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El Metate

El Metate

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Place, and Burrito Place$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Jenn C.
    "Fish burrito super + watermelon agua fresca = winning meal for < $10"(11 Tips)
    Maroun N.
    "Get the carnitas burrito and thank me afterwards."(6 Tips)
    EatDrinkBrandy
    "I'm not a vegetarian, but the veggie burrito is AMAZING!"(10 Tips)
    Nate Munger
    "Best vegetarian burrito in the city!"(5 Tips)
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  • Evan V.
    Evan VMarch 14
    Best horchata ever.
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidMarch 1
    The fish torta is life-changing.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TFebruary 3
    Authentic Mexican with a great selection of salsas and a few beers on hand. Try the El Pastor carnitas tacos for the ultimate experience.
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenJanuary 30
    After trying vegetarian burritos all over the city, this place has the best.
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HDecember 25, 2016
    El Milanesa is solid.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WoolfNovember 3, 2016
    Their super fish burrito *may* be my most favorite burrito in San Francisco. Get it super (guacamole, sour cream, cheese), black beans, no rice, dorado (extra time on the grill) style.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonOctober 21, 2016
    Must get the fish burrito. It's loaded up with light, flaky, tender white fish and all of the usually burrito fixings. Great flavors, cheap price, and very filling. WinstonWanders.com
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MillsOctober 7, 2016
    Awesome carnitas!
  • Christine R.
    Christine RødeSeptember 6, 2016
    They do the best homemade agua fresca. Ask for the daily flavors.
  • Lily G.
    Lily GompertsAugust 23, 2016
    Everything is amazing, but I love the quesadillas. Salsa bar has excellent options
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OAugust 11, 2016
    Overpriced for a carne asada burrito. Skip the dry Spanish rice.
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamJuly 30, 2016
    One of the lesser frequented Mexican joints, nonetheless great food + lots of seating
  • Adnan M.
    Adnan ManjalJuly 11, 2016
    Amaaaaizing food. The Burritos are excellent. So are the Enchiladas and Quesadillas. The complimentary guacamole is fantastic too. Order everything.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BJune 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Summer in SF sometimes means having a nice hot bowl of Pozole! 😋
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DinuJune 28, 2016
    Some of the best carnitas in the city, definitely get something with pork and you won't be disappointed! Though a little off the beaten path, their burritos are worth it...
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda S.June 27, 2016
    The veggie burrito actually contains veggies
  • Steven A.
    Steven AdamsMay 13, 2016
    BURRITOOOOOS
  • Lucila B.
    Lucila BreaApril 27, 2016
    Vegetarian Burrito! ❤️
  • Sal C.
    Sal CainoApril 6, 2016
    best burrito in the mission with a great atmosphere!
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasMarch 28, 2016
    I don't know how this place is so popular, burritos are awful and unauthentic.
  • Ron P.
    Ron PMarch 24, 2016
    Will return to try the super fish burrito. The regular fish burrito was not that flavorful. I'll have to try the super fish burrito in all fairness. I'll update the tip.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.March 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Perhaps the best Mexican food in the City. House made chips make for great nachos and the burritos can't be beat.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SunFebruary 23, 2016
    Carnitas burrito
  • Jymmi J.
    Jymmi JamesFebruary 10, 2016
    Excellent chile verde and a very tightly wrapped burrito.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best mission burritos!
  • Bedi
    BediJanuary 9, 2016
    So much food. Portions are huge. Price, resasonable. Taste, good. Visit here again? Yes.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Great tacos!
  • Lren & JJ P.
    Lren & JJ PopnfreshJanuary 3, 2016
    Burritos are made to order. And awesome.
  • Kseniya M.
    Kseniya MakarovaDecember 6, 2015
    Can't go wrong with fish or shrimp anything
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.November 22, 2015
    Good tightly rolled burrito - gonna pass on the Carnitas next time - a bit too pig lard-y for my taste but could see other people really liking it!
  • Josh P.
    Josh PylesNovember 12, 2015
    Really great burritos. A little smaller than your typical Mission burrito.
  • Cipriano S.
    Cipriano SánchezOctober 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Very good burritos, they also have alfajores which are pretty yummy!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 26, 2015
    Their outdoor tables are dog-friendly, dog friendly.
  • Grayson W.
    Grayson WrightAugust 25, 2015
    Off the beaten track, but the best SF burrito I've found.
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AzarAugust 16, 2015
    Amazing Mexican. Period.
  • Pawel P.
    Pawel PietrykaAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a good place if you want to sit down - for once - while eating Mexican food.
  • c0uP
    c0uPJuly 19, 2015
    Is it legal to marry a veggie burrito? I would put a ring on this 😍
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenJuly 9, 2015
    Chicken mole and carne asada burritos are delicious.
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasJune 20, 2015
    Burritos made this skinny for that high of a price should only be acceptable at La Taqueria
  • Chris K.
    Chris KlinkJune 16, 2015
    Great slightly crispy carnitas.
  • Peter
    PeterJune 1, 2015
    ok - the fish burrito is a must have and a nice change. friendly staff. chips included and the place looks great (inside and outside). $7.50 for a delicious burrito incl tax is a good deal.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMay 30, 2015
    Solid Mexican food. The tamales are great and so is the chicken mole plate.
  • Pranay S.
    Pranay SethiMay 22, 2015
    A little greasy but overall delicious burritos. Definitely worth the trek.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningApril 23, 2015
    Meat. Salsas.
  • Karla L.
    Karla LopezMarch 29, 2015
    Quesadilla and tacos to die for
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckMarch 6, 2015
    Despite the hype, fish tacos were soggy and mediocre. The huge quesadilla and the mole special far Better choices
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenFebruary 24, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Their carne asada super burrito has different cheese (cotija?) and ratios than most other mission burritos. Worth making the trek for.
  • Eddy H.
    Eddy HernandezFebruary 21, 2015
    Enchiladas are amazing. Also, put up your plates before you leave.
  • Tomas M.
    Tomas MattiaFebruary 21, 2015
    Super veggie burrito with beans. Just get it.
  • Clinton W.
    Clinton WinderFebruary 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best nachos. Torta is an amazing value!
  • Brendan N.
    Brendan NeeFebruary 1, 2015
    The vegetarian burritos, quesadillas and nachos have legitimate veggies in them. Good stuff.
  • T S.
    T SripunvoraskulJanuary 26, 2015
    The most delicious quesadilla crisp to perfection. Hands down the best I've ever had in Mission. Portions are excellent. I eat it for lunch+dinner!
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OJanuary 18, 2015
    They have TRES LECHES CUPCAKES!
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 17, 2014
    Taco Heaven Finger lickin' good.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HelrichNovember 15, 2014
    Fish burrito was amazing, as we're the chips and generous side of guacamole.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    Fish burrito! Perfect lunch spot on a sunny day.
  • Kevin I.
    Kevin IoriNovember 4, 2014
    Fish tacos
  • SFGate
    SFGateOctober 10, 2014
    Go here for the quesadilla filled with chicken and three kinds of cheese, served with guacamole and salsa. Also exceptional are the soft tacos with velvety pork in a tangy chile verde sauce. Read more
  • Kristina S.
    Kristina SchneiderSeptember 30, 2014
    Burritos are good here. Love the salsa selection.
  • nora w.
    nora walkerSeptember 21, 2014
    super. shrimp. burrito.
  • Isma M.
    Isma MalibuSeptember 21, 2014
    Burrito carnita! Best one I ever had!!!
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BrownSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Without question the best burrito in the mission.
  • Moritz S.
    Moritz StücklerAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    In my opinion this place has the best vegetarian burritos in the mission. For meat burritos there are better options on 24th but if you are vegetarian this is your best bet.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SpencerAugust 25, 2014
    Fish tacos and quesadilla
  • Frank D.
    Frank DieboldAugust 22, 2014
    The way a tequeria should be. Keep it simple and get a steak burrito
  • Sahil D.
    Sahil DesaiAugust 9, 2014
    red salsa is good spicy and tasty.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 7, 2014
    Pretty solid chili verde. Their horchata is tasty too.
  • Rose
    RoseJune 27, 2014
    We went right at lunch time and it was super crowded and took about 30 minutes to get our food. But as soon as I bit into my torta a la mexicana I didn't care about the wait. The food was delicious.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KarfunkelMay 14, 2014
    Carnitas burrito!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BMay 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Special mole (chicken) with beans and tortillas. No rice as requested.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SApril 10, 2014
    Seriously the best veggie burrito I've ever eaten. too good 👌!!
  • Jim C.
    Jim ColganFebruary 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the mole (if they haven't run out)!
  • Andi T.
    Andi TeggartNovember 21, 2013
    Guac. Plus the best variety of salsas.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfNovember 11, 2013
    Legit. Get a fish taco (no frills) and a carnitas taco (w/ guac, crema, etc.). Downside: no indoor seating unless you go to their sit-down restaurant next door.
  • Karla L.
    Karla LopezAugust 14, 2013
    Nice tacos, not too crowded, not too loud.
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HerringAugust 9, 2013
    The burritos are magical. You can order meat + veggie for a great mix.
  • James P.
    James PAugust 9, 2013
    El Farlito is two blocks away and three times as fast.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SmithJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chile Verde burrito! Get it.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WuJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    All burritos are great ... Get them super!
  • Kristina W.
    Kristina WeiseJuly 5, 2013
    Amazing soup!
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerJune 18, 2013
    One of the first veggie burritos I've had in SF with more veggies than just salsa and lettuce. Seriously delicious and filling for only $7!
  • Olivia W.
    Olivia WatkinsMay 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the salsa bar in the back room has 2x the salsa options as the one near the register. YES PLEASE
  • Gelo B.
    Gelo BarrettoApril 21, 2013
    Fish tacos here are the bomb!
  • Hart P.
    Hart PerezApril 10, 2013
    They roll their burritos like joints, tight!
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SongMarch 22, 2013
    The best quesadilla in SF is handmade here. 3 cheeses, and only $6-
  • Maroun N.
    Maroun NajjarFebruary 23, 2013
    I've had a lot of burritos in my day. From the best in Boston and NYC nothing compares to this. Everything is so fresh and full of flavor. Get the carnitas burrito and thank me afterwards.
  • Danny N.
    Danny NguyenFebruary 21, 2013
    Check out the horchata!
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 12, 2013
    Try the fish tacos and the quesadilla.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CraginFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best burritos in SF. Highly recommend the Chile Colorado.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MeyerFebruary 7, 2013
    Steak burrito with little rice, black brand and avocado. Delicious! Great price too.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MorganJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Finest finery in the land.
  • Derek C.
    Derek CollinsJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The mole here is the best! I recommend the mole burrito!
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohJanuary 17, 2013
    This was my first love when it comes to Mission taquerias. No frills. Straight up carne asada burrito.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MattaDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    seriously the best taqueria in SF -- and I've had them all
  • Kobus E.
    Kobus EhlersNovember 16, 2012
    Insanely good. Try the pastor!
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BarkerNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The flour chips are amazing. Ask for them but they usually say no. What gives?
  • Philip T.
    Philip ThomasNovember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, but awful inconsistent service.
  • Irene C.
    Irene ChouOctober 23, 2012
    The place that made me realize I know nothing about Mexican cuisine. Whatdya mean, carrots and broccoli can be good in burritos!? Aka best veggie burrito in the area.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the Mercedes Benz of Mission guacamole
  • Mark S.
    Mark StuenkelOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a burrito with half veggies half meat!
  • Михаил К.
    Очень аутентично. Мексиканский общепит с доступными ценами и буритами, которые полдня переваривать надо. В общем на любителя....
  • Alex C.
    Alex CollinsFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pollo Super Burrito Mojado Rojo. Incredible.
  • Derrick V.
    Derrick VDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Torta del mar!!
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