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“A bit of Argentina in the Mission” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Venga Empanadas

Venga Empanadas
443 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94103 (Mission District)
415-552-5895
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Ranked #1,225 of 4,537 Restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: Latin, Argentinean
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Neighborhood: Mission District
Description: Our empanadas are made by hand, baked not fried, with plenty of flavors for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike to choose from. We also offer a wide selection of grab-and-go salads, soups and desserts, all made fresh daily. And don't miss our alfajores and medialunas, traditional Argentine treats, made in-house! Enjoy with a glass of beer, wine or sangria.
California
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“A bit of Argentina in the Mission”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I found this place by accident after going to the plumbing warehouse down the street. Located just at the beginning of Valencia St restaurant row it is worth a stop. Flaky hot baked empanadas in many meat and vegetarian choices. Their lunch and dinner specials include a salad. Lunch for 2 empanadas, salad and a drink was $8.95. I had the quinoa salad and the server suggested I try the Chimichurri sauce on the quinoa salad. Wow! As a famous chef says it took it up a notch.

I liked the Chimichurri Sauce so much I bought a bottle for home and we are experimenting with it on different dishes. It originally was used on grilled meats in Argentina.

You need to try Venga for a quick bite in the Mission.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, TX
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“Superb Empanadas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The empanadas here are so good, there is really no comparison. With the soft, flaky baked dough being a great start to the fresh, quality, variety of fillings, this is a great place to stop for tasty treats!
We tried the Argentine beef, fresh spinach, sweet corn and five pepper manchego cheese. All were outstanding. Maybe the five pepper manchego had a slight edge with the incredible vibrant flavors involved.
To top it all off, the chimichurri sauce is so good it's a Spanish equivalent to a great pesto from Genoa.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I went to Venga on an Aviital Mission food tour and tried 3 kinds of empanadas with 3 different sauces. Wow baked not fried and so good! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Visited May 2013
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“So, so good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stopped at Venga as part of a food tour. Manuel came out to meet the group, and he gave us a quick demo of how to make empanadas. He served three varieties to our group - Argentinian beef, chicken and a pepper/cheese - which were all delicious, especially when dipped into the house-made chimichurri and chipotle sauces. Worth a visit!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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