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“Wonderful find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nopalito

Nopalito
306 Broderick St., San Francisco, CA 94117
415-437-0303
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Ranked #391 of 4,525 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing our philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
SW MO
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133 reviews 133 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Wonderful find!”
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 took good care of us. This was our favorite meal during our stay in SF and we ate many good places.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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91 reviews 91 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Very Enjoyable Experience”
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 sample to try before ordering. The cilantro wasn't overpowering so I ordered it, and thoroughly enjoyed every bite, along with the excellent chips it was served with. I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Stumbled upon this! What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I am reviewing the 9th street location, near Golden Gate park (bathrooms are inside the restaurant). A friend and I decided to spend an entire day on foot in and round Golden Gate Park. We did a brisk walk through the park for about 2.5 hours then headed outside the park to find lunch. The appealing green and cactus clad facade of Nopalito caught my eye. The restaurant was full on a cold and foggy friday, always a good sign! We were seated right away and our waitress had some wonderful recommendations. The empanadas were a stand out as well as the soup. We are from LA and always searching for truly authentic Mexican food. The food is so fresh, perfectly seasoned, just the right amount of heat, and interesting. The brussel sprout quesadilla was an odd combo. while I appreciate the creative effort, I would not order. Everything else was incredible. Best part of the experience- tequila tasting. And so welcome after a long walk. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the different categories and we were able to order shot size tasters of various tequilas. They also give you a shot size palette cleanser that you sip in between the tasting. This in and of itself was delicious. All in all, a must try. Just an FYI, in case you want to make a day of it, we then headed on foot over to the DeYoung museum. My friend and I agreed that it was the perfect San Fran. day!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great mexican fusion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Really enjoyed our meal. Delicious fresh salad, great location close to Golden Gate Park, good price.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Mexican ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

Went here on the recommendation of a friend; it was fantastic. The atmosphere was lively, staff friendly and attentive and the food very tasty and great value for money. I got 2 of the smaller dishes (which were actually quite large) and a sangria all for less than $25. Would definitily go back and pass on thr recommendation.

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