Buena Vida Cantina

4.6
16 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 16 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNinaAnn
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was AMAZING! such good quality at such a reasonable price! and the service was so accommodating and so wonderful. GREAT music and vibes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was awesome fun and friendly, nice music, great drinks and food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Mother really enjoyed herself for Mother’s Day. Everything was excellent from the parking to the food. Prickly Pear Fromo me please!! Amazing drinks, and awesome service. We will be back for sure. Thank you for the enjoyable experience.

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simoneinthecity
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

There was literally no point in me coming on to OpenTable to book a reservation with Buena Vida Cantina, I mean we were finally seated an hour AND fifteen minutes later. I originally booked a reservation for outdoor dining but was still seated indoors, I believe the staff was willing to accomodate my original request but had the gall to say that it would be another 15 min wait on top of the 1 hour+ we've already been waiting. The food was good but not good enough to make up for the 1 hour+ wait despite the fact that we did have a reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

They need to rethink their business model. Literally the worst service from being ignored by the empty hostess stand, slow service, and given the wrong food twice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, fun environment. Came on cinco de mayo, and was extremely happy with the meal. Will be back! Ps. Mango marg is 🔥

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Marc
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great, and topped only by quality and amount of food you get for your money. I'm so glad to have this spot in my neighborhood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and drinks were good

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swiss
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena vida cantina had delicious food and great service!

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vipBillette
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aaron, Angel and Kenny were the best. So welcoming and thoughtful. And the food! The tacos (and we are almost every kind) were exceptional and tasty and juicy. We will be back.

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VikramC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!
The vibe, the service, the food and the drinks -- all so great. Will definitely be back, and highly recommend others to dine at Buena Vida.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and great service. Must upgrade the tacos. So worth it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a few times, my new fav spot in the neighborhood. Tacos are tasting and cocktails are yummy. Great service.

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Donz
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outdoor dining is pretty limited at the moment but they are being very safe by distancing tables and waiters stand at a distance when you are not masked/to take your order. They have heaters, which were nice but not super close to the tables so we didn’t get a lot of heat from them. Service was really amazing, super friendly and will make suggestions if you’re having trouble deciding. Food was surprisingly super delicious, go for the tacos!! I’d skip on the chips and queso dip because that was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The queso was extremely thin and the tortilla soup was like tomato soup with bits of chicken. We tried all of the tacos and the meat was dry in most of them. The pork and the fish were the best ones but not much better quality than a fast food restaurant.

Service was good, sad that the food wasn’t.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great for date night or casual eats. Fantastic service, delicious food and drinks!

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) 287-6561.

Buena Vida Cantina is rated 4.6 stars by 16 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.