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Mexican Restaurant

carnitas • totopos • tortillas • rice

306 Broderick St
San Francisco, CA 94117, US
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  • Photo of Jill Berardini
    2 years ago
    Torta de Chilorio
  • Photo of SF Weekly
    4 years ago
    Of all the tortillas I tried, Nopalito's tasted the most strongly of corn, with its toasty flavor coming through with every bite. It was a little too much.
  • Photo of 7x7 SF
    4 years ago
    Don't leave without trying the chicken pozole.
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  • Photo of Margot Mazur
    4 years ago
    I thought all SF Mexican food was a disappointment until I found Nopalito (I'm from SoCal and part Mexican). Amazing sit down Mexican food. Carnitas and mole should not be missed.
  • Photo of Eater
    4 years ago
    From the addictive totopos con chile to the comforting tortilla soup to the killer carnitas, there's something for everyone here (plus damn good margaritas).
  • Photo of AldebaranFlorida
    5 months ago
    We enjoyed our dinner at Nopalito. We shared a variety of selections: braised pork Carnitas, Quesadillas with pork belly, braised brisket Gorditas, and fish tacos. Everything was very tasty. The server was attentive, even during a very busy time. I thought it was a little pricey but, then again, we were in San Francisco. To get to a bathroom, you have to go outside and around the front of the building to a single bathroom that is next to the takeout station, which I thought was a little odd.
  • Photo of sifuerst
    5 months ago
    Modern, open dining area, seems like the tables are too close, but no, it works. We had several of the smaller plates and one order of the carnitas. All in all, too much for "us three kids" to eat, but a great sampling of their menu. Start with a margarita, the best I have ever had. We first shared Totopos con Chile, Tacos de Pescado al Pastor, and Tamal de Huitlacoche y Frijoles. All superb and a wonderous medley of fresh Mexican flavors. We ran out of steam when the Carnitas arrived, and and just had a couple "OMG that's good" bites. This lost something in the reheating, so next time, I would eat this first. All good, my new go-to place for visitors.
  • Photo of Tamra J
    6 months ago
    We were wandering around town on a rented bike, heading toward GG Park when we got hungry and decided to make an unplanned stop at this restaurant. What an incredibly pleasant experience! The food is delicious (we had the vegetable quesadilla and chicken tacos). Yum! So glad we found it!
  • Photo of Sue L
    7 months ago
    Can be pretty busy around the lunch hour, but definitely worth waiting a few minutes for a table. Menu items are light and creative ... a little different from many Mexican places. Service is cheerful and attentive. Our yummy rolled tacos (two for $8) arrived quickly even when every table was occupied. On previous occasions we've sampled other offerings. All were excellent. Salads, burritos, ceviche ... all made with the freshest ingredients. Free parking available in the adjacent garage and a wonderful gourmet market next door.
  • Photo of JudyZ167
    7 months ago
    We ordered three small dishes, gorditas with beef brisket, fish tacos, and empanadas with pork belly. Each was outstanding in its own way. In each case the protein was perfectly tender and juicy, the spice level was high but not excessive and the tortillas were handmade with care. If we lived here, we'd return again and again to try everything on the menu! Oh, and the margaritas packed some punch. Service was friendly and helpful without being intrusive. That's the fish taco in the photo...the fresh fish of the day was cod which was well-seasoned and the salsa was nice and hot.
  • Photo of R L
    7 months ago
    Food was ok. I'm glad we went before the place started to get full. Good Food, quick service and nice ambience.
  • Photo of mkma
    7 months ago
    Great modern Mexican, with the lightness and tang without compromising the integrity of each dish.....we had tacos, burritos...all the classics yet tasted so new and fresh. Nopalito delivered what it promised, delicious food made with great care using great produce from committed purveyors. Worth the bookings in advance prior to 2 hours on the day.
  • Photo of msilverpc
    9 months ago
    Been waiting to try this place. It did not disappoint. Very good Mexican. Margarita was good. The chips app are very good. Nicely spicy. Then the pork quesadilla was awesome. Next time I want to try the pasole stew. Highly recommend this place.
  • Photo of KatiCCR
    9 months ago
    Made reservations a couple hours before 9 pm and our table for five was ready upon our arrival. Fun, fresh vibe greeted us. I would recommend a pitcher of margaritas to start - not too sweet but really refreshing. Liked the spicy chip appetizer for a group - not so much for a couple. The crispy quesadilla was yummy but rich for sure. Loved the carnitas with cabbage salad - perfect really, especially with the corn tortillas. Fish tacos and ceviche were solidly fresh and good. Service was friendly and fun.
  • Photo of 54Traveler2014
    10 months ago
    We arrived at 5 pm on Saturday 4/30/2017. Got a nice table by the window, ordered the Mechalado, (Beer, Jalapeno, Lime, Cilantro) very tasty, would have had another if wasn't driving. The chips and guac was very fresh but was a small portion for 9 bucks. The food was excellent, we had Chicken Mole, Beef Stew, Fish Tacos. I would definitely eat here again.
  • Photo of LightFighter
    10 months ago
    My wife and I went on a walking tour of the Haight and stopped at Nopalito on the way back downtown. The restaurant is in a tiny center along with a Peet's and an cute market. We were warmly welcomed by the hostess and quickly seated. Although nothing fancy, the restaurant is a great place for a beer with fresh, well-prepared Mexican food. My wife and I each had fish tacos and they were fabulous. Coupled with quick, friendly service, a definite winner.
  • Photo of Oskarduck
    10 months ago
    Food was fresh and unique while the ambiance can be described as chic big city neighborhood restaurant. Yeah, so it is a nice place. The food was good, but the uniqueness scored more points with me than the overall taste, at least for the fish tacos that I had.
  • Photo of Abraiders
    a year ago
    Had a fantastic experience! The food was absolutely delicious and unique. Very clean and friendly. Everything was made fresh and in the open. The drinks were amazing. Would definitely recommend this place.
  • Photo of byoung3rd
    a year ago
    We had a wonderful lunch recently (Mar 2nd) with our youngest son and our youngest grandson...lovely experience based on excellent food, great service terrific vibe and for us they made our visit very special by helping us with the 14 month old. My son had the Torta..said it was the best he's ever had..I had a very good mama,l my wife had the empanada and my grandson had half of a simple quesadilla and shared my order of pinquito beans. Plenty of good food, pitcher of margarita's and a happy baby.
  • Photo of karicjones
    a year ago
    Cozy and relaxed, easy going nice place. I had just some fish Tacos and Mexican beer. Tacos were good with nicely prepared fresh fish. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit!
  • Photo of Odair M
    a year ago
    It was a very sympathetic place, with good food, very friendly staff, good and peculiar beverages... good option to have lunch after visit Golden Gate Park! ;)
  • Photo of David T
    a year ago
    Really nice place, very low key casual dinning. Friendly staff and great food. The Margaritas aren't bad either. I look forward to visiting again when back in the city.
  • Photo of Carolyn D
    a year ago
    We had a realy great dinner there a couple of weeks ago. Although they don't take reservations we were able to get in without too much trouble. The food was delicious and perfect for sharing. The Ceviche was outstanding.
  • Photo of napa_reviewer
    a year ago
    interesting and authentic take on higher end mexican ... chips soaked in salsa had some kick, carnitas was excellent, gorillas good. No reservations, but call ahead to get on the wait list for a table
  • Photo of sook588
    a year ago
    Went here with 2 friends for lunch and we had great service and a very delicious meal. We all recommend this place!

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