937 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410737.778298 -122.402598
Closed Tuesday Wed-Mon 11:30 am - 3:30 pm 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Neighborhoods: Central East, SoMa, SoMa (South of Market)
Great Peruvian food!! – 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.
My Favorite Restaurant in SF – 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!
Excellent Peruvian food` – 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.
Worst Peruvian Restaurant in San Francisco – 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.
latin – 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.
So elegant and flavorful – 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.
best Peruvian food in San Francisco – 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!
Longest menu on the planet – 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!
you are transported the moment you enter – this is a great spot...delicious, creative dishes, HUGE menu, great wine selection and inviting atmosphere. friendly service as well
good peruvian food – 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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