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Las Tinajas

Map & Directions 2338 Mission
San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Central American, Cuban, Nicaraguan
  • MasterCard, Visa, cash
  • Takeout, Catering, Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • None, Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted, Not Necessary, Accepted
  • No Parking, Street


SF Weekly's Description

This Nicaraguan restaurant in the Mission District, which many in the Nicoya community consider the best in town, is open only during the day. More forebodingly, before making your way to a table in the massive pink dining room, you have to pass through its cafeteria line, looking over a steam table stocked with gallons of pinto gallo (fried rice and beans) and mondongo (tripe soup), enough plantain chips for a fraternity Super Bowl party, and desserts portioned into plastic cups. The cafeteria setup belies the food's quality. For the ultimate, three-person Nicaraguan sampler, get the Antojitos "Las Tinajas" platter: gallo pinto, squeaky fried cheese, custardy ripe plantains, a heap of lime-dressed cabbage slaw, and steaks of beef and marinated pork, fresh off the grill. Douse everything at this Central American restaurant in chileros (pickled onions) to counterbalance its heartiness.

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  • Gary C. on 11/02/13

    Very expensive food with a mediocre taste.

  • Rachel N. on 03/24/14

    People are right, when they say the food here is not great, the food reminds of cafeteria food, perhaps a bigger portion and maybe cleaner but, no doubt terrible quality for a high price

  • Vincent T. on 09/28/13

    Ultra friendly servers and delicious food. If you're lost, try the lunch special.

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