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Bissap and Little Baobab

4.3
307 reviews
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$30 and under
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African
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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.





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Private dining
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
African, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am -2:00pm
Dinner: Tues- Sunday: 5:30 PM - 9:30PM
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Phone number
(415) 826-9287
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mission & Capp
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Parking details
There is a large parking lot on Mission Street between 19th and 20th streets.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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...

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What 307 People Are Saying
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4.3
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had a wonderful time for my birthday with a group of friends - delicious food, nice ambience, great service, and a fantastic show of flamenco dancing and music the night of our dinner!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

food has completely changed :( i used to love this place but the food has completely changed, even the portions and serving style has switched to tiny, artistic french like dishes.
we were all starving even after eating and it cost an arm and a leg. the dishes were all dry and not the same at all.

the ambiance was changed as well- obnoxious multicolored disco ball light in the front right where the dining is.

at least the servers were very nice.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The restaurant has an awesome vibe and all of the servers were so polite and friendly. The food is delicious. I think this would be a great place to try some African food for the first time.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Came here off of a recommendation and it exceeded expectations. The food was delicious, the drinks were tasty, and the music kept us dancing in our seats. There seem to be a lot of late night events, so I'll have to return to check them out.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

chicken was iffy

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I came here with a party of 12 for my birthday over the weekend. I've been to the restaurant on multiple occasions, but only for the events at night. I was surprised that it wasn't too crowded at 5:30pm on a Saturday. All of my guests enjoyed the food and absolutely loved the cocktails, especially the Little Baobab, and the happy hour prices. The portions were a bit small, but the quality of the food overall was impressive. The service from the waitress was authentic and friendly, and she was patient even though we had guests that came late. The server seemed a bit unfriendly, but maybe he was just stressed out with us being a large group and some of our guests didn't remember the names of the entrees that they ordered.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

happy hour cocktail, appetizer and main for $20, great deal. Food came quickly and was great. The bathroom needs a reno but otherwise it was quirky and fun

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Landed here by happy accident. Looking for ethiopian food. Service excellent and attentive. Menu looked very interesting, but being the chicken I am, I stuck to plantains. Dipping sauce was the best part; one of my (former?) friends kept stealing my sauce.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very attentive and friendly service and good food and adequate dance floor!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic Valentines Day dinner and drinks with my sweetheart.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was great but the service was very slow, especially with kids!

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1.0Dined on February 10, 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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1.0Dined on February 10, 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 2, 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Always an excellent time! Went for a birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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