Sabrosa
Sabrosa

Sabrosa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sabrosasf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 638-6500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday-Friday, 12pm to 3:30pm
    Limited Menu: Monday-Sunday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30pm to 10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday and & Saturday, 5:30pm to 11pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 3:30pm
    Bar: Monday, 4pm to 2am & Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm to 2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jose Ramos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenwich
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of street parking available. Parking garage located off Webster and Lombard enter off Webster.
A word from Sabrosa
Sabrosa's kitchen offers guests the opportunity to enjoy recipes rooted in culture and brimming with authentic Mexican flavors. Influenced by Jose's experience growing up on his family’s farm in Guanajuato, Mexico, each dish is prepared with ingredients derived from the organic and sustainable agricultural bounty of Northern California.

From the bar guests can indulge in simple and seasonal cocktails made to compliment Jose's dishes. Sabrosa's bar program is lead by mixology veteran Matt Stanton, and offers a variety of hand crafted cocktails and margaritas, an expansive beer and wine list, and over 24 thoughtfully selected tequilas and mezcals.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Sabrosa reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (12)vibrant bar scene (12)great for brunch (8)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (7)hot spot (7)special occasion (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Sabrosa is OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    This restaurant is nicely packaged and comfortable initially. But once inside you immediately get the sense that it's catering to a 25 to 30-somethings crowd based on the large area taken up by the bar. The bartender mixed a nice cocktail. I ordered the rib-eye steak that was well prepared and seasoned. It was flavorful along with the mashed plantain. Although the brussel sprouts were bland, they did add a nice texture to the food. It went quite well with the wonderful flavor of the steak. My dining companions did not enjoy their ceviche selection. They found them overly sour. Otherwise, this is a great place for after-work bonding with your co-workers over drinks and tapas but not for intimate dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit loud but I would go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A bit loud but I would go back. Food was good and with a large group might be better. We went with older parents and it was too hard to hear each other
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kristen
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Was very disappointed that it took nearly 45 minutes to receive our breakfast orders - a frittata and carnitas/egg dish - especially since the restaurant was nearly empty when we were there. The food was good. Not outstanding. But good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Mexican food!
    Roo2614
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We go to Sabrosa every time we get the urge for Mexican food. Delicious dishes, good service and reasonable prices. Why look anywhere further when we have great Mexican restaurant right here in Cow Hallow / Marina. We recommend this restaurant and we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Lackluster Ambiance
    AHarmer
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    (This review is for Brunch) The food was delicious, everyone enjoyed their meals. The service was also attentive despite reviews we read. The ingredients were fresh and the flavors were abundant yet well balanced. The ambiance, however was lackluster. It was a lovely Sunday morning and even though we were sitting outside the music was blaring at a decibel that was far too high for Sunday morning brunch (and I'm not 72, I'm 27, there's a time and place for very loud music and brunch ain't it). The music choice also left something to be desired: they were playing skillex, Bassnectar and the like for the entire meal which just felt out of place. If they are trying to be hip they missed the mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good Food
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were impressed with the quality and flavor of the dishes and of the cocktails also. We tried the aguachile ceviche, the calamari tacos and the Carnitas entree and all were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Ambiance; Food Could be Better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The decor is super cute. You feel like you are in a fancy, but chill Mexican restaurant. That being said, the food is only OK, is kinda pricey, and they give you small portions. This was my second time there, and I had the same opinion both times. Certain items were good, others were a miss. How do you get guac wrong? By adding strawberries and only seasoning with jalapeno? I probably won't go again unless I were just going for drinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relly great food and drinks
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My family came here for dinner and we were all impressed by the quality of the food and cocktails. Coming back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and drinks
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a terrific experience at Sabrosa. The tacos and ceviches are the best we have had anywhere in San Francisco and the cocktails are fresh and outstanding as well. Attentive, friendly service. Highly recommend Sabrosa.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 59 reviews are from the Sabrosa reviews archive.
  • Underwhelmed
    sfpiggyVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The ambiance of Sabrosa is welcoming and marries a traditional Spanish and Latin American elements with a fresh and modern feel. Unfortunately, the beautiful ambiance was not matched by the quality of food. The food was poorly seasoned (some underseasoned and some overseasoned). We ordered the ceviche con fruta, kale & beet ensalata, pescado, pollo pipian and seafood stew. The ceviche had very little fish. The pescado was listed on the menu as featuring halibut however when the dish arrived the kitchen had replaced the halibut with overcooked salmon. Our server had not informed the table of the substitution and appeared to be unaware that the kitchen had even replaced the halibut with the salmon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Sabrosa
    hellokittyinsf
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Tina was a great server. nice table, accommodating..great food. friendly bar staff. we loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food didn't meet my expectations
    GoJoHoVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was not that great, especially for the price. $200 for four people (we got 2 pitchers at $32 each, guacamole to share and one entree each). The food was really sub-par. Our server was great, but I will not be going back. There's way too many good places to eat in SF and this can't compete.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    Heathcliff
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This place always hits the spot. The ingredients are really high quality and everything is super fresh. Also the mezcal margaritas are amazing and you can get them by the pitcher. It can get a little packed and a bit loud on friday and saturday night so I usually try to go weeknights or for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SFAEVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Was very much looking forward to trying out the new, highly acclaimed place in the neighborhood. Was pretty disappointed. The service was friendly but very poor. It was very slow, from getting the wine, to getting our salads to getting our entrees. Our appetizer was forgotten, and brought after the salads (and comped). Our wine took over 15 mins to arrive, and then our server broke the cork in trying to open it. My guest got the wrong entree. The place was loud, and the food was just spotty (crab salad was bland, chicken salad was good). Might stop by for a snack and a drink, but not worth the effort and noise for dinner. I think this place has a bit of a mixed identity...bar or restaurant. Think it needs to sort itself out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service with salty food
    SFfoodlover
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Having worked in restaurants for years there is a minimum level of service that I think is expected by patrons. We did not even receive minimum service at Sabrosa. It wasn't busy and yet we waited 15+ minutes for water and to be visited by our server. By the time he did come by we ordered everything at once (drinks, apps and main course). We waited another 10 mins for our drinks which we saw sitting on the bar (beer and wine). By the time our food came, we were surprised it was still warm. It was so salty that we were pounding water. We couldn't wait for the meal to be over and were disappointed we chose to spend out money at Sabrosa.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sabrosa
    catiepie
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Good food. Strong bar vibe, even though it purports to be a restaurant first. We went for dinner on Tuesday night and there weren't too many people there, but I'm sure it would be full of people drinking tequila on a Friday or Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good all around
    Blair
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food at a reasonable price! 3 of us ate appy's and a meal along with a jug of margarita and teh total was $100. Which is great I think!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Scrumptious
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food and cocktails were really delicious. We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NageVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food and great service...very vibrant scene on a Saturday so it can be noisy
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for 28-35 crowd
    TomSFVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good food and service I would have rated it higher however, it was confusing if this was more a bar or restaurant. The bar area both physically and from a sound standpoint really encroached on the seating area. Young techie crowd which seems the be the norm these days in that area. This would be a great place to go with a group of friends for a birthday celebration! I would come back
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice place
    ChristineAmsterdam
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Good Mexican food here, but uneven: amazing guacamole, but a tired tasting ceviche. Great empanadas.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Mexican food, muy sobrosa
    Eric
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Excellent Mexican food, the kind you find in better restaurants in major cities of Mexico, with classic mole sauces and ingredients, very well prepared, and very different from the taquerias and average Mexican restaurants you commonly find in the US. The service was very good. However, they packed you tightly at small tables, and at times you bumped elbows with your companions. The acoustics in the room echoed the clamor and chatter of the mostly young clientele. The name of the restaurant, "Sabrosa," a Spanish word meaning "tasty or flavorful," is quite fitting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive service, excellent food.
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We had a tremendous meal here. Robust flavors in the ceviche. The fish entree has a semi spicy tomato sauce that is amazing. We tried the carnitas plate as well, which you roll into home made warm tortillas and apply salsa and pickled veggies. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C rated Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I went with a few girl friends for Sunday brunch on a lovely afternoon. Great patio and they were able to reserve us a spot outside with no issues, which was great. The food we ordered was hit and miss, and we never received our appitizers. The service was friendly and helpful just a little slow on the bill. I might try this restaurant again in a year or so - or just for drinks, once they have the kinks worked out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything Super Tasty
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our party tried 7 different ultra tasty dishes and we loved absolutely everything. Will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great mexican in trendy marina spot
    sfmomVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We have gone here twice and have enjoyed it both times. Be prepared for it to be VERY noisy even if it is not full..But the food is awesome. Best margaritas I have had in a while. Fantastic quesidillas and guacamole. Also had a delicious mole short rib thing. Order several things and share. Worth the trip. But don't plan on having an intimate conversation. We could barely hear out waitress it was so loud. But delicious and LIVELY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but super loud
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food is great but the noise level is unreal. With the high ceilings and cement floors, when the restaurant gets full, it's nearly impossible to have a conversation with the people you're with.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The noise level is unacceptable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The noise level is unacceptable for a restaurant. Food needs lots of work. Service was friendly. They took care of a few drinks because they don't offer desserts.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unique bites
    Destroya
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Great house margarita. The seafood ceviche was like nothing I've ever tried before. Very unique and flavorful dishes - a must try if you're looking a a new upscale Mexican spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    A very interesting menu with some very tasty items. However, our group was frequently looking for the wait staff. The restaurant was half-empty at the time so it did not seem very crowded or hectic, but it just seemed to take a while to even do things like get the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but seriously loud inside
    JohnR
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great good, and very good margaritas. This place badly needs some sound-deadening - it's all flat hard surfaces and full of loud Marina folks..On Saturday night, I basically had to shout loudly across a table for conversation and could still barely hear, and then go home with ringing ears. Will be back for cocktails - doubt I could stand the noise again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!
    missbunch15
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I love what they have done to this place! The old place "city tavern" doesn't even come close to what they have turned this place into. You can get a well prepared meal, a DELICIOUS cocktail and still not be at a frat party in the marina. It is so conveniently located and the service was great. The interior design is so awesome, the energy is great, personalities of staff are energetic and it helps they are all attractive ;) I love the ambiance of this restaurant and can't wait to bring my family here for brunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    maggie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    First time really enjoyed the food but the noise level was way too much me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was good and the service was so so, but the noise level was unbearable! Could hardly hear yourself think, let alone talk to the people at your table. The design looks good to the eye but all of the tile and concrete is not doing any favors to the noise.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not Bad Not Great
    danjeffer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was OK. Didnt stand out. Drinks were not as good as I heard they were supposed to be.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican Restaurant in SF
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We had an amazing meal at Sabrosa. You have to try the Tlacoyo. The agua chile ceviche is a bargain at $13. The Pasilla chicken is awesome. Never had better mexican food anywhere. The cocktails ( the spicy Macho Margarita Is a must) are equally impressive and the service was friendly and professional. Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food in the marina!
    sfmomVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We loved the food, the service and the margaritas are some of the best I have tasted. Very different, high end Mexican. We shared a couple of things and were very full. Very friendly waiter and good service. The Tacos were a little weird but everything else we ate was divine! Great chips and guac, fantastic quesidillas. the margaritas do pack a punch so be careful! We will return again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a bachelorette party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had a bachelorette party start with dinner here. Service was great. Atmosphere was awesome. Drinks were strong and food was excellent. Def worth going to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food and Drinks
    Fogcity99VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We will keep coming back for the authentic, organic delicious food of Sabrosa. The service is professional and its a fun place to grab drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marina Upscale/Uplift
    Marinalocal
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    From the initial booking to closing out the bill, the customer service was excellent. Hostess and manager onsite were extremely accommodating for SuperBowl Sunday -giving us opportunity to sit directly below the TVs and turning up the volume w/out turning it into sports bar craziness. Bartender was authentic -based on where he was from, his excitement to create and offer unique and spot on margaritas for the group and engagement and excitement for what he specialized in. Love the decor/ambiance/vibe/energy of the place/staff/offering. Excited for Sanbrosa and what it is offering /bringing to the old Marina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.