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Picaro Tapas Restaurant

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Mission District
Spanish, Tapas
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3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 431-4089
Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fabulous, authentic Spanish food

Absolutely the best! Great paella and excellent flavored tapas. Can't imagine going anywhere else in San Francisco for darn good Spanish food. Not sure about negative reviews. Might be from people who don't know what to expect at Spanish restaurant. Cheers to a great place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
KSFZ_Family
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Phoenix, Arizona
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Absolutely the best! Great paella and excellent flavored tapas. Can't imagine going anywhere else in San Francisco for darn good Spanish food. Not sure about negative reviews. Might be from people who don't know what to expect at Spanish restaurant. Cheers to a great place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Picaro is a fun place to go to, so I eat here often and I've learned what to eat and what not to. The Paellas are very good, I just wish there was some “socarrat” (cherished caramelized rice on the bottom). The Calamari came out succulent wit a crispy coating! Oysters are excellent, as is most of the seafood. Their... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The pacew was heaving when we visited and, no doubt, the kitchen was overwhelmed and exhausted. Nonetheless the food should have been better for the reasonable but not bargain price was not good enough compared with other things available in The Mission at the same price, and really just thrown on a plate and then thrown on the table.

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Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lovely food, so authentic, all the tapas were superb and the decor was fabulous. We were a party of 6 and we shared a lot of the tapas, all delicious, and 3 carafes of sangria-it was divine! And only $10 a carafe from 4-7pm. All the tapas were reasonably priced. It was about $90 in total for all of us... More 

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Switzerland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

After visiting the Mission, we stopped at this tapas restaurant as it is nearby and has a small terrace. The tables outside at the front are very small, but we were happy to be out, partly in the sun. There is another terrace at the back. I've ordered several tapas which I had also tried on a recent visit to... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We discovered this delightful Spanish eatery while exploring the Mission district. It was a warm afternoon so tapas and beer on the sidewalk patio was perfect. We sampled a delicious Serrano Ham crostini and a plate of crispy deep fried anchovies....so tasty! Accompanied by the local draft beer, it couldn't be better. Service was friendly and efficient. We will be... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We went out looking for a Tapas place that had closed, so when we spotted Picaro we were hungry and made a quick decision. I immediately started to regret that decision when we were seated at a small table tucked away in the back - because the wall and floor were very dirty. When the dirt stuck to the wall... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Not too much to say - a family birthday dinner, everything was fine, we had a great time. Tapas, sangria, paella, deserts were all excellent. Service wasn't too quick but we had plenty of time. Recommended.

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Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This has got to be the worst tapas I have ever experienced. I am not sure if this is because I am from Europe and therefore the quality of Spanish tapas is very high! We chose this place while visiting SF as it was packed and seemed like there was a good buzz inside. We chose the calamari (tasteless), meatballs... More 

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San Bruno, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Its hard to find a place to sit outside in the Mission. For the recent heat wave we had it was just what I was looking for. Outside seating, refreshing sangria and delicious tapas. My favorite are the Oysters, grilled artichoke, and lobster tails. Great spot to relax and enjoy the mission.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: (415) 431-4089

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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