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Fresca

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3945 24th St (at at Sanchez)
San Francisco, CA 94114
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(415) 695-0549
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Fresca - San Francisco, CA
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Best

If you like spicy, delicious chiorizo sauce and an out of this world ""Cohito"" you must go to Fresca! I love the lively atmosphere and the special lobster risotto was excellent. ...

Worst

My boyfriend and I stumbled upon the 24th Street location for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Although there were tables in the front and at the bar, we were seated at a tabl...

HORRIBLE Service - Confronted by Server 8/17/2011

In a city where there are so many great restaurants to chose from this one has one consistent theme.. BAD SERVICE. I had all the same experiences you will read in every review. Long waits for food after our appetizers were finished. Food sitting and waiting to go to the tables while servers stood around and talked and did nothing. Charged for items I never received. Which I had to point out to my server, She wouldn't have ever known since I had not seen her since she took the order. BUT WORST OF ALL - The Server chased us out of the restaurant as if we had done something wrong. I left a 10% tip on a check were we received... LITTLE TO NO SERVICE at all. She followed us down the street and asked: was there something wrong with the service I provided? UNBELIEVABLE! I will never Return to this PLACE! UNACCEPTABLE behavior. more

HORRIBLE Service - Confronted by Server 8/17/2011

In a city where there are so many great restaurants to chose from this one has one consistent theme.. BAD SERVICE. I had all the same experiences you will read in every review. Long waits for food after our appetizers were finished. Food sitting and waiting to go to the tables while servers stood around and talked and did nothing. Charged for items I never received. Which I had to point out to my server, She wouldn't have ever known since I had not seen her since she took the order. BUT WORST OF ALL - The Server chased us out of the restaurant as if we had done something wrong. I left a 10% tip on a check were we received... LITTLE TO NO SERVICE at all. She followed us down the street and asked: was there something wrong with the service I provided? UNBELIEVABLE! I will never Return to this PLACE! UNACCEPTABLE behavior. more

Awful Experience 8/23/2010

I'm really sorry that the server at the Fresca in Noe Valley had the audacity to act like a prima donna and proceeded to tell me he ""hasn't seen the happy hour menu"" so I had to point out the items since he didn't understand. I'm sorry-why are you working there if you don't know the menu? Last time I checked, I hired you to serve me a meal. Thanks! WHOOPS. Also can't believe that the server was so petty that he threw a fit with the manager and she told us happy hour is only available at the bar which we were totally willing to comply with. I thought the customer was always right? It wasn't until we told the manager that our server was huffing and puffing that she regulated and apologized for the server's horrific behavior. Wow... more

Awful Experience 8/23/2010

I'm really sorry that the server at the Fresca in Noe Valley had the audacity to act like a prima donna and proceeded to tell me he "hasn't seen the happy hour menu" so I had to point out the items since he didn't understand. I'm sorry-why are you working there if you don't know the menu? Last time I checked, I hired you to serve me a meal. Thanks! WHOOPS. Also can't believe that the server was so petty that he threw a fit with the manager and she told us happy hour is only available at the bar which we were totally willing to comply with. I thought the customer was always right? It wasn't until we told the manager that our server was huffing and puffing that she regulated and apologized for the server's horrific behavior. Wow... more

Ceviche Bar! 3/24/2010

This time, everything we had was fabulous! The ceviche tastings, you can pick 3 of the ceviches to try and everything we got was delicious! I loved it so much I almost wanted to do another order of it all. It was fresh, light and flavorful. I believe we had the halibut, one of the calamari, and the tuna tartar ceviche! And then for the lenguado con risotto, the risotto cake was the tastiest risotto I have ever had. Oh and the halibut itself was also really good. Pair all this with some sangria, and we are set! Service was quick and fast and the food was delicious. It wasn't overly crowded at all, and I walked out a really happy girl. more

Ceviche Bar! 3/24/2010

This time, everything we had was fabulous! more

Best muscles in town 1/26/2009

If you like spicy, delicious chiorizo sauce and an out of this world ""Cohito"" you must go to Fresca! I love the lively atmosphere and the special lobster risotto was excellent. Fun, friendly place to have a great, flavorful meal! Pros: Very good food and awesome drinks! more

Best muscles in town 1/26/2009

If you like spicy, delicious chiorizo sauce and an out of this world "Cohito" you must go to Fresca! I love the lively atmosphere and the special lobster risotto was excellent. Fun, friendly place to have a great, flavorful meal! Pros: Very good food and awesome drinks! more

Great, but Screwed Up too 8/13/2008

Fresca is a really fun and lively place to go, with noise and crowds and a great atmosphere. The ceviche is wonderful and you have got to have a pisco sour (or 2). BUT as another reviewer noted, their service is kind of lacking in that it can be slow and they can indeed be forgetful. I've been there several times and have to say I still recommend it in spite of one time when they forgot to put our dessert order in and it took 30min to get it. Great fun to go with a group but dont expect to be able to hear each other over the noise. By the way, desserts are mediocre but the rest of the menu is tasty stuff, especially the appetizers. I like the ceviche mixto, but the 4, 5 or 6 ceviche sampler is a great way to go. There is one with black squid/octopus ink that is extremely good. My boyfriend adds: "It's true that the food is great, especially the ceviche, but the real draw is the crowded, noisy, fun ambiance. However, it's fairly expensive (easy to spend $100+ for a couple incl drinks) and you should know that high quality, Peruvian food of almost the same quality can be had for a fraction of the price at dive Peruvian restaurants throughout the Mission. WARNING: the pisco sours have a delayed reaction...WALK home." Pros: Pisco sours, Ceviche, Raucous Atmosphere Cons: Price, Forgetful Service more

Great, but Screwed Up too 8/13/2008

Fresca is a really fun and lively place to go, with noise and crowds and a great atmosphere. The ceviche is wonderful and you have got to have a pisco sour (or 2). BUT as another reviewer noted, their service is kind of lacking in that it can be slow and they can indeed be forgetful. I've been there several times and have to say I still recommend it in spite of one time when they forgot to put our dessert order in and it took 30min to get it. Great fun to go with a group but dont expect to be able to hear each other over the noise. By the way, desserts are mediocre but the rest of the menu is tasty stuff, especially the appetizers. I like the ceviche mixto, but the 4, 5 or 6 ceviche sampler is a great way to go. There is one with black squid/octopus ink that is extremely good. Pros: Pisco sours, Ceviche, Raucous Atmosphere Cons: Price, Forgetful Service more

unbelieveable cheviche 5/16/2008

Fresca is one of my favorite places to eat. I adore cheviche and they have the largest selection of choices I have ever seen. It is FABULOUS. They also do a great peruvian specialty of fish with tomatoes that;s the national specialty. I'm from a seafood town and it's HARD to impress me and my freinds with seafood. fresca managed to do so in SPADES. The only drawback is the parking which can be a little sticky to find and it IS expensive. But for a special treat it is well worth the price. Pros: fabulous food, nice place, neat & different drinks and food to try Cons: parking, price more

unbelieveable cheviche 5/16/2008

Fresca is one of my favorite places to eat. I adore cheviche and they have the largest selection of choices I have ever seen. It is FABULOUS. They also do a great peruvian specialty of fish with tomatoes that;s the national specialty. I'm from a seafood town and it's HARD to impress me and my freinds with seafood. fresca managed to do so in SPADES. The only drawback is the parking which can be a little sticky to find and it IS expensive. But for a special treat it is well worth the price. Pros: fabulous food, nice place, neat & different drinks and food to try Cons: parking, price more

Awesome Food and Setting 4/22/2008

I love this place. The food is excellent and the setting is great. I usually get the pollo and I love the portions, it is big and comes with fries. This is a great place to bring out of town guests. If you love ceviche, then you will really love the ceviche bar. more

Terrible service 1/5/2008

We had a first great experience with fresca and their ceviche. But the second time we went there, it was horrible. I ordered a ceviche and my husband ordered something else so that he could share a bit with our 2 years old daughter. They had at that time a take out order for 10 people and they forgot about us (I would say did not care). I had my ceviche but my husband and daughter nothing. We had to ask several times, asking them for bread for our daughter. The food of my husband and daughter arrived more than an hour after my ceviche!! The weird thing is that some people arrived after us and they had their food before us. We were really angry. With the bill, they gave us a card to give our opinion... They never contacted us though. more

Terrible service 1/5/2008

We had a first great experience with fresca and their ceviche. But the second time we went there, it was horrible. I ordered a ceviche and my husband ordered something else so that he could share a bit with our 2 years old daughter. They had at that time a take out order for 10 people and they forgot about us (I would say did not care). I had my ceviche but my husband and daughter nothing. We had to ask several times, asking them for bread for our daughter. The food of my husband and daughter arrived more than an hour after my ceviche!! The weird thing is that some people arrived after us and they had their food before us. We were really angry. With the bill, they gave us a card to give our opinion... They never contacted us though. more

Don't get the hype 12/12/2007

I'm not sure what all the rave is about here. we went there for a weekend brunch and had really poor service (and a waitress whose cleavage was so inappropriate i could barely concentrate) and average food. we didn't try the ceviche, but i would be willing to go back to give that a shot. nothing special. next time i'm in pac heights i'm going to la med down the street. much better food there. Pros: beautiful interior, good date spot Cons: average food more

Don't get the hype 12/12/2007

I'm not sure what all the rave is about here. we went there for a weekend brunch and had really poor service (and a waitress whose cleavage was so inappropriate i could barely concentrate) and average food. we didn't try the ceviche, but i would be willing to go back to give that a shot. nothing special. next time i'm in pac heights i'm going to la med down the street. much better food there. Pros: beautiful interior, good date spot Cons: average food more

Some good optoins, but not for the price 7/26/2007

While Fresca had some great Peruvian options, its prices betray its Peruvian roots and draw attention to... more

Some good optoins, but not for the price 7/26/2007

While Fresca had some great Peruvian options, its prices betray its Peruvian roots and draw attention to... more

Some good optoins, but not for the price 7/26/2007

Tom Provided by Partner
While Fresca had some great Peruvian options, its prices betray its Peruvian roots and draw attention to the ways it could be better. I went there... more
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  • 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...

Editorial

  • The Scene
    This restaurant's ultra-popular third outpost on 24th and Sanchez is a large, comfortable haven, with two dining areas divided by a gleaming ceviche bar. Natural light streams...

  • 10/4/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri, Sat 11am-11pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Noe Valley

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