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esperpento

3295 22st, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Mission)
(415) 282-8867
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Ranked #1,231 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Latin, Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Mission
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Came here on a local recommendation with my wife on honeymoon. They were busy but this seemed to be an excuse to provide the worst service I experienced in the USA in 2 weeks. Older grey haired 'server' walked off since we didn't immediately know what we wanted and came back 25 minutes later. He was rude and impatient when... More

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San Francisco, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

As a San Franciscan, I go to Esperpento often---particularly for seafood tapas. Somewhat hidden in a bustling part of the Mission District, the inexpensive prices for great food is hard to beat. There are a host of foods that I order over and over again---fried anchovies, snapper, trout, clams, spanish rice (a classic side dish).... Specials come with entree, two... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Do not waste your time to come to this place. I was looking forward to have an authentic paella, and instead I got a rice dish with black hair and shrimp that were not deveined. When I informed the waitress she said that they do not devein the shrimp and "oops sorry about the hair" Very disappointed experience.

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Sonoma, CA
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113 reviews 113 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went for lunch on a Thursday and arrived at 11:35 (early) We were seated right away with menus and water. It took a bit for our order to be taken even though our menus were put down. We ordered paella for two. The waiter told us that paella takes 25 minutes. We were okay with that. ONE HOUR later... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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234 reviews 234 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Six of us shared many different plates at Esperpento. Without exception, they were delicious: jamon iberico, white bean salad, garlic chicken, eggplant (escalivada), mushrooms, patatas bravas, etc. We liked the grilled artichokes so much, we had a second. We ordered the tapas in several rounds to test our appetites vis a vis the size of the orders and to fill... More

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North Kansas City, Missouri
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

It is a 19.00 cab ride from fisherman's wharf. The place was terribly loud and you cannot hear anything said . Mortilla was not authentic . If was just okay. I had it in Spain and it was not like what I ate there. It has rice in and this is not authentic spainish. Pinchot was big and difficult to... More

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California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

There is a plethora of restaurants in the Mission from which to choose. We were looking for one near the Marsh. Esperpento serves a variety of paellas, a minor inconvenience being that the minimum serving size is for two. However, the one we chose, shellfish & meat, was certainly plentiful with very good flavor. One must have sufficient time for... More

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Encinitas, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Excellent tapas, great happy hour drink specials, and we still salivate when thinking of the potatas bravas!

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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Went here to celebrate my August bday fds. Glad that we made a resevation a day ahead. There was a line when we got there around 7pm. This place was pretty big and well designed. There was a guy playing guitar, but it was loud for us because what we really wanted was enjoy the food and talk. Anyways, the... More

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California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

After traveling to Spain last year, my husband and I have been hooked on Spanish food. At the recommendation of a friend, we tried this and was not disappointed. Their Jamon iberico with tomato spread and olive oil was delicious, the rabo stew was tasty and a good portion for the price, their sangria was strong and the patatas brava... More

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