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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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5:30 pm - 12:30 am
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hip Mexican food

Google this restaurant for pictures. We googled it while walking at Pier 41 when one us craved Mexican food. It was a five minute drive from the Pier and we could have walked it too. This is a casual Mexican restaurant with a lively atmosphere. They have the authentic Mexican food as well as other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Markham, Canada
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Markham, Canada
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Google this restaurant for pictures. We googled it while walking at Pier 41 when one us craved Mexican food. It was a five minute drive from the Pier and we could have walked it too. This is a casual Mexican restaurant with a lively atmosphere. They have the authentic Mexican food as well as other food to keep everyone happy.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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200 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We went there with some out-of-town friends for appetizers and margaritas. It is a very noisy place, so if you want to be able to talk, choose somewhere else. Enrique, the bartender, waited on us, as we sat at the bar. We had the guacamole, which was fantastic, the calamari, which was some of the best we have had, and... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great service as soon as we entered, my brother then ordered for our group of three (as a Don Pisto's regular). We had oysters, tuna tacos, and a couple of dishes from the specials board and all tucked in, which is definitely the best way to dine here as everything is delicious- I couldn't possibly choose one dish! Also the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Loved this place! We didn't see a sign outside, but knew where it was from reading reviews. Everyone was so helpful. It was very laid back, but multiple people came over to check on us, fill water, etc, even the bar tender who delivered our freshly made margaritas! Our waitress explained that due to the kitchen size, plates are made... More 

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Toronto
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

But let's see how this goes. I've managed to get a seat at the bar. The bartender is doing his best and has taken my order. The red sangria is awesome! Then they bring chips and spivey tomatillo salsa - yummy! The oysters have arrived - they are delicious. Can't wait for my lobster. Bartender- when he has a chance... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Perfect dinner for two after a long day of sightseeing in San Fran. Walkable from all major sights. Fantastic, fresh and super knowledgeable about every ingredient in case or food allergy. Almost perfect if they would have served dessert 😉

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Loved the food and waite staff....but the music and dining room noise was so bad I left with a head ache...too bad because the food was outstanding

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Vancouver
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Excellent Mexican all around. The Tortilla soup is a must, the Enchilada was very good as were all 4 of the 5 tacos we tried. If you like Mexican and spicy, this is the place to go. Service was also excellent.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Careful, you will walk right by and not know that you missed one of best little restaurants in North Beach, and that it is Mexican. Identifiable only by the three Amber colored lights above it as you look down Union Street from Stockton, or perhaps by the people waiting outside for a table. Don Pisto's is a haven of great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is brilliant mexican food for good prices! The hamburguesa is the bomb.The music is maybe a little bit to high music, but still gives a nice fresh atmosphere. Also very nice staff.

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Additional Information about Don Pisto's

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

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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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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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