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Roosevelt Tamale Parlor

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerOctober 10, 2014
    Tamales are delicious and sizable. Multiple (tasty) vegetarian options. If you eat in the restaurant, they bring you homemade tortilla chips and salsa, which both hit the spot. I'l definitely be back.
  • Yasmin
    YasminOctober 4, 2013
    So happy to have stumbled upon this gem on Friday evening. No wait, cozy casual atmosphere with great food, especially for the price. Loved the live music, too!
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Friday nights: Go to a Diana Gameros live concert here (similar to Feist), good food, veg friendly, affordable. It's a pretty awesome reminder why SF is magic.
  • Josh P.
    Josh PylesNovember 16, 2014
    Queso fundito dip was amazing. The free salsa was excellent as well. I'll be back for sure.
  • EB
    EBApril 21, 2013
    Tamale plate for $9 is HUGE. get the $12 platter w 2 tamales and split with a 2nd person. Also, yam+chèvre = excellent.
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 8, 2014
    Get the queso! Obviously the tamales are great and more than large enough to share.
  • Zero d.
    Zero de ConduiteMay 9, 2012
    Try the Famous Round Tamale With Pork - Excellent. Fresh masa, tasty pork and a great deal.
  • Sister Mable S.
    Sister Mable SyrupJune 7, 2010
    The mariscada for dinner is divine! A big bowl of hearty thick spiced (but not spicy) broth swimming with fresh fish, calamari, mussels, clams, and <3
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy ReyesApril 10, 2013
    Get the Tostada Colorado with the fried egg and carnitas. So good.
  • Bob
    BobMarch 7, 2015
    I used to go here as a kid because my mom was friends with the owner. It used to be an original style Mexican restaurant. Now it looks gringo-ized. Welcome to the sad reality of the new San Francisco.
  • Debbie
    DebbieJune 15, 2013
    Cute atmosphere. Guac was good. Horchata iced coffee was good. Carnitas were gamey/porky.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LiebermanNovember 30, 2013
    Try the prickly pear agua fresca and/or the horchata iced coffee!
  • Avrielle G.
    Avrielle GJune 15, 2013
    The watermelon agua fresca and flan are fantastic. I love this place!!
  • Gwn
    GwnOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Tamale Dinner - Black Bean Mole & Squash With Tomatillo - #vegetarian #Mexican #mole #tamale
  • Nick R.
    Nick RovisaSeptember 30, 2012
    Try the Pork Tamale - This was awesome. Nothing more to say about it.
  • Zac C.
    Zac ChesterOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Please don't eat here. I'm terrified you'll love it and then I'll have to wait in a line for an excellent breakfast.
  • Susan S.
    Susan SuttonDecember 15, 2012
    They just changed owners (late 2012) and are now "The Roosevelt"-- the menu is way slimmed down and the decor de-cozified. Historic photos are gone.
  • Gwn
    GwnDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for the mole on the famous round cheese tamale! YUM
  • Augie S.
    Augie SanchezMarch 7, 2010
    Order a platter but don't expect to finish if you order more food. The food is excellent and very satisfying!
  • Renee D.
    Renee DuPreeDecember 4, 2011
    The chilaquiles are delicious and the portions are huge.
  • J C.
    J CMarch 9, 2014
    Zomg.... Queso in SF!!!!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Teague Moriarty, chef of Sons & Daughters, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Chilaquiles. Read more
  • Jay
    JayMay 27, 2010
    One of my favorite places. Always worth the trip over. Try the desserts too!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonDecember 23, 2014
    The Pozole is amazing!
  • April V.
    April Vee DubOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Frijoles con Aqua. So satisfying!
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on a Friday to hear great live music by Diana Gameros!
  • Sukhjit G.
    Sukhjit GhagDecember 4, 2011
    Live music on Saturday night is wonderful.
  • Gwn
    GwnNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Spinach Chimichanga - #vegetarian
  • Victoria H.
    Victoria HendrixMarch 13, 2011
    The mushroom enchilada is awesome!
  • Tetyana S.
    Tetyana SwanMarch 14, 2014
    Tacos and chili rellenos best
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonSeptember 26, 2014
    The Tamales!
  • Emily L.
    Emily LimonNovember 26, 2009
    the tamales are HUGE! But try the carnitas.
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos ADJanuary 24, 2010
    In the mood for a hearty mex brkfst...this is your spot.
  • Tyler
    TylerFebruary 22, 2011
    Get salad instead of rice.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LimonNovember 26, 2009
    ditch the line at St. Francis Creamery and have breakfast here.
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