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Francisca's - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
185 Reviews
$30 and under
Venezuelan
Francisca de Torres was Chef Manny's grandmother, who was also a Chef. She taught him the passion for hospitality and farmers market. At Francisca's we want to make people feel like at home, we offer the best quality ingredients. A la carte menu (salads, pastas, fish and steaks etc...) and Chef's choice 4 courses served family style. We are farm to table restaurant, Italian Venezuelan cuisine and we pair with international and local beers and wine.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Venezuelan, International, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 374-5747

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Manny Torres Gimenez

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant available for buy-out

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Cross street

    Cesar Chavez

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    24th St and Mission BART, 14 and 49 bus

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Wine

What 185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Everyone was still hungry after the dinner. I lived around the world and always prefer smaller portions. However it was ridiculously small portion for each course. 3 raviolis for the pasta course. Tiny half quail for the main course. My friend (the birthday boy) ordered the wagyu special supplement and they told us they were out only when the course was served because the other table who came after us ordered 3 wagyu each. So what?! We got there and ordered first. They “replaced” it with almost undercooked pork. No special gesture for my friend’s birthday and they still wanted to charge us for the wagyu! Modern decor and nice presentation. Generally friendly service and tasty food but just they just don’t seem to understand customer service and hospitality norms. That ruined the celebration.
  2. DB

    DonnaB

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again we had a lovely meal at Francisca's on Wednesday night. The tasting menu is such a good value, and shows thoughtful preparation and creativity. The a la carte menu was also really good, and members of our party shared many dishes. Order the punch, all of their options are great! Everyone should eat at Francisca's. Delicious!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Disappointed in the experience especially for what we paid. Food was not inventive and both the amuse and dessert were terrible. And the wine pairing—why would you only serve Cali wines when there are so many delish Italian options? And the moscato was flat. Service was only redeeming part of the evening. Please rework the menu — be more innovative and bold! And rework the wine pairings. Would like to come back if you do that.
  4. j

    jdmjdm

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten here many times and have never had a bad experience. Tonight was our anniversary, and it was great as usual. We had the 4 course tasting menu. It has an amuse bouche, so kind of 4.5 courses. The potato-leek soup was delicious, the heart of palm amuse bouche was sooooo good, the plantain lasagne really good (the pasta course always amazes) and the pork loin was so tender and flavorful. I highly recommend this place for a date, a special occasion, birthday, anniversary, etc. They have such welcoming service and the food is always stellar. We brought our own champagne, and corkage is very reasonable.
  5. BL

    BonnieL

    San Francisco

    240 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    240 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A terrific place for dinner - highly recommend the 4 course prix fixe dinner for $39. We started with a lobster soup infused with cilantro as an amuse bouche and it was fabulous! Our meal included a beautifully presented potato leek soup with a lovely lattice design on top, followed by perfectly cooked pasta with a lamb ragu topped with goat cheese. Our main course was a delightful quail - roasted with a really crispy skin, tasty meat and lovely vegetable accompaniments. When dessert rolled around, Chef Manny came to the table to present us with glasses of Moscato to complement the absolutely delightful panna cotta that had a few fruits and a sauce made with a berry from the Andes. We also enjoyed cocktails to begin our meal and ordered a bottle of really good wine (a pinot noir) that was reasonably priced. Our server was very helpful and professional. We felt welcome and were surprised that the restaurant wasn't more crowded. This is a place we will visit again. Oh - we ordered one beef arepa to share from the a la carte menu, and the chef was nice enough to divide it into 3 portions served on 3 plates. So thoughtful!!
  6. n

    nannini

    San Francisco

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A pleasant surprise - food tasted healthy and fresh. Also loved the ambience music was soft- we are in our 70's so appreciate places that dont have loud music. will be back.
  7. c

    chac

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant chef, friendly service, and very reasonable prices. Totally lovable place.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grea Venezuelan food. Every dish was delicious
  9. MC

    MarioC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, very professional chef and staff and amazingly creative and delicious dishes. Highlight recommendable.
  10. MC

    MCSF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood gem with wonderful people and amazing food. Interesting and inventive courses that burst with flavor and are beautifully presented. Definitely worth every penny and then some...I highly recommend a visit, or two, or three, or more...
  11. SE

    SamE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant with quality food and wonderful service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    Over 2 hours for 4 “courses”. Took so long. Food was great, but there was not enough of it. Carbonara was 3-4 bites. It had 1 flake of pork belly which tasted great but it was literally 1 flake in 3 bites. Pork chop was good but they served a quarter of a portion. Went and ate cheese curds and jalapeño poppers at a bar after. Panna cotta was amazing. Server purposely ignored us after we put card on table because we were frustrated about how long we had been there. Wish I could go back, but don’t have two hours to still be hungry at the end.
  13. CP

    CathyPIA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tasting menu with wine pairing-everything exceeded our expectations! The chef and hostess were attentive and explained things without going overboard. We’ll definitely be back!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Great food Wonderful service Really love what they’re doing Relaxed and professional Always good!!! Thanks M & K!!!
  16. R

    Rysiu

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been following Chef Manny since he opened Mr Pollo in 2011. After all those years and a few different restaurants later I have yet to have a bad experience. He is a great chef and Katerina is exceptional host. Food is original, fresh and delicious. And a great value on top of that.
  17. ML

    MarianaL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Small portions and high prices, considering the real value of what they served. Very slow service.
  18. s

    swmona

    Richmond

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food. We had ala carte Caesar salad (Perfectly dressed) and carbonara. Wine available by the glass or the bottle with corkage fees. Very friendly people.
  19. A

    Akansh

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Francisca’s is a cute gem that is unassuming from the outside but boasts a beautiful and modern interior. The service was great and personal; we could literally see the chefs cooking our next courses. The food from the Chef’s Experience tasting menu was interesting and tasty (things that stood out were the farfalle, the lasagna, and the lemony panna cotta). It was very quiet so it’s a great place to have conversations.
  20. N

    Nayha

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really really good food, everything was fresh and delicious. Correspondingly, it's quite expensive.
  21. I

    Ivygee

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Francisca 's could be a great addition to the neighborhood if only they hired a good chef. The owner/chef provides wonderful service and outstanding plating/presentation of the dishes. Unfortunately, the taste of the beautiful dishes is mediocre to poor. On a Friday night at 7pm the restaurant was less than 1/4 full. Such a shame for a place with great potential. The owner should stick to the aesthetics, and leave the cooking to someone else.
  22. J

    Jaiden

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We came here for a birthday dinner. The service is great and the head chef served all of our dishes. We ordered 2 prefix, some side dishes and a carbonara. The presentation is lovely. The food lacks a bit of salt but it was still delicious. The carbonara was aldente. The only negative comment I have is I'd like 2 pork ribs instead of 1.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Restaurant is nice and clean, modern style with nice ambient but I’m very sorry to say that but food was really bad. We ordered few plates from menu plus tasting menu and even all plates sounds interesting and looks great they taste terrible. Carbonara had raw big cubes of pancetta, lamb dish was made from cheapest cut of lamb full of chewy pieces with no taste, balsamic reduction on lasagna just ruined it and overall experience was just disappointing.
  24. MC

    MayC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fabulous experience at Francisca's. The service was amazing and we also got to meet the chef. The only issue we had was the portion size of each course other than the dessert. $39.00 is an amazing price especially in San Francisco for a farm to table 4 course dinner but the portion size other than the dessert is like the serving size of a course in a 10 or 14 course tasting menu. We didn't leave hungry but nor we totally full. For people that have a big appetite I would recommend you order another dish on the a la carte menu. Other than the portion sizes we really enjoyed the food and would definitely come back to support them.
  25. EH

    EmilyH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Slow service, but good food and great punches!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, we will definitely be back!
  27. P

    Paradox

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were warmly greeted and served by the owner. He was attentive, explained each dish in detail, and made the tasting menu really fun. Really nice presentation and flavors. It wasn't cheap but it was an enjoyable experience and would be fun to go back with a group and share.
  28. j

    jdmjdm

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. It's always a delicious meal and the owners are always so gracious and welcoming.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch! Awesome food and service!
  30. C

    Corinna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful first dining experience at Francisca’s. The hostess, waitress and Chef Manny were extremely friendly and professional from start to end. I liked that they explained what was in each dish and that they made it very clear from the beginning that any dietary needs would be met if we just let them know. I don’t have any dietary restrictions but it is nice that they preface the meal with that. The food of the four course tasting menu was all delicious and we savored each bite. The meal portions were generally small but with four courses, it was enough to be comfortably full by the end. It was definitely worth $39 for the quality of the meal and the nice evening. The restaurant was about half full on a Friday night so it was fairly quiet and peaceful. The servers checked in to make sure we had everything we needed but not too much; they were good at reading when to ask and were very kind. Thank you, Francisca’s, for a great birthday dinner!
  31. A

    Andi

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was pretty good. We got tasting menu. Soup was good, gnocchi was great and chicken was tasty but the white meat was way over cooked. Couldn’t eat it. Good service and accommodating to dietary restrictions.
  32. L

    Ltnfoodie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Price fix menu and wine pairing is a great value for fine dining experience
  33. JT

    JasmineTeaBoba

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I always get their Prix fixe 4 course meal with wine pairing. Amuse bouche delicious. Corn and beet soup was delicious. Empanada was not that great. Pork belly and loin was great. Panna Cotta delicious. Dessert wine was a bit too sweet. But others were great. Service was a bit confused, there were 2 waitresses who didn't seem to be choreographed. Wine and food was not very explained. But the owner/chef was gracious. Much cheaper than expected, about $80 each, $39 for prixe fixe, $38 for wine pairing. Very reasonable.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place!
  35. MS

    MSMR

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a word...SUPERB!!!!!
  36. P

    Peter

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time at Francisca's! We got the tasting menu with wine pairings, which is a great deal at ~$80! The chef, Manny, is a character who not only cooks amazing food but greets everyone personally when they sit down to eat. The food is sort of an eclectic mix of Italian and Caribbean food, and every dish was spectacular. If I have anything negative to say, it was that the service was sometimes a little uncoordinated (e.g. wine pairing coming a little before or delayed after the course it was supposed to come with), but the food and wine were amazing and the ambiance was truly unique.
  37. AP

    AriaP

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious four course menu!!
  38. s

    shefeline

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was really disappointing abd obe of the courses was flat out bad (I had to spit pieces out into my na
  39. ES

    ErikaSF

    San Francisco

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Francisca's offers wonderful food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed all of our 4 courses, which included luxurious ingredients such as lobster, house-made pasta and lamb. We were even treated to an extra pour of wonderful sparkling wine to celebrate our anniversary.
  40. AH

    AnneH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! Wonderful food and the people are incredibly nice.

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Francisca's - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 185 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cesar Chavez

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Venezuelan, International, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    24th St and Mission BART, 14 and 49 bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Manny Torres Gimenez

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Wine

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