Mamacita

★★★★★
  • 2317 Chestnut St

    San Francisco, CA 94123

    Cross street: between Divisadero Street and Scott Street

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  • 415-346-8494

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They have so many things in here worth going in here for. This is a perfect place for a small party. They pretty much have everything that you may need if you want Mexican.

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They have so many things in here worth going in here for. This is a perfect place for a small party. They pretty much have everything that you may need if you want Mexican.

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Spicy place! The music is wonderful, it is a treat to all senses. The smell is amazing and the food, very well prepared. This is a good place to experience the Mexican treatment that you deserve.

3
★★★★★

Spicy place! The music is wonderful, it is a treat to all senses. The smell is amazing and the food, very well prepared. This is a good place to experience the Mexican treatment that you deserve.

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

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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

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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

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Mamacita has some of the best food and service! It is affordable, trendy and lively! Very young atomosphere and great service! I highly recommend this restaurant! One of the best places in the neighborhood!!

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★★★★☆

Mamacita has some of the best food and service! It is affordable, trendy and lively! Very young atomosphere and great service! I highly recommend this restaurant! One of the best places in the neighborhood!!

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This place is so delicious! I had some sort of variation on an enchilada here and it totally blew my mind. The prices are steep -- it's not your typical Mexican place, but more of a Marina date-night spin on Mexican. That said, I had a good time here for a friend's birthday. I've come back on several occasions for drinks, which are also overpriced but tasty!

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This place is so delicious! I had some sort of variation on an enchilada here and it totally blew my mind. The prices are steep -- it's not your typical Mexican place, but more of a Marina date-night spin on Mexican. That said, I had a good time here for a friend's birthday. I've come back on several occasions for drinks, which are also overpriced but tasty!

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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

3
★★★★★

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

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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.

3
★★★★★

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.

Pros: The green stuff is super good.

Cons: Far drive from the mission.

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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.

3
★★★★★

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.

Pros: good food!

Cons: loud!

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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).

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★★★★★

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).

Pros: Excellent food!!

Cons: Reservations don't really mean anything - you wait an hour for your table regardless

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Went to Mamcita's for my birthday with a relatively large group. They seated us right away, even though are party wasn't all there. Food was great for sharing and trying different dishes. Staff was very attentive. A very fun atmosphere!

4
★★★★☆

Went to Mamcita's for my birthday with a relatively large group. They seated us right away, even though are party wasn't all there. Food was great for sharing and trying different dishes. Staff was very attentive. A very fun atmosphere!

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: original variations of mexican fare. every dish is very good and unique

Cons: prices a bit high, but i'll pay up for quality anytime.

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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

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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

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True to Northern California, Mamacita has a great wine list. One difference though, M gets wine from all over the world, not just locally. Good spanish/mexican food as well. Recommend any of the wines.

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True to Northern California, Mamacita has a great wine list. One difference though, M gets wine from all over the world, not just locally. Good spanish/mexican food as well. Recommend any of the wines.

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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

3
★★★★★

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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While visiting San Francisco we decided to try out Mamacitias because we had heard some of the hype about it, and we ended up having the best restaurant experience of our lives! The hostess that we made reservations with was polite, and

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While visiting San Francisco we decided to try out Mamacitias because we had heard some of the hype about it, and we ended up having the best restaurant experience of our lives! The hostess that we made reservations with was polite, and

Pros: very cute and trendy, inexpensive, great staff, heirloom tomato salad!

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This place ROCKS!!! From the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave, you are transported to the land of Mamacita's margarita's and moles. Dim lighting help the dangling star lights pop. The energy in the room is a literal vibration

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This place ROCKS!!! From the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave, you are transported to the land of Mamacita's margarita's and moles. Dim lighting help the dangling star lights pop. The energy in the room is a literal vibration

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My husband and I called before coming to Mamacita, and we were told by the hostess that they do not take reservations due to the popularity of the place. We were also told when we got there that there is a 20 min wait which was fine with

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★★★★★

My husband and I called before coming to Mamacita, and we were told by the hostess that they do not take reservations due to the popularity of the place. We were also told when we got there that there is a 20 min wait which was fine with

Pros: Nice Hostess and Bartender; IF you know the Owner then you can be seated!

Cons: Arrogant Owner; False Advertising about reservations since we were told over the phone they don't take reservations 8/15/07

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I'm married with two kids, I go here for the food. I've been three times, all of which were excellent. I get there right when it opens so theres no waiting. The service at this time is great. You really cant go wrong with the menu.

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I'm married with two kids, I go here for the food. I've been three times, all of which were excellent. I get there right when it opens so theres no waiting. The service at this time is great. You really cant go wrong with the menu.

Pros: Great food Good service

Cons: Loud May have to wait 45to60 mins for a table

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I just can't get enough of the food at mamacita. The chef often creates new seasonal dishes that are amazing and I am always happy to see my favorites (chicken tacos and chilaquiles) are always on the menu. The margaritas are great and

3
★★★★★

I just can't get enough of the food at mamacita. The chef often creates new seasonal dishes that are amazing and I am always happy to see my favorites (chicken tacos and chilaquiles) are always on the menu. The margaritas are great and

Pros: Everything!

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On Sunday night I took my mom (visiting on vacation) to Mamasita for a margarita. I had been hearing such great things about this restaurant and their famous margaritas, but had never been able to get a table without a reservation. What

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★★★★★

On Sunday night I took my mom (visiting on vacation) to Mamasita for a margarita. I had been hearing such great things about this restaurant and their famous margaritas, but had never been able to get a table without a reservation. What

Pros: Outdoor seating with heaters, aesthetic of the restaurant

Cons: weak margaritas, parking, overrated

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Had dinner last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.. Started with the very garlicky\r
guac and a house margarita. For dinner had the most delicious soft mahi mahi tacos\r
(my friend had the pulled pork soft tacos)... 3 small tacos but every

3
★★★★★

Had dinner last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.. Started with the very garlicky\r
guac and a house margarita. For dinner had the most delicious soft mahi mahi tacos\r
(my friend had the pulled pork soft tacos)... 3 small tacos but every

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Unfortunately, this was the worst restaurant experience we have ever had. We went there on a Thursday night at 6:45pm. We were told that it would be 45 min to have a table for 4. After waiting for 1 hour 20 min, there was a table for 4 but

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Unfortunately, this was the worst restaurant experience we have ever had. We went there on a Thursday night at 6:45pm. We were told that it would be 45 min to have a table for 4. After waiting for 1 hour 20 min, there was a table for 4 but

Pros: don't know

Cons: customer handling

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This was mexican food like I have never had before. It was amazing. Their selections of seafood were unique and delicious. Tuna tartar had excellent flavor combinations and a stellar presentation... and of course the chicken enchiladas

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This was mexican food like I have never had before. It was amazing. Their selections of seafood were unique and delicious. Tuna tartar had excellent flavor combinations and a stellar presentation... and of course the chicken enchiladas

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I completely agree with the previous reviewer. We got both of our appetizers right away, and then had to wait over 30 minutes for the next one. Plus, the crowd was obnoxious. We sat next to a meat head that liked to hear himself talk -- so

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I completely agree with the previous reviewer. We got both of our appetizers right away, and then had to wait over 30 minutes for the next one. Plus, the crowd was obnoxious. We sat next to a meat head that liked to hear himself talk -- so

Pros: Decent Food, Serves Late

Cons: Meat Head Crowd

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I have eaten at Mamacita many times - it's always been good, not great. Fun because it's usually crowded. But now, it's truly over, I was there last weekend and the place was completely and utterly mis-managed. They could handle the

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★★★★★

I have eaten at Mamacita many times - it's always been good, not great. Fun because it's usually crowded. But now, it's truly over, I was there last weekend and the place was completely and utterly mis-managed. They could handle the

Pros: Mexican Food is Easy to make.

Cons: Hostess - little mousey blond -- is HORRIBLE.

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Food was pretty good but the place is always packed and is very loud. Not a good date spot. Better for dinner with friends. I'd say it's a bit overrated

3
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Food was pretty good but the place is always packed and is very loud. Not a good date spot. Better for dinner with friends. I'd say it's a bit overrated

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Okay, if you're expecting "real" Mexican food as in fish tacos from a stand in Playa del Carmen. No. Not so much. But this place has amazing food. Truly, truly fabulous. It's new age Mexican or grown up Mexican or however you want to

3
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Okay, if you're expecting "real" Mexican food as in fish tacos from a stand in Playa del Carmen. No. Not so much. But this place has amazing food. Truly, truly fabulous. It's new age Mexican or grown up Mexican or however you want to

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lived in san francisco for 8 years now and the same thing is true today as it was when I got here. this city just doesn't have any good mexican food. you can post all you want but at the end of the day its a bunch of people from new york

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lived in san francisco for 8 years now and the same thing is true today as it was when I got here. this city just doesn't have any good mexican food. you can post all you want but at the end of the day its a bunch of people from new york

Pros: good view, top talent, strong drinks

Cons: food is a joke

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I was told Mamacita's is the best mexican food restaurant in San Francisco, so my husband and I decided to try it one Saturday night without reservations, that was our first mistake. Reservations are definitely a necessity, we waited about

3
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I was told Mamacita's is the best mexican food restaurant in San Francisco, so my husband and I decided to try it one Saturday night without reservations, that was our first mistake. Reservations are definitely a necessity, we waited about

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The food is amazing (especially the ceviche), the margaritas are yummy, and it always is such a fun atmosphere. My girlfriends and I have been to a variety of places, but this is definitely one of our favorites. It's a perfect place to

3
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The food is amazing (especially the ceviche), the margaritas are yummy, and it always is such a fun atmosphere. My girlfriends and I have been to a variety of places, but this is definitely one of our favorites. It's a perfect place to

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I went to this place as it got so many great reviews. It definitely did not live up to it's reputation. It was vastly overpriced, the food wasn't that great, it was so loud that I could not carry on a conversation across the table, my

3
★★★★★

I went to this place as it got so many great reviews. It definitely did not live up to it's reputation. It was vastly overpriced, the food wasn't that great, it was so loud that I could not carry on a conversation across the table, my

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My decision to go back to a restaurant largely depends on how they make the simplest things well...and Mamacita didn't quite deliver on that front with the guacamole. The guac was "ok", but the rest of the food, including the mahi mahi

3
★★★★★

My decision to go back to a restaurant largely depends on how they make the simplest things well...and Mamacita didn't quite deliver on that front with the guacamole. The guac was "ok", but the rest of the food, including the mahi mahi

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Amazing food, wonderful drinks, breezy and cool interior and more beautiful people than you could shake a stick at. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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★★★★★

Amazing food, wonderful drinks, breezy and cool interior and more beautiful people than you could shake a stick at. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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after all the hype, I thought I'd try this place out....couple of disappointments\r
1. loud! the place was very noisy. Grant it, it was a saturday night, but still. \r
2. our drinks were very watered down, we ordered margaritas and

3
★★★★★

after all the hype, I thought I'd try this place out....couple of disappointments\r
1. loud! the place was very noisy. Grant it, it was a saturday night, but still. \r
2. our drinks were very watered down, we ordered margaritas and

Pros: good food

Cons: price, portions, noise

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All the food we had was pretty good. The calamari, beef tacos and guacamole were definitely memorable. Staff was friendly, water service was efficient and the pomegranate margaritas are worth the trip if you aren't hungry.

3
★★★★★

All the food we had was pretty good. The calamari, beef tacos and guacamole were definitely memorable. Staff was friendly, water service was efficient and the pomegranate margaritas are worth the trip if you aren't hungry.

Pros: Food, drink

Cons: Parking, volume inside too loud

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I adore this place...the food is amazing, which is most important, and the rest is even better. The energy is great, positive and fun. My boyfriend and I came across it be chance, andd now I make us go once a month (from Walnut Creek),

3
★★★★★

I adore this place...the food is amazing, which is most important, and the rest is even better. The energy is great, positive and fun. My boyfriend and I came across it be chance, andd now I make us go once a month (from Walnut Creek),

Pros: Everything.... but go for the food, and to fall in love

Cons: nothing

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Off the chart! I sat outside waiting for my son and his girlfriend to arrive. The waiter came out and unsolicited brought me the best guacomole, chips and salsa I've ever had. The server was the exact balance between friendly and utterly

3
★★★★★

Off the chart! I sat outside waiting for my son and his girlfriend to arrive. The waiter came out and unsolicited brought me the best guacomole, chips and salsa I've ever had. The server was the exact balance between friendly and utterly

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This is a neat place to go in a group and have drinks and some fun apps. The plates are small and the prices are a bit high. The food quality is good. My problem was the way they bring things out. We ordered 3 things and the first one camr

3
★★★★★

This is a neat place to go in a group and have drinks and some fun apps. The plates are small and the prices are a bit high. The food quality is good. My problem was the way they bring things out. We ordered 3 things and the first one camr

Pros: Ambience, selection of food

Cons: service, prices

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But not the best place to have a nice dinner. I wasn't impressed with Mamacita. The service was a bit slow, but that was due to the kitchen's errors. They prepared my dish wrong and we had to wait at least 10 minutes for one of my

3
★★★★★

But not the best place to have a nice dinner. I wasn't impressed with Mamacita. The service was a bit slow, but that was due to the kitchen's errors. They prepared my dish wrong and we had to wait at least 10 minutes for one of my

Pros: Overall good food, strong drinks.

Cons: Slow service (kitchen errors), parking.

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I absolutely love eating at Mamacita's. The food is amazing, especially the tacos. All the flavors are unique and work well together. This place does not serve traditional pinto beans and rice, but serves really unique and tasty foods. The

3
★★★★★

I absolutely love eating at Mamacita's. The food is amazing, especially the tacos. All the flavors are unique and work well together. This place does not serve traditional pinto beans and rice, but serves really unique and tasty foods. The

Pros: Great food, great service, great scene

Cons: A bit noisy

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I have had lot of incredible mexican food in my day..i even dated a mexican girl for 3 years whos mother was an amazing chef. Mamaacitas as far as im concerned is top mexican cuisine and i will continue to go back when ever i am in the

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★★★★★

I have had lot of incredible mexican food in my day..i even dated a mexican girl for 3 years whos mother was an amazing chef. Mamaacitas as far as im concerned is top mexican cuisine and i will continue to go back when ever i am in the

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We had to wait an hour and a half. If you're looking for traditional mexican food - this isn't the place. The menu is nothing special - infact I'm not sure its mexican food. Great for a good margarita - but thats it.

3
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We had to wait an hour and a half. If you're looking for traditional mexican food - this isn't the place. The menu is nothing special - infact I'm not sure its mexican food. Great for a good margarita - but thats it.

Pros: drinks, appetizers

Cons: long wait, menu, service

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How do you say "that was amazing" in spanish. Cause it was. The entire experience was one that I will return to often.

3
★★★★★

How do you say "that was amazing" in spanish. Cause it was. The entire experience was one that I will return to often.

Pros: Owners, Food, Strong Fresh Made Drinks

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My favorite Mexican restaurant is Maya (on 2nd St.) so I always make comparisons with others who dare to challenge them. Beautiful people surround you, both men and women. No salt or pepper shakers on the table. You won't need them.

3
★★★★★

My favorite Mexican restaurant is Maya (on 2nd St.) so I always make comparisons with others who dare to challenge them. Beautiful people surround you, both men and women. No salt or pepper shakers on the table. You won't need them.

Pros: Good value, great people watching, family-style dining

Cons: Noise, limited street parking

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I am not a marina head but still found great joy in both this restaurant and the festive atmosphere that has been created. I had outstanding and very high quality food with fresh lime margaritas...i could see the pulp floating in there

3
★★★★★

I am not a marina head but still found great joy in both this restaurant and the festive atmosphere that has been created. I had outstanding and very high quality food with fresh lime margaritas...i could see the pulp floating in there

Pros: Atmosphere, Strong Fresh Margies, Food

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If you LOVE the Marina and enjoy a side of insults with your meal, you will dig Mamacita. However, if you are looking for a quality experience without the attitude, I implore you to try any one of San Francisco's more worthy dining

3
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If you LOVE the Marina and enjoy a side of insults with your meal, you will dig Mamacita. However, if you are looking for a quality experience without the attitude, I implore you to try any one of San Francisco's more worthy dining

Pros: ?

Cons: poor service

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Been looking for a restaurant like this for years...amazing variations on traditional mexican food, vibrant atmosphere...and margaritas that are all fresh...I ate there last night and had one of my best dining experiences in san francisco.

3
★★★★★

Been looking for a restaurant like this for years...amazing variations on traditional mexican food, vibrant atmosphere...and margaritas that are all fresh...I ate there last night and had one of my best dining experiences in san francisco.

Pros: Food, Margaritas, Atmosphere

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I've been here twice now and will definitely be back. The waiters/waitresses are always so nice so service is a plus. My one, big complaint is their host does not do a good job; it's like we have a table, no we don't, ah, yes there's a

3
★★★★★

I've been here twice now and will definitely be back. The waiters/waitresses are always so nice so service is a plus. My one, big complaint is their host does not do a good job; it's like we have a table, no we don't, ah, yes there's a

Pros: crowd, food, value

Cons: host needs training

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Mamacita's interior transports visitors from busy Chestnut Street to the courtyard of a Mexican village, with a thatched roof over the adobe house kitchen and a sky-blue ceiling dripping with clusters of gold stars. Chef Sam Josi cooked at…

 

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