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Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Northern Waterfront, San Francisco
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    The experts at SFGate and SFist recommend this place
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    Maggie L.
    "sells out fast! Manchego cheesecake pops are delicious!"(6 Tips)
    Jacyn S.
    "Great gin cocktails and mini bites!"(7 Tips)
    JoAnne G.
    "Different drinks, but delicious and the tapas was to die for."(45 Tips)
    Jeri O.
    "Barca tonic, gin and tonic with fresh produce, meadow and forest!"(14 Tips)
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  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • sangria
  • bar
  • barca gintonic
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  • Maddie Maeheart icon on user image
    Maddie MaeJune 13, 2015
    For once, a Conquistador is a very good thing. Cocktails do take their time coming from the bar to the restaurant, though, so place your next drink order before you've finished your last libation.
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    혜원 ♡March 30, 2016
    Love the grilled octopus & cocktails. ("Flaca" with st. George Botanivore gin, lemongrass tonic, + poma aurea hard cider AND the "Sutter Smash" with four roses bourbon, cynar, apricot, mint, + lemon)
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 21, 2015
    While the view is great, the focus remains on the bar and open kitchen. The menu covers tapas, open-face sandwiches and family-style shared plates. Most dishes are strong, the paella is a must try. Read more
    Upvoted May 11
  • Sheenheart icon on user image
    SheenApril 29, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Mojito with grey salt “Air” and Sun Never Sets are incredible drinks! Try all of the skewer bites and the croquettes and smoked salmon toast; skip the dessert and go to Humphrey Slocombe instead
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LeeMay 3, 2018
    I love a good grilled Octopus and Coqueta has one of the best in the city. Also try their Pluma (grilled pork) - it is so tender and sweet. Drizzle their honey chili glaze on top for the perfect bite.
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Barman Joe Cleveland may take the prize for most ambitious cocktail menu: G&T's, sherry drinks, porrones, tipples, molecular-gastronomy creations like liquid-nitrogen sangria and frozen gin meringue!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    The bar is mostly first-come, first-serve, with some stools and a counter. Go for one of the Spanish-style gin and tonics, flavored with fruits and botanicals, or a nice glass of sangria on tap. Read more
  • Grant H.heart icon on user image
    Grant HulegaardSeptember 30, 2016
    Some of the best Sangria I have ever had (and I try Sangria at every Tapas restaurant I go to) and the Patatas Bravas were excellent, if a little non-traditional.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 7, 2018
    Salmon crostata with truffle oil, grilled octopus and kale salad. Skip patatas bravas and cheesecake bite. Bar seating.
  • Sara C.heart icon on user image
    Sara CJanuary 1, 2016
    totally worth staking out the bar area in the sun room for a spot at the long table to enjoy their delicious cocktails and tapas!
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadNovember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to snag a reso weeks in advance! The Arroz Cromosa, the Croquetas and the Sunny Side Up Egg were all to die for. Pair them with a perfectly crafted signature cocktail and you're golden.
  • tt t.
    tt tuAugust 20, 2016
    Such a cute spot, right by the water. The cocktails are amazing and the tapas - superb! Get a Galleon and a side of patatas bravas and you're set. Those shrimp are great too
  • Beerblondie V.
    Snagged a seat at the bar! Sunny side up egg with shrimp is a must! Also, whole calamari, crispy shrimp and chickpea pancake and patatas bravado are divine! Drinks are off the hook!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    Chef Michael Chiarello serves some of the best Spanish tapas in the country. I especially enjoy the house cured meats and any of their pintxos with a chilled beer from Barcelona.
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MaldonadoNovember 18, 2015
    Interesting take on spanish tapas. It's very trendy! Their manchego cheesecake bites was delicious!
  • Danielle N.
    Danielle NicoleApril 15, 2014
    Try as many things as you can. Blue cheese ice cream with apply pie/ tart, the Bronzino, the peppers with shredded jambon, Marchegiano/jambon/apricot preserves, beet skewers... All amazing.
  • Brandon C.heart icon on user image
    Brandon CainApril 3, 2017
    Small and overlooked hidden tapas restaurant with style. Excellent food and call ahead for seating, gets busy dinner
  • Brad T.
    Brad TSeptember 25, 2014
    Menu changes often but cured meats are evergreen and delicious. Drinks are fun and inventive. Feel free to have fun with it all!
  • Michæl B.heart icon on user image
    Michæl BrettNovember 22, 2015
    Was here for lunch and tried a mixture of the hot tapas. Wasn't mad about the "sunny side up". The duck & pork meatballs were good and the Brussels sprouts were amazing
  • Ben T.heart icon on user image
    Ben TepferJanuary 7, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Surprising number of vegetarian options. Very accommodating. Good paella. For meat eaters, octopus is fantastic.
  • RYan C.
    RYan COstaJune 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Literally everything is amazing. Wood grilled octopus, sea urchin and iberico lardon, sunny side up egg with shrimp, and the olive poached head on gulf prawns. Can't go wrong with anything.
  • Kirke C.
    Kirke CurtisAugust 13, 2013
    If you're not going to the restaurant for dinner, try hard to get a seat at the bar! The bartenders are great fun and constantly whipping up drinks with the most amazing presentations! (Smoke, fog)
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaFebruary 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The secret of the Sutter Smash is the cinnamon dusting, which adds a bit of intrigue to an otherwise conventional bourbon cocktail.
  • Gnat B.heart icon on user image
    Gnat BrainAugust 17, 2014
    You cannot go wrong with the sunny side huevos (w grilled shrimp, fried potatoes and topped w a chorizo sauce). So popular it usually stays in the rotation. .
  • Jennifer P.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer ParkDecember 29, 2014
    Can't go wrong with the food here. My favorite item on the menu is the Barça gin and tonic. Best G&T. Ever.
  • Janiceheart icon on user image
    JaniceDecember 19, 2015
    Its spanish gin tonic is delicious! PS if you get a rose into your drink, probably is because you like to the bartender or waiter ;)
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.April 4, 2017
    Everything was great, but do not leave without ordering the Pluma (acorn-fed pork shoulder loin). It's some of the best pork I've ever tasted.
  • Caitlinheart icon on user image
    CaitlinDecember 30, 2015
    Ryan-Patrick was our waiter and he was first rate!! The tapas are amazing and we LOVED the specialty cocktails. It's a must return type of place!
  • Garry T.heart icon on user image
    Garry TanJuly 14, 2018
    Hey a great way to eat in Spain without getting on a plane. The gin drinks are ace. Also don’t forget to get the brave potatoes and pulpo.
  • Kevin W.heart icon on user image
    Kevin WolkoberAugust 17, 2018
    The Croquetas de Pollo and Sunny Side-up Huevo are delicious. The Bikini is outstanding and must order, even if you don’t like eggplant.
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertApril 21, 2013
    Prepare to battle the friendly chaos in the closed-in patio if you don't have a reservation. Fried shrimp is to die for. Stick to the cocktails for one-of-a-kind flavor combinations.
  • Melon L.heart icon on user image
    Melon LSeptember 28, 2015
    Gin cocktails are amazing. Can't go wrong with any of them though my favorite is the barca.
  • Vivian R.heart icon on user image
    Vivian RamirezJanuary 21, 2020
    Cute place for a glass of wine and the croquettes were awesome. Gets really crowded at times so not reliable especially for a date.
  • @MaxJCrowley
    @MaxJCrowleyOctober 25, 2014
    Place is awesome. We crushed sangria pitchers. Get the salmon open face sandwich, deviled eggs, and cheesecake bites for dessert.
  • Lina O.heart icon on user image
    Lina OvMay 28, 2014
    Lowel is the best waiter ever!!!!! He'll treat you so well!!! We let him choose our courses and drinks and his picks are just amazing!!!!!
  • Alex M.heart icon on user image
    Alex MannMarch 14, 2017
    One of the few nice tapas places in SF. Apparently famous for it gun and tonics although I didn't notice anything particularly special about them! 🙈😂
  • Sabina D.
    Sabina Del RossoNovember 9, 2015
    Gin cocktails are great and you can't go wrong with the meat and cheese board!
  • Chloe M.
    Chloe MichelleOctober 31, 2013
    Absolutely superb! Friendly and helpful staff all around. Definitely recommend the potatoes bravos, lamb/duck meatballs, paella, and churros to finish.
  • Max K.heart icon on user image
    Max KApril 2, 2017
    The pluma is the most amazing pork I've ever had. Acorn fed pork shoulder with honey chili glaze. It looked and tasted like steak.
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaFebruary 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The Castro is enjoyable: sweet, flavorful, and with a sharp bite from the chile! 🌶
  • Jeannie
    JeannieAugust 29, 2013
    The Oracle cocktail, in honor of the America's Cup. Tip: "it is safe to sail when the fog lifts". Delicious and so pretty!
  • Jack K.
    Jack KrawczykAugust 11, 2013
    The paella is worth the hype. Perfectly done. Pan de chocolat is a great sweet bite to finish.
  • Olivier D.heart icon on user image
    Olivier DerrienAugust 21, 2015
    Very good atmosphère - gaucho and patatas bravas were delicious among a lot of other food - nice service - we will come back
  • Karina N.
    Karina NMay 10, 2014
    Pork shoulder with honey chilly sauce; grilled octopus; paella (40min); fried sunny side up and chorizo!!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinFebruary 15, 2017
    Great vibe and nice cheese plates. The pineapple cocktail win the mezcal and marshmallow-y top was way too sweet though
  • Silvia A.heart icon on user image
    Silvia AkiFebruary 4, 2015
    They're very busy but food is delicious. The kale salad and the pollo croqueta are great.
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CJune 7, 2019
    Loved the paella! Their appetizers were delicious too.
  • Shirley L.heart icon on user image
    Shirley LiuMarch 14, 2014
    Awesome tapas!! Def get the croquetas, albondigas, patatas bravas... Next time I'll be trying the paella as well!
  • Monti B.heart icon on user image
    Monti BrayJanuary 9, 2017
    Their signature cocktail is worth the hype, but make sure to minimize the tonic in your drink.
  • Megan Allisonheart icon on user image
    Megan AllisonJanuary 22, 2017
    Just get the Barça gin & tonic. It's the prettiest and best.
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