El Techo

4.7
294 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
El Techo is the heated and covered open-air rooftop restaurant above Lolinda. Offering sweeping city views, pan-Latin American casual cuisine, and crafty classic cocktails, we are the perfect venue for your celebration or as a compliment to your dinner at the Mission's finest steakhouse. Fun food, festive cocktails "del Sol" and the best rooftop skyline in SF.

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A rooftop bar in the Mission, El Techo de Lolinda is where you should be when the sun's out.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at El Techo!

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great Service was great I will definitely go back Thank you

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday 🎂

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

El Techo
Food , Drinks , View. Es vida !! Breakfast was great

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DB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mission location with a view! Popular spot so it's busy and loud even as a rooftop venue.

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ZT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was quick to come out and extremely good and flavorful. We sat "inside" which is really on the inside of a covered clear tent which was heated, so it was perfect.

Service was simple and nice. I would highly suggest you come and enjoy the great view on a nice day.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time on the holiday celebrating 🥳 my birthday 🎁 we had chorizo scramble and the Carnitas along with the watermelon Mamosa‘s . The view of the city is breathtaking the service was excellent and the food was dynamic . Definitely recommend this place for a date at night we went during the day but I have been there at night either way a date or a birthday celebration and anniversary this is the place

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J
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was excellent. Since we made a reservation, we got in right away and sat outside. The staff was so friendly. Our server was incredibly helpful and answered any questions we had on the menu. We went with all of his recommendations. He also regularly checked on us to make sure the outdoor heaters were set to the right levels for our comfort. Would definitely recommend and will bring friends and family the next time we go.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and quality. The carnitas are excellent and the jicama salad is really good.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid food. Beautiful views. Great service. I always get the carnitas - the first two times it was phenomenal. The third time it was less so but still tasty.

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch here is delicious!! Though the menu is small, every item is made deliciously. View is gorgeous, and the ambiance was overall great!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! Great food and drinks, friendly servers and good atmosphere. Because it was raining the roof was up and the tables were kind of crammed together which was a little uncomfortable, but overall a great experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, got helped and seated right away

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I had a friend visiting from Dallas that I really wanted to take your first as soon as she landed. There was no long wait and I had reservations. I checked him downstairs and we went up the elevator to the rooftop. We were waiting for the host to come back for us when another girl walked up and said hello. She continued to look at us and stare at us without saying anything until she snapped and got an attitude and said name?

We didn’t know if she was seating us or if she was just saying hello but after she said hello she continued to look at us as if we were dumb because we didn’t tell her the name on the reservation. We didn’t want to assume that she was seating us, since another girl was already doing so. She never introduced herself, she never stated why she was there or how she was going to help.

Embarrassing. I’m not sure if this is how she speaks to everyone checking in or if it was because we were black that we were treated differently. Either way, don’t think I’ll be going through the trouble to return.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice rooftop vibes. Only went for drinks and appetizers. The michelada and Bloody Maria are great! Also had their guacamole and coctél de Mariscos was a little sweet for my taste but very fresh and good. Overall great experience. Will return and reccomend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Got lucky with beautiful weather! Food was absolutely delicious. Will be back!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came from out of town for brunch our second visit.
Was seated right away even though we were a few minutes early
Server was friendly but obviously at capacity with 2 larger tables plus 2-3 smaller tables in her section
Starters came out fairly quickly but then we waited for our main entrees a little longer than normal.
Food was tasty and presented well
Server only checked on us once and didn’t see her again for a while as the other larger parties consumed her attention.not her fault being in the industry I don’t know why they didn’t have enough staff to run her food and check on tables. Overall a nice experience may not go back during their busy brunch time.

Took about 15 minutes to close check as well.

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W
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Horrible service, and I'd like to caveat I'm easy to please and very forgiving. Never got chips, ordered apps and they arrived with our entrees (no one wants to eat apps once they've received their meal) so it felt like wasted money. Our server came to our table 3 times - once to take our initial order, once to bring the check, and another time to pick up the check. When we received our food or drinks it was from a different person each time. When we reminded them about our chips they never came back and we never got the chips. Our waiter would make eye contact with me, and then never come. Highly possible they could have been short-staffed, but a simple explanation and apology is sufficient. To ignore the fact altogether seems arrogant. I'd come back here for the views, but the food is nothing to write home about, and coupled with poor service, I'm not itching to head back.

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JB
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

El Techo is one of those restaurants that I always wondered about... You see it when you walk by, you see the people up on the roof, and you arent sure if it is a club, a bar, or a mix of both. We went on New Years Day for brunch. It was easy to make a reservation for 2. The thing about El Techo is that it is located on the roof. You check in with the host at ground level and then take the elevator or stairs to the top. Once up top you are greeted with a beautiful 360 view of SF. You can see all of the hills and downtown and it is just beautiful. I imagine at night that it is even more beautiful. The brunch menu is small but everything we had was solid. We started with the plantains that were served with a perfectly spicy yogurt sauce. I had the hurache which was is like a thicker style homemade corn tortilla, topped with egg, greens, onions and sauce. It was good, but the hurache could have used a dash of salt. My partner had the huevos rancheros which was delicious. I took some of the ranchero sauce and put it on my hurache and it was perfect! It added that saltiness I was looking for. The cocktails were good and fresh and the service was good. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the table was sticky with drinks from whoever was there previous, and some of the silver they have in the middle of the table in a box was dirty. Other than that it was great and I would definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall was a good experience, food was really good , guava mimosas the absolute best !

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool hidden rooftop Gem! Ive been twice for brunch and can’t wait to go back. Order the empanadas, Huevos rancheros and the drink called Sin Nombre.
You’re welcome.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really hit the spot for a light brunch. Cool rooftop atmosphere. Great food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great as well as the service. It would have been perfect if the food was served warm.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food’s pretty expensive and service can be spotty; however, it’s tasty and you can’t beat the ambiance!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My beignets were still raw in the middle. The staff was friendly and apologetic about the error. My benedictos plate of food was cold. The beignets were correctly cooked the second time. The cocktail (Paloma) was good. Glad they had the plastic covers to shield from the smoky air.

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T
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I went for tacos but it wasn't an option. I may have gone at a wrong time (brunch). But the vibe was awesome, people were beautiful but the food options I wish were more.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was decent. Mixed up the meat versus the vegetarian huevas when serving. Food has good flavor but was semi warm when plated. Desert was good but coffee was absolutely border line cold. Server was nice . Overall mediocre. Would not return for seconds by choice

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TC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was meh BUT amazing view and ambiance. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing for brunch (Huarache). I’ll give it another try though.

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n
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

This was my 3rd time at El Techo- Food is excellent, service is very poor.

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Z
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

We come here for the atmosphere and nothing else. The food is ok and the service is terrible. We would have ordered more drinks but the waitresses don't bother to come around.

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FJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Every time I walk by this place mommy and I see a line. Always wondered what was up? Is there a bingo game? Lol. We live in SF so as you know there are way too many places to eat and we like so many others have our favorites we like to frequent. For a little change of pace decided to see what fuss is about. I read on the web site this is "street mexican food" I'm not sure where but heck I'd like to check them out.
Lol! It was only our 1 visit but pretty darn good. I had the Benedictos and mommy had the Vegetarian Scrabble. Plus we munched on guacamole and chips. YUMMY! We shared w/hostess our 1st visit and she suggested we should check out a dinner. She saw my mom's a senior so she suggested we should return earlier in week not during end of week so she would be more comfortable. Mommy liked that and had me promise we're gonna return to see. Excited to check out the dinner menu. Thanks for a nice 1st visit. Our food server was super and she actually suggested our meals and hostess was nice.

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m
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food (chorizo scramble, huarache, bunuelos) , loved our server, and the 270-degree view of San Francisco is really splendid. I don't know of another place in SF like it. What I was not so fond of: too noisy for easy conversation (how can an outdoor restaurant be so LOUD?) and diners too tightly packed at micro-tables. My chair was kicked by passing waitstaff at least 10 times. All the seating is on high stools without backs, so if you have children or any mobility or comfort issues you may want to look elsewhere.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt very welcomed and service was fast and friendly. I will come back again!

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The rooftop view of the city is amazing. Definitely a place to bring your friends and family. Probably one of the best spots for brunch in SF. The food was amazing. So good I ordered another plate! Can’t wait to come back. Make sure to reserve in advance.

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GT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Neat find. Good food. Great view and awesome for people watching. Service ia friendly, but slow.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday. Had a very nice view. We enjoyed the brunch. We would recommend to our close friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Dope Drinks, great food, music playing. Killer views.

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

-Shrimp Ceviche & Guac were nice & fresh
-Cocktails (Agua Fresca mimosa & Belafonte) were mixed really well
-Benedictos were bursting with complex flavors
-Then the Buñuelos stole the show...

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch, tasted good, servers were chill yet nice! Everything was perfect!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was just ok. Busboy cleared our table prematurely taking our chips and salsa while we were still eating without asking....a little disappointing really!

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