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El Techo

El Techo

Latin American Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, and Roof Deck$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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    The rooftop at El Techo is a can't miss
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    Taylor L.
    "One of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in the city."(14 Tips)
    Kim P.
    "Book brunch in advance and enjoy the rooftop view."(8 Tips)
    Chloe N.
    "Chicaronnes de Carne + guacamole + margarita pitcher"(5 Tips)
    Josh P.
    "Order the carnitas and enjoy the amazing view."(7 Tips)
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  • Kate B.heart icon on user image
    Kate BoykoJanuary 23, 2017
    Great rooftop brunch place with view on the city. My compliments to Huarache - combination of eggs, tortilla, cheese and beef was perfect. Friends had Benedictos and Gallo Pinto and enjoyed that too.
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  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 6, 2015
    If brunch had a nightclub, this would be it. Latin American-inspired brunch items like poached eggs served atop jalapeno cornbread — are satisfying, but the dish to beat is the chicharrones de carne. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 19, 2015
    The happy hour here runs from 4 to 6pm on weeknights. It includes $5 guacamole, beef empanadas, fried green plantains, and fried chicken thighs with habanero salsa. Also try the $7 margaritas. Read more
  • Erika L.
    Erika LalDecember 20, 2016
    Your Order: Ceviche, Chips & Guac, The Paloma or Sangria, Carnitas by the Pound. Use the guacamole from your appetizer to top the carnitas tacos. (They provide the beans, salsa & endless tortillas)
  • Luis C.heart icon on user image
    Luis CastroMarch 1, 2015
    Really cool place. Awesome view of the city. Get early because it gets really crowed at late hours. Order Platano Maduro. You will love it.
  • Cameronheart icon on user image
    CameronSeptember 30, 2017
    Long waits, but on a warm summer night, it's worth it. Sit on the rooftop with a margarita and get their carnitas, with a view to downtown SF. A perfect evening.
  • SFist
    SFistJuly 22, 2016
    This Mission rooftop oasis is a popular spot for after-work margaritas and quesadillas that, thanks to their glass wind guards along the railings, remains comfortable even after night falls. Read more
  • Benson B.heart icon on user image
    Benson BleierMarch 20, 2016
    Super bomb Latin tapas (mostly Argentinian but also some other Latin American flavors) with a great view. I'd recommend putting your name down for a table instead of waiting in line for cocktails.
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.March 25, 2017
    Was just there for drinks, and the view on a nice day was excellent. Will definitely be back for brunch one of these upcoming weekends
  • Kensie S.heart icon on user image
    Kensie SmithMay 19, 2013
    The quesadilla with kale in it is made with the most delicious of corn flour tortillas. Get a pitcher of margs or piña coladas to share with your table.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 3, 2015
    View is awesome!! Totally worth the wait in line!! Ask the waitress or bartender to whip you up something special based on your preferred tastes
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissOctober 16, 2014
    Great rooftop cocktail bar with views of downtown SF. Huge and good for groups. The pisco cocktail was perfect.
  • SFist
    SFistSeptember 26, 2014
    Stop by El Techo in the Mission after work for their happy hour, which runs from 4- 6, but includes $5 guacamole, beef empanadas, fried green plantains, and fried chicken thigh with habanero salsa. Read more
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LeeJune 19, 2018
    This place has great rooftop views, and pretty incredible tacos. One of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in the city. Be sure to get there early or you'll be waiting in line!
  • Shikha K.
    Shikha KaiwarJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good view and great food. Margarita pitchers are reasonably priced and potent! It gets busy, but the line moves quickly. Best to get a table so that you can comfortably eat and drink - get the guac!
  • Kela D.
    Kela DriggsNovember 3, 2016
    Happy Hour - Mon-Fri, 4-6pm $5 guacamole; $5 empanadas; $4 beers; $7 margaritas; $11 rose flight The empanadas and margaritas are particularly good
  • Melon L.
    Melon LJune 3, 2017
    best rooftop bar in SF. come early on the weekdays or you won't be able to get in, much less get a table. don't even try on a sunny weekend.
  • Pavan K.heart icon on user image
    Pavan KulkarniMay 4, 2017
    Amazing roof top bar with food view of the downtown , really good cocktail list. Loved their skewers.
  • Tetyana S.
    Tetyana SwanMay 6, 2014
    Excellent Sunday brunch place - Margaritas pitcher über tasty, eggs Benedictos noms, *amazing* view, (doubly so @ night) and reservations for Sunday brunch? Yuuup! No lines for you!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneOctober 14, 2018
    Book ahead for brunch. Good guacamole $10, salsa $5 and veggie scramble $13, between 2.
  • Kim P.heart icon on user image
    Kim PhamApril 5, 2015
    Book brunch in advance and enjoy the rooftop view. The chicharrónes are perfection!
  • Andres D.
    Andres DouglasJuly 12, 2016
    good mexican food and cocktails with amazing views. worth the wait, or go into the Lolinda, then to the bathroom and sneak in upstairs.
  • Izabellaheart icon on user image
    IzabellaMay 4, 2015
    Great view of San Francisco, great place for a happy hour and don't forget to try the quesadilla with kale, is delicious!
  • Mehul K.heart icon on user image
    Mehul KarSeptember 26, 2016
    Nice rooftop bar with appetizers and cocktails and a good view of the city. Little pricey, but a good place for a 3-5 person evening.
  • Ally M.heart icon on user image
    Ally MSeptember 26, 2015
    The beignets are delicious, as are the homemade tortillas. The chorizo sausage is to die for!
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    JTMay 2, 2016
    You have to wait in line often but great view. Waiting list for tables, make reservation if possible. Choripan is delicious and guac is solid
  • m d.
    m dAugust 7, 2016
    Little bit crowded and noisy but Carnitas is very tasty. Enjoy Mexican food under the blue sky.
  • Margherita B.heart icon on user image
    Margherita B.January 17, 2017
    Reservation recommended to get a table. If you are drinking margarita, consider getting the pitcher
  • Avaheart icon on user image
    AvaAugust 10, 2014
    Shrimp skewers, kale quesadillas, margarita pitchers, and great views make for a great experience for a night in the mission
  • Mohit S.
    Mohit SDecember 3, 2014
    The caipirinhas are surprisingly fantastic. The empanadas are also a solid bet, which isn't surprising given they're coming from Lolinda's kitchen.
  • Eugene K.heart icon on user image
    Eugene KimNovember 26, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The rooftop is nice but you have to get there early (esp. on Fri / Sat) or wait in an extremely long line. Margaritas are tasty and strong.
  • Nathan J.heart icon on user image
    Nathan JSeptember 20, 2019
    One of the better rooftop options in SF. Good margaritas and cocktails. Great atmosphere on a warm day.
  • Amir B.heart icon on user image
    Amir BaharlouFebruary 6, 2018
    The views are to die for. Make sure to try the beignets.
  • Ana L.heart icon on user image
    Ana LadygazpachoOctober 29, 2014
    Amazing views to the Sf skyline. Perfect to have a beer after-work
  • Varun
    VarunJuly 26, 2020
    Awesome rooftop place in the mission. The spicy mango is surprisingly good, and so are the tacos.
  • Josh P.heart icon on user image
    Josh PylesJune 28, 2016
    Order the carnitas and enjoy the amazing view. Be prepared to wait in line outside, even on a weekday.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanApril 2, 2018
    Fresh guacamole with chips, tres leches cake, apple cider with gin, pork belly quesadilla, empanadas.
  • Alex D.heart icon on user image
    Alex DobyanOctober 7, 2017
    Extremely popular spot that is a little overkill with the capacity control, but their drinks are tasty and you can't beat the view.
  • Chloe N.heart icon on user image
    Chloe NguyenAugust 7, 2014
    Chicaronnes de Carne + guacamole + margarita pitcher = perfect brunch option for a sunny afternoon in the Mission
  • Oppheart icon on user image
    OppJune 13, 2016
    Amazing view. Margarita, chips and guacamole, sangria, quesadillas.
  • Arash N.heart icon on user image
    Arash NarchiApril 17, 2015
    Amazing view of SF + amazing food and margaritas. Great place to socialize and hangout
  • Brant M.heart icon on user image
    Brant McQuittyApril 15, 2016
    Perfect for rooftop margaritas on a warm night, especially at sunset.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The rooftop has the best outdoor seating in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
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    _June 6, 2017
    Great roof top bar/restaurant! Come for hh. Drinks and food here are great.
  • Shirley L.heart icon on user image
    Shirley LiuFebruary 14, 2015
    Great rooftop bar/restaurant. Try the ceviche, guac, and a pitcher of sangria!
  • Ros H.heart icon on user image
    Ros HodgekissMay 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on a sunny day and enjoy your chicharrones with a side of sunburn. Yes, the chicharrones is well worth it!
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrinhAugust 6, 2014
    For brunch, order a pound of the pork. It will change your life.
  • Erika L.
    Erika LalDecember 20, 2016
    Get an Old Fashioned at Lolinda's next door while you wait for your dinner reservation at El Techo 👌🏼
  • Nathan S.heart icon on user image
    Nathan SampimonSeptember 28, 2014
    Bit of a wait, but once in the views are great, the food solid and they have cocktails by the carafe.
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyMarch 23, 2015
    Really fun roof deck with great views and a cool, laid back atmosphere
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