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Nopalito

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Inner Sunset, San Francisco
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  • This place is famous for their Mexican food. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Justin K.
    "Carnitas and quesadilla are some of the best"(28 Tips)
    Les S.
    "Torta de Chilorio, Mexican pulled pork sandwich, is the best."(3 Tips)
    Ryan W.
    "Really great mole here: not too sweet!"(11 Tips)
    Blair H.
    "The Totopos con Chile are to die for."(2 Tips)
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  • Jess S.
    Empanada is best with a side of creme
  • Alex C.
    More of a hipster mexican place. Tasty food, prices a bit on the high side, great atmosphere. They also serve cocktails.
  • Jamie R.
    Jamie RohApril 7
    I'm not one to write reviews but I'm mid way through this off-menu red snapper tostada and it's insane. So delicious. Refreshing, fresh, crunchy, creamy, salty, tangy. YUM
  • Jorge R.
    Jorge RochesterJanuary 28
    Good aguachile, although it needs more chile. Service is good and all kitchen crew is Mexican so you're on the right spot
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MelnykNovember 9, 2016
    Baby kale salad is spicy and delicious. The fish tacos also hit the spot!
  • Aleksey
    AlekseyNovember 2, 2016
    A delicious take on Mexican food. Make sure to try nopal salad, their meats, and spice up your dinner with the traditional mezcal shot.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KimOctober 9, 2016
    Carnitas and quesadilla are some of the best
  • Eulalia S.
    Eulalia StephensonSeptember 11, 2016
    Very unique Mexican food with a exquisite taste.
  • Sarang B.
    Sarang BAugust 20, 2016
    Mole sauce was good, but the chicken tasted like they just cooked it and then poured mole over it... Definitely wasn't marinated.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KakriaJuly 18, 2016
    Carnitas is overrated. It was a bit dry and very chewy. I don't get what makes this the best carnitas. Def not worth $22
  • ben o.
    ben ordazJuly 15, 2016
    Carnitas. O.....M....G
  • Nick L.
    Nick LashinskyJuly 14, 2016
    Mole is delicious and fun
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LopinskyJune 17, 2016
    Fish tacos were good
  • Grace Y.
    Grace YoonJune 5, 2016
    I had this fried chicken sandwich. Quite delicious! But I feel like other dishes might be more promising :p
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorMay 29, 2016
    Food is too spicy for my taste
  • Aditi M.
    Aditi MishraApril 10, 2016
    Ceviche and marguarita
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Nopalito!
  • Jan V.
    Jan ViderénMarch 11, 2016
    Great mexican food!
  • Maria H.
    Maria HägglöfMarch 11, 2016
    I had my best quesadilla with pork ever at Nopalito. The ginger lemonade was good but very strong.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FalkenthalMarch 7, 2016
    Honestly some of the best food I have ever eaten. I don't think you can go wrong here! There were pork rinds on my quesadilla!
  • D. H.
    D. HuMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Nopalito, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 11, 2016
    When you visit Nopalito, start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Blair H.
    Blair Hanley FrankFebruary 11, 2016
    The Totopos con Chile are to die for.
  • Cole C.
    Cole CorreaJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The seafood tacos al pastor at spot on 👌🏻
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 21, 2016
    A good sit down Mexican joint is a delightful change of pace. With delicious tortilla soup and killer carnitas, not to mention the crazy good margaritas, this place will capture your spicy heart. Read more
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJanuary 5, 2016
    The little surprise cookies that came with the bill were a perfect wrap up to an impeccable meal.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 26, 2015
    If you are in Nopalito, try a real Mexican taste, order a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco
  • Jon W.
    Jon WatersDecember 17, 2015
    The trout with the beans was amazing.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Nopoalito, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.October 24, 2015
    Everything is amazing. I wish I could be of more help but you can't go wrong.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KotowskiOctober 11, 2015
    The mole enchiladas were amazing!
  • Fred L.
    Fred LiangSeptember 15, 2015
    to try: Carnitas
  • Jacqueline K.
    Jacqueline KongAugust 8, 2015
    The carnitas are great
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JenkinsAugust 3, 2015
    The Tortas are really great here
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KJuly 25, 2015
    Huarache con suadero y chorizo was amazing! So so tasty!
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJuly 25, 2015
    Carnitas for the win!!!
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TsangJuly 20, 2015
    The carnitas are AMAZING!
  • Kim B.
    Kim BarryJuly 16, 2015
    Excellent service. Flan to die for!
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa Harper CarterJuly 8, 2015
    Our favorite neighborhood haunt, we almost always get a pitcher of margaritas and totopos. I also recommend whatever dish of the moment features trout.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    "Fancy" Mexican food. Try calling 15 minutes ahead and they will usually put your name down on a list.
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KJune 30, 2015
    The Cemita Poblana Con Milanesa is absolutely great.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJune 23, 2015
    Great upscale Mexican food. I recommend the birria, chicken soup, and the quesadilla.
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomMay 2, 2015
    Their starter salads are simple in the best way possible.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChouApril 26, 2015
    Quesadilla con Espárragos y Hongos. Delicious and seems to be made with attention to details. A bit small though.
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KirkApril 13, 2015
    Can't leave without getting the totopos
  • Jason S.
    Jason SussmanApril 12, 2015
    Get the salsa chips. Amazing but spicy.
  • Max G.
    Max GalloMarch 31, 2015
    Strawberry Almond Horchata - yummy non- alcoholic drink
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SchierbeckMarch 6, 2015
    Delicious Mexican food.
  • Derek .
    Derek 🐐🐙March 2, 2015
    First place I've had a legit enchilada in San Francisco, hard to find!
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Was disappointed last time. The beef sandwich was blah. Staff is awesome though - the beer was too spicy for me and I couldn't drink it. So, my waiter didn't charge me for it
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtJanuary 18, 2015
    Tasty carnitas , very fresh
  • Danny R.
    Danny ReedJanuary 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Carne asada and margaritas
  • Astri K.
    Astri KDecember 23, 2014
    Crispy pork belly quesadilla was good, but it needed more pork belly to reflect the name. Chicken enchilada with the mole sauce was super yummy. Loved the mole sauce.
  • Les S.
    Les SimarDecember 12, 2014
    Torta de Chilorio, Mexican pulled pork sandwich, is the best.
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinDecember 3, 2014
    Great brisket sandwich. Definitely get some homemade chips.
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not remotely authentic but the chilaquiles and carnitas are solid.
  • Scottie M.
    Scottie MilagroNovember 11, 2014
    I live for the carnitas here.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KatesSeptember 5, 2014
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
  • Carl B.
    Carl BoehmSeptember 1, 2014
    The owner, Ron Nopalito, always orders the Oaxacan Hot Chocolate. You should too.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonAugust 31, 2014
    It really is all about the carnitas. The pork is so tender and delicious.
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order family style for more variety, portion sizes on small side
  • fitginger
    fitgingerAugust 8, 2014
    Fresh Mexican, good prices
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    The Torta de Chilorio, made with hot pork chorizo, queso fresco and bread soaked in adobo sauce? It's unlike any sandwich he's ever had. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2014
    Call ahead to get a spot on the waitlist at this upscale Mexican joint. Don't miss the ceviche or carnitas.
  • Linzi B.
    Linzi BerryMay 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for tortillas to go! Cheaper than the supermarket & a million times more fresh & delicious.
  • Vihang M.
    Vihang MehtaApril 26, 2014
    The Chilaquiles and Caldo are absolutely fantastic. Also they have killer Quesadillas.
  • Emma G.
    Emma GApril 24, 2014
    Amazing. Get the pork torta.
  • bridget t.
    bridget twoApril 21, 2014
    fish tacos and margarita!
  • Auzzie Y.
    Auzzie YazdMarch 26, 2014
    Ceviche, empanadas, carnitas, mole enchiladas, and Mexican coffee. a local's favorite.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FazzoneMarch 21, 2014
    Carnitas all day every day. Yes, there are hipsters here. You're in San Francisco, ya dingus.
  • Clarence R.
    Clarence RosensteinMarch 19, 2014
    The mole is off the charts and the ceviche will rock your world also the horchata is homemade and really good
  • Nisha D.
    Nisha DwivediMarch 17, 2014
    The pork belly quesadilla is incredible
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is really delicious here but I didn't particularly carnitas - too rich but at the same time lack flavor
  • Danielle T.
    Danielle TaylorFebruary 3, 2014
    awesome mezcal Palomar by Brit. the manager, is warm and acomadating.
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Totopos, Carnitas, Fish Tacos. Amazing! Pozole is good too. My favorite thing? Mexican Coffee with tequila and house made creme (that has a beautiful orange citrus flavor.) Served with a French press!
  • Anne F.
    Anne FranklinJanuary 4, 2014
    Ceviche and the black bean stuffed tortilla chicken thing, yum to the yum.
  • Derek D.
    Derek DukesJanuary 4, 2014
    For dinner the carnitas is awesome. For brunch try the chilaquiles.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MeyerDecember 27, 2013
    The mole is pretty good.
  • Peppe R.
    Peppe R.December 24, 2013
    The carnitas here are the bomb. Seriously, don't come here without ordering them.
  • Shaban S.
    Shaban ShakooriNovember 21, 2013
    Nopalito is a glorified taqueria. Go to Gordo instead. The owner Lawrence Jossel is the guy who will steal your parking spot as you are backing in. He stores unrefrigerated food in his dirty honda crv
  • Ben H.
    Ben HughesNovember 3, 2013
    Shot of mezcal with a salsa verde back is a recipe for destruction/domination.
  • Christian V.
    Fancy tacos. Very fancy. They got pibil and mole right. Try the house Margarita.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LeeOctober 3, 2013
    Save room for a popsicle. Seriously. You'll hate yourself if you don't and hate is not a good color on you.
  • Luis F.
    Luis FloresSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    eat the enchiladas mineras slowly, you'll want the experience to last forever
  • David A.
    David ASeptember 19, 2013
    Their carnitas are on point. If you're not sure on what to order, you can't go wrong with this.
  • Tim P.
    Tim PursellSeptember 9, 2013
    I couldn't taste anything but the ceviche tostada was my favorite. The gazpacho de frutas was interesting but would have been better to share. Did not care for the agua fresca here.
  • Jon W.
    Jon WoodsAugust 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos and the tuna tostada, every time
  • Julie C.
    Julie CandelonAugust 3, 2013
    Call ahead of time to get a table in the back patio. Very nice!
  • Beau H.
    Beau HaughAugust 2, 2013
    Never knew a salsa verde back would chase añejo tequila so well. ¡Gastronomía!
  • Trevor C.
    Trevor CornwellJuly 23, 2013
    Outstanding. The best of Mexican street food tended to by wonderful chefs.
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki MunozJuly 16, 2013
    Totopos con Chile is a must
  • Megan
    MeganJuly 15, 2013
    Do not get the Bloody Mary, it's sweet and smokey... Gross
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SicolaJuly 12, 2013
    Get the Carnitas. Thank me later.
  • Lynn J.
    Lynn JenningsJune 30, 2013
    Fantastic authentic Mexican kitchen, lovely beans and rice entree, try the trout and Steak mains.
  • Alex
    AlexMay 14, 2013
    The seared trout was great. Also, excellent for children on the early bird side.
  • Amber D.
    Amber DobosMay 6, 2013
    Carnitas carnitas carnitas. Almost as delicious as the staff.
  • Luis F.
    Luis FloresMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the taquitos de papa are made of pure and true love :D they taste like it!
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HeadrickApril 30, 2013
    Casual Dining great prices and Fantastic Food.
  • Carl B.
    Carl BoehmApril 23, 2013
    Try their speciality: salsa verde backs after a tequila shot.
  • Mike 🌮 S.
    T O T O P O S
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HerreraNovember 20, 2016
    El tamal amarillo está muy rico,es una adaptación del tamal amarillo mexicano,no sabe para nada similar,pero está sabroso!La Margarita sabe a lo que en México se le llama Paloma,igualmente está deli
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian ChenAugust 3, 2015
    Quesadilla Roja Con Chicharrón so bomb.
  • Kim B.
    Kim BarryJuly 16, 2015
    Carnitas, Ensenada de Lechuga y Duraznos and Ques Roja ... All yummy
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChouApril 26, 2015
    Flan Napolitano con Fresas!
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