Located to the immediate left of Pier 5 on the Embarcadero, is Coqueta, a small Spanish tapas restaurant that puts a modern twist on otherwise traditional dishes. It was recommended to us by a San Fran local, and I’m so glad we decided to try it one day during Happy Hour.
We snagged a seat at the bar so we could gaze out onto the bay throughout our entire meal. The bartenders were really nice and helped us maneuver our way through the menu.
At Coqueta, you must start your meal with a glass (or bottle) of wine. They take pride in their wine list because it is made up mostly of Spanish wines.
Tapas restaurants are my favorite because it gives you the excuse to order a little of everything to try. We started with the “El Gran Plat Cap” which was just the Chef’s grand selection for a delicious charcuterie board. That was quickly followed by the Salmón Ahumado (an open faced sandwich made up of salmon, queso fresco and truffle honey), the Croquetas de Pollo Chicharron (crusted Chicken and pea croquetas with cured citrus), and the Albóndigas a la Feria (duck and pork meatballs with tart cherry-tempranillo salsa).
I loved this restaurant so much that I plan on dining here for dinner next time I am in town. Its the perfect place to be hip with other local foodies.