Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. San Francisco Bay Area
  4. San Francisco
  5. SOMA
Buena Vida Cantina, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Buena Vida Cantina

3.0
3
136 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
  • Good for business meals
  • Kid-friendly
  • Gluten-free-friendly
Buena Vida Cantina is inspired by our travels to northern mexico and our love for
Mexican comfort food & street cuisine. Featuring unique dishes from Chef Erik Hopfinger and fresh Agave based
cocktails.

Buena Vida is for San Francisco and SOMA where community is ingrained in our
heartbeat. The Good Life.

Join us in The Garden, our outdoor dinning space, and enjoy everything we have to offer. Great food, laughs, good times and The Good Life.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 450-6689
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Erik Hopfinger
  • Catering
    For catering, outdoor parklet buyouts or large party requests please email our events director, Krystal Forrester, Krystal@blockpartysf.com.
  • Private party facilities
    For catering, outdoor parklet buyouts or large party requests please email our events director, Krystal Forrester, Krystal@blockpartysf.com.
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Cross street
    Between 4th & 5th Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 136 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.0
3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 2.7Service
  • 3.2Ambience
  • 3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Kid-friendly

  • San Francisco

    Good for business meals

  • San Francisco

    Kid-friendly

  • San Francisco

    Innovative

  • San Francisco

    Good for groups

136 Reviews
  1. PAFoodie

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food served hot and quickly. And the meal was not rushed- we felt welcome to chat and eat at leisure. Recommend!!

    Is this helpful?

  2. LisaO

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, great food & drinks. My guests commented that their skinny margaritas are the best that they've tasted so far. It was a perfect ratio and balance of the ingredients. Witch water was extremely beautiful, tasty, and strong; hence the name. Awesome & fresh salsa trio, fish taco, lobster & steak taco, Al Pastor, Campichano, Quesabirria were all at elevated levels. The ambiance of the restaurant is easy going and classy. You can have a business meeting here, bring a date, or bring friends to dine indoor or outdoor.

    Is this helpful?

  3. KristinM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food. Lots of vegetarian options

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh ingredients, authentic and home cooked traditional dishes, but also some creative takes on things like carne asada and black beans. Incredible food. Balanced not too sweet cocktails. And the elote!! Sweet fresh corn and secret sauce. We’re going back.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. RyanD

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, the owner and his brother were amazing hosts and the food was excellent - everyone in our group of seven cleaned our plates and extremely enjoyed it

    1 person found this helpful

  6. DineFine

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible experience. Table was not provided inside. Plastic cups for margaritas. Poor quality food
    Buena Vida CantinaResponded on July 8, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, DineFine. We're truly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience at Buena Vida Cantina. We strive to provide a comfortable environment and excellent service, and we're sorry to hear that we fell short this time. We also apologize for the lack of preparation regarding our drink servingware and the quality of our food. We were slammed due to the conference, and ran out of glasses ! We have addressed all issues and we are ready! We hope you'll give us another chance to serve you better. Best regards, Buena Vida

    1 person found this helpful

  7. UncleLuke

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Cold food, 30 minutes for drinks. Staff forgot about us multiple times. The lunch took over two hour from start to finish. The host ordered appetizers were didn’t ask for. It looked like staff were quiting mid-shift. Horrible experience.
    Buena Vida CantinaResponded on July 8, 2024
    Hi UncleLuke, we're truly sorry to hear about your recent experience at Buena Vida Cantina. It's disappointing to know that you didn't receive the level of service we strive to provide. We understand how frustrating it must have been to wait for your drinks and food, and we sincerely apologize for the oversight. We also regret to hear about the extended wait time you experienced. We have addressed these issues with our team to ensure better service in the future. We are ready! We hope you'll give us another chance to provide the excellent experience you deserve. Best, Buena Vida

    1 person found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food , great service , we recommend this place .

    1 person found this helpful

  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was so weird. The place was half empty and it took 30 mins to get a table. Food was ok. Drinks were good!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. Sarah

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place has unfortunately changed a lot since my first visit. I don’t think I will come back after my last experience. Even with a reservation we waited 45 min and had to keep reminding the staff to seat us. The staff was drinking heavily and kept forgetting our order. The food wasn’t good.

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Buena Vida Cantina using the Order Online button. Buena Vida Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 450-6689.

Buena Vida Cantina is rated 3 stars by 136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Buena Vida Cantina

860 Folsom St, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between 4th & 5th Street
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Erik Hopfinger
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 450-6689
  • Catering
    For catering, outdoor parklet buyouts or large party requests please email our events director, Krystal Forrester, Krystal@blockpartysf.com.
  • Private party facilities
    For catering, outdoor parklet buyouts or large party requests please email our events director, Krystal Forrester, Krystal@blockpartysf.com.
Discover
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo