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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
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Tortilla de Patata pretty good but garlic sour cream doesn't work that well for me

Went here specifically for the tortilla de patata. Its not a mexican sort of tortilla but almost a potato and onion quiche kind of dish that's a traditional dish from Spain I guess. I ran into it when I tried some from Tip Top Tapas which I guess only caters for the most part. I was pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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San Francisco
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Went here specifically for the tortilla de patata. Its not a mexican sort of tortilla but almost a potato and onion quiche kind of dish that's a traditional dish from Spain I guess. I ran into it when I tried some from Tip Top Tapas which I guess only caters for the most part. I was pretty dubious about something... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I nearly called this Review "Tapas and Sangria" because that is what is featured. On 16th Street, we are in the midst of a social change as new money forces out the old tenants and dwellers to allow renovation and high rents. Therefore the warm and old fashioned "Picaro" is an oasis for contemplation and revelry. They have a long... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This Tapas bar is usually hopping and for good reason. We had the tapas de mariscos, seafood paella and it was great. We started with a the patatas bravas, grilled asparagus and the grouped artichoke. All were delcious. I didn't think the service was very good mainly because they were pushing us out the door, the waiter wasn't very friendly... More 

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Benicia, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Since we dined as a couple we had to be selective about our order. I wish we'd had a bigger party so I could have tried more dishes. We started with a carafe of sangria, which was strong and fruity-- just perfect. It was happy hour so we got a great deal on it. The romesco sauce that came with... More 

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Victoria, BC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Located in the Mission District this place was great. We enjoyed a picther of very good sanghria and the most amazing Paella I have ever had,, sooo gooood!! The prices were very reasonible as well. Highly recommend.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I went to Pícaro with my group of friends to spend there half an hour, since we were waiting for other friends to come and then go and walk around San Francisco. Since I am spaniard, I told my friends to order a pair of tapas and a clarita for everyone. Apparently, this decission was not pretty "liked" by our... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I was in town visiting family and we stopped here for lunch while walking around the Mission District. The service was friendly and efficient. (One in my party speculated that we may have received better service because my cousin spoke Spanish. Not sure...) We sat outside as the weather was very nice and it was fun to people watch. One... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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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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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 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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