24 West Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412737.740570 -122.466195
Neighborhoods: West Portal, Twin Peaks West
Fresca is a Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco offering a ceviche bar. At this restaurant, you will find a nouveau Peruvian cuisine, a modernized style of Peruvian food crafted by Chef Jose Calvo-Perez. Fresca keeps the Peruvian cuisine alive by keeping all traditional Peruvian ingredients and incorporating them into all their creations.
Our intention at our San Francisco restaurant is to create and to prepare a distinctly advanced kind of cuisine, while nonetheless conjoining our patently Peruvian approach with a manner of purity and simplicity in the approach.
Fresca buffet catering services are available.
Terrible Service – Who would think that you'd be expected to stand there to wait for just asking how long the wait is, while the hostess is there having a small chat with their own waiter. When finally getting the attention of the hostess and a couple snappy looks, we were finally told that we're next---just to find out that when the table was available it was given to someone else. What a way to start my first time experience of Peruvian food---and this was all BEFORE being seated!
Scheduling issues, but decent food. – My wife and I agree with another previous review. We went to Fresca early on a Saturday night and was told the wait was 30 minutes. An hour and 15 minutes later, we were finally seated. The hostess seemed indifferent about our long wait and some folks complained about having to wait for a while despite having made reservations. Fortunately, after being seated, the food was a 7 out of 10. We did feel however the food was a bit overpriced. The restaurant on Fillmore is very small leading to the long waits and the restaurant itself is also quite noisy. We didn't have any issues with the service.
Decent Food Negated by Horrible Service! – Eating around SF for years, and this was the worst service I have ever experienced! Thought my girlfriend and I could anjoy an intimate night in a quiet neighborhood. Wrong! Waiter totally ignored us throughout the evening. Hostess finally took our order, and we had to ask several times about where our food was (took over an hour!). Honestly, the food was good (when it finally arrived), but we were so put of by the service that it tainted our ability to enjoy the interesting flavors. Maybe the one on Fillmore is better, but not willing to take that chance with so many other choices for Peruvian in the City.
Horrible Service – The 1st time i ate here, the food was fabulous! Saturday night a friend threw my birthday party with reservations for 16 at 830pm. The manager asked to push it back to 930pm, we agreed...by 1030 the manager wasn't able to get the earlier party out of the restaurant. he wouldn't even push different tables together: repeatedley neglected his customers request for appetizers/sangria at the bar while we were patiently waiting for the party to leave. By 11pm he was still giving excuses. Living in SF for the last 5 years and it was the worst service i've had...Ever! Will never recommend this restaurant due to poor service and management.
SF, Please Ask More of Your Restaurants – This place is a disaster. I'm not sure how anyone could possibly rate this above a 5. Guys, we live in San Francisco; we know about great restaurants. This is NOT one of them. A total disappointment. Food: fine (hurray, one more place offering $10 ceviche that tastes just like everyone else's). Entrees: standard, unimaginative. Worst of all: They have no clue how to schedule. My reservation was for 8:30. By 9pm, I was still waiting (party of 2) behind two parties with 8pm reservations and two tables of 6 also scheduled for 8:30pm. They didn't seem sympathetic; Just a hostess who shugged and never apologized. Don't mistake blarring salsa and tardiness for a good time. Please, Restaurant-Goers who Frequent Fillmore: don't encourage average restaurants to open. Demand more. Shame on you, Fresca.
best peruvian experience – i've been to a few peruvian restaurants and i never liked them. i just couldn't see what made the food peruvian. just seemed like lots of sea food, french fries, and rice. but once i tried fresca, i felt i got a dose of what real peruvian should taste like. i ordered the salmon tacos and they were amazing. they used a salmon fillet, not shredded salmon. my parents and brother loved their food. my only complaint is that they sometimes use a hard bread on their sandwiches. other than that, everything was perfect!
mkwo – the pollo ala brasa is delicious it melts in your mouth. the ceviche is good and safe to eat
the salads are great. careful planning has gone into each dish the tastes are great CAUTION dont eat to fast or you wont be able to walk out of the restaurant
Delicioso!Like my family's Peruvian food – I come here everytime I am craving Peruvian food. My family doesnt have time to make great Lomo Saltado, or Paella, or yummy alfajores (dessert). The service is good and the food leaves you in awe!I have taken profressors to eat dinner with a few friends of mine and they loved it. It's great to be Peruvian in the Bay and actually say that this restaraunt makes me feel like I'm in Peru!
tasty tasty tasty! – The dinner, sangria, and desserts were great. I went with four friends, and ordered the lomo something (beef strips with onions and potatoes), chicken, paella, and beef fajitas. All absolutely delicious. The service was excellent and the portions were gigantic. I can't wait to go back and try the lamb.
Awesome food! – I've been there 4 times and I always had an excellent food experience. The food is great, good service and affordable prices. I will come back again!
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