Arguello

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Arguello is located in the historic Presidio Officers’ Club as a multifaceted cultural destination. It features Mexican cuisine capturing the cultural heritage of the Presidio and a contemporary bar with craft cocktails.


A heated patio provides a comfortable way to enjoy outdoor dining in the Presidio and features accents that connect today’s experiences to the historic Presidio, including an outdoor comal (griddle) for tortilla making.
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PJ
San Francisco
312 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tacos with ling cod and shrimp and the ceviche with shrimp and jicama. Both were delicious but less food than expected for the price. But we love the location and the flavors.

F
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Please thank our server.

RB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Bad food and bad service. If the drinks weren’t decent, it would have gotten 1 Star.

A salad looked like a child had assembled it, and tasted like it had been out for hours. The meat on a sandwich was tough and barely edible. Only the chips were decent.

Service was almost like a parody of bad service. Lots of staff, standing around , acting blind to diners trying to flag them. One server (blue eyeglasses) was gratuitously rude, other staff amateurish.


This place used to be a good restaurant. Now it is more like a bar with sub-par bar food. Cross this one off the list!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. INCREDIBLE cocktails. Cozy room. No hassle parking. Outside patio for sunny rays.
Such a good place

CC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for Valentines Day or any reason. I often go for Friday lunch and a margarita with a great friend. We sit at the bar.

Excellent service and ambiance and beautifully situated in the Presidio

PC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite lunch place! Great food, great atmosphere, and great service.

y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch for 8... we had a great time!

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor area in the sun

E
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

great food, margaritas, service.
the lighting could be a little less bright at night for a cozier ambiance.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time - enjoyed a night out with my bestie

AD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good! The sopes with crab were amazing and so was the fish stew and kale salad.

F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside in February! Great service and the menu has slightly changed. Everything we had was exceptional, can't wait to return.

OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food here. This was our first time for dinner. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation, hoping to have more time before our performance at the newly renovated Presidio Theater and very much appreciated being seated right away. We shared the ceviche, sopas— which has a generous serving of fresh crab — the little gem salad and the roasted carrots. All were absolutely delicious and the perfect amount of food for pre-show dining. We look forward to returning to try some of the larger plates! Prices are quite reasonable for the quality and portion sizes.

j
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice! The food and service were good, and the location was perfect for going to the Presidio Theatre afterwards. I will definitely eat there again.

j
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great Place. I recently discovered this restaurant, and I like it!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the chips, salsa and guacamole for starters then the tacos octopus tacos and chicken tosquitos and the short ribs platter.
The starter was ample for the three of us and the home made chips and salsa was delicious.
All dishes were so good.
I had the short ribs and the meat was so tender it melted in your mouth.
Out server Anastasi was awesome.!we will definitely be back

l
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disaointed with greasy chips that came with guacamole.
With well know chef, should not happen.

However entrées were good, as well as the service.

MR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and great guacamole. Definitely going back.

E
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had a very frustrating experience trying to reach someone at Arguello to let then know that we should be late. my friend was stuck at the car rental place at the airport not going to make it to our 7 PM reservation time. I could not reach anyone to tell them and didn't want to loose our reservation. I had to go alone to hold the table and wait nearly an hour for my friend to arrive. I wish they had a phone number on their website or a way to contact the restaurant directly

MC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a limited amount of time and the waitstaff was very accommodating. We ordered a few appetizers and split an entree. The food was delicious and service was excellent

LG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great small plates & margaritas: chicken taquitos, empanadas, guacamole, etc. Larger plates are good, but not fabulous. Service was very good also.

EY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Brunch was really really good and it is now on my brunch rotation. I had no idea their brunch was that good or I would have gone sooner. I only wish our server would have been a little more engaging. She didn't seem like she wanted to be there and it put a bit of a damper on the brunch that I thought was otherwise perfect.

BO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was mediocre and staff was not welcoming or friendly. The best part of the experience was visiting the attached museum and walking the grounds.

SR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! We shared the guacamole and several small plates. Recommend the ceviche and grilled octopus. Delicious food and amazing flavors! Sat next to Diane Keaton. It doesn’t get much better than that :-) Enjoy!!!
Only bad thing was that our car was broken into as well as 5 others in the restaurant parking lot. Be sure to take any valuables with you!

RH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There are few restaurants in San Francisco that will seat a large group (12) in the midst of the holidays; we know this because we have difficulty every year. Nonetheless, Arguello accommodated us and we were very delighted by the deliciously fresh and authentic cuisine, the decor, ambiance and service. By far it was the best choice for our family dinner tradition, 7 years and counting. Unfortunately, the night ended on a terribly unfortunate note as our cars as well as several others were broken into in the restaurant’s parking lot. Several hundreds of dollars to fix broken windows and replace stolen property was the aftermath. Nonetheless, we’d still advise this is a restaurant worth Ubering to.

CG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful San Francisco find! Great food and service. Price was surprisingly reasonable for a SF restaurant. Very creative food that was delicious.

f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excessive noise made conversation impossible; the renovated spaces in the building are well done

JO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great location and food was good. Service can be a bit slow but it is usually pretty busy here. Chips were a bit greasy but other than that upscale taqueria food with cocktails.

P
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my birthday week! Loved this restaurant. I had the duck. Yummy! Flan was housemade and so good! Thank you!!

LS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! Good value for fresh Mexican food. Intimate atmosphere, very good service.

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We adored the guacamole!

LN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had the chips and guacamole on the table quite a while before getting silverware and napkins. We were rushed to order. They were out of two main courses. The food was hastily set down on the table without clearing a space for it. One plate nearly toppled the salsa bowl.

HG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for enhancing our evening with my grandson and his friend. Celebrating a birthday with you was fun!

SM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Arguello. The location feels like you are sneaking outside of the normal hustle and bustle. Parking is easy, food is excellent and the mezcal options are top notch. The chips are easily the best in the city as well!

RS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food. Great cocktails. Nice outdoor seating.

LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great catch a place to have dinner before the USO dance at the officers club next-door. The service was fast, the cocktails were delicious, and the small plates were very deep and tasty, especially the empanadas and the dish with “impossible chorizo”. The atmosphere was cozy, and there is an inviting looking out door patio which would be delightful to experience during the day sometime. We would definitely return!

n
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. If you are a tequila lover you have to see their stash. We usually just order the house margaritas, but this time we decided to experiment with the different kinds of Tequilas and there really is a difference. Our waitress was very knowledgable and we learned a lot. My favorite thing on the menu is their pizole verde- a delicious Mexican soup- enough to have as a meal. And their chips and guacamole are fabulous.

PU
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow. Food was okay but overpriced.

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Portions are way too small. Chips are greasy but will fill you up before your small entree. Also, it's very expensive.

CO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Tequila and great menu, love the food and service is awesome too.

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