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Best Mexican Restaurants in San Francisco

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Pancho Villa Taqueria

The food here can be summed up in six words: really big, really good, really cheap. That is why Pancho Villa is so popular. The place is huge, offering plenty of room to sit and savor your meal. Enjoy the local artwork displays as you eat your taco, quesedilla, burrito, nachos, torta or special platter. Chicken, beef, beans, tofu, pork, chile verde, chili colorado, tongue, seafood, cheese, vegetables are your options. Take your pick of fillings for your entrees. Toppings include sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, and a variety of home made salsas. The service is friendly and quick.

3071 16th Street, at the Corner of Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
Taqueria La Cumbre

Taqueria La Cumbre is an original Mexican restaurant in Mission District of San Francisco. High ceilings, cheerful and well lit area, and festive decorations create a warm ambiance. The table legs are an innovation, carved into shapes of people holding out offerings. The burritos, enchiladas, guacamole, black beans, and everything else are fresh and tender. The burritos are especially famous, being the first restaurant to create the giant "Mission style" burritos the district is now known for. Wash it down with ice cold beer for a hearty meal. The salsa bar serves six types of snappy salsas that make the meal even more exciting.

515 Valencia Street, Between 16th Street and 17th Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110
The Little Chihuahua

Located in the Lower Haight The Little Chihuahua is a popular burrito joint with freshly prepare enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, house made horchata and specialty burritos. Service is friendly and fast, with reasonable prices. The burritos are quite large, so be sure to come with an appetite!

292 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94117
Taqueria Cancun

The ambiance at Taqueria Cancun is Mexican bohemian, with students, artistic types, yuppies, tourists and Mexican ex-pat families mixing easily over huge platters of enchiladas, tacos, fajitas and other authentic Mexican favorites. The beef here is slow-cooked and exceptionally flavorful with its chile-spiked marinade. The service is friendly and personable, but peak hours can slow them down, so plan accordingly.

2288 Mission Street, Between 18th & 19th Streets, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110

Tacolicious is not the average taquería that you'll find all around this Mission District location. The trendy Tacolicious always has nine different tacos on offer, including one special taco of the week; fillings can range from cochinita pibil to butternut squash and chard. In addition to the namesake tacos, there is also a menu full of other dishes from salads to enchiladas and tostadas. The full bar offers a huge selection of tequilas, Mexican beers and hand-crafted cocktails.

741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110

This eatery is hidden away so well, you're likely to walk right past it unless you know it's there. Lunchtime brings crowds of people to Garaje, where tacos, zapatos (grilled, pressed burritos) and other Mexican specialties are served with a California flair. The specialty here is fish tacos, from the seared tuna and avocado taco to the beer-battered tilapia taco with chipotle aioli. If you don't feel like fish, their burger and veggie burger have garnered rave reviews from regulars. They have a well-curated selection of craft beers on tap to go with your meal. Come prepared with cash, since they don't take credit cards.

475 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94107
El Metate

Even though the Mission District is known to house San Francisco's premiere Mexican food, it is important to know which establishments are best. Look no further than El Metate, home to the Mission's arguably best Mexican. The menu highlights include the fish tacos, vegetarian burritos and the quesadilla suiza. With substantial portions, great guacamole and crispy chips, you will surely be asking for "mas por favor" before the meal ends.

2406 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110
El Farolito

El Farolito is one of the Mission's most beloved dive taquerias. The lighting is alright, the decor is bargain-basement, but the burritos are huge and the filling is a delicious, slow-cooked Carne Asada, tender chicken, spicy pork, or veggies and guacamole. You will also find tacos and enchiladas. It is a popular place with locals and people looking for a quick meal, especially late at night when most other spots have closed down. The service is quick and efficient. Only cash accepted.

2779 Mission Street, Between 23rd & 24th Steets, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110
Papalote Mexican Grill

The name means kite in Spanish, hence the decor of swooping kites filling the air. The food is as vibrant as the blue and red color scheme and features classic Mexican offerings with monthly emphasis on the cuisine of a particular region. Whatever the geography, the food is authentically prepared using quality ingredients and served up by a cheerful and professional staff. You will also find a regular menu of burritos, tacos and enchiladas with flavorful fillings as well as Mexican beers, tequilas and a tartly refreshing hibiscus water. Breakfast includes a wonderful take on Huevos Rancheros.

3409 24th Street, At the corner of Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110
Taqueria San Francisco

Opened in 1990, Taqueria San Francisco quickly became an integral part of the culinary scene in the Mission District. The classic Carnitas Burrito is often recognized as one of the city's best burritos. Locals also rave about the chorizo and carne asada. In 2004, renowned artist Juana Alicia contributed to the eye-catching mural that graces the building's exterior, marking it as a true San Francisco landmark.

2794 24th Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110
La Taqueria

For a taqueria to survive the competition in the city's Mission District, it has to be more than just good - it has to be great. La Taqueria, an unpretentious place with an appropriately mission-inspired decor, is just that. The tacos and burritos come with a variety of flavorful meat and vegetarian fillings, and prices that'll tempt you to order more than one. Regulars swear by the carnitas, made from slow-cooked pork and seasoned to perfection. It is a casual, friendly place that has been feeding the locals for over 25 years.

2889 Mission Street, Between 24th and 25th Streets, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110
Don Pisto's

Don Pisto's serves a delicious Mexican fare in a charming, rustic setting. The restaurant is dimly lit with quaint lamps that accentuate its exposed-brick walls; while wooden tables and modest chairs make comfortable seating spaces. The place is perfect for a nice meal with friends or colleagues and intimate diners can accommodate themselves at corner seats here. At Don Pisto's, the fare is scrumptious with dishes like tamales, tacos, chorizo, tortilla soup and burgers forming an essential part of the menu. Bottomless Sangrias, Margaritas and bottled beers quench your thirst perfectly while you dig into the savory delights.

510 Union Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94133
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