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Regalito Rosticeria
Regalito Rosticeria

Regalito Rosticeria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.regalitosf.com
  • Phone: (415) 503-0650
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin American, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Pena
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Valencia Street
  • Public Transit: SF MUNI lines #22, 33, 14, 49, & 26; BART stations at 16th & Mission and 24th & Mission are all within walking distance.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are also two public parking garages located at 42 Hoff St and 3255 21st Street.
A word from Regalito Rosticeria
Regalito is a small Mexican restaurant committed to bringing the "market foods" of Mexico to San Francisco. The dining experience is immediate, the food is fresh, the preparation visible, and the service friendly. The idea for the restaurant was born during a meal at a Mexico City market stall; three women cooked from a small menu for a dozen customers sitting on benches surrounding the makeshift kitchen. No steam tables, minimal separation between cook and diner – instant community. Regalito has been designed to encourage community between the kitchen and our guests. The kitchen is completely open, separated by a simple wooden diner counter. Regalito offers free-range rotisserie chicken and Niman Ranch meats for eat-in and take-out orders. We are committed to using organic, local, and sustainable foods whenever possible. Regalito is the best place in San Francisco to eat authentic, hand made Mexican food.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been going to and enjoying Regalito Rosticeria for several years. It is a Mexican restaurant that is not a taqueria. Guacamole is made to order and is outstanding; served with habanero salsa. Mains are all delicious. But they had roast a whole pig for the fourth and that was a treat! A taste of each of the cuts along with a big salad, home made tacos, rice, & beans. Yum! They are going to do the pig thing more frequently because it was so popular. Look for it!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is a clean no frills restaurant. The service is attentive and friendly. The food is exceptional - very fresh with balanced distinctive flavors - a definite cut above the myriad other Mexican restaurants in the Mission. Only two real criticisms: 1. No liquor licence - hence no margaritas and 2. A bit too expensive, even for a good meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Delicious authentic Mexican cooking. Very friendly staff"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Regalito has been one of our favorites since it opened. We try to go there at least every few weeks. Homemade tortillas, guacomole, salsa. Sauces are fantastic. Rotisserie chicken melts in your mouth. I love the chili colorado and their rice. But don't leave without having the Tres Leche Cake with strawberries. I could probably devour the entire cake if given the chance."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had dinner here a few nights ago. We opted to sit at the long communal table outdoors. There were heat lamps, so it wasn't cold. We looked out over a beautiful Zen garden. The food was delicious, from the starter of taquitos to our mains of enchiladas mole, and ribs, to the end with our dessert of tres leche strawberry cake. Don't miss the house salsa, it has a wonderful kick to it! We ordered a bottle of wine and took our time enjoying our meal. Service was excellent. I can highly recommend Regalito Rosticeria for a fresh, delicious meal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This is my second time there..... both times on a coupon of some sort. First time.. I initiated the trip and this time it was a friend. Both times I found the food to be mediocre and overpriced. The dessert (churros dipped in a cup of instant cocoa) was blah. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "It was so nice to have a slightly upscale Mexican restaurant in the Mission, with authentic ambiance and food! Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Guacamole was great, menu changes frequently. Nice space"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Food was good, but service was far from stellar. Server seemed to be a bit overwhelmed...I think he was the only one for whole restaurant and there was a very large party on back terrace. He infrequently came by our table... took forever take orders, check on drinks if needed... brought out our check at end of evening without asking/offering us dessert menu. I've definitely had better experiences here before."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Lovely dinner with friends and family. Had chilaquiles and a sweet white wine, and churros with hot chocolate after. Memorable, and I'll be back for my third visit soon enough!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Quiet.. good service. Limited menu... very diffrrent experience... not the ususl gajitas etc...."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was delicious! The service was on point! Must try the chorro's and hot chocolate! Freaken yum!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was awful. Hope it was an off night but, it did happen to be the worst Carne Asada dish I've ever had. Was the most expensive bad meal I've had."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Roast chicken dish and accompaniments were good but they should take the ribs off the menu. Waiter warned they were dry but I don't mind dry, but tasty. Like the decor & the wait staff was excellent."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Not sure if the menu is seasonal, but whatever happened to the cochinita pibil and the mole chicken? We had a serviceable pork shoulder dish and a mediocre pork ribs dish on our last visit. The ribs were dry and tough and didn't have a lot of flavor. They used to have an excellent cochinita pibil; would still recommend for brunch and dessert, but their dinner seems lacking."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "For the price, I would not say this is a good value (I even had a coupon). The entrées come in small portions. The desserts were odd: an undercooked churro with hot chocolate that was lukewarm; a guava with seeds that could break your teeth; and a tres-leche cake with strawberries that tasted like onion (don't use your salsa knife on dessert). The plastic chairs, the painted chipped walls, and the tight table in the corner by the serving station made for less than comfortable ambiance. But the service was great and the people were super friendly."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We've been avid fans of Regalito Rosticeria since they opened. The food and service have never wavered. Just about anyway they serve pork you can be assured the end result is fantastic. There also a spit roast chicken that is always juicy and flavorful. They make their own corn tortillas that are delicious, homemade guacomole and salsa. Their deserts are also quite good. They do homemade churros with hot mexican cocoa as well as a white layer cake with strawberries which we can't get enough of. Not to forget the service which is outstanding. Their staff goes out of its way to make you feel welcome. Overall if you want some authentic Mexican food, then this is the place to go. Enjoy."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This was third time dining at Regalito, although it's been nearly 2 years since my last visit. While the ambiance of the restaurant itself is charming (including a newly added patio area), the service and food missed the mark. Menu: The menu just doesn't cut it; the items are quite limited and the portions are small. They need to have one or two staple dishes on the menu. The prices are also quite high given how much food you actually get. The restaurant does not have a full bar. Service: Maybe they were off that night, but they only had one waiter and he was clearly spread very thin. I want to like Regalito for its charming atmosphere and good guacamole, but the menu + service just aren't that great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The menu is short but delicious. I want to return on a Tuesday night for their "pigalito" pork menu. And I LOVE that they didn't skimp on their tortillas for appetizers or entrees."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was fresh, the wine was nice, Service was just OK, the food was nothing special. But fresh. I had garlic chicken but wondered where the garlic was, Kale was perfectly done, salsa side was nice. Guacamole needed a bit of something, although it was fresh and chunky. the place was packed though."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The guacamole is out of this world, as is the sangria!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Dessert can be the best part of any meal! Although the guacamole appetizer is fantastic too!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We weren't impressed with our dinner experience. It was fine, but we went back because we had loved our brunch experience. Fine place for dinner, nothing was bad. In a neighborhood with so many excellent choices fine isn't good enough. We have pretty high expectations, looking for the wow factor when we eat out."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Tasty food and excellent sangria. Overall a great dining experience."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We loved this little star....the reviews were spot on....intimate, comfortable and simple space, friendly and efficient staff, really, really good food. It was as advertised, and we only wish that we lived closer so eating there could be a regular event for us. Can't say enough good about this little neighborhood star!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Food was good, but like many authentic Mexican restaurants, expect dark meat chicken in the mix. We attempted to request all white meat chicken, but she clearly didn't understand and said it was all white. When it arrived, it included a mix of white and dark meat. At one point she asked if we wanted if without chicken...a pretty plain chicken enchilada...lol. All in all, fine for a casual meal, but don't expect a hip atmosphere or full bar"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "I've now been to Regalito a handful of times and each time I've gone I've thoroughly enjoyed myself! The food has been good, if not great, and the staff has always been very friendly. It's perfect for those nights that you're looking to have good mexican food but aren't up for a taqueria or "margarita first" places like Velvet Cantina or Puerto Allegre."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Great ambience, excellent service, fanatic food. Vegetarians don't have many options, but the chile relleno stuffed with cotija and butternut squash is amazing. Maybe they'll feature some more veg options sometime?"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The menus offered updated Mexican food that was excellent. The menu offered a lot of variety. Services was outstanding. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I visited Regalito many years ago and enjoyed the experience. Upon my last dining this weekend I must say that it was even a better experience. Our table enjoyed the Pork Ribs with delicious beans and mole chicken. All delicious. Great bottle of pinot noir wine from Argentina. Just a very laid back, easy evening of fun. I highly recommend it. Be aware if it's the weekend, parking is fierce."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Regalito Rosticeria served some different dishes than other Mexican restaurants that we've experienced. The menu was limited but we enjoyed our shared appetizer & entrees very much. The Ensalada Nopalitos included grilled cactus, onion, tomato, garlic, queso fresco & crema was different and very tasty with sort of crunchy texture. I had the dry rubbed spare ribs which were very well seasoned and just a little bit spicy and served on top of a delicious base of very different refried beans. My wife had the very tender short ribs, that just melted in our mouths, with a large serving of mashed pumpkin squash. The only reason I did not rate the food 5 star was that we had a very disappointing mangos (sour) with a sweet caramel like sauce."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "The space is really cute, and the waitresses are super friendly and sweet. The guacamole was bland, so that was a disappointing start. The papas con chorizo could've used more complexity. The cochinita was quite flavorful, but the accompanying beans weren't. The sangria was the highlight of the evening."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "For those who think that "Gourmet Mexican" is an oxymoron, then Regalito Rosticeria is not for them. No assembly-line burritos here, but a menu of authentically prepared dishes with ultra-fresh ingredients. The two dishes we ordered (roast chicken and pork ribs) were a bit over-priced and over-spiced. Nonetheless, we enjoyed them. Service was superb!!"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Excellent food. We had the chilaquiles and enchiladas. While there was a little extra moisture in the food, it was delicious. The service was great and very attentive without being pushy."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "If you love pork like me, this is the restaurant to go to. Carinitas, ribs, tacos chops etc. all made out of yummy tender pork! The guacamole was a little bland, but when he offered the spicy salsa that was a winner!"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "At Regalito you get an enthusiastic welcome, good service and inexpensive food that is well-priced. That's a hard to beat combination."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Their guacamole with house-made crisp corn tostada is delicious. I like their Pollo Regalito with the chard side dish. Always so enjoyable to eat here."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Chef Tomas Pena provides a memorable meal in a beautifully designed space. There is a great patio for large parties and the inside dining provides an intimate space.The guacamole is exceptional and the quality of the food and flavors make it a special dining experience.Something for everyone on the menu, but the pork and chicken dishes are particularly good.A favorite in the Mission..."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "I had a great time here. The food was good, I had the taquitos and Chilindrina which were very good. Our waiter, Eduardo, was amazing, very accommodating and super friendly. The staff was equally friendly and very aware of anything that our table needed. I recommend this restaurant. Noise level was a bit high for my taste but it sure was a friendly and good place to spend a Friday dinner with friends or your significant other."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "This is not your mother's mexican restaurant. All the food is made with first quality ingredients and you can watch them do it. Truly a "little gift" to the Mission."
    Dined on 5/28/2013