San Francisco gem. Almost
San Francisco gem. Almost a Mexican tapas bar. Modest servings to be shared.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was amazing, especially
Everything was amazing, especially our waiter, Eric. He was wonderful! He gave us great recommendations for dinner and dessert and was incredibly friendly! My fiance and I will definitely return!
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
The carnitas tacos are wow!!
The carnitas tacos are wow!! As are the carne asada steak tacos! Yummy guacamole too! Go for happy hour M-F for some great deals on margaritas and tacos! The house margarita doesn't disappoint! Fresh and delicious!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had not been in a few years,
Had not been in a few years, but great to find that Mamacita has not rested on its (well-deserved) laurels. The food is truly wonderful...fresh, vibrant flavors, non-traditional pairings of mostly traditional ingredients, perfectly prepared and nicely presented. Service continues to be the near-perfect blend of professional/efficient and friendly/casual.
Prices are moderate (most expensive item is $19). Given the quality of the food, this could almost qualify as a "bargain". Short wine list with easy food pairings (moderate mark-ups) and okay beer list. Very extensive and impressive tequila offerings.
Negatives: Small (but very attractive)space with cramped seating. Noise level rates 8/9 out of 10. Parking is a nightmare.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Even though we had a reservation
Even though we had a reservation the table originally offered was poor. Crammed between two other tables. Even though multiple other tables were open (specifically for two) we were not allowed to sit at them. Fortunately there was no one seated outside & we were happy to sit outside. Beautiful California Saturday evening. However, the hostess was notably NOT accommodating. Food was great regardless. This is always & will continue to be a go to spot when I have out of town visitors. Delicious.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The small plates were perfect
The small plates were perfect for 5 of us being able to sample all the various
dishes. Every dish was attractively presented. Couldn't have asked for better
service ... our waitress was friendly and efficient.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Except for the noise, it's perfect.
Our service, the ambiance and of course the food was really good. The noise level gets to be a bit much though.
The chile rejones were the best I've had. You could absolutely make a meal of the starters. There were five of
us who shared four or five starters and I was full so just split a jicama salad which was perfect.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice to know that Mamacitas can always be counted on for great food and great service. Now if they would just bring back brunch and those amazing huevos rancheros....all would be good with the world.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
mexican fare with pizzaz. food that comes out of the kitchen are bursting with flavor. a different take on the tacos and enchilada dish. we love the stuff jalapeno and the crab stuff taquitos. and of course the margaritas with several types of tequila to choose from. a great place for a meal with a lot of energy. we don't mind the drive from the valley to dine at Mamacitas.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and very good
Very good food and very good service but I'm kind of getting tired of the restarant design where it's a long couch against the wall fronted by tiny tables (18"x24") with maybe 4-6" between tables so you get a great view of your neighbor's they slid in/out to go to the bathroom. The best part is they can also in on a private conversation you are having and also stare at the food you ordered.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for food & drinks!
They managed a table of 12 very well. Our drinks were replenished as need and the wait for food wasn't too long. Definitely worth having more of the appetizers - everything we had was great!
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexican nom noms
Love my food. Love my wine. Love Mexican food. So this place was perfect. Very friendly and professional service too. Highly recommended!
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pet friendly outdoor seating
We had a small dog in tow and were grateful for the outdoor heated seating. The hostess was gracious, even directly to the family pet! The service was great, even when creating our own margarita concoctions (add jalapeno!). Every dish we had was wonderful and so fresh. Ceviche Moderno, Barbacoa tacos and enchiladas rancheras. Would highly recommend these plates, this place and these people to everyone. Can't comment so much on the indoor ambience or noise level as we were outdoors, but the place was busy!- always a good sign in restaurants
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food; tasty cocktails
great flavors and fun atmosphere. They pack you in tight and its quiet loud, so not a great first date place.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Although it it's cramped into a large noisy room, the food and service more than make up for any discomfort
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect...we
Everything was perfect...we sat right away...hostess and waitress were excellent...waited for a third person who had to cancel at last minute due to work and we were never pushed to order as we waited or pressured. Can't wait to go back...my dinner companion had never been there and loved it. It was all good!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice, vivid place, special food
No wonder the restaurant was full almost continuously: it attracts visitors like a magnet because of friendlyness and special food. We liked it. Once again in SF we might go there again. Thank you.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm not generally a fan of
I'm not generally a fan of Mexican food, but Mamacita was terrific. Delectable food, wonderful service, great time.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a really great find
This was a really great find for a visitor from New York. The "tacos" are actually small, open-faced dishes, on three small tortillas per order. Delicious! Great guacamole, too -- just crushed avocado, with salsa on the side. And they're open until midnight. I'd go back!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent contemporary Mexican
Really enjoyed our meal. Not the usual drowned-in-cheese-and-beans Mexican fare.
Exceptional carnitas and jicama salad
Disappointing baked pudding -- actually just a typical brownie-with-ice-cream
Manager and waitress were very helpful and friendly
Highly recommend to any Mexican food fan.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in visiting from Atlanta,
We were in visiting from Atlanta, GA and wanted an authentic "neighborhood" experience and Mamacita exceeded our expectations.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
No food on happy hour menu? Booooo!
Very disappointed that this place I've patronized for the longest has removed food off their happy hour menu. I love the ambiance and the food, service and decor, but why remove the food items off the happy hour menu.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a lively, very noisy
This is a lively, very noisy place. Not great for conversation but excellent for good food! Food is served family style and dishes like tacos are served in threes. We had the calamari tacos and the duck leg tacos and they were excellent. There are surprising flavor combinations and they all worked. We'd definitely like to return and try more dishes.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comida muy buena
Takes Mexican food to a whole new level. Frequent visitor.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our table of four experienced a night full of delicious food, attentive service, fresh margaritas, all in a warm and fun surrounding. A neighborhood gem.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food never disappoints- always fresh and delicious. The wait staff is consistently friendly and attentive. The tables are close together and the noise carries, but the food keeps us coming back. Love the fresh, light spin on a lot of great Mexican dishes.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
YUM, YUM, YUM, YUM, YUM
Did I mention it was good?
Tasty bites (love the drunken fish tacos and Molotes), strong Margaritas, excellent service (our server definitely knowledgeable and kept us on track) and fun atmosphere.
Definitely will be back! (actually don't go here... so I don't have to wait for a table)
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a drink but not for food
It's a great neighborhod spot, lively athmosphere, nice ambiance, great service, but the food is just okay. For our taste just way to heavy. It looked good and was presented niceley, but prepared with very rich sauces. We almost could't finish our plate with 3 Tacos, which is very unusual. Too bad, to many people still like this filling food. Definetely come back for a drink.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing! Service was great! We had
Had the waitress's help, she basically ordered for us and it was perfect.
If you have time & like Mexican food-you should definitely stop here
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back
The Chilaquedes are absolutely phenomenol. I couldn't finish it all. Great place!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently great food
I've visited Mamacita four times now and I've found the food to be consistently excellent- creative, tasty and visually appealing dishes every time. Attentive, friendly service and an upbeat atmosphere as well. Definitely my favorite Mexican restaurant.
8/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed a great early dinner at Mamacita on our first night in SF.
(Five people recommended it so it seemed like the logical choice after a long trip.)
Delicious shrimp appetizer and the goat tacos had the best sauce!
The mojito was light and not too sweet.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal; tight quarters
Thoroughly enjoyable Mexican food and a great drink list and bar area. Only issue for me was just how tight the restaurant made you feel. Small room with too many chairs and tables packed in. The two person tables literally make you feel like you're part of your neighbors' meal. My wife and I got seated next to a table with two young children that had no interest in a nice, sit down Mexican meal. You can guess what that meant for our meal...
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good food, really good price
The food is well sourced and wonderfully prepared. Vibrant tastes.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is awesome! The food, drinks and service is great! Highly recommended. Probably the best mexican food in all of San Francisco. Well priced too. The desserts are fabulous if you like sweets! We've been coming for the last few years and it never disappoints!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
stellar mexican food and fun too!
our group had a super time, all of our menu choices did not disappoint. the margaritas were delicious and our server was great, relaxed, happy and from portland! the cicaqueles rojas (sp?) were amazing...if they could change anything, i would lower the noise level several notches..
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
twice while visiting.
we had returned for our 5th visit to san fransisco over 15 years and were enjoying discovering good spots to eat. we had been down at the marina watching the America's cup races and wandered up from there and along chestnut st. and were delighted by the area. my husband went online once we were back to our hotel and found glowing reports on mamacita. we enjoyed our meal and evening so much that we came back again for our last evening in town. what a great place!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
great inventive food, fun with friends, good people watching. only issue is the noise level is so high that it is tough to have any conversation.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent high end Mexican cuisine
During our week long stay in San Francisco, we wanted to try one good Mexican restaurant. We arrived early, and liked the open, spacious decor. We started with great house margaritas. We ordered molotes and cured local halibut ceviche which was in a tasty citrus, serrano cilantro oil bath. The molotes were crispy, fat, and delicious. I had read about their duck tacos, and they are excellent. Meaty, juicy pieces of duck with slightly sweet tangy chutney. No room for dessert! Service was very good.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mamacita is an excellent Mexican restaurant in a city full of great choices. It's all about the flavor and quality of ingredients with
a beautiful presentation as well. This is not your average Mexican fare which includes large portions of rice and beans, if you are
looking for large servings of average food this is NOT your place. Prices are very fair for the quality, great margaritas and
tortilla chips and a simple menu that always delivers a fabulous meal!!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mexican food. Creative, innovative dishes and top-notch ingredients.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Farm to Table Mexican
I've been to this several times, I never knew until this trip that much of the produce served at this restaurant comes from the family farm of the chef and owner! In any case, I love this place and had to bring my husband on our honeymoon to have the Jicama salad and of course their amazing tacos. Highly recommend their fish and goat tacos... drinks are a must but they are super strong and service is always amazing. Really fresh food and seasonally themed. We love this place! Next time we're in town, we're definitely coming back again. :)
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tacos, enchiladas and guacamole
Service was quick and helpful. We were advised to choose 3-4 dishes to share.
We chose guacamole casero which came with delicious, crispy home-made tortilla chips. The portion was generous and the chips topped up when we got low. The guacamole was fresh and tasted good but was disappointingly mild.
Our favourite dish was the Pollo Taqueria, 3 fresh tacos with crisp salad, chicken, and cheese wrapped in a perfect tortilla with a fresh sauce.
The Rancheros enchilada tasted great, hot out the oven, spicy tomato sauce, melt-in-the-mouth beef, gooey cheese, topped with diced avocado.
Ambience was busy, lively and loud, we had to almost shout to have a conversation.
Food was fresh and tasty but a lot less spicy than expected.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good mexican with special touch
You'll find classic mexican food, but with special details...
Really tasty and original cocktails! Try them all: original margharita or original mixes!!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Margaritas, the food was outstanding. Number one date night. The service was great. I will be back.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing modern Mexican
I am by no means an expert on Mexican (Sydney Australia lacks good Mexican) but this restaurant was just yummy and service was five stars. I went on a Monday evening and had a gorgeous waiter, Eric. I highly recommend the buttermilk calamari tacos, jicama y fruta salad and the guacamole. Just a great modern Mexican restaurant which uses fresh local ingredients.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lived up to the hype
Went here to celebrate a double-date boyfriends birthdays. The food was great, the atmosphere was casual and comfortable. I've been hearing about Mamacita for two years and most restaurants do not live up to the hype, this one did. Padrecito opened up in my neighborhood recently and now I must try it.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, loud room
The food was amazing and definitely not your typical Mexican food, but unfortunately it was so loud that I could hardly hear my dining companion sitting across the table from me. The restaurant was only about half full while we were there, so I shudder to think how loud it it would get if it was a full house!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vibrant Mexican restaurant
Highly recommend making this trip outside of main tourist areas for dinner at this vibrant Mexican in a great area of town where restaurants abound.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh approach to Mexican food
All food dishes were excellent, from the duck tacos to the shredded beef enchilada.
Guacamole and salsa were delicious, although the supply of chips was a bit light.
Aztec soup was spicy and warm, more tomato-base liquid than hearty.
This was our second visit, and we plan to head back for more.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM