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Nopalito

306 Broderick St., San Francisco, CA 94117
415-437-0303
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Ranked #590 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Description: A vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing our philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: A vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing our philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
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Sao Paulo, SP
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Upon reading a review from The Guardian, we decided to go there and try a different spin on Mexican food. The atmosphere was quite nice and full of people - quite as expected. Despite of that, the service was very nice and we were served quite fast. The food was also very nice - certainly the best I had in... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went here for lunch with some friends while visiting San Francisco. We were greeted quickly and everyone was quite nice when we walked in. The waitress was a little pushy about how the food should be ordered. I wanted two smaller dishes to myself and she insisted that I share one of them with the group. I was really impressed... More

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Oakland, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Went for a birthday dinner, earlier in the evening to try to avoid the crowds a little. Could have been a tactical error, though seeing all the people waiting outside in the fog and cold for a table as we left - maybe not. The good - the food was excellent. Ceviche made with tomatillos, and including squid, was very... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

So if you are not a fan of everything on the menu being spicey, avoid this place at all costs. Everything had some sort of chili in it which just over powered the flavor. As far as this being a mexican menu, seemed way more South American based on the small plate portions and menu choices. Even one of our... More

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Chicago
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94 reviews 94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Yawn. This is what happens when white people take on Mexican food. It becomes an overcomplicated mess. The $9 margarita was totally unremarkable. The Totopos con Chile are tortilla chips rubbed with some sort of chili sauce. This has the unfortunate effect of making them soggy, but I did enjoy the taste. I ordered the Quesadilla Roja con Chicharrón. The... More

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San Francisco
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Was looking forward to eat at Nopalito's for a while. I met up with a few friends that I haven't visited with for a long time. We had a party of 5 and called at 6:15 to get on the wait list as they do not take reservations but only do a "wait list". They said they would be able... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Haight-Ashbury, and Nopalito on Broderick was 1 block from our hotel. We decided to order our food to go because it was 9pm and there was a 1 hour wait. There's an á la carte section of the menu we ordered from, and after a few suggestions, we chose the quesadilla roja con chicharrón (excellent!), pauncho de... More

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Mundelein, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The drinks were expensive, but one drink was definitely as strong as two anywhere else. Food unusual and very good.

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SW MO
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91 reviews 91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A culinary friend suggested this place and it did not disappoint. The food was fantastic. We called ahead and got on the wait list. By the time we got there, they had a table waiting. The food tasted great and was presented beautifully. Their beer list was small as was the margarita. The server was not the friendliest but still... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I had a nice, long, late lunch at Nopalito after flying in from the east coast, having been convinced to try it by a friend even though I usually don't prefer Mexican food. I have an aversion to cilantro, which was in the ceviche I was interested in, and when I mentioned this to the server she brought me a... More

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