Chez Fico, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Chez Fico

838 Divisadero St

San Francisco, CA 94117

415-416-6959

Chez Fico Website

Chez Fico San Francisco Exterior decor

Great Eats in the City. Why did we dine here? – Chez Fico is a new Jewish Italian restaurant in San Francisco that has garnered a lot of hype. There is a long line queuing up for unreserved tables everyday. It has fallen to 3.5 Yelp stars, but we still wanted to try it out.

Insider Tip – Line up 30 minutes early

Cuisine – Italian
Location – Nopa district, San Francisco
Opened – 2018

Chez Fico San Francisco Interior Decor

Service – Chez Fico has reasonable service with a knowledgeable waitress. Pacing was fine albeit a little slow.
Verdict – Chez Fico lives up to its hype. The place is a loud scene and definitely very hot. The food surprised us by being equally compelling. Prices are not cheap, especially the big dishes.

This reminds us a little about Israeli food expert Zahav in Philadelphia.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.

Chez Fico Signature Dishes – Pizza, Pasta

Chez Fico’s Menu is pretty wide ranging with lots of starters, pasta, pizza, and some large dishes. Ample items for vegetarians.

Website Chez Fico Menu

Chez Fico Food Picks:

Chez Fico San Francisco Duck Liver

Grilled Chopped Duck Liver ($13) onion marmalatta, purple daikon, pickled onions, roman matzo is one of their signature dishes and is really done well.

Chez Fico San Francisco octopus salad

wood fired octopus salad ($24) Fiddler’s Green Farm marbled potatoes, fennel, parsley & chili flake had lots of chopped up tender octobus. The greens seem reused in other dishes.

Warm Beef Tongue ($14) salsa verde, crispy capers, celery, pickled mustard seeds was also well done and very tender. No scary textures.

Chez Fico San Francisco Strascinati pasta

Smoked Paprika Strascinati ($28) lamb sugo, pepperonata, taggiasca olive, marjoram is a house made egg-less pasta that hits the mark. Strong flavor and very al dente.

Chez Fico San Francisco Papparadelle

Papparadelle Al Ragu ($28) bolognese, 48 month parmigiano reggiano is also stellar. Very expensive but worthwhile with lots of tender meat chunks.

Chez Fico San Francisco Crispy Skin Porchetta

Rancho Llano Seco Crispy Skin Porchetta ($55) market green salad, fennel pollen, arbequina olive oil is listed for 2 people but is huge, enough for 4. Awesome crispy skin and tender meat. Almost as good the next day as left overs. Reminds us of Chinese Crispy skin roast pork.

Chez Fico San Francisco Rice Pudding

Nuvola Di Riso – Coconut Milk Rice Pudding, Ortiz Farms Raspberries, Caramelized Rice, Nectarine Syrup ($12) was a modern dessert with sweet/savory action. Also mild on both counts.

Complimentary Spiced nectarines

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Chez Fico Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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