2317 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412337.800056 -122.441536
Neighborhoods: Marina, North
The margaritas here are tops, but so is the food. Snack at the bar or dig in for a full meal of tacos served three up.
Long week? You can't go wrong with the El Padrino margarita. Insider tip: ask for the special vegetarian menu if you're an herbivore!
Try to avoid if you are hungry or are looking for good drink – Really bad food service and drinks.
Once they know you are not satisfied and are not going to praise their funny versions of Mexican food you are put on IGNORE but you still have to pay the hefty bill.
Fun Vibe and Great Food – Mamacita, in my opinion, is the best Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. Every time I eat there, I leave happy, full and a little drunk. Mamacita is located smack dab in the middle of the Marina district on Chestnut. The restaurant is one long narrow room, nicely decorated with hanging metal lights, cool art and warm tones. The restaurant tends to get crowded and loud on the weekends and it can be so loud sometimes that you have to scream across the table but that's part of its hip and happening vibe and the food is worth it.
Mamacita serves tapas style dishes and yummy sides. I've eaten just about everything on the menu and loved it all. However, I am sad that they discontinued my favorite dish, a polenta cake with baked clams and chorizo in a cast iron little pot. The flavors in the dish were so mouthwatering delicious, I hated sharing it. Some of my favorite plates are: Callos de Mula- pan seared scallops with butternut squash mole and brussel sprout chorizo hash, classic Carne Asado Tacos made with Meyer Ranch skirt steak, Camaron al Pastor Tacos- prawn tacos with grilled pineapple, and Tamales de Puerquito- house-made banana leaf steamed pulled pork tamales.
The restaurant has a full bar but it's small. The sangria is delicious and goes down way too easy. For tequila connoisseurs there is a tasting "tequila flight" and a large selection of tequilas all reasonably prices. The bar also has "Hora De Feliz" weekdays (happy hour for the non-Spanish speakers) until 6:30 with drink and food specials.
Mamacita is my favorite go-to restaurant. It's great for large groups and a perfect spot to for out of town guests. It can get a bit pricey. Small plates cost from $8 to $18 with 80% of the menu $12 or more.
great place – everything here is nice. the people are very friendly and very helpful. i love the food. i will recommend this to my friends and relatives. :D
Awesome Guac – I dig the vibe, the people, and the food. Drinks were okay which is why it only gets 4 stars.
And of course I feel whack for going to Mexican food outside of the mission, but this place is worth it.
fish tacos and mojitos.... yumm! – yumm, yumm, and yumm. everything is great. everyone here is nice. you'll love it! try the guacamole and the fish tacos and the mojitos are divine.
Great food. WORST WAIT even though we had reservations! – I made a reservation I WEEK ahead for a friend and me. We arrived 5 minutes early for our 8pm reservation - we waited 50 minutes for our table! (Meanwhile there was one 2-top and two 4-top tables empty the entire length of our wait). UNACCEPTABLE. The bar was so packed we absolutely had no chance to grab a drink (4-5 people deep) while we waited.
?on a positive note, by the time we finally were able sit, our waitress was a wonderful and the food was VERY good.
NB: I had walked in a few weeks prior without a reservation and had a shorter wait. Go figure.
great new age mexican – this isn't your typical burrito joint. this is a new age mexican place, and i think it gets better each time i go. it's a bit pricey for what you get, but the food quality and originality are great. when i go for a restaurant experience, i want something i cant make at home. the ahi tuna tacos are great, as well as the queso. they do twists, with a tapa style, to standard fare and it's a fresh change. atmosphere is fun too, just a casual place.
Great Mexican Food and Drinks But Service Can Be Quite Rude – Okay - so this is my first review of a place, and I never go out of my way to say anything about a restaurant unless I have such an unpleasant experience that it ruins my evening. I have been visiting Mamacita's restaurant since it first opened and have always enjoyed the great food and vibrant atmosphere. However, I must agree with several other reviewers that as the restaurant has become more popular, the service, and attention to that "friendly, neighborhood atmosphere" has gone south.
With my parents in town for the holidays, I decided to take them there, after convincing them what a great place it was. We were told that the wait would be about 20 minutes, 30 minutes at the most. At about 30 minutes in, I asked the hostess where we stood and she said we were next. At 40 minutes, I politely asked again, highlighting that we were told it would be 30 minutes at the most and seeing about 3 or 4 other parties get seated ahead of us. At that point, the hostess very rudely said it had been only 30 minutes since we were logged in to her seating chart (which is irrelevant since I know we had been there 40 minutes) and basically made it seem as if we were lying about how long we'd been there. I was shocked at the treatment and actually asked for a comment card (which they don't have) so that I point this out.
The bottom line is that this place continues to have great food but the service can either be good or terrible. Our server was fantastic, charming and took good care of us, but the hostess experience had already put a taint on the overall dinner experience. I hope that they pay more attention to how the host / hostess treats their patrons as it was very disappointing to have been coming there for years and be treated this way. I can no longer recommend this restaurant as a "go to" place for great Mexican food unless folks also have an appetite for poor service.
YESSSSS – Yes please I want more and more and more. SO SO SO good and great lively atmosphere. Service was unreal too. Go you will not regret it
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