San Francisco is blessed with more than its fair share of stellar taquerias, where you can snag an amazing Mission-style burrito or paper plate overloaded with carnitas or carne asada tacos. That’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to San Francisco’s Mexican food scene, which is as varied as it is vast, spanning old-school Mexican-American combo plate joints and a dazzling array of regional specialists — restaurants, both high-end and low, where diners can feast on Tijuana-style birria, Yucatecan cochinita pibil, and the masa-based street snacks of Mexico City.
Even during the pandemic, the majority of the city’s most distinctive Mexican spots have remained open to feed their communities. Here are 20 of those essential Mexican restaurants, which, collectively, comprise some of SF’s most compelling takeout and delivery options.
As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.Read More