El Techo de Lolinda
El Techo de Lolinda

El Techo de Lolinda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eltechosf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 550-6970
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-1:00am
    Brunch: Sa-Su 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Alejandro Morgan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our El Techo rooftop can accommodate large groups for special events and parties. We also have space for up to 150 guests in our downstairs restaurant, Lolinda.
  • Private Party Contact: Mayra Montoya 4155506970x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Public Transit: Lines 14 and 49 stop at Mission & 21st. BART stops at Mission & 16th or Mission & 24th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking available, parking garages nearby, valet service offered
A word from El Techo de Lolinda
El Techo is the heated and covered open-air rooftop restaurant above Lolinda. Offering sweeping city views, pan-Latin American casual cuisine, and crafty classic cocktails, we are the perfect venue for your celebration or as a compliment to your dinner at the Mission's finest steakhouse. Fun food, festive cocktails "del Sol" and the best rooftop skyline in SF.
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El Techo de Lolinda reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (12)scenic view (12)fit for foodies (7)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (3)special occasion (3)romantic (2)Show More
  • Pecfect for Brunch!!!
    camy85
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great place in the middle of the Mission. You get away from the busy streets up to this secret garden of foods that will awaken your taste buds and your mind. This little gem is a pretty safe rooftop with a 360 degree view of the city. The weather was perfect for the occasion and with our reservation we were seated promptly and smoothly. We knew pretty much what to get. Needless to say, the Chicharrones are a MUST! No words to describe them, just go and devour them. The eggs Benedict were a nice adventure and the quesadillas de Acelga were a nice transition to the end of the meal. It was a pity they didn't have alfajores for brunch, it would have been the perfect ending but the bright and refreshing cocktails made up for that. Definitely a must-try spot and of course, a place I will happily go back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Space, food/service lacking
    Jz47
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The space, atmosphere, and view are some of the best in the city. The service was awful (slow, rude, pretentious, not apologetic when an egg disk came out with dozens of pieces of egg shell inside). The food was just mediocre. The steak and eggs was the best thing we had. The chorizo scramble was pretty bland and over salted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid Dean M
    happyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    To avoid a rickety table, I moved to a different section of the restaurant and had the unfortunate experience of sitting in Dean's section. He is a terrible waiter, inattentive, (I asked for a spoon and he placed it on top of my poached egg) and had no shortage of snide comments. Next time I will look for a sturdy table in an area with a better server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome, as usual
    Katie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been here three times now for brunch, and it never disappoints. It is a fantastic view of the city on a bright and vibrant patio with yummy food and plentiful cocktails. Definitely like a Benedict or the rancheros! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor spot with decent food
    DinnerDateVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great outdoor spot in the city that is warm and offers a nice view. Food was good, not great. Prices were reasonable. Service was okay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch!
    MarthaawhVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    While visiting in San Francisco we visited El Techo de Lolinda for Sunday brunch. I very much enjoyed the Vegetarian version of the Techo Rancheros and my husband his vegetarian version of the chorizo Scramble. Food was great, service good, and the view of the city amazing. We would definitely return to try their dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat rooftop seating!
    Lola
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Brunch here was perfect. We got seated immediately, delicious food arrived quickly and service was attentive. Excellent spot for catching up with friends over grapefruit margaritas and chorizo scramble.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 11 reviews are from the El Techo de Lolinda reviews archive.
  • Unique, Cool and Yummy!
    Katie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First, this review is for their BRUNCH (as opposed to dinner/tapas, which I hear is good but I've never tried myself). With that preface, this is definitely a great find! Not many places have rooftop restaurants with cool views, sunshine and a vibrant mood -- not to mention the good food. This place makes me feel like I'm on vacation - colorful tiles, open air bars, cocktails by the pitcher and sunshine in the Mission. What more could you ask for!? The food is delicious and is like a unique Mexican inspired take on brunch. Benedicts with jalapeño cornbread, huevos rancheros, and delicious guacamole. I came away a big fan. Overall, awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and Relaxing
    SFdiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Graet brunch, great views, good service, excellent Mexican choices, quesadillas very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JT
    BencruzsfVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    He is just the best bartender around! Natalie was so nice and helpful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunchie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nothing can beat eating on a rooftop, especially one as nice as El Techo. The drinks were great and they do some of their signature items well (beignets, cornbread) but the food was just good--the french bread was certainly underwhelming in a city filled with brunch finds. The hosts were really friendly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dontsettle4averageVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Loose the charming guy at the front door; no greeting because he was too busy trying to socialize with someone. What is his purpose , anyway? We will not be visiting you again because of him- he definitely would not be the face of my business. Service was prompt at first but then became MIA, order was mixed up, wrong food was served, server was absent for nearly entire service cycle. My review stops here because this was enough for me to make a judgement.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch Spot!
    Sarah
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    You definitely need a reservation for a weekend brunch/lunch here. So make it WAY ahead of time because it seems like the reservations book up a week or two in advance. This place is great. A little pricey for a brunch but a great spot for a "little bit more special than normal" brunch. We took some friends from out of town. I would highly recommend the heuvos rancheros, the steak breakfast option (can't remember the name) and the guacamole for an appetizer. Delish. The bloody marys weren't my favorite, sort of lacked flavor. But nothing that a splash of hot sauce can't fix.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eh wasn't as good as last
    thisVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    eh wasn't as good as last time service was worse food was worse
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale and original
    critiqueVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Although the prices at El Techo may shock you a bit, the food is delicious and the roof view and ambience can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under the radar brunch spot
    mtf419VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    While El Techo de Lolinda can be a bit much to digest in the evenings, the weekend brunch is a well-kept secret. You can walk up and be immediately seated. The food is outstanding, with all the standard lunch fare with a Latin American twist - the egg dishes and french toast are especially good. There are also plenty of brunch cocktail options, as well as micheladas and beers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebrated Margarita Day in Style
    Jessie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great rooftop for a delicious brunch. Definitely recommend the ceviche and guac, and excellent classic margs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's not to love?
    ChiaraVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Attentive service, flavorful food with quality ingredients and good portions, unique drinks, the best rooftop in the city.. Its the complete package. I'm so "over" places that make you wait in a 45 minute line in cold weather for a table for brunch. El Techo de Lolinda is so civilized and also fun. It's my new favorite brunch spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.