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901 Cole Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Dinner: T-Su 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sam Josi & Luis Contreras
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Private Party Contact:
Jordan Dunn (415) 742-5055
Padrecito is located on the corner of Cole & Carl. The N Judah line has a stop directly in front. Both the 43 and 37 buses run to Padrecito as well.
Street parking is available and a public lot is available 3 blocks away at Kezar stadium (Stanyan between Fredrick & Waller)
A word from Padrecito
At Padrecito 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 tortillas and sauces create a foundation
for our ever seasonal menu. While unique and carefully crafted 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. We pride ourselves on providing you a great experience and love what we do everyday.
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Diners' Choice Winner
This place is just fun with great
food and lots of noise. Give it a try."
Dined on 3/11/2014
The restaurant has a nice style
and is comfortable. The food was nicely presented and pretty tasty, but some dishes missed the mark. For example, ceviche was in a deep bowl of liquid, so much that herbs and veggies were floating and soggy, and it resulted in dripping and puddles on one's plate; beef tongue was diced up very small thus was dry and it was served on a pastry shell so one ended up with much more starch than meat. The duck tacos were nicely presented and tasty. Overall, the meal was good but not notable. Service was very pleasant."
Dined on 3/8/2014
Dinner is amazing, I would pass on
brunch a little to heavy and too salty."
Dined on 3/9/2014
I'm normally not that into Mexican
food for a dinner out. I'm more of a mission burrito kind of gal and get your fancy food elsewhere. However, this place is outstanding. Their cocktail list is solid with very unusual drinks. I recommend starting out with the rabbit empanadas and you can't go wrong with their tacos. We had the steak and pork carnita tacos. My drink was the right amount of spicy and called the Piñata. I would definitely crave items off this menu and count down the days till my next visit. Yum!"
Dined on 3/8/2014
Padrecito serves lovely, creative
food; the staff is friendly and efficient. I like it very much."
Dined on 3/6/2014
this is the second time eating at
this neighborhood place. The first time, which was the first week it opened, was so bad that it has taken us till now, over a year, to try it again dispite it's convenient location. The first time everything, and I mean everything, was over spiced, to the point that you could tell the spice, beyond cqenne,, or the food I was eating. this second time the food was great, not too spicey, but delicious. I will now go again in a heart beat, given its convenience to our location."
Dined on 3/1/2014
My family and I love this
restaurant, and it's a great addition to the neighborhood. I don't think you can go wrong with any of their tacos, but the steak and calamari were delicious. We also always get the guacamole, which is delicious. Get here at 6 or earlier with kids."
Dined on 2/23/2014
I love Padrecito! This is my
second visit and Padrecito's never fails to entice me to come again! I'll be back soon!"
Dined on 2/19/2014
A last minute dinner reservation
to celebrate our daughters birthday turned into one of the best meals I've ever had. This is a strength in numbers opinion. We as a family all agreed that our meal was extraordinary. Padrecito has a sauce genius working for It's patrons. For our meal there were six distinctly different sauces,I'm sure there are more in the kitchen. To me sauces are a form of magic or alchemy and as someone who enjoys cooking I was more then impressed. I need to say that it is not just a sauce infatuation. Every layer of our experience from beginning to end was a joy. We as parents impressed upon our children that our waiter and service in general is what they should consider A+ when they dine out. Bien Hecho Padrecito!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
Pretty innovative cuisine.
Friendly service. Very busy, reservations recommended."
Dined on 5/21/2013
Usually, I go to Mexican for cheap
food. But like Chinese, Mexican food can be every bit as gourmet, and worth gourmet prices, as any other cuisine. Dishes had some of the most creative and successful combination of flavors I've ever experienced. Rarely do I say "what is that flavor?", in a good way, as often as I did at Padrecito. If I could offer an improvement, they need more vegetarian options. They have a few, since they're botanos (small plates), I'll be having the same thing every time I go, which will just mean I'll go less often."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Everytime I go to Padrecito, it's
better than the time before. Helpful wait staff and delicious food. Very accommodating when we were running late and had great suggestions on the menu. Excellent all around."
Dined on 2/5/2014
we started with chips and salsa
and guacamole for $9 and was pretty disappointed. the "salsas" were more like dipping sauces in little pots you couldnt even stick a chip in to. The gaucamole tasted bland and over processed, really smooth and had no kick. We then shared ceviche and hamachi crudo- the ceviche was a soup of liquid and a few pieces of torn and damaged looking fish, like the pieces had gone through a blender or something. It was really unappetizing and 3x the cost of what it was worth. The hamachi was also pretty bland and overpriced. The other 2 got 2 orders of pork belly tacos and that was the only decent thing in the whole meal. so noisy we had to yell at each other across the table"
Dined on 2/6/2014
The food was okay. The tacos were
a bit greasy. The cocktails are good."
Dined on 2/2/2014
wonderful food and amazing bar.
had a birthday party of 8 and we all had an amazing time."
Dined on 2/1/2014
Padrecito has some pretty good
up-scale mexican food, and some of the tapas-style dishes we ordered were really notable (e.g. rabbit empanada were fantastic). We enjoyed our meal in a fun boisterous and nicely-decorated environment. However, one critique is that the food was a bit pricey for what is was, especially when the dishes were small and meant to be shared (5-6 ~$9-13 dishes for 4 people were suggested). Not sure I would make this a regular place due to the price, maybe just go back to check out the bar and have an appetizer or chips."
Dined on 1/26/2014
This place is incredibly expensive
Mexican food, which you can get for a lot cheaper in The Mission. You pay high prices for elaborate cocktails and ambiance."
Dined on 1/22/2014
Not your typical Mexican
restaurant. Great food and specialty cocktails. Everything is always tasty! a real neighborhood gem!"
Dined on 1/19/2014
I went out for dinner with my
sister and we had a great time. The service was quick and super friendly. We loved the sangria!"
Dined on 1/20/2014
My experience was good &
no-so-good. We were seated very quickly upon arrival & right on time for our reservation; the first thing I noticed was how incredibly loud it was-we asked server to repeat things & we had to lean over the table to even talk-they REALLY need to do something about the noise as it is not conducive to time with friends without yelling-felt like leaving a dance club when we got outside; on the menu the albondigas & brussel sprouts were fantastic, really FANTASTIC-the empanada was really greasy & like a quesadilla/no pastry about it; cocktails were delicious & well crafted, but the sangria was extremely disappointing; our server was good but sporatic. I'll go back to see how it is next time with hope for consistency"
Dined on 1/18/2014
The pig belly taco were simply he
best! He service was great and the drink were good!"
Dined on 1/15/2014
We ordered 4 items and shared
between the two of us. We'd order each item again!"
Dined on 1/14/2014
The imagination of this menu takes
Mexican food to another level."
Dined on 1/14/2014
What could be great food was just
ok food. Eithe too fatty or drowned in tomato vinegar tasting salsa sauces, spoilt the good dishes."
Dined on 1/5/2014
Rabbit empanadas, Arctic char
tacos - you get the idea. Quality ingredients, good technique, not what you'd find on the Malecón. Interesting but for me lacked a dimension - needed more acid, cilantro, something to cut the richness of every dish. Maybe one of the 80+ tequilas would do it... Would have liked some free or cheap chips at those prices (4 dishes and 2 drinks, $66.) Given the quality that's not excessive but still. However there's more on the menu to explore, it's walking distance, we'll be back. Great service too."
Dined on 1/3/2014
This was our fourth visit to
Padrecito, and the food has been excellent each time. However, to describe the noise level as "energetic"--the only option for "loud"--is to understate the matter. It is LOUD, and in order to carry on a conversation, you need to leave. Maybe that's the point (clear out the old, bring in the new), but a neighborhood eatery should try for a better comfort level."
Dined on 1/4/2014
Excellent food. Great atmosphere.
Accessible by public transportation. Very attentive service. Will definitely go back. Everything we ordered was deliclous."
Dined on 1/2/2014
Maybe bring earplugs? This is the
3rd time I've been and it is always VERY loud. Not enough noise dampening inside."
Dined on 12/26/2013
Was my families first time there
and everyone really enjoyed their food! Can't remember the kind of margarita we got but they were very different, but not bad."
Dined on 12/26/2013
Your braised pork belly tacos were
inedible. It was very difficult to get a bite off the hunk of gristle put in our tortillas. I think most people expect a braised meat to be fall off the bone tender not like a piece of rubber. Too bad, I enjoyed the cocktail with mezcal and chipotle powder, but we found your signature drink the padrecito quite plain and easily beat by many margaritas around town.You had excellent chip and your cerviche was quite fresh. Service was very good."
Dined on 12/21/2013
we love the chilaquiles, molotes
and fish tacos so much that we are making this our regular spot! living in the neighborhood for over a year, we had been searching for "that special place" and it arrived: Padrecito!"
Dined on 12/18/2013
Lovely ambience, we sat upstairs
where it was nice and warm. I absolutely loved the chicken enchiladas that my mom ordered, and I don't even like enchiladas normally. They were the best dish on our table. My husband's fish ceviche was tiny (the size of a small cup of coffee), expensive ($16), and the taste was so strange (basically all vinegar and cucumber) that he didn't finish it. The chips and salsas were fabulous, my arctic char tacos were yummy, the drinks were nice and strong, and the churros were okay, a little too crunchy for my taste, but the coffee cream they came with was divine. The waiters were very nice but not overbearing. All in all, a great experience (except for the confusing ceviche)."
Dined on 12/11/2013
The food was fabulous, however the
heat was out on a cold night. It was okay, but I hope they got it fixed quickly."
Dined on 12/9/2013
The food was upscale mexican food.
Very delicious. The service was excellent! The ambience was a bit loud but it seemed very popular."
Dined on 12/7/2013
Lamb Meatballs with rice and
crispy kale, Chilaquiles Verdes, Goat Tacos, are among my favorite dishes here, but everything is tasty. Can't go wrong with their Padrecito (margarita) as well as the Gaucho cocktail. So refreshing, boyfriend loved it. The service here is incredible, everyone is very nice and super fast! So lucky to have this place open in Cole Valley."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Padrecito was a pleasant dining
experience. Prices are reasonable, excellent guacamole, good service. No free chip refills I guess, since the waiter seemed to forget we requested more. Food was good, served piping hot. Service good, unobtrusive, and friendly. I would not rave about the restaurant but it did serve good food at a fair price. We would go back."
Dined on 11/8/2013
We had 3 dishes; all of them quite
tasty. My favorite was the lamb meatballs. I also highly recommend the Padrecito cocktail."
Dined on 11/6/2013
Not into duck dishes, requested
twice the server if the burrito duck carnitas can be substituted with pork carnitas and twice was declined. Staff and bar servers were not that friendly"
Dined on 11/4/2013
Unusual treatment of favorites
that were tasty and well presented. Waiter was friendly and very helpful is understanding the menu, bus staff a bit too energetic and intrusive. Noise level high, and particular voices were very intruding; conversation was at a shouting level all around. Nice a relaxed dinner. Food was good. However, Cerviche I had was much more juice that expected, and fish hard to fork. On the whole a good place to catch a bite, not to linger unless drinking."
Dined on 10/30/2013
a solid menu and hopping spot. we
live in the neighborhood and we have enjoyed 3 meals. the food can be a bit heavy but that is mexican. drinks are good. we wish it was a bit easier to get into."
Dined on 9/26/2013
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