1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email

San Francisco's Best Taquerias


If you want to eat like a local in San Francisco, grab a mouth-filling taco or burrito at one of these favorite vendors. Taquerias are informal, inexpensive places to grab a quick bite; most are clustered within the city's Mission district, a lively and predominantly Latin American neighborhood.

1. La Taqueria

This friendly restaurant has an almost cult-like following. Tacos and burritos are made to order with the freshest ingredients; meats are marinated and grilled to perfection. Try the delicious carnitas (stewed pork) tacos. Don't be dismayed by the long lines; they move fast.

Address: 2889 Mission St (at 25th Street)
Phone: (415) 285-7117
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

2. El Tonayense Taco Truck

Parked in a residential neighborhood and drawing locals in droves, this no-frills truck offers tasty, affordable tacos and burritos; locals rave about the tacos al pastor (BBQ pork tacos.) Dishes are served on paper plates and come with pickled vegetables and a choice of salsas; soft drinks are available.

Address: Harrison and 22nd Street
Hours vary; no phone

3. Pancho Villa

Courtesy Pancho Villa
A full salsa bar with a variety of condiments makes this always-crowded spot worth the trip. Try the over sized carne asada(grilled steak) burrito—it’s a house favorite. Although the interior is somewhat bland, the occasional drop-in mariachi band brightens the mood.

Address: 3071 16th Street (at Valencia)
Phone: (415) 864-8840
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-12 a.m.

4. Taqueria La Cumbre

The super-sized burritos are as hearty as they come at this busy spot in the heart of the Mission. La Cumbre is known for its full salsa bar and tasty vegetarian burritos.

Address: 515 Valencia Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Phone: (415) 863-8205

5. El Papilote

Colorfully painted walls and fanciful paper dragon mobiles make this a cheerful spot to grab a bite. El Papilote's outstanding fish tacos feature snapper sautéed in white wine and butter; the salsa is so good they sell it in jars to take home.

Address: 3409 24th Street (at Valencia)
Phone: (415) 970-8815
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

6. El Faro

Legend has it this is the birthplace of the San Francisco burrito, which debuted in 1961. This family business has been going strong for three generations.

Address: 2399 Folsom Street (between 19th and 20th Streets)
Phone: (415) 647-3716
Hours: Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

7. El Taco Loco

A clean, bright spot known for carne asada (grilled steak); also serves up tasty enchiladas and tostadas. Locals rave about the huge BBQ pork burritos; wash it all down with a cold Mexican beer.

Address: 3274 24th Street I (between Mission and Lilac Streets)
Phone: (415) 282-7018
Hours: Open daily 7 a.m.-12 a.m.

8. Taqueria Vallarta

Tile décor and colorful murals adorn this unassuming little spot some call the most authentic taqueria in San Francisco.

Address: 3033 24th Street (Between Treat and Harrison Streets)
Phone: (415) 826-8116
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

9. El Metate

Brightly colored walls and pumping music set a lively tone at this friendly neighborhood spot. Fish tacos are a perennial favorite.

Address: 2406 Bryant Street (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)
Phone: (415) 641-7209
Hours: Open Mon- Sat 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  1. About.com
  2. Travel
  3. San Francisco Travel
  4. Dining
  5. San Francisco's Best Taquerias - Best Taquerias in San Francisco

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.