3945 24th St at Noe, SF 94114
hours: 11am-10pm Sun-Thurs, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat
Apparently, this hot Latin American restaurant opened
in Noe Valley after triumphing with their first two Frescas
(Pacific Heights and West Portal). One visit and you'll understand
how they found such success.
Jovial and warm. The decor is tasteful, the colors are energetic,
and the place just has a good vibe. Bright yellow upholstery
on one wall of booths beckons across the restaurant to the deep aqua behind
two cozy alcoved tables. The bar sits
under small, hanging, warm orange lamps, and stretched, arched
ceilings. On the other side of the room, the open kitchen is
unobtrusively situated. The music's chill groove of funky deep
baselines and toe-tapping drum beats are equally subdued. It's
a lively crowd, so it can be loud.
Peruvian, meaning a variety of ceviches, seared ahi, fried shrimp
or plantains, grilled meats and of course Sangria! Small plates
or entrees (which are pretty huge). Something for everyone.
$15-$20 an entree.
We were the last seating of the day and made a snap decision
to go with the Peruvian rotisserie chicken. It was richly flavored
with cumin and very tender, though a little on the dry side
(Perhaps it had been roasting too long? Maybe it's an early-bird
dish.). The garlic fries and house salad that came with it were
surprisingly remarkable too. And the sangria was perfect: not too sweet or cloying.
I hear that their ceviches are outstanding, so check back here
for that update. I'm ready for another round!
We were there late on a Sunday night, and the place was bustling.
Our waiter was entusiasitic, personable, prompt, accurate and
attentive. I've read many reviews by people who've had problems
with the service on crowded nights or with big groups, so I
suggest you arrive with a chill attitude and give yourself over
to the experience
Reservations: Strongly suggested.
A warm, vibrant, fun, delicious experience.
Reviewed: Oct 2005