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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CP
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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

OT
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!!!

R
San Francisco
19 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.

ML
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.

s
Richmond
61 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.

A
San Francisco
14 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.

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

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

I
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.

J
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.

OT
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.

MC
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Slow service, but good food and great punches!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, we will definitely be back!

P
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.

j
San Francisco
38 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.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Awesome food and service!

C
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!

A
San Francisco
28 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.

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

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

OT
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place!

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

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

P
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.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious four course menu!!

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s
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

ES
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.

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

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

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
96 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
185 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tasting menu. Small but excellent wine list

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was spectacular. Highly recommend

EW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.