Mochica

★★★★☆
  • 1469 18th St

    San Francisco, CA 94107

    Cross street: at Fifth St.

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  • 415-278-0480

About Mochica

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Closed Tuesday Wed-Mon 11:30 am - 3:30 pm 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Last week I dined at Mochica with about 5 of my counterparts. I had never heard of this restuarant before, even though I work just a few blocks away. I was very impressed. Pulling up in front of the restaurant, there was plenty of parking. Although the exterior of the restaurant isn't very flashy, the interior is beautifully done. The tables are set with beautiful, large water glasses and the room is dimly lit. The food is fantastic. Looking at all that my counterparts ordered, I would recommend the halibut. Every dish was presented in a unique and artistic way. You really can't go wrong. Also, try the sangria to start....great mix of wine, fruit, and juice.

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Last week I dined at Mochica with about 5 of my counterparts. I had never heard of this restuarant before, even though I work just a few blocks away. I was very impressed. Pulling up in front of the restaurant, there was plenty of parking. Although the exterior of the restaurant isn't very flashy, the interior is beautifully done. The tables are set with beautiful, large water glasses and the room is dimly lit. The food is fantastic. Looking at all that my counterparts ordered, I would recommend the halibut. Every dish was presented in a unique and artistic way. You really can't go wrong. Also, try the sangria to start....great mix of wine, fruit, and juice.

Pros: Plenty of parking, great food, nice interior

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I love this place! Delicious Sangria, awesome complimentary appetizer, the most amazing Ceviche I've had anywhere, all in a nice small, romantic setting! The servers have been very friendly, helpful and gracious all 3 times I've eaten there. I can really only recommend one dish, as it was so delicious I couldn't bring myself to choose anything else on my return visits...I can't remember the name of it, but it was halibut stuffed with shrimp, with a delicious red sauce over the top. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it:) I couldn't give Mochica a higher recommendation!

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★★★★★

I love this place! Delicious Sangria, awesome complimentary appetizer, the most amazing Ceviche I've had anywhere, all in a nice small, romantic setting! The servers have been very friendly, helpful and gracious all 3 times I've eaten there. I can really only recommend one dish, as it was so delicious I couldn't bring myself to choose anything else on my return visits...I can't remember the name of it, but it was halibut stuffed with shrimp, with a delicious red sauce over the top. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it:) I couldn't give Mochica a higher recommendation!

Pros: Great food with friendly service, nice but unpretentious and reasonably priced.

Cons: The location is not the best. This place would be bumping every night if it were closer to the more pedestrian friendly areas of SF.

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Made first visit to Mochica with Helena last evening. Had made reservations and was promptly seated upon arrival. Mocchica is a romantic restaurant with rich dark woods and colors . The wait staff is very professional and knowledgable about the abundance of dishes on the menu. Learning of our preferences, the waiter was able to recomend various dishes. We had the "Papa a la Huancaina" as an appetizer which was quite excellent but a little too spicy for the "Brazilian Princess' but thoroughly enjoyed by myself. Helena had the breaded halibut filet and I had the halibut stuffed with shrimp. Both dishes were excellently presented and delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone enjoying Peruvian food and will visit the restaurant again in the near future. A great discovery in the South of Market District.

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★★★★★

Made first visit to Mochica with Helena last evening. Had made reservations and was promptly seated upon arrival. Mocchica is a romantic restaurant with rich dark woods and colors . The wait staff is very professional and knowledgable about the abundance of dishes on the menu. Learning of our preferences, the waiter was able to recomend various dishes. We had the "Papa a la Huancaina" as an appetizer which was quite excellent but a little too spicy for the "Brazilian Princess' but thoroughly enjoyed by myself. Helena had the breaded halibut filet and I had the halibut stuffed with shrimp. Both dishes were excellently presented and delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone enjoying Peruvian food and will visit the restaurant again in the near future. A great discovery in the South of Market District.

Pros: Large menu with excellent variety of dishes

Cons: Not in best of locations

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We decided to go to this restaurant because of the good quality food advertised in their website.

The ?ceviche? is such a popular dish in Peru and in other places in latin America that I was going to be surprised if they did not got it right. The ?choclo peruano? contained more beet than corn. The ?causa de pollo? was a spicy and abused of the mayonnaise, which only enhanced the bad oily flavor of the dish.

I?ve only seen such a thin ?anticucho? in some fast food stands in Lima were you can buy it for 1 ?Nuevo sol? (which is 40 cents of a dollar), and you could taste the flavor in those places. They forgot to take the seed of the ?aji? therefore I only taste a bite to my tongue which I had to calm with a few glasses of water.

The ?seco de carne? was the most similar to a Peruvian dish from what we could tell, even tough the beans had too much water. The ?Jalea de Mariscos? had non-fresh ?choros? nevertheless the taste was ok for a Mexican Jalea (not a Peruvian one).

We could not distinguish between the ?Lomo al jugo? and the ?Lomo saltado?. They were made of the same ?hard to chew? beef, with huge pieces of over fried potatoes on top and a red and spicy sauce which is not characteristic of this dish.

The ?tacu tacu? is a dish that consists of yellow canary beans, rice and meat. Mochica?s ?tacu tacu? was not different from the ?Lomo al jugo? with spicy lima beans.

Peruvian cuisine is not too spicy as this restaurant is making people from San Francisco believe. Peruvian ?aji? gives the food a characteristic flavor. It has a tiny bit of spicy but it does not hide the flavor of the dish, ?aji? enhances its flavor. The amount of spiciness can be adjusted by the amount of veins left with the ?aji? but not with the seeds, which makes it impossible to taste the food.

We had enough and we did not stay for the dessert. They really mock the Peruvian flavor and dishes. The visit to this restaurant made me really long for my next trip to Peru.

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★☆☆☆☆

We decided to go to this restaurant because of the good quality food advertised in their website.

The ?ceviche? is such a popular dish in Peru and in other places in latin America that I was going to be surprised if they did not got it right. The ?choclo peruano? contained more beet than corn. The ?causa de pollo? was a spicy and abused of the mayonnaise, which only enhanced the bad oily flavor of the dish.

I?ve only seen such a thin ?anticucho? in some fast food stands in Lima were you can buy it for 1 ?Nuevo sol? (which is 40 cents of a dollar), and you could taste the flavor in those places. They forgot to take the seed of the ?aji? therefore I only taste a bite to my tongue which I had to calm with a few glasses of water.

The ?seco de carne? was the most similar to a Peruvian dish from what we could tell, even tough the beans had too much water. The ?Jalea de Mariscos? had non-fresh ?choros? nevertheless the taste was ok for a Mexican Jalea (not a Peruvian one).

We could not distinguish between the ?Lomo al jugo? and the ?Lomo saltado?. They were made of the same ?hard to chew? beef, with huge pieces of over fried potatoes on top and a red and spicy sauce which is not characteristic of this dish.

The ?tacu tacu? is a dish that consists of yellow canary beans, rice and meat. Mochica?s ?tacu tacu? was not different from the ?Lomo al jugo? with spicy lima beans.

Peruvian cuisine is not too spicy as this restaurant is making people from San Francisco believe. Peruvian ?aji? gives the food a characteristic flavor. It has a tiny bit of spicy but it does not hide the flavor of the dish, ?aji? enhances its flavor. The amount of spiciness can be adjusted by the amount of veins left with the ?aji? but not with the seeds, which makes it impossible to taste the food.

We had enough and we did not stay for the dessert. They really mock the Peruvian flavor and dishes. The visit to this restaurant made me really long for my next trip to Peru.

Pros: Seaed promptly

Cons: Too spicy and tastes nothing like Peruvian food

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On Nov 3, 2007 I decided to go to this restaurant because I was attracted by all the good quality food advertised in their website.

We arrived early and our table was ready and we order ??chicha morada? which is a drink made of boiled purple corn and fruit. It is usually very refreshing but Mochica??s ??chicha? was a bit acidic, which made us order water instead of more ??chicha?.

For appetizers we ordered ??ceviche de pescado?, ??anticuchos?, ??choclo peruano?, and ??causa de pollo?.

The ??ceviche de pescado? is such a popular dish in Peru and in other places in latin America that I was going to be surprised if they did not got it right.

I would have loved to see the ??choclo peruano? in the cob, but we saw less of the ??choclo? and more of the beet which was part of this appetizer.

The ??causa de pollo? is a dish made of a top and bottom layer of mashed potato mixed with ??aji? and with center mix of vegetables and meat, which is sometimes added a bit of mayonnaise. Mochica Restaurant??s ??causa? was a bit spicy. I believe that one of the reasons why it was too spicy is because they used a lot of ??aji? (which I doubt because the potato had the characteristic yellow color), and the other is because they did use the seed of the ??aji?. This was a suspicion at this moment until we saw the ??anticucho?. Also the ??causa? abused of the mayonnaise, which only enhanced the bad oily flavor of the dish.

An ??anticucho? is a grilled marinated beef heart. The only places were I ate such a thin ??anticucho? before were in some fast food stands in Lima were you can buy it for 1 ??Nuevo sol? (which is 40 cents of a dollar), and the flavor in those places is much better. I found that they forgot to take the seed of the ??aji? (could this have been on purpose to make it really spicy or because of the lack of knowledge?) I could not feel the flavor of the meat but only a bite to my tongue which I had to calm with a few glasses of water.

After deciding that the flavor in this restaurant was too spicy for our taste we decided to order the following dishes making sure the cook is careful enough not to put too much spiciness: ??Aji de Gallina?, ??Jalea de Mariscos?, ??Carapulcra?, ??Lomo al jugo?, ??Seco de carne?, ??Lomo saltado?. However the waitress warned us that the ??Aji de Gallina?, and the ??Carapulcra? and also the ??Cau cau? was too spicy (as per the waitress words: ??Tiene chile y esta muy picoso?), so we ordered a second ??Lomo saltado? and a ??Tacu tacu?.

The ??seco de carne? was the most similar to a Peruvian dish from what we could tell, even tough the beans had too much water.

The ??Jalea de Mariscos? had non-fresh ??choros? nevertheless the taste was ok for a Mexican Jalea (not a Peruvian Jalea).

We could not distinguish between the ??Lomo al jugo? and the ??Lomo saltado?. They were made of the same ??hard to chew? beef, with huge pieces of over fried potatoes on top and a sauce that was made from what seemed to be ??Mexican chiles?, which were red and spicy too.

The ??tacu tacu? is a dish that consists of yellow canary beans, rice and meat. When I received the tacu tacu the waitress put a dish that was not too different from the ??Lomo saltado? or ??Lomo al jugo?. And I asked the waitress, that there must be a mistake, I order ??tacu tacu?. She said that what I had in front of me was ??tacu tacu?. Wow!!! I thought to myself that I have been too long out of Peru and I cannot distinguish a this plate from a ??tacu tacu?!!! She explained that the rest of the dish (basically the rice and beans) were coming out soon. While the rest of the entrees were served I still waited for the rice and beans until they finally arrived. Unfortunately they were not rice and canary beans but rice and lima beans and again they were spicy.

Peruvian cuisine is not too spicy as this restaurant is making people from San Francisco believe. Peruvian ??aji? gives the food a characteristic flavor, yes a tiny bit of spicy but it does not hide the flavor of the dish, ??aji? enhances its flavor. The amount of spiciness can be adjusted by the amount of veins left with the ??aji? but not with the seeds, which makes it impossible to taste the food.

We had enough with this restaurant. We did not stay for the dessert. We were afraid that if we asked for the beer ??Cuzquena? they would bring us a ??Corona? or a yellow ??mazamorra morada? instead of the characteristic purple one.

They really mock the Peruvian flavor and dishes. I would have loved them to call the restaurant anything but Mochica or any other Peruvian name, I did not feel like I was in a little Peru.

I would also suggest the restaurant to put their own names to their dishes ??Antipicoso? for ??Anticucho?, ??Lomo Aguado? for ??Lomo Saltado? or ??Palla palla? instead of ??Tacu tacu? because they were nothing compared to a peruvian dish.

The visit to this restaurant made me really long for my next trip to Peru.

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★☆☆☆☆

On Nov 3, 2007 I decided to go to this restaurant because I was attracted by all the good quality food advertised in their website.

We arrived early and our table was ready and we order ??chicha morada? which is a drink made of boiled purple corn and fruit. It is usually very refreshing but Mochica??s ??chicha? was a bit acidic, which made us order water instead of more ??chicha?.

For appetizers we ordered ??ceviche de pescado?, ??anticuchos?, ??choclo peruano?, and ??causa de pollo?.

The ??ceviche de pescado? is such a popular dish in Peru and in other places in latin America that I was going to be surprised if they did not got it right.

I would have loved to see the ??choclo peruano? in the cob, but we saw less of the ??choclo? and more of the beet which was part of this appetizer.

The ??causa de pollo? is a dish made of a top and bottom layer of mashed potato mixed with ??aji? and with center mix of vegetables and meat, which is sometimes added a bit of mayonnaise. Mochica Restaurant??s ??causa? was a bit spicy. I believe that one of the reasons why it was too spicy is because they used a lot of ??aji? (which I doubt because the potato had the characteristic yellow color), and the other is because they did use the seed of the ??aji?. This was a suspicion at this moment until we saw the ??anticucho?. Also the ??causa? abused of the mayonnaise, which only enhanced the bad oily flavor of the dish.

An ??anticucho? is a grilled marinated beef heart. The only places were I ate such a thin ??anticucho? before were in some fast food stands in Lima were you can buy it for 1 ??Nuevo sol? (which is 40 cents of a dollar), and the flavor in those places is much better. I found that they forgot to take the seed of the ??aji? (could this have been on purpose to make it really spicy or because of the lack of knowledge?) I could not feel the flavor of the meat but only a bite to my tongue which I had to calm with a few glasses of water.

After deciding that the flavor in this restaurant was too spicy for our taste we decided to order the following dishes making sure the cook is careful enough not to put too much spiciness: ??Aji de Gallina?, ??Jalea de Mariscos?, ??Carapulcra?, ??Lomo al jugo?, ??Seco de carne?, ??Lomo saltado?. However the waitress warned us that the ??Aji de Gallina?, and the ??Carapulcra? and also the ??Cau cau? was too spicy (as per the waitress words: ??Tiene chile y esta muy picoso?), so we ordered a second ??Lomo saltado? and a ??Tacu tacu?.

The ??seco de carne? was the most similar to a Peruvian dish from what we could tell, even tough the beans had too much water.

The ??Jalea de Mariscos? had non-fresh ??choros? nevertheless the taste was ok for a Mexican Jalea (not a Peruvian Jalea).

We could not distinguish between the ??Lomo al jugo? and the ??Lomo saltado?. They were made of the same ??hard to chew? beef, with huge pieces of over fried potatoes on top and a sauce that was made from what seemed to be ??Mexican chiles?, which were red and spicy too.

The ??tacu tacu? is a dish that consists of yellow canary beans, rice and meat. When I received the tacu tacu the waitress put a dish that was not too different from the ??Lomo saltado? or ??Lomo al jugo?. And I asked the waitress, that there must be a mistake, I order ??tacu tacu?. She said that what I had in front of me was ??tacu tacu?. Wow!!! I thought to myself that I have been too long out of Peru and I cannot distinguish a this plate from a ??tacu tacu?!!! She explained that the rest of the dish (basically the rice and beans) were coming out soon. While the rest of the entrees were served I still waited for the rice and beans until they finally arrived. Unfortunately they were not rice and canary beans but rice and lima beans and again they were spicy.

Peruvian cuisine is not too spicy as this restaurant is making people from San Francisco believe. Peruvian ??aji? gives the food a characteristic flavor, yes a tiny bit of spicy but it does not hide the flavor of the dish, ??aji? enhances its flavor. The amount of spiciness can be adjusted by the amount of veins left with the ??aji? but not with the seeds, which makes it impossible to taste the food.

We had enough with this restaurant. We did not stay for the dessert. We were afraid that if we asked for the beer ??Cuzquena? they would bring us a ??Corona? or a yellow ??mazamorra morada? instead of the characteristic purple one.

They really mock the Peruvian flavor and dishes. I would have loved them to call the restaurant anything but Mochica or any other Peruvian name, I did not feel like I was in a little Peru.

I would also suggest the restaurant to put their own names to their dishes ??Antipicoso? for ??Anticucho?, ??Lomo Aguado? for ??Lomo Saltado? or ??Palla palla? instead of ??Tacu tacu? because they were nothing compared to a peruvian dish.

The visit to this restaurant made me really long for my next trip to Peru.

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Just stop it! If you want the best Latin food in the bay area go to Mochica. I just got home from a splendid evening with my wife and Aji Panca. No, Aji (A Peruvian Chile) is not my new Asian girlfriend, but she is the new spice in my life. Well allow me to explain myself, at Mochica's I ordered Anticucho corazon(beefheart skewers), Pulpo parilla(optopus on the grill), and chuleta cordero(lamb chops). Just by coincidence they were all seasoned with a fruitful spice named aji. The service was spectacular with no gripes whatsoever. I would recommend it to anyone looking for great food with some originality.

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Just stop it! If you want the best Latin food in the bay area go to Mochica. I just got home from a splendid evening with my wife and Aji Panca. No, Aji (A Peruvian Chile) is not my new Asian girlfriend, but she is the new spice in my life. Well allow me to explain myself, at Mochica's I ordered Anticucho corazon(beefheart skewers), Pulpo parilla(optopus on the grill), and chuleta cordero(lamb chops). Just by coincidence they were all seasoned with a fruitful spice named aji. The service was spectacular with no gripes whatsoever. I would recommend it to anyone looking for great food with some originality.

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Last Friday my girlfriend and I were looking for a nice to place to eat since she was not in the mood to cook and neither was I. We decided to try out this place that my father-in-law had recommended. I was reluctant at first since I figured most latin food only consistd of rice and beans and endless variations on tomato sauces. Mochica's the difference because it is hands down the best restaurant I have ever come acoss. The entire dining experience was phenomenal, the waitress was this cute chinese latin girl that spoke perfect spanish and carefully explained the lomg menu to me. I kept stopping her during her explaination of different dishes to ask questions but her patience never wavered. In the end I orderedChuletas de cordero (lamb chops) and Papa a la Huancaina (potatoes and spices chile sauce) to start. The two plates were perfectly portioned to whet one's appetite. Next were the entree's, Mar y Tierra and ceviche atun. Both plates are very exotic, mixed with rare spices and vegtables. One of the best parts was the sangria, Maria(our waitress) informed us that is was made with champagne and brandy, for me that was the kicker. Best food at the best price, period.

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★★★★★

Last Friday my girlfriend and I were looking for a nice to place to eat since she was not in the mood to cook and neither was I. We decided to try out this place that my father-in-law had recommended. I was reluctant at first since I figured most latin food only consistd of rice and beans and endless variations on tomato sauces. Mochica's the difference because it is hands down the best restaurant I have ever come acoss. The entire dining experience was phenomenal, the waitress was this cute chinese latin girl that spoke perfect spanish and carefully explained the lomg menu to me. I kept stopping her during her explaination of different dishes to ask questions but her patience never wavered. In the end I orderedChuletas de cordero (lamb chops) and Papa a la Huancaina (potatoes and spices chile sauce) to start. The two plates were perfectly portioned to whet one's appetite. Next were the entree's, Mar y Tierra and ceviche atun. Both plates are very exotic, mixed with rare spices and vegtables. One of the best parts was the sangria, Maria(our waitress) informed us that is was made with champagne and brandy, for me that was the kicker. Best food at the best price, period.

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I went to this restaurant guided by the SF Weekly review and felt extremely disappointed on it. We ordered Quinoa Salad, and the quinoa was really hard to find in it. My partner ordered Mochica cebiche which was a good option. I wasn't that lucky: I ordered the highly recommended Chupe de Camarn. It happened to be a kind of thin soup with four (4) big shrimps, 2 pieces of potato and a fried egg (!)
Let me tell you, for the price they charge for this dish I can get at my favorite seafood restaurant, Anchor Oyster Bar in the Castro, a huge cioppino bowl, plenty of fish and shellfish and excellent service.
Mochica needs to improve its service too. The two waiters, if nice, can't attend all the clients properly.
We were so disappointed that decided to skip desserts, and left the place with a bill close to $100 (for two people and no licor consumed) and feeling we had been ripped off.

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I went to this restaurant guided by the SF Weekly review and felt extremely disappointed on it. We ordered Quinoa Salad, and the quinoa was really hard to find in it. My partner ordered Mochica cebiche which was a good option. I wasn't that lucky: I ordered the highly recommended Chupe de Camarn. It happened to be a kind of thin soup with four (4) big shrimps, 2 pieces of potato and a fried egg (!)
Let me tell you, for the price they charge for this dish I can get at my favorite seafood restaurant, Anchor Oyster Bar in the Castro, a huge cioppino bowl, plenty of fish and shellfish and excellent service.
Mochica needs to improve its service too. The two waiters, if nice, can't attend all the clients properly.
We were so disappointed that decided to skip desserts, and left the place with a bill close to $100 (for two people and no licor consumed) and feeling we had been ripped off.

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We were told to go to this place by my boyfriends mother (who is Peruvian). I thought Limon was the place to be...that was until I ate here.
Food is absolutely amazing. I love the atmosphere, extremely friendly staff. We have been back 5 times, always bringing another couple. They have a section of their menu dedicated to cerviche...yummy!

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We were told to go to this place by my boyfriends mother (who is Peruvian). I thought Limon was the place to be...that was until I ate here.
Food is absolutely amazing. I love the atmosphere, extremely friendly staff. We have been back 5 times, always bringing another couple. They have a section of their menu dedicated to cerviche...yummy!

Pros: food is absolutely amazing

Cons: location

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First of all, the best thing you can do is go to Mochica in a group so you can try a number of their dishes. The menu is ridiculously lengthy - overwhelming, actually. I would actually appreciate it if they would cull it down and maybe eliminate some of the less popular or less tasty options. In any case, our group of six shared 5 appetizers. The shrimp & mozzarella wontons and the mushrooms were the standouts - very delicous. The yucca-balls (a special) & octopus with olives were average and the shrimp in garlic sauce was terrible. The shrimp seemed undercooked and the sauce was gross. My entree, on the other hand, rocked my world. I've been thinking about it all day - halibut with white beans & chorizo. Yum yum. Dessert was also very good - we tried the brown rice pudding, the chocolate mousse, and the banana flambe. Everyone was happy. Our waitress was very good - answered all of our questions and made sure were happy and taken care of the whole time. I also really liked the ambiance. We will definitely return - hopefully in a group again so we can try lots of different things!

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First of all, the best thing you can do is go to Mochica in a group so you can try a number of their dishes. The menu is ridiculously lengthy - overwhelming, actually. I would actually appreciate it if they would cull it down and maybe eliminate some of the less popular or less tasty options. In any case, our group of six shared 5 appetizers. The shrimp & mozzarella wontons and the mushrooms were the standouts - very delicous. The yucca-balls (a special) & octopus with olives were average and the shrimp in garlic sauce was terrible. The shrimp seemed undercooked and the sauce was gross. My entree, on the other hand, rocked my world. I've been thinking about it all day - halibut with white beans & chorizo. Yum yum. Dessert was also very good - we tried the brown rice pudding, the chocolate mousse, and the banana flambe. Everyone was happy. Our waitress was very good - answered all of our questions and made sure were happy and taken care of the whole time. I also really liked the ambiance. We will definitely return - hopefully in a group again so we can try lots of different things!

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this is a great spot...delicious, creative dishes, HUGE menu, great wine selection and inviting atmosphere. friendly service as well

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this is a great spot...delicious, creative dishes, HUGE menu, great wine selection and inviting atmosphere. friendly service as well

Pros: wonderful flavors

Cons: maybe location if out for the night

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this is an excellent restaurant in a not excellent neighborhood! The sangria is excellent. the service can be a little slow but very nice people. parking is possible on the street. no valet.

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this is an excellent restaurant in a not excellent neighborhood! The sangria is excellent. the service can be a little slow but very nice people. parking is possible on the street. no valet.

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We went here for lunch on a weekday and it was pretty busy but the waiter (I think he was the only waiter there!) made sure our water was filled and orders taken quickly. He also explained some of the menu items that were a little confusing with some real knowledge - and when asked he said he was from Peru. Good quality control in the hiring process, or it's a family-run business. I'm not sure which.

For appetizers we got the ceviche, anticuchos, and tequenos. I've never seen anything like tequenos before - little shrimp cake things you eat with mashed avocados and a sweet syrup. Sounds gross, but it's delicious!! The ceviche is among the best or probably the best I've ever had in San Francisco. Anticuchos are grilled, marinated strips of beef heart served on a stick -that I will order again on my next trip!

The main courses we had were Lomo a lo Macho and Jalea. Jalea is a fried, lightly breaded seafood dish that incorporates chunks of fish, shrimp, mussels on the shell, calimari, and a few other items. It was really tasty. The lomo a lo macho is a piece of steak covered with pretty much the same seafoods as the jalea but not fried and with a tasty tomato sauce. I would warn that it looks like a steak item on the menu but it ends up being more like a seafood dish with steak.

The desserts were great. The flan is a delicious, filling, coconutty thing that will not remind you of its Mexican cousin. Order the Espuma de Maracuya or the Suspiro if you have a sweet tooth and like creamy or moussy items. Apparently all the desserts, inluding the exotic Lucuma ice cream are served with a spoon - nothing is hard enough to warrant a fork. I don't know if that's Peruvian cuisine or just this restaurant.

One more thing - the "weird" location is a blessing in disguise. If it were located in a better place you would have to stand in line for hours or make reservations in advance -- it's that good!

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We went here for lunch on a weekday and it was pretty busy but the waiter (I think he was the only waiter there!) made sure our water was filled and orders taken quickly. He also explained some of the menu items that were a little confusing with some real knowledge - and when asked he said he was from Peru. Good quality control in the hiring process, or it's a family-run business. I'm not sure which.

For appetizers we got the ceviche, anticuchos, and tequenos. I've never seen anything like tequenos before - little shrimp cake things you eat with mashed avocados and a sweet syrup. Sounds gross, but it's delicious!! The ceviche is among the best or probably the best I've ever had in San Francisco. Anticuchos are grilled, marinated strips of beef heart served on a stick -that I will order again on my next trip!

The main courses we had were Lomo a lo Macho and Jalea. Jalea is a fried, lightly breaded seafood dish that incorporates chunks of fish, shrimp, mussels on the shell, calimari, and a few other items. It was really tasty. The lomo a lo macho is a piece of steak covered with pretty much the same seafoods as the jalea but not fried and with a tasty tomato sauce. I would warn that it looks like a steak item on the menu but it ends up being more like a seafood dish with steak.

The desserts were great. The flan is a delicious, filling, coconutty thing that will not remind you of its Mexican cousin. Order the Espuma de Maracuya or the Suspiro if you have a sweet tooth and like creamy or moussy items. Apparently all the desserts, inluding the exotic Lucuma ice cream are served with a spoon - nothing is hard enough to warrant a fork. I don't know if that's Peruvian cuisine or just this restaurant.

One more thing - the "weird" location is a blessing in disguise. If it were located in a better place you would have to stand in line for hours or make reservations in advance -- it's that good!

Pros: Great food with authentic (imported) ingredients

Cons: Small space, could fill up quickly.

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A couple of friends were already sitting down when I got there. They had no menus and no water. There were probably just a few other parties in the restaurant for lunch. I had to flag him down for service a few times because he was too slow. He recommended the worst appetizer and of course the most expensive. I told him it wasn't what we expected but he did nothing about it. And yet, he still waited a long time to check back with us. Come to our knowledge he didn't have the kitchen fire up our entrees until he cleared our appetizer. Why would anyone wait for us to finish our appetizers when we made it known we didn't even want to eat it! Additionally, it was lunch time and we were the last party that was finished for lunch! Horrible service. Of course the entrees didnt' even come out at the same time. The entrees were at least enjoyable! Also, it was my friend's bday, and we brough our own cake. He gave us spoons to eat with!

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A couple of friends were already sitting down when I got there. They had no menus and no water. There were probably just a few other parties in the restaurant for lunch. I had to flag him down for service a few times because he was too slow. He recommended the worst appetizer and of course the most expensive. I told him it wasn't what we expected but he did nothing about it. And yet, he still waited a long time to check back with us. Come to our knowledge he didn't have the kitchen fire up our entrees until he cleared our appetizer. Why would anyone wait for us to finish our appetizers when we made it known we didn't even want to eat it! Additionally, it was lunch time and we were the last party that was finished for lunch! Horrible service. Of course the entrees didnt' even come out at the same time. The entrees were at least enjoyable! Also, it was my friend's bday, and we brough our own cake. He gave us spoons to eat with!

Pros: No one was in there, we can sit fast

Cons: We still had to wait!

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They use the same ingredients for all their dishes. On our first visit, we liked the dishes because we ordered dishes that didn't use the same ingredients. But the second time we visited, we were very disappointed. The ceviche we ordered should've been cold but was warm. right ... warm ceviche? um, it doesn't work. all in all, I wouldn't recommend this place. They don't have quality control.

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They use the same ingredients for all their dishes. On our first visit, we liked the dishes because we ordered dishes that didn't use the same ingredients. But the second time we visited, we were very disappointed. The ceviche we ordered should've been cold but was warm. right ... warm ceviche? um, it doesn't work. all in all, I wouldn't recommend this place. They don't have quality control.

Pros: cute little restaurant with character

Cons: if you're a food lover, this is probably not going to be on your favorites list

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I had lunch on a Friday and LOVED it. Food was delish and service was tops. Recommend this for both groups and dates.

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I had lunch on a Friday and LOVED it. Food was delish and service was tops. Recommend this for both groups and dates.

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We have been to this restaurant like 5 times and the food, service and overall value is outstanding. Ceviche Mochica is divine and large enough or 4 people, the lamb chop appetizer is my favorite. Great wine list and our water glasses are always full. We've never had to wait for a table and I always find aprking near by. Great for a group of people as many of the dishes are good for sharing. We like to go for "date night" and we share 2-3 appetizers and wine-so reasonable. Highly. highly recommend.

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★★★★★

We have been to this restaurant like 5 times and the food, service and overall value is outstanding. Ceviche Mochica is divine and large enough or 4 people, the lamb chop appetizer is my favorite. Great wine list and our water glasses are always full. We've never had to wait for a table and I always find aprking near by. Great for a group of people as many of the dishes are good for sharing. We like to go for "date night" and we share 2-3 appetizers and wine-so reasonable. Highly. highly recommend.

Pros: Large Portions, Ceviche

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I tried Mochica for the first time a couple of weeks ago and since then I have gone back 4 times! The food is absolutly fantastic! You have to try their Yucca plant dish...it is delicious! If you like Sangria- this restaurant is known for it...it is very good:) For me when I go to a restaurant I want the best all around expirence - this is the place! The customer service is impeckable, everyone is polite and well mannered. The waiter was checking on us all the time and my glass of water was never empty!

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★★★★★

I tried Mochica for the first time a couple of weeks ago and since then I have gone back 4 times! The food is absolutly fantastic! You have to try their Yucca plant dish...it is delicious! If you like Sangria- this restaurant is known for it...it is very good:) For me when I go to a restaurant I want the best all around expirence - this is the place! The customer service is impeckable, everyone is polite and well mannered. The waiter was checking on us all the time and my glass of water was never empty!

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I have been to Mochica going on 6 times now... never been disappointed. Sure, the location is not the greatest (I passed 2 homeless people along the way getting busy...)but once you get inside the ambiance is cozy/warm and the food... YUM. Order the ceviche! Service is always kind and never hurried...

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I have been to Mochica going on 6 times now... never been disappointed. Sure, the location is not the greatest (I passed 2 homeless people along the way getting busy...)but once you get inside the ambiance is cozy/warm and the food... YUM. Order the ceviche! Service is always kind and never hurried...

Pros: fresh fish, ambiance, easy parking

Cons: location

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We found this place on citysearch and have fallen in love. Im not an expert on peruvian food but i've eaten my share of many kinds of food and the flavors and dishes at Mochica blew me away! Highly recomended for everyone dates or families

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★★★★★

We found this place on citysearch and have fallen in love. Im not an expert on peruvian food but i've eaten my share of many kinds of food and the flavors and dishes at Mochica blew me away! Highly recomended for everyone dates or families

Pros: reasonable price, amazing cusine, easy parking

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first visit to Mochica and plan to come back. The food is so!! so good , the sangria es exelent very fruity ,great antreess and good service

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first visit to Mochica and plan to come back. The food is so!! so good , the sangria es exelent very fruity ,great antreess and good service

Pros: NICE PLACE

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I tend not to eat at the same place over and over again, but I've been to Mochica several times now since they opened, I just can't have enough of the Halibut Cevivhe or the Aji De Gallina. I have noticed, thought, that the portions are getting smaller (the first time I went there I got a HUGE mound of Ceviche, every time since then there is a little bit less...). The servers are very kind and friendly, but sometimes overwhelemed.

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I tend not to eat at the same place over and over again, but I've been to Mochica several times now since they opened, I just can't have enough of the Halibut Cevivhe or the Aji De Gallina. I have noticed, thought, that the portions are getting smaller (the first time I went there I got a HUGE mound of Ceviche, every time since then there is a little bit less...). The servers are very kind and friendly, but sometimes overwhelemed.

Pros: great food

Cons: scary location

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I threw a birthday dinner for 19 people and they accommodated without hesitation. The service was attentive and friendly. The lady whom I believe is one of the owners kept coming by to check on us even though the waiter was doing a great job. The ceviche was HUGE and delicious and only $15. We shared that as an appetizer between two people and I had the paella which was under $20, the cheapest and best paella I've ever had. The bouillabase was full of huge chunks of seafood. The ahi tuna was really big and according to my friend, delicious. I just could not believe how excellent the food was - well prepared, presented and steaming hot and the portions were very generous. The only thing that needs work is the website. The items arent in English and they dont even list their tel number or address (??)

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I threw a birthday dinner for 19 people and they accommodated without hesitation. The service was attentive and friendly. The lady whom I believe is one of the owners kept coming by to check on us even though the waiter was doing a great job. The ceviche was HUGE and delicious and only $15. We shared that as an appetizer between two people and I had the paella which was under $20, the cheapest and best paella I've ever had. The bouillabase was full of huge chunks of seafood. The ahi tuna was really big and according to my friend, delicious. I just could not believe how excellent the food was - well prepared, presented and steaming hot and the portions were very generous. The only thing that needs work is the website. The items arent in English and they dont even list their tel number or address (??)

Pros: generous portions, food can't be beat, attentive service

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Is it possible to be in love with a restaurant? When you arrive, Mochica begins to court your heart at the door. Whoever decorated understood that the wonderful food of Peru has too much personality to be served in modern minimalism. The decor is both warm and sophisticated. Its so refreshing to get value out of my dollar these days. The price is very fair, the portions generous, and the food outstanding. I've tasted a good third of the menu and can say Mochica has definitely won my heart through my stomach.

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Is it possible to be in love with a restaurant? When you arrive, Mochica begins to court your heart at the door. Whoever decorated understood that the wonderful food of Peru has too much personality to be served in modern minimalism. The decor is both warm and sophisticated. Its so refreshing to get value out of my dollar these days. The price is very fair, the portions generous, and the food outstanding. I've tasted a good third of the menu and can say Mochica has definitely won my heart through my stomach.

Pros: GREAT food, fair price , nice interior

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We ate here when they first opened and just thought it was OK. Went back now that they're all settled, and were pleasantly surprised. The ceviches are good, so is the sangria. The seafood dishes are really good. Nice/warm atmosphere.

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We ate here when they first opened and just thought it was OK. Went back now that they're all settled, and were pleasantly surprised. The ceviches are good, so is the sangria. The seafood dishes are really good. Nice/warm atmosphere.

Pros: Good food, cozy

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We went there after hours. There were only 2 other tables of people eating there which I found weird. The service was pleasant and the food was OK. It had some of the sandwiches, burgers and entrees you might find on a Denny's menu but at a higher price (to my surprise). For what we got and the price we paid, we'll probably stick to going to the Jack in the Box drive through on the way home instead.

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We went there after hours. There were only 2 other tables of people eating there which I found weird. The service was pleasant and the food was OK. It had some of the sandwiches, burgers and entrees you might find on a Denny's menu but at a higher price (to my surprise). For what we got and the price we paid, we'll probably stick to going to the Jack in the Box drive through on the way home instead.

Pros: late hours, no wait

Cons: , mediocre food

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With a new chef (Summer 2003), this place is terrific in a number of ways. In a neighborhood still underserved by decent restaurants (SOMA), this one is open 24 hrs on weekends. Had a fantastic hamburger & fries at lunch. With two friends, ordered all three of the dinner entrees (yes, the dinner menu. like the resturant, is rather small). All three of those dinners were exceptional in flavor and presentation. Staff is attentive, and seem genuinely grateful to welcome and serve you.

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With a new chef (Summer 2003), this place is terrific in a number of ways. In a neighborhood still underserved by decent restaurants (SOMA), this one is open 24 hrs on weekends. Had a fantastic hamburger & fries at lunch. With two friends, ordered all three of the dinner entrees (yes, the dinner menu. like the resturant, is rather small). All three of those dinners were exceptional in flavor and presentation. Staff is attentive, and seem genuinely grateful to welcome and serve you.

Pros: food, service, open 24/hrs on wkends

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On a rather bleak stretch in SoMa is this friendly little charmer of a restaurant, serving innovative northern Peruvian cuisine that is bound to perk up anyone's palate with the wealth of exciting flavors on its menu. The complimentary…

 

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