Bissap Baobab

★★★★☆
Restaurant layout with soft music in the background will encourage friendly conversation. Lots of interaction at the bar as well.
  • 2323 Mission St Between 19th And 20th

    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Cross street: 19th Street

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  • 415-826-9287

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verryyy good food and they did good job you shoud go try it . it my first time i have sengalese west African food thank you . bissap baobab san francisco. ciao

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★★★★★

verryyy good food and they did good job you shoud go try it . it my first time i have sengalese west African food thank you . bissap baobab san francisco. ciao

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I was visiting San Fran recently, and wanted to check out an authentic African restaurant in the city. I came across menu pages, and found Bissap Baobab (a restaurant of Senegalese cuisine in the Mission district). I took the subway over from my hotel on a Thursday evening early last month (April 2007) and was greeted by a cool and relaxed atmosphere with a very personable host. I decided to order my food to go and sat at the bar, where I was greeted by a equally pleasant bartender (who even helped me with selecting my order). I settled on the Seafood Coconut dish (w/ tilapia & w/ couscous as my options, as I could have also chosen chicken or rice, etc.). It came with veggies in a wonderful tamarind paprika coconut sauce. I also decided to order a dessert to go, and I chose the Thiakry (a milk & yogurt blend with raisins, strawberries, nutmeg, and vanilla--a yummy and light, but perfectly sweet way to end the meal!

Two more things I liked about Bissap Baobab--on the very night that I visited them, a portion of everyone's meal price was going towards an organization of awareness re: women's sexual assault. I was pleased about that. And lastly, if I had more time, I would have gone out the door and just turned the corner to the restaurant's dance club--Little Baobab--where they invited all their patrons to come over for dancing to world music after their meals at Bissap Baobab. Next time Little Baobab, next time! :)

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★★★★☆

I was visiting San Fran recently, and wanted to check out an authentic African restaurant in the city. I came across menu pages, and found Bissap Baobab (a restaurant of Senegalese cuisine in the Mission district). I took the subway over from my hotel on a Thursday evening early last month (April 2007) and was greeted by a cool and relaxed atmosphere with a very personable host. I decided to order my food to go and sat at the bar, where I was greeted by a equally pleasant bartender (who even helped me with selecting my order). I settled on the Seafood Coconut dish (w/ tilapia & w/ couscous as my options, as I could have also chosen chicken or rice, etc.). It came with veggies in a wonderful tamarind paprika coconut sauce. I also decided to order a dessert to go, and I chose the Thiakry (a milk & yogurt blend with raisins, strawberries, nutmeg, and vanilla--a yummy and light, but perfectly sweet way to end the meal!

Two more things I liked about Bissap Baobab--on the very night that I visited them, a portion of everyone's meal price was going towards an organization of awareness re: women's sexual assault. I was pleased about that. And lastly, if I had more time, I would have gone out the door and just turned the corner to the restaurant's dance club--Little Baobab--where they invited all their patrons to come over for dancing to world music after their meals at Bissap Baobab. Next time Little Baobab, next time! :)

Pros: Tasty food, great vibe, best when going early evening

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I adore the drinks at this place but I've had a couple of bad experiences here with the service. However, I liked the lanb stew so much that I'm going to give it another shot and chalk it up to a couple of off nights....

1
★★★☆☆

I adore the drinks at this place but I've had a couple of bad experiences here with the service. However, I liked the lanb stew so much that I'm going to give it another shot and chalk it up to a couple of off nights....

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This is a hidden gem. Fantastic food, interesting drinks, relaxed atmospher - all in all a great evening. The lamb dishes are out of this world, especially JOALIENNE -(Senegalese Paella). This dish made my mouth very happy. The PASTELLES appetizers were a treat as well. I would recommend everyone try this place.

2
★★★★★

This is a hidden gem. Fantastic food, interesting drinks, relaxed atmospher - all in all a great evening. The lamb dishes are out of this world, especially JOALIENNE -(Senegalese Paella). This dish made my mouth very happy. The PASTELLES appetizers were a treat as well. I would recommend everyone try this place.

Pros: Food and drinks and atmopher

Cons: A bit crowded

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You have to read these reviews carefully. This is a smallish restaurant. If you come with a party of 8 on a Saturday night, you aren't going to have a good experience. It's also a scene later on and can get very crowded. Go early or on a week night and you will have great food and good service. The fried plantains were amazing and I loved my seafood entree. The drinks were tasty, but small and I thought a little pricey. The food was relatively inexpensive so I guess it all came out even in the end.

2
★★★★☆

You have to read these reviews carefully. This is a smallish restaurant. If you come with a party of 8 on a Saturday night, you aren't going to have a good experience. It's also a scene later on and can get very crowded. Go early or on a week night and you will have great food and good service. The fried plantains were amazing and I loved my seafood entree. The drinks were tasty, but small and I thought a little pricey. The food was relatively inexpensive so I guess it all came out even in the end.

Pros: tasty unique food

Cons: gets crowded later

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We just tried out Bissap Baobab last night and it was very yummy! There was absolutely no wait, the servers were very friendly and the food was delicious! Also, the food came out from the kitchen very quickly. Try the chicken mafe and the chocolate souffle--very recommended. And the ginger hibiscus beverage is amazingly original and tasty. Also, the prices are very reasonable according to city standards. The international vibe is so accepting and friendly and there is a very warm feeling about the place. It sounds like some people have had to wait on Satuday nights for a table, but in case they haven't noticed, that is true with every good restaurant in the City on Saturday nights. If so many people are trying to eat there, the restaurant must be doing something right, yes? Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

We just tried out Bissap Baobab last night and it was very yummy! There was absolutely no wait, the servers were very friendly and the food was delicious! Also, the food came out from the kitchen very quickly. Try the chicken mafe and the chocolate souffle--very recommended. And the ginger hibiscus beverage is amazingly original and tasty. Also, the prices are very reasonable according to city standards. The international vibe is so accepting and friendly and there is a very warm feeling about the place. It sounds like some people have had to wait on Satuday nights for a table, but in case they haven't noticed, that is true with every good restaurant in the City on Saturday nights. If so many people are trying to eat there, the restaurant must be doing something right, yes? Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Delicious food, nice waitstaff, great vibe

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I lived in the city for years, and have been to many of restaurants, including cheap and expensive. I thought it would be great to go to a different style of restaurant, and my friend loves going there, so we went for his birthday. We waited almost 2 hours for a table. It was crowded, shoulder to shoulder. We must have been told 20 times our table was ready. They didn't seat us in the beginning because a few people were not there. That can be expected...but not to wait so long after. Finally they got us the bar table. So we had to eat leaning over really low, and I just put my plate on my lap because I was in the corner seat. The wait staff was always complaining as if they didn't want anyone there. And as far as the food...no way. You could make this food at home for cheaper. The drinks had more culture, but were too expensive...$7. The only cool person was Jordan, the bar tender. But he left early, and the girl at the bar (latin with tatoos on her arms) over charged me for drinks. She said she threw the receipt away, and then asked me if I wanted one. She would not refund my money. Terrible service for a restaurant and bar. Just beware there are better restaurants in the city with better food and service. Don't let the cultural image get you.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I lived in the city for years, and have been to many of restaurants, including cheap and expensive. I thought it would be great to go to a different style of restaurant, and my friend loves going there, so we went for his birthday. We waited almost 2 hours for a table. It was crowded, shoulder to shoulder. We must have been told 20 times our table was ready. They didn't seat us in the beginning because a few people were not there. That can be expected...but not to wait so long after. Finally they got us the bar table. So we had to eat leaning over really low, and I just put my plate on my lap because I was in the corner seat. The wait staff was always complaining as if they didn't want anyone there. And as far as the food...no way. You could make this food at home for cheaper. The drinks had more culture, but were too expensive...$7. The only cool person was Jordan, the bar tender. But he left early, and the girl at the bar (latin with tatoos on her arms) over charged me for drinks. She said she threw the receipt away, and then asked me if I wanted one. She would not refund my money. Terrible service for a restaurant and bar. Just beware there are better restaurants in the city with better food and service. Don't let the cultural image get you.

Pros: Jordan the bartender...cool guy!

Cons: Wait staff, food, service!

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This is one of my favorite restaurants and everyone that I take here loves it! The food is great and the service is on point. You must have the chocolate soulffle for desert no matter what. The infused rums are out of this world. I don't think they take reservations and I don't feel you should dine with a large group. This restaurant is somewhat compact. I've only had bad service once out of the twenty or so times that I have been there.Oh, and not child friendly.

2
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants and everyone that I take here loves it! The food is great and the service is on point. You must have the chocolate soulffle for desert no matter what. The infused rums are out of this world. I don't think they take reservations and I don't feel you should dine with a large group. This restaurant is somewhat compact. I've only had bad service once out of the twenty or so times that I have been there.Oh, and not child friendly.

Pros: Pitcher of margarita is more than enough and very satisfying

Cons: parking

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Had a few problems with this place:
1. Tried to make a reservation for a large party (12) and had to call *several* times before someone finally bothered to call me back to confirm.
2. When most of our party had arrived, they still refused to seat us (even though the restaurant was mostly empty because it was a Sunday night)! I can understand not seating us when the restaurant is full, but when it's only 50% occupied, there's no excuse.
3. When we were finally seated, they crammed us into a table that was too small, even though there was ample space elsewhere for us.
4. The waitstaff seemed very annoyed that we were there - impatiently took our orders, didn't remember who ordered what drinks (even though there ended up being only 10 of us - how difficult is it to remember?), gave us empty glasses with pitchers of water - so we had to serve ourselves, which is generally OK - and then they were annoyed when we asked them to refill the pitchers of water. They seemed in a huge hurry to get us out of there even though there was no one waiting for our table and our party was very mellow and not high maintenance at all.

Food was good and tasty, but honestly there are 100s of other restaurants in the city to choose from that are equally good and even better...so they need to step it up in the service department if they want to compete. I think the place is over-rated and I won't go back again. Don't believe the hype.

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★★☆☆☆

Had a few problems with this place:
1. Tried to make a reservation for a large party (12) and had to call *several* times before someone finally bothered to call me back to confirm.
2. When most of our party had arrived, they still refused to seat us (even though the restaurant was mostly empty because it was a Sunday night)! I can understand not seating us when the restaurant is full, but when it's only 50% occupied, there's no excuse.
3. When we were finally seated, they crammed us into a table that was too small, even though there was ample space elsewhere for us.
4. The waitstaff seemed very annoyed that we were there - impatiently took our orders, didn't remember who ordered what drinks (even though there ended up being only 10 of us - how difficult is it to remember?), gave us empty glasses with pitchers of water - so we had to serve ourselves, which is generally OK - and then they were annoyed when we asked them to refill the pitchers of water. They seemed in a huge hurry to get us out of there even though there was no one waiting for our table and our party was very mellow and not high maintenance at all.

Food was good and tasty, but honestly there are 100s of other restaurants in the city to choose from that are equally good and even better...so they need to step it up in the service department if they want to compete. I think the place is over-rated and I won't go back again. Don't believe the hype.

Pros: Good food, good location

Cons: Very bad service

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The second time I've been here was as good as the first. We went on a Sunday night and seating and service was not a problem. Not as popular as next door's Cha Cha Cha's but I'd much prefer this place anyway over trendy people getting sloshed downing margeritas. We ordered plantains and got them- real plantains, not bananas like some places give you (because some don't really know what plantains are!), fried perfectly and served with a side of this tangy tamarind sauce. Interesting flavor combination! I ordered the Tofu Mafe and was happy with the selection. The tofu sauce is not the overwhelmingly peanut-buttery flavored sauce you get at a Thai restaurant, albeit I like that sauce too. It was a deeper color, just as rich but without the heaviness of coconut cream- more like a stew, with just a hint of peanut and an earthy flavor. beneath it were many slabs of grilled tofu (I think I counted eight!), a tasty chunk of potato, carrots, and some other vegetable that were stewed to make it difficult to recognize. I ordered the rice and it was just fine. My dining partner had the seafood coconut with tilapia and it was equally delicious. Tender, moist fillet chunks of tilapia were skewered and grilled, then doused with a lightly spicy tamarind coconut sauce and scattered veggies. it was apparent that the protein was cooked separately from the sauce, so if you're looking for that stewed in flavor, forget it but i you like fresh grilled meat or tofu bathing in a delicious sauce, this is it! too full to try an authentic dessert ,all I had room for was my hot ginger. I don't know what they make it with, but it was great. I detected some sort of sweet fruit-juciness, or perhaps hibiscus, in addition to the ginger's spicy flavor, but my mouth wasn't quite sure what it was. At any rate it was calming, soothing, and perfect for a nearly overstuffed belly (as ginger is great for digestion)! We will be back to try their other dishes- the lamb or Thuebou Djen both sounded yummy!

2
★★★★★

The second time I've been here was as good as the first. We went on a Sunday night and seating and service was not a problem. Not as popular as next door's Cha Cha Cha's but I'd much prefer this place anyway over trendy people getting sloshed downing margeritas. We ordered plantains and got them- real plantains, not bananas like some places give you (because some don't really know what plantains are!), fried perfectly and served with a side of this tangy tamarind sauce. Interesting flavor combination! I ordered the Tofu Mafe and was happy with the selection. The tofu sauce is not the overwhelmingly peanut-buttery flavored sauce you get at a Thai restaurant, albeit I like that sauce too. It was a deeper color, just as rich but without the heaviness of coconut cream- more like a stew, with just a hint of peanut and an earthy flavor. beneath it were many slabs of grilled tofu (I think I counted eight!), a tasty chunk of potato, carrots, and some other vegetable that were stewed to make it difficult to recognize. I ordered the rice and it was just fine. My dining partner had the seafood coconut with tilapia and it was equally delicious. Tender, moist fillet chunks of tilapia were skewered and grilled, then doused with a lightly spicy tamarind coconut sauce and scattered veggies. it was apparent that the protein was cooked separately from the sauce, so if you're looking for that stewed in flavor, forget it but i you like fresh grilled meat or tofu bathing in a delicious sauce, this is it! too full to try an authentic dessert ,all I had room for was my hot ginger. I don't know what they make it with, but it was great. I detected some sort of sweet fruit-juciness, or perhaps hibiscus, in addition to the ginger's spicy flavor, but my mouth wasn't quite sure what it was. At any rate it was calming, soothing, and perfect for a nearly overstuffed belly (as ginger is great for digestion)! We will be back to try their other dishes- the lamb or Thuebou Djen both sounded yummy!

Pros: unique delicious cuisine, tummy warming hot ginger tea, Reggae beats

Cons: parking may be difficult during peak Mission hours

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I've never had Senegalese food before, but this place was really yummy. The drinks were also fun (I think we had a pitcher each of ginger margarita and a hibiscus one). It's a good place to go with friends since it's pretty chill and low-key, but also fun/different. I had the paella (with seafood and lamb)--interesting combo but yummy!

2
★★★★☆

I've never had Senegalese food before, but this place was really yummy. The drinks were also fun (I think we had a pitcher each of ginger margarita and a hibiscus one). It's a good place to go with friends since it's pretty chill and low-key, but also fun/different. I had the paella (with seafood and lamb)--interesting combo but yummy!

Pros: not too expensive, chill atmosphere, good food

Cons: finding parking

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I ordered "Vegetables in a peanut sauce served with a choice of rice or couscous -with tofu $8.50." What arrived was a mound of dry couscous and a pile of gummy tofu SMOTHERED in peanut sauce with (I counted) FOUR mushy baby carrots that had long since met a sad fate. My boyfriend took pity on me and gave me a single cucumber slice and a single plantain slice from his plate. If the dish is stated to be VEGETABLES, how about putting some VEGETABLES in it?

0
★☆☆☆☆

I ordered "Vegetables in a peanut sauce served with a choice of rice or couscous -with tofu $8.50." What arrived was a mound of dry couscous and a pile of gummy tofu SMOTHERED in peanut sauce with (I counted) FOUR mushy baby carrots that had long since met a sad fate. My boyfriend took pity on me and gave me a single cucumber slice and a single plantain slice from his plate. If the dish is stated to be VEGETABLES, how about putting some VEGETABLES in it?

Pros: Friendly manager

Cons: Noisy, crowded, Laughable food

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Cant afford a vacation? Just visit this great exotic spot and you'll feel a million miles away. Food is interesting, not exceptional, but tasty. Service was average nothing special, but we never felt totally forgotten. The place has a sub tropical simplistic element that envelopes you to a point you almost can't have a bad time. The wait can be long, the place is small and people love it, what can you expect. Great cocktails and enough sexy accents to keep your eyes batting all night

2
★★★★☆

Cant afford a vacation? Just visit this great exotic spot and you'll feel a million miles away. Food is interesting, not exceptional, but tasty. Service was average nothing special, but we never felt totally forgotten. The place has a sub tropical simplistic element that envelopes you to a point you almost can't have a bad time. The wait can be long, the place is small and people love it, what can you expect. Great cocktails and enough sexy accents to keep your eyes batting all night

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: wait

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I've been to Bissap Baobabs three times. The service has always been rotten. But upon this last time, I vow never to return. We made reservations for 12 people for my 30th birthday. We ended up waiting over an hour, during which time the owner treated us like annoying popup ads. After being totally humiliated in front of friends, we decided to go next door to Cha Cha Chas.
Many of our friends have had the same experience at Baobabs. Word of advice: Don't go. It's a maddening experience. Decent food, cool drinks, and a good amiance don't make up for being treated like a slab of meat at a vegetarian convention.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've been to Bissap Baobabs three times. The service has always been rotten. But upon this last time, I vow never to return. We made reservations for 12 people for my 30th birthday. We ended up waiting over an hour, during which time the owner treated us like annoying popup ads. After being totally humiliated in front of friends, we decided to go next door to Cha Cha Chas.
Many of our friends have had the same experience at Baobabs. Word of advice: Don't go. It's a maddening experience. Decent food, cool drinks, and a good amiance don't make up for being treated like a slab of meat at a vegetarian convention.

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Went there 2 months ago. Decent atmosphere. The food was good but not good enough to compensate for the terrible service. It took over 45 minutes WITH reservations to be seated. Granted it was very busy, but the person waiting on us was VERY unattentive. (Never once checked on our party of 6, other than bringing us the food and our check) We were there for over 2 hours! And as I said, the food was good but not worth the 2+ hours spent there. ( i was expecting it to be "great" of "amazing" to compensate for the overall experience) However, the only positive thing about our experience there was a cute bartender who sent over a cocktail to my sister (the birthday girl) on the house.

1
★★★☆☆

Went there 2 months ago. Decent atmosphere. The food was good but not good enough to compensate for the terrible service. It took over 45 minutes WITH reservations to be seated. Granted it was very busy, but the person waiting on us was VERY unattentive. (Never once checked on our party of 6, other than bringing us the food and our check) We were there for over 2 hours! And as I said, the food was good but not worth the 2+ hours spent there. ( i was expecting it to be "great" of "amazing" to compensate for the overall experience) However, the only positive thing about our experience there was a cute bartender who sent over a cocktail to my sister (the birthday girl) on the house.

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The food is delicious and cheap. The waiters are fast. The drinks are strong. Enough said.

2
★★★★★

The food is delicious and cheap. The waiters are fast. The drinks are strong. Enough said.

Pros: the menu, the price, good drinks

Cons: crowded at times

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I began the planning for a surprise birthday dinner party for my brother and Bissap Baobab immediately sprang to mind. I have eaten there numerous times and they consistently deliver a superior product on all fronts--ambiance, service, food & price. And last night was no exception. From the reservation, onwards, everyone was polite, kind and generous. The waiter who took our order was patient and attentive. I highly recommend the house cocktails, Flamboyant is my favorite. This is definitely the perfect restaurant for big groups--but remember to make a reservation well in advance and then confirm it closer to the date, because they always seem to be busy. Thanks Bissap Baobab for helping to make my brother's birthday a very happy memory.

2
★★★★★

I began the planning for a surprise birthday dinner party for my brother and Bissap Baobab immediately sprang to mind. I have eaten there numerous times and they consistently deliver a superior product on all fronts--ambiance, service, food & price. And last night was no exception. From the reservation, onwards, everyone was polite, kind and generous. The waiter who took our order was patient and attentive. I highly recommend the house cocktails, Flamboyant is my favorite. This is definitely the perfect restaurant for big groups--but remember to make a reservation well in advance and then confirm it closer to the date, because they always seem to be busy. Thanks Bissap Baobab for helping to make my brother's birthday a very happy memory.

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The long wait was worth it. However, it must be said that once we were seated, the food arrived very promptly (within a few minutes of ordering). I sampled 4 out of the 5 vegetarian dishes they had, and they were all very good!

2
★★★★☆

The long wait was worth it. However, it must be said that once we were seated, the food arrived very promptly (within a few minutes of ordering). I sampled 4 out of the 5 vegetarian dishes they had, and they were all very good!

Pros: good food

Cons: long wait

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I came here with a group of friends and it was a great experience. The interior decor looked authentic as was the food. I ordered the Yapou Khar (tender lam w/veggie) and it was delicious. It's a lively place so shouting across the 4-seated table was necessary to communicate. The restaurant was a bit small and navigating through in a w/c was difficult.

2
★★★★☆

I came here with a group of friends and it was a great experience. The interior decor looked authentic as was the food. I ordered the Yapou Khar (tender lam w/veggie) and it was delicious. It's a lively place so shouting across the 4-seated table was necessary to communicate. The restaurant was a bit small and navigating through in a w/c was difficult.

Pros: oishii food

Cons: a bit noisy

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The dishes here are outstanding -- my favorites are the yassa (fish in a lemon-mustard sauce with onions and cous cous) and the fried plantains. Plus, the house cocktails are only $5 and really strong -- try the ginger margarita. But service is incredibly slow and lackluster. We waited 20 minutes for our waitress to take our drink order, another 20 for the drinks to arrive, then we had to flag her down to place our food orders. After 40 minutes I stopped the manager and asked if he could check on our food. He was really nice and apologetic and brought us complimentary friend plantains. We definitely appreciated that, but it would've been nice if our waitress even pretended to care about taking care of our table. I'll definitely go back for the food, but not when I'm famished. It just takes too long.

2
★★★★★

The dishes here are outstanding -- my favorites are the yassa (fish in a lemon-mustard sauce with onions and cous cous) and the fried plantains. Plus, the house cocktails are only $5 and really strong -- try the ginger margarita. But service is incredibly slow and lackluster. We waited 20 minutes for our waitress to take our drink order, another 20 for the drinks to arrive, then we had to flag her down to place our food orders. After 40 minutes I stopped the manager and asked if he could check on our food. He was really nice and apologetic and brought us complimentary friend plantains. We definitely appreciated that, but it would've been nice if our waitress even pretended to care about taking care of our table. I'll definitely go back for the food, but not when I'm famished. It just takes too long.

Pros: Great food, Strong drinks

Cons: Bad service

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Great Food, wonderful ambience, and very friendly service. The drinks and food are original and very good.

2
★★★★★

Great Food, wonderful ambience, and very friendly service. The drinks and food are original and very good.

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The food was really good here, however, most of dinner was spent waiting for waitstaff to take our order, clear our plates and take our dessert order.

2
★★★★☆

The food was really good here, however, most of dinner was spent waiting for waitstaff to take our order, clear our plates and take our dessert order.

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The first time I went, they were completely closed for a private event. The second time I went with a group of friends for some drinks. They didn't have tonic, red bull, a number of liquers, the beers in the bottle they advertised they had, or the beers on tap they advertised they had. They were unapologetic for having nothing. I tried to give them a third chance and wanted to make reservations. They didn't pick up their phone for two days and when I finally got through, they refused to take my reservation for that evening. And they were rude about it.

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★☆☆☆☆

The first time I went, they were completely closed for a private event. The second time I went with a group of friends for some drinks. They didn't have tonic, red bull, a number of liquers, the beers in the bottle they advertised they had, or the beers on tap they advertised they had. They were unapologetic for having nothing. I tried to give them a third chance and wanted to make reservations. They didn't pick up their phone for two days and when I finally got through, they refused to take my reservation for that evening. And they were rude about it.

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West African fare from Marco Senghor, whose lively ginger & tamarind cocktail blends tend to enliven the meal more than the chef's concoctions. Food is pretty good and flavorful, but not spicy. Some like the selection of African beers; entrees run $9-$15, and there are vegetarian options. The Aloko (plaintains)and Pastelles (fried pockets with various fillings) are popular appetizers. After dinner try your luck on the dancefloor at Little Baobob up the street is the orignal location in the Mission, the lively dive a half block behind the Beauty Bar.

3
★★★☆☆

West African fare from Marco Senghor, whose lively ginger & tamarind cocktail blends tend to enliven the meal more than the chef's concoctions. Food is pretty good and flavorful, but not spicy. Some like the selection of African beers; entrees run $9-$15, and there are vegetarian options. The Aloko (plaintains)and Pastelles (fried pockets with various fillings) are popular appetizers. After dinner try your luck on the dancefloor at Little Baobob up the street is the orignal location in the Mission, the lively dive a half block behind the Beauty Bar.

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Had no idea what to expect, but the food was so tasty! The fish & spinach pastelles, the lamb and the dibi fish dish were awesome (and inexpensive)! Hearty, but not too heavy and such amazing flavor! Hisbiscus, ginger and tamarind made for awesome aldult beverages. And, we all felt like we were in another country...lively, upbeat atmosphere. Great vibe. The patio is nice too.

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★★★★★

Had no idea what to expect, but the food was so tasty! The fish & spinach pastelles, the lamb and the dibi fish dish were awesome (and inexpensive)! Hearty, but not too heavy and such amazing flavor! Hisbiscus, ginger and tamarind made for awesome aldult beverages. And, we all felt like we were in another country...lively, upbeat atmosphere. Great vibe. The patio is nice too.

Pros: delicious flavor, awesome ambience, inexpensive

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Before eating here I was excited to try the numerous veggie dishes on their menu. Having taken the advice of the waitress, I ordered what was described as "lots of vegetables with a peanut sauce". I was quickly disappointed, however, when the food arrived. It literally consisted of a mound of peanut sauce with 3 small soggy pieces of carrot. It's hard to justify paying $8 for about 1/2 cup of cous-cous and some peanut sauce. Needless to say, I went away hungry and will not be back. On the bright side, however, my boyfriend was happy with his lamb dish. Maybe this just isn't a good place to order veggie dishes!?

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★★☆☆☆

Before eating here I was excited to try the numerous veggie dishes on their menu. Having taken the advice of the waitress, I ordered what was described as "lots of vegetables with a peanut sauce". I was quickly disappointed, however, when the food arrived. It literally consisted of a mound of peanut sauce with 3 small soggy pieces of carrot. It's hard to justify paying $8 for about 1/2 cup of cous-cous and some peanut sauce. Needless to say, I went away hungry and will not be back. On the bright side, however, my boyfriend was happy with his lamb dish. Maybe this just isn't a good place to order veggie dishes!?

Pros: relatively inexpensiv, good atmosphere

Cons: , disappointing food

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After hearing friends rave about this place a gang of 6 of us finally checked it out. After being assured that we would have to wait 20 mins for a table, we sat and waited what felt like 5 hours but was actually only about 2. The novelty wore off the hibiscus margheritas almost instantly upon tasting one, being not too different from any sugary and not too strong margherita. The food was exceptional in how uniformly everything had been overcooked to remove all shape, texture, nutrition and most of the flavor.

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★★☆☆☆

After hearing friends rave about this place a gang of 6 of us finally checked it out. After being assured that we would have to wait 20 mins for a table, we sat and waited what felt like 5 hours but was actually only about 2. The novelty wore off the hibiscus margheritas almost instantly upon tasting one, being not too different from any sugary and not too strong margherita. The food was exceptional in how uniformly everything had been overcooked to remove all shape, texture, nutrition and most of the flavor.

Cons: bad food, slow service

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At the risk of giving my very favorite restaurant in the city away to thousands of strangers, I can confidently say that you won't be disappointed. Order the plantains and/or the pastelles to begin, and every entree is good (I usually go with the kabobs w/ cous cous, stewed veggies, and peanut sauce). In addition to their many fun cocktails (see other reviews), the also serve several beers (such as Gordon Biersch's Marzen) that compliment the spicy food perfectly!

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★★★★★

At the risk of giving my very favorite restaurant in the city away to thousands of strangers, I can confidently say that you won't be disappointed. Order the plantains and/or the pastelles to begin, and every entree is good (I usually go with the kabobs w/ cous cous, stewed veggies, and peanut sauce). In addition to their many fun cocktails (see other reviews), the also serve several beers (such as Gordon Biersch's Marzen) that compliment the spicy food perfectly!

Pros: Delicious food, Great prices, Fun atmosphere

Cons: Somewhat slow service

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We tried both Little Baobob and Bissap in one night and this one hands down. The service, food and most importantly the cocktails were much better at Bissap. The food is okay but merits mostly for being less expensive than other places with less unique fare. If you've never had African cuisine this is a good place to get adventurous without breaking the bank-- HIBISCUS cocktails!

1
★★★☆☆

We tried both Little Baobob and Bissap in one night and this one hands down. The service, food and most importantly the cocktails were much better at Bissap. The food is okay but merits mostly for being less expensive than other places with less unique fare. If you've never had African cuisine this is a good place to get adventurous without breaking the bank-- HIBISCUS cocktails!

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The non-alcoholic punch drinks are very tasty. I've been there twice and ordered the gombo both thimes and LOVED it. Had the plantains for an appetizer.

The sad thing I noticed was, except for the bartender, there aren't any Senegalese workers there. Maybe they have hidden them back in the kitchen?

2
★★★★☆

The non-alcoholic punch drinks are very tasty. I've been there twice and ordered the gombo both thimes and LOVED it. Had the plantains for an appetizer.

The sad thing I noticed was, except for the bartender, there aren't any Senegalese workers there. Maybe they have hidden them back in the kitchen?

Pros: Good value, Great drinks, Delicious food

Cons: Crowded, Loud

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The Atmosphere of this place is incredible. The vibe running through the walls and at the tighly packed tables make for a great dining environment. Despite the crowded bar, I managed to order my drinks quickly. The ginger margarita was good and the ginger flavor was subtle and superb.
The service, however, was lacking. Aside from feeling ignored for the first 20 minutes at our table, the waitstaff was not was one would describe as friendly. Aside from that, thumbs up...

2
★★★★☆

The Atmosphere of this place is incredible. The vibe running through the walls and at the tighly packed tables make for a great dining environment. Despite the crowded bar, I managed to order my drinks quickly. The ginger margarita was good and the ginger flavor was subtle and superb.
The service, however, was lacking. Aside from feeling ignored for the first 20 minutes at our table, the waitstaff was not was one would describe as friendly. Aside from that, thumbs up...

Pros: great food, amazing value, great atmosphere

Cons: parking, rude waitstaff

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This is a unique, fun restaurant. The smoked chicken dish in a garlic mustard sauce was awesome. The prices were great (most dishes are large and around $8-12), so you'll have money left over for drinks. You will leave totally stuffed. The service, however, is spacy and slow. The atmosphere reminds me of restaurants in the Carribean...fun and funky.

2
★★★★☆

This is a unique, fun restaurant. The smoked chicken dish in a garlic mustard sauce was awesome. The prices were great (most dishes are large and around $8-12), so you'll have money left over for drinks. You will leave totally stuffed. The service, however, is spacy and slow. The atmosphere reminds me of restaurants in the Carribean...fun and funky.

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Have eaten here 4 times - great low maintenance/high quality experiences each time. Love the hibiscus and ginger margaritas, the Yassa dish with chicken or tofu and the lamb dishes. Choose coucous instead of rice for an interesting flavor twist.

2
★★★★★

Have eaten here 4 times - great low maintenance/high quality experiences each time. Love the hibiscus and ginger margaritas, the Yassa dish with chicken or tofu and the lamb dishes. Choose coucous instead of rice for an interesting flavor twist.

Pros: Ginger drinks, Hibiscus drinks, Yassa

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What a great place. Food is yummy if you like African, but the drinks are star. Absolutely phenomenal concoctions made with fresh juices, and not that expensive. We love the owners Marco and Michelle!

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★★★★★

What a great place. Food is yummy if you like African, but the drinks are star. Absolutely phenomenal concoctions made with fresh juices, and not that expensive. We love the owners Marco and Michelle!

Pros: Great Atmosphere, Great Drinks, Fun Crowd

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The 'flavoured' margaritas are quite good. I especially liked the ginger margarita. The food is just okay and so was the service. This place is quite loud. In order to have a conversation, we had to practically yell.

2
★★★★☆

The 'flavoured' margaritas are quite good. I especially liked the ginger margarita. The food is just okay and so was the service. This place is quite loud. In order to have a conversation, we had to practically yell.

Cons: Loud

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I insist on going here for dinner every time I am in the Mission. The atmosphere is great (thanks Marco!) and the food is absolutely delicious. I can't get enough of the peanut sauce and plantains. Plus, everything is reasonably priced! You can go and stuff yourself full of food and drink and barely make a dent in your wallet.

2
★★★★★

I insist on going here for dinner every time I am in the Mission. The atmosphere is great (thanks Marco!) and the food is absolutely delicious. I can't get enough of the peanut sauce and plantains. Plus, everything is reasonably priced! You can go and stuff yourself full of food and drink and barely make a dent in your wallet.

Pros: Warm service, Decor

Cons: Loud

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I started going here when it was in the small bar next to beauty bar. I think they do live music and cocktails there still. I think the food is really tatsy. I love the tchou fish and the couscous is divine. The atmosphere is very hip without having all the big necks from cha cha cha next door. Marcus the owner is a sweetheart and you always feel welocmed. The ginger margeritas make the wait for a table enjoyable. For a real treat come here to watch Soccer.

2
★★★★★

I started going here when it was in the small bar next to beauty bar. I think they do live music and cocktails there still. I think the food is really tatsy. I love the tchou fish and the couscous is divine. The atmosphere is very hip without having all the big necks from cha cha cha next door. Marcus the owner is a sweetheart and you always feel welocmed. The ginger margeritas make the wait for a table enjoyable. For a real treat come here to watch Soccer.

Pros: Great food, Great Drinks, Great People

Cons: No reservastions, Crowded on weekends, Next to Cha Cha Cha

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It's just another top of the line ethnic restaurant in the Mission and easily the best Senegalese food in the Bay Area. The atmosphere is no frills, but it gets packed and has the buzz of energy from all the patrons during peak hours. Expect a wait, but the food and drink are worth it.

The food is very tasty and different enough to be interesting without using ingredients you've never heard of. The house drinks are great and feature plenty of tamarind and ginger. The food prices are also surprisingly low.

2
★★★★★

It's just another top of the line ethnic restaurant in the Mission and easily the best Senegalese food in the Bay Area. The atmosphere is no frills, but it gets packed and has the buzz of energy from all the patrons during peak hours. Expect a wait, but the food and drink are worth it.

The food is very tasty and different enough to be interesting without using ingredients you've never heard of. The house drinks are great and feature plenty of tamarind and ginger. The food prices are also surprisingly low.

Pros: Great food, Great drinks, Inexpensive

Cons: Crowded

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Everyone is so friendly every time I go. The drinks with fresh hibiscus, ginger, tamarind are soo good! My food rating is for the drinks

2
★★★★★

Everyone is so friendly every time I go. The drinks with fresh hibiscus, ginger, tamarind are soo good! My food rating is for the drinks

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Greasy overcooked food & lousy service, decent atmosphere cool for drinks but find another place if its food you're looking for. Also its strange that the other 2 reviews here don't mention anything about the food but rate it a 10!

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★☆☆☆☆

Greasy overcooked food & lousy service, decent atmosphere cool for drinks but find another place if its food you're looking for. Also its strange that the other 2 reviews here don't mention anything about the food but rate it a 10!

Cons: Over-hyped, pretentious, expensive

 

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