Gourmet Argentinian Food From Our Empanada Restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area
For El Porteño Empanadas owner Joseph Ahearne, family and food are the two things closest to his heart—and these passions are what led him to start his empanada restaurant, El Porteño, in 2008. Luckily for Joseph, a taste for authentic cuisine and gourmet food runs in the family. The recipe for El Porteño’s signature buttery, flaky empanada dough is born from a combination of his mother’s empanada recipe and pastry techniques from his sister, who trained as a pastry chef in France.
We began selling empanadas at farmers’ markets and food trucks. Today, we are proud to offer empanada delivery services and empanada restaurants in two locations, earning a coveted spot in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building and a second location in the heart of the Napa Valley wine country. Joseph, who is Napa born and raised, runs the back-end of the restaurant, while his wife, Teresa, manages the front-end business. Our small fleet of fewer than 50 employees feel like family.
Our gourmet Argentinian empanadas are made using traditional techniques and small-batch artisanal processes. We source our ingredients from local farms such as Far West Fungi, Keller’s Crafted Meats, and Central Milling.
“We partnered with El Porteño in August 2020 to be able to reopen and serve food to our customers [during the COVID-19 pandemic]. The Empanadas are so popular!! People come in and order several at a time, and you can hear people exclaim in satisfaction the tastiness of the empanadas.”
- Lindy Frenkel, owner of Finnegans Wake Bar in San Francisco
“We stumbled upon this place as we strolled through the Ferry Building. The aroma in the air made my mouth water. There was a small line, but nothing we could not wait for. We ordered two empanadas and were blown away. Our favorite was the prosciutto and cheese empanada. It was savory and salty. It was the perfect bite to start the day. Perfect place to grab a delicious bite that can be eaten as you walk around the Ferry Building.”
- Vanessa S., Yelp reviewer from Seattle, WA
“The Ferry Building boasts a tremendous number of tempting dining choices—and you’ll face that same decision-making challenge with the warm, flaky Argentinian pastries at this kiosk right by the main Embarcadero entrance. Mushroom and Parmesan? A classic beef or chicken? A very seasonal San Francisco offering like asparagus or corn? Saving room for dessert isn’t even a question. ”
At El Porteño Empanadas, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with incredible service and even better food. Don’t believe us? Come try our buttery empanadas smothered in finger-licking chimichurri sauce for yourself. We bet you can’t have just one. They are that good! Stop by one of our empanada restaurants or order online for empanada delivery services. Sit back and enjoy!
The Ferry Building
El Porteño Empanadas, Ferry Building Marketplace 1 Ferry Building, #18 San Francisco, CA 94111 Telephone: 415-513-4529
Oxbow Public Market
El Porteño Empanadas, Oxbow Public Market 610 1st St Napa, CA 94559 Telephone: 415-513-4529