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“Really good food with really fabulous Mexican flavor.”
Review of Nopalito

Nopalito
Ranked #236 of 5,825 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing our philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Called ahead to get on the wait list (no reservations accepted) and our table was ready when we arrived - a very nice accommodation to the long wait outside. Service once we sat down was slow to start, but picked up once our server found us. Noisy and crowded is the norm here, so don't expect a romantic evening - take it to go for that and eat at home - you can pick up a lovely bottle of wine or interesting microbrew and a pint of gelato to finish at the gourmet grocer next door.
Food is truly exceptional. Lovely little bowl of fried spiced chickpeas arrived with our beverages (not a generous pour for $9 but okay). Quesadilla with pork belly to start - tortilla a deep rich flavor as it had been spiked with mulato chile. I expected crispy pork belly as per the menu for the filling, but alas, just uber tasty pulled pork with the crispy pig skin chicharron as garnish. Carnitas for my companion, carne asada for me. Carnitas were meltingly tender, and the tomatillo salsa a bright counterpoint to the rich pork, along with a fresh cabbage and carrot slaw. Carne asada was well marinated but still retained its inherent beefiness. The thin but flavor packed ancho gravy underneath was a perfect pairing and a delight - I am totally stealing the recipe. Smashed black beans on the side and nopales and a roasted poblano on top. Mmmmm. Fresh corn tortillas served on the side as bread service were clearly house made. Blue Bottle coffee to finish - a delicious meal and I recommend if your palette enjoys kicking it up a notch (apologies to
Emeril).

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Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

First off this restaurant has unbelievable good food. Second the service is fantastic. They were running behind on our reservation by about an hour and they kept apologizing and giving us updates and giving us company. They when we finally sat down they have us a free appetizer for being patient! The most expensive one too! And it was also delicious! Great restaurant!

Thank John2815
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

Delicious food! This lovely little restaurant was one of our favorite meals of our trip. Walking distance from Golden Gate Park and the California Academy of Sciences, where we were spending the day. Walked here for lunch, had no wait for a table. The food was creative and delicious and here is what I think: Birite Creamery and Humphry Slocombe get a lot of tripadvisor/yelp press for their ice cream, which is well-deserved, but the Nopalito homemade popsicles were BETTER. Do not miss these!

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Thank summerinplaya
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were interested in trying this establishment after seeing it featured on Diners, Drive - Ins & Dives. While the food & service were great overall it was just too spicy for our tastes.

Thank Chelle715
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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Nopal into is an extremely popular restaurant. To categorize it's food as Mexican is a mistake. Their ability to fuse different flavors into a south of the border experience is impressive. The beauty of Nopalito is to try new things. It is always lively, read noises, and there is always a wait but it is worth it!

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Thank Lloyd T
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