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¡Chao Pescao!, San Francisco, CA

¡Chao Pescao!

4.6
4.6
356 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Chao Pescao is a new casual Latin Caribbean restaurant from longtime San Francisco restaurateur Rene Denis inspired by his Cuban-Colombian heritage. The name, translating roughly to “see you later alligator,” captures the friendly and fun spirit of the restaurant. Cocktails are inspired by many of the traditional drinks from Latin America, while the food pulls from the comforting Cuban and Colombian home cooking of Denis’s childhood. The menu is rounded out with other Latin American favorites with particular emphasis on dishes designed for delivery. Chao Pescao is located in the Civic Center Plaza at the heart of the city, across from City Hall.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Colombian, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-2200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rene Denis

  • Catering

    Please visit our website at www.chaopescaosf.com and view our Events Menu for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Chao Pescao's mid-town location and latin-caribbean menu makes this city favorite a winning choice for private group dining, and Chao's plentiful array of Latin-themed cocktails and fine wine list will please every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Shaw: (888) 654-2841

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Larkin

  • Parking details

    $5 Parking Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day Saturday with validation at the the Hastings Parking Garage.The UC Hastings Parking Garage is located at 376 Larkin St between McAllister and Golden Gate. The Civic Center Garage entrance is located at 355 McAllister. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 356 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DE

    DEEDEE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, friendly staff, great cocktails and yummy food. Great value and very accommodating. Loved it! Mike and BT were fantastic!
  2. CM

    CMSC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Colorful and tasteful experience at great price
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was warm and helpful. We were going to a play and liked the parking validation for $5.00 right around the corner!!
  4. DF

    DianeF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun and delicious menu, good location for pre-symphony dinner. Vegan Ropa Vieja and butternut squash empanadas were great choices for vegetarian dinner. Friendly staff to boot!
  5. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice small plates, reasonable price. A bit noisy, even at 70% capacity. Waiter brought me the wrong check- I could have been indignant but all is forgiven.
  6. NN

    NancyN

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time at Chao Pescao. Empanadas were excellent appetizer ! The bistecca (steak) and fried chicken were delicious and the Cubans pork also tasty. Some of the sauces are extra spicy, so be careful. Service was attentive and responsive. Make reservations to be sure to get seating!
  7. M

    Manjushri

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Excellent food and drinks. Location couldn't be more convenient to Civic Center activities and parking. Ambient noise is high, in case that bothers you. Staff is very friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. Lots of fun - we'll go there again and again. Make sure to make reservations, it gets filled pretty quick.
  8. P

    Pinkster

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I always enjoy my meals, and the staff are super friendly and accomodating
  9. DG

    DGBGN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We've been three times now, each time trying new items, each time loved whatever we ordered. Our go-to chicken soup place closed during the pandemic peak, so we've been looking. Eureka! Amazingly good chicken soup.
  10. D

    Drew7

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Chao Pescao! Fab food, friendly, witty, funny folks. We are now regulars before our matinees at the Orpheum and Golden Gate -- both are a 10 minute walk from Chao Pescao!
  11. JG

    JaredG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the staff was attentive. The drinks were very good, especially the Mono night cap. I'd highly recommend the brussel sprouts. They may have been the crowning moment of the meal even with great tostones and maduros on the table.
  12. JM

    JenniferM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great find! The ambience was welcoming, comfortable, and lively, and we felt immediately glad we had landed here. The food arrived hot and delicious, with spice and ingredient combinations that were unexpected and tasty. (Ex: Brussels sprouts with cojita and lime - yum!) This place had me remembering why it's so worth it to go out in the city -- the vibe and energy level left us feeling we were in on something good. Short 3-block walk to The Orpheum.
  13. EH

    ErinH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alessandra and the two other staff were absolutely amazing! They truly made our experience with their friendly, attentive personalities! They all were very knowledgeable about food items which we really appreciated! We LOVED every moment and will be back! Highly recommended for a great date night! Thank you!
  14. HM

    HoyaMom

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The empanadas very good, but other dishes we had were not good. The noise level is very high and it is difficult to talk. The service was very slow.
  15. c

    charlesf

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice place . Walking distance to the Orpheum theater . We enjoyed the plantains, pork belly and empanadas. If your going to the theater be sure to make EARLY reservations. It was very busy
  16. E

    Evie

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Waiter was very good with his recommendations. Water glasses were kept full. What fell short was my dining partner had to refuse the sandwich twice as order was to exclude cheese - “no dairy.” Cuban pork shoulder was tasty especially with the habanero salsa to give it a kick. There was quite a good amount of meat. Did not have dessert but the drip coffee was good.
  17. JS

    JoyS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venue is awesome and food is great! the service is awesome as well.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch specials
  19. RG

    RaemiG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We arrived at 6pm for our reservation. We had show tickets 5 minutes away at 7:30pm. We told our waitress that we needed to leave at 7:10pm. While friendly and trying, we had to run out to make our show (at 7:25pm), were barely able to pay, and paid for a dessert we didn't get (we asked for it to go, but they weren't able to get to us in time). This is clearly a theatre crowd, but the restaurant's service nearly made us miss our show. This said, the drinks, food and atmosphere (while loud) were very good.
  20. TT

    TTew

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Servers were very nice. But understaffed. After 1.5 hours we barely got out in time paying our bill to make a play. And we skipped dessert. Food was very good. It is not a quiet place so don’t expect much of a conversation while you eat.
  21. a

    anonymousdiner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    My dinner date and I had been to the previous iteration as Sol Luna about 6-7 years ago. I was happy to see the owners put some $ and effort into the new space which is nice, very loud (some acoustic tiles, fabrics on walls or upholstery to dampen the sounds) and new energy. Prices were lower than other restaurants in the area. The staff was personable and glad to help. We ordered a fried chicken and thin rib eye steak. However, both meals arrived and while they looked nice, both were overcooked-dry. We asked for a slightly different meals, and it was better although the kitchen seems to need more experience on cooking meats. The manager was kind to take off half of the price of the entrees.
  22. PS

    PaulS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Food was truly awful. Fried, dry and flavorless. Noise level was so loud they we could barely hear across a small table. Unpleasant meal.
  23. CB

    ChowBellaSF

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good and the servers were outstanding.
  24. CN

    CarlN

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    What we ordered was rather bland. Service a little slow. Doubt if we’d eat here again
  25. E

    Eric

    San Francisco

    227 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    227 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great experience at Chao Pescao! Service was friendly and food delicious! Make sure you get the french fries! Two of us are gluten sensitive and they are responsive to that as well - having a separate fryer so as not to cross contaminate. VERY appreciated. Big portions too. You'll probably need a to-go box. Close-ish to the Orpheum and Golden Gate Theaters too.
  26. G

    Gary

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall, again, excellent food. Delicious flavors and generous portions. There is a lot of value here. My only issue is the noise. The walls really need artwork or fabric, something, to absorb the sound. The crew is polite,helpful and attentive but servixe/kitchen is slow. This is the 2nd time it took 2 of us 1 hr and 45 minutes from seating to payment. No issue if not going anywhere but we had to be at the theater so plan on an early reservation!
  27. B

    Beachboots

    Manitoba

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent selection, great value, and extremely nummy!
  28. BT

    BillT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Convenient location and great ambiance. Food is good.
  29. CS

    CindyS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find! Delicious food-we were fortunate enough to find it during restaurant week so we opted for the Prix Fixe menu - a tapioca bread which was lovely, followed by empanadas made with corn flour--fantastic texture. And the main courses were fabulous as well. Wonderful welcoming staff--we will be back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    219 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    219 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really like Chao Pescao. Lovely staff and service. Delicious food. Really convenient if going to Orpheum Theatre afterwards.
  31. RR

    RRankin

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good was cold when served. Not a good thing with fried chicken. Beans and plantains felt heated up but not cooked. Disappointing. Service was friendly but inconsistent (many different servers). Very slow service in the beginning.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Loved the decor and the food. Tonight was a prix fixe as part of SF restaurant week. The restaurant was definitely busy. Loved the Caribbean style decor. Very good good. Empanadas are standout as are the sweet plantains and the rice pudding. We will be back!!
  33. YA

    YazA

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were on vacation and ended up coming here twice. I have diet restrictions and the kitchen accommodated my needs! Also great service! Great food! Thank you Chao Pescao!
  34. ST

    SusanTheEpicurian

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent! food was very tasty.. would not recommend the plantains however, very dry. Everyone loves the food and the friendly and prompt service : )
  35. j

    jaimev

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyable evening at Chao. The service was super friendly and responsive. Really enjoyed the menu from appetizers to the specials. Look forward to going back to try some of the other menu items that look appetizing.
  36. PK

    PentonKTM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Absurd level of noise. Food in mediocre at best. AVOID!
  37. p

    pjasso

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Cocktails and small plates were good, but the two different sandwiches we were told were highly recommended were really bland and boring; it was so loud during Happy Hour that we couldn't talk at our table, but that seemed to settle down-- acoustics were challenging.
  38. FB

    FrancesB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We chose the restaurant because it's close the the Theatre, is cuisine I'd not make at home, and has fun cocktails and the cost is reasonable. The menu is delicious and has a nice variety. We sat at a family style table which was fun to meet some other couples. The staff is very attentive and friendly. The area is overrun with homeless, unfortunately, but there are hired security staff nearby until 10pm, which was comforting.
  39. KS

    KristinaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambiance & food. We had to go to the Opera so didnt get to try dessert but will definitely be back!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anniversary dinner prior to a show. It was very good. The empanadas were amazing. The fried chicken was good but I think over fried. But all in all very good! Great place prior to a show!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ¡Chao Pescao! using the Order Online button. ¡Chao Pescao! also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 621-2200.

¡Chao Pescao! is rated 4.6 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for ¡Chao Pescao!

272 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Larkin

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Colombian, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    $5 Parking Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day Saturday with validation at the the Hastings Parking Garage.The UC Hastings Parking Garage is located at 376 Larkin St between McAllister and Golden Gate. The Civic Center Garage entrance is located at 355 McAllister. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rene Denis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-2200

  • Catering

    Please visit our website at www.chaopescaosf.com and view our Events Menu for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Chao Pescao's mid-town location and latin-caribbean menu makes this city favorite a winning choice for private group dining, and Chao's plentiful array of Latin-themed cocktails and fine wine list will please every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Shaw: (888) 654-2841

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