24 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
Phone: (415) 564-8080
Phone: (415) 731-1425
Fresca - West Portal
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian, Latin American, Seafood
Price Range : Average
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02/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This is so strange, really! Sometimes like several weeks ago, the food is absolutely fantastic from Fresca. Other times, it's completely dog food!
I don't know what the deal is other than they must have different chefs at different nights. I wonder which nights are the perfectly magical nights huh? I need to make sure because it does get pricey and some of the off nights are really awful.
12/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
First of all, any restaurant that makes me have to search for parking at West Portal has to be good. Coz everyone knows you have to circle the block several times and do that about four times and ypu're about ready to move on.
Anyway, their steak dish is very good. The stuff with seafood just ok. Mainly because it can get a little fishy at times. Fair warning.
12/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Me: Borned and raised in Peru so this tells you I know what Peruvian food tastes like, smells like and looks like. My girl Julie and I just moved to the Bay from LA and we love ceviche. We ordered a ceviche the first time and it was not bad but it could have been better. The second time the plate was smaller, the ceviche was dry, no juice at all and the quality of the seafood was terrible. The service is great, the place is clean and nice, but don't go there if you are looking for authentic Peruvian food. They serve you chips and salsa, what da hell? It is a Peruvian restaurant!!!!! get it right. The pescado a lo macho was better than the ceviche, I gave it a C+. Ceviche F. We also ordered the sangria and I liked it, so we gave it an A.
03/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Do not understand how come folks are posting complaints about the Fillmore restaurant on the West Portal site. They're probably under different management because the West Portal service was pretty good. We walked in w/o reservations near 6PM and got seats at the bar, which is kind of a nice place to view the action in the kitchen. The yucca appetizer ($9)was very tasty, similiar to large thick country fries but not as starchy. It came with thin slices of marinated raw purple onions and a delicious spicy green citrus dipping sauce. I had the seafood paella ($22) which was very good. It had fresh mussels, white fish, sweet shrimp and clams all in a large bowl, There was so much that I had to take it home. The loco salido was delicious. Tasty marinated slices of beef mixed with fries and served with white rice. Didn't care much for the sangria ($6.50/glass) but their fruity beverage was refreshing. We were too full to try dessert but saw a flan pass by that looked good. Service was good, but perhaps we were so close to the kitchen, they couldn't ignore us.
01/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Seated right away as it was a late lunch, but though the restaurant was nowhere full, we had to ask twice for water and would not have received the complimentary chips/salsa without asking - the waiter did apologize for the oversight. But there were about only 5 other tables filled.
Waiter took the order correctly, but the kitchen decided otherwise. It took longer for the correct order to come out than the original one. Not a complicated request either - just no beans! What finally came out - I should have just asked for a rice dish - don't think I've ever seen that much rice in a wrap/burrito.
Have been to the 24th Street location - definitely a different ambience and more recommended than dining at W Portal. The ceviche bar rocks there and service is not bad either. Will definitely not be back at the West Portal location.
10/05/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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!
08/28/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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.