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Little Baobab

3.7
3.7
32 Reviews
$30 and under
African

Little Baobab is a delicious African & Caribbean Restaurant and Cocktail Bar located in the heart of the Mission. Rooted in Senegalese origins, we serve exceptionally tasty dishes such as the Mafe peanut sauce, coco shrimp,and many more. Also on the menu are our exotic ginger, hibiscus, and tamarind cocktails. Little Baobab is a tiny place with a huge amount of energy, ideal for hosting a private party. You can share a number of our appetizers, like the fried plantains or avocat creole or each order your own entree. Our food is fresh, local and packed with flavor. We are vegetarian and vegan friendly and also cater to people who like it hot... spicy food is our specialty! Just ask your server to kick it up a notch.

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3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.5Ambience

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2011

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    We had a reservation for 8:30 and arrived around 8:20. We weren't seated until 9:45. Seriously. We were leaving when someone grabbed us and gave us a table. No real apologies. No comp. Even added the full gratuity into the bill. We waited for a table longer than we spent at the table. Lame.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2011

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Had a 745pm reservation for six for my birthday dinner on December 3rd. Two people arrived on time and notified the hostess that we were here, they said 10-15minutes for our table. I arrived 10 minutes late, apologized, and asked about our table again- the host said 5-10minutes. They brought us next door and sat us at the bar where the one bartender was making drinks and pitchers for the whole.place. Our cocktails were great. After 30min I asked again, and was told they are just waiting for a table to get up, 5/10minutes more. After another 30min minutes I asked if the table was ready, and still another 5/10 minutes. After the hour of waiting, we had to leave. Ate at hogs and rocks down the street.

  3. d

    dzig

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food served in a very down home atmosphere. Service was warm and friendly and their special cocktails were delicious.Really good food and drink at a very reasonable price,

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We booked through open table but I don't think that the restaurant is checking the reservations as a table wasn't reserved - luckily we turned up early so it wasn't a problem. They didn't have any african beers from the menu which was such a shame. We ordered the plaintain and pastelles for starters and Yassa and Mafi for mains. I must add I'm half senegalese so I had quite high expectations of the food having grown up with some of these traditional dishes. Plaintain was yummy and came with a tamarind sauce. The beef pastelles were also really tasty, well marinated beef and we also got a spicy dip with it. The mains we were disappointed by.....watered down versions of the real dishes :-(

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Even in their transitional location (using bar area until the new restaurant is done), the food is as yummy as always. Friendly staff, nice vibe, and food you won't find elsewhere in SF.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2011

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Dinner available until 10pm, then the tables come down and it becomes a dance floor for some African beats!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2011

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Scene in the main restaurant was great, but even though we had a reservation there were no free tables. They set up a table in the adjoining bar quickly and food was good but overall experience was not as good without the atmosphere.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2011

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    We had 8:15 reservations, but weren't seated until about 30 min later, and were getting our main course around 10 pm. I had tofu in peanut sauce which was burnt on one side. They were gracious enough to give us a discount on drinks while we waited, but it seemed like it was a tough nite for their kitchen to be able to keep up.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2011

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Gambas appetizer was great but the main entrees were rather bland.

  10. J

    Jess

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2011

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Delicious food and great music (once it gets cued up). Saturday night is definitely more hoppin' than Friday. I felt that things got off to a really slow start last Friday. Regardless, the food is great and the service was also excellent.

  11. JM

    JaclynM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2011

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Some friends and I celebrated my birthday here and it was a blast! The place is a little dive-y looking when you first walk in but worth staying. The food is cheap but very tasty and nice size portions. There are some really interesting flavor combos as far as cocktails go (which, by the way, are only $5). They're known for their hibiscus margaritas- a little too sweet in my option, but I'd try the Fleur, a ginger-wiskey. The 1 waitress in the whole place was very helpful and polite, especially with our large group. To get the full experience you have to stay for DJ dancing at 10. Great music and everyone is on the floor dancing with friends. The place is small so after midnight it starts getting super crowded.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I was aiming at a nice and quiet-ish dinner, so I've been a little worried of Little Baoba's dancing place reputation (as far I knew from my friends). When I got there it was a great three persons spanish music trio, two tables from me the sound level was just perfect; great music and not intrusive at all. I'm sure it must change from day to day so I'd advise you check out what's the evening about. Needless to say the food, drinks and service are fantastic, it's like Baobab; and the price is just very right. Love it !

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2011

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    This spot was fun. Appetizers were high quality; the gambas in particular were delicious, the plantains inconsistent but tasty and the hummus was enjoyable. The guacamole was awful but that was the only disappointment. For the entrees, we tried a curried lamb, the baked salmon and a shrimp with peanut sauce dish. The lamb was the star but all plates were empty by the end of the meal. The service was frustrating; the waitress was sweet but she was a solo act for a full room of tables (likely 15~ in total). Yet, because it was a Saturday night we were informed that we would have to rush to accommodate the switch to a nightclub (10pm). Tough combination and it led to us passing on desert.

  14. DB

    DeeB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    I've been to Lil Baobabs several times and each time is always great. Love love LOVE the Coconuy Shrimp dish!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2011

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Wow. The WORST service I have EVER experienced in this city. Honestly, the entire meal was a complete and utter disaster. I will NEVER return. I took my friend out to celebrate her birthday. We had 6pm reservations. They completely forgot our order even though we were one of the first tables to arrive. 2 HOURS LATER my lamb arrived black, burnt and uneatable. I sent it back and asked them to make me another plate. We then sat for another 1/2 hour while we watched other tables being served. We felt like we were on Kitchen Nightmares. We finally just asked for our check and left and got tacos at the place next store. They really ruined what should have been a fun birthday dinner. Boo. boo. boo. NEVER AGAIN.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great place for a large meal, great price and dancing. It is not a fancy establishment but you can't beat the price. If you stay late, the tables are removed for dancing and you don't pay cover. Great place to come with a small group, eat, laugh (loudly is acceptable) and be merry.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Fantastic live music at 8PM! Not great for intimate conversation, but the band was really very good.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2011

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    The place was nice but it was too small for a large group. Especially a group of 17 people.

  19. S

    Sandie

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2010

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Loved that they convert to dance hall after 10pm.

  20. LO

    LOULOU

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We loved Little Baobab. We were a group of 8 and everyone said they would return. A colorful neighborhood gem. Wonderful african food, fruity cocktails and reasonable price.

  21. RM

    RezaM

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Have been going to the Baobab family of restaurants for years and the mafe is still awesome. A great value!

  22. LG

    LetsgoGiants

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2010

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Food was dry, tasteless, almost inedible. The menu doesn't seem to have an identity. Is it Carribean, African, Mexican? It seemed spices were overused in an effort to add life and zest, as in the case of our appetizer. The service was poor at best. 15 minutes after we had ordered our food, our server admitted she had forgotten what I had ordered. In the meantime, my partner's dish had already been prepared and sat on the counter getting cold while my belated order was then cooked. The mixed drinks were tired. Maybe this is just a place to come dancing, not for the food. A lessoned learned: if a restaurant sits nearly empty, pass it by.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2010

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    The pork and chicken we ordered were all overcooked. It was a sub-par showing for the food. The rest of the ambiance and service were fine, but the food just didn't impress.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2010

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We had a few appetizers and four drinks. The food was amazing. We can't wait to return to try the entrees. The server was so welcoming! She really made our great experience even better.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2010

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This restaurant exceeded our expectations...the food and service was fantastic...highly recommend the very tasty spinach salad!!!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I came here with a big group of friends for my birthday. The food was delicious and then gave us a free pitcher of the drink of my choice on the house!

  27. BR

    BaltRoe

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2010

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    We got there late and missed our reservation but even though they gave away our table, they quickly rectified the situation and sat all six of us within 5 minutes. We all ordered something different and we talked for a while in the dark light while the food was hurriedly being prepared (the kitchen closed 15 minutes). When the food came, it was one of -the- most delicious food we had ever put in our mouths! 40 minutes later, they whisked the tables away and we stood around waiting for things to start up. It took a little while for everyone to start dancing, but when they did, no one stopped. Great music! The dance floor got more packed as the night went on. My friends usually don't dance but they couldn't resist. SO fun!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2010

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    was visiting from out of town, and had a group of friends meet up here...great drinks and great space for an early evening get together. left before the DJ started, but it was perfect for the occasion.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2010

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and great service! An eclectic mix of Caribbean/African influence extends to every entree. Shrimp, salmon and chicken all prepared in unique and delicious ways. Try the ginger margarita as well!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, atmosphere and service. Well priced also! I have only been here for cocktails but left San Francisco so decided to have a leaving dinner, it was perfect!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I had such a great time at this restaurant! I took my girlfriend out for Cinco de Mayo and we really enjoyed the unique drinks they serve, the friendly service, and the tasty food.

  32. CL

    ComidaLoca

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2010

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    It was packed and there were only 2 servers. Food took a very long time as did the drinks. Some of dishes were served cold. Server was apologetic and nice which helped. I think the bigger location does a better job with food, stick to dancing at Little Baobab.

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Little Baobab is rated 3.7 stars by 32 OpenTable diners

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