Padrino's is a neighborhood restaurant in the Mission Bay shopping center, but it is like dining in Cuba. The food and the staff are Cuban. The ambiance is plain, but comfortable. The service is attentive without being intrusive. The waiter staff is eager to help and explain any dishes you are not sure of. The Cuban bread served while waiting is warm from the oven, light and airy, with a hint of garlic. The food is wonderful. Everything is prepared to order and done just right. The poortions are large enough to take home a second meal.
During lunch, there is a buffet, but I did not try it. I'm not big on buffets and prefer to order off the menu. There are also lunch specials, but you can order anything off the menu.
All in all, this is a real gem in an otherwise typical shopping center with chain restaurants (Panera's, TGIFriday's, etc)