Paprika

4.6
67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hungarian

Paprika brings a refreshing cuisine to the Mission District of San Francisco with the addition of classic Eastern European cuisine, with Hungarian, German and Czech influences. Paprika is an important spice in Eastern European cooking so expect to see it in many of the menu options. Popular choices are the paprika goulash with pork and gnocchi and the various authentic sausages. The dishes are presented beautifully as well as tasting marvelous.



Paprika boasts a simple, uncomplicated dinner menu as well as German and Czech beers chosen to complement the cuisine. There are also some wine options from Hungary, Germany & Austria. The atmosphere is casual and relaxing with friendly and attentive service. Paprika has been recommended by the Michelin Guide for San Francisco dining for 2016 and again in 2017.


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DE
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and even better service. One of the best restaurants sins a long time. Thank you very much.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant, friendly staff. Amazing food! Will come back :)

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food was delicious and so reasonably priced. Cute and cozy ambiance with outstandingly kind service. The owner commented on having a small menu because of a small kitchen, but honestly, the offerings are perfect and so well done -- quality over quantity, right? The cheesecake was the most delicious fluffy thing on the planet. Such a lovely experience and highly recommend.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic and authentically Central European. Happy hour gives you some appetizers with your beer, including a kielbasa. Service is great, and the two owners are there and will chat with you if they have time.

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JG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Eastern European style food. Anything you pick is great!! The beer selection is great too. Love the chocolate cake for dessert.

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Small and casual, but super friendly. We had a couple goulashes - pork with gnocchi and the pork with sauerkraut. Both were good and we needed like 3 baskets of bread to sop up all the sauce!

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for delicious food in a comfortable and warm setting. Highly recommended.

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RC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

At first blush, this looks like a hole in the wall, small, kinda dark restaurant on a busy street. But the food is so darn good. I've been there twice for dinner, with different family members. On my last visit, our waiter recommended one of the sausage small plates, which was great. And for the 2nd time I ordered the Chicken Paprika which is just wonderful - the very tender dark-meat chicken in the paprika sauce (lots of it) with smooth mashed potatoes. I'm not much of a bread eater, but you really have to sop up all the tasty sauce with bread. Overall, I'd describe it as delicious comfort food.
I just wish they were open for lunch every day, rather than just Saturday.

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GP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience all together- menu could be more robust- what they did have was delicious

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F
San Francisco
202 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, even vegetarians can find something to their liking. Any type of goulash is a great choice and the apple strudel is delicious. They have beer and wine only, selection could be a little better but otherwise much recommended.

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RK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice to find central European food of this quality and at this price. Simple dining room, so not a very extravagant environment. Very attentive wait staff. Great beer and wine choices.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF.
No parties of shouting douchebags, just wonderful food in a pleasant atmosphere where you can have a normal conversation.
The service is attentive but not intrusive, the prices fair. My only minor complaint: it would be nice if there was a larger menu with more variety, but I imagine this may happen with time.
Always a wonderful experience at Paprika.

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F
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, flavorful Central European goulash, sausages, and beers and wines, beautifully presented. Try the sausage starter with either Hungarian sweet or German spicy sausage, and then savor the Szeged goulash. Finish the meal with homemade apple strudel. You won't regret it. The ambiance is very positive: lively but not noisy; tables are well spaced; and service is prompt and friendly.

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BK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third time at Paprika. While the menu is limited, so far everything we've ordered off it is excellent. We particularly like the varied sausages (Hungarian Sweet seems to be the favorite) and the pork goulash. Probably not the best place if you're on a diet, but for authentic eastern European food, this is the place. Service is friendly an attentive without being bothersome.

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New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very cozy atmosphere, great service and delicious food! The sausages and gnocchi dishes with sauerkraut are tasty and large portions.

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I stop by with kids for dinner. Very Unique and happy place.
I would recommend to my friends to try it.

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

The food was excellent as was the service. Both the chef and his partner assisted with my gluten free needs and dairy intolerances and created dishes for me to eat. The split pea soup was the best I've ever had! The sausages were delicious and the whole meal was very memorable from the flavors to the plating. We have already recommended this place to several friends and family. We will be going back again!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service and great food. Accessible to Bart.

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BG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doesn’t disappoint. Food and service are good, you can have a conversation and see each other. My husband I love this place.

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MR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at the restaurant and both times I have really enjoyed it. Authentic tasty Hungarian food paired with excellent beers in a cozy atmosphere.

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F
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We really enjoyed our time at paprika. The food was authentic and very good and the service was warm and friendly.

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice neighborhood restaurant. The apple streudel was some of the best I have ever had. Real whipped cream as well, and not too sweet. I will go back.

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N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great customer service and very reasonable pricing. We really enjoyed our meal and the experience!

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, very good food. We really appreciated the server's friendly demeanor and help in selecting a good wine.

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RR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Good food but really small portions. The location is in a questionable neighborhood in a refurbished (sort of) old home. Not much atmosphere.

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KW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paprika is conveniently located about a block from 24th ST BART. Food & service never disappoint. Always a pleasure :)

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IB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Paprika goulash is absolutely delicious and so were the sausages. The service is friendly. We were there with our toddler and she was well taken care of. Can’t recommend this place enough

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

Loved the chicken paprikash and the pork goulash!!! Not exact what I had when I was in Budapest, but still delicious, and the service was excellent!!

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great comfort food, perfect after long week!

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GF
San Francisco
228 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved Paprika. And this restaurant will only get better. The authentic Hungarian dishes were very good. The chicken paprikash was delicious, and the portion was good. The authentic pork goulash was good, too. But the salads need more originality. The split pea soup was excellent. Everything is homemade. We liked the presentation of the pork sausage appetizer. The European red wine was great. And the apple strudel was good, but it would have been better with ice cream. I think the menu should be a little bigger with a few more choices. How about a grilled fish? How about a Veal dish? But overall, this is a great restaurant, simple ambiance, but very good food. And the prices are great!

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IK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent!

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JO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

What a gem! Very comforting food. And nice beers. Definitely will become a neighbor standard for me!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've bookmarked this place a while ago and had the chance to go this time. Service was amazing and she kept pouring my wine! The food reminded me
of my grandparents cooking and was beyond amazing! If you like Hungarian or have never had it, you owe it to yourself to try this place!

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SF
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This rustic restaurant is a welcome addition to the San Francisco food scene. It has been a long since the city has had an authentic Hungarian restaurant. Food is good. The Apple strudel is in-house made and is good for those who don't like an overly sweet dessert.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Must try!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time at this neighborhood gem within the last few weeks. What an unexpected discovery! The food is excellent, the service friendly, and the ambiance like a small cafe in Eastern Europe. My husband had the chicken papikish, which he ordered because he tasted mine last time. I had 2 gourmet sausages served with fresh mashed potatoes and luscious brown gravy, sauerkraut and spicy mustard on the side. Every bite was full of flavor. Even though we were pretty full from the generous portions on the entree, we had to split the owner’s home baked apple strudel with whipped cream, which we loved on our first visit too. Yum! We’re lucky to be in walking distance to this place since now we’re going to regulars.

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RC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

super cute little restaurant with great food, service and beer. We split the goulash and parikash, both which were very tasty.

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d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty Hungarian food, not easy to find (even in Hungary), but let's call this a Central European restaurant as there are German and Czech items. Beer list is not as interesting as I expected. Wonderful service. Our party spent too much time talking instead of looking at the menu or leaving, but the staff never gave even a hint of hurry-up. As with everything in San Francisco, it seems overpriced.

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MW
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the Bay Area and was specifically looking for Central European food. We found quite a little gem in Paprika. We ordered the sausage appetizer and then the goulash and the chicken paprika. All of the dishes were delicious. Our service was wonderful. Additionally we enjoyed our wine and beer. Definitely worth the trip for excellent food and service. Looking forward to returning to Paprika.

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