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3 Best Tacos in San Francisco You Need to Try


Consider this your checklist for the best of the best
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I don't know about you but there is only one red line for me: a taco should be soft.

As long as the corn tortillas are soft, the type of the taco doesn't matter to me.

When it comes to tacos, there are a plethora of combinations and twists inspired by ingredients from all over the world. Despite the large range of tacos available today, there are a number of traditional tacos that you should try. From pork tacos like carnitas and al pastor to fish tacos and even vegetarian tacos, these Mexican tacos are full of flavor and tradition.

Tacos are one of Mexico's most common street foods, despite the fact that their exact origin is unknown.

However, nowadays, wherever we turn our head, there is a taco place. And, for a taco lover like me, it is very important to find a place that makes a great taco.

For all of these reasons, this wasn’t an easy list to make for me. However, here are the three best taco places in San Francisco, based on taco lovers' recommendations.

1. El Fuego
El Fuego
El Fuego is a family-owned food truck that offers authentic Mexican birria and uniquely inspired food. Through the use of color, spices and great food El Fuego invites people to experience authentic Mexican food. We care about differentiation of taste therefore we’ve created our grilled salmon fish taco, a colorful veggie bowl. - El Fuego

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • Great salmon taco! Smoky seasoning pairs so well with the fat of the fish and chopped tomatoes on top.
  • The quesabirria itself is so flavorful and when you add the consume along with the salsas - it's a whole new game.
  • As the name suggests, the food is literally fire.

Price: On average, it's $20 - 25 for two people.

Location: 601 Mission Bay Blvd N San Francisco, CA 94158


2. Chisme Cantina
Chisme Cantina
Open since 2017, Chisme Cantina serves meat, pescatarian, and vegan-friendly tacos, salad bowls, and sides to Lower Nob Hill! - Chisme Cantina

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • The food is fantastic. Very flavorful. Love the sauces on the side of the quesadilla and the peanut mole on the eggplant tacos.
  • This is a go-to takeout place for someone craving tacos in the neighborhood.
  • The mahi-mahi tacos are bursting with flavor. They literally taste like summer. The fish is cooked perfectly, it isn't deep-fried.
  • The carne asada tacos are also delicious. They come with a somewhat sweet salsa, so if you are sensitive to that, be aware.

Price: On average, it's $25 - 30 for two people.

Location: 882 Sutter St San Francisco, CA 94109


3. Sunset Cantina
Sunset Cantina
Sunset Cantina was established in September 2019 by three like-minded friends looking to serve authentic Mexico City street food paired with delicious cocktails, Tequila, and Mezcal! Our mission is to offer the freshest classic Mexican street food faves. We look forward to serving our friends, neighbors, and community. Bienvenidos... - Sunset Cantina

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • The Bombero is something out of this planet!
  • The fries are cooked to perfection and the spicy ketchup pairs really well.
  • Everything is exquisitely prepared beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.

Price: On average, it's $35 - 40 for two people.

Location: 3414 Judah St San Francisco, CA 94122



The taco places have expanded rapidly over the last years. This list is but a few of the best taco restaurants in San Francisco.

If there’s a good taco you would like to recommend besides this list of best tacos in San Francisco, let us know in the comments below!

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