El Techo

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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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CH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great venue and service. Below avarage food and drinks (mimosas)

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food mediocre and very slow service

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST. Huarache on point. Guacamole A+

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huaraches 🔥

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GD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We celebrated the 12th year anniversary of our first date which was in the same location just a different restaurant at the time...

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great environment, awesome view of the city and great drinks to pair with the food.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time there with my friend, beautiful set up greater than expected and food was fantastic! Quantity was a bit small but so tasty. DELICIOUS Bloody Maria!
Only confusing bit was being told where to sit, we sat in the sun outside at the long bar table overlooking the view - since most spots were reserved and booked we kept being told to move one seat down/one seat up within the first 10 minutes.
That small detail aside, we had a lot of fun and would come back again :)

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, drinks were delicious, amazing view of downtown San Francisco. Wait staff was super nice and welcoming, service was fast.

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Spectacular city views with a unique twist on Latin brunch cuisine. Good sized portions. Highly recommend !

m
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Elevator didn't work-3 flights of steps, 30 minute wait for a table we reserved -service very poor, drinks not that good, food randomly came to the table w/o explanation. Food subpar, no cornbread as ordered. Meals very starchy, should offer fruit or salad as a side option.
maybe it's better as a bar only.

J
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience, so full with the delicious food and the sangria was great! Beautiful view, comfortable temperature outside and super friendly staff. Thank you soo much!

BM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

I wasn’t expecting cigarette smoking on the roof. The space is not open enough for smoking. Food and service was nice

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It was a first try for brunch - we had reservations but they didn’t seem to notice it or avoided to be bothered too much as it was quiet empty ... it does get very noisy and loud... service was hit and miss... good food and drinks...

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden lil gem! I can’t say enough. Service, food, music, atmosphere!! This place is a MUST! I wanted to stay all day!

NG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food (especially great for brunch) and beautiful view. Definitely make a reservation as it gets crowded.

MB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, great drinks, quick service and seating (thank you brunch reservation). Only thing that was horrible was the stairs to the top since the elevator was broken. I guess I worked off my meal before I had the chance to eat it. Overall great experience though!

IA
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty good. Went for Saturday brunch. Food was tasty. Very good sangria at a reasonable price. Get a view. Overall, definitely worth a visit.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Came for a brunch date on Labor Day. Kind of cramped seating but lively rooftop. Wasn’t wowed by the food, just mediocre/standard food.

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch, great energy, amazing food

BM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for the flexibility for a high chair for a baby and accommodating our large party

JS
Cancun
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was amazing! the service was great. the corn pancakes were so tasty and the shrimp cocktail ... everything really was delicious !

L
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating to our large party of 12. They also brought a cute treat to our friend with a birthday!

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great view! Fast, efficient service during brunch. I would recommend booking ahead, wait times without reservations could be over an hour. I had their chorizo and eggs, pretty tasty but nothing out of the ordinary. I recommend maybe stopping by for appetizers and a pitcher of sangria to soak in the view.

FJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've just started going there w/my Senior mom in last several months I think this was our 4th time maybe. Unfortunately, though we had issues with a "slower than usual" elevator. so my mom walked up 3 flights of stairs with her cane. Even though it was an extra bit tiring she did it with a smile on her face and she insisted on walking down the stairs on way back out. Anways hopefully that will get cleared up soon but the food man just great! We tried for 1st time the DELICIOUS shrimp cocktail! I had the vegetable scramble and mommy had the gallo pinto. All just delicioso... will keep making a return visit

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great drinks.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ran a 5k and celebrated the victory

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We kept having to ask for things, and yes we had a big party but they brought out 2 plates and everybody else had to wait longer for theirs, it was just kinda bad service and it didn’t seem as busy as it has been in the past. I was a little disappointed because I used to enjoy going here.

XP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, great service. Even though I was late to my reservation (I called ahead of time to let them know), the staff was very friendly and super helpful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good vibe, great view, okay food, great drinks.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my brothers birthday and they helped to surprise him and the food.drinks and service were awesome. Thanks!!!

L
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

View is incredible - one of the best in the city - but you can barely hold a conversation with your table at brunch at noon.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to El Techo with friends who were visiting from out of town for brunch. I recommend making reservations for when the place opens to guarantee you get a table and so you can have a moment to enjoy the views before it gets packed. The noise level can get pretty intense, but it adds to the party ambiance of the space. Don't miss out on the bunuelos with chocolate sauce!

T
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Great service and good food.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weather was absolutely perfect for mine and my friends first visit. We enjoyed our breakfast and mimosas while over looking the beautiful city. Selena took great care of us and let us sit and chat for more than 2 hours. All the staffs were polite, courteous, and friendly. Great place to enjoy a good meal, nice weather, and mellow atmosphere. We will be back.

WT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and food is great at this place. Bring a jacket or an extra layer it can get cold on the rooftop.

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to El Techo a few times and every time I have gone I am never disappointed by the food, drinks or the service. I highly recommend this place. You just feel the ambiance of the latin culture here and that is what I love about it the most.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This place has a great view of the city but the food is far from authentic. The food is not bad by any means but not great for given the price point. Would I come back, sure but not exactly for the food.

R
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view of the city! Service was great! Food and drinks were amazing! We enjoyed a beautiful Sunday Brunch for a reasonable price! Street parking is hard to find so we parked in the nearby structure for $8. Would highly recommend and visit again!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Hostess was very rude and was not controlling the line. She watched as the line when it two different directions and when people asked her about it she just said “I don’t know some people are going this way and some people are going that way”. People with no reservation cut us right in front of her and she still did nothing and let them come up to the stand in front of us. She was very rude and gave everyone attitude who had a simple question. Very disappointed since this is not normal for el techo.

OR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service and amazing food!! The view was breathtaking too.

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