Picaro Cafe

Picaro Cafe

Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Paella Restaurant · Mission Dolores
3120 16th St (at Valencia St), San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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Based on 217 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Sam K.
    "Chicken croquettes,the sangria and all the tapas are to die for."(30 Tips)
    Sterling M.
    "Anchovy-stuffed olives and patatas bravas are the best way"(4 Tips)
    Vanessa R.
    "... garlic aioli and the stewed zucchini."(2 Tips)
    Carrie H.
    "Favorite are garlic shrimp, artichokes, and the potato omelette."(3 Tips)
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  • sangria
  • tapas
  • paella
  • seafood
  • patatas bravas
  • stewed zucchini
  • oysters
  • good for groups
  • lively
  • authentic
  • great value
  • chicken croquettes
  • Jamon Serrano
  • lobster tails
  • casual
  • sandwiches
  • trendy
  • bocadillos
  • omelettes
  • kebabs
  • Luke B.

    The lunch special is an outstanding deal at $7.07 (after tax) for a sandwich and a side. The Vegetariana sandwich is delicious and filling; The stewed zucchini is a touch watery though well-seasoned.

    Luke Bornheimer · September 15
  • Anna J.

    Sangaria is legit. Bread with the Orange colored sauce tastes very good. Steamed mussels were a let down.

    Anna James · August 29
  • Le@a

    All the tapas just delicious!

    Le@a · August 2
  • Sam K.

    Chicken croquettes,the sangria and all the tapas are to die for. Going to have to come back for the paella.

    Sam Kakria · July 19
  • Jose P.

    Tapas are really genuine, good place to taste different spanish flavors!

    Jose Palomares · July 6
  • Chris H.

    Basically nothing is good here. Period.

    Chris H. · June 27
  • Max K.

    Very low quality food. A complete bastardization of Spanish tapas.

    Max K · June 13
  • George H.

    Amazing tapas!

    George Hayes · May 22
  • Kevin C.

    The sangria, fried anchovies and oysters

    Kevin Colaco · May 14
  • Alexander B.

    Very fun atmosphere and delicious tapas with bold flavors

    Alexander Boom · April 14
  • Cristi S.

    All the tapas and sangria are great. I especially liked the chorizo. Friendly service too!

    Cristi Scheye · April 12
  • Luis Eduardo C.

    Coming from Barcelona, Spain. This place is nice. It might be the closest you will be to good tapas back in Spain. Which is nice. The sangria is really good I will give them that.

  • Mingfei Y.

    Love the sangria here!

    Mingfei Yan · October 12, 2014
  • Matt M.

    Da paella is da best.

    Matt McGunagle · August 17, 2014
  • Samaher

    Gambas alioli

    Samaher · August 12, 2014
  • Samaher

    Patatas aioli

    Samaher · August 12, 2014
  • Bourbon🍸Explorer

    Regardless of whether the food was good,the staff are shady. They changed the tip from 20% to 30%. Wtf?! I won't be going back.

    Bourbon🍸Explorer · August 10, 2014
  • Samaher

    Yummiest Spanish food in SF!

    Samaher · August 9, 2014
  • Evan J.

    Happy hour with $10 sangria carafes until 7, amazing tapas

    Evan Johnson · August 7, 2014
  • Nicole M.

    $10 pitcher of sangria before 7? Count me in!

    Nicole Metildi · June 19, 2014
  • Kevin Y.

    Go on Monday for "paella night" which comes with sangria and dulce flan on-the-house!

    Kevin Yien · June 3, 2014
  • Ramsen

    I've had a ton of patatas bravas and these are some of the best, easily. Including what I've tried in Barcelona. Every dish is fantastic here.

    Ramsen · April 25, 2014
  • Sas M.

    Patatas bravas is really good!

    Sas Monti · March 29, 2014
  • Andrew S.

    A mariachi band came and played. The orange sauce is great! The combo plates are a great value. I got the garlic chicken which was good, but became overwhelming half way through. Good dish to share.

    Andrew Scheuermann · January 31, 2014
  • Samaher

    My once a week spot 💔

    Samaher · January 11, 2014
  • Dory L.

    Hillary Lindeman is a liar

    Dory Little · January 11, 2014
  • Hillary L.

    Good tapas expect a wait

    Hillary Lindeman · January 11, 2014
  • Sarah D.

    Great for large groups. Get a pitcher of sangria. Also dig into the free bread with the yummy spicy red sauce. Also like garlic shrimp, lobster tail, and patatas bravas.

    Sarah Deming · December 19, 2013
  • Diego R.

    A piece of Spain in SF! Sangria, pimientos del Padron, tortilla, garlic shrimp...just take your pick.

    Diego Romero · November 2, 2013
  • Vyoma

    Amazing sangria... Order by the pitchers. Paella was delish. From the tapas menu, try the garlic chicken and potato pancakes. Yum.

    Vyoma · July 26, 2013
  • Hatice U.

    Can't go wrong w/ grilled oysters & calamaries; of course with sangria(;

    Hatice U. · July 21, 2013
  • Sterling M.

    Anchovy-stuffed olives and patatas bravas are the best way to kick off a meal here. This is a fantastic second-date spot!

    Sterling M. · July 17, 2013
  • Dory L.

    Decent tapas- almost never a wait to be seated.

    Dory Little · July 13, 2013
  • Butter C.

    reverse happy hour 10pm to closing

    Butter Cheese · April 20, 2013
  • Mindy Y.

    The bread and sauce they serve you as an appetizer are delicious! Loved everything we ordered: grilled jumbo shrimp, spinach, pork kebabs, oysters, and especially the sangria.

    Mindy Yang · April 8, 2013
  • Jonathan

    $10 carafe of delicious Sangria available during happy hour: noon to 7 pm!

    Jonathan · April 2, 2013
  • Marco P.

    Noisy and loud. If you want a romantic and quiet dinner look elsewhere. The paella gets a 7 out of 10. Needs MORE saffron flavor, color and seafood.

    Marco Polo · March 31, 2013
  • Angela M.

    The orange dipping sauce goes with not just the bread, but with everything! So good!

    Angela Millare · March 23, 2013
  • Suzanne P.

    Love their sangria. $10 for a carafe or $2.50 for a glass (during happy hour) . Lobster tail tapa is delish!,

    Suzanne Phan · March 9, 2013
  • Carla P.

    Come for lunch and enjoy the awesome "bocadillo de tortilla de patata" - fried calamari and manchego cheese are a must.

    Carla Perez-Vera · March 1, 2013
  • Kris V.

    Try the Potatoes Bravas - #kvpinmybelly : Yummy garlic-y Romesco sauce. Kinda addicted to it. Paired with Clara. Flavored of Barcelona!

    Kris Vera-Phillips · January 30, 2013
  • Vikas V.

    Their salsa brava is fantastic.

    Vikas Vadlapatla · December 9, 2012
  • Marissa C.

    Orange sauce better than LaVic's?? Them fightin words @grubcrawl

    Marissa Cruz · December 7, 2012
  • Dmitry S.

    The best sangria in the city. And a wide choice of tasty tapas.

    Dmitry Sobolev · September 23, 2012
  • Juliet R.

    The waiters were lousy and did not bring food on time......

    Juliet R · June 25, 2012
  • Gabriela

    Best paella in town!

    Gabriela · May 27, 2012
  • Rachael L.

    Happy hour sangria and patio.

    Rachael Lynn · May 12, 2012
  • Eva C.

    Order the parrillada and sangria ummmmmm

    Eva Campos · May 11, 2012
  • Timothy H.

    Took 15 minutes to great, service was very slow afterwards as well. Other than that, the food was delicious, wine was great.

    Timothy Hunten · May 3, 2012
  • AskMen

    We recommend the paella and garlic shrimp. The sangria is tasty, and the pitchers get used up quickly, so order early and often. Read more

    AskMen · April 26, 2012

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