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Mamacita Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamacitasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 346-8494
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm. Bar open late.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Sam Josi & Luis Contreras
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mamacita has the ability to cater special events of any size off-site. For more information please email us at info@mamacita.com
  • Private Party Contact: mama@mamacitasf.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scott
  • Public Transit: Muni: 28, 30, 43, 76.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mamacita
At Mamacita we pride ourselves on creating a community atmosphere while serving culinary creations and libations utilizing the freshest of ingredients. At the core of our offering is a homage to original Mexican dishes made from scratch each day. House-made tamales, tortillas and sauces create a foundation for our ever seasonal menu. While unique and carefully crafted ceviches, enchiladas and tacos have become house staples. We also take our tequila and beverages very seriously as we search out hand crafted and boutique distilleries to round out our over 60 in house tequilas and mescals. Three times recognized as "Best Mexican" in the San Francisco Bay Area we pride ourselves on providing you a great experience and love what we do everyday. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "The food has always been great we have now found a margarita that is strong enough to make us happy! Too bad the restaurant is so dark and cavernous, on a nice day it's a little depressing to be back in the whole by the kitchen! But.... The food IS WORTH IT!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food is amazing! You won't find a simple taco or burrito, but Mamacita's twist on Mexican food unleashed a lot flavor and was supremely satisfying."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Good food but definitely got a millennial Stepford Wives vibe as if the place screens so that all the women are thin 20-somethings with long straight blond hair. A few brunettes might have added some visual interest. Noise level was definitely high, normal conversation was difficult...not one of the choices available on your rating system"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Walking in to Mamacita, we had to wait at least 5-10 minutes to be asked whether we wanted a drink, in a half-filled Sunday night restaurant. The guacamole was pretty good (could have been served with more lime and a little more vibrance in the flavours) and a variety of salsas were available on request. For $9, guacamole and chips at a Mexican restaurant had better have something memorable! The shredded beef enchiladas were outstanding, as were other salads and mains. The only downside to Mamacita was almost grudging service. Having come from out of town and looking for 'the best' Mexican food in San Fransisco, it was disappointing to have to wait and ask for everything. With more enthusiasm for service, this could be a great place."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Being our last night in San Francisco, we wanted to try somewhere that had a fresh and contemporary spin on Mexican food and featured in the sfchronicle top 100. Mamacita's didn't disapoint. The food was beautiful and the service was exceptional - thank you Eric."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Service was decent, not overly friendly but ok. But the food and drinks were great!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food is great- especially the tacos. The guacamole is delicious. The margarita's have a bit too much of lime in them. We loved coming here because we know the food will be good, the service friendly and the scene lively. It's a lot of fun to be here if you are in the mood to party and talk very loudly like everyone else. Overall, we keep coming back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food! The staff was very friendly and attentive. Great place for kids too!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Mama was visiting from Boston, and she loves Mexican food, so I took her here. It was my second visit and just as enjoyable as the first. Mama liked it too. Great food, service, and location. You can't beat the happy hour prices on food and drink. Only complaint is that it is noisy."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Always great atmosphere and delicious food. The service was a little slow, but as expected it was a packed house on a Friday night. The did start clearing the plates before everyone was finished, but it was fine - not a big of a deal. The doors near the door to the kitchen can be awkward, but the food and positive attitudes of the waiters & waitresses make up for it. I really enjoy this restaurant every time that I go. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had the goat tacos, jicama salad, shrimp ceviche, braised meyer briskette enchiladas - all excellent! And the cocktails were great too - simple and well balanced."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was a very fresh take on Mexican, very tasty. Everything we had was extremely mild in seasoning, even the salsa, would have liked a little more kick but still enjoyed flavors. Very tasty tacos, good guacamole. Great disappointment in service, very impersonal, can't even bring waitstaff to mind, they just plopped the food down and disappeared. Served guacamole instantly, salad course just as we started guac, main course before we'd even started the salad, so we had all three courses on the table at the same time. They had us in and out in 50 minutes! Would probably not return, despite enjoying the food."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Great margaritas and guac. Try the little gem salad."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "There were three of us and we had 2 apps, 3 meals, side of rice and side of beans (they do not come with the meal), 2 beers and 2 double black labels for $175.00. None of us cared for the salsa, the empanadas were very greasy, the tacos were very greasy as well. The shrimp tacos were way too sweet. The chicken enchiladas were ok, but not great. The beans with chorizo were fantastic and the rice was good."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised to find great service, food, and value at Mamacita. If you order before 6:30pm, you receive a 25% discount off your bill on top of happy hour prices. Their margaritas are smooth and delicious. Out food was fresh and tasty. The portions were significant and we were too full for dessert. I will definitely return"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food and lots of energy! Took friends who had never been there. They enjoyed the "interesting" menu items. Not your typical mexical food...think "duck" tacos. YUM!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Average overpriced mexican. If you want your head to explode and shout to have a conversation then this is the place for you. Comal in Berkeley worked with Meyer sound. See link. http://meyersound.com/news/2012/comal/ "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Had the duck, mahi Mahi and carne asada tacos plus started with carnitas. The carnitas were cooked to perfection very tasty. Duck was elegant tasting however the Mahi tacos were fantastic. Deep fried but cooked to perfection. Great tequila selection. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Popular spot in the Marina District.. Very good food. It is noisy and always busy.. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I had a friend visiting from Australia and I wanted to show him a great night out with some excellent Mexican food...jackpot! Great atmosphere, good service and excellent enchiladas. And it is in the heart of everything meaning a few drinks afterwards is a no brainer."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Mamacita's is the most delicious food on Chestnut street. It is NOT traditional, but that's what makes it so great. The tacos are AMAZING, really tasty with unique interesting slaws and toppings. Definitely try the duck, carnitas, and the fish. They beat tacolicious tacos down the street any day. Can't go wrong with the enchilladas either!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I loved this restaurant! My only concern is that the tables are so close together you can hardly get in and out, and it was hard not to hear your neighbours conversations....but the staff were great, and food even better. I would recommend, just not for a quiet romantic meal."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Mamacita is a local place for me. It's been consistent since opening- friendly staff, great atmosphere and good food. It's extremely loud so if you want to hear your friends at the table that's probably the one negative."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The food is just OK so If you are over 30, not into a bar scene or actually want to talk to your companions there are a lot better places in San Francisco."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food and ambiance at Mamasitas was fabulous. Excellent signature cocktails and the civiche was outstanding. Fun and energetic crowd. I was a little disappointed with the service. Had a large party of Australians with us, and the waitress was very short with them, at times rude, and refused to make any changes or substitutions to the order. We even offered to pay more, and she refused.. It was a simple change such as adding shrimp instead of chicken to a quesadilla. At the end of our meal she "thoughtfully" reminded us when she dropped the bill that she hadn't added gratuity to our bill. Still the food was great which made up for her behavior."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always excellent food and service. Just super noisy."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "It's a tough place to get a table for dinner unless you go early (5PM) or have reservations. It's understandably because they have great food, very nice staff, and good drinks! My wife and I have been there several times since moving to SF 5 years ago since we live in the neighborhood. We love the way Tacos are made and served. 3 great tasting soft tacos served on a platter that is easy to share. Muy bueno!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The tables are so close that your backside hangs over the adjacent table when squeezing into your seat and extricating yourself. You can hear every word of your neighbors' conversations, which they must nearly shout because the place is so loud. I found the meat far too salty. However, the service was impeccable."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "First let me say the food was good , I has the goat tacos , not too bad . The chips are not the best and too expensive for chips and salsa . My friends ordered a couple pitches of house margarita , too weak ! Not too much tequila. On top of that the parking is a pain . I had to spend almost 15 min driving around for a spot . Quiet frankly I rather to go to Gallegos Mexican food . This is mostly for people that have no idea what's really Mexican food . It's good for the american that haven't traveled out of this country ."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food is my favorite in the city and I love how you can order lots of small dishes and share with the whole table. It's a birthday tradition for me!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Everything our party ordered was very good. Our only complaint would be that service was on the slow side, but not a huge issue."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food on this visit was a bit below the usual. Salad a bit dried out. Taco likewise a bit dry. But the service and venue were good and it was probably just an off night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "outstanding food and atmosphere! high recommendation"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The place was packed on WED night....way to loud for 2 people to have a conversation. The salsa they served with the chips was bland....asked for a hotter version and that was GREAT! The menu is primarily tacos with 4 other options...the tacos were great..the enchiladas were also bland. Sadly, the best part of the meal was the side dish...the brussel sprouts were amazing!!!!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Our group of gentlemen, most often six or more, select a different restaurant in the Bay Area each month. This month is was Mamacita's, and boy are we delighted with our choice. Our waitress, Nichole, was extremely attentive and fun, our food was outstanding and the ambiance was very energetic. We each ordered a different entree and shared the goodies. With well poured margaritas and refilled appetizers, our epicurean adventure was one of our best. Muchas Gracias Mamacitas."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Mamacita is a really fun place to go with a group for some delicious Mexican food. I recommend sharing multiple plates so that you get to try their unique, extensive menu. We especially loved the ceviche, brussel sprouts, and the carne asada tacos. The restaurant is very busy so reservations are a must!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Went at 5pm and was surprised to see the great specials for Happy Hour between 5-6pm: 25% off food and 50% off bottles of wine! along with other cocktail specials! Went with the Unti Zinfandel which was a perfect pairing of a rich, vibrant wine that was able to complement the rich and spicy meal."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great food. Great Margaritas. Healthy options. Good scene."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, and the drinks were wonderful as well. It's a bit on the pricey side."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "How did we miss this place? We've been going to La Barca (closed) and Tia's (love it) for years but have struck out finding that over the top "can you make Mexican sing aloud" experience in SF. Was Mamacita's on Open Table? If so, I completely missed it. Oh, the wasted years I could have been eating Mamacita Brussel Sprouts! Everything was truly wonderful - and we will go back. Probably will aim for the early side or a table toward the front because this place is loud! ~I think it's because everyone is eating brussels sprouts and it makes everyone feel so alive."
    Dined on 1/26/2014