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About Bissap and Little Baobab

Our name is a tribute to the meaningful symbol of life, community, and culture in Africa -- the Baobab tree, Bissap Baobab San Francisco has been an institution in the heart of the vibrant Mission district for almost 20 years.
We bring the savors and succulent flavors of Senegal to your table with traditional Senegalese cuisine and West African-California fusion specialties. Choose from a full range of gourmet African dishes, including avocat creole, tropical salad, yassa, made, and ceebu. Then wash it all down with one of our homemade juices: hibiscus, tamarind, ginger, or our signature cocktails made with our homemade juices: Tatu, Toni, etc.
We offer HAPPY-HOUR Tuesday to Sunday 5:30pm to 7pm and dinner is served from 5:30pm to 10pm. More than just a restaurant, Bissap Baobab Village is a community center, with a laid back, yet distinctly cosmopolitan, worldly vibe which upholds the concept of an African village.





3372 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
African, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am -2:00pm
Dinner: Tues- Sunday: 5:30 PM - 9:30PM

Cross Street:
Mission & Capp

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 826-9287

Website:
http://www.bissapbaobab.com/

Entertainment:
Bissap Baobab Village has a fantastic line-up featuring local dancers and musicians. Please check our website for the most up to date events.

Catering:
We love large parties and are happy to cater any on site event! We are offering 3 different proposals from ($25/pers.-with 2 entrees and 2 appetizers), ($35/pers-2 appetizers and 3 entrees with one cocktail), and ($45/pers.- all of the above + live performance). We can take seatings up to 50 persons.

Parking Details:
There is a large parking lot on Mission Street between 19th and 20th streets.

Public Transit:
We are located between 16th Street and 24th Street BART stations. The 14 and 49 run on Mission Street and stop at 19th Street.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
If you are interested in holding an event at Bissap and Little Baobab, please contact our Events Manager at for a quote on venue rental, catering, etc.- eventinfo@bissapbaobab.com

Private Dining

Our 2 rooms can accommodate intimate celebrations with family and friends or larger events, at any time : birthday parties / bachelorette parties / corporate parties / film screenings / wedding celebrations/ concerts / dance performances / rehearsals/ etc...

Bissap and Little Baobab Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

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4.2

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4.0

value

4.1

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
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Quick Bite (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

This restaurant did not take the reservation seriously. We showed up on time to be told they had just had a lot of walk ins and they could not accommodate us for 20-30 minutes. The Maitre D seemed to have no concept of what a reservation meant to us as diners who had made a special journey to this restaurant and arrived on time. He told us that Friday and Saturdays were busy and this meant the night we were there (Saturday) was a bad night to make a reservation??? We waited about 45 minutes at the bar and after checking in with him a few times it was clear he really could not reliably tell us when we could eat as it kept being "about 20 minutes". So we left to find another restaurant. We were disappointed as we had specially bought an out of town visitor to try it. The food etc may be good (we'll never know) but I recommend you definitely do not bother with an Opentable reservation as it means nothing at this place.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Don't bother on Flamenco night.

I made a reservation for 7:15. Flamenco performance starts at 7:30. I received a confirmation phone call, day of.

Arrived at 7:15 and the host apologized and said it was at 45 minute wait, standing only, and they'd put us in the far back separate room from the dancing. He pointed at another group he said also made also 7:15 reservation and there were no tables for them either. They were dressed up very fancy, must have been a special night for them.

We left. While we were sitting down at another restaurant, we saw the other group walk by. Guess they never got a table either.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food, atmosphere, service were top notch. Great location😁, near bart. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I love Bissap Baobab...one of my favorites in SF. I have been coming here for almost 25 years, from one location to the next, and the food just keeps getting better. It is my favorite restaurant to take out of town guests for something a bit different; they have all loved it. I have been to Senegal...and when I am at Bissap, I almost feel like I am in Senegal again. I like the atmosphere, the music, the service, the food, and especially the unusual and delicious cocktails. My favorite food items are the red curry shrimp appetizer, yassa or dibi fish and coconut curry with shrimp. My favorite cocktails are Sedem, Manifique, and Tooni (ginger margarita). The happy hour special menu is a great deal: cocktail, appetizer and entree for $20. The SF place turns into a dance club at 10 on Wed, Fri and Sat nights.

Tags: Tapas, Disabled Access, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was wonderful and interesting, the ambiance is great... It is convivial. Pretty much everything you want for casual dinner.

Special thanks to the manager and staff there, who were extremely helpful/accommodating when i left my bag there.... Honest and friendly.

Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always an excellent time! Went for a birthday celebration!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very friendly, African Music...a great place to go dancing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I wouldn't know how the restaurant is. It was closed when we got there at the appointed time of our OpenTable reservation. The lights were off, doors locked, chairs on the tables, and a motorcycle parked inside.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Well we made a reservation for the 26th and then showed up...and the restaurant was closed. So, yes, we were just a bit unimpressed. Nothing either online or through their phone (and definitely not through Open Table) indicated they would be closed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Came with my fiancé for a weeknight dinner. We each got the happy hour dinner special: $20 for 1 house cocktail, appetizer, and entree. Our food was delicious, perfect proportions, and good service. Most of the building is a bar/ dance floor. There is a sit down area with tables and great ambiance.
First time trying black eyed pea cakes- and I’m hooked. Looking forward to my next meal here.

Would be a great place for a work happy hour.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Live Music, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, People Watching, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Brilliant and authentic food and drinks. Servers were polite, helpful and adaptable to our seating arrangements. Hope to stay for the night events/ nightlife next time

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Fun, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had to wait for our table more than 15 min and then we were not able to order our food because the kitchen closed.

But thanks to the food runner we have some thing to eat. Not excatly what we ordered but still delicious.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was great but chairs were hot very comfortable and the menus were sticky.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This is a fun place -- great comfortable atmosphere, really friendly service and creative and unusual food. We were there on a week night so it was quiet. I look forward to returning on a weekend when there is live music.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I moderated a meet up for " black girls on the marina" the ladies loved it. The food was fantastic. I just love this place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

delicious food, attentive staff, great place to enjoy live music

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, People Watching, Live Music, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I love this place! The food is excellent, that's coming from a Senegalese :-) the music is great and the service is warm and professional (Teranga - You'll feel welcomed). Enjoy!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

I really liked Bissap and Little Baobab in Oakland, so was eager to try the original. Exceeded expectations -- a total gem. The food was really fantastic and the ambiance complements the experience. Service is friendly and very casual -- I got there in a rush, so it took me a little time to settle into the more laid back vibe. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Cheerful and friendly authentic Senegalese home cooking in the Mission District. Lots of fun, good cooking, and great prices. Live music many nights of the week.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Live Music, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Un lugar sencillo, con una decoración bastante pobre. Definitivamente para cenas casuales con amigos. El ambiente es joven y desenfadado. El menú es sencillo y los platos son correctos. Las porciones están muy bien medidas, pero si tienes bien de hambre, un entrante será necesario. Los cocktails de dejan tomar bien pero dado la relevancia que tienen en el menú y función esperaría más. Una vez la cena termina se retiran las mesas y comienza la fiesta.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I've lived in the neighborhood for 18 years, as long as Bissap and Little Baobab has been in this location, and I had never been here! We took my daughter here for her 21st birthday, which happened to also be the owner's 94-year-old mother 's birthday. The ambience couldn't have been warmer and more friendly--everyone from the wait staff to the owner himself came by our table to chat. We even got a piece of the birthday cake. The cocktails and food were delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Nice, charming place with good food, friendly staff and late evening dancing. It has a very lively atmosphere, with an international crowd. Will surely come back!

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 14, 2017

One of the loveliest evenings I've spent in a restaurant. The staff ambiance and overall experience was lovely.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great comfort food. We had a large party of 12 for a birthday and the staff was really great and accomodating

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I've been coming for decades and it's always a hip fun yummy experience with the love, soul and depth of a well run family business. I've lost count of how many times I've danced and celebrated my birthday there. Hope to do so for decades more.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Live Sports, People Watching, Authentic, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Bissap Baobab was a uniquely lovely experience. Came here for a vegetarian friend's birthday, and there were many delicious options, and also the options to add meat or seafood. Love the ambiance, hipster and cute. We tried many of the cocktails and they were all delicious! Happy hour prices were a fantastic value. We're coming back next time for the dancing because we've heard it's great here too!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Delicious, interesting food. It was a bit annoying that we were seated at a mini table at knee level with little stools (my boyfriend is 6'4", so this was particularly uncomfortable for him) when there were multiple real-sized tables that were clearly being reserved for larger groups, but remained empty the entire time we were there. Service overall was mediocre at best.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Delicious Senegalese cuisine in a fun, vibrant atmosphere - stay for dancing, great for groups!

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was outstanding. I started with spinach Pastelles and had the Niebe Thies with chicken. The staff was both helpful and attentive. My experience was amazing, I will be back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

We always have a great time here. I have been going here for 20 years, and it still fulfills my soul.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Live Music, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great service from staff, beautiful ambiance, and bomb food. Definitely coming back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Fun place to have drinks and dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

I bring small groups of students here and the service is always accommodating and patient! The food is amazing- even teenagers clean their plates!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great place. Good food, and really good service. We visited in a large group, and I was a little worried that the kids may have a hard time due to space. But it was perfect. We will definitely visit again, and I highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2016

We were a group of 10 and they set our table next to the stage - so half of the people were sitting on the stage 😂

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Been coming here for 15+ years, for big dinner parties, catered events, small groups, solo, but this is the first time that the food was simply horrible in presentation and temperature. Couscous was room temperature...not even warm. The chicken was so shriveled and dried, as in over cooked. Simply pitiful. We were too hungry to send it back and reorder.

Our server was excellent, prompt, super kind and attentive without being overly attentive or intrusive.

I was shocked at how poor the food was this time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Great place with wonderful vibe, friendly, outstanding service. Food tasty....not expensive.
and the Music wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Spicy, Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

For two years now, Bissap Baobab has been one of my favorite places, the world over - you really become part of a global family here. This year, I brought my graduate school friends here for our holiday dinner and, as anticipated, it was the perfect venue for our party of 9. Huge, huge thanks to Marco and the Bissap Baobab crew for always hosting me with compassion and joy!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Awesome experience all around!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2016

The food was pretty tasty. We ordered the fried plantains as a starter and shared the lamb yassa and the signature shrimp dish. The Yassa was very tasty. We then split the banana foster dessert that was ahhmazing! The service was okay. There was a large party in the restaurant, it was hot and there isn't a lot of circulation. We used the yelp deal.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options
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