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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DJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A fun and unique ambiance, with delicious bites and crazy cocktails! The tasting menu is an incredible value (you can't beat $39) and it was so amazing hearing about each dish from the chef himself. Definitely a funky space, but also very memorable and fun! The arepas were great!

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Need a better beer selection!

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DD
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. Fresh, light, fun ambiance. Wonderful food. Tremendous value. The chef is a gem of a person and definitely has wonderful skills. The service was stretched by our party of 20. And they ran out of beer. But, awesome nevertheless.

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TL
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

You can't find a better deal on bottomless mimosas than $12

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RP
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quality and taste excellent, love the chef. But the quantity seemed.to.gave been resteicted.l by the food cost accountants. Ambience exciting and colorful, but with no rugs can be hard to hear noise wise

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super friendly staff. DJ was a little loud at first but then turned down the volume. Fun cocktails. Nice tasting menu. Great chef.

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EJ
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice meal. Almost at the foodie level. The meal got progressively better, culminating in the best roast check I've ever had, followed by the best panna cotta I've ever had. Did NOT like the mescal/cucumber punch. The chef/owner is a fantastic fellow who circulates throughout the restaurant. I definitely will return.

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SF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wife and I enjoyed our time, drinks are great, but PBR is not worth it. Tuesday Taco deal was excellent, however, chicken in the taco was extremely dry, and since we had 4 of them, we left two on the plate.
My tasting menu was interesting, and while it is indeed a good deal, I would not order it again, most-likely will get arepa and a drink. There were four three courses and desert, but neither chicken dish nor duck w/gnocchi were good enough to make me want it to order it again.
Service was very attentive and very helpful, and chef was nice enough to come out and explain the dishes.
I really wanted to like the food enough to come back to the place the very next day, sadly I didn't, and I will return when I'm in that neighborhood.

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

Tasting menu was good, but just a few bites of each dish, mostly, so a very light meal. I wouldn't do it again. Partner had the sandwich (not Arepa, but I don't remember the name). It was AWESOME! However, they were finished with their meal before I even got my 3rd dish. Timing was way off. Margaritas in bags with LED lights were interesting, but not great.

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LL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and I can’t wait to go back and try more items on the menu!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the 5 course tasting menu and the Rum Punch does pack one. Would recommend to friends or visitors if you want fresh, tasty food presented beautifully and with friendly staff.

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VC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing elevated Venezuelan food! And I should know since I’m Venezuelan!!! Highly recommended is the new spot to get the best arepa in the city. Great service, the chef himself explains his dishes and the drinks are amazing!!
Don’t miss the Yuca frita if you go

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M
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dining experience before going to the movies at 8.30pm ta Alamo. Food is fresh, tasty and affordable. Nice ambience and great service. It’s a pleasure to watch a small team of people working together to deliver a great experience. We will defiantly be back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced. Nothing new... whatever experience overall.

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Francisca's occupies the corner of Cesar Chavez and Mission that used to house Palace Steak House, a discount (crummy) fast food joint. I believe it was the current owners who took that over, kept the name and the exterior, and tried to do an undercover fine dining experience there, but it never took off. Now they've redecorated, changed the name, and are doing a lovely, slightly toned-down prix fixe ($39) deal, and I hope it works. They're very nice people, the food's terrific, and the price is right. I just fear the corner may be cursed!

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with great service. The chef / owner was super nice and made our evening a great experience. The food was just the right portions so we did not feel we had too much and it was not expensive at all. Can't wait to be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it! Definitely worth the $39 :)

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FS
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

we had a lovely time - it was quieter than expected and we had a great server who sent us a appetizer on the house! it was really amazing times...

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I booked for my teenage son’s birthday dinner hoping for nice & somewhat upscale environment. But there was an event going on, and it was really loud. We were seated right in front of bunch of event crowds, and we couldn’t hear ourselves at all. Unfortunately we left without ordering and went to our usual sushi restaurant. I wish the restaurant let us know there was an event and checked on us it’s ok with us. At least they were totally fine we just left.

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FC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is all delicious, and Manny is a great chef and host. The four-course tasting menu at $39 is a great deal and all of the courses were very, very good. You have to come for Taco Tuesdays - four tacos for $12 with a free margarita! How can you beat that. I give Francisca's my highest recommendation.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

A nice spot for food and drinks for family and friends. Nice neighborhood and the ambiance was really mellow and chill. Wasn’t too noisy and the music selection was well put together for the evening I went in for taco Tuesday along with the margaritas in the cute CapriFun!

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This chef/owner is amazing and the food is like nothing you have ever tasted. The room needs a little work but it is well worth the trip no matter how far to have this food. Unbelievable!

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JZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so delicious and Manny is such a warm and friendly host. Our family knows Venezuelan food as we lived there for a long time. He does us proud.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't be fooled by the low prices... the tasting menu is seriously awesome. GO. NOW.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Francisca’s for my boyfriends birthday. It was amazing. Food was delicious. Service was wonderful. And the price you pay for this fixed dinner menu is SO much cheaper than most of the San Francisco restaurants that offer fixed dinner menus. Will definitely be coming back!

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm in love! Every course of our four course tasting menu was a HOME RUN!

The meal started with a smoked salmon amuse bouche followed by a stinging nettle and truffle soup that was rich and flavorful. The second course was a lasagna with balsamic reduction sooo yummy. 3rd course was a pork rib over season vegetables. This was literally one of the best ribs I've ever had the meat was sooo juicy and tender and melted off the bone. Finally, dessert was a perfect hot lava cake brushed with 24k gold!! I cannot believe this entire meal was less than $40 per person. This is a fine dining experience without the fine dining price, I can not recommend it highly enough and will definitely be back!

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PM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has become one of my favorite places to bring friends. I have also had very successful work team dinners. Food is always creative and delicious.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing dinner - we really enjoyed the tasting menu and the wines. If you're looking for a delicious meal, just a bit off the beaten path and the ability to actually engage in conversation during your meal, this is an excellent choice!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

They have now moved to $39 degustation menu which really is just a three course meal, there’s nothing exploratory in the set three dishes they’re serving. There’s no choice and it’s just three traditional classic Italian dishes. The Latin American Venezuelan aspect is lost unless you ask for it and pay extra on top. A cocktail is $15 and a bottle of water $6 so after you had all this up you very quickly reach $140 for a meal for two with good food but hardly anything to write home about. Service was austere. There are plenty of other places in SF where you can get much warmer service, much more choice, same quality for less than $140. This used to be our favourite but we are not going back anymore.

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R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, incredible value

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, amazing food, and great service.

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j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many times and this place never disappoints. Manny and Katerina are always so gracious and welcoming, and the food is always on point. The wine list is packed with delicious and affordable options.

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CN
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is great, except for the noise level. I would not go back.

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu is fantastic, every course is delicious and creative! This is my second time ordering the tasting menu with only two people. Last time I got it with a group of six people. Both time I felt so satisfied and full with the food . The service there is great too! I would love to go back to try more anytime!

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JC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manny and Katalina are amazing. Great food. Great location. Great options.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real find! I love to eat, and Francisca's is a perfect place to do it. I took advantage of the $35 price fixe, early bird on Friday. Each dish was better than the last. The entree was curry pulled pork on a bed of vegetables. Melt in your mouth and flavorful. Amazing attention to detail; each of the 4 types of vegetables was prepared differently. Make you reservation today. Enjoy a great meal tomorrow!

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manny puts his soul into the food! The flavors are unique and delicious and the wine pairing take everything to a whole new level! Amazing and memorable every time!

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ST
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing: 5:30 Special -- the guests have to be there at exactly 5:30 to get the special ?

We ordered Tasting Menu meal -- 12 courses
1st 3-course -- salad and appetizers -- very good
2nd 3-course -- 3 kinds of raviolis -- very bland taste, not that good
3rd 3-course -- meat & fish -- very good
4th 3-course -- desserts -- average

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KA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing. Creative, beautifully presented, and delicious.

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JG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All was very good, the only nit pick is that the kitchen does take quite a bit of time to get you your orders as they have a small kitchen.

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