Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina

4.3
181 reviews
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Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina is family-owned and has been serving the great community of Los Altos and the whole peninsula since 1958. We take pride in serving top quality, authentic and unique dishes from throughout Mexico and Latin America, many of which you won’t find anywhere else.

Our charming, character-rich location is perfect for a quiet dinner for two, a large group event, or your next company meeting. Enjoy seasonal specials, ever-changing signature cocktails, and even espresso creations made with our own hand-roasted coffee beans.
What 181 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite is the Mole Poblano chicken as the mole is so flavorful with just the right kick. The margaritas had great flavor. We tried the fried ice cream served in a sweet tortilla! Great fun and good tasting.
Looking forward to going there again.

L
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I do like this restaurant. The food is good and so is the service but the restaurant is very loud. Can’t hear what people are saying even if they are directly in front of you. They really need some sound absorbing panels or rugs.

HD
Stuttgart Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ok, but not good enough to come back. Food average. Service was very nice and professionell.

OT
Hawaii
382 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Tasty food, good service, delicious chips & spicy salsas, all at a reasonable price. The enchiladas suizas & chicken tostada salad were most satisfying, and lunch was particularly enjoyable since our dog was able to sit next to our outdoor table.

Estrellita is not a fancy restaurant, but the food is very good and we always have an enjoyable meal when dining here.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So good!!! Party of 7 and everyone walked away happy.

m
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent service, great outside patio, fabulous food

OT
Hawaii
382 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good food & service at reasonable prices. The gourmet burrito, enchilada suizas, and enchilada/taco combination entrees were delicious, as were the chips & salsa served upon seating. Service was attentive, and we will definitely return to Estrellita!

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty Mexican food. The service was prompt and courteous. This is a fine casual Mexican Restaurant.

MG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Have not been there for years. Just trying it out again and will probably not be back for a while.

OT
Hawaii
382 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good food & service at a reasonable price. The California burrito with chicken Oaxaca and the enchilada suizas are delicious, as are the two salsas served with chips upon seating. While outside seating is on a busy city street, it is still enjoyable, particularly when we bring our dog to lunch. This is a family favorite for Mexican food.

FD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very authentic Mexican food. Thoroughly enjoyed my combination plate. The tamarind margaritas were pretty good too.

NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to eat traditional dishes. My mother was so pleased to be able to eat a Chile en nogada which she hadn't had for more than thirty years

KN
Seattle
77 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks to Open Table description and reviews as we decided to try this Mexican restaurant while driving nearby. It will now be our “go-to” place for Mexican food in the Bay Area. The Mole Poblano was recommended as the house specialty but opted for the Chiapas Tamal which contained the mole poblano & shredded chicken along with almonds and dried fruit enveloped in homemade masa—wonderful! The Conchita Pibil also was a surprise menu offering, the braised pork flavorfully seasoned. We arrived relatively early for Friday dinner so the noise level was not loud, but can imagine it can become noiser later.

L
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and the service was very good and our waitstaff were very attentive. The only drawback is that the restaurant is very loud. Nothing to absorb the sounds so it makes it really difficult to enjoy a conversation.

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

They were terribly overwhelmed tonight.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

They didn’t have the seating selection (outdoor) noted so we waited 45 minutes to be seated. Service was slow (they kept saying the kitchen was backed up) and food was underwhelming. Won’t be going back.

OT
Hawaii
382 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The enchilada seizes and California chicken burrito were very tasty, as were the chips and two salsas served upon seating. Wait service was attentive, and it was enjoyable having lunch at one of the outside tables since our dog was able to join us. Prices are reasonable, and we will definitely return to Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina in the near future.

KJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Be prepared for a SUPER-LOUD dining experience. The food was good, but due to the noise level, I will probably not be back, unfortunately. (I have reached the age of not being able to tolerate loud restaurants, apparently....)

BM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was excellent. Loved the decor. Service was outstanding. However,
I was disappointed with the Chiles Enogada. I just ate them last August in Mexico
City and in Puebla. I'm sorry, but yours did not compare; however, in all fairness,
I will return and try other dishes.

EW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chicken mole was one of the best foods I have ever eaten!

ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Margarita excellent. Noise level was a bit loud. Fun and boisterous. Not good for intimate discussions. Value of food very high. Definitely would recommend making reservations. They are open for a short time for dinner. Filled up quickly.

RM
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food at very reasonable prices, this is a great option for Mexican food in Silicon Valley.

J
Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reasonable price and big portion.

R
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing find! We’re new to the area and found an opening on OpenTable. We didn’t know what to expect when we pulled up but the food did not disappoint. This will be a regular spot for us!

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been there in many years, and found it improved and very good. The food was very good, tasty, and light. The cochinita pibil was delicious! The margarita was excellent and big! The serving lady was obviously very busy that night but singly handled all tables extremely efficiently and cheerfully. We will go there again soon, and recommend to friends.

OT
Hawaii
382 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Very good food and good service with reasonable prices. The included chips & salsas are delicious, as were the enchiladas suizas and enchilada/taco combination plate. Diners are given a bottle of tap water upon being seated, which is appreciated since the green & red salsas are very spicy. There is an option to dine outside, however table are on a busy street.

MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Have been going to Estrellita for over 25 years. Management has changed several times but food quality is almost the same. Service is a bit slow bit I believe they are working on it. My favorite burrito of all time !

PA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was prompt and friendly. Appreciate that they offer a carafe of water. Entrees came out literally 30 seconds after they placed our appetizer on the table. Entree plates were scorching hot and the food itself was lukewarm, obviously microwaved and not freshly prepared, dry and disappointing.

d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great authentic food

OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good family place

d
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, interesting menu items. I would go again!

EC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a group of eight foodies. None of them were disappointed.

OT
Hawaii
382 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Very tasty food with good service and reasonable prices. The chicken taco salad, California burrito, and Gourmet burrito were all delicious as were the two spicy salsas served with chips. Lunch size portions/prices and outdoor seating are nice options.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, hadn’t eaten here since my teens (so at least 30 plus years) and was not disappointed! Highly recommend for a great Mexican meal with some menu items not often found everywhere!

OT
Hawaii
382 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good food & service with reasonable prices. The chips & two salsas are very spicy, while the California chicken burrito and enchilada suizas entrees are delicious. It is nice that diners can choose a smaller & less expensive lunch size portion during the day.
While Estrellita is located on a busy street, the outdoor seating is particularly nice when one wants to dine with his/her dog. We will definitely return to Estrellita frequently.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Pluto eat as family. Awesome place for kids. Variety of foods. Salsa is tasty.. crispy chips and fresh

H
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food, quick and friendly service. We had a great time. Margaritas were awesome too.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Mexican food, home style and great service and vibe. Tacos were on point.

AH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun for a birthday celebration. Virgin Pina colada was a highlight. Homemade tamales--pork was so good. Mole sauce was amazing!

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