I've been to Coqueta four times and it always amazes me how they continue blow my mind away each time I dine there. Michael Chiarello has done such a great job of representing the Spanish culture in such a vibrant and delicious way. The presentation is beautiful. The service is excellent. The drinks are unique - some fantastic, some that I can pass on. The restaurant overall is superb.
Even after eating a gigantic feast that makes me feel completely stuffed (which is what usually happens), I find myself craving for Coqueta again the next day. I can't get enough of this place.
I've tried nearly 70-80% of the dishes on their standard menu, excluding the cheese or sandwich items since I'm not a fan of Spanish cheeses.
Here's the list of all items that I've had at Coqueta. I've enjoyed every single dish I've had but do have some that I can't live without, so I will mark all of my favorite must-have dishes with three asterisks (***).
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- Jamón Ibérico de Bellota ***
- Pintxos - house cured boquerones: White anchovies, olives, pearl onions, and guindilla pepper
- Pintxos - chorizo roasted artichokes, and piquillo pepper
- Pintxos - quails egg “Diablo,” pickled mustard seed, and jamón Serrano *** love the runny yolk!
- Pintxos - baby beets, Caña de Cabra cheese, citrus, and spring onion a la plancha
- Patatas Bravas: Freshly dug, crispy new potatoes, lightly smoked, bravas salsa and garlic aioli
- Chicken and English pea croquetas with cured cara-cara orange ***
- Sunny side-up egg with shrimp, crispy potato, and chorizo dressing ***
- Wood-grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes, pimentón, and olive oil ***
- Whole Monterey calamari on the plancha with onion jam and squid ink aioli
- Grilled albóndigas duck and pork meatballs with tart cherry and tempranillo pureé and crisp shallots ***
- Grilled beef short-ribs catalan style with fino sherry-chocolate glaze, pomegranate, and seville orange
- Arroz con seta, similar to a risotto with mushrooms***
- Red kale ensalada with roasted squash, fuyu persimmons, roasted pumpkin seeds, and warm rancho gordo chickpea dressing ***
- “Gaucho” bone-in 32 oz. natural beef ribeye with aromatic moorish pepper ***
- Pluma Ibérico de Bellota pork shoulder loin with honey-chili glaze ***
- Paella the classic, made with bomba rice, jamón serrano-shellfish broth, caramelized root vegetables, chorizo, gulf prawns, clams, and lemon aioli ***
- Vineyard greens: Catalan style, caper-raisin puree with raisins, pine nuts, and garlic
- House-cured white anchovies
- Clam & mussel escabeche
- Roasted Marcona almonds
- Churros with chocolate
- Apple tart with blue cheese ice cream
- Sheeps milk cheesecake pops ***
Here are some photos I've taken while dining at Coqueta. I hope you enjoy the food porn:
Eat here. You know you want to.
Coqueta, The Embarcadero, Pier 5. San Francisco, CA 94105