1815 Market St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.771811 -122.423427
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Central North, Hayes Valley
A cozy spot with a Peruvian-influenced menu brings a unique twist to the wildly popular small-plates craze. – The Scene
An ornately carved-wood front door gives way to a long, dimly lit dining room painted in alluring reds and oranges. Long banquettes fill up with a good-looking crowd. Oversized mirrors hung along the walls give the impression of a much larger dining space. A grand iron chandelier adds to the restaurant's inviting romance.
Enticing interpretations of Peruvian and South American fare get the California treatment. To start, dip house-made tortilla chips into an oversized martini glass filled with plump tiger prawns blanketed in a warm, spicy tomato puree. Hearty dishes shine, such as spectacular baked rendition of beef chili relleno, which melds smoky chipotle salsa with tart citrus creme fraiche, and flaky, rich pork empanada served with cinnamon-flecked mojo sauce. Lighter dishes include an ahi tuna seviche. Lightly fried pumpkin doughnuts end the meal perfectly.
My FAVORITE!! – Destino, by far, makes THE BEST Ahi Tuna and Sea Bass Ceviches. The atmosphere, drinks, food and overall feel of the restaurant is upbeat yet cozy. It's a place for all occasions with the perfect cuisine to compliment. My favorite thing in the whole place is the Alfajore cookies that melt in your mouth. Whenever I'm in SF - I make it a point to have dinner at least once....you should too!
Great food, very small servings – Small place with pretty good food, more bistro style. The servings are really small for the price, but still the food is delicious-try the pato (duck) and pisco sour don't try the anticuchos!
Incredible food, average service – We tried out Destino's one (early) evening, as one person in our party had to catch a flight at 8:00. That said, we were the first dinner customers of the evening so I can't speak for the service during peak times. I can, however, say that we started to feel pressured to give up our table as large numbers of people started arriving after 6:00. They definitely were arriving in droves for a reason though. Beginning with warm rolls and an extremely flavorful dip, the dinner only got better as we went along. We tried 6 or 7 small plates between the 3 of us and every one of them were to die for. I would definitely recommend this place for the very innovative and tasty small plates!
Jeckell n Hyde – This resteraunt was Ying/Yang! I was mmming & awwing at the warm buns and dip
starter, cornmeal biscuits w/ cheese were alive with flavor, potato torte w/ avacados was a new experience, as well as the flavorful sauce on the sea bass. We had three milk almond sponge cake that was mouth watering due to the abundant bursts of milk. That night a sweet Latin girl was attentive.
The other night we went there was a complete opposite. First, we were asked to eat with in 45 minuites due to how many reservations they made on top of us. The chili reanos were odd, and tasted a bit like taco bell meat. The epanadas were greasy and boring, the king salmon had tons of bones left in. I'm suprised I didn't choke! We decided to go for the sponge cake again, and they somehow forgot to soak it in milk.
Excellent Restaurant – Where to begin? Everything about Destino was amazing. The service was attentive, the wine list is slightly limited but very reasonable with some great wineries listed. The food was amazing. The ahi tune cebiche and the day boat scallops are a must. Make a reservation ahead of time or go after 8:30-- as things get pretty crowded. Nad parking can be really hard-- so if you can take public transportation.
Aye Carumba! – Not bad...white sangria is quite smooth and the Yucca fries are fantastic. Wasn't too impressed with the arepas or empanadas. Certainly not as good as what i've had in Venezuela or other Latin American countries. But, overall the food is good and the atmosphere is fantastic!
Great Peruvian-Latin food! – Stopped by this beautiful restaurant tonight after some drinks at the Orbit Room. We started off with the plantain chips and yucca fries, a little greasy but tasty. There menu is split up between small plates and large plates, my friends tried the carmelized salmon while I had the steak with roma tomatoes, onions and fries. My meal was a bit of a surprise, steak morsels braised with tomatoes and onions in a sauce, still good. Dessert was great, we had a banana torte and dark chocolate mousse pie, both excellent. Service was very pleasant but what makes the restaurant is the great decor. Dark woods, rich colors throughout and large mirrors line the wall. Really a great looking dining room with good music. Overall a great spot for a date, good food, great decor and good service.
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