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Picaro Tapas Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Mission District
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3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3328
+1 415-431-4089
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sacramento, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great and authentic tapas in the heart of the mission district. It's noisy, bustling, crowded and oozing a fun and funky vibe. The food comes out remarkably fast and every dish was delicious. The best paella I've had in a long time. It's best with a group so you can share lots of dishes. I'd give it five stars but... More 

Thank Geoffrey F
San Francisco, California
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569 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2017

We ordered several tapas and two small paellas and it was plenty for a party of 4. The two paellas (Mariscos and Carne) were just ok - it seemed like they didn't have a lot of ingredients (e.g. clams, mussels, chicken, etc.) in each of them. The paella de Carne was actually better than the paella de Mariscos because the... More 

Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Castro Valley, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2017

This is THE place in the Mission district to go for a tasty Spanish-style meal. You don't go here for quiet conversation and thoughtful discussions about, well anything. The place is typically packed by 7 pm with couples, families in small and large groups, and everything in between. Musicians in band attire show up and play loud and lively music... More 

Thank n4mal
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152 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2017

We had a reservation here for a birthday party and still had to wait for 40 minutes for our table. An employee brought us free sangrias, which was nice, but it was still annoying. There is no atmosphere in this restaurant. It's plasticy tables and mismatched chairs. You're so packed in that you can't hear the person next to you... More 

Thank ellenmac
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

I was here for a wedding rehearsal lunch. EVERYTHING I ate was amazing. I'm normally really picky but my God this place was good. The croquettes de pollo is my fav but the shrimp, the veggie platter, the bread, and the Sangria were incredible. Loved this place. I left so full, buzzed, and happy.

Thank Nicolec26
Fredericton, Canada
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

This is the Tapas place me and my husband manage to go to every time we are in the area. For reals! It's fantastic. Love the Potatos Bravas! So delicious. The Sangria is a must too:)

Thank fuega88
Barcelona, Spain
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40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2016

Ok, to avoid another fast-food day in the US. Gambas al ajillo and pa amb tomaquet were the best things we tried (don't expect them to be like the original ones). On the beers side, they had Estrella Damm and Estrella Galicia, that made my night.

Thank EdiMandM
Seattle, Washington
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Great selection of tapas, funky vibe of the artwork and lighting. Agree with other reviewers that it is loud. Parties of more than 4 people can have trouble hearing each other. Although the restaurant did get pretty busy while we were there, the quality of the service didn't drop off.

Thank Paul K
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2016

This is a really delightful place in the Mission area and was recommended by our Uber driver. On a late Sunday afternoon in August it was full of people. I loved the décor and the overall ambience. We ordered Sangria of course which paired well with the different small plate dishes. Let me say that portions were generous for small... More 

Thank Torri K
Sf Bay Area
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59 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2016

Came here two weekends in a row. Nice, lively atmosphere for tapas. But the place can be very noisy - making it difficult to carry on a conversation. Service was good, although at times they were so busy we could not get their attention at the time we needed. The food was okay. We've had better Spanish tapas food elsewhere... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3328
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-431-4089

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
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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