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About Mochica

San Francisco’s critically acclaimed Mochica, the home of Peruvian Fusion, has moved to a new and larger location, now in the Mission (Potrero Hill). 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 the new Mochica with its large open kitchen, 2 private dining rooms and a full bar plus pisco bar. Accommodating small and large party's for business or special occasions. Happy Hour party's for groups larger than 15 people. We’re confident that you’ll have a memorable good time!

1469 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Peruvian, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast & Lunch:
Wednesday-Friday 11:30am-3:00pm;
Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11pm
Dinner: Sunday 5:30pm-9pm

Happy Hour: Monday all night
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Happy Hour includes: Premium Specialty cocktails, draft beer, house wines and small Peruvian bites at the bar only including a communal table for 10 people.




Cross Street:
Connecticut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 278-0480

Website:
http://www.mochicasf.com/

Catering:
Please contact Marlena Kot for more details 415-278-0480 or info@mochicasf.com

Public Transit:
Bus, uber, taxi.

Executive Chef:
Carlos Altamirano

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Policy of dining a group over 10ppl walk in and booked
Mochica’s policy of dinning group from 10ppl and up regards and includes:
- Table minimum reservation period if 2.5 hours
- Time slots (walk-ins)
- Non-refundable deposit and cancellation fee (contract)
When you make a reservation, you agree to meet the table minimum.
Table minimum depends on of the group size and time:
- 10ppl -12ppl $450 minimum consume
- 15 – 18ppl $540 minimum consume
- 18 and up ppl prefixed menu + room fee
All minimums did not include the tax and gratuity. If minimums aren't reached then, Mochica will add the difference to the final bill before the guest closes the bill. Please arrive on time and be informed that your reservation will be held for 15min after this period we will cancel it.

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Mochica Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
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Authentic (9)
Tapas (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (6)
Spicy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Friend from Bosnia visiting

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was good but the dining room was extremely loud. It was hard to hear a regular conversation.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always delicious here. Good service and good value.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I have nothing against the food in Mochica...it's tasty, and so are the drinks. But have something against the price of the food. Much of the menu is small plate tapas, but with prices of $15-20, these tapas very quickly add up to a major price tag. My dining partner and I elected to take mains, instead, which were priced in the $25 range. That's an OK option, but not a desirable one when you'd rather have several interesting nibbles at a cost that doesn't break the bank. I won't rush back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good meal. Maracuya sours are worth the trip alone. Empanadas are fantastic. Very good Ceviche and roasted chicken.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good but they were not very accommodating of gluten free options and the service was slow. Didn’t get water or attention for 10 minutes after we sat down. The waitress was nice was also giggling and distracted while we ordered. Unlikely to go again and better options nearby in Potrero.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Service was slow even though servers were nice. Food was not good compared to other Peruvian restaurants in the city.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Mochica is a different neighborhood gym. The food is terrific the service is wonderful. It is very noisy the Acoustics are somewhat lacking. However it is a delightful place to try some excellent Peruvian dishes. My ahi tuna which I found on the short menu for Tapas, was delicious

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Amazing food and music

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food in a noisy spot that at times made conversation impossible for a table of four. Otherwise very welcoming staff and wonderful flavors.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Unbelievable Food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was good, especially the Aji, and the hot sauce requested was actually hot. Thanks! Beet salad lacked a little zing. The Pisco sour, however, was abysmal. Come on, include a little alcohol, wait until the foam dies down and give us an honest pour. Fortunately, you had some Sculpin in bottles, so the drinks were not a total loss. Good attentive service.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Generally nice place but SUPER noisy. The noise levels are ones u expect at a crowded bar not a restaurant in a quiet neighborhood.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Every dish we tried was just excellent! We particularly liked the pork belly main and the paella!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We live in the neighborhood and have found Mochica's to be a great local eatery when we want to celebrate a special occasion. We had a relative from LA who'd never eaten Peruvian food. Days after our dinner, he was still talking about the lomo saltado and seafood dish in a curry spicy sauce. We shared those dishes and appetizers and he commented how everything was fresh tasting. The calamari was not chewy and dry and the crab filled yucca-balls were superb. Service was wonderful. The waiter suggested the sangria pitcher instead of buying by the glass. By the way, the sangria beats all others!! The one thing I'd change is the choice of music from salsa to the beautiful sounds of Peruvian pipes and others. Otherwise I recommend Mochica's Restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent food; excellent service and a very cool atmosphere and vibe.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

It was so noisy, everyone was shouting and we could barely hear across the table. The food was great, service excellent, but eating and conversing comfortably - not going to happen..

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Fun, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

REally enjoyed our dinner at Mochica - loved the Ceviche and all of our entres. We shared several and they were all delicious. Server was very friendly and accomodating. Great find, will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food tasty but overpriced as is the wine. Very slow service. Management auto calculates tip on final total that includes tax.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Waiter was awesome. Wasn't afraid to make menu Recs and was spot on!

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Went at dinner time and it was a little noisy in the main dining room. I really enjoyed the food and want to come back and try some other dishes. Service was slow once we were seated (i.e. wanted to order drinks), but picked up after that. I will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Fantastic (seafood) bouillabaisse, and really flavorful short ribs. Not pretentious, just excellent food and good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We were there to celebrate Peruvian Independence Day. The restaurant was not too busy, with a couple of people waiting. Food was great, the service was awful. Arrived at 8:30 for our reservation, and was seated promptly. No one came to our table to greet us nor take our drink order for about 15 mins. We asked the hostess whom our server was, and she responded "he will be right there". He finally arrived 5 mins after. Greeted us, and said we have something for you from the house. Did not even ask if we wanted something to drink. He showed up 2 minutes later with a sauce container of roasted corn nuts. Then he finally asked us if we wanted something to drink. We told him we were ready to order, and gave our server the entire order. The drinks came quickly, but then I noticed the 2 tables next to us, who were seated 10 mins & 20 mins after us received their 2 appetizers before us. 5 mins later, at this time, we were half way done with our 2nd round of drinks. 1 of our 2 appitzers came, and then nothing else. We asked our server if our 2nd appetizer was coming, and he said "everything was coming". The table next to us received their entrees, and we were still waiting. The server came after looking at our table with nothing on it and dropped 2 shots of pisco, and said the kitchen is backed up. Right, the kitchen was backed up, but the table next to us already received their entrees. Finally 10 mins later at 10:10pm, the server came with one of the 2 entrees and finally the 2nd appetizer. Another 5 mins later, the 2nd entree came. At this point, I have lost my appetite and didn't even enjoy my meal. After our meal, we were looking all over for our sever for the bill. We finally found him chatting with another party in the other side of the dining room. If there is an option for 0 stars for service this server would get it for his awful service. We have been to all of Carlos Alteimiro's restaurants, as well as the food truck, and everytime we had great service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! We loved it so much that we visited twice during our trip! A 'must' on your list when traveling. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Mochica is always a pleasure. Food is amazing and the service is friendly. Great place for weekend brunch to catch up with old and new friends!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Our server Rana is just a gem!
When you go you have to try the Pescado soup or their famous chicken. Appetizer favorites Ceviche Misto or Ahi tuna Tartar!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very good experience at Mochica. Nice beer and cocktail selection (loved the sangria!) and delicious Peruvian dishes. We tried all three of their best-sellers, the seafood bouillabaisse, chicken in aji amarillo sauce, and stir-fried beef with lomo saltado sauce. All three were great. There was a slight misunderstanding about our order but it was ironed our very quickly. Our waitress was wonderful. The only thing I would ask is for Mochica to move a little closer to downtown - but then it would be always busy and hard to get a reservation. Thank you, we'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

They were much better at the old location. Papa ala Huancayo was white potato (not golden unpeeled on skewers) and the sauce was wonderful. Authentic. Not so much now. Chicharone de pollo the same. On the good side, Pisco Sours,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

My friend visiting from LA loved it. Great food and services.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 11, 2017

It was really lovely and definitely a fun spot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was excellent and it was a right portion. It has a vibrant atmosphere.
Overall great food and experience. I will be back.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The food is always amazing especially the Pescado which has an amazing flavor. Service is great, especially like Daniel who even remembers your drinks!

I would recommend this to anyone who loves food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Mochica exceeded our expectations with amazing food, good service and a wonderful experience overall.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

My friend and I had a 5:30 pm reservation that we made on Open Table at about 5:05 pm. Upon our arrival, the waiter took our drink and food order promptly. I had one of their artesanal beers on tap and my friend had a fresh lemonade. Both were brought to our table quickly. We then split a delicious salad that had both veggies and fresh fruit on it -- highly recommended. My friend had the half roasted chicken -- the portion was so huge that he took the remainder home in a doggy bag. I ordered the bouillabaisse with salmon and seafood -- the serving bowl was gargantuan and the combination cooked in a spicy cream sauce was delicious. I should have taken part of it home too but it was so good that I ate the entire portion right there. Service for every course was prompt and friendly. And the prices were outrageously reasonable, seeming to us like what we pay for a meal in South America rather than in San Francisco! We'll definitely be returning to Mochica.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Third time there and it is still a great place for tasty food that is flavorful and not overly seasoned.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was mainly terrific- we split the beet salad (ok) yucca balls (very good) and seafood stew (the standout). But they brought the salad and stew (the entree) at once, followed by the yucca balls. Which made no sense and also meant we were done more quickly than we wanted since we weren't tempted by the dessert menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food is fun and tasty! We shared a few plates and everything was fantastic. We got the black paella and although it looked funky, it was so delicious! We also shared the beer salad (fab) and had some drinks that were great. The pisco sour was a little small so I would recommend skipping that one. There is no AC and we went on the hottest day of the year. That was rough but the service and ambiance is wonderful!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We came for Sunday brunch for Father's Day and were the first diners because we showed up at opening. The space is lovely, the service is attentive yet relaxed, and the food we ordered was delicious (it was tough to pick because there are lots of great options). Fun neighborhood! I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Delicious calamari stuffed with chorizo. Amazing ceviches. Yummy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Terrific food with excellent seafood and flavor balance, wonderful service. Unfortunately too noisy to carry a good conversation.

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