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“We didn't know it was an 'IT', but now we agree it is!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Coqueta

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Ranked #95 of 5,644 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“We didn't know it was an 'IT', but now we agree it is!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

We were at the 'After Dark' event at the Exploratorium, and it was after 10pm when we got out, hungry and cold (again!) Our hotel was near the Ferry Building, and we decided that we would just go to the first place that's still open along the Embacadero, and that's how we found Coqueta. They told me they close at 11pm, but would still gladly seat us.

There is a covered patio on the left side which reminds me of a Parisian patio along the Seine, but we were seated in the main building on the right, which has a super tall vaulted ceiling. There were four of us, perfect to share the 32 oz rib eye steak, which was well seasoned, juicy, and perfectly cooked to medium rare, with a tantalizing hot pepper oil. Don't forget to try the kale and the mushroom side dishes. They didn't seem like much on the menu, but they were really delicious!

We were also offered hors d'oeuvre on skewers. They were $2.50 each, which could quickly add up, but each of us tried two. I had the chipotle and cheese, predictably tasty, and one with a quail egg, which was so good I was tempted to get a second one.

For dessert, we had the churros and the cheesecake on a stick. You have to try it. They put caramelized pop corn with the bite-size cheesecake, and the result is unbelievable!

We couldn't stop complimenting the food, only to learn that it is actually managed by the same chef as Bottega in Napa Valley, and that it was one of the top 4 James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurants. We have stumbled upon a real gem! So lucky!

  • Visited June 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I don't get the hype”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

The location is terrific. Pier 5 on the embarcadero. They have 2 picnic tables out front. A glass enclosed bar area and the main dining room. We ate at the tables outside. The albondigas were very sweet. The shrimp tortilitas were in serious need of some seasoning and the the chicken croquetas tasted like a boring chicken pot pie sauce. The drink choices were interesting but not enough to make up for the food.

Visited June 2014
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great location, average food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

Located on the waterfront, the restaurant offers great views and is a good place to hangout with friends over a happy hour or so. Went there for dinner and found the setup to be a casual one with tables nested very close to each other so if you are looking for a private time/conversation it is not possible. The tables are close enough for you to overhear conversations and sometimes rub shoulders with strangers. Service was average nothing extraordinary. Food has a pretty decent selection and the following items were above par:
Classic Paella
Gambas al negro
Pimientos de Padron

Overall a decent experience but nothing that can't be found elsewhere. The outdoor views are definitely the selling point.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank atabh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A wonderful tapas spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

The tapas are a wonderful option when you don't want a large meal but want a variety of light treats to share among a group. The setting is trendy but not so much that it distracts from the food or from the waterside location. Each of the dishes we tried was cleverly composed yet flavorful. The bite-sized skewers were indeed bite-sized, but the other small dishes are great for sharing. The one we loved most was the octopus, which was outstanding.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank roxieontheroad
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good but not amazing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

A family friend took me here as a thank you. The food was very solid but I don't remember anything as a standout. My best sense of the place is that it is great for larger groups who are drinking. The alcohol plus the room and food will create a pleasant experience. However, if you go just for the food and don't drink, you will have a harder time finding menu items that can stand by themselves. The food is definitely good - it's just not great. When I have been to other 1 or 2 star restaurants, the food really can hold its own. In the case of Coqueta, I just think this is a restaurant where alcohol adds value to the food.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank RobertoVerdeNYC
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