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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LM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an early Saturday brunch here (11:30am), and so were able to be seated on the patio. Really lovely. My daughter and I had Huevos Rancheros. My husband had Fish and Shrimp Tacos. Also, we all had cocktails but unfortunately I forgot to write down what we each had. But we each enjoyed what we ordered. We all agreed that we would definitely return to Arguello, on the early side so as to secure an outdoor table.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The sweet potato hash was one of the interesting flavor treats in many months. Including epazote and cilantro, among other things.

SR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Menu limited but food was imaginative and quite good, albeit very salty (both snapper and shrimp). Dining room very disappointing--small, dark, noisy and much like a fast food joint. No "good" tables and nothing attractive or inviting about the inside. Outside patio very pretty but cold (& closed for private party). Help okay but we had to beg for the lone table that had a window to the patio. Would ho back for the food except it's too expensive for the overall dreary experience.

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot our waiter Alejandro was awesome! Food delicious ! Empanadas everyone’s fav !!

MY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food. Great place. Interesting location. Easy parking. Cocktails expensive.

OT
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome all around!

m
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad starter, the guacamole was great, and so was the snapper entree and a side of black beans. Beautiful dining room, lovely margarita. Will be back!

M
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing... Service was great... I'm glad that I came across this great hidden gem!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food & drink. Great service. The presidio is so beautiful.

T
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice staff, ok food, excellent drinks.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Love the mexican food here

n
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we spent one night in Presidio - so glad we did because dinner was fantastic! The flavors were outstanding as was the waiter who helped us learn about the differences of tequila. Worth a trip!

SH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best chile rellenos I have ever had! I wish I lived closer.

AD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The host was curt and unfriendly, seemed upset and made blunt / rude comments. Will think again before going back

D
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Mexican typefood. The best I’ve had in a long time. And mescal forgettaboutit. Aqua Chile and ceviche. Great great area.

l
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is unique and delicious. Each month featured a Mexican region's specialties. Great list of mezcal. Service is very good parking is plentiful and easy.

JL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was a little expensive for what we got. Service got off to a slow start, then more attentive later.

LS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch outside on a beautiful day and loved the food and staff.

JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super Delicious and in a really fun location. We will return (and sip some cocktails).

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was not up to fine dining standards, from the snotty hostess who couldn't be bothered to help us to the inexperienced server who was pretty clueless about customer service.

P
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, different spin on popular Mexican foods. Service was spot on.

PM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

service was not so great on this visit. better in the past
good food, just wish the waitstaff had been more attentive.

RK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food has improved immensely since this place first opened. Really delivering on high end Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices. Empanadas and snapper err do die for!

t
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great location and ambience but outside of the bar and "bar food", I'd pass.

NB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really fun place in a National Park.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Limited menu overpriced. Beer was a tasty IPA. The outside dinning area was more attractive than inside.

K
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoughtful menu and excellent execution! The ceviche was excellent and the plantain chips to eat it with imaginative and it worked well. We had the Oaxacan mole and the cochinito pibil. Both were flavorful at every bite, the chicken (mole) was moist and the pork (pibil) moist and with a citrusy flavor. We asked for mole sauce (which was flavorful but seemed toned down---spicy-wise for anglo palates. Still very good.

The corn tortillas are hand-made and wonderful. We asked for more and they gave us more, no questions. Lovely staff, knowledgeable and friendly. We will return next time we are in SF.

PS. The flan was the best we have had anywhere. Arguello needs to publish cookbook!

TB
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoy the friendly Arguello team members and the delicious food. We enjoy the changing menu and deep flavors. Arguello is a great spot in the Presidio that is a favorite of ours while we lived nearby and now anytime we are in the area. Enjoy the warm expressions from both the Arguello people, the food and the historic surroundings. Have fun!

LG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Really great food and cocktails! Service a tad lax--but enough margaritas and you won't even notice.
The fish and pork main plates are deelish! Be sure to order extra home-made tortillas, and fabulous beans.....

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alejandro was great!!

BE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovey setting. Congenial and competent staff. Some of the food choices are very good, others not so much. Flan, tortilla chips, guacamole, beer — very good; rice and beans—well cooked but boring and nothing close to Mexican. Brunch options —e.g. — huevos rancheros—actually boring. No spices! Generous portions. They need an authentic Mexican chef.

PD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A little disappointing this time around. We've been to Arguello many times in the past, and the service was always good. However, this past Saturday, there was a large private party in a side room and it seemed like the staff and kitchen were spread thin. Service was a little slow and it took longer than usual for the food to come out. They also ran out of guacamole and shrimp. Will definitely return to this restaurant again, but hopefully on a night when there's no private party.

KT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server was lovely but we were confused along with other guests about how to enter the restaurant with a party occupying the patio and no directions telling us to cross through the patio. We called and so did other guests standing outside. It was not clear with the sign provided telling us a private party was in the patio. My guest wanted to skip our reservation and I finally took us through the patio.

G
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the service was perfect and the location is amazing.

The chips were homemade and the guacamole was above average! The chicken taquitos were perfect as well. They had craft beers on tap as well. If you are staying in the Presidio or in the area, this is the restaurant that you should go to for dinner... especially if you are choosing between Sessions and Arguello.

MO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was a bland, at least what I ordered - empanadas and vegan mole. Awesome guacamole, service, atmosphere, and access and parking was SO easy. So it was a mixed experience. For the $$ and Traci des Jardins' reputation, I expected bigger flavors and more of a Wow factor.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arguello has the most flavorful, authentic & delicious Mexican food in SF, not to mention the Pancho Villa margaritas. Eli, our waiter, was very helpful & attentive.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great chips, good drinks. Appetizers pretty good, mediocre large plates. Slow service overall.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on a date with my boyfriend. Great food, a bit expensive but worth it. Will return for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

DA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Compliments to the chef on Mother's Day. My wife was extremely pleased. Will return

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