Cha Cha Cha
1801 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Cuban, Delivery, Caterers, Caribbean, Latin American
Cuisine: Cuban, Spanish, Caribbean, Latin American, Tapas
Price Range : Average
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
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07/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Cha Cha Cha is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the city. It's absolutely delicious.
It's a tapas bar, so it's best to order a bunch of tapas and share them. The cajun shrimp is to DIE for -- the sauce is incredible and meant to be dipped in with the bread they provide. It's unreal.
The sauteed mushrooms are outstanding as well, as are the plantains with black beans. Everything I have ever had here has been incredible.
Their sangria is homemade and very strong -- comes in pitchers and glasses.
The ambiance of the restaurant is fresh and fun.
Cha Cha Cha does NOT take reservations and i've never been when it hasn't been packed. Get their early, put your name in, and walk around Haight St! It's an incredible experience.
01/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Really 3.5 stars, but we can't do that yet.
I've been going here since I've been able to legally drink. When I was younger it was okay and fun as my young palette didn't know any better. Now as an older, hopefully more sophisticated diner, I still like the place but I know that there is better food out there, tapas-wise.
Now that I've vented on that issue, here is how the place is: restaurant itself has a fun vibe. Brick walls, wooden lining over the brick, tables wrapped in floral tablecloths (super bright), a long huge bar, small bar area.............Christmas lights everywhere.........
Our server was great, she was quick, the food came out within 5 minutes of ordering ( and every table in the place was taken), and she was on top of keeping our water pitcher filled, and our sangria pitcher filled. She checked in constantly, and left us alone when we still needed time to think.
We ordered the sauteed mushrooms, fried plantains, fried calamari, Cajun shrimp, fried potatoes, warm spinach salad, and mussels. All of it was good, but none of it sensational. The fried plantains were probably my favorite. They were crispy and yummy and had the little bit of banana flavor you expect but when sitting in the black bean mixture, there is an unexpected pleasant taste. my boyfriend's favorite dish were the sauteed mushrooms. The calamari, was good and the fried potatoes were basically home fries with an aoli sauce, I think it was the same one that came with the calamari. The Cajun shrimp was good but the sauce that it came in was even better! We couldn't stop wanting to dip our french bread into the creamy sauce, it was so yummy. (French bread and butter comes with the table.) The mussels were flavorful and the broth it was in came with lots of tomatoes and onions and other veggies. The warm spinach salad was great but the best part was the warm bacon which I felt like they skimped on. There were maybe 5 pieces of bacon in the salad, which was pretty large. But the warm spinach was good, and I normally am not a veggie eater.
Anyway, the sangria was easy going down, so easy in fact that we drank 4 pitchers in almost no time and before we knew it we were drunk...............................The first pitcher didn't come with any sliced fruit almost but the rest did so that was probably a fluke. Also with each pitcher of sangria, came a mini pitcher of ice. The ice was needed, as warm sangria doesn't taste good, so we had to keep on asking for more mini pitchers of ice.
It was a fun night, everyone had fun, the food was good, and the sangria did the trick to give everyone a good buzz. I still like the place for good food, sangria and as a great place to hang out with friends but I'm not expecting 5 star food when I come here.
02/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
With crowds of people outside and standing room only within, Cha Cha Chas has become the most popular restaurant on Haight St. While other restaurants only offer seating and food, Cha Cha Chas bar serves Sangria almost more popular than their Mediterranean menu.
?I?ve been coming here for 10 or 12 years and there is just such a San Francisco vibe here,? said Matthew Allred, restaurant manager in South San Francisco, ?plus the Sangria is amazing!?
While patrons eagerly await their table, they are ushered into the bar area where the center is an ice filled pit with glass buckets of Sangria made on site. Half empty pitchers adorn the tables between the bright red and zebra painted atmosphere. Mediterranean music bumps in the background. Walking past every other bar on the Haight, it is clear that this is the busiest of all and yet no liquor is served, only beer and Sangria.
?I?ve worked here for 23 years,? said Christina Schubeck, ?and it?s always been this busy?crazy busy.?
?Normally I like to go bar hopping but this place is honestly the best bar you could ask for?I?m staying,? said Heather Vega, first time patron of Cha Cha Chas and student at San Francisco State.
Cajun shrimp and calamari are just a few of the things that create Cha Cha Chas menu.Guitars hang on the walls and angels watch over the Sangria bar while customers ignore the norm of the bar scene for something completely unique.
?Everybody is different here,? said Kimberly Guess, a 43 year old massage therapist, ?and we love the sangria!?
The draw back for the normal bar crowd is that Cha Cha Chas still holds only restaurant hours, closing at 11pm on weekends and 10pm on weekdays.
?It?d be nice if they were open later but honestly, who cares? This is such an eclectic barrage of craziness,? Vega said, while gesturing to the crowd and wall decorations, ?any time in this place is a good time.
02/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I had never been to Cha Cha Cha before... I will most deffinately be back. Walking in you are surrounded by the almost comical latin atmosphere. The place is alive with conversation and highly reccomend eating in the bar area. The 25 minunte wait was the perfect ice breaker, the pitcher of sangria probably helped too. When it came time to order I said ""Bring three dishes of your choice."" The food was great the price was even better.
07/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had no problem with them adding a healthcare surcharge onto my bill, because I think everyone should have health insurance. I was shocked to find out later that even though they gave out a card saying they're proud to be giving their employees health coverage, they're actually suing the city over it. I hate to think that they are using my money to take away people's health care .
11/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have never been treated worse at any eating establishment in my life, including McDonalds. We had a party of 14 under my name and checked in with the host twice before our actual reservation to let him know we were in the bar. He was clearly strung out on something and didn't seem to have any clue what he was doing. When we saw a large party get seated, we checked on our table and he stated ""There are two parties of Marisa for 14?"" with a dumbfounded look on his face. The host attempted to then seat us at two small tables and 8 chairs for 14 people, then another that only sat 10. When numerous attempts to speak to a manager (or anyone in charge that would help us) failed, we took an empty table nearby. The manager proceeded to YELL in my face that we were hustling them (because we asked for some free sangria to make up for everything), then said we could either keep the table we took or one pitcher of sangria (for 14 people). At that point, we didn't want to give them our money so we left and went to a Taqueria down the street. Never once did I raise my voice, yet I was attacked by the manager. Between the strung out host and the rudely inappropriate manager, I will never eat at this establishment ever again and urge prospective diners to STAY AWAY!
09/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I decided to give Cha Cha Cha's one more chance, because I had at one time really liked the place. I thought that maybe it became good again, but I was wrong.
We got there when it opened for lunch, and although there were only four other customers (two at each table), service was horrible. The waitress finally took our order, and then we waited... and waited... First she was outside, then back inside. She played with her hair, scratched her tattoo, and then started filling up bread baskets (no glove, no washing her hands - just grabbing bread pieces and putting them in bread baskets). I found myself with no desire for the bread she never even bothered to bring to our table during our wait.
As we waited, I could see some of our food up on the ""warming"" shelf. I looked for the waitress to ask her to tell her to go ahead and bring us what was ready, but she was no where in site.
Another server ended up bring us our food, and a basket (yech) of bread.
The calamari was lukewarm, and the dipping sauce sub-par. The fried potatoes were overcooked (dark brown and dry) and not even hot. The aioli sauce (that I loved in the past) was bland and gooey on the top (refrigerator burn?) The two dishes were almost inedible. The plantains were good. But a half plate of plantains does not a lunch make. And at NO TIME did the waitress come by and ask how things were. She had taken our order, and then we never saw her again until she finally brought the bill.
I can easily say I will not go back. The food was mediocre the time I went before this last time, but I really, really wanted to give them another chance. But now they are even worse.
02/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is one of my husband and I's favorites...although it is loud and the wait can be long, the food is great and the service once you are seated is relatively quick and friendly. We have eaten both the entrees and tapas, but I think the tapas are better. The chicken is delicious with a sweet and slightly hot sauce atop a bed of rice, the calamari is cooked just right and has an enormous side of delicious dipping aioli sauce that is gently mild in flavor. The chicken quesadilla is enormous and definitely doesn't disappoint....I would say it's almost more of a very large soft taco or burrito with all the good things they stuff inside of it. The black bean soup is delicious and so are the fried plantains, but don't get both at the same time, as the plantains come with a side of blackbeans that are almost identical to the soup. Don't be fooled by the menu calling the items ""tapas"" - the portions are fairly large, and if you're like us and just can't decide on two or three items, you'll be taking lots of leftovers home...which isn't so much of a bad thing!
11/12/2006Provided by Citysearch -
great place to scope out the locals and get a little tipsy drinking sangria. this is one of the first places ive been since moving to the bay area and i loved the vibe and spirit of the place. the alters and other decorations are wonderfully rich in color and culture. just be careful not to drink too much sangria since it is only $4 a glass.
08/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've heard mixed things about cha cha cha, but I'm not sure which good and bad for which locations apply. I recently visited the haight spot and it was a great time and i had a great meal. I'd recommend this place to a friend and will be returning myself.
08/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Went with a group of 6 and the wait wasn't too bad. Had a few pitchers of their famous sangria during the wait and they were very good. We ordered about 8 different tapas, each one was great. My favorite was their cajuns shrimp and their special which was some sort of steak and pureed yams. The atmosphere is loud and energetic with great crazy decor allover the place. We had the maui wowie for dessert and it was great too. Will definitely be visiting again.
08/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We drove past this place the first time and it looked closed, but we decided to try it and went in!! WOW!! What fab decor and great music! Walking past peoples tables we couldnt help but stare at the food on their tables!! YUM! My sister and I decided to give the pitcher of sangria a go! (now I live in Spain so know about Sangria..But this was GOOOD!). We chose several plates of Tapas to try, great size portions and very tasty. There was a great atmosphere and it was an excellent start to a cool afternoon strolling Haight and its stores! WILL DEFINATLY BE BACK!!
07/25/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been here twice, each time I came into town. I am from Portland, so it's not often, but it's become a favorite. The sangria is some of the best I've had (aside from Spain) and their food is great. Unique flavors on traditional spanish/latin dishes. If you want atmosphere, this is a great place to check out. Typically busy, but all the wait staff is very nice (including the host...ask for Esteban. ;-) ). We had about a 45 minute wait for lunch on a Sunday, but it was great because we walked around Haight street and the park just a couple blocks down to pass the time. Props to Cha Cha Cha! I'll be back next trip. :-)
06/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This makes me sad. I used to LOOOOVE this restaurant. They had the best cajun shrimp and plantains...hell, everything was fantastic. That was 6 years ago (and the food was still good 2 years ago). But now? Not so much. Although many chefs say, ""Fat is flavor"", this is really no excuse for having each dish dripping in grease. That's not flavor, it's just nasty. Please review your dishes. I would love to return and bring all my friends, but I'm just embarrassed now.
Service is fine and the drinks continue to be exceptional.
04/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
A great little place in the SF area. This place is buzzing with people everywhere, with loud music...you almost cannot hear yourself at times, but definitly an awesome hangout. All thumbs-up for the Sangria in this place. You'll always have to wait for a table, but they have a little bar area, where you can start of with the drinks...and the Sangria is a definite must. The 'tapas' ranges from shrimp, chicken to plantain are really really delicious...and mixed with the wine and music...you float to a different dimension... Love and love this place!
02/15/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We've been there over a dozen times and we keep going back mainly for the cajun shrimp and sangrias. Definitely the BEST SANGRIAS we've ever had. We highly recommend the large pitcher. Yes, the service is slow and the decor is too much, but the food makes up for its flaws. The wait may be long, but you can always hang out at the bar and start on your pitcher of sangria and munch on free chips and salsa while you wait. The atmosphere is very festive so it's as good place to go with a group of friends.