The beloved local chef has opened a deliciously authentic Spanish restaurant on the Embarcadero. Coqueta opened in Mid April and has been a roaring success ever since. Nestled next to La Mar with stunning bay views, the restaurant is serving up classic hot and cold tapas as well as wood-grilled larger plates.
The selection of tapas and cured meats behind the glass case in the back room brought me back to San Sebastian. The restaurant is also serving Basque-style tapas called pintxos, such as chorizo, baby beets and quail eggs. Hot tapas include classics like “Tattas” Bravas, crispy potatoes with Jamón nuggets; wood-grilled octopus and duck meatballs with dried cherry and Tempranillo. Prices range from $2.50 for Pintxos to mostly $8 to $14 for tapas and $20 to $38 for larger dishes.