Charanga Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 2351 Mission St

    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Cross street: at 20th St

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  • 415-282-1813

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We love this neighborhood place. Mission District is a bit questionable; but once you've found a location for the car...you walk into a hoppin' place, tasty dishes, full of flavor and excitement. Great Happy Hour bites-$2 Sangria...$3

3
★★★★★

We love this neighborhood place. Mission District is a bit questionable; but once you've found a location for the car...you walk into a hoppin' place, tasty dishes, full of flavor and excitement. Great Happy Hour bites-$2 Sangria...$3

Pros: Exciting dishes-good sangria

Cons: not a thing

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We went there (7 costarrican friends) because "we finally found a Costarrican place in the Bay Area".
What we agreed we found:
The worst service and unfrendly staff ever.
The tiniest (chiquiticos) dishes ever.
The high pices for the

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★★★★★

We went there (7 costarrican friends) because "we finally found a Costarrican place in the Bay Area".
What we agreed we found:
The worst service and unfrendly staff ever.
The tiniest (chiquiticos) dishes ever.
The high pices for the

Pros: ATMOSPHERE

Cons: PORTIONS SIZE, SERVICE, PRICE.

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I love many restaurants in San Francisco, but this remains one of my favs. Great tapas with a bit of an Asian twist. Not too fancy, a great place to go with friends. Don't skip the white sangria. I once had a berry cobbler that still tops my list of best desserts

5
★★★★★

I love many restaurants in San Francisco, but this remains one of my favs. Great tapas with a bit of an Asian twist. Not too fancy, a great place to go with friends. Don't skip the white sangria. I once had a berry cobbler that still tops my list of best desserts

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This place is not too bad. The wait staff were friendly but service is slow. The food is okay could be be more flavorful. Be prepared to wait however as seating is limited and reservations are not accepted. May consider returning if I am

3
★★★★★

This place is not too bad. The wait staff were friendly but service is slow. The food is okay could be be more flavorful. Be prepared to wait however as seating is limited and reservations are not accepted. May consider returning if I am

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Literally, that is what you will do at this place. First of all, I saw the review on Check Please! and it had really touted a great review for them. I was really pumped up to visit the place since it seemed to be a hole in the wall

3
★★★★★

Literally, that is what you will do at this place. First of all, I saw the review on Check Please! and it had really touted a great review for them. I was really pumped up to visit the place since it seemed to be a hole in the wall

Pros: nice decoration, nice food presentation

Cons: bad servers who ignore you

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I love tapas, and Charanga's gets very high marks from me. The yuca frita are the best I've had in the city, and the sauteed shrimp and calamari with chiles and coconut rice is one of the single most satisfying and flavorful entrees I've

3
★★★★★

I love tapas, and Charanga's gets very high marks from me. The yuca frita are the best I've had in the city, and the sauteed shrimp and calamari with chiles and coconut rice is one of the single most satisfying and flavorful entrees I've

Pros: Fabulous food, great service, nice vibe

Cons: Parking

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I love this place. You have to check it out. The food is amazing the service is even better. It is extremely busy yet they still take care of you. A+

3
★★★★★

I love this place. You have to check it out. The food is amazing the service is even better. It is extremely busy yet they still take care of you. A+

Pros: food and service

Cons: it's in the Mission area but that's where all the good latin food is!

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It was a chilly summer Friday night and we walked into Charanga and immediately felt the warmth and wonderful aromas. I started with a ginger sake cocktail that had a sugar cane stir stick that was seductively addictive. My husband had the

3
★★★★★

It was a chilly summer Friday night and we walked into Charanga and immediately felt the warmth and wonderful aromas. I started with a ginger sake cocktail that had a sugar cane stir stick that was seductively addictive. My husband had the

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I was amazed by the quality of the food and service at this cozey down to earth Mission restaurant. Raciones, not Tapas, is what they specialize in. We had small plates ( but larger than tapas) of cuisine from costa rica, mexico, cuba and

3
★★★★★

I was amazed by the quality of the food and service at this cozey down to earth Mission restaurant. Raciones, not Tapas, is what they specialize in. We had small plates ( but larger than tapas) of cuisine from costa rica, mexico, cuba and

Pros: All good

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Loved the service in this place. The food was the usual plantain, black beans, shrimps and chicken in the Caribbean flavor. The sangria was kicking. However the ambience reminded me of an old country cottage. The atmosphere was very homely

3
★★★★★

Loved the service in this place. The food was the usual plantain, black beans, shrimps and chicken in the Caribbean flavor. The sangria was kicking. However the ambience reminded me of an old country cottage. The atmosphere was very homely

Pros: service

Cons: parking, there are better places around!

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We ordered almost all of the tapas on the menu, and a couple of drinks. Many of the tapas were good and tasty, and the drinks were excellent. The place was lively, with many people. Be prepared to spend about $20-$25 with drinks. Overall I

3
★★★★★

We ordered almost all of the tapas on the menu, and a couple of drinks. Many of the tapas were good and tasty, and the drinks were excellent. The place was lively, with many people. Be prepared to spend about $20-$25 with drinks. Overall I

Pros: Drinks, Tapas

Cons: Parking

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I loved this find! It was great food and reasonably priced. I would definitely return which is the stamp of approval ina place like SF!

3
★★★★★

I loved this find! It was great food and reasonably priced. I would definitely return which is the stamp of approval ina place like SF!

Pros: food

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I've eaten at Charanga a few times and EVERY TIME not only the food is excellente but the service too. It is great to have a place in the city where you can find traditional Latin Food. To Gaby and her staff, thanks for bringing a piece

3
★★★★★

I've eaten at Charanga a few times and EVERY TIME not only the food is excellente but the service too. It is great to have a place in the city where you can find traditional Latin Food. To Gaby and her staff, thanks for bringing a piece

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The tuna ceviche at Charanga is absolutely to-die-for -- it comes in a goblet with huge chunks of avocado and some kind of divine teriyaki-type sauce. Wow. My girlfriends and I LOVE treating ourselves to dinner at Charanga on a Friday

3
★★★★★

The tuna ceviche at Charanga is absolutely to-die-for -- it comes in a goblet with huge chunks of avocado and some kind of divine teriyaki-type sauce. Wow. My girlfriends and I LOVE treating ourselves to dinner at Charanga on a Friday

Pros: Great food, Fun music

Cons: Parking hard to find

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Went on a whim on a weekday evening and LOVED everything about the place. Then the food started coming...Everything was fresh and simple- the salads are great and the seafood was excellent. Lots of little plates and interesting entrees. If

3
★★★★★

Went on a whim on a weekday evening and LOVED everything about the place. Then the food started coming...Everything was fresh and simple- the salads are great and the seafood was excellent. Lots of little plates and interesting entrees. If

Pros: great waitstaff, ambience, friendly crowd

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I have dined here several times and have nothing but great things to say about the food and the staff. The food is absolutely decilious and you cannot beat the price.

3
★★★★★

I have dined here several times and have nothing but great things to say about the food and the staff. The food is absolutely decilious and you cannot beat the price.

Pros: food, Reasonable Prices

Cons: , no reservations, neighborhood

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I've never been let down by this consistently delicious restaurant. A wonderful blend of latin flavors--the food is unique and memorable. Also a great place to bring out of town guests to prove that San Francisco has some of the best

3
★★★★★

I've never been let down by this consistently delicious restaurant. A wonderful blend of latin flavors--the food is unique and memorable. Also a great place to bring out of town guests to prove that San Francisco has some of the best

Pros: big group tables, nice size portions

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The food is inventive, the service friendly, and the overall atmosphere warm and inviting. This is the place we go for a shared meal with friends, a casual but romantic night out, or an early dinner of black beans and rice with our

3
★★★★★

The food is inventive, the service friendly, and the overall atmosphere warm and inviting. This is the place we go for a shared meal with friends, a casual but romantic night out, or an early dinner of black beans and rice with our

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Inventive food and warm atmosphere. Don't believe the postings about bad service--this place gets busy and requires a little patience but the service is overall very good. If you want a waiter hovering over you, go somewhere else and I

3
★★★★★

Inventive food and warm atmosphere. Don't believe the postings about bad service--this place gets busy and requires a little patience but the service is overall very good. If you want a waiter hovering over you, go somewhere else and I

Pros: food

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A great little resturant in the mission. The only thing lacking is concern and friendlienss of the staff. After my second visit the staff was so bad we will never return again. The food and atmosphere are great if you do not mind poor

3
★★★★★

A great little resturant in the mission. The only thing lacking is concern and friendlienss of the staff. After my second visit the staff was so bad we will never return again. The food and atmosphere are great if you do not mind poor

Pros: food, atmosphere

Cons: , service, service

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This is truly the worst service I've ever recieved in a restaurant in my life ever. The hostess and waitresses were very rude when my parrty of 4 asked for simple things like an extra glass or more napkins. Even asking to see the dessert

3
★★★★★

This is truly the worst service I've ever recieved in a restaurant in my life ever. The hostess and waitresses were very rude when my parrty of 4 asked for simple things like an extra glass or more napkins. Even asking to see the dessert

Pros: Food

Cons: , Crowded, Noisy

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I have never experienced service this bad! The hostess and bartender were extremely rude--the entire staff looked pissed off. The restaurant was disorganized and chaotic. I would like to comment on the food, however we never sat down to

3
★★★★★

I have never experienced service this bad! The hostess and bartender were extremely rude--the entire staff looked pissed off. The restaurant was disorganized and chaotic. I would like to comment on the food, however we never sat down to

Cons: , Noise, No liquor

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We stumbled by a couple of Saturday nights ago and fell in love with the place. The food was amazing. The sancocho, cebiche and gambas were amazing. Go with a small group and order a bunch of the plates so that you can try a bit of

3
★★★★★

We stumbled by a couple of Saturday nights ago and fell in love with the place. The food was amazing. The sancocho, cebiche and gambas were amazing. Go with a small group and order a bunch of the plates so that you can try a bit of

Pros: food, service

Cons: parking

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Food was just okay. They didn't bring out one of our entrees. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they're going only for the sangria.

3
★★★★★

Food was just okay. They didn't bring out one of our entrees. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they're going only for the sangria.

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i'm tired of $15 tapas plates hardly larger than a teacup saucer. and to be honest, smaller isn't always better.

this place is romantic, friendly, and the portions and pricing is reasonable. imho it blows the doors off of the place that

3
★★★★★

i'm tired of $15 tapas plates hardly larger than a teacup saucer. and to be honest, smaller isn't always better.

this place is romantic, friendly, and the portions and pricing is reasonable. imho it blows the doors off of the place that

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what a great surprise, to re-discover charanga. the food was so flavorful and the price was reasonable. i would definitely recommend the black bean with cabbage topped with a moist salmon.

3
★★★★★

what a great surprise, to re-discover charanga. the food was so flavorful and the price was reasonable. i would definitely recommend the black bean with cabbage topped with a moist salmon.

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This was the best tapas restaurant I've found yet. Whether with a large group celebrating or just a couple out for a bite, Charanga was a great experience. And don't forget the wonderful Sangria to complement the meal. And the lighting was

3
★★★★★

This was the best tapas restaurant I've found yet. Whether with a large group celebrating or just a couple out for a bite, Charanga was a great experience. And don't forget the wonderful Sangria to complement the meal. And the lighting was

Pros: All the Food, Service, Close to nightlife

Cons: No Parking, No reservations, loud after 7:30

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For good tapas, don't bother with Cha-Cha-Cha, stay away from Picaro and Esperpento. Avoid Timos and Ramblas. Go straight to Charanga.

Charanga easily outclasses all other tapas places in the Mission. Their dishes are more interesting,

3
★★★★★

For good tapas, don't bother with Cha-Cha-Cha, stay away from Picaro and Esperpento. Avoid Timos and Ramblas. Go straight to Charanga.

Charanga easily outclasses all other tapas places in the Mission. Their dishes are more interesting,

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The most interesting and savory food I have experienced in awhile. I went to Charanga on a Friday night with my best friend. Unfortunately, it was quite busy. Its a popular place. But we were able to eat at the bar. I had the spicy

3
★★★★★

The most interesting and savory food I have experienced in awhile. I went to Charanga on a Friday night with my best friend. Unfortunately, it was quite busy. Its a popular place. But we were able to eat at the bar. I had the spicy

Pros: Wonderful food, Great value, Pleasant workers

Cons: Crowded, Loud atmosphere

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The best tapas in town! Gambas and mussels are exceptional! Be there before 7:30 pm
Very popular.

3
★★★★★

The best tapas in town! Gambas and mussels are exceptional! Be there before 7:30 pm
Very popular.

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very authentic, warm, wonderful food, amazing desserts (try the seasonal crisp or chocolate cake). the food is consistently fabulous and you can always count on a great glass of sangria!

3
★★★★★

very authentic, warm, wonderful food, amazing desserts (try the seasonal crisp or chocolate cake). the food is consistently fabulous and you can always count on a great glass of sangria!

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Charanga is a food lover's restaurant. Creative, inventive, consistent and great quality dishes are served family-style so you can truly enjoy and savor the experience. Standouts are the mushrooms, yuca, arroz, mussels, pork, and shrimp.

3
★★★★★

Charanga is a food lover's restaurant. Creative, inventive, consistent and great quality dishes are served family-style so you can truly enjoy and savor the experience. Standouts are the mushrooms, yuca, arroz, mussels, pork, and shrimp.

Pros: food food food, lively ambience, cocktails & sangria

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To sum it up:

Too small
Don't take Resi's
Terrible Service
Food mediocre

One good thing:

Good sangria

I would not suggest this place to anyone!!! Over-rated!!

3
★★★★★

To sum it up:

Too small
Don't take Resi's
Terrible Service
Food mediocre

One good thing:

Good sangria

I would not suggest this place to anyone!!! Over-rated!!

Pros: sangria

Cons: service, food, too small

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The experience I had at Charanga this weekend was not so great. It's a place that has the right idea, but just can't pull it all together. The ambiance was pretty cool, lively, music, crowded. However, the service was pretty much horrible,

3
★★★★★

The experience I had at Charanga this weekend was not so great. It's a place that has the right idea, but just can't pull it all together. The ambiance was pretty cool, lively, music, crowded. However, the service was pretty much horrible,

Pros: ambiance, sangaria

Cons: don't take res., service, quality of food

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Going into Charanga I expected a more sophisticated fare than nearby neighbor cha cha cha. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. We started with plantains, mushrooms, and potatoes. The potatoes fell flat with an overspiced sauce. The

3
★★★★★

Going into Charanga I expected a more sophisticated fare than nearby neighbor cha cha cha. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. We started with plantains, mushrooms, and potatoes. The potatoes fell flat with an overspiced sauce. The

Pros: Fun decor, Sangria, Plantains

Cons: Entrees

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For a consistently good thing in your life, don't just depend on cigerettes, dine at Charanga. A smooth and satisfying food experience not to be missed, OR taken for granted. That is IF you can get in - the crowds can be large and become

3
★★★★★

For a consistently good thing in your life, don't just depend on cigerettes, dine at Charanga. A smooth and satisfying food experience not to be missed, OR taken for granted. That is IF you can get in - the crowds can be large and become

Pros: food, sangria, people

Cons: very popular, work too hard

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The food was great and the prices are reasonable.
I learned about Charanga from a friend.

Like the variety of food from different places of Latin America and the mix with other foods.

Excellent taste!

3
★★★★★

The food was great and the prices are reasonable.
I learned about Charanga from a friend.

Like the variety of food from different places of Latin America and the mix with other foods.

Excellent taste!

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The food is great--I especially like the mussels, the ahi, but everything is good. And the atmosphere here is like a mellow party. It's always fun to be there, and a great place for a weekday dinner when you want to go out or a good place

3
★★★★★

The food is great--I especially like the mussels, the ahi, but everything is good. And the atmosphere here is like a mellow party. It's always fun to be there, and a great place for a weekday dinner when you want to go out or a good place

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The food in Charanga has a fresh tropical taste! The menu is made up of typical dishes from many different countries in Latin America. They have different types of ceviche, yuca frita, shrimp and squid, gallo pinto, tostones, and the

3
★★★★★

The food in Charanga has a fresh tropical taste! The menu is made up of typical dishes from many different countries in Latin America. They have different types of ceviche, yuca frita, shrimp and squid, gallo pinto, tostones, and the

Pros: good parking, great music, friendly service

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A friendly, fine place to dine, great food, outstanding wait staff, other customers non-intrusive. A great experience.

3
★★★★★

A friendly, fine place to dine, great food, outstanding wait staff, other customers non-intrusive. A great experience.

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This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is creative, tasty and beautifully presented, the music keeps my toes tapping and I love the Cuban photographs that grace the big brick wall. From the pickled vegetables they bring with the

3
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is creative, tasty and beautifully presented, the music keeps my toes tapping and I love the Cuban photographs that grace the big brick wall. From the pickled vegetables they bring with the

Pros: the food, the food..., inexpensive, parking next door

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This noisy, colorful hole-in-the-wall, located smack dab in the middle of the Mission, celebrates the small plates of Latin America and the Caribbean. Start with a Spanish-influenced bowl of sauteed mushrooms dressed with shallots, garlic…

 

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