Don Pico's first opened its doors for business in 1975 when Isaac and Herlinda Mejia, longtime residents of San Bruno, and immigrants from the Mexican ... More
Don Pico's Mexican Bistro & Cevicheria
Don Pico's first opened its doors for business in 1975 when Isaac and Herlinda Mejia, longtime residents of San Bruno, and immigrants from the Mexican State of Sonora decided to go into the restaurant business. Back then, Herlinda did all the cooking, using time-tested authentic family recipes she learned in Mexico, and Isaac ran the front of the house. Through the years, the entire family became involved in running the business. Daughters Anabel and Florencia in particular created the friendly ambiance that together with the great food, made people want to come back. The name Don Pico's has since become synonymous with Mexican comfort food.
IM HISPANIC AND RARELY LIKE TO EAT MEXICAN FOOD OUT BUT THIS PLACE HAS GREAT FOOD WITH EXCELLENT SERVICE SEATING IS KIND OF TIGHT AND PARKING BUT THE FOOD AND SERVICE MAKE UP FOR IT GREAT FLAN TO (THATS A DESERT)
Second time I went there and it was bad each time. The service was poor, they were rude and seemed to not see us, and there was only 6 of us... The food, when it did come was warm, not hot, and the portions seemed small for the price. To make matters worse, we were parked in their small lot and some clown double parked blocking us in. Turns out it was the owner/manager who seemed to feel entiled as he smirked/smiled, said sorry, and offered us a free drink next time. Big whip Jerk! We won't be back. Celia's is soooo much better and is only 5 minutes south -
Went to Don Pico's for lunch with coworkers. Had a lovely time and the food was very good and arranged nicely on our plates. The service was good, too. The restaurant is small, but has a bar and entertainment in the evening. The decor was pleasant - I felt as if I were dining in a private home. I'd definitely go back again!
...in the South Bay at least! I'm a native of Mexico City and know what authentic Mexican food is all about. After reading the reviews about Don Pico's I was very curious to try it; I did, and was not disappointed at all. In my experience, the staff provided a really friendly and diligent service; each dish every member of my family ordered was beautifully presented and the taste was simply exquisite--the closest I've had to the authentic flavors of Mexican food. Plus, Don Pico's offers a wide variety of dishes from different regions of Mexico that simply taste like real Mexican food! There's too many Mexican restaurants, but like Don Pico's none. My overall experience would've been excellent if it wasn't for a) the parking issues we had, b) the long wait, and c) the not so family-friendly equipped facility. Don Pico's needs a better location; currently, there's what seems to be an open lot next to the restaurant turned into a parking garage; it's horrendous, especially at night time. With reservation our wait was exactly 1 1/2hr (!!) on a Saturday. I had never waited so long to eat anywhere, but we were hungry and we were celebrating a birthday that's why we were sort of forced to wait. Last but not least, Don Pico's is a fairly small restaurant catered primarily to adults; though it claims to be family friendly, it gets too loud and crowded for kids to handle, space in between tables is bad and the high-chairs get on the way, what's worse is that there's no baby changing stations. But once we finally sat down, we started enjoying the live performance of a friendly guitarrist who sang romantic songs in Spanish. Then our food arrived and we quickly forgot these inconveniences. Oh, and the prices are super affordable!
Terrific food and service. The fish is fresh and most of the dishes take a bistro slant on traditional Mexican. Our group loved: Fish of the day (it was bass) veracruzano; camerones in green sauce; chilaquiles. The mango flan was delicious. We tied the 3 seviche sampler and while crab was bad, the shrim and white fish were terrific. We'll be back.
The food is fantastic and served in good portions- The super burritos are exactly that. There isn't a dish that didn't please our tongues. We love their guacamole and the chocolate chimichanga is to die for!. The prices are very kind to the wallet. It is somewhat small, especially for the weekend crowds - but if you can get there for a late lunch or weekday dinner, you can be seated rather quickly without a reservation. We found service always courteous but slow when busy, but it's a minor and understandable inconvenience compared to food quality and price.
Don Pico's offers wonderful Mexican food with a friendly staff who treat you like a guest in their own home. The only problem is that they are often closed just when you are craving a nice Mexican dinner.