Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco
Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco

Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 4158744300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday -Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    *Closed on Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: David Suarez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Regardless of your party size, Rosa Mexicano is the perfect venue to offer your guests a creative, upscale experience. We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, pre fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d"ouvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. Please contact Breé Theriault, btheriault@rosamexicano.com or
    415.874.4300
  • Entertainment: We offer three TVs in the bar area. On special occasions, we frequently have guest musicians and/or mariachis to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
  • Special Events: HAPPY HOUR AT CANTINA BAR | DAILY, 4-7 pm
    Half-price select cocktails and appetizers will make you very happy for much more than an hour.





Getting there

  • Cross Street: Steuart Street
  • Public Transit: BART/Muni Embarcadero Station, California Street Trolley line or Historic Market Street Railine (F-Line). 14-Mission Muni Line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garages and street parking (metered).
A word from Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco
In 1984, Rosa Mexicano set a new standard for Mexican cuisine when it first opened in New York City. Playing a leading role in defining what was then a "new" cuisine to American diners, Rosa Mexicano delivers authentic Mexican cooking in an accessible, stylishly festive atmosphere. Rosa Mexicano"s menu features a range of award-winning signature dishes, including our Guacamole en Molcajete, prepared in a traditional lava rock mortar. Described by Time Out New York as "green ecstasy in a stone bowl," it is prepared table side and served with house made chips, warm corn tortillas and condiment salsas. Rosa Mexicano is also known for the Frozen Pomegranate Margarita, as well as the stylish and festive ambiance that includes our dramatic 15 ft. water wall.
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Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (51)great for lunch (41)fit for foodies (29)vibrant bar scene (28)great for outdoor dining (28)neighborhood gem (19)hot spot (18)special occasion (15)great for brunch (9)romantic (9)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • caligirl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. He made the experience really great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rosa's Always Greta as usual
    MrCory0099VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We've been to the NYC, DC and LA locations and to add San Francisco to the RM resume' was great! The food and service were excellent! Thanks Rosa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SherrieVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We've eaten at Rosa Mexicano in New York several times, so we were excited to visit this one on our trip to San Francisco. Everything was as delicious as we expected. The margaritas seem small, but they pack a punch, and we love both the original and flavored ones. (Visit the bar between 4-7PM and get exceptional prices on the happy hour drinks.) Food portions in the dining room are large, and since we were in a hotel, we decided to share an appetizer of fish tacos and the chicken mole entrée, which comes with black beans and rice. (The mole isn't on the menu, so it's worthwhile to ask if it's available as a special.) Makes me hungry to think about Rosa Mexicano and just wish we lived closer to one, so we could visit often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Mexican food
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been to a couple of upscale Mexican restaurants and this was good but not great. Service was excellent. They lack a regular type of salsa and only serve super hot red thin and sweet mild green. Not really good on chips ETc. But overall was good experience
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 85%tile
    Stupadupa
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good food, great presentation and service, TILE WALLS HARDWOOD TABLES AND WINDOWS MALE IT REALLY LOUD AND HARD TO CARRY ON A CONVERSATION WHEN THE PLACE IS FULL!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Lunch
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I work nearby and I meet colleagues and friends at Rosa Mexicano for lunch periodically. Great guacamole' and margaritas also. The staff is very personable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't take my word for it...
    runster
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    try this place yourself! Good Mexican and Mexican-like fare that won't break the bank (pretty rare in SF!) For lunch, I am particularly partial to their guac - made table-side to order and the salmon salad... Nothing too greasy and you are leaving happy looking forward to the next opportunity to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • patty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I bought a voucher for this restaurant but it expired before I could use it. I planned on using what I paid for the voucher. When I arrived at the restaurant, not only did they honor the expired voucher but the service was outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Different Kind of Mexican Food
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had the chile relleno which was quite different from what I am used to. It was fried in a thin crispy crust and stuffed with rice and mushrooms. It was the largest chile I have ever seen. I would not order it again. The guacamole was prepared at the table and was good - $14. Service was a bit slow.
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  • Great Margaritas & Guac!
    foodiegrrlVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Tableside guacamole made to your liking. Large selection of tequilas. Waitstaff is extremely nice, though can be slow if they get busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was excellent
    LouisianaGalVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    the food was plentiful and excellent, however, service was slow especially for lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great margaritas! Food not so much
    jonvill
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was disappointed by the food, the service was fair. We ordered guacamole which was very good and served promptly. Unfortunately, the main courses were delayed for some unknown reason and when they were finally brought to the table, the server apologized for one of the entrees because it had been sitting under the heat lamps waiting for the other dishes. He offered to have a new one made but I didn't want to wait any longer while the rest of my dining companions started their meals. When I asked about the other dishes at the table, my friends said the chicken was overcooked. Only one person in our party of six was happy with their food. I will not return to this establishment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the guacamole!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Table side homemade guacamole was fantastic! Definitely a must in my book.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GeoffVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great place, love it have returned many times see you soon thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork shank was a treat!
    mizudines
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Came here with a small group after work. At 5:30 the place was full of people enjoying happy hour. Restaurant was chic and inviting. Guacamole was a treat as was the pork shank. Everyone had a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much fun!
    BirgitVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is a wonderful spot to spend lunch outside and then stay some more. Their Pomegranate Margaritas are outstanding! And always order the Guacamole.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable
    TiffyPopsVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My second time here - celebrating a co worker's birthday. Food and atmosphere was nice - the rest of the group enjoyed themselves as well. Had the guacamole this time - it was great! only needed one order for the 4 of us - even though they suggested two. Had the enchiladas - delish! and of course dessert. All in all, a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CrunchLunchFan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I used to really like Rosa Mexicano and came here often. But they no longer have the Lunch Crunch option (a little soup, a little guac, a small taco and flan), which was my favorite. A lot of variety and not too much of anything. This time a friend and I each ordered soup (still good) and quesadillas to share (just okay). The restaurant wasn't crowded but the service wasn't very good, and they brought us the wrong quesadillas. Nothing major, but disappointing all the same. I just didn't enjoy it and don't think I'll be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's all about the guac
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This table-side guacamole service is fabulous; easy to load up on chips and skip the entree. But don't, because the fish tacos are worth skipping the appetizer. Happy hour is a great deal and if alcohol isn't your thing the watermelon water, agua fresca, is delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and atmosphere
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The entire wait staff was great. We felt very well taken care of throughout the evening. We asked if we could stay at our table and chat longer and they were very accomadating. Unfortunately, the food wasn't good. We were both disappointed and my friend left half a plate. Still, if you are n the neighborhood, grabbing a cocktail and a botana might not be a bad idea.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The guacamole is too die for. Probably the best I have had in quite sometime. Ask for them to make it extra spicy you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tough to make mexican fancy
    ListentoAndyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wait staff was confused and delayed. Considering the restaurant was only 50% full this was a bit disappointing. It took 20 minutes to have appetizers served, and then entrees followed to quickly leaving a bulk of things on the table. Fish and Chicken were not favorites at the table but the pork was fabulous. Not too bad, but not a place to take someone you were trying to impress.
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  • Blech
    JoeindamissionVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great location. Great guacamole. Really blaaaahhhh food. I got the 'tres enchiladas' and I could only eat the cheese enchilada. None of us (four in total) liked our entres. Appetizers were good. Beautiful people. Bad food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Guac!
    sarahd
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The best place for Guacamole! Made at the table, delicious. Staff are fabulous. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great 1st Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I had a lovely lunch date for our 1st year wedding anniversary. The staff were so kind and welcoming and the food was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food at Rosa's is really, really, good. We 4 had the veggie taco, the short ribs, the enchiladas, and the steak fajita (or taco...can't remember). Everyone loved each dish. The guacamole, made table-side was wonderful, maybe the best I've had. And the desserts were generous and delicious. But the server got every single phase of the meal wrong, failed to bring iced tea (We had to remove it from the bill) got the margarita orders wrong, the guacamole order wrong and the entrée order wrong. Seriously. At each step of the way he and the staff were polite, apologetic, etc. So no problem with attitude, they were professional and friendly. Just got most things wrong. It was weird.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has become way overpriced...
    FlyerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Rosa has become way overpriced. We paid $65 for lunch and we shared a meal and had one margarita each. The drink glasses were small and not very good. I used to like this brand. I will not be going back.
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  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great place for a group, or even for 2, Happy Hour price deals, very friendly staff, everybody were helpful and attentive. Food was good a little overpriced for Mexican food, but worth it for a special occasion. Drinks were good, strong and the happy hour prices are great and a wide selection of Tequila. Front house staff were friendly and accommodating. Only issue was the restrooms, no toilet paper and no paper towels in the ladies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had a great lunch with coworkers
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The day before our team meeting my coworkers wanted to talk about where we should go and have lunch the next day. I'm on Rosa's email list and thought it would be a great place to have lunch as a group. It was a fabulous place! We all loved our food and drinks but absolutely loved the guacamole! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican Food!
    NanceVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Rosa Mexicano has the best Mexican food in the area and the drinks are delicious as well. I would recomment to anyone in the neighborhood or if you need a quick spot for a business lunch this place is ideal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Cath
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was ourstanding, and the service and staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive mexican food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Pricey for quesadillas and fish tacos -$15 each at lunch. I won't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise!
    TiffyPopsVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    First time at Rosa Mexicano - my friends and I had it on our list to try out. We took a friend there for her birthday and we found it to be very nice! We enjoyed the décor and ambiance - the restaurant is a lot bigger inside than it looks on the outside. The hostess and servers were really nice. We each had the 3 item pre fixe - I had empanadas for the starter, fish tacos for entrée, dessert was churros with a chocolate dip - everything was great! Service in the beginning was good, but slowed a little during the meal... but the restaurant was pretty busy. All in all, a really nice lunch enjoyed by all of us. We'd come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I had a delicious dinner at the SFO restaurant! We actually had the guacamole and I had the salmon. I know one doesn't usually think of fish at a Mexican restaurant, and it was fabulous! The black beans were creamy and we loved the ambience. It was a wonderful dinner!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Karen2845
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my first visit to Rosa Mexicano and it exceeded my expectations! The restaurant is lively, the menu has something for everyone, and the tableside guacamole was delicious! Friendly and courteous wait staff: they explained the menu, offered suggestions and were attentive to our needs. We were very pleased with overall service and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    ClaimsTeam5
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were a party of 5. First, the guacamole was excellent and the best item on the menu. Two of us really liked what was ordered. One was carnitas tacos and a chicken dish (can't remember the name). Those two dishes were very good. Two of us ordered the Chili Releno. We both hated it. It was dry and stuffed with rice and no cheese that we could see. The actual chili was hard, almost raw and didn't seem cooked completely. The batter around the chili was hard and dry. There was very little sauce on the plate under the chili releno. Neither one of us was able to finish it. The 5th order was a steak quesadilla which had very little cheese and the person that had ordered it had asked for medium rare and it was well done.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Fireworks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It's my favorite place at New Years and 4th of july when I come to town from LA!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 280 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • great bar scene, so so food
    mamakeest
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Ambience is great, bar scene was lively. Dinner was mediocre, heavy cheese on chicken, no flavor. Steak looked good but tasted like charcoal. however the churros were amazing! go for a drink or the churros but elsewhere to eat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    pammy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    It was my third visit to Rosa Mexicano. The moment my guest and I entered in the doors everyone was very friendly and pleasant. On my third dining experience one of my guest had never been to the restaurant and by the time we left she said she would definitely return for another for another dining experience. Food and service was awesome as always! I anticipate my fourth dining experience soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Great Service.
    Lulu
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food: Started with the made to order at your table guacamole- absolutely fantastic and great smoked chipotle and green salsa on the side! Ceviche tacos were the best tacos of the night. If you like truffle oil you'll love these! We had the shrimp tacos and carnitas tacos for dinner with mexican style corn on the cobb. The corn was delicious but the shrimp and pork tacos were kind of bland in flavor. THE CHURROS!!- Best I've ever had. Would go back just for these. SERVICE: Impeccable. The gentleman who made our guacamole was so friendly and our server gave GREAT recommendations specifically with our tequila flight. Shared stories about the history of tequila and was very informative and entertaining. Great ambiance too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.