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Phone: (415) 206-9836

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Price Range
Southeast San Francisco, Mission District
Mexican Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Latin American Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, Latin American, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average


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Tanya R.



This is the place where I want to be if I am having a bad night. The place looks so warm and welcoming and the decorations are enough to make you hungry.

Graham H.



Fantastic food, I like that they have a good spicy ensemble when we were here. The cocktails are pretty amazing too, they also have a good team in there.

Ann A.



Great place to get your face stuffed with amazing tacos. I certainly love to go back with a lot more friends because they have some meals that are good for a number of people.

George L.



I could go here every week and still get surprised by the food. They have fresh tasting food and they never seize to amaze the gastronomical analyst out of me.



Never again

This place is Not what I expected. I saw it on food network with bobby flay's throw down show. I went to san francisco just for that, and it was so expensive, not enough food, I don't know why they say the salsa is good....its more like a recado than a salsa. I see how people that are not latino would like this place. I ordered the chicken burrito, the chicken was bland and had no flavor, i asked for supper which costs i think its 2 dollars more for cheese, guacamole, and sour cream, I did see cheese in my burrito, but very little i mean very little guacamole and sour cream. It was like maybe half a table spoon. I am not kidding. The restaurant is small, but nice inside. There was this one lady, who was checking the tables and she looked like she was mad. Ive tried better in San Francisco. Oh yeah and their famous burrito that has carne asada, chicken, and prawns costs $20 and had rice and beans......not guacamole, cheese, and sour cream like they advertised on the show!



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Great, healthy burritos

Papalote has a great selection of healthy, hearty burritos. The line can get really long, so be sure to call ahead.



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Clean, fantastic food!

The fare at this restaurant has both great flavor, and a very clean feel. Nothing felt too heavy or greasy at all. The service was excellent (the cashier was extremely friendly and helpful). Great location, great ambiance, and great look. Highly recommended.

Also, salsa was fantastic! I got the veggie burrito and would love to go back and try something else. Prices reasonable.



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Burritos, Burritos, and Tacos!

I love, love, love this place. The food is clean (no lard, not too greasy), and the salsa is spicy. Perfect for Saturday afternoons, after a Friday night out. Or take it to go and eat at home. Or take it to the park. Really, any time is a good time for Papalotes.



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tasty, good food

Always something fresh and tasty, can't go wrong with this small corner restaurant, I love this place.



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Awesome veggie options!

I read about this place in a NY Times travel article, where it said that this was the best place for a vegetarian to get a burrito in the Mission. Now, I must admit, I haven't tried the veggie burritos at too many other places, but that's because this place is so good! My favorite is the soyrizo, but I've also tried the tofu mole, which was interesting...I hadn't ever really had mole before, since it's usually with some kind of meat. It's usually kind of crowded for dinner, but it's awesome, and definitely worth it! The chilaquiles are good too, because they're covered in Papalote's yummy salsa.



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Best Burrito in the City?

After I heard Papalote was voted the best burrito by Daily Candy, I had to try it. Even on a Tuesday night, the place was packed. My chicken burrito was good and ingredients were fresh, though nothing that stood out compared to other burrito joints in the Mission. Though my boyfriend's prawn burrito was really good. Still not convinced that these are the best burritos in the city -- I'm still on the search. But I definitely recommend checking this place out.



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I Love Papalote

This is one of the best - if not completely authentic - burrito places around. Awesome salsa, innovative burritos, and friendly atmosphere. Plus, if you call 10 minutes ahead, you can pre-order your food for it to be ready when you get there. The best.



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One of my favorites

The food here is delicious, I have gone back there 10-15 times. The salsa they have there is out-of-this-world. Very cute, warm decoration. More of a lunch, afternoon place (at least I think of it that way). Service is not so quick sometimes, but if you eat there they will bring the food to your table.



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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!

I can't believe that this place has been around for 5 years and I BARELY had a chance to eat there last night. The food is amazing - I had the shrimp quesadillas with the black beans - the hicama salsa is ridiculous and of course....the salsa is just bananas!!! I'm definitely going back to this spot more often. Very reasonable prices and the decor of the restaurant is beautiful!! I would encourage anyone to go and check it out when they're in the area. They've got a great variety of drinks/beer as well.



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Overall mommas in the kitchen!

This is the first place i go when i miss my familia, the food is delicious, the space is always hoppin' with music and bright colors, and the owners are almost cooler than the food & space combined! Papalotes is like going home to east san jo for me....if you haven't yet you must swing by.



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the best salsa

nice owner.
great veggie tacos.
nice art.
great location.
clean restroom.
fabulous music in the background.



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Fresh Mex...the real thing.

Not only does Papalote have the best fish tacos in SF...they also have the best breakfast and best salsa! And on top of that...the guys running the place are the coolest. What more could you ask for?



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Papalote is a happening restaurant-taqueria in the Mission area. The food is excellent and prepared in a very healthy manner -- it is a favorite among local vegetarians and vegans. Not being a vegetarian myself, I love the flavorful, tasty food they offer. Plus, the service is great -- the guys who own this place are awesome and it is always a pleasure to see their smiling faces behind the register. The restaurant is not huge, there is ample seating, but it is really cute -- decorated with kites and always playing some good tunes. My favorite Mission-area restaurant when I'm not looking to lay down just a buck for a greasy taco (and sometimes I am...)...



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This place is off the hook and my friends do agree and the owner is fine!!!!