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Don Pisto's

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Mexican
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510 Union Street, San Francisco, CA CA 94133
+1 415 395 0939
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fabulous Mexican Restaurant

What a great restaurant! We decided to give Don Pisto's a try based on other reviews, and am so glad we did. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. We were seated quickly, despite not having a reservation. We all ordered a different dish, and all were delicious. My daughter's tortilla soup... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
GayLynn M
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

What a great restaurant! We decided to give Don Pisto's a try based on other reviews, and am so glad we did. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. We were seated quickly, despite not having a reservation. We all ordered a different dish, and all were delicious. My daughter's tortilla soup was especially tasty. Will definitely go back.

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Don Pisto's may be in the middle of Italian North Beach, but it's classic Mexican taken to a higher level. The food, especially the small plates, are perfect for sharing and are prepared unlike most Mexican restaurants. The ceviches, grilled calamari and specials, are wonderful. The taco selections are massive, and they are served, usually two per plate), on a... More 

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Charlottesville, va
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

4 of us tried 4 separate dishes (which are served family style) and each was delicious. Chicken tortilla soup, Abondigas, Mexixan sashimi salmon, and fish tacos. One highlight was the guacamole and chips. The guac had a fantastic creaminess to it. One the fish tacos were "not spicy" and the other three dishes has just the right amount of heat... More 

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Rossland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant and couldn't believe our luck. The atmosphere was fun and lively. The food was out of this world - we left wishing we had more room to eat more! The wait staff were informal and friendly. We will come back and recommend this to anyone who loves tapas!

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chicago
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

If you are looking for a happening spot with amazing flavorful mexican food then look no further! This is the place with great staff and great food!

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New York City, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Could not be better! Exceptional professional service along with the most creative fresh Mexican food we have ever had. Including Mexico! Additionally the Sangria and Margaritas which are bottomless until 3:00 are some of the most authentic you will ever have. We will most definitely be back every time we are in San Francisco.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had the burger, carnitas tacos wnd the ceviche. All were great. But prepare for a long wait, of at least an hour. Besides that everything was very good.

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New York, New York, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Apparently, any place good in SFO will have a line going out the door. This is no exception. It was worth the wait. The food was very good, and the drinks even better. We recommend the ceviche.

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Shanghai, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We planned a last minute NYE party at Don Pistos. The Food was Excellent (the tamales are outrageously good), and the service was great. They were especially accommodating at the end of the night when we divided the bill unevenly among a few credit cards.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Went for dinner to this little crowded place and food was good. We sat at the bar. Really wanted to try the chicken but they had ran out. Tryed the enchiladas and they were very good. The bartender was friendly and tried to make up for not having the chicken. Wish they had a hard liquor license , that would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 510 Union Street, San Francisco, CA CA 94133
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415 395 0939

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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