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Mission Dolores, Southwest San Francisco
Tapas, Spanish Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean, Family Style, Latin American, European, Tapas, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
WORST service, okay food

We went here because the wait at Andalu was 2 hours and we were starving. We were seated by a nice hostess, and within 1 minute, our waitress came over to see if we were ready. Of course we werent, but we quickly ordered a few small tapas plates. We then ordered drinks, and within about 4 minutes we ordered the paella, which said that it would take at least 30 min. Our server, after taking our order, NEVER appeared agian. We got the tapas right away. The busser was great, but NOBODY checked on us, not even once. About 50 minutes after we had FINISHED our tapas and our plates were cleared, we were stil waiting on our paella. I had to flag down the hostess to get served! I even had to walk up to the front to go and get my check and sign it. They even made us pack our own leftovers! WORST SERVICE EVER!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Sangria and Garlic, Yum!

I first tried Picaro when I saw the big Sangria sign in the window while waiting in line at the Roxie. I love the Tortilla de Patatas and Sangria, but be prepared for major Garlic breath well into the next day. This is a great place to take visitors on the weekend so they can get a taste of the Mission. The service is always very good and I have never had to wait for a table. The place is huge and can be very noisy. It looks like a good place for groups, but I've always gone with four or less.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food and service

This was a great dining experience. However, the noise level can be pretty high. Good place for birthdays/celebrations.



Provided by Citysearch - 
9.2 rating?!?!?! Far from it!

This was one of the most horrible tapas restaurants I have ever been to. On Friday nite we were craving tapas. But because we did not make reservations we could not find a good place with a wait shorter that an hour and a half. Then we came across Picaro. Descent size crowd and only a 15 min wait. So we decided to try it. Ordered the seafood paella ($30 for 2 person order) - rice was under cooked yet burnt on the bottom, seafood was over-cooked & dried out and it took longer that the 30 mins stated. We told the waiter and even showed him all the burnt rice and he had no response. Sangria was watered down and then compensated with sugar syrup? Bread was stale. I am bewildered as to why anyone would give this restaurant a high rating or even return. Highly NOT recommended.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Made my birthday special!

Thanks to Picaro for making my first birthday in San Francisco so great! They accommodated my table of 15 people, yet it didnt feel cramped or crowded. The service was great. They had the sangria flowing the whole time, food came out quickly, and prices were excellent. The food is delicious and the sangria will have you wanting more. We had a ton of food, and yet the bill came out to less than $25 per person, most of the cost covering 10 pitchers of sangria. Paella is yummy. It's loud and not romantic, but it's great fun place for groups



Provided by Citysearch - 
Paella muy rica!

They serve one of the best paellas I ever had - after those I cook myself because it's one of my specialies. As one of the other reviewers noted, it's the dry kind of paella - not wet and mushy - because they broil it a bit in the oven. The result: yummy! and really loaded with seafood. The calamari and the huge garlic shrimps were also finger-licking good. Sidewalk tables and patio outback are nice in hot summer days, and their house sangria is well-worth it. Excellent overall experience. Reminded me of Spain.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The tapas is good!

We were in San Francisco on the 4th of July weekend and were mainly looking for a new tapas place to eat in, which landed us in Picaro Tapas. I loved the sangria and found it very similar to 'ChaChaCha' in SF itself. The tapas were good- specially the garlic shrimp. The price was reasonable and the amount served was also good.
However this place had very little light towards the end of the restaurant and since we were seated there, I could hardly see what was on my plate...definitely not for people with bad eyesight. Saturday night was busy with people bustling around, and live Spanish/Mexican music. The crowd was descent and people from all age groups were there.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Picaro has really gone downhill

Picaro used to be a good spot for authentic Spanish tapas: tasty Serrano ham over pan con tomate, chipirones a la plancha, gambas and champiniones al ajillo. But when we recently returned to Picaro for the first time in a couple years, we discovered that the quality of the food has seriously deteriorated. The mushrooms had lost all of their character and bite, arriving at our table limp and bland. The pisto de calabadio was also tasteless (although, granted, its not tomato season), and the boquerones fritos were dry and unappetizing. The only thing I really enjoyed were the albondigas (meatball stew). Its always sad to see good restaurants slowly fizzle out, and I really hope that Picaro can revive their once great reputation.



Provided by Citysearch - 
not worth the hassle

I used to love this restaurant. However, last time I went I was seated 20 minutes late with a reservation. Then, another FORTY minutes went past before we could even get a drink, despite numerous complaints to the host. They offered to comp the drinks, and then charged us for them anyhow. There is no reason for such poor service, ever, especially with so many good restaurants in SF.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hit or Miss

I debated rating this restaurant as average, but their good dishes make up for shortcomings. Their seafood combination was delicious with scallops and calamari (two things that are easy to mess up) being prepared perfectly. The Japanese eggplant fell short by having some pieces cooked through while others were a bit undercooked. Oh, and vegetarians beware. We found one stray pork rib in this dish, which was a delicious surprise for us but maybe not for you. The spicy potatoes are good, but I tasted them for the rest of the night and a little bit into the morning too. You have to LOVE garlic to think they are good. The sangria is also worth getting. As for decor, it's a fun atmosphere but on a cold night most of the tables will be hit by the draft from the door. Its an unfortunate result of the building's structure.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Phenomenal Food

I've been to this restaurant 3 times now, with medium to large groups and not one of us has gone away without raving about the tapas. We're talking the best in the city, and I have shopped around. While the ambience is nice, and the service is fine, the food is what really makes an impression. Once you've been there, you WILL go back to share this place with friends and family. And the parking garage down the street is reasonably priced, too, which takes the hassle out of eating in the Mission.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Recommended For the Tapas

But not for the paella! It came out extremely dry, not surprising since it takes 30 minutes to make. The calamari tapa, however, was delicious!
Service was very friendly.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great value

Couldn't get into Andalu on the corner, so went to Picaros instead. Had a easy 15 minute wait to get in w/no reservation Not as 'trendy', but potato appetizers were great as well as all our dishes, and the price was very reasonable. About half the price of the trendy , and almost as good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great tapas!

The sangria is great, too. The portions are larger than most of the other places, and the prices are reasonable, too.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food

I love garlic so this was the place to be. I ordered a garlic soup and it was the size of a medium size pizza. I also ordered the garlic chicken and it was mmmm mmm mmmm. And since you're here might as well order the spanish beer. Oh yeah the mussels are great too....of course its topped with garlic.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Spanish Tapas in SF

Tapas in some form abound in our fine city, but our supply of good old-fashioned Spanish tapas is severely limited. Average places like Esperpento, Ramblas and ThirstyBear give way to the truly bad... Timo's. If you want the kind of tapas that came before ""small plates"" were all the rage, Picaro is your place. They've got the traditional fare, and they do it well, in a fun atmosphere for groups and at reasonable prices. None of this would be that big a deal were we not so bereft of real tapas options, but Picaro stands out for filling the gap.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is fabulous! I called this place at the last minute for a large group after a disastrous attempt to dine at Andalu just up the street.
The staff here are courtious, and fast, some of them don't speak English very well but that is really all I can complain about! They made my last birthday a very happy one. The food is excellent, the prices very affordable and the servings enough for 4-5 folks to get enough of each dish when you share.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good atmosphere and fast seating

Not the best tapas in the mission but we were seated promptly (10 minutes) at a table for two, whereas some of other restaurants in the area were not able to do the same. I recommend the patatas omelette. The sangria was good and it seemed like there were a lot people going there to do birthday parties. Decent ambience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent food & great B-day place!

Friday & saturday night marriatchy band comes in a few times throughout the evening - great for birthdays and large parties! food's delicious & good pricing - I love that place - especially their sangria & patatas bravas!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Great atmosphere, wonderful tapas and sangria! Would gladly go back and perfect for large groups!

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