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

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.

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

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Slow service, but good food and great punches!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, we will definitely be back!

P
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

j
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Great brunch! Awesome food and service!

C
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

A
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place!

MS
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious four course menu!!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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

ES
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food made by a talented chef and crew. They remembered us when we came back a second time! A great value for the money. We will return often!

A
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We had the vegetarian 5-course tasting menu. No salad, no protein. Two courses were extremely simple carbs (white pasta with a sliced mushroom, and a bowl of creamy white rice). The standard dessert was panna cotta topped with fruit, but instead of making a vegetarian dessert they just served us a bowl of the fruit topping. I would pay $25 tops for this meal. Definitely not worth $39.

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Great experience. Our friend had the tasting menu which was a great value, delicious, and nicely served. Two of us had the chicken arepa and I had a salad. All lovingly prepared and excellent. We hit it on a slow night which Manny says was due to Burning Man. I would have thought a restaurant of this caliber would have been crazy busy. Manny and his wife, Katerina, were super hosts and one of the highlights. Will definitely return.

b
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
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.

F
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We didn’t order the four course dinner which seemed to aggravate the waitress
Decided on tacos. The waitress was rather rude telling us that we could not have two beef and two chicken tacos so we ordered and order of each and switched plates...rather irritating. The tacos were very small, with little on top,and only one very small greasy premade tortilla. The food was old, cold, and very greasy served on paper. Including an order of lukewarm yucca and a dab of sauce Without any wine or beer the bill was$45...what a ripoff. Saturday night it was empty and I can see why.
We will not be returning

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tasting menu. Small but excellent wine list

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
5 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
7 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.

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