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If You Had To Pick One Peruvian Restaurant...

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...for a nice dinner on a Tuesday night, which one would it be?

I've read the reviews for Fresca, Mochica, Mi Lindo Peru - do any of those stick out more than the other, or is there another option that I should consider. And we don't necessarily have to stick to SF, though that's where we'll be until the late afternoon.

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Fresca Restaurant
2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Mochica
937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Mi Lindo Peru Restaurant
3226 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. My current favorite would be Inka's. I love their ceviche and the rotisserie chicken. They also do a great job with anything fried. actually I've tried the better part of their menu and haven't been dissapointed yet.

    I should say though, if you looking for upscale, this is not the place for you.
    Inka's is pretty casual, but the service is friendly and efficient.

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    Inkas Restaurant
    3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Kristine

      In my opinion, Inkas has the best rotisserie chicken in the City. The rest of their menu is good but not outstanding for Peruvian food. Limon Rotisserie does an excellent version of a very typical Peruvian dish, anticuchos - marinated beef heart - that is not to be missed. I've not tried Limon itself, since before they were at their current location. If you're heading to the east bay, however, I'd try El Chalan in El Soberante. Very casual, tho, not upscale, very family-friendly. Very homey, traditionally prepared food.

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      Inkas Restaurant
      3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Limon Restaurant
      524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      El Chalan Restaurant
      3748 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803

      Limon Rotisserie
      1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. re: Kristine

        I'll second Inkas. Love their rotisserie chicken and empanada, but what sets them apart is the yellow chilli sauce.

        The only time you wil catch me at the nearby Mi Lindo Peru is if I've travelled accross town for lunch and Inka's is closed.

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        Inkas Restaurant
        3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Mi Lindo Peru Restaurant
        3226 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      2. Mochica. I think their halibut tiradito is my favorite raw fish dish. I've gone there solo just so I can eat a whole dish myself.

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        Mochica
        937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I agree with Robert the halibut tiradito at Mochica is excellent, as good as what you find at fine restaurants in Lima.

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          Mochica
          937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

        2. Since you said "nice" I'd throw Piqueo's, Mochica's sister restaurant into the mix as well.

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          Piqueo's
          830 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Mochica
          937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I like Piqueo but not as much as Mochica, partly because they didn't have any tiraditos on the menu.

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            Piqueo's
            830 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Mochica
            937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Just wanted to report back with a tiny bit of a report. Mochica wasn't open/didn't have reservations available for the days we had available, so we went with Piqueos instead.

              Very nice and cozy place and very much the vibe that me and my friend really wanted (thank you Ruth for mentioning that - that was very helpful.)

              I wish I could do a very chowhoundy report on the food - I can't remember the exact names of the dishes offhand (the menu on the website is outdated - mine involved some breaded halibut entree with stuffed shrimp and my friend's was a tuna entree...plus we had a lot of other things on both our minds), but suffice it to say the food was very delicious, the wine pairings suggested were spot on and we're keen on trying out their sister location Mochica on a return visit.

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              Piqueo's
              830 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Mochica
              937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

              1. re: josquared

                I like Piqueos, it's probably the best resturant on Cortland Avenue. My only gripe is that the menu type is REALLY TINY, while the lightling is pleasently dim. I remember the beef heart as being particularly good.

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                Piqueo's
                830 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110