Francisca's

4.3
141 reviews
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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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San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Manuel's flavors and presentations are terrific. The place is a little out of the way from where we live and definitely minimalist. But the service could not have been more attentive and individualized.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tasting menu. Small but excellent wine list

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was spectacular. Highly recommend

EW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Francisca's is an undiscovered gem on the San Francisco dining scene, I'm always surprised it isn't booked solid when we go there. It's excellent, high-end food at what, for the quality, is a reasonable price. The service is good, not stuffy. The wine list isn't extensive which might be an issue for some folks but it was fine for us. We bring our high school aged kids here and they love the food and are comfortable in the space, which isn't always true of restaurants of this quality. Of course they're San Francisco foodies so your mileage may vary. It can get loud later on in the evening, but early on it's quite comfortable.

f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I would absolutely recommend this restaurant. Delicious, innovative & beautifully presented food. 5 star food at 3 star prices.

BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delightful place, and a great value. We had the tasting menu, and plan to go back soon for the arepas.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday dinner and it was wonderful!! Great service excellent food and perfect ambiance !!

K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fun evening! Great, unusual food (high end without being stuffy), amazing owners/staff. We got the tasting menu- wonderful!!!
We live in the east bay and will definitely go back.

HU
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice tasting menu from SF Funcheap. Good, fresh fruit cocktails (made with soju). Be sure to mention the 2-1 cocktail special, and the 5th course on the four course tasting menu advertised on funcheap. We ended up liking the fifth course best! Very reasonable prices for a tasting menu in San Francisco. You can tell the chef takes pride in his work. The staff was also wonderful. Very attentive. Still, this is not a michelin star type dining experience. Same utensils throughout the 5 courses. Intriguingly shaped plates. Medium size portions. I'd go again. Great location (just South of central Mission District and before Bernal Heights)>

JG
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and outstanding service. The problem is the noise. The music was extremely loud when we walked in...so loud that we almost walked out. When we couldn't understand the waiter when he told use about the menu, we asked him to turn it down, and fortunately he did. But the acoustics in the restaurant are still poor, so a loud table can make a big difference. Some acoustical tiles might make a big difference.

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The portions were really small. I am not a big eater but I was still hungry after dinner, so disappointed.

LN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Francisca's was a great find. I will gladly go again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a good time. The menu was limited & they had run out of a few dishes but overall, it was a good experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place offers incredible value for the money. The food was great!

MS
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful four-course meal (interesting, creative, riffs on Italian fare); they accommodated two vegetarians. The four-course is reasonably priced by SF standards. Service is personal. Sommelier was very knowledgeable and we just went with what she suggested. Very festive environment. It is loud/energetic. Owner, I definitely recommend a "padded" side or corner for us older folks (over 50).

C
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the four course fixed price dinner with drinks. Wine also is very reasonable. Service was excellent, overall a fun experience!

MP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambience and service were absolutely great! My only complaint is that the portions are small. It's all about the presentation of the food. So don't come here starving. Have a snack before you go.

TS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A solid outing but maybe not quite as good as the dinner I enjoyed here before. The French Toast was reasonably tasty. They do not provide syrup but the french toast had a sauce on them that was just as good as syrup. It comes with potatoes which were good though not remarkable. I had a side order of fried yucca which is akin to french fries (more like actual chips in fish and chips) and were pretty tasty. It was accompanied by a tasty dipping sauce. Coffee was outstanding but is charged by the cup (not disclosed when I asked for a second cup which I foolishly assumed be a refill)--at $3.75 per cup the bill can escalate. For those who prefer alcohol the restaurant offers bottomless mimosas at $12 which seems like a bargain. Service was very attentive throughout the meal. While I would come back from time to time I really do think dinner really stands out much more.

JJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I tried a chicken arepa and a burrata arepa. My wife and I split a caesar salad. Everything was delicious.
We enjoyed chatting with the chef.

m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Interesting food and lively atmosphere with only fair service. We went to celebrate a birthday, they forgot about it, and said they do not comp a dessert in such situations.

NC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Manny the owner was so personable and offerred many suggestions for diet restricted individuals. You can beat the $15 corkrage

d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As vegans, the menu was a delight. Great flavors, good service.
I look forward to returning. I just wish the owners would do something about the noise levels. There's nothing in the restaurant to dampen the noise, and we could barely hear the descriptions of the food or each other across the table. Could have been just one of those nights...

R
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Presentation was nice, flavors were average or above average, value was poor (small portions).

MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We picked Francisca's as the Chronicle had it in its Top 100 restaurants in the bay area. Much of its write up focused on how friendly the husband/wife team are, and that you felt as welcome as a member of the family. Must be a pretty dysfunctional family and we were the black sheep or something as they were terribly unfriendly from start to finish. No warm welcome, just taken to a table and handed menus. No explanation of the menu. Three of our party ordered the four course fixed menu and I ordered just tacos. Imagine my surprise when my tacos arrived immediately and prior to my companions even receiving their appetizer. Awkward at best. Not a nice experience at all and the food was just fine, great standout in anyway.

j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, what an amazing experience! Delicious, fresh & healthy food, creatively designed & executed, served with warm, personal attention by the chef and hostess, at unbeatable prices. In San Francisco, no less - we will be back, again & again!

JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I dined there once. It was so exciting and good, I dined there again...and brought 2 more friends. I will dine there again - as often as possible.

TS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a wonderful meal at Francisca's. The tasting menu is a real bargain at $39. It is very filling without being too much food. Very satisfying! The cuisine the night I dined was Venezuelan oriented with which I was completely unfamiliar. The soup which had a black bean base was silky smooth and flavorful. The gnocchi is made from yucca and totally delicious. It was supposed to be augmented with lamb. I am not not a fan of lamb but Chef Manny substituted chicken instead--a kind and generous accommodation. I added an arepas dish was was especially delicious. The dessert was a generous portion of ice cream with homemade churros which was a lovely way to finish the meal. The restaurant itself is on the austere side but totally comfortable. The restaurant is very clean as is the spacious bathroom I visited. The service was attentive throughout my visit. Chef Manny is friendly and outgoing--a perfect representative for his establishment. I definitely want to go back and try some of the Venezuelan style tacos. I also want to try their weekend brunch as well
The menu for that sounds great. Francisca's makes a point of offering vegetarian options and Saturday brunch is totally vegetarian. This is great news for friends and family who lean in this direction. I enjoyed my meal and my dining experience. I definitely will spread the word and will certainly go back very soon myself.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Ambiance relaxed and fun. Love the owner/chef Manny, who made a point of coming to our tables, explaining some of the food and making us feel welcome. Totally able to easily flex vegetarian vegan etc.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! Serving beautiful food at a fair price. Everything on the tasting menu was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, bad food. Poorly described sandwich was the only thing worth eating.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Unbelievably loud. That alone would stop us from returning. We all had fixed price menu. The service was excellent, but; while the food was good and the presentation lovely, there was very little to actually eat. 2 of us went home and ate.

Wouldn’t return although 3 blocks from my house. Too much noise, too little food. Having a friendly chef doesn’t make up for that.

JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What great value. The 4-course menu is 3-4 times less expensive than "downtown" restaurants. Beautiful presentations. My only complaint is the noise level need to be contained.Perhaps accoustic panels hung from the ceiling...carpeting?

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a treat! I discovered Manny many years ago at Mr. Pollo and was super excited to try out Francisca’s. I took a friend from NYC. It absolutely lived up to my hyped-up expectations. The food is sublime. We got the tacos and arepas, but the tasting menu was being served all around us and looked amazing. That next! There was a moment where I felt like the 80s music was a little loud, or maybe it was that the loud music was a little 80s, but it only lasted a few songs and then both the volume and quality of the music were perfect :)

ED
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is the kind of place that is worth coming back to again and again, as Manny is the ultimate host and always stops by the table to give extra attention to his "regulars." I absolutely LOVE the tasting menus...always a great variety, and the wine pairing is totally worth it! Great food, great service, great host.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific dinner. Highly recommend.

S
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A solid neighborhood restaurant. The $39 tasting menu is excellent value and very good. I ordered the 4 tacos dish and to me, was just average. My favorite turned out to be the plantains. It was perfectly charred, crisp on the edge, hot, and sweet.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

I love this place but the hostess was so frazzled and it wasn’t even busy. The tacos were cold but the Pepito was bomb! Drinks were solid but took forever. The punch guy is so nice he brought over tequila shots at the end of our meal and took one with us. Will definitely be back but hoping service gets better and good is hot.

DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit. As great as the first

VF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the vegan tasting menu. The first three courses were great, though dessert was just some mediocre berries. Nothing wrong with fruit for dessert, but if so I expect it to be very fresh and come with some sort of a side (e.g., coconut cream) or drizzle.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The tasting menu was fantastic for the price. Surprisingly filling. And for $39, it is an absolute steal.

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