Carlos Moreira (born June 13th, 1978),  emigrated eight years ago from his hometown, Callao, Peru,  to work for the Calvo Perez family’s  second location of their famed restaurant “Fresca”.  This was  awarded “Best Ceviche” and “Best Peruvian”  restaurant after he joined the team by S.F Gate’s – The Best of the Bay for two years in a row (2003 and 2004).  In addition, he also contributed in the opening of the third new sister restaurant in Noe Valley.

Carlos then worked in several restaurants  around the Bay Area, including  “Jardiniere”,  ‘The Fifth Floor” and the opening of George  Morrone’s “Boca Steak”,  where he met the Humphrey Brothers, and developed a greater knowledge and understanding of the California Restaurant scene.  Later he would join forces with Ian Begg to revive the “Café Majestic”,  earning 3 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle and also achieved the accolade of being noted as one of the Top Ten New Restaurants in the United States by  Squire Magazine .

Together with his family, he moved back to Marin County where he obtained a position at the famed “Sand Dollar Restaurant” which was voted by The Marin I.J. – Best Restaurant in West  Marin .

Carlos’ new project, Pucquio, continues his passion for ingredients, procedures and his love of fine food establishing a permanent home in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland at 5337 College Ave where the public and try his amazing food six nights a week.

Carlos currently lives in Marin County with his wife Lissette and his two children, Matias, an up and coming drummer (age 11) and young Tiago (age 4).



  1. 3-2-2012

    Carlos and Lisette created the most amazing dinner party at our home – five fabulous courses of Peruvian cuisine with excellent wines. If you have a chance to experience his cooking, grab it!

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