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Come to this trendy spot for tapas that are meant to be shared. The menu caters to the adventurous connoisseur. Picaro serves both traditional and less run-of-the-mill tapas; some of the more exotic tapas include sauteed blood sausage. Vegetarian tapas include spicy potatoes with sauteed garlic and guindilla mushrooms. The seafood tapas, like the garlic shrimp, are quite flavorful and come highly recommended. Paella with saffron is another house specialty and is served in different combinations of seafood, pork, poultry, and vegetables. Further, the extensive wine list features many affordable bottles of Spanish wine.
A local neighborhood hangout, Esperpento is renowned for its authentic Spanish cuisine and great service. On weekends it sometimes hosts performances by some of San Francisco's favorite mariachi bands. Menu items include fried squid, blood sausage, and, of course, paella. A crowd gathers on weekends for brunch, so early arrival is advised. Esperpento is the perfect place to spend a quality time and enjoy lip smacking tapas with your family.
For a change of pace, come to this pleasant, cheery eatery. Take your pick of two dozen tapas platters, or go for a huge plate of paella. Wash it all down with cold sangria poured from stone jugs. Tapas selections are the perfect solution for diners who cannot make decisions. Some people opt for the paella, a filling meal. Any way you eat it, you cannot go wrong.
With a playful ambiance and a menu full of authentic Spanish food, Coqueta--"flirtation" or "infatuation" in Spanish--is a delight for those seeking a Spanish dining experience. The restaurant offers hot and cold tapas as well as larger, family-style dishes. It also features a full bar with a wide variety of beers, hard ciders and, of course, sangrias to choose from. Be sure not to miss the unique cocktails, such as the Spanish Golden Ale, made of ransom old tom gin, fever tree Mediterranean tonic, amontillado sherry, chocolate bitters, gold and lemon espuma, and the Presidio, made of SF China Beach vodka, yuzu puree, almond, fig, farm egg and peychaud's bitters. The restaurant is often busy, so give yourself plenty of time to dine and enjoy the Coqueta experience. With tasteful wooden flooring, velvety drapes and large windows letting in some natural light, the ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening.