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¡Chao Pescao!, San Francisco, CA

¡Chao Pescao!

4.7
4.7
311 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Chao Pescao is a new casual Latin Caribbean restaurant from longtime San Francisco restaurateur Rene Denis inspired by his Cuban-Colombian heritage. The name, translating roughly to “see you later alligator,” captures the friendly and fun spirit of the restaurant. Cocktails are inspired by many of the traditional drinks from Latin America, while the food pulls from the comforting Cuban and Colombian home cooking of Denis’s childhood. The menu is rounded out with other Latin American favorites with particular emphasis on dishes designed for delivery. Chao Pescao is located in the Civic Center Plaza at the heart of the city, across from City Hall.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Colombian, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-2200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rene Denis

  • Catering

    Please visit our website at www.chaopescaosf.com and view our Events Menu for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Chao Pescao's mid-town location and latin-caribbean menu makes this city favorite a winning choice for private group dining, and Chao's plentiful array of Latin-themed cocktails and fine wine list will please every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Shaw: (888) 654-2841

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Larkin

  • Parking details

    $5 Parking Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day Saturday with validation at the the Hastings Parking Garage.The UC Hastings Parking Garage is located at 376 Larkin St between McAllister and Golden Gate. The Civic Center Garage entrance is located at 355 McAllister. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 311 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AB

    AlexB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ropa Vieja was great distinctive comfort food. Desserts were fabulous. Service very dedicated and friendly. Nice interior decor. As Symphony subscribers, we eat dinner at many restaurants in this area, and like to rotate through them (even the best can get boring). Chao Pescao really holds it own in this company. It might be the very best, but it is absolutely a refreshing change of pace from many of the best.
  2. FG

    FremontGuys

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The menu was wonderfully eclectic, with many dishes I had never seen before. Our meals were very tasty and service was very prompt. We were having dinner before the opera and the staff made every accommodation to meet our time table. We would eat here again if only to try more of their dishes. Don’t skip dessert. Ours were delicious.
  3. C

    Cotati4food

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    a great choice before the theater, approx 2 blocks away. There is a full bar and specialty drink menu. My drink was good, but nothing I am going to order again. Three of us enjoyed dinner, two had the pork shoulders and one had fried chicken. All come with rice, black beans and plantains. All of us loved our entrees, the fried chicken was crispy and not greasy at all. The hot sauce was too spicy for me but didn't what because it was on the side. I bet most people would be fine with the spice. We decided that this will be on our list of places before the theater
  4. DV

    DavidV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food with a good atmosphere and good service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    AMAZING Food, Really Lackluster Service The food was phenomenal and the reason I didn’t want to rate it any lower! I want others to be able to come and experience the incredible dishes as well. We had the empanadas of Chicken, Steak, and Pork to start off along with the Tostones. Both WOW!! We then had the stuffed arepas: Steak and Pork both of which were really great. I’m from Venezuela and I know arepas, these are more Colombian style but phenomenal nonetheless. We finished off with the Arroz con Dulce and it was very very very good. I’m impressed! Gorgeous decor and overall setting, perfect for a fun date night. The part that was severely lacking was the service. It was very slow for the fact that few people were in the restaurant. The servers were also all white with no domain of the Spanish language, something that made no sense to me for a Latin American restaurant. The servers had difficulty understanding our orders even though we just ordered by the names on the menu. They hardly came around and had to be asked multiple times for missing spoon, dessert, and change.
  6. d

    docwholoves2eat

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    we never heard of this place but are DEFINITELY going back! Loved the spices, the amount of food was surprisingly abundant, the presentation excellent and the taste was delicious. All four of us, on our walk over to the symphony couldn't stop talking about how great a value it was, and how delicious it was. The only MINOR issue is the noise level... the walls are solid and bounce everything off but it did not at all distract from the excellent service or deliciousness!
  7. M

    Momo1

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and drink.
  8. H

    Helene

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location for a dinner before evening shows. Good food at reasonable price.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service are so good. The only drawback for my husband and me is that it is crazy loud. We can hardly hear each other.
  10. N

    Nilly

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The service was very good. A mistake on our bill but they apologized profusely and fixes it. I think our Brussel Sprouts were a little undercooked because I like them very crisp. Otherwise everything was great. Good value for your dollar which is very appreciated. The service was excellent, polite and friendly staff. I will be back again !!!
  11. EH

    ElizabethH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing! I absolutely give this place 5 stars 🌟 🤩
  12. EM

    EllenM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came before theater at Orpheum. Nice walk
  13. H

    Hulagirl

    San Francisco

    203 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    203 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Chao Pescao has gotten a lot better since it has reopened. The service used to be slow but it was right on point this time! Friendly staff, good food.
  14. KF

    KristenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute restaurant with delicious food and cocktails! The portions are a good size, so you really get your money’s worth!
  15. EB

    EveB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An exceptional experience! Every dish was delicious (not over seasoned) and our server was quite charming. Will definitely be back. Reservations a good idea.
  16. r

    rmoh

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great restaurant near the theater district. Tasty food, lots of vegie choices, as well as chicken, beef and pork. Delicious cake dessert and fun cocktails
  17. LB

    LauraB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tasty food, good portions and good service. This is our second time and we are just getting to know the menu. The Cubano sandwich, pan bono and beef sancocho were great!
  18. TA

    sTACEYG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious empanadas and the arepa sandwich was excellent and tender.
  19. B

    Bkilgore

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! The food was delicious and the service exceptional. Will definitely be back.
  20. LV

    LydiaV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good food, but I was still hungry after the Fresca salad.
  21. m

    mary

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for Happy Hour prior to a show at the Golden Gate. It was Wing Wednesday, and tried both flavors which were phenomenal, also had delicious empanadas and papas fritas. The mojito and whiskey sour were delicious. Bartender Carlos is very personable and one of the reasons we can't wait to return. The decor is darling!
  22. TL

    TrishL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike was our server and he was great. A delicious dinner
  23. a

    albertb

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always good. We had Brussels sprouts with vinegrette /queso fresco, quinoa salad and regular salad with queso fresco, jicama, radishes, sunflower seeds etc. Salads were very very good as well as Brussels sprouts.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    217 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    217 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really like Chao Pescao. Service is very friendly. It's lively and the food is delicious.
  25. SH

    SamanthaH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is so cute!! The staff is so friendly and personable; our waitress, Alessandra, was so sweet and attentive! The food was fresh, hot, and delicious---we actually ended up ordering more empanadas to go and took all our leftovers back home to enjoy again. I came with my girlfriend, my mom, and my sister; we ordered the Empanadas de Rez, Pozole Rojo, Yuca Frita, and my mom got a shrimp salad. It was all so so good!! The drinks were very tasty as well and refreshing---I loved that they had cute mocktails offered as well. We arrived a bit early to our reservation, but the staff had our table all ready to go. Service was fast, food was quick, and the ambience was enjoyable! I loved the gender neutral bathrooms and as the night progressed, the noise progressed a bit, but everyone was just having a good time. The owner or manager came to each table too and he was very kind! Great place to eat with family and friends! Thank you so much for a nice experience! We'll be back : )
  26. M

    Maribelu

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place! We adored every appetizer, but chicharrones were outstanding. I was disappointed with the ajiaco. Good soup, but you cannot call ajiaco a soup with chiles and tomatoes. The tres leches dessert is a winner
  27. LH

    LarryH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was yummy! It is our go to restaurant when we come into the city to eat before the theatre,
  28. J

    Jeff

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food, amazing service
  29. RC

    RusselC

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes for friends
  30. S

    Samira

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, staff, and ambiance. Went above and beyond
  31. JD

    JDBourne

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bright, vibrant, colorful place with delicious food and great ambience. The drinks are super tasty too!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and food
  33. ET

    ETC165

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    We had lunch before a show at Davies symphony hall. Really charming interior and great menu. The food was very good with the exception of the Brussel sprout starter. Deep fried with good flavor but swimming in fryer grease when it was served. Solid service, fast and attentive.
  34. KB

    KBofBANorCal

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The VEGANA ROPA VIEJA, a vegan dish, is a little disappointing but the Colombian Chicharrón, the ensalada fresca and ajiaco (chicken soup) are nice. Beautiful decors. The service is top notch, wait staff is attentive.
  35. DP

    DavidP

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 5th time here, had the Tajin Fried chicken with black beans and white rice, definitely the best fried chicken! For dessert I had the Alfajores, never had such delicious cookie before.
  36. B

    Blondie

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chao was amazing! Their food is delicious. We started with tostones and chicarron. The plantains were quite tasty and crisp, with a nice salsa to add a touch of flavor. The chicarron were a bit fattier than I thought they would be, but still delicious and juicy. The salsa added a good heat. My friend had the lechon cubano, and he loved it! The garlic on the shredded pork was delicious. (I had a small taste.) Definitely something I would order in the future. I had the cemita poblana as I don't usually have any kind of chicken sandwich, and I wanted to try something new. It was so tasty! And I think they put an entire avocado on the sandwich. The chicken may have been the tiniest bit dry, but it was still delicious. And the fries that came with it were crispy perfection. I also had one of their cocktails, the mango tango. It wasn't quite as sweet as I expected, but it was lovely. Carlos was our wait-person, and he was very friendly, and knew the menu well. I was deciding between two options, what I had and the ropa viejo. He said the ropa would be more filling (I'm guessing because of the amount of rice that comes with the specials) and the sandwich would be tastier, which is why I went with the sandwich. (And honestly, that was pretty filling, too. I wound up taking half home for dinner.) Anyway, I will be returning to dine her again. Bon Appétit!
  37. p

    patriciag

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and knowledgeable service and very tasty food
  38. I

    Irene

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and such friendly service! Received a complimentary slice of cheesecake as we were celebrating a birthday and it was SO good.
  39. K

    Kate

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, and atmosphere at Chao Pescao was absolutely great! The waiters were very attentive and the kitchen got our food out fast. It’s a beautiful restaurant and very clean. The drinks were also delicious; I recommend the passion fruit one. I got the pan de bistec and it was great! The only negative was the bathroom was out of order.
  40. RC

    RusselC

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to grab food and drinks with friends.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ¡Chao Pescao! using the Order Online button. ¡Chao Pescao! also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 621-2200.

¡Chao Pescao! is rated 4.7 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for ¡Chao Pescao!

272 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Larkin

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Colombian, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    $5 Parking Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day Saturday with validation at the the Hastings Parking Garage.The UC Hastings Parking Garage is located at 376 Larkin St between McAllister and Golden Gate. The Civic Center Garage entrance is located at 355 McAllister. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.

  • Public transit

    Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rene Denis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-2200

  • Catering

    Please visit our website at www.chaopescaosf.com and view our Events Menu for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Chao Pescao's mid-town location and latin-caribbean menu makes this city favorite a winning choice for private group dining, and Chao's plentiful array of Latin-themed cocktails and fine wine list will please every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Shaw: (888) 654-2841

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