Padrecito
Padrecito

Padrecito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.padrecitosf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 742-5505
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: T-Su 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Sam Josi & Luis Contreras
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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 4157425055

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carl Street
  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Padrecito reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (82)fit for foodies (68)hot spot (45)vibrant bar scene (43)great for brunch (34)good for groups (32)kid-friendly (26)special occasion (18)romantic (10)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (8)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • where's the Latin music?
    jelisa
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    With a name like Padrecito, there should be some Latin music. This would have made the ambience much better. healthy and tasty food, with a young white crowd. The only ethnic mixture was in the serving staff. Overpriced and watered down tequila drinks. Another uninteresting SF restaurant.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great time had by all!
    Andy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was outstanding and the drinks were delicious. We went for a friend's bday and everyone had a great time. The churros are awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food and service. A bit of a scene.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Being busy is a great problem to have for a restaurant. We would gladly brave the bustling high-energy vibe again for the delicious crudo ceviche, textbook carnitas, fantastic duck tacos, and one of the most balanced mole dishes we've ever had — not to mention the marvelous margaritas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous addition to Cole Valley
    BaycydVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Interesting, unusual and delicious food, and flawless service. We will definitely back for more brunches and dinners. Ava provided the expert service on this trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck Tacos -- Amazing
    hungryhippo
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Duck tacos were so good, we ordered a 2nd order. Just had to have 3 more bites to feel truly satisifed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    FancyNancy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I love going there. The energy of the restaurant I love.. Tacos are great, overall the food is yummy..,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Amazing food, amazing service and an amazing atmosphere!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    Bernie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Natural ingredients, fabulous guacamole, fish tocos are superb as well as the shrimp ceviche, and the red sangria! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so good this time
    sanzVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This is my third visit to Padrecito, and I'm sorry to say that the food is getting more and more like that of Mamacita on Chestnut, (the sister restaurant.) Rather bland in seasonings, no condiments offered, and the tiniest plates. The ceviche is abysmal. Ceviche is not supposed to be soup, but here it is served in a bowl where one has to go fishing, (pun intended,) for the contents. There is twice as much liquid as ingredients. The server tried to tell me that this preparation is traditional in Mexico. Uh, not in any Mexican city I've been to. Weird.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two words: Fish Tacos
    LeftToBeDesired
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Top notch neighborhood gem in Cole Valley. Cocktail menu is creative and unique, and the food is cream of the crop! The fish tacos were out of this world, some of the best we've ever had. Seek them out!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tacos and Original Drinks!!
    MissingChicagoVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was very good...tacos are not to miss! Great variety of tacos for all various taste preferences...Coho salmon tacos were my favorite- we ordered three types and all were good. Drinks are not to miss- unique and balanced flavors...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cole Valley Mexican
    BigSF
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Quintessential SF neighborhood. Delicious healthy and interesting twist on Mexican cuisine. The restaurant has an industrial rustic charm in a Victorian building with double height floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking one of SF least known little pockets of charm, charm charm. Located at the corners of Cole and Carl, it is in the center of the Cole Valley neighborhood.A fun area to walk around before or after dinner. Easy access by Muni as there is a stop literally in front of the restaurant. Service was genuinely caring and excellent for the price point Food was delicious. Bar is located in a separate room adjacent to the restaurant with more large windows overlooking the street.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and cocktails spot on
    yumyumcheese
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food and cocktails spot on. Unfortunately service was not on par, not horrible, but lacking organization. It took too long to take drink orders, and then far too long to take food orders, the server left our check on our table at the same time as our desert and fresh cocktails arrived. I found that off-putting, especially as the restaurant was neither full, nor near closing, and it turned what could have been a 'one more for the road' situation into an early evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, Inventive
    MaplenessVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great, friendly service and delicious food. Did not like the sparkling sangria, as it was too sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good cocktails
    AlfieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food, service and ambiance were good. The staff is friendly and the cocktails were good. Great for brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a wonderful time celebrating our wedding day by having dinner with our wedding party at Padrecito. The wait staff was excellent and really amplified our good spirits... they helped us celebrate! This is such a Cole Valley gem... warm, welcoming, thoughtful... not to mention excellent food. I have never been disappointed - at all! Everyone enjoyed their food and there was plenty to share! Cheers to the wonderful staff for the complementary tequila shots! As I said, a good time had by all! Thank you! Definitely visit Padrecito if you haven't and return if it has been some time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    GaryPegSF62VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent and friendly service. Delicious food. The best Chilaquiles I've ever had. Perfect location if taking the Metro as the N Judah line stops right there at Cole/Carl Streets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best for brunch
    AjwsfVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    i've been here at night and for brunch on the weekends....and brunch wins by far. the menu is better, the noise level just moderate instead of insane, and you can make reservations unlike other neighborhood brunch options like zazie.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite eating place in SF
    kiwipam
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Padrecito never disappoints. The food is divine, service wonderful and location is handy off the N Muni. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Request downstairs!
    kdekasVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Fun vibe but the upstairs loft area is quite loud and loses a lot of the ambiance.
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  • Decent food and service
    AngieFoodCakeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    In SF there are so many amazing choices for food that it's hard to rave about anything below fantastic. The food here was good, but not stellar, and the service was just so-so. (Note, this was my first time here, so perhaps it just was an off night.) Our waitress was kind, but not terribly attentive, and our food came out in a wacky order (entrees first, then chips and salsa, then appetizer). Nothing horrible, just not terribly impressive in a city with so much good food.
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  • A Place to Unwind
    SkippyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Living near Cole Valley has it's benefits. One of which is the ability to walk to Padrecito on a Friday evening for a bit of taquilla, guacamole and great people watching. Everything on the menu is super fresh and tasty. My favorite thing to do is share the guacamole and a ceviche with friends over a few good cocktails. The tacos are also quite yummy too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican food
    ellaschrisVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The best quality of food and you can taste it.Great bar and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good stuff
    sfguy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food was great, service was so-so (we didn't see our waitress after one stop by after food was was brought). A bit pricey to make it a regular stop but I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Stephen
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food, but very noisy. The service was excellent. Unfortunately, we couldn't hear each other talk because of the noise level.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bernie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The noise level in the bar is not conducive to dinner conversation, despite being in a booth. As usual, the food was superb, fresh and healthy. Padrecito's remains my favorite Mexican restaurant in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Healthy and Exciting Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The vibe of Padrecito was great - the receptionists were upbeat and helpful......the server was consultative and knowledgeable about the food and specialty drinks (fantastic cocktails). All of our entrees and appetizers were made with quality and perfectly ripened ingredients, arrived on time and were delicious. A variety of salsas came with the guacamole and they were all packed with flavor (ranging from mild to explosive). The Verdura Tacos had a really fresh flavor and at the same time had a depth and breadth of flavor! I recommend the restaurant. It's a very casual, inexpensive neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bernie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The booths are great! Monday through Thursday there is early bird discount of 15% on feed, 50% off a bottle of wine. The food is very tasty, and the service very attentive. Fabulous place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • upscale taqueria
    VeeJay
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service: friendly & attentive. Food: excellent and delicious, & creative with a California flair. (We had a duck chilaquile, a pork taco, a bacon taco, the guacamole, & 2 sangrias.) Ambience: open, dark wood, appropriate. Location: good Parking: bad Price: sangrias too high for just a little glass. Nice note: the waitress made a mistake by bringing us the wrong taco ordered, but then cheerfully brought us the right one without charging us. (That put them over the top, for me.)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent place!
    kalbertine
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    You cannot go wrong with Padrecito! Great Mexican food all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overly sweet, pricey cocktails
    SSLS
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    too much cream on the rabbit confit taco. salmon taco was good because I love salmon but white fish would be better. yummy octopus salad. good food but a little over priced
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 83 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Padrecito reviews archive.
  • BCTD
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Most dishes were great couple of misses including the enchiladas Can be too floo floo and overly decorated best when simple and delicious Fab margaritas
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Not Fab
    FoodfunVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Cute place ...food needs a little more flavor.... host staff a little snotty ....utilized by UCSF students and families.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Clearly popular
    FrenchAmyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Padrecito is clearly very popular. We went as a family and the food is very good but the service is a little slow. I didn't mind too much but my Mom did. Also it is VERY noisy there. I wish there was a way to make it less so because it starts to give you a headache after a while.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sfpegasus
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was awesome and I'll go back just for the smoky margarita, chips and guacamole! Everything is a la carte - just pick and choose and it's easy to share at the table. 6:00pm Saturday might not have been the best choice as there were a significant number of (loud, screeching) children. It's Cole Valley - I should expect that, right?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had the Goat Taco's, shaved octopus salad, little gems salad, Guacamole chips and salsa and cocktails. The server and host were very nice as well as efficient. The Guacamole, chips and cocktails were great as was the little gems salad. The octopus salad had almost no octopus, certainly no shaved pieces visible at all, perhaps a few bits and pieces, not even close to as good as we've had at Perbacco or La Bricciola for the same price. The tacos were on the small side and served warm not hot. At the table next to us we noticed that the Arctic Char tacos seemed to have more filling. I'd come back for chips and drinks but probably eat somewhere else.
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  • Fabulous addition to Cole Valley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This restaurant serves creative food in a lively and fun setting. Terrific and creative cocktails and wonderful goat tacos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favourite eating place in SF
    kiwipam
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Padrecito is fabulous - the team, the cocktails, the home made nachos, the menu, and of course the food is delicious. I take my overseas guests here, they love it too. Padrecito has a nice relaxed atmosphere. The menu has great range of options - from rabbit to duck to good ol chicken and fish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never as good as the first time
    BourbonandboysVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The first time I ate here was good- the chilaquiles with bacon were amazing. Subsequent visits were extremely disappointing and the menu is very limited. Would recommend once to try, but after that you've exhausted all options. Oh, and avoid the ceviche, which should be renamed sour fish water- because it's all watered down lime juice and hardly any fish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food
    betty
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We enjoyed eating lunch at Padrecitos. The mole enchiladas were excellent, so were the carnitas tacos. Drinks were fantastic too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic