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El Metate

El Metate

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Restaurant, and Burrito Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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    "I'm not a vegetarian, but the veggie burrito is AMAZING!"(12 Tips)
    Ron P.
    "I'll have to try the super fish burrito in all fairness."(11 Tips)
    Maroun N.
    "Get the carnitas burrito and thank me afterwards."(6 Tips)
    Chloe C.
    "Best mission burritos!"(4 Tips)
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  • quesadillas
  • good for groups
  • good for a quick meal
  • tortas
  • horchata
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  • Nicole B.heart icon on user image
    Nicole BrownerDecember 31, 2017
    Hands down my favorite Mexican food in the Mission. They serve fresh ingredients and an amazing house made salsa bar. The service and staff are the kindest people. I’ve been going for years!!!
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WNovember 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.
  • Peterheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Ron P.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Bryan K.heart icon on user image
    Bryan KellerMay 22, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Carnitas is flavorful here and doesn’t have the nasty boiled looked / texture that you get at El Faralito and other Mission burrito places.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaFebruary 27, 2019
    They do a nice job if you get three tacos to go. 🌮🌮🌮
  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Vanessa R.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa RodriguezJune 12, 2019
    Had a bangin' milanesa torta that comes with a small side of chicken tortilla soup. They have a salsa bar with a must try cantaloupe salsa. Everything tastes fresh and delicious.
  • 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.
  • Maroun N.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Nicole R.heart icon on user image
    Nicole RocchioJanuary 10, 2019
    Chile verde taco was tasty, very well done. The chicken quesadilla was very large but amazing! Don’t forget to check out the salsa bar in the seating area.
  • Brad T.heart icon on user image
    Brad TFebruary 3, 2017
    Authentic Mexican with a great selection of salsas and a few beers on hand. Try the El Pastor carnitas tacos for the ultimate experience.
  • Sherry L.heart icon on user image
    Sherry LiMay 30, 2015
    Solid Mexican food. The tamales are great and so is the chicken mole plate.
  • Adnan M.heart icon on user image
    Adnan ManjalJuly 11, 2016
    Amaaaaizing food. The Burritos are excellent. So are the Enchiladas and Quesadillas. The complimentary guacamole is fantastic too. Order everything.
  • Christine R.heart icon on user image
    Christine RødeSeptember 6, 2016
    They do the best homemade agua fresca. Ask for the daily flavors.
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamJuly 30, 2016
    One of the lesser frequented Mexican joints, nonetheless great food + lots of seating
  • Will B.heart icon on user image
    Will BertelsenFebruary 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Their carne asada super burrito has different cheese (cotija?) and ratios than most other mission burritos. Worth making the trek for.
  • Grace S.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
  • T S.heart icon on user image
    T SripunJanuary 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!
  • Tantek Ç.heart icon on user image
    Tantek ÇelikJanuary 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    at $5 (+$1 for cheese, sour cream, guacamole), El Metate has the most reasonably priced fish burrito in town - and quite tasty too.
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BMay 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Special mole (chicken) with beans and tortillas. No rice as requested.
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BJune 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Summer in SF sometimes means having a nice hot bowl of Pozole! 😋
  • Sarah E.heart icon on user image
    Sarah ElizabethSeptember 27, 2017
    Tacos, enchiladas, double fried chips, salas bar and horchata. This place surprised me.
  • Pei 👻 W.heart icon on user image
    Pei 👻 WenJanuary 30, 2017
    After trying vegetarian burritos all over the city, this place has the best.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the Mercedes Benz of Mission guacamole
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HerringAugust 9, 2013
    The burritos are magical. You can order meat + veggie for a great mix.
  • Chinarut R.heart icon on user image
    Chinarut RuangchotvitJanuary 20, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    grilled veggie burrito w fresh mango salsa (avail in the salsa bar) is the bomb!!
  • Bennett W W.heart icon on user image
    Bennett W WongAugust 22, 2017
    The pork tacos, side rice and tortilla chips are delicious. Delicious food and excellent service.
  • William D.heart icon on user image
    William DiazJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Grilled Chicken Burrito w/refried beans and cheese only and a cup of Horchata is like a slice of sexy heaven when you are seriously hankering for goodness or drunk or high or anytime for that matter!
  • 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?
  • Jymmi J.heart icon on user image
    Jymmi JamesFebruary 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent chile verde and a very tightly wrapped burrito.
  • Lily G.heart icon on user image
    Lily GompertsAugust 23, 2016
    Everything is amazing, but I love the quesadillas. Salsa bar has excellent options
  • Brendan N.heart icon on user image
    Brendan NeeFebruary 1, 2015
    The vegetarian burritos, quesadillas and nachos have legitimate veggies in them. Good stuff.
  • Tom C.heart icon on user image
    Tom CoatesApril 26, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Super burritos are good. Horchata is great. Chips are surprisingly good too.
  • Jenna T.heart icon on user image
    Jenna TirkkonenMay 16, 2017
    Super authentic mexican food, chill atmosphere and huge portions ✌🏻
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenJuly 9, 2015
    Chicken mole and carne asada burritos are delicious.
  • Bedi
    BediJanuary 9, 2016
    So much food. Portions are huge. Price, resasonable. Taste, good. Visit here again? Yes.
  • Raffy L.
    Raffy Luna-VasquezJune 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Quesadillas with.chicken are the best food we stay order ever time we stop by by the way NACHO with steak, OMG!!!! One word DELICIOUS
  • Derek C.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Vanessa M.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa MeyerFebruary 7, 2013
    Steak burrito with little rice, black brand and avocado. Delicious! Great price too.
  • Sam H.heart icon on user image
    Sam HelrichNovember 15, 2014
    Fish burrito was amazing, as we're the chips and generous side of guacamole.
  • Pawel P.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Ario J.
    Ario JafarzadehApril 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pro tip for meat eaters: Order your favorite burrito, ask 'em to hold the rice & add grilled veggies instead.
  • Pranay S.
    Pranay SethiMay 22, 2015
    A little greasy but overall delicious burritos. Definitely worth the trek.
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