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3295 22nd Street (at Valencia Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Parking: Street (difficult)

Phone: 415.282.8867

Restaurant Owner: Carlos Muela
Executive Chef: Jorge Mancera

Type of Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
Signature Dishes: Garlic Shrimp, Artichokes a la Plancha, Paella
Vegetarian Options: 3+ items
Alcohol Served: Beer and wine
Corkage Fee: $10
Bottle Limit: 2

Restaurant Hours:
Monday: 11:30am-2:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-10:00pm (dinner)
Tuesday: 11:30am-2:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-10:00pm (dinner)
Wednesday: 11:30am-2:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-10:00pm (dinner)
Thursday: 11:30am-2:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-10:00pm (dinner)
Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-10:30pm (dinner)
Saturday: 11:30am-5:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-10:30pm (dinner)
Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm (lunch), 5:00pm-10:00pm (dinner)

Meals Served: Lunch, dinner
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: No
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): Under $15
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $15-$25
Payment Options: Cash, Major Credit Cards
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance are reservations required to be made? Same day.

Accommodations for Children: Kid-friendly
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: Medium (30-100 seats)
Accommodate Groups (10+): Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Entertainment: Yes, street musicians

Esperpento: Restaurant Info 21 July,2015Check, Please! Bay Area

  • Kingston

    One of the WORST dining experience my wife and I have had. We went there on a recent Tuesday night and was subjected to mediocre food and subpar service. The topper was the gratuitous tip the staff left for themselves. We left no tip (due to the service) but found out two days later that we were charged 15%. Went back to talk to the owner but he has yet to respond.

    • Tony Lam

      If you use a credit card, especially VISA, call the card service and they will deduct the tip or overcharge off your card. Same thing happen to me at another rest.!…..

  • Jess

    The food was yummy! BUT our server was like on break or something. The place was packed. Everyone else’s server was moving around and friendly, but ours was like non-existing. She also charged us for something that we didn’t order! I’ll go back but I hope we don’t get her as a server!

  • Garrett

    I’ve been enjoying tapas at Esperpento for over 8 years, and the food has been consistently good throughout. Once in a great while one dish or another may not be in its best form, but the next time it will be up to par.

    Although I welcome the restaurant’s recently discovered success, I lament being able to stop in on any Friday night and be seated without a problem. It’s great that a deserving, long-standing, family-run Mission restaurant is recognized, but it’s a real drag for old timers to have to wait in line, fight the crowds, and experience a decline in food service. This is the problem with the “Check, Please” phenomena – eager foodies flood the neighborhood haunts after favorable reviews and the character of the restaurants change forever.

  • jhw

    We visited here on a Tues evening, after being intrigued by the CP-BA show. Parking– very, very difficult; we eventually found a spot about 2.5 blocks away, which I didn’t think was too bad. The place was ~80% full when we got there (7:30pm)– had to wait briefly for a table for two. We were pleased with the meal and the value– you had better like garlic, if you go here– 3 of the 4 dishes we ordered had a lot of garlic in them (shrimp, artichoke slices, and grilled calamari). The calamari was the best by far– tender and flavorful. The shrimp was swimming in butter and garlic, which, we should have expected, actually. The artichokes were also very good, but felt a little too salty (we’ve trained ourselves to cook at home with very little salt, so maybe our frame of reference is off). Last dish was the potato tortilla– a great starch complement to the meal, along with the basket of bread. We’re not drinkers, so the two of us ate for under $30 and felt very full.

  • Dean

    I never even made it to the restaurant. I called to make reservations for two and the woman who answered the phone curtly informed me that reservations were not necessary and promptly hung up on me. So I went elsewhere.

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