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Arguello - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
464 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Californian, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Mon: Closed Tues: Lunch 11am-4pm Wed-Fri: Lunch 11am-3pm, Happy Hour 3pm-5pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm Sat: Brunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm Sun: Brunch 11am-4pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 561-3650

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jose Alvarez

  • Catering

    Presidio Foods Catering provides custom menu and full service event planning for venues within the Presidio. Please contact catering@presidio-foods.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Arguello offers spaces for intimate private gatherings as well as events for up to 150 guests. The Fireside is a great place to catch up with old friends or to bring colleagues together. The Anza Room is one of the most stunning and historical spaces in the city and features Spanish tile floors and a fireplace. The Patio is one of the most beautiful outdoor event spaces in the city. It features views toward the Main Parade Ground and San Francisco Bay, along with a fire pit, heat lamps and blankets to keep your guests warm. Arguello also welcomes main dining room and full restaurant buy-outs for larger parties. For more information, please visit our website and click on the private dining tab.

  • Private party contact

    Randalyn Young, events@presidio-foods.com: (415) 686-1669

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Cross street

    Arguello Blvd

  • Parking details

    There is ample parking just steps away from Arguello; it is metered from 9:00am - 6:00pm and is free for the remainder of the evening.

  • Public transit

    The Presidio Trust provides a free shuttle service to, from, and within the park. To learn more about PresidiGo shuttle stops and MUNI connections, visit https://www.presidio.gov/transportation

  • Entertainment

    Every Thursday and Friday, the Presidio Trust hosts sponsors free event programming at the Presidio Officer’s Club, which is adjacent to Arguello. Performances include nationally recognized speakers, musicians and filmmakers. More information on these events can be found on our website.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 464 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails, appetizers, main course and dessert were excellent. Thank you.
  2. PJ

    PJDiva

    San Francisco

    321 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    321 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband loved the seafood stew. I wasn't as hungry and opted for two appetizers, the crab sopa and the chicken tacquitoes. Some earlier reviewers raved about both. I thought the tacquitoes were okay but found the delicate crab overpowered by the beans in the sopa. We split the flan which was creamy and delicious.
  3. o

    opentablegrub

    San Francisco

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    A) They have my gin: St. George Terroir B) My spouse liked the house margarita C) The chips are great! The salsas are great! The guacamole is great! D) My snapper was very good. E) My spouse's vegetarian dish was very good also. and 5) They have my gin: St. George Terroir... and bartenders who know their business!!! Recommend if you're going to an event at the newly renovated Presidio Theatre just up the block. Also if you happen to be in the part of the Presidio at 1700->1800. Get a reservation cause around 1800 it filled up and walk-ins would be waiting a considerable time.
  4. CC

    ColleenC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Mexican is my favorite cuisine, and this was among the best ever. I look forward to coming back every time I'm in San Francisco. HOWEVER, come on - $9 for chips and salsa? You can't put a bowl of chips on the table, in the time honored tradition? Not very welcoming, especially at the prices charged.
  5. CP

    ContentedPlusplusplus

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a beautiful evening. We sat outside with good friends and our two dogs. The margaritas kept flowing. The chips and salsa kept arriving. Service was right on top of everything. The food was great. What’s not to like about that??
  6. NR

    NancyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Little Gems Salad, which we split, was delicious; the lettuce crisp and cold; every bite tasty. We each ordered the seafood stew. A wonderful dish.
  7. PJ

    PJDiva

    San Francisco

    321 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    321 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    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.
  8. F

    Fantastic

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service! Please thank our server.
  9. RB

    RhondaB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    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!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. INCREDIBLE cocktails. Cozy room. No hassle parking. Outside patio for sunny rays. Such a good place
  11. CC

    CharlesC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 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
  12. PC

    PascaleC

    Yosemite

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite lunch place! Great food, great atmosphere, and great service.
  13. y

    yummymummy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Brunch for 8... we had a great time!
  14. JP

    JPEsp

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great outdoor area in the sun
  15. E

    Em123

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    great food, margaritas, service. the lighting could be a little less bright at night for a cozier ambiance.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time - enjoyed a night out with my bestie
  17. AD

    AngelaD

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good! The sopes with crab were amazing and so was the fish stew and kale salad.
  18. F

    Foodnick

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside in February! Great service and the menu has slightly changed. Everything we had was exceptional, can't wait to return.
  19. KA

    KateA

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 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.
  20. j

    janesings

    San Francisco

    158 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 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.
  21. j

    janesings

    San Francisco

    158 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great Place. I recently discovered this restaurant, and I like it!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    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
  23. G

    Gail

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 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.
  24. MR

    MohanR

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic atmosphere and great guacamole. Definitely going back.
  25. E

    Ecosal

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 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
  26. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 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
  27. LG

    LindaG

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great small plates & margaritas: chicken taquitos, empanadas, guacamole, etc. Larger plates are good, but not fabulous. Service was very good also.
  28. E

    Elizabeth

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 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.
  29. BO

    BarnOwl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  30. SR

    SantaRosaBella

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 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!
  31. SF

    SFLuver

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 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.
  32. CG

    ChrissieG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful San Francisco find! Great food and service. Price was surprisingly reasonable for a SF restaurant. Very creative food that was delicious.
  33. f

    frankie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    excessive noise made conversation impossible; the renovated spaces in the building are well done
  34. J

    Jomama

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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.
  35. P

    Peninsulalife

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s my birthday week! Loved this restaurant. I had the duck. Yummy! Flan was housemade and so good! Thank you!!
  36. LS

    LeahS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it! Good value for fresh Mexican food. Intimate atmosphere, very good service.
  37. J

    Jens

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We adored the guacamole!
  38. LN

    LorieN

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 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.
  39. HG

    HappyGrandma

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for enhancing our evening with my grandson and his friend. Celebrating a birthday with you was fun!
  40. SM

    ShannonM

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 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!

FAQs

Arguello - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 464 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Arguello Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Mon: Closed Tues: Lunch 11am-4pm Wed-Fri: Lunch 11am-3pm, Happy Hour 3pm-5pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm Sat: Brunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm Sun: Brunch 11am-4pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Californian, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is ample parking just steps away from Arguello; it is metered from 9:00am - 6:00pm and is free for the remainder of the evening.

  • Public transit

    The Presidio Trust provides a free shuttle service to, from, and within the park. To learn more about PresidiGo shuttle stops and MUNI connections, visit https://www.presidio.gov/transportation

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Alvarez

  • Entertainment

    Every Thursday and Friday, the Presidio Trust hosts sponsors free event programming at the Presidio Officer’s Club, which is adjacent to Arguello. Performances include nationally recognized speakers, musicians and filmmakers. More information on these events can be found on our website.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 561-3650

  • Catering

    Presidio Foods Catering provides custom menu and full service event planning for venues within the Presidio. Please contact catering@presidio-foods.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Arguello offers spaces for intimate private gatherings as well as events for up to 150 guests. The Fireside is a great place to catch up with old friends or to bring colleagues together. The Anza Room is one of the most stunning and historical spaces in the city and features Spanish tile floors and a fireplace. The Patio is one of the most beautiful outdoor event spaces in the city. It features views toward the Main Parade Ground and San Francisco Bay, along with a fire pit, heat lamps and blankets to keep your guests warm. Arguello also welcomes main dining room and full restaurant buy-outs for larger parties. For more information, please visit our website and click on the private dining tab.

  • Private party contact

    Randalyn Young, events@presidio-foods.com: (415) 686-1669

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