Mochica

4.5
1161 Reviews
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Due to the current regulations , all seating is OUTDOOR but we still offer full service.
*Our beautiful city of San Francisco gets chilly at night, Do not forget your jacket.
*Due to Limited tables, every table has a time limit of 1 hour and 20 minutes.
*Punctually is important, we will patiently wait 10 minutes past reservation time, then table will be given away.


San Francisco’s critically acclaimed Mochica is the home of Peruvian Fusion. Long considered one of San Francisco's best kept secrets, Chef Carlos Altamirano prominently features the unmistakable touch of Peru, with the distinct flavors of regional spices in every dish; yet with unexpected and delightful twists. Come and experience Mochica with its large open kitchen, 2 private dining rooms and a full bar plus Pisco bar. Accommodating small and large parties for business or special occasions and Happy Hour parties for groups larger than 15 people. We’re confident that you’ll have a memorable good time!

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PloyN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beat Peruvian restaurant I ever had! Also very attentive staff polite and classy omg! That was wonderful!

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vipRonG
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is authentic Peruvian - fabulous ceviche and Peruvian cocktails

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BrendaG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent, mostly maracuya pisco sour! The food took longer than expected but the wait was worth it.

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JosephS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Was seated quite a while after arriving

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vipMussellove
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Gloria is fantastic! she was efficient, warm, knew her stuff and gave us perfect timing and touch. We will definitely go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious, as it always is. The tuna, octopus, and flan were outstanding. Cocktails were perfect. Our servers were friendly, fun, and very attentive. They were also very good at anticipating what we may need before we even thought about asking. The only small down side was that the sidewalk got very crowded around us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came for my birthday lunch with my partner, chose this place because the reviews on yelp were good regarding the food, service, and outdoor dining. I love Peruvian food, and this spot was it! We definitely want to come back again with our family once the pandemic is over. This was our 2nd time dining out since March, and we love how everything fell into place. It was Sunday mid-afternoon, we found easy parking, was not too crowded, the weather was good, music was uplifting, food again AMAZING. Our server gave us 2 shots of their Pisco, super smooth & warmer than tequila. We got there during happy hour, and they weren’t serving Lomo Saltado, however the server asked the chef & they said it was ok. My partner got the rotisserie chicken, with a coke. I got the Corazón Perucho which had chicha morada in it (yum). I usually do not like sweet drinks but this one had a nice sweet/tart balance. Once we finished we got an order of alfajores which were slightly cool & made them taste so much better! I highly recommend coming here in general now, and if you’re not confident in the current outdoor seating, that’s ok this place will make you feel safe doing so. And if you want to use the restroom, you just need to wear your mask when you go inside. The server was very nice & conversational, as well as the host who checked us in. Happy my partner & I got to experience this place, he’s never had Peruvian food before & fell in love with it!

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SaraD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The service was really rough. I give much room to restaurants pivoting to outside servicse, but waiting 40 mins for server to come by was tough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love Mochica. Camarones crocantes are fantastic, as is the Pulpo. Great Pisco sours, and the pork belly fried rice and Aji chicken are good too.

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lucyk
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience we've had during shelter in place!

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jennyp
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for everything !

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TopReviewer
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the peruvian food here. Servers were very nice and did a great job.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Staff were great when at the table but had to flag down a few times for refills and asks. Reflects Covid times.

Food portions small and food flavor was so so (two tiny tacos as a entree), and they forgot our additions in our meals (requiring us to ask to take it off the bill). Had to ask a few times for refills for bottomless mimosas.


All up, understand it is Covid and it is tough. The staff were not enough for the tables, glad I tried it but wouldn’t return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

no server was serving our table.

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Trina
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice outdoor seating and very friendly staff.

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FrankG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place and Peruvian food on point. The ceviche was delicious - they did not have tuna so that was disappointing. But everything in the menu was very good. Great flavors and textures!

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GandharvB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn't even get a chance to dine. Had made reservations. The host was extremely rude and told us that he doesn't know how long the wait for our table is and can't help. Went next door to Papito - far more pleasant experience with just a walk-in

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good brunch spot. Good fish tacos

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MarcS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was slow, prices have been raised significantly, just not worth it.

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vipmoodyjones
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shocked by how good this spot was.

Definitely coming back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food is good. Service was friendly but not attentive. We were four for dinner. One member of our group got his plate about twenty minutes after other three diners. There was an apology from our server but no offer to comp the dish or give us a dessert on the house. Covid complicates service at this time but offering diners something for an inconvenience is still a good thing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I arrived at my reserved time, and the restaurant was closed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was really looking forward to this experience, but unfortunately was let down significantly for the following reasons:

- We (3 people) made a reservation for 7:30 a week in advance yet were seated at the back end of the patio without any ambiance, light, and a ‘view’ of of the bus stop. This really sucked as the front of the place looked so fun with music and a great COVID set up! With a reservation I absolutely expected a better seat

- It took 30 (!) minutes for us to even get a menu from our server. After that we finally got a drink order in and it took another 20 minutes to get that! We only ordered a coke and a pisco sour. Absolutely wild wait

- See above, but the servers obviously forgot that we were there multiple times. One of our other drink orders was completely forgotten in the time we were there.

- While ordering 3/4 items were either sold out or unavailable. Additionally the prices and options were quite different from the menu website. One coke cost $7, which seemed a bit outlandish.

As a Potrero local I’m always trying to support local business, but I was entirely let down. By the end of it we put our name in next door at Papito and we’re seated with drinks before the team at mochica thought to come by again. Highly recommend just going to Papito instead!

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GustavoC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was an absolute 5 star location. Everything we ordered was flavorful and simply amazing. Our server was attentive. I highly recommend this place and will be a repeat customer.

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vipLori07
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch spot. Service is very good. Interesting food. Great ambiance.

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vipKennyD
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent social distancing.

Definitely excellent food and service. Ceviche Mixto is some of the best I've had. I also had the braised short ribss melted in my mouth.

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vipMauriciaT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service!!

One comment if I may: it was very hot on Friday and we were sitting at the corner where there was no shade and it was hot! 🥵 So a friendly suggestion to please put an umbrella at every table if possible. Otherwise, everything else is excellent! I will certainly be back. 👍🏽👍🏽

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vipKimM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, amazing service, fun accommodation outside. :-)

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JacC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and set up for outdoor dining. It was pretty chilly the night we were there so we were grateful for the patio heaters!

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DirkD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have made a nice outdoor area.

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DogpatchResident
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our drinks came out after our food, but then the food was amazing, and our waiter was really friendly. The rotisserie chicken was delicious! Would definitely come back.

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LesT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fell in love with mochica our first visit. outgoing staff, delicious food, tasty drinks. it's become one of our top faves in sf.

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vipDoris
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very good food but overpriced. We enjoyed the appetizers and main dish but again, very overpriced compared to other high end Peruvian places (we’ve been to many across the Bay Area). Dessert options are few, and they had ran out of some of the items in the menu, perhaps pandemic influenced?

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Raw food was mediocre. Cooked was good.
It was extremely HOT and the sun was striking directly on our 4 top. Restaurant had only 1 umbrella and they communicates that their other umbrellas were broken. We asked to be moved to another smaller table to escape the unbearable sun. They refused and claimed that all other tables had reservations. No one was waiting. At that point the manager also thought it necessary to let us know that we exceeded our 1.5hr. limit to the reservation. We were still waiting on our main courses. We ultimately decided to get to go boxes because the sun was unbearable & since they couldn’t move us we would leave.
Upon receiving the bill we noticed that the 18% tip still totally 40%, as a previous yelp member mentioned. Issue was still not resolved.
Also outside patio is on a slope so everything is tilted.
Overall unpleasant experience. They are not adequately prepared for outside dining, certainly not whilst the sun is out.

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vipSylvain
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mochica is definitely one of my favorites restaurants in the city. The food is always on-point, they have a good selection of cocktails (reduced selection since COVID-19 started) and I always like the vibe of the place. The outdoor seating due to COVID-19 makes the experience even better.

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vipGaryPegSF62
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having the outdoor seating is great and makes it much more pleasant. Sun and a slight breeze, a nice glass of Sangria, some yummy appetizers, and a good friend to share it with. The small plates menu makes it fun to taste more dishes and share the experience with my dining mates.

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NovaPrime
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We felt pretty comfortable eating here as everything was outside and they had heaters set up nearby to mitigate the chill from the wind.
First we started with some delicious Scallops Carlitos as an appetizer then followed-up with the Chaufa Pork Belly and Ceviche Chino Peruano which were both amazing in their own right. The pork belly had a great heat to it and the ceviche had a satisfying coolness which balanced it out. As we noshed on our food we sipped on a Martini de Basil y Menta and Pisco Punch which were quite refreshing.
At first my partner didn't realize the pork belly would be spicy and while we waited for the other entree to come out the staff were nice enough to give her a plate of sweet plaintains to cool down.
Overall we really enjoyed our experience here and most importantly felt safe. We will definitely be back someday to try some of the other items on the menu.

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DenisC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this place ..
Amazing churros and really good chicken 🍗...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such friendly people and amazing food! Owner Daniel is extremely hospitipal. Roger makes incredible drinks and Kayana is a great server and so nice!

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Hello
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The heaters are not well placed to actually keep people warm. Service was slow, which is unusual.

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You can order delivery directly from Mochica using the Order Online button. Mochica also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Mochica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 278-0480.

Mochica is rated 4.5 stars by 1161 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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