tasty food. And Peruvian beer!

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. It’s all about the chili’s! Service was great. We’ll return.

San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the steamed fish dinner! So yummy. The desserts were also fabulous!

1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful celebration dinner we had! We were a party of 15, on a Tuesday evening, with online reservations made Monday evening. El Perol followed up with a phone call on Tuesday & we walked in at 6:30 (stragglers til 7) to a setup of 3 tables connected & down one whole side of the lovely restaurant. No doubt as to where we belonged! We were seated & ordering quickly, as we had to be elsewhere by 8:30. The food was excellent (I had fillet pescadero w/beans & rice) & then received a birthday dessert so tasty I'm already looking forward to next year! The survey asked about noise level. I suspect we were the noisiest group that evening, so don't rely on my judgement for that. Thanks to the staff & my friends for a fantastic dinner!

San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious fresh Peruvian food in a casual dining atmosphere. We will be back for sure!

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

This is a nice informal place to get Peruvian cuisine. The food is well prepared and not pretentious. Also, large portions can be hard to finish.

San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very good, filling food, big portions, lovely staff, family atmosphere

1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, nice customer services and great place

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal. The food is delicious, authentic Peruvian food and the staff is delightful. Thank you for another great meal!

San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy rica comida, excelente servicio, la comida tenía sabor fresco y los postres deliciosos, gracias por el buen servicio

San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It’s difficult to find a quiet restaurant that’s affordable these days, but this is it. With many unique Peruvian offerings and drinks, and ample servings, you’ll find it difficult to sample many foods unless you have 4 or more. Some standouts include ceviche pescado with 4+ oz. of fish, and crunchy corn nuts, large corn kernels. I recommend the chicken empanada and stuffed papa rellena which is like eating a shepherd’s pie. The side of fried plantains is not to be missed. Past visit we had the lamb stew with large shank of meat enough for two to share. Wash it done with chicha morada. They even play Peruvian music. Finish with rice pudding if still hungry.

31 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I would love to return to try more dishes, as I'm not familiar with Peruvian cuisine. The dishes we had were very tasty and fun to try. The fish ceviche flavors were clean and simple: just some lime juice, red onion, cilantro, and enough spice to make it interesting. The chicken saltados had a lovely flavor, but the bed of french fries "stole" some of that from the chicken. We also had the fried seafood, which was delightfully crisp with a tasty coating and lots of thinly sliced red onion on top. A fun beverage was the Inka Cola, which was neon yellow and smelled like bubble gum, and tasted like a mix of strong cream soda and cotton candy (and yes, it has caffeine). The decor was simple -- like a neighborhood diner, but with textured yellow walls to give a "rustic" feel -- but the owner clearly cared deeply about the food and sharing Peruvian cuisine with the Bay Area.

San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was really good. Traditional Peruvian faire. Different than what is typically available around Marin.

San Francisco
230 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nothing special. They were not very busy on an early Saturday night. They were trying hard but that was about it. I was looking forward to their Ceviche but turned out to have a large piece of lettuce to fill in space. I was surprised when they brought my main course before I was halfway thru the Ceviche. So, I took the rest of the Ceviche home since I didn't want the main course to get cold.

San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were so impressed with our first visit to El Perol!
We had been to a matinee at the film festival around the corner and we’re looking for a restaurant walking distance from the Rafael Film Center that had good ratings on Yelp — and it made it extra nice that it was also listed on OpenTable.
The service was great including being able to speak a few times with one of the co-owners.
Wish we had had a bigger group so we could’ve tried many more items but the highlight was the pescado/fish ceviche which was one of the best we’ve ever had anywhere in the world!