El Techo

4.7
270 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-11:00pm

Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-1:00am
Brunch: Sa-Su 11:00am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 550-6970
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alejandro Morgan
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Private party facilities
Our El Techo rooftop can accommodate large groups for special events and parties. We also have space for up to 150 guests in our downstairs restaurant, Lolinda.
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Private party contact
Ana Ligi: (415) 550-6970 ext. 2
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st Street
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Parking details
Street parking available, parking garages nearby, valet service offered
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Public transit
Lines 14 and 49 stop at Mission & 21st. BART stops at Mission & 16th or Mission & 24th
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Special events & promotions
For event inquiry, please contact our Events Coordinator Ana Ligi: aligi@lolindasf.com or visit our website: http://eltechosf.com/special-events/
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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 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
15 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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OT
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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch was good, but noise level was really high. Seemed like everyone nearby was drunk at 1 pm. Probably will pass on brunch and save that sort of atmosphere for a boozy dinner.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic. My portion was a little smaller than I’d want. Service was a little slow.

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YG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall the restaurant has a good vibe but is extremely loud. We waited for a while to have a server offer us drinks...seems like they need more servers on the weekends. Food was delicious but very small portions for the price.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Breakfast food was nothing special. Never been there for dinner. Drinks are pretty good. But you’re really just paying for the view and ambiance

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JK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Mom was visiting

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LB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It was my second visit and it was even better than the first. Our server was great, lots of fun. The food is excellent. The restroom was spotless. Can't wait to go back.

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

El Techo is always a great spot to catch up with friends over delicious food and a few drinks!

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BZ
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food portions small and overpriced. Go for the view and drinks only.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

el Techo is really consistent, that’s what i love about it. Always great, always a little boozy 😉

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EB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was surprised how good it was.

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

Great place for a beautiful, sunny day! Plus you can make reservations for brunch. Only thing was we had our food before our drinks came, but otherwise everything was great.

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SY
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service perfect! Party of 7 and everyone enjoyed their food and pitchers of margaritas made the brunch fantastic!

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KO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for brunch! I got the chorizo scramble and it was delicious. Not only is the food delicious, but the city views from the rooftop are just incredible. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best carnitas I’ve ever had! Will go back every time I’m in the city! Beautiful city views!

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ES
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing location with awesome authentic food and cocktails. We did not want to leave. Service was good if a bit grumpy!!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wished el techno would accommodate better for birthdays! But at least the waitress brought out our ordered dessert with a candle!

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The view is terrific if you're seated along the edge, which is bar seating with a very narrow bar rail. Otherwise, the tables are jammed to close together and it's such a hot-spot with the 20 somethings that it's often loud and rambunctious and you're likely to be sat in a location where you can't see the view. The food was average for San Francisco and the waitstaff are the same age and temperament as the clientele.

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SY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food good but not outstanding. Served plain white sliced toast with scramble. Should have done better - even biscuit used in poached eggs. Fun atmosphere with view. Casual simple. Service ok. We had brunch so maybe regular menu is different.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great brunch. Great service, great food. Beautiful view!

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the only rooftop bar/restaurants in San Francisco and it was a glorious day for a Sunday brunch celebrating my friend's birthday. Stunning view of city, great food and service, and windscreens/umbrellas for shade. They have heaters too, but not needed.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch & dinner. Wonderful view of the city and great place to celebrate

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F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great view when the weathers is nice. Can get crowded so make reservations even for brunch.

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KL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great views, one-of-a-kind rooftop ambiance for this part of SF. There are tasty drinks and yummy food. The service is a bit rough around the edges, but I wouldn't let that stop you from visiting.

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