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August 26, 2014

Top Ten South American Restaurants in San Francisco

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We recently asked our avid social communities what South American food San Francisco has to offer. Upon examining the responses, the breadth of what the city has to offer was eye-opening as restaurants that serve food from Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela were all represented. Without further ado, here are the top South American restaurants in San Francisco as voted by San Francisco fans and followers. All of them are must-eats.

10. Pasion

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Located in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, Pasion fuses elements from all over South America (even Central Amercia) to create a menu that includes an extensive Ceviche Bar and delicious lamb meatballs. Although, not near the center of the city, the food is worth the trek. You will be awarded with a full stomach.

Price: $$$
Address737 Irving St. San Francisco, California

9. Mr. Pollo

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Shrouded in a veil of mystery until now, this tiny Mission restaurant, is home to one of the best kept secrets in the city, the four-course tasting menu. Each course is meticulously prepared by Chef Manny Torres Gimenez who cooks from the heart to artfully represent the food he grew up on. Here's the kicker: the tasting menu is only $15. Better get there soon, this place is gonna run out of room fast.

Price: $$
Address2823 Mission Street

8. Destino

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Centering around tapas-style of eating, Destino, gives you small plates from countries all over South America that pack a mighty punch. Feelin adventurous? Try food from around the continent with their three-course meal.

Price: $$
Address1815 Market Street

7. Canto Do Brasil

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As they like to say, Canto Do Brasil is a piece of Brazil in the heart of San Francisco.  Lovingly prepared by the owner, Claudia Kuna, and served by her daughter, Erika, Canto Do Brasil is more like a home than a restaurant. Like Mom always cooked for you, you'll walk away with a full stomach.

Price: $$
Address41 Franklin Street

6. Tanguito

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Tanguito, one of the Argentinian meccas in the city, is a food stand that has been around long before the food trucks. Located near Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf, Tanguito serves up some of the best empanadas you've ever tasted. This place is a great stop on your tour through town.

Price: $
Address2800 Jones Street

5. Mi Lindo Peru

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Just a stones throw to the Mission District, Mi Lindo Peru is a Peruvian oasis in the middle of Bernal Heights. Known for Peruvian dishes such as Ceviche and Saltado, eating a meal at Mi Lindo Peru is as close as eating a meal in Peru.

Price: $$
Address3226 Mission Street

4. Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

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A gluten-free restaurant, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen center's their food around one main ingredient, corn. Inspired by the tradition of arepas, Pica Pica's Venezuelan roots are noticable the moment you come through their doors. The combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors can be found in one spot, here.

Price: $$
Address401 Valencia Street

3. Limon

Limon is the only restaurant that has two different locations serving two different specialties. Limon Restaurant, near Valencia St. and 16th St. specializes in Perucian food coupled with a sophisticated ambiance. The other location on 21st St. and South Van Ness Ave., Limon Rotisserie, specializes in delicious roasted chicken. Both locations deserve to be on this list for a reason, you'll need to go to both to find out.

Price: $$ - $$$
Address: Restaurant - 524 Valencia Street; Rotisserie - 1001 South Van Ness Avenue

2. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

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A big name comes with a big menu, and La Mar Cebicheria delivers hand-crafted Japanese-style infused Peruvian food. La Mar delvers seven different ceviches mixed beautifully with citrus, seafood and chile. Have an expertly mixed Pisco Sour and Peru never seemed so close.

Price: $$$
AddressPier 1.5 Embarcadero

1. Fresca Restaurant

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Fresca brings you Peruvian fine dining that is supplanted in both traditional and conceptual aspects. Bring fresh ingredients into the mix, and there is a reason people keep coming back. Aided by their childhood in Grandma Maria Olinda's house, Julio and Zoila churn out one of the city's best Nuveau Peruvian Cuisine restaurants.

Price: $$$
Address: Fillmore - 2114 Fillmore Street; Noe Valley - 3945 24th Street; West Portal - 24 West Portal Avenue fresca

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