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Papalote Mexican Grill

Papalote Mexican Grill

Mexican Restaurant and Burrito Place$$$$
Western Addition, San Francisco
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  • The experts at SF Weekly and 7x7 Magazine recommend this place
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    • 7x7 Magazine
  • The burritos at Papalote Mexican Grill is a can't miss
  • dan h.
    "get a jar of salsa and bring it back for cheap refills"(3 Tips)
    Ian R.
    "Also try the soyrizo burrito, super style!"(2 Tips)
    Gill C.
    "Get chicken adobo burrito."(2 Tips)
    Emily C.
    "... grilled veg, soyrizo, mole tofu, marinated tofu... awesome."(2 Tips)
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  • Rob R.
    Rob RaySeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You know you love their salsa, so might as well order a jar to go. Just make sure to ask for the fresh, not pre-filled. You can thank me later.
  • Juan R.
    Juan RoncalNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pricy and hip, Papalote has excellent flavor but it comes at a price. Hand grilled meats moderately make up for its inauthentic vibe, but still way better options at better prices within Sf.
  • John C.
    John CassilloAugust 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best salsa in San Francisco. Plus, they have two locations, so easy to get to regardless of what part of the city you're at.
  • Camellia S.
    Camellia SchinnerDecember 31, 2015
    Mole tofu burrito with refried beans: It. Was. Heaven. Their salsa is absolutely delicious, and one $.99 side of guac was huge!
  • John C.
    John CassilloJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best burritos in San Francisco. I'd say salsa would be the city's best as well. Great place, in spite of low seating cap
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoldenDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Super Chicken Burrito and ask for an additional salsa. It costs $$ but is well worth it. One of my favorite burritos in SF.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CastorNovember 29, 2011
    Lots of great veggie and vegan options - veg, grilled veg, soyrizo, mole tofu, marinated tofu... awesome.
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QSeptember 23, 2015
    Inhale chips and salsa. Also, soyrizo is pretty good. Great vegetarian options, giant portions
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RebeccaOctober 8, 2016
    The burrito was decent, I just wasn't a big fan of the taco. It is one of those typical order at the counter fast food-ish Mexican joint
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJanuary 3, 2016
    Triple threat burrito = heaven. The salsa is on point as well.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CaplainAugust 2, 2013
    Ranked as top 10 place to bite into burrito by USA Today. And for good reason. Their sauce is the key.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SilarajsApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Carne Asada burrito...super! Also, Papalote probably has the best salsa in the city.
  • T.LO
    T.LOFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    1st off Papalote salsa is amazing 2nd of all the chilaquiles are to die for!!!
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CSeptember 29, 2011
    Carne asada meat good but tortilla and beans no good. Chips good. 8.50 for buritto. 1 to make super.
  • David D.
    David DaySeptember 26, 2016
    The fish tacos and fish burritos are better than anything we've ever had. The soyrizo was okay, but not really worth the trouble. The chips seemed stale, but wow, the salsa was good.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BalistrieriSeptember 9, 2009
    Order a breakfast burrito to put in the fridge for breakfast the next day. OR get a grilled veggie burrito totally plain, with black beans, and sauce it up with chip dip
  • Miguel C.
    Miguel CardenasJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Marinated Tofu Burrito is amazing. A great vegetarian option!
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangAugust 19, 2014
    Pretentious, white version of el farolito's. But the grilled vegetables are solid.
  • Colin M.
    Colin MisteleApril 9, 2011
    Ask for as much salsa as they will give you best part of the meal!
  • Jon B.
    Jon BrittonSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    While waiting 15 minutes for your order to come out, run across the street to fulton market for its great beer selection.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ClineDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget to super it. Always super it.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChinchillaFebruary 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably one of the best chip salsa I've had! Pour it on the burrito!
  • Joe C.
    Joe ConnorsOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken super burrito on the spinach tortilla.
  • GernCDizzle
    GernCDizzleMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the salsa, leave for the overcooked meats and ridiculous prices
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HayesApril 12, 2012
    Ask for extra sauce, it is the nectar of the gods.
  • Loren M.
    Loren MattiaDecember 23, 2012
    Their soyrizo burrito is the stuff dreams are made of.
  • Alex C.
    Alex Choi ❄️July 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish burrito is the only item to get here. It's moist and awesome.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JansenDecember 21, 2010
    Their salsa is amazing. Yeah, it's hyped up but it genuinely is good.
  • Jon N.
    Jon NarongOctober 5, 2014
    Everyone talks about the salsa here, I will too. It's amazing.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyJune 13, 2012
    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2012 - Reader's Poll - BEST BURRITO
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMarch 13, 2015
    Chips and salsa are good but otherwise, nothing you can't get at any other mexican food establishment.
  • Akram J.
    Akram Jamal-AllailAugust 28, 2013
    Food was great, staff were helpful, though music kinda boring.
  • Ava
    AvaJanuary 26
    Breakfast burritos are good, everything else is mediocre at best
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeoAugust 27, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    I've tried a lot here and I have to say the best thing is the Super Chicken Burrito with Black Beans. the Mole plate is no slouch either.
  • Kendra S.
    Kendra S.September 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It was awesome! The salsa is so wonderful!!!
  • Belgand
    BelgandFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Salsa is ridiculously overrated and the only decent burrito is the carne asada. Only worth it because the neighborhood doesn't a good taqueria.
  • Dan
    DanOctober 9, 2012
    The salsa will change your life!
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CalhounMay 4, 2012
    The good news... The best burrito near USF. The bad news.... The worst burrito in SF. Oh, and overpriced too.
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline LopezMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is yummy. The salsa is the best still!
  • Gill C.
    Gill CNovember 18, 2010
    Get chicken adobo burrito. Not listed on menu, but trust me, it's there!
  • Tressa C.
    Tressa CrozierMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The salsa....there is not much more to say. :-)
  • Thaisa F.
    Thaisa FernandesNovember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Burritos and tortilhas Vegans <3
  • Ian R.
    Ian RivamonteMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to get and use your frequent buyer card.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyFebruary 11, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2010 - Reader's Poll - BEST BURRITO
  • Ada B.
    Ada BlitzkriegOctober 5, 2014
    Why? Why would anyone in the world love to stand 30 minutes in line with drunk students just to order a burrito which tastes like butt?
  • Joe T.
    Joe TutterowAugust 7, 2014
    The tofu and soyrizo are crazy addicting
  • Carly S.
    Carly SAugust 12, 2016
    Roasted. Tomato. Salsa. Buy a jar to go!
  • Mack L.
    Mack LJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Buy the salsa fresh. It's the best and you get a jar.
  • Ian R.
    Ian RivamonteFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Call ahead for pick up. Also try the soyrizo burrito, super style!
  • Tara S.
    Tara SaltzAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Refried Black Beans are Amazing!
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It just keeps getting more expensive but less good :( the only thing I'll get here now is the nachos. The burritos are just not worth it anymore. Too bad
  • Satindar
    SatindarJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Whole wheat tortillas here are awesome.
  • Jerald B.
    Jerald BondocAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The nachos are good enough to be a meal on its own!
  • Eric
    EricMay 27, 2016
    Delicioso! Don't pass this place up
  • Kristine A.
    Kristine ArthApril 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled Veggie Nachos! Best Ever!
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CruzOctober 14, 2010
    A jar of their salsa makes a great gift for loved ones :)
  • Mario L.
    Mario L.September 3, 2016
    Meh...if you've eaten Mexican food in LA or San Diego...you won't be impressed. It's just fine.
  • Dan P.
    Dan PeraJune 17, 2013
    Best salsa on earth.
  • Sebastian K.
    Sebastian KMarch 13, 2014
    Average burrito. Nothing special. If I would have to choose, I'd rather go for Chipotle.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviApril 1, 2016
    😅 sometimes I get my burritos naked
  • armand g.
    armand gaerlanAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    try the adobo burrito
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DavidMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Staff isn't friendly but the food is great!
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChinchillaOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chip salsa I've tasted!
  • Nida T.
    Nida TJuly 14, 2010
    Camarones burrito = one shrimp and too much sauce
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticAugust 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Carne Asada Burrito
  • Whitney L.
    Whitney LauritsenMarch 17, 2011
    A surprising amount of vegan options here
  • Nick R.
    Nick RobinsonAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    ADOBO. ADOBOOOOOOO. ADOBO THO
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony ThomasFebruary 18, 2010
    This place has been on Food Network!! Try the Tripple Threat Burrito
  • Christin S.
    Christin SmithApril 14, 2011
    Buy a jar of salsa to bring home.
  • David U.
    David UyJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    order a huge burrito lol
  • dan h.
    dan hobbsDecember 1, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    get a jar of salsa and bring it back for cheap refills
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AndayaDecember 20, 2014
    SOOOOO GOOD!
  • Jordan Y.
    Jordan YoungFebruary 18, 2014
    Chips & Salsa
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineJanuary 27, 2010
    Have some good ol' chips and salsa...it's #46 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010. Read more
  • Bill S.
    Bill SFebruary 6, 2011
    Carne asada must have
  • Eric E.
    Eric EnsignFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch papalote on throwdown with Bobby flay, food network, feb. 17th!
  • whitney n.
    whitney nicole.August 20, 2010
    Super expensive, but really good.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LondonFebruary 10, 2010
    Get extra salsa if you're ireserin to go
  • Jen
    JenJanuary 19, 2010
    Order food this week and they will donate 15% of your tab to Haiti.
  • Bobby L.
    Bobby LorillaNovember 18, 2010
    Chicken adobo nachos
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasAugust 27, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken super burrito with refried black beans
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrinhJune 20, 2009
    drink a shot of the salsa then quickly quench it con cerveza
  • Zealous W.
    Zealous WileyMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Make your burrito a SUPER!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChanslorFebruary 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing salsa!!
  • Veronica L.
    Veronica LujanJune 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I can buy better chips at Walgreens. Why the change to such a terrible product?
  • Sheena C.
    Sheena CruzApril 23, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Address is 1777 Fulton just an FYI
  • Tim O.
    Tim O'NeillJanuary 22, 2010
    Bring your wallet
  • Drew S.
    Drew SingNovember 6, 2009
    yummy burritoes
  • Marc B.
    Marc BollingerSeptember 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    basically drink the salsa.
  • Dave S.
    Dave S.April 25, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Buy a jar of salsa
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