Mochica

4.6
1192 Reviews
$31 to $50
Peruvian
**VALENTINE'S DAY 2021 UPDATE **
Due to high demand and limited capacity for the days of Friday February 12th through Sunday February 14th we will ONLY be offering a pre fix menu, please call the restaurant for details.
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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 90 minutes.
*Punctually is important, we will patiently wait 10 minutes past reservation time, then table will be given away.
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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.
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Peruvian restaurant in town. Ceviche is to die for. Drinks are great!! It’s the place to go for Peruvian food!!

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Everything we ordered was delicious - the platanos, the chicken chicharrones, the seafood bouillabaisse and the pork belly fried rice - I recommend it all! Also enjoyed the sangria. Can't wait to go again!

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BillY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks was great!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food & great ambiance for outdoor dining

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great but the overall price did not justify the food. The service was really bad and had to wait over 15 mins just to have our order taken and then same to pay the check. I specifically asked to have us seated near a heater when I made the reservation, and no arrangements of the sort were made even after we reminded the restaurant of our needs(there were other tables available within 10 minutes of us sitting down)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Declined all reservations on the day of even though reservations were made a week ago on open table. Last minute change to "first come first serve" no umbrellas during the rainy evening, and the tables plus everyone else were less than 6 feet apart. It was really shoulder to shoulder. Drove 2 hours for nothing, really disappointed on how they managed that night.

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juan
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Got seated on a wet table and chair while it was drizzling outside. No cover offered. A very wet experience.

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RogerM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Drinks! Staff was Amazing! We are looking forward to our next visit.

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TheyTookMyLunchMoney
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We came here with low expectations, knowing that having just reopened for outdoor dining poses a lot of challenges for the restaurant. Nevertheless, we left with several bad tastes in our mouth and the feeling of having been completely ripped off.

We were hugely let down by both the poor quality of the food and extremely high price. We would have been more than happy to pay what they charged us, had the food been even close to worth the bill.

The "complimentary" chips they served us were oily and soggy. The drinks were almost entirely juice. Their margarita tasted like cleaning fluid. The shrimp I had for appetizer tasted and stunk like chemicals. We also had a Cebiche, which was actually pretty good.

Our main courses were reminiscent of slop you'd avoid at the grocery store's hotbar, accompanied by dry and bland rice. I was lucky enough to have picked one that actually had a leaf or two of fresh ingredients, a poorly executed and predictable afterthought of overly vinegared greens, although my dining partner was not so lucky as her plate consisted only of bland rice and extremely bland chicken that looked and tasted like it belonged in a "1954 Jello Mold & Casserole Edition" of "Barely Housekeeping". My short rib dish was drenched entirely in a sauce that added zero new flavors to the dish and was indistinguishable in flavor from the meat itself. The beef itself was overcooked and chewy. The presentation was what I imagine meals in white-collar prison look like.

The food quality was objectionable, but only because of the price. We ate most of what we were served, but it tasted like a $15-30 per person meal.

Service was average to good, but they then slapped our party of two with a 20% non-optional gratuity already added into the bill. We would have tipped 20% anyways, but it added to the mounting evidence that they knew they were ripping people off. Save your appetite, and your wallet, for a restaurant other than Mochica.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Price Fix Menu was not expected and choices were few and very expensive. Three people with couple drinks each = $450 Food always great. Service always good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I had a great evening here. The food was good but I’ve been told that I’m easy to satisfy. Nevertheless, the ceviche and the lomo saltado were great. However, I would have appreciated a bigger rice portion in the lomo saltado.

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OreB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mochica is amazing! I have ordered from here a few times and always loved it, but being there was such a good time. We were seated immediately. The music was great, the atmosphere was lovely, and the food was DELICIOUS. And the owner was so fun and joyous! Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in SF and Daniel and his team made us feel at home!

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joseBarraza
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate seco de carne , that was amazing, also Cholo power is a delicious drink .

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vipBrian
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time diners at Mochica and will definitely return! Great spot for outdoor dining on Potrero Hill: interesting and innovative (tasty) food, very good and friendly customer service, innovative drinks too.

Thanks for adapting to these challenging times during the pandemic.

DJ
vipDaveJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Small portions of mostly tasty food. Disjointed service.

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vipmaggie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD!!!! WOW!! ALSO EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE BY OUR WAITER JUAN! OUR GROUP LOVED IT! ITS OUR NEW TOP SPOT!

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vipGrishnackh
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mochica is a great spot for brunch. The food is fresh, varied, and well-executed. The service is great as well. The drink options at brunch are a stand-out with bottomless mimosas, margaritas, and sangria all available.

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ThomasG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to be introduced to S. American cuisine!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor space.. great ambience for date night! Extremely friendly staff and service. Food was stellar!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, just my anticuchos arrived cold to the table

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SonyB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Peruvian food. Excellent Service and very accommodating.

GC
GustavoC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am a repeat customer because the food is simply amazing. The location and service are also excellent. The staff is incredibly friendly and very attentive. I will continue to book here because in the city this is a gem.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome lunch spot with my wife.

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vipTtgrm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mochica is a tried and true place we go to in the neighborhood often. Too often. It’s the picso sour’s fault! Also, everything is delicious.

JG
JessicaG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was cold. Wish they told us they had blankets at the start

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious. They were missing 2 key dishes - rotisserie chicken (limited availability on the menu) and churros. The food we ate was diciois

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food here was outstanding. We talked to the owner who was so sweet and overall it was just a great experience. I’ll be back soon!

JD
vipJDEATS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They never disappoint. We have enjoyed everything there. We still need to explore their bar. Perhaps next time. We’ve always simply had the Sangria.

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vipKarl
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very small plates and the food is not spectacular for what to pay. Expensive.

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PloyN
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RG
vipRonG
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is authentic Peruvian - fabulous ceviche and Peruvian cocktails

BG
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.

JS
JosephS
San Francisco
2 reviews
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
7 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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vipMatt
New York Area
9 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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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 4.6 stars by 1192 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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