LV Mar

4.4
851 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
LV Mar is a neighborhood tapas & cocktail eatery with the belief that the richness of life should be savored at every moment. So our mission is to create a transcendent dining experience characterized by culinary discovery, sociability, and relaxation. So as our guest, our promise is to continually offer rich tapas and cocktails with innovative flavor profiles, personable service from a knowledgeable & engaging staff, set in an elegant space that engenders comfort and community.

Welcome to LV Mar!

Michelin Recommended 2015, 2016, 2017.

Experiences

  • LV Mar NYE 2022 Dinner Gala & Party

    $130.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Close out 2021 with a Latin influenced dinner gala and live entertainment. Join us for a complimentary pre-dinner cocktail on the patio as we prepare to host you for Chef Manuel's 4-course NYE dinner experience. Stick around after dinner for mingling & dancing as music continues with DJ Miguel ‘Sabrosito’ in the mix. NYE party celebrations include official 2022 countdown, champagne toast & balloon drop.
What 851 people are saying
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vipnottoopicky
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the cocktails are exceptional

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vipPaul
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My glass of wine had turned so badly that I could smell the vinegar before it even got to my mouth (they replaced it).
The huitlacoche taco was overwhelmed by the hot sauce.
The octopus and chorizo taco was great.

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CatG
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience3

No pulpo taco!!! And I chose the place for that. Disappointed. Had the ceviche instead. It was okay. The brunch meals - just okay. Mimosa not bad. Service - our server was kind of rude but the other staff - hostess and bus boy nice hence the 20% tip.

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vipppb2013
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

it was good but a bit cold sitting outside (my request though)

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viplivetoeat
San Francisco
191 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Mediocre Latin fare in a sports bar setting. The best dish was an interesting version of flan. Whipped and foamy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Too cold inside, it's fine if you open the doors because of covid, but your customers should not be freezing inside the restaurant.

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vipanil
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for some good food and cocktails. enjoyed their salad, tacos, guac and spicy cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was a very cold night, and the low grade heaters didn’t help very much. Maybe that’s why the waiter didn’t come back too frequently.

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nme21
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. I especially like the Arroz con Mariscos! The guac was super tasty too! Our server was awesome! It was cold outside, but the servers and bussers were super attentive to keeping the propane tank filled ;)

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Margarita
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Really appreciate the warm outdoor seating too.

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krups
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about my visit. Super gracious service and outstanding tapas. Chef Manuel and team always impress!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I didn’t realize LVMar doesn’t really have a “lunch” menu—they have hot and cold tapas and some brunch (egg/waffle) dishes, but no real lunch entrees. Plus it was super cold in the restaurant. On the plus side, the hostess was attentive. I

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HumbertoV
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Missed the Chicken empanadas but overall, really good

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CNgo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Outdoor seating was nice, we were sat next to a portable bonfire. Ambience was ideal since my wife and I enjoy having a moderate noise level. We were able to hear music from neighboring bars which was fine. Food was decent and drinks were good as well. A place to try at least once

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MissyP
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Had not been to LV Mar for years and chose it via Open Table based on the menu Open Table published. Unfortunately, once we were seated and received the menu, it was unlike what was online. Since this was a Friday night, we opted to stay instead of searching for a table at another restaurant. Instead of an Alaskan halibut dinner that I'd been hoping to order, I ordered the halibut that was available on the menu -- Pescado Pastor -- which was a little halibut served with pineapple, onions and cilantro atop two small tacos. LV Mar gets high marks for their service and the food, however we were disappointed that the menu was not what we expected, so Open Table gets a "poor" score for publishing an inaccurate menu. If you are looking for a spot to have quiet conversation, this is not the spot unless you are seated in the back room.

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CameronQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, amazing atmosphere love this restaurant!

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md123
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a place I will going back to... Was overpriced and the dishes were not appetizing.

LV Mar
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hello, md123. Thank for your feedback. It is not pleasant to see that we did not meet your expectations. By any chance can you give us an idea of the dishes you had and what was the disappointment with them. Thanks for the opportunity and your feedback we will keep working on our lows to keep up with guests expectations. Chef ManuelM.

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IsabellaR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our first time here and we’ll definitely be back. Everything was yummy. We shared the oysters, fish tacos, octopus and chorizo tacos, and french fries. Nice choice of wines and bubbly. Great meal before a movie.

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KKKK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love LV Mar - food is always good! Unbeknownst to our party there was a Mardi Gras event in downtown Redwood City that evening so the restaurant was extremely busy and noisy. Given the crowd, the service was pretty good. We'll be back!

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John
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service and food were great at this restaurant. It is very popular and gets busy but the staff operates well.

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Robhat
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am a vegetarian and have been to LV Mar many times. Always great food and the Pisco sour is just amazing. The service is fantastic too

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vipMarianna
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, great experience. Fantastic food and drinks, excellent service. I love these guys.

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TomSmith
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and great entertainment! We dined for Valentines Day and it was well worth the money! Lovely food drinks and even a complementary rose!

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LadyD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were there on Valentine’s Day so we didn’t have the normal menu but a 3 course prix fixe. I wish we had had the option but the food was fine. Two of us had the salad with palmitos (good dressing, frisée has never been my fave but it held up and liked the candied nuts. The other two options weren’t faves. The scallops wrapped in bacon were generous. The risotto was dry and the rice was undercooked. The strawberry mousse was ok but the chocolate was meh. My brother had the tres leches cake and my aunt the coconut flan. She said it wasn’t that coconutty. Coffee was super strong. Honestly, the best part was the service - warm, welcoming, attentive and just made you feel a part of their family. Roses given to the ladies. Music was live and got loud as the evening wore on and we were near the kitchen. I can’t imagine if you were close.

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DamienL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Made a reservation for Valentine’s Day. We arrived with our two young children in an empty restaurant and were told “you made a reservation outside” (clearly didn’t).
So we were parked outside with a heater going on and off to finally off.
Talked to the manager and showed our reservation online. He apologized and offered to take two drinks off. Nice way to discriminate against family.
And these food of the set menu sucked (typically the food is good)

LV Mar
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hi DamienL, Thanks for your patronage. As a restaurant our goal is to exceed guests expectations in all possible ways, including every guest including kids. As i stated when i apologize to your wife, it was our mistake and we were deeply sorry about not accommodating your family according... we will work on the details that cause your frustration and get better definitely. I wish you the best and hope you and your family give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Chef Manuel Martinez

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vipGChrisB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh, bright flavors. Excellent balance on the ceviche.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly and speedy service (thanks, Sofia) great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

My coworkers and I frequent LV Mar for lunch. Their ceviche is a must have and the simple wine list makes it easy enough for everyone to find something they’ll enjoy. Unfortunately, the waiter we had this visit was not attentive. It felt as though we needed to shout out our drink and food order as he ran right pass us.

It was disappointing that the service was subpar and we were not greeted with the plantain appetizer, when the table next to us was. Overall, the visit was a miss.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was just ok. I’ve been to their sister restaurant la viga many times and it’s so good. So this was disappointing. Over priced and not that great. Plus they put us in the little bump out room separate from the main dining room which KILLED the overall energy and vibe.

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JAM0
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The folks there kept apologizing tjat service was slow since they were short-staffed with a big party. Otherwise they were great and good-humored. Cocktails were interesting and powerful. Standouts were the oysters, shrimp & mussel dish and desserts. Too noisy inside though,

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DrShar
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was good, food was adequate but not memorable. More attention to details could help. I ordered the cheese fondue. It was solidified cheese, nothing fondue about it. The rest of the food was ok. Portion sizes were on the smaller side but that was fine too. Just not as tasty as it should be. I would probably not go back. The service was really what made me like my evening. Good people.

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ShannonK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I thought it was a wonderful dining experience. Great food. Wonderful culinary experience with contrasting tastes. The tuna on pear cannot be skipped. Excellent cocktails. The server seemed a little bored and forgot about us at the end, but it did not ruin our experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great casual lunch spot for meeting with coworkers. The food choices range from hearty to light and refreshing with a good (small) selection of cocktails and wines. We always enjoy the plantain appetizer the chef offers upon seating, only wish it was part of the menu! The waiter was attentive, which experience has told me can be a hit or complete miss.

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vipJimP
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there many times. Always great food, service, and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food presentation was great. Our service did a great job. I changed my reservation about 3 hours prior and they were able to accommodate us. Much appreciated.
The oysters were GREAT! I ordered a lemon drop, it tasted like lemonade so I did send it back but they gladly remade it. The appetizers are great, perfect for large groups.

Overall I will definitely come back..great job cooks! 👍🏽

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jasons
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The noise level was quite annoying. Some investment in sound acoustics would be nice. The tables are too close together. The tables were unstable. I had to ask host for a leveler but he gave me dirty look like i was annoying him. I had to ask again from a busser. These are things that should be done prior to opening. Overall this place was satisfactory.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LV Mar has delicious small plate food. The service is attentive and it’s a great place to have conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We came for a pre-fixe NYE menu and it was pretty good, our table service was lacking and we needed dirty silverware replaced , had friends ask for extra items during dinner (lemon for waters, things like that), waiter never came back with anything. They had no plan for how to actually handle NYE despite attempting to and it was so chaotic and uncomfortable that we left. They basically tried to turn it into a 90s dance club that nobody wanted, and in order to do that they had to remove existing customers from tables and offered no service during the change over. In fact, our seats were literally taken FROM us, despite having just dropped $300 on dinner (over 4 people). Disappointing.

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cook4fun121
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for before or after your favorite movie. Plenty of delicious choices and excellent sangria!

LV Mar
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave a review, we appreciate it! Plenty more sangria to pour in 2020, cheers!

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vipSteveH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY pleased to have chosen this place - great menu. Everything was very tasty. Nice cozy corner at the windows to wait for your table.

FAQs

LV Mar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 241-3111.

LV Mar is rated 4.4 stars by 851 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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