Francisca's

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$30 and under
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Venezuelan
Francisca de Torres was Chef Manny's grandmother, who was also a Chef. She taught him the passion for hospitality and farmers market. At Francisca's we want to make people feel like at home, we offer the best quality ingredients. A la carte menu (salads, pastas, fish and steaks etc...) and Chef's choice 4 courses served family style. We are farm to table restaurant, Italian Venezuelan cuisine and we pair with international and local beers and wine.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Everyone was still hungry after the dinner.
I lived around the world and always prefer smaller portions. However it was ridiculously small portion for each course. 3 raviolis for the pasta course. Tiny half quail for the main course.
My friend (the birthday boy) ordered the wagyu special supplement and they told us they were out only when the course was served because the other table who came after us ordered 3 wagyu each. So what?! We got there and ordered first. They “replaced” it with almost undercooked pork.
No special gesture for my friend’s birthday and they still wanted to charge us for the wagyu!
Modern decor and nice presentation. Generally friendly service and tasty food but just they just don’t seem to understand customer service and hospitality norms. That ruined the celebration.

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DonnaB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again we had a lovely meal at Francisca's on Wednesday night. The tasting menu is such a good value, and shows thoughtful preparation and creativity. The a la carte menu was also really good, and members of our party shared many dishes. Order the punch, all of their options are great! Everyone should eat at Francisca's. Delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Disappointed in the experience especially for what we paid. Food was not inventive and both the amuse and dessert were terrible. And the wine pairing—why would you only serve Cali wines when there are so many delish Italian options? And the moscato was flat. Service was only redeeming part of the evening. Please rework the menu — be more innovative and bold! And rework the wine pairings. Would like to come back if you do that.

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vipjdmjdm
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many times and have never had a bad experience. Tonight was our anniversary, and it was great as usual. We had the 4 course tasting menu. It has an amuse bouche, so kind of 4.5 courses. The potato-leek soup was delicious, the heart of palm amuse bouche was sooooo good, the plantain lasagne really good (the pasta course always amazes) and the pork loin was so tender and flavorful. I highly recommend this place for a date, a special occasion, birthday, anniversary, etc. They have such welcoming service and the food is always stellar. We brought our own champagne, and corkage is very reasonable.

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vipBonnieL
San Francisco
236 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A terrific place for dinner - highly recommend the 4 course prix fixe dinner for $39. We started with a lobster soup infused with cilantro as an amuse bouche and it was fabulous! Our meal included a beautifully presented potato leek soup with a lovely lattice design on top, followed by perfectly cooked pasta with a lamb ragu topped with goat cheese. Our main course was a delightful quail - roasted with a really crispy skin, tasty meat and lovely vegetable accompaniments. When dessert rolled around, Chef Manny came to the table to present us with glasses of Moscato to complement the absolutely delightful panna cotta that had a few fruits and a sauce made with a berry from the Andes. We also enjoyed cocktails to begin our meal and ordered a bottle of really good wine (a pinot noir) that was reasonably priced. Our server was very helpful and professional. We felt welcome and were surprised that the restaurant wasn't more crowded. This is a place we will visit again. Oh - we ordered one beef arepa to share from the a la carte menu, and the chef was nice enough to divide it into 3 portions served on 3 plates. So thoughtful!!

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vipnannini
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A pleasant surprise - food tasted healthy and fresh. Also loved the ambience music was soft- we are in our 70's so appreciate places that dont have loud music. will be back.

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chac
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant chef, friendly service, and very reasonable prices. Totally lovable place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grea Venezuelan food. Every dish was delicious

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MarioC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, very professional chef and staff and amazingly creative and delicious dishes. Highlight recommendable.

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MCSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem with wonderful people and amazing food. Interesting and inventive courses that burst with flavor and are beautifully presented. Definitely worth every penny and then some...I highly recommend a visit, or two, or three, or more...

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SamE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with quality food and wonderful service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Over 2 hours for 4 “courses”. Took so long. Food was great, but there was not enough of it. Carbonara was 3-4 bites. It had 1 flake of pork belly which tasted great but it was literally 1 flake in 3 bites. Pork chop was good but they served a quarter of a portion.

Went and ate cheese curds and jalapeño poppers at a bar after. Panna cotta was amazing. Server purposely ignored us after we put card on table because we were frustrated about how long we had been there. Wish I could go back, but don’t have two hours to still be hungry at the end.

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CathyPIA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tasting menu with wine pairing-everything exceeded our expectations! The chef and hostess were attentive and explained things without going overboard. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
Great food
Wonderful service
Really love what they’re doing
Relaxed and professional
Always good!!!
Thanks M & K!!!

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vipRysiu
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been following Chef Manny since he opened Mr Pollo in 2011. After all those years and a few different restaurants later I have yet to have a bad experience. He is a great chef and Katerina is exceptional host. Food is original, fresh and delicious. And a great value on top of that.

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MarianaL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Small portions and high prices, considering the real value of what they served.

Very slow service.

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vipswmona
Richmond
66 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. We had ala carte Caesar salad (Perfectly dressed) and carbonara. Wine available by the glass or the bottle with corkage fees. Very friendly people.

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Akansh
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francisca’s is a cute gem that is unassuming from the outside but boasts a beautiful and modern interior. The service was great and personal; we could literally see the chefs cooking our next courses. The food from the Chef’s Experience tasting menu was interesting and tasty (things that stood out were the farfalle, the lasagna, and the lemony panna cotta). It was very quiet so it’s a great place to have conversations.

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Neha
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really really good food, everything was fresh and delicious. Correspondingly, it's quite expensive.

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Ivygee
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Francisca 's could be a great addition to the neighborhood if only they hired a good chef. The owner/chef provides wonderful service and outstanding plating/presentation of the dishes. Unfortunately, the taste of the beautiful dishes is mediocre to poor. On a Friday night at 7pm the restaurant was less than 1/4 full. Such a shame for a place with great potential. The owner should stick to the aesthetics, and leave the cooking to someone else.

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Jaiden
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We came here for a birthday dinner. The service is great and the head chef served all of our dishes. We ordered 2 prefix, some side dishes and a carbonara. The presentation is lovely. The food lacks a bit of salt but it was still delicious. The carbonara was aldente. The only negative comment I have is I'd like 2 pork ribs instead of 1.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Restaurant is nice and clean, modern style with nice ambient but I’m very sorry to say that but food was really bad. We ordered few plates from menu plus tasting menu and even all plates sounds interesting and looks great they taste terrible. Carbonara had raw big cubes of pancetta, lamb dish was made from cheapest cut of lamb full of chewy pieces with no taste, balsamic reduction on lasagna just ruined it and overall experience was just disappointing.

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MayC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fabulous experience at Francisca's. The service was amazing and we also got to meet the chef. The only issue we had was the portion size of each course other than the dessert. $39.00 is an amazing price especially in San Francisco for a farm to table 4 course dinner but the portion size other than the dessert is like the serving size of a course in a 10 or 14 course tasting menu. We didn't leave hungry but nor we totally full. For people that have a big appetite I would recommend you order another dish on the a la carte menu. Other than the portion sizes we really enjoyed the food and would definitely come back to support them.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Slow service, but good food and great punches!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, we will definitely be back!

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Paradox
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were warmly greeted and served by the owner. He was attentive, explained each dish in detail, and made the tasting menu really fun. Really nice presentation and flavors. It wasn't cheap but it was an enjoyable experience and would be fun to go back with a group and share.

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vipjdmjdm
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It's always a delicious meal and the owners are always so gracious and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Awesome food and service!

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Corinna
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful first dining experience at Francisca’s. The hostess, waitress and Chef Manny were extremely friendly and professional from start to end. I liked that they explained what was in each dish and that they made it very clear from the beginning that any dietary needs would be met if we just let them know. I don’t have any dietary restrictions but it is nice that they preface the meal with that. The food of the four course tasting menu was all delicious and we savored each bite. The meal portions were generally small but with four courses, it was enough to be comfortably full by the end. It was definitely worth $39 for the quality of the meal and the nice evening. The restaurant was about half full on a Friday night so it was fairly quiet and peaceful. The servers checked in to make sure we had everything we needed but not too much; they were good at reading when to ask and were very kind. Thank you, Francisca’s, for a great birthday dinner!

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vipAndi
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was pretty good. We got tasting menu. Soup was good, gnocchi was great and chicken was tasty but the white meat was way over cooked. Couldn’t eat it. Good service and accommodating to dietary restrictions.

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vipLtnfoodie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Price fix menu and wine pairing is a great value for fine dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I always get their Prix fixe 4 course meal with wine pairing.

Amuse bouche delicious.
Corn and beet soup was delicious.
Empanada was not that great.
Pork belly and loin was great.
Panna Cotta delicious.

Dessert wine was a bit too sweet. But others were great.

Service was a bit confused, there were 2 waitresses who didn't seem to be choreographed. Wine and food was not very explained. But the owner/chef was gracious.

Much cheaper than expected, about $80 each, $39 for prixe fixe, $38 for wine pairing. Very reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place!

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vipMSMR
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word...SUPERB!!!!!

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Pete
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time at Francisca's! We got the tasting menu with wine pairings, which is a great deal at ~$80! The chef, Manny, is a character who not only cooks amazing food but greets everyone personally when they sit down to eat. The food is sort of an eclectic mix of Italian and Caribbean food, and every dish was spectacular. If I have anything negative to say, it was that the service was sometimes a little uncoordinated (e.g. wine pairing coming a little before or delayed after the course it was supposed to come with), but the food and wine were amazing and the ambiance was truly unique.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious four course menu!!

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shefeline
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was really disappointing abd obe of the courses was flat out bad (I had to spit pieces out into my na

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vipErikaSF
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Francisca's offers wonderful food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed all of our 4 courses, which included luxurious ingredients such as lobster, house-made pasta and lamb. We were even treated to an extra pour of wonderful sparkling wine to celebrate our anniversary.

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AnneH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Wonderful food and the people are incredibly nice.

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