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Mochica, San Francisco, CA
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Mochica

4.5
4.5
1316 Reviews
$31 to $50
Peruvian
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*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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Breakfast & Lunch Fri–Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 278-0480

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Altamirano

  • Catering

    Please contact Hector Cortes for more details 415-278-0480 or info@mochicasf.com<br />

  • Private party facilities

    40-50 people seated dinner50-100 people for a social gathering featuring passed hours d'oeuvres and cocktailsbusiness lunches we have small private room for your party.Please contact Dominique for more details at events@altamiranorestaurants.com

  • Private party contact

    Marlena Kot: (415) 278-0480

  • Neighborhood

    Potrero Hill / Dogpatch

  • Cross street

    Connecticut

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus, uber, taxi.

  • Additional

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

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What 1,316 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Peruvian

  • San Francisco

    Innovative

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  1. LC

    LaniC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city! Love this place. The food is excellent, the service is great and the drinks are killer. Great for dates, happy hour, brunch, friend get together.
  2. J

    Jodida

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Took a friend there who never had eaten Peruvian food. We both wanted to order the Pollo a la brasa. Went there for lunch. Was told by the server that it would not be ready for at least an hour. Then I picked out another item and again was told they didn’t have it. I was beyond upset. Server kept suggesting other items and I told her I did not want red meat. Truly not a good experience.
  3. JS

    JeffreyS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julio, our waiter, was great! We had a great meal and great service. I’ll definitely go back! They’re Cebiche is amazing!
  4. C

    Cariocal

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Beware! The owner does not want to put the heat on. We were freezing inside. What a shame!
  5. S

    Secondtimediner7

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met our son who lives nearby for dinner. Our 2nd visit. Absolutely great dinner & drinks! The Mac & cheese appetizer is spectacular. And all our entrees were equally good. We’ll be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. Best pulpo I’ve ever had.
  7. AO

    AnnetteO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dishes we tried were so unique, different and delicious. A really exotic experience.
  8. E

    Eurofoodie

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food was fabulous and extremely tasty. But the service was lacking. The waitress didn’t seem to know the menu very well and she’d go missing at times. The time between our first course and main course was over thirty minutes.
  9. M

    daMig

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything there well excellent, the food was superb (though I wish they had my favorite, Chupe de Camaron, on their menu). The place was a bit chilly due to the weather and the close proximity of our table to the window. but hey Its winter time so I can't complain. The noise in the place was quite loud for the intimate dinner i was hoping to have with my companion. Perhaps on a different day when its full of people the sound might be muffled but i doubt it, cuz' then there would be many more people talking over each other. Restaurant rarely ever think about the sound levels in their places. There are very simple acoustic solutions to making it a better environment for more comfortable dining. I wonder why they don't invest in such. It would make me go back more often
  10. l

    lonya

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was wonderful. Better than I remembered from a few years ago. The cocktails are great! The service is a little lackadaisical but certainly pleasant. It was a chilly night and we had to keep our coats on throughout dinner as it was not particularly warm. This did not spoil our enjoyment of the delicious ceviche, empanadas, ribs and yucca.
  11. TL

    TLyndon

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was SO incredibly good, we ordered 7 or 8 small plates to share for our party of 5 and every single one of them was excellent, and plenty of food for 5. I will go back, soon, just for the incredible tasty food. The ambiance was quite loud, I do wish I hadn't had to yell at my party for the duration. Not quite a deal breaker but some baffling wouldn't go amiss. They fell down on the drinks. We specifically ordered the first round well before we ordered food, yet it came after we were halfway through dinner. We only got round 2 after we'd finished. This was a birthday party and I can definitively say the bill would have been much higher if the bar service had been more responsive, this group would have been good for 3 or 4 rounds otherwise. After 2 rounds and with the food all gone we were done with the yelling. BUT the tequenos, mac n cheese, ribs, bolitas de yucca, empanadas and camarones were awesome, every single one, so I will definitely be back, maybe to get it to go?
  12. SM

    ShannonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was exquisitely delicious!! I will definitely be back.
  13. f

    foodlover

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    A great place for dinner on Potrero Hill. Well prepared Peruvian food and an extensive menu that can please those looking for gluten or dairy free alternatives.
  14. JW

    JonW

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and we had such a nice server who helped us understand the menu. Would certainly recommend
  15. MP

    MichelleP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious especially the chaufa pork belly and cebiche! Would go back multiple times
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best Peruvian food in the city!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    El servicio fue muy lento. Asta olvidaron un platillo que al final pedimos cancelar.pero la comida estuvo muy rica
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a lovely dining experience. The food was delicious. The drinks were very good. The service was attentive—though they understaffed so our waitress was very busy and it took a while for her to come back for me to order by second drink. It was LOUD. It was difficult to have a conversation and my ears were ringing at the end of the dinner. It is the single reason I would not return.
  20. B

    Babs

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious roasted chicken and fries shared along with two pisco sours made a perfect date!
  21. NS

    NaomiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and nice patio!! Loved the quinoa crusted prawns and seared ahi -wonderful unique flavors!!! We got stuck in traffic and a half hour late and they still seated us. Would definitely recommend Mochico and come back for a meal.
  22. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food , very pricey but worth it Empanadas very small very delicious
  23. LB

    LaurenB

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Good selection of options across seafood and meat. Not great for vegans though.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Felt a little rushed while dining. The ceviche was delicious, as well as the empanadas! Will probably not come again
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food especially the lomo saltado! The arroz con mariscos lacked a little bit of flavor but overall everything was amazing, the staff was very accommodating and attentive, will definitely recommend to friends and family. Don’t forget to start with a pisco sour!!
  26. HG

    HappyGut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, absolutely delicious. The wait staff was lovely.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pescado a lo macho (seafood bouillabaisse) was absolutely fantastic! Rich flavour and a hearty serving of tender seafood. Excellent food and service with live music on the sidewalk.
  28. RA

    RaffaelA

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and friendly staff.
  29. MS

    MarvinS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! I will definitely come back again!
  30. i

    idontcook

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My first time eating at Mochica. Friendly and efficient service, and tasty, flavorful, and creative food. Good cocktail options as well. Highly recommend the (not too) spicy pork ribs to start (the portion is enough for two) and any of the empenadas to start. The Peruvian-style roast chicken (crispy skin, moist meat, fantastic flavors) is another "must." The salmon is a good option as well, but suggest you request it medium rare or medium to avoid it being overcooked.
  31. A

    Anon

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Live music was quite loud for anyone dining outside. Very difficult to hold a conversation.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food. It made for a lovely evening visiting San Francisco. The cherry on top was the live band playing wonderful music on the patio. 5 stars! We’ll be sure to visit again.
  33. DG

    DarG

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    1) we were seated close to the time of our reservation but no table service for over 20 minutes. I got up and asked if we could put in an order for yucca fries until our server could come to us 2) the (very friendly and accommodating) bartender (?) was apologetic and took our dinner order 3) yucca fries were just ok (Limon so much better) but were crispy 4) did not like the spices on the grilled octopus (personal taste) 5) the (3) scallops were so small, not a good value for the price 6) platano maduros were sweet and delicious 7) Chaufa Pork Belly dish was quite bland This was the first time we came and didn't order any cebiches which are usually delicious so we could try other items on the menu. This was a big mistake for us. Chose to recommend but with caveats to stick to chicharrones and cebiches!
  34. N

    Nicki123

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Mochica had some tasty and wonderful cocktails. The food was super flavorful and delicious. There may not have been enough people working because service was super slow. Our waiter was so friendly and kind, but it was hard to get him and order things, because he seemed overly busy.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hector was amazing and made us feel very welcome, throughout the night he came by to check in on us and make recommendations on how to enhance our experience. Every recommendation he made was perfect and made it a Truly unique experience. Our server was amazing as well Johanna/Yohanna? I believe was her name. She was very attentive and welcoming and having Hector (who seemed to be the manager) swing by to check on us was really above and beyond. This place cares about their guests!! Joel the bartender made some amazing drinks and also gave us perfect recommendations based off the preferences we shared about what we like in a cocktail. TOP NOTCH care @ Mochica!! thank you!!!
  36. T

    Tini

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took some friends that were visiting town there and had the most lovely night! The food was delicious, and the service incredibly attentive and friendly. We were celebrating one of our friends got a new job and it was the perfect dinner. Highly recommend the alfajores and churros for dessert.
  37. f

    fiftybrown

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish we had was wonderful
  38. PD

    PickyDiner

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Variety is good, and flavors are good though the ceviche could have used a bit more acid. Noise level is excessive however and you have to shout to be heard.
  39. MS

    MSCF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ceviche and wonderful cocktails. Noise level is very loud though.
  40. A

    Ashishgupta

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I have extremely fond memories of this place when it was down in SOHO. I had been to the new location once before and was excited to bring my new partner here and we were disappointed. The quality of the food has gone downhill, rhe service was inattentive and the waitress was like a fast food order taker. Our plates were literally thrown down in front of us. I do not recommend

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

Mochica is rated 4.5 stars by 1316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mochica

1469 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Connecticut

  • Neighborhood

    Potrero Hill / Dogpatch

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Breakfast & Lunch Fri–Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus, uber, taxi.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Altamirano

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (415) 278-0480

  • Catering

    Please contact Hector Cortes for more details 415-278-0480 or info@mochicasf.com<br />

  • Private party facilities

    40-50 people seated dinner50-100 people for a social gathering featuring passed hours d'oeuvres and cocktailsbusiness lunches we have small private room for your party.Please contact Dominique for more details at events@altamiranorestaurants.com

  • Private party contact

    Marlena Kot: (415) 278-0480

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