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Puerto 27, now open in Pacifica

pamf | May 1, 201308:05 PM     1

From the chef/owner/family of the Fresca and Pasion restaurants in San Francisco.

This restaurant is located in the Pacifica Beach Hotel (at the corner of Highway 1 and Crespi), in a restaurant space that has been empty for a while and never in the past housed a restaurant that was even remotely viable. It was very sad that is great location had gone to waste for so long.

The Puerto 27 team has done a wonderful job of redoing the space and are also serving some tasty Peruvian food.

The views are wonderful. Especially today, on a rare, hot and sunny Pacifica day. The interior is clean, streamlined and modern. The open kitchen at the back of the room is completely new and all shiny stainless steel.

There are three walls of windows, so most tables also have a great view. The restaurant is actually across Highway 1 from the beach, but is up on a little slope which helps with views. The bar area in the center of the restaurant is elevated from the main dining tables, so there is still a nice view. There are TVs in the bar showing baseball, but with no sound, and not visible from most tables. Nice Latin music soundtrack in the background.

The menu is similar to the Fresca restaurants in San Francisco. Our bartender/server was very friendly and interested in what we thought of our dishes.

Our server described the menu as "medium plates", so we shared three.

We sampled the Empanadas which had very light and crispy shell and a filling that tasted more of olives than of the beef. They were served with a side salad.

Scallops, two huge seared scallops with a crunchy topping served with sauteed spinach.

Lomo Saltado, sirloin with fries and vegetables covered in gravy. The beef was tender and very flavorful, fries were crispy when the dish was first served and then soaked up the gravy, making for a savory dish.

There are many more delicious sounding options to try on the menu.
These "medium" plates range from about $10-20.

There is a full bar and the Pisco Sour is a specialty. There is a short but interesting wine list, most available by the glass. California, South America and Spain are represented on the list. Same with the beers on tap and by the bottle, small but interesting choices, including a couple of Peruvian beers.

It's a great start. They don't have a full website up and running yet for menus. So I don't know the exact details of when they are open. I think it's just for dinner right now, maybe lunch in the future.

I am happy to have a good spot within walking distance. I hope they do well here. Everyone come on down, it's supposed to be warm and sunny for the next couple of days.

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