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Taqueria El Farolito

Taco Place, Burrito Place, and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonNovember 13, 2014
    Simple put, El Farolito makes the best damn burrito in the entire world as far as I'm concerned. That crumbled chorizo was seriously unbelievable. Read all about it on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 5, 2015
    Like chunky, thick cuts of meat over your nachos? Then this is the place to go. The sliced avocado and jalapeños are also plentiful. Prepare to gorge on the toppings and the thicker than normal chips. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Farolito is open late at night, which is the best time to eat their delectable carne asada super burrito. This burrito does not discriminate, especially when you are imbibing. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    The carnitas taco is a great place to start here, but this is a great place to break out into some of the more adventures options. Round out your taco trio with something you've always wanted to try. Read more
  • Christine B.
    Christine BorkowskiNovember 21, 2015
    The quesadilla super suiza was so good! Get the full experience by dining in or decide to take it to go. Either way your food is going to be authentic and delicious. Hit up the salsa bar too!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 7, 2015
    El Farolito stays steamy until 1:30 a.m. in the Excelsior, 2 a.m. on 24th Street, and 3:30 a.m. by 24th and Mission BART, for those nights when only a burrito will save you from the approaching dawn. Read more
  • Felix C.
    Felix ChuOctober 21, 2014
    Carne asada Super Burrito, best I've ever had. Crispy carne asada tacos (- sour cream), amazing. Endless green salsa, yes. Urine smell at the front door, ehh I could do without. Cheap! Delicious! Done
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerJune 12, 2013
    Al pastor is the way to go (so good!). Also, ask them to grill your tortilla slightly longer for extra crispy deliciousness. Chips are mediocre, but the salsas are delicious, especially the green one.
  • Martin A.
    Martin AnguloSeptember 1, 2015
    Definitely try their Super Burrito with carne asada. With each bite you take you're able to taste the char and spices in the meat. Probably one of the best spots for genuine Mexican food.
  • Peter
    PeterJune 1, 2015
    Great burrito: The Super one with fried pork... delicious ... tender met - and big. you'll have to wait in line though. 7.75+tax. chips +65c
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.August 16, 2013
    Super carne asada burrito, quesdilla super suiza, and get a side of the awesome el pastor meat! You can eat it with the free tortilla chips, green sauce and salsa.
  • Tate W.
    Tate WilliamsNovember 10, 2014
    I grew up in Arizona and this is one of the best burritos I've ever had. Carne Asada super burrito. Warning though this place gets packed and tough to get a table.
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SuitsNovember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the best spot for a "traditional" burrito in SF, hands-down. 7x7 lists their Carne Asada burrito as a must-eat of 2012, but you really can't go wrong.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenDecember 16, 2014
    The burrito had some ingredient-distribution issues, but holy hell were the good bites good. Got the al pastor super burrito. It's a good choice. Chips were really stale but salsa/sauce was fantastic.
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 8, 2014
    holy moly, the quesadilla super suiza are the most epic quesillada I ever ate.
  • Sara
    SaraApril 18, 2016
    Get the carne asada super burrito. So delicious. Add a Pacifico beer and you have the perfect meal. They are huge!!
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Decent late night burritos, for northern California. Seriously, growing up in San Diego, almost any hole in the wall there beats the most ridiculously touted here. I'm evil for saying so? Fine.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisSeptember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Super Suiza Para Dos is amazing drunk food; A quesadilla out of two XL tortillas, meat, cheese, sour cream, steak, avocado, salsa -- really big enough for three people!
  • Ve R.
    Ve RaApril 24, 2015
    Wow, this is definitely the best Mexican place I've been in my life so far. If there are 2 of you looking for some food - take this insanely good quesadilla para dos <3
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FrancoSeptember 1, 2014
    Best Mexican food around here!! Great service and delicious, super burrito and super suiza quesadilla are my fave.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 24, 2011
    A visit to the Mission is not complete until I’ve gotten a burrito or a quesadilla with a side of chips from my favorite burrito joint. Excellent service. Excellent food. Excellent prices. Read more
  • Krista V.
    Krista VogelAugust 29, 2014
    Got the carne asada super burrito as suggested, and it was amazing. It's huge, too - probably could have split one. And the green salsa rocks!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveJune 3, 2011
    Food blogger Stephanie Stiavetti says, “Their food is incredible and... they’re open until almost 3 a.m.! Fresh avocados and a ton of shredded cheese on every super burrito? Yes, please.”
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 8, 2014
    Eat a Burrito. Don't forget to make it super. No need to say more. Even sober delicious!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammOctober 10, 2016
    My favorite burrito. Super hole in the wall, cash only. Best burrito you'll ever have! Open till 2 which is late in SF :)
  • Jerry C.
    Jerry CollinsApril 27, 2014
    Have had a burrito here twice and highly recommend this as a destination for other out of towners like me. The setting isn't much to look at but the line is akways out the door.
  • Quinton M.
    Quinton MaMay 9, 2012
    The cabeza/lengua tacos I had were actually way better than the carne asada burrito, though that was good too. Those tacos were so good, I might cry.
  • Steve M.
    Steve MetzApril 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Mexican in The City. Personal faves are Super Burrito-Al Pastor, Black Beans, Extra Salsa and Quesadilla Super Suiza. CASH ONLY!!
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HDecember 25, 2016
    Hands down my top burrito pick in SF. Al pastor burrito or super burrito is the nuts, with the salsas and pickled vegetables.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VodolaJanuary 19, 2016
    No scene here. Just the real deal. Brooklyn pizzeria style seating (sorry but that's my best comparison). Best burrito I've ever had.
  • RTWgirl A.
    RTWgirl ArnetteMay 22, 2013
    I had a carne asada burrito here. It was massive and tasty!!! You may wanna to spit it with someone and get some other things to share
  • Zo N.
    Zo NastyFebruary 2, 2012
    Late night burritos etc, so delicious! Especially on your way home from the bar. If it's before 2am order a Pacifico to drink while you wait!
  • Shivam V.
    Shivam VohraJuly 19, 2013
    Alas the super tacos are no more... but $1 gets you nearly a whole avocado on your regular tacos!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CamptonAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Doesn't really matter what you get. Can't go wrong here. The carne asada burritos and tacos are bomb. Grab a MexiCoke or Jarritos with your food.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Open until 4 am, their super suiza makes amazing post- a long night drinking food. Try the "para dos" for a massive meal to share.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimAugust 3, 2013
    The Carne Asada super burrito is a delicious mess. It is also quite an undertaking. I'm currently sitting here, having finished my burrito, and I...can't....move.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoodeJanuary 6, 2015
    The best Bay Area carne asada burrito in my opinion. Rated number 1 by buzzfeed for must try burritos across the nation.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissAugust 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The burritos are good, but the carne asada quesadilla super suiza is the real star.
  • Dan
    DanNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Quesadilla Suiza will change your life. Should be on 7x7's Top 100 list. Worth the drive from anywhere in San Francisco.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 7, 2014
    There's usually a long line, but it's worth waiting. Part of the holy trinity of taquerias, along with Cancun and La Taqueria.
  • Berk D.
    Berk DemirAugust 6, 2014
    Be prepared to take out the half of the burrito you couldn't finish. If you're not a hungry monster at the moment, you can consider sharing one with a friend.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MeiserJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Peel the foil horizontally only as you go to minimize spillage of this food gold, AND to maximize the warmth of your burrito.
  • Janko M.
    Janko Milunovic1 week ago
    quesadilla super suiza is amazing. very authentic place and great value for money.
  • Brenden M.
    Brenden MulliganApril 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Saag Paneer! Carne asada saag paneer with guacamole is soooooo good.
  • James R.
    James RoseMarch 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    As mayor, I order everyone who goes here to get the super quesadilla suiza with carne asada and everything on it. As it has just been stated, so shall it be done.
  • Hakeem B.
    Hakeem BilalMarch 7, 2016
    Carne asada super burrito 🌯 and the salsa bar, albeit simple and unassuming, is utter happiness
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChangSeptember 6, 2016
    Try the agua frescas! They have horchata, strawberry, and pineapple
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Yanoz
    YanozJanuary 21
    Steak super suiza quesadilla is all you need to order. I had one while visiting and moved to San Francisco shortly thereafter (not kidding)
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineOctober 23, 2012
    Continually ranked as one of the city’s top burritos, the Mission District’s classic 3 a.m. stop for booze-sopping is legendary. What a whopper! Read more
  • Nitin R.
    Nitin RastogiMay 1, 2015
    Get the super shrimp and meat burrito and try to finish that 10 lb monster. The guac is fresh and spicy!!!
  • Todd N.
    Todd NagleApril 1, 2014
    Delish! Huge burrito! One might need a nap afterwards. Full belly. Steps from Bart so great for grab-n-go if needed.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The carne asada super burrito is the best burrito in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Mary D.
    Mary Dawson3 weeks ago
    One of the best burritos I've had! Highly recommend the Al Pastor Super Burrito 👍
  • Snarky Bat
    Snarky BatJanuary 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The most amazing carnitas super nacho I have ever eaten. Almost took my bf and I out. *HUGE* and plenty of everything. Makes for a very happy but VERY full belly!
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyFebruary 25, 2016
    Damn, this lengua burrito ruled. Really blown away and sad I have to go back to Portland on Monday. I 💜 you, burritos
  • Emily L.
    Emily LJuly 4, 2014
    They should really consider serving 1/2 portion or kid's size. I was good after 1/3 of my burrito and forced myself down 1/2 of it...
  • Lucero V.
    Lucero ViktoriaApril 3, 2015
    be hungry. you've got to mentally prepare for the massiveness that is this burrito. super carne asada burrito with everything, and then the ensuing food coma.
  • Trevor F.
    Trevor FilterAugust 22, 2014
    Fantastic mission burrito and great selection of Mexican sodas. Don't miss the salsa bar.
  • Elise B.
    Elise BaeliOctober 21, 2016
    Burritos. They are all amazing. And the salsa verde you get at the salsa "station". So so good.
  • Maggie C.
    Maggie ColeSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Quesadilla's w/no salsa are absolutely incredible. Why no salsa? Comes out crisp so you can dip into one of their salsas of your choosing!
  • Oliver X.
    Oliver XylanderMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here at 3 a.m. And order the Quesadilla Super Suiza /w Steak or The Super Nachos /w Cheese! Sip on a Negro Modelo while waiting.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaAugust 10, 2016
    Authentic Mexican food. Usually crowded but worth the wait.
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HookerAugust 7, 2014
    Another place with enormous, delicious, night-ending burritos. The green sauce isn't spicy, but is good.
  • Tiff T.
    Tiff TingAugust 14, 2012
    Try the Quesadilla Suiza al Pollo - Cheesy, thick with shredded chicken. Hit the spot at 10pm on a Monday.
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidJanuary 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely one of the top three burrito joints in the city.
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazMay 19, 2016
    The best spot for a burrito in San Francisco. The shrimp carne asada burrito is the way to go.
  • Maya .
    Maya 🐟April 6, 2013
    Here's how you make a girl from California happy. Step 1) Bring her back to CA. Step 2) Give her a real f'ing burrito. Yup.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KOctober 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Pollo Asada Torta is beyond divine and only $5.25 - the same price as a regular burrito only much more filing.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CohenApril 25
    Carne asada super burrito was the best burrito I've ever had.
    Upvoted Jun 1
  • Coree
    CoreeSeptember 25, 2012
    The super burrito is amazing, huge an delish. Best burrito I've ever had! I'd come back!
  • christina leigh m.
    Perfect drunken burrito spot, be sure to get tortilla chips and try the guac salsa!
  • Justin K.
    Justin KoesterMarch 9, 2014
    Chile relleno carne asada super burrito was to die for. Don't let the line out the door deter you.
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HurlbutJanuary 2, 2015
    Best carnitas I have found in SF ... Taco or burrito, depending how hungry you are.
  • Keenan P.
    Keenan PattersonSeptember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a super burrito. Best in the city. Nachos are damn good as well!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerJanuary 7, 2015
    Long line, mainly gringos going there but you cannot deny the burrito there. So so good. Try some of the weirder meats
  • Bertrand F.
    Bertrand FanNovember 23, 2010
    Super suiza grilled chicken quesodilla - a drunk favorite! Also, if you were going to risk a lengua burrito, this would be the place to do it.
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReidMarch 7, 2016
    Burrito was as big as my arm. Tasted great but for lunch you could share one between two.
  • John B.
    John B.January 4, 2013
    I've had many a burrito in my day, but this was by far and away the best one I've ever had.
    Upvoted 20 hours ago
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerJuly 21, 2011
    Carne asada super burrito is great, but the real treat, when you're drunk and the bars have closed, is the quesadilla suiza (regular or super).
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley ShenJune 24, 2013
    Carne asada super quesadilla suiza... Man, the mouth salivates just thinking of it. And I just had it for lunch a couple hours ago...
  • Sahar A.
    Sahar ASeptember 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious burritos, cheap & open late. But don't forget it's cash only!
  • Brian A.
    Brian AbadAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The burritos get all the hype but I'd go with the steak and shrimp super suiza quesadilla
  • Jole P.
    Jole PDecember 24, 2015
    This place is an SF classic. Amazing burritos obviously but make sure you have cash
  • Jesus D.
    Jesus DominguezAugust 24, 2013
    i am mexican and i can say that the burritos are really good! go ahead, you wont be disappointed
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongMay 6, 2014
    Good food and service plus friendly staff. Perfect spot for a quick grub.
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KmonkJune 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Totally a hole in the wall, cash only, but tons of incredible food for your Bay Area buck.
  • Grub Crawl
    Grub CrawlMarch 28, 2011
    Try something different: get the tostada! of course get the super burrito but that's not really a tip. www.grubcrawl.com
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QSeptember 30, 2014
    Beats Cancun in my book. Got the carnitas burrito, ended up finishing the entire thing even after munching on chips and salsa
  • jessi K.
    jessi KFebruary 16, 2010
    best super burritos in the city, hands down! This is a once a week habit for me, I'm ashamed to admit...dude, they're open until 3am! How can anyone resist that?! Read more
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.May 16, 2015
    The carne asada Super Burrito was probably the best burrito I've had in my life.
  • Dominique T.
    Dominique ToneyAugust 31, 2013
    The best tortilla chips I've ever had! Perfect late night, slightly tipsy food.
  • Randolph B.
    Randolph Bradley RojasNovember 6, 2014
    Anything especially their tacos, nachos, and burritos. All reasonably priced meals.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰November 15, 2011
    Best quesadilla super suiza is the best choice you will ever make... Douse with salsa verde
  • Nick R.
    Nick RobinsonMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Super Burrito, marinated chicken, everything on it. One of my three favorite foods on the planet.
  • Rob S.
    Rob SMay 30
    Carne Asada anything. I get the quesadilla suiza. Best Mexican joint in the city. Crack!
  • Baturay A.
    Baturay AkaslanJanuary 31, 2016
    I feel like they're decent but their reputation definitely benefits from how tasty their burritos are while drunk.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterMay 28, 2012
    Burritos in the Mission- you have to try these. Also, some very good salsa options
  • Josie C.
    Josie ChandFebruary 22, 2016
    Chile relleno burrito! Burrito stuffed with a chile relleno! That's what it's all about!
  • G
    GSeptember 17, 2014
    Loved their pickle...very spicy and it's good with their quesadilla.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RobinsonMarch 20, 2013
    The shrimp and al pastor super burrito is a lot of damn good food.
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