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Charanga - 42 Reviews - 2351 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 282-1813

Charanga

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2351 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (at at 20th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
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(415) 282-1813
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Best

I love tapas, and Charanga's gets very high marks from me. The yuca frita are the best I've had in the city, and the sauteed shrimp and calamari with chiles and coconut rice is on...

Worst

Food was just okay. They didn't bring out one of our entrees. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they're going only for the sangria.

Nice Place full of Fun and Flavorfull Eats 6/20/2010

We love this neighborhood place. Mission District is a bit questionable; but once you've found a location for the car...you walk into a hoppin' place, tasty dishes, full of flavor and excitement. Great Happy Hour bites-$2 Sangria...$3 Beers. Favorites...The Pork Sandwiches, the Cerviche, The Cuban Meatballs, the Plantanes, the fish tacos. We have gone with friends, our sone and his girlfriend and all were blown away by the unique plates of tasty morsles. A must! A favorite! Pros: Exciting dishes-good sangria Cons: not a thing more

TOO BAD... 1/14/2010

We went there (7 costarrican friends) because ""we finally found a Costarrican place in the Bay Area"". What we agreed we found: The worst service and unfrendly staff ever. The tiniest (chiquiticos) dishes ever. The high pices for the quality. The atmosphere wasn't that bad and the food was regular, but this is not authentic costarrican food, this is mostly a undefined mix of latin ingredients. Is she a true chef? What a shame, we will never come back, nor recommend it to anyone (costarrican or not). Pros: ATMOSPHERE Cons: PORTIONS SIZE, SERVICE, PRICE. more

Not Bad 2/15/2008

This place is not too bad. The wait staff were friendly but service is slow. The food is okay could be be more flavorful. Be prepared to wait however as seating is limited and reservations are not accepted. May consider returning if I am in the area. more

Don't waste your time 11/24/2007

Literally, that is what you will do at this place. First of all, I saw the review on Check Please! and it had really touted a great review for them. I was really pumped up to visit the place since it seemed to be a hole in the wall restaurant in the mission that gave good cuban cuisine. We went on a Friday, when things are expected to be busy and although they were, they were not over the top busy and yet we were managed to be completely ignored. There was no dedicated server to our table so the accountability was not there. I ordered my drink and waited for about 20 minutes only to find out that the waitress had forgotten to place my drink order. After that things went down hill. The food was average nothing too extraordinary. The presentation of the food was very nice, but the flavors of the food were pretty bland. Then I had the courage to ask for dessert. I asked the same waitress which had forgotten my drink and she ordered it. Well, it must've taken about 20 additional minutes just to get the dessert. I had to ask a passing waiter, that wasn't even serving our table to please bring me my dessert...only after seeing and hearing my frustration did they act quickly and got me my dessert in less than 5 minutes...imagine that!! so all in all, the entire visit there was about 2 hours. Our servers didn't even bother to ask if we needed anything...only maybe a once half-hearted attempt by a neighboring waitress. Anyways, that is my take on this place. If you have a full 2 to 3 hours to spare on a mediocre meal and don't mind being ignored the whole time, then this is your place...after leaving this place we hopped on over to Cha Cha Cha, which is only 2 businesses down the way and we had a great time. Much better service and they really had a full house! We only wished it was Cha Cha Cha that we had visited earlier. Pros: nice decoration, nice food presentation Cons: bad servers who ignore you more

Great Tapas in an Unassuming Package 5/10/2007

I love tapas, and Charanga's gets very high marks from me. The yuca frita are the best I've had in the city, and the sauteed shrimp and calamari with chiles and coconut rice is one of the single most satisfying and flavorful entrees I've ever had. You might walk right by this place if you're browsing on Mission St., but it's well worth a stop inside. The service is very friendly, the music is festive, the ambience is hip yet low key, and the food is really fresh and delicately layered with flavor and so incredibly delicious and satisfying. Pros: Fabulous food, great service, nice vibe Cons: Parking more

Ay Charanga! 11/29/2006

Like many here, my friends and I discovered Charanga because the wait at Cha Cha Cha was ridiculously long.... more

Ay Charanga! 11/28/2006

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Like many here, my friends and I discovered Charanga because the wait at Cha Cha Cha was ridiculously long. I thank the Gods it happened. Charanga... more

great food and even better service 11/11/2006

I love this place. You have to check it out. The food is amazing the service is even better. It is extremely busy yet they still take care of you. A+ Pros: food and service Cons: it's in the Mission area but that's where all the good latin food is! more

we fought over the last shrimp 8/18/2006

It was a chilly summer Friday night and we walked into Charanga and immediately felt the warmth and wonderful aromas. I started with a ginger sake cocktail that had a sugar cane stir stick that was seductively addictive. My husband had the passionfruit cocktail - I couldn't decide what was better about it, the aromatherapy aspect or the crisp fruity combination. We exchanged sips throughout the meal. We shared two plates - 1) the sautéed shrimp and calamari - served with coconut rice used to soak up the sweet/spicy sauce. The shrimp and calamari had a grilled tasted and combined with the sweetness of the rice and sauce was phenomenal, 2) SEARED AHI small plate, served with avocado chunks. We couldn't help but dip the bread in the remaining citrus-y sauce. Delicious. Both plates were completely different flavors and washed down w/our cocktails....very nice. Hard to have a conversation, but who really wants to talk when your fighting for the last shrimp??? more

You can't go wrong with this one! 7/16/2006

I was amazed by the quality of the food and service at this cozey down to earth Mission restaurant. Raciones, not Tapas, is what they specialize in. We had small plates ( but larger than tapas) of cuisine from costa rica, mexico, cuba and nicaragua, with their ambrosic citrusy sangria. Don't beleive I had dessert, but the chocolate cake is brilliant. Service was fast, and attentive despite the Friday evening crowd. So comfortable I felt like pitching in to help as they were short staffed-thankfully I didn't- the food would never have gotten to the guests. Pros: All good more

Another tapas place! 6/14/2006

Loved the service in this place. The food was the usual plantain, black beans, shrimps and chicken in the Caribbean flavor. The sangria was kicking. However the ambience reminded me of an old country cottage. The atmosphere was very homely and the servers were prompt! Pros: service Cons: parking, there are better places around! more

Many great drinks and tapas... 4/9/2006

We ordered almost all of the tapas on the menu, and a couple of drinks. Many of the tapas were good and tasty, and the drinks were excellent. The place was lively, with many people. Be prepared to spend about $20-$25 with drinks. Overall I recommend it. Pros: Drinks, Tapas Cons: Parking more

Fun setting great food! 11/6/2005

I loved this find! It was great food and reasonably priced. I would definitely return which is the stamp of approval ina place like SF! Pros: food more

Always AWESOME 6/1/2005

I've eaten at Charanga a few times and EVERY TIME not only the food is excellente but the service too. It is great to have a place in the city where you can find traditional Latin Food. To Gaby and her staff, thanks for bringing a piece of Costa Rica to the City. more

Tuna ceviche = divine 5/2/2005

The tuna ceviche at Charanga is absolutely to-die-for -- it comes in a goblet with huge chunks of avocado and some kind of divine teriyaki-type sauce. Wow. My girlfriends and I LOVE treating ourselves to dinner at Charanga on a Friday night -- great Cuban music, incredible food (and pretty well-portioned, for tapas), well-priced drinks (they have white wine sangria, for those who are allergic to red), and right next to the nightlife on Valencia. We've never had to wait for a seat, but that might change soon if anyone else tries the ceviche... Only set-back: parking can be horrendous. Pros: Great food, Fun music Cons: Parking hard to find more

Great neighborhood spot 10/3/2004

Went on a whim on a weekday evening and LOVED everything about the place. Then the food started coming...Everything was fresh and simple- the salads are great and the seafood was excellent. Lots of little plates and interesting entrees. If you live in the Mission, you've gotta check this place out. Pros: great waitstaff, ambience, friendly crowd more

Love It! 6/22/2004

I have dined here several times and have nothing but great things to say about the food and the staff. The food is absolutely decilious and you cannot beat the price. Pros: food, Reasonable Prices Cons: , no reservations, neighborhood more

Our Favorite Restaurant! 6/1/2004

The food is inventive, the service friendly, and the overall atmosphere warm and inviting. This is the place we go for a shared meal with friends, a casual but romantic night out, or an early dinner of black beans and rice with our toddler. Favorite dishes include the citrus-marinated cuban pork, the sugar snap peas, and the garlic mushrooms. Make friends with owner Gaby Salas and she might let you tour the kitchen... more

Charanga is beyond tasty! 6/1/2004

I've never been let down by this consistently delicious restaurant. A wonderful blend of latin flavors--the food is unique and memorable. Also a great place to bring out of town guests to prove that San Francisco has some of the best restaurants in the country. Pros: big group tables, nice size portions more

Lively 5/21/2004

Inventive food and warm atmosphere. Don't believe the postings about bad service--this place gets busy and requires a little patience but the service is overall very good. If you want a waiter hovering over you, go somewhere else and I will gladly take your seat. Pros: food more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Charanga's 15 tables fill up almost every night with Mission denizes of all ages, sharing inventive tapas-style plates. The high ceiling, narrow room and exposed-brick walls can...

  • 12/5/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    T-W 11:30-2:30 5:30-10, Th-Sa 11:30-2:30 5:30-11
  • Payments:

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

    Mission, Central East
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