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DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar - Permanently Closed, San Francisco, CA

DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
692 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
For the past 19 years, DESTINO has focused on traditional Latin cuisine with a modern twist. With personal roots from Peru, executive chef/owner, James Schenk has been on the forefront of gastronomical trends, and has made DESTINO a true destination of San Francisco's vibrant culinary world! Located on Market Street between Valencia and Guerrero, DESTINO is open 6 nights a week and can accommodate diners in our bistro, or more casual offerings in our bar/lounge. From Pisco to Cachaca & Mezcal to Gin, our full bar can satisfy any cocktail craving! If you don't know what Pisco is, ask one of our staff members & they can educate you with our Pisco Flight. For wine lovers, we offer a wide variety of South American, Spanish and California wines, that make pairing dishes a true delight!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates, Peruvian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: CLOSED MONDAYS Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 552-4451

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    James Schenk

  • Catering

    With over 15 years of event experience, DESTINO can accommodate a variety of catered events: From cocktail receptions of 20 people, to full service catering up to 200, let us make your next occasion memorable at your home, office or other location! (Options Include) -Deliverable party platters -Customized menus -Event staffing For more information, please visit our website at destinosf.com or contact: james@destinosf.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Cross street

    Between Valencia & Guerrero on Market

  • Parking details

    Street Parking. We recommend parking on Octavia & Valencia Streets.

  • Public transit

    F Trolley Line at the Guerrero stop. Closest Bart stop is Civic Center (about 10 minutes walking).

  • Entertainment

    We offer a great selection of Latin American music ranging from Salsa and Cumbia to Latin Pop and Top 40.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 692 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. ST

    STaylor

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Wine selection was great. Food was tasty but nothing too impressive. They were nice to accommodate our party of 10 last minute. Overall service was fine with nothing really to complain amount. Would try again and maybe sit on the bar side and get cocktails.
  2. s

    scottm

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food... great time and great service.. And the wine was flowing.
  3. J

    Jordan

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The food was fine, but the service ruined it. Went on Valentines Day, to say they were critically understaffed would be putting it lightly. We were seated 30 mins after our reservation time, even though the place as half full. All the staff were working hard but it was a Friday night and the service was very disappointing. Won’t be coming back.
  4. D

    Daviator

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We had dinner here on Valentine's Day. Despite having a reservation, the host seated us in the bar area rather than in the dining area, and I'd recommend that if you are at Destino to eat, learn from our mistake and don't let them seat you on the bar side. Our server was one of the bartenders, and the service was very slow. We didn't even get acknowledged or get waters for about 15 minutes after being seated, and it was another 10 minutes before we were asked about drinks. After that the service got a little better, but was still slow. The bar was busy and at one point they turned the music up dramatically on that side, after that it was pretty difficult to converse. The food was really delicious (a couple dishes were not very hot, I think it's probably because they sat there for quite a while before our server went to pick them up) and we did enjoy everything we ordered. But if we go back we won't make the mistake of allowing them to seat us in what felt like the "second class citizen" area. There are a couple other tables on that side, and those diners seemed to be having similar problems with the service. I am pretty sure we'd have fully enjoyed things had we been seated on the restaurant side.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentines day
  6. H

    Hobbes

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    They didn’t give me my open table reservation points!!!
  7. A

    Avoid

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The service was awful. Our server knew nothing about wine, he didn't know how to open the bottle or what a decantur was. All the food was extremely overly salty. Portions were very small and costly for their size. My date was still hungry after dinner and we went somewhere else for him to eat. The restaurant was terribly loud. I will never return
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    It was fine
  9. S

    Shannan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The signature drink was tasty and the food was good but the service was super slow. It took forever for our group of 7 to get a server to take our order and even longer for the food to arrive.
  10. BS

    BillS

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Went for friends birthday. At the beginning we had good service but then it quickly crashed. A 40 minute wait for two Pesco sours. Items we ordered were never delivered to table after I asked it was again affirmed that I had ordered the item and it was still never delivered. I keep trying this place but they seem hit or miss.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was fun and good food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Get the Arepa!!!!!
  13. RM

    RakeshM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Ridiculous bad service. Understaffed. Half empty restaurant and still took forever for someone to greet and sit you. Takes forever to get orders in, waters, drink, etc. Wouldn’t bother coming here. It’s a shame since it used to be a great place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    New Years! Overall we were very glad we picked Destino vs a restaurant with a fixed price NYE menu. They were a little bit understaffed for the crowd that showed up, but the food was as delicious as always!!!
  15. P

    Phnam

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for our company's holiday party. Organizing was painless, the team was very accommodating, even for a last minute event. Food was delicious and varied. Great options for GF, DF and vegetarians. Perfect amount of food. Service was lovely. Ambiance is charming. Drinks were tasty. Highly recommend this little gem on Market street.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They staff was amazing and very accommodating. The food was delicious. They let us bring our own cake for the birthday celebration. Amazing experience. They personalised the menu for our birthday table.
  17. JB

    JamesB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very good food and service, but a bit pricey if you want an economical meal beyond small plates
  18. IA

    IreneA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great comfort food dinner, loved that portions were not too big so we could try different things, flavors were great, ambiance very relaxed, cozy, we will be back.
  19. JL

    JoshLeo

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Had not been here in years. Really used to love this place. Lost its charm and food quality/flavor seemed to decrease.
  20. LM

    LisaM

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family event dinner! Love this place!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I would never recommend this place to anyone, service is very poor food was more or less in edible. I think maybe it’s a little bit more of a bar scene.
  22. KS

    KatherineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent innovative original dishes. Delicious food and great service. Great ambiance. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Heavy traffic and very limited parking only downside. Must take MUNI next time!
  23. NP

    NancyP

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Flan was delicious as were the empanadas and yucca nachos! We sat in a nice quiet corner of the bar.
  24. AP

    AaronP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Awesome staff!! A hundred percent recommended!
  25. R

    Rachel

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food! Very quiet..
  26. SS

    SarahSFtoMiami

    Miami

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had an awesome time at Destino! Brought a big group (22 people) for a birthday celebration and Destino accommodated ya even though our reservation was for 16. Great value/food/drinks! I’ll be back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always great food here and good service. Very consistent.
  28. JR

    JamesR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food and great service. Would highly recommend any occasion here.
  29. w

    wendyp

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food appears pre-made and not fresh or interesting. I would not recommend this restaurant to others.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service! And pretty good food.
  31. LJ

    LillianJ

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food! Fav is lomo saltado and pork empanadas
  32. BS

    BillS

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I gave them a second chance thanks to the owner extending a gift certificate. The food was great! The Lechon is very tasty and everyone at the table wanted a bite.
  33. JF

    JenniferF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We happened upon Destino on a Sunday evening and it will be a new go-to restaurant for us in the city. Every item we ordered from the small plates/tapas options was incredible. Full of flavor, clean finish and really perfectly done. We had THE BEST service from the bartender Aaron. The restaurant was slow and he basically served as our own personal mixologist. It was such a pleasant change to have a bartender who mixes so many different drinks with joy. The hostess was amazing too. We will be back!
  34. A

    Alms

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the best peruvian!
  35. AL

    AdamL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. My go to spot for Peruvian!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and drinks
  37. RC

    RoccoC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed it, but was a little pricey for what I got.
  38. AP

    AaronP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and good food!! The neighborhood restaurant featuring really good cocktails and food!!
  39. c

    cevichelover4ever

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite in SF- a go-to spot for yummy latin cuisine....They are pretty good at consistency for their tapas and cocktails...good wine list too!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They don’t adjust food items everything is pre made. I’m allergic to quinoa and it was in majority of their foods so I could not try anything

FAQs

DESTINO Latin Bistro/Pisco Bar - Permanently Closed is rated 4.2 stars by 692 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Valencia & Guerrero on Market

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: CLOSED MONDAYS Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates, Peruvian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking. We recommend parking on Octavia & Valencia Streets.

  • Public transit

    F Trolley Line at the Guerrero stop. Closest Bart stop is Civic Center (about 10 minutes walking).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Schenk

  • Entertainment

    We offer a great selection of Latin American music ranging from Salsa and Cumbia to Latin Pop and Top 40.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 552-4451

  • Catering

    With over 15 years of event experience, DESTINO can accommodate a variety of catered events: From cocktail receptions of 20 people, to full service catering up to 200, let us make your next occasion memorable at your home, office or other location! (Options Include) -Deliverable party platters -Customized menus -Event staffing For more information, please visit our website at destinosf.com or contact: james@destinosf.com.

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