Contigo - San Francisco

4.4
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1129 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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About

Contigo is a Spanish and Catalan tapas restaurant in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Our menu features rustic dishes inspired by the vivid flavors of Barcelona. In addition, we offer artisanal Spanish and American hams and a daily Catalan coca (flatbread) from our wood burning oven. We cook everything from scratch using the products of our local, organic, and humane farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and artisans.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 285-0250
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brett Emerson
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Private party facilities
Please contact us if you are interested in celebrating a special occasion at Contigo. We can accommodate up to 60 guests including 21 on our amazing back patio.
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Private party contact
Elan Emerson: (866) 945-0076
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24th Street
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Parking details
Muni 24 and 48 lines stop at the corner of Castro and 24th, steps away from Contigo’s front door. Bike racks are located along Castro Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed when we showed up. The business closed a week ago and we showed up last night for my Wife’s birthday with no heads up that they went out of business.
Why didn’t I get a heads up????

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Contigo did not notify me about the private event they were having the night I had booked my dinner reservations. They turned me and my party away because of a personal matter, but the woman I spoke to was not professional at all. I wanted to support their business seeing that I had learned a few days ago they were closing. They should have reached out to me; apparently they “tried” to reach everyone who had reservations. I received zilch on their end. I wasted my time. I’m glad I did not give them my money. I ended up going to an establishment who was indeed worthy of my business.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is so sad - we had reservations for their closing night but they called to say there was a death in the Contigo family so they weren't doing a farewell service.
This was one of my favorite restaurants. The service was always prompt, polite and efficient. The food was delicious and for what you got I think it was reasonably priced.
No complaints about the place at all, except I wish I could have had that last meal.
I wish them well and hope to get to their new place in Santa Cruz.
Somos contigo Contigo.

l
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too loud fir meaningful conversation.

TF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant! Tapas are excellent and reasonably priced. The paella was amazing! They say it’s good for 2-4 people but I could eat the whole pan by myself! But seriously if you’re planning on sharing with 3 other people, get lots of tapas!

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Jamon was thin sliced like prosciutto , waiter talked too much, too often, had attitude (as in “we serve Spanish wine here” after I tried to order a Malbec). Interesting dishes with unexpected flavors, I expected dishes to repeat a recent jamon iberico experience from Sevilla and that was not happening

MS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. The 7 tapas tasting menu was great. Loved the squid especially. Service was knowledgeable and charming. Seating is a little tight.

MB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was good but the ambiance was a problem. The main problem with Contigo was the hard seats which were quite uncomfortable. The noise level was also much higher then I liked. And, we were seated next to the door to the deck and we had a cold breeze over us for most of the dinner. We asked that the door be closed and it was initially closed, but as servers went through the door, they left it open and we had a cold breeze over our table for most of the evening. I do not like cold, noisy uncomfortable restaurants. The only reason we went to Contigo was that we were given a gift certificate. Otherwise, we would not have chosen to go to Contigo.

MK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Loved the food, but super slow service

E
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was great, nice, quick and friendly. The food was even better. The plates were delicious and came out as described. I would consider this a find in Noe Valley. It's a lively place with great food.

T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Contigo! It remains our favorite restaurant in SF with its lovely atmosphere and delicious food that makes us feel like we're dining in Barcelona. There's always a warm welcome when we walk in, and we enjoy studying the menu to see what's new and different based on the season. The Coca Flatbread is ALWAYS amazing as are the churros + hot chocolate for dessert. Go to Contigo and see for yourself why this restaurant is such a treasure!

S
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Paella was cold and a little dry
Salad with roasted squash amazing

JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is just the best...the vibe always feels international. Best Spanish restaurant in the city.

DD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. It was a particularly busy Saturday night. Although our table wasn't quite ready when we got there, they made every effort to get us our table quickly -- and offered us a drink while we waited. A lovely, unrushed evening.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Spanish food with a dash of Catalan specialities

s
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality is always there in ingredients and taste. I love the jamon croquettas. The little gem salad is a gem. Try them all. When squid is back in season don’t miss it.

DB
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to stop in for the tapas fix.
We love all the dishes - brings back great memories of our trip through Spain.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Good experience but getting too expensive for a weekly experience.

FB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and original food, excellent and friendly staff, and atmosphere!

e
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Everything was nice, but nothing was special. I am not sure you can "americanize' spanish food, tapas
etc and pay the high rent of SF. Something didn't connect

OT
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a choice between a restaurant closer to our neighborhood that offered parking or Contigo, and we opted for Contigo because the food is just that good. We always order the coca, which features lovely combinations of seasonal ingredients (in our case, duck jamon + goat cheese + arugula + grapes). The servers are upbeat and know when to give you space to enjoy dinner and drinks, but are observant and show up in time to refill wine glasses and to clear tables. We never tire of eating here!

O
Edinburgh
157 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

contigo has some of the best tapas in the city and I am glad I live within walking distance! service is occasionally a little haphazard but everyone is so very nice and helpful otherwise.

C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've now visited this restaurant a couple of times and it has exceeded expectations each time. The food is incredibly delicious. Highly recommended.

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always and our server was so excellent. We had the salmon and lamb chops and patatas bravas and jamon Serrano and little gem salad and churros with chocolate and all were superb.

RD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff is very helpful, friendly and efficient. Our group of four gave high marks to the tasting menu.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!

A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Contigo. Neighborhood staple is lovely Noe Valley.

GS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and food were excellent. Can't wait to return. It's one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants in the city.

F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, delicious small plates, gives you a chance to sample all kinds of tasty bites. Drinks were strong and tasty with fresh ingredients. Everything was wonderful. Glad we had reservations even on a weekday evening.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Contigo is one of the best restaurants in a city filled with great restaurants. Every dish that comes out of the kitchen is solid and tasty, and the experience is consistently wonderful.

HP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was wonderful. Come every time we are in SF.

NR
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The menu is quite limited. The food was okay. We did not have the paella which is a specialty so that might have been more impressive.

Nancy

AZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Menu change daily but no way to tell from website or yelp. Was told only Tuesday serve sear food, octopus, and paella. Bummer because we went there just for those, saw a couple of people left also because of limited menu.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Contigo is always reliable for wonderful fresh & flavorful food! Fun place for dinner!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in a low key, attractive environment.

S
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

While the food ranged from quite good (meat balls, sardine) to OK (tripe) to meh (spinach), the real downer was the speed at wish they want to rush you through the meal. No leisurely dining here. One course came on top of another - an assembly line with overlap. If we are going to spend $200 on a nice meal and a nice bottle of wine, then we do not want to rush.

The wine was great though.

I don't think we will go back despite the fact that we love Spanish food.

RS
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in SF. Their summer selections are fabulous! Loved the fig salad and the summer corn and mushrooms. Great service as always.

CS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are lucky to have Contigo as a gem in our neighborhood. We've been numerous times and -- even though we know to expect an excellent meal -- the restaurant nonetheless manages to exceed expectations every time. We had never been there on a Tuesday, and this time were treated to the Tuesday paella special. Simply outstanding!

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t seen our friends in two years so decided to go for the paella tasting dinner (we were there on a Tuesday) so that we didn’t have to look at the menu’s. We were happy that we did since every single dish that we tasted was delicious. We had three tapas (croquettes, sardines and salad) followed by a seafood paella - time between the dishes was perfect, not rushed, neither a long wait. All food was served family style. Service was courteous, professional and very friendly. It was very busy but we didn’t notice that until we actually left the restaurant. The tables are big with enough space in between them and the noise level was perfect: lively but not noisy. We had a lovely evening and will definitely be back!

SB
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful selection of tapas!

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