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La Santaneca

Map & Directions 3781 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Central American, Salvadoran
  • Sun, Tue-Thu 10:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am-3am
  • All Major Credit Cards, MasterCard, Visa, cash
  • Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • None
  • Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

More than 30 years since it opened, this Bernal Heights restaurant is still one of the city's best Salvadoran restaurants. The ceiling sparkles with a thousand icicle lights, and the room often reverberates with cumbia from the jukebox or guitar-hoisting musicians. La Santaneca's pupusas -- griddle-cooked corn or rice cakes stuffed with cheese, beans, or pork -- are good, the curtido (spicy pickled cabbage) particularly piquant. The yuca with chicharron is fried to a golden crackle, and the banana-wrapped tamales de chipilin approach the lightness of a meringue. Drinks at the Central American restaurant range from toasted-seed horchata to tiste, a Frappuccino-like blend of roasted corn and cacao beans.

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  • Phil T. on 08/15/10

    Always order the pupusas "revueltas", which is pork and cheese. These are simply the best pupusas I've ever eaten.

  • Grace T. on 04/17/11

    The plantains are divine. Pupusas are amazing!! And so cheap!

  • Jen J. on 03/14/11

    The BEST Pupusas!!

  • Scott M. on 05/06/11

    Open late - until 3am - Friday and Saturday. Sweet!

  • Michelle F. on 03/25/14

    Order the papusas. You can't go wrong by getting at least 3 to fill you up.

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