Food was great and unusual. It felt like a family kitchen: very welcoming and eager to help diners unfamiliar (as we were) with the cuisine. In future, we will take out, however, because the tables are packed in, there is only one waiter, and the noise level made it stressful to have a conversation.
Pucquio is the best restaurant in Oakland. The food is impeccable, every single time -- from the ceviche to the main courses. The presentation and food quality are always outstanding -- with flavors you honestly wish you could just keep eating! The service is always great - small restaurant, with just a handful of tables and a very attentive staff. We LOVE this restaurant!
It’s a tiny, cozy place, with warm and friendly service to match.
Wow, phenomenal place with excellent food and service. The intimate descriptions with the chef at table transformed this dinner into a beautifully unique experience.
Sat at the counter. Chef was amazing and personable. Food was outstanding.
Food is amazing and chefs are friendly. Service is leisurely which is nice to just have a long slow dinner. Only complaint is that we made a reservation for 7 but did not get seated until 7:20, which negates the whole purpose of a reservation.
Food is awesome!
Amazing, super fresh seafood. Will definitely be coming back.
The best Peruvian food in the East Bay Area. Exceptional cebiche super fresh and well seasoned. They’re appetizers and main entree’s are extremely creative. We’ll be back.
We went here for my wife’s birthday and absolutely loved our meal, which was cooked perfectly. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly as well. The restaurant is very small, so quiet personal conversations may be limited but it also gives it an almost cozy atmosphere where where you may make friends with the table next to you. We will definitely be back, we want to sit at the counter next time!
Outstanding food, both for omnivores and vegetarians. Very friendly service, and live music many Wednesdays.
We love this place. Low key and informal with amazing food. Sit at the chef’s counter; laugh and share stores with the owners and enjoy amazing food. The ceviche, the lomo Saltado, the mixed salad (served on watermelon), and the yucca fries never disappoint.
Great food and the owner, Carlos’s, was an excellent host.
They've never disappointed me with their food and friendly customer service.
We come here every year on our anniversary and are never disappointed. The food is delicious and unusual and the chef and staff always make us feel like honored guests and friends. We like to sit at the counter, and every time we've done that we wind up talking to other folks who are as dazzled by the whole experience as we are.
Everything was great! It would have been better with more non-alcoholic beverage choices!
Wonderful! Thank you for another delicious visit! See you soon!
Great little spot with fresh menu and friendly staff. Fun to watch cooking in process behind the small counter. Half a dozen close tables added some fun cross-table talk.
Excellent— one word says it all—- worth the expense
I thoroughly enjoy the food and the service. I have gone 3 times in order to introduce friends to this neighborhood restaurant.
The restaurant itself was charming and comfortable. The wait staff were all cordial and professional and helpful. But the most amazing part of the dining experience was the food itself which was super delicious! I would recommend it to any and all of my friends!!
This is a gem of a restaurant. I visit the area once a year and never miss the opportunity to eat here.
Outstanding food and great service. Celebrated my husband's birthday at Pucquio, but it really felt like we were celebrating at a friend's home. Incredibly friendly, Carlos cooked us the best Peruvian food I have tried in Bay.
Amazing food and drinks. Friendly and cozy atmosphere. Suitable for a business meal, any special occasions or when you feel like having good quality food.
Ceviche does not get any better than this – anywhere. Fresh salmon that was literally swimming the day before Carlos made a delectable ceviche out of it. Best Peruvian food outside of Peru.
I went with my wife for dinner I hear about Pucquio about 6 month ago so we went to check it up
I was amaze about flavor and ceviche
food was excellent el tiradito and pork chicharron lomo salteado
Everything was amazing, but the ceviche especially gets top marks! I will definitely be back.
A hidden gem. Sit at the counter; watch Carlos create. Low key spot that surprises. Pair a unique ceviche a gorgeous glass of wine and enjoy.
What a wonderful discovery Pucquio was! The two chefs, busy in the small open kitchen behind the counter, take great care with every dish. The flavors were unique. I've been to Peru, and Pucquio ranks up there with the best. All the dishes we had were excellent. My personal favorite was Aji de Gallina. We were quite full when it came time for dessert, but not wanting to miss that course, we ordered a scoop of their housemade ice cream and shared it among the three of us. I'm glad we were not deterred by the unfamiliarity of the flavor: a tropical fruit called "mameh" that was described as being "fleshy" and like an "avocado." The texture was creamy and the taste quite subtle, with hints of vanilla and chocolate. We loved it. So, my recommendation is: be daring! Our server was very helpful in describing the dishes, but don't be put off just because you may not be able to identify the name of a particular ingredient.
Do keep in mind that this is not an inexpensive restaurant, yet the price seems commensurate with the level of creativity and care that goes into the preparation of the food.
Carlos is an artist and always dishes up something fabulous and delicious. We love it!
It is reasonably priced and the Ceviche is fantastic.
Great place! The food was outstanding and the service was amazing as well! Will go back for sure!
Pucquio is just an amazing food experience. I truly could eat here every day and feel good about it. Thumbs up to Carlos and his team who put on a great service and are all just thoroughly wonderful and hard-working people. If you've never eaten here you're missing out. Book the chefs counter for the best experience.
Fabulous food, really warm service. The restaurant is very small and reservations are a must. Nice wine selection and they will pour tastes if you are unfamiliar with the wines. Best cerbiche I have ever tasted. We loved it.
The food is good, but several things made the whole experience disappointing. "The waitress first tried to seat us at the same table another party was partly occupying; only when we strongly objected she consulted the chef (?), and then moved another table for four apart into two smaller ones so as to seat us, as she should have without urging, at our own table. Then I ordered their most expensive dish, one with fried fish and other seafood, and was told they were not serving it, so I had to order a second choice, not what I really wanted.
The food was excellent and a welcome change---very adventurous, and a great introduction to Peruvian cuisine. I'd like to thank the server for accommodating an extra in our party, even though it caused her some inconvenience. Overall I would recommend highly.
This is one of the best restaurants, of any kind, in the Bay Area.
Great food! Carlos took great care of us. We let him design our dinner and the meal he built for us was excellent.
You have to go. The food. Amazing. The ambiance. Amazing. The staff. Amazing.
My partner and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. We were given the option of sitting at a table or at the bar with a view of the kitchen. We chose the latter, and were so happy we did. The owner, and chef Carlos was so personable. He gave great recommendations and was, along with the rest of the staff, fun to watch.
We ordered a tuna cebiche, which was fresh, yet decadent. The addition of avocado added richness and the radish added the needed crunchy texture.
The pulpito appetizer was delicious, and the taste was an interesting mix of (sea) salty and smoky. The pulpito was cooked to perfection.
We shared the main - the visually stunning CHITA FRITA CON PICANTE DE MARISCOS. It tasted as good as it looked. Apart from the flaky, moist fried fish, the mussels, clams, shrimp heads (my Asian side was screaming with excitement), shrimp and baby octopus felt reminiscent of a Peruvian cioppino. Our main was definitely the star.
We paired our dinner with the white wine sangria, which featured passion fruit, pineapple, apple and blackberries. It was a great accompaniment to all the seafood.
Since we made a reservation and listed that it was for our anniversary, my partner and I were both given a complimentary dessert of a dulce de lece and sweet potato stuffed beignet and strawberry sorbet swimming in champagne. We ALWAYS save room for dessert, and were so grateful for this both refreshing and decadent end to our meal.
I definitely recommend making a reservation as this is not the kind of place that feeds you quickly and tries to kick you out ASAP for quick table turnaround. We were there for two hours and enjoyed every minute. We’ll be back again - we’re already planning to go back and just order every cebiche on the menu as our meal.
Simply fabulous. Never disappoints.