Small Plates: The Top 5 Tapas Restaurants in San Francisco

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Though “tapas” have traditionally referred specifically to Spanish cuisine, it has been adopted internationally to include to all small plates of food. Tapas are the perfect dining option for those who love to socialize and share meals with family and friends.

1 Loló

This tapas restaurant offers Mexican-Turkish fusion cuisine making it a very unique concept. Patrons are fond of their shrimp tacos as well as the pistachio encrusted salmon.

3230 22nd St, San Francisco, 415.643.5656,

2 Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha is located in both the Haight and the Mission. They serve up tasty sangria and a variety of Cuban and Caribbean inspired tapas.

Haight: 1801 Haight St, San Francisco, 415.386.7670

Mission: 2327 Mission St, San Francisco, 415.648.0504

3 Fresca

This restaurant uses authentic Peruvian ingredients to create their unique tapas with “an innovative gastronomic approach”. Their lomo saltado, which is wok fried tenderloin steak strips, onion, tomato, cilantro, soy, French fries, with steamed rice, is a big hit with their customers.

Pacific Heights: 2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, 415.447.2668

West Portal: 24 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, 415.759.8087

Noe Valley: 3945 24th St, San Francisco, 415.695.0549

4 Bocadillos

This well regarded Spanish tapas restaurant sits on the edge of the Financial District. It’s the perfect spot to grab a week day lunch. They have a variety of scrumptious plates on their menu including mini lamb burgers and Catalan sausage.

710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, 415.982.2622,

5 Pisco Latin Lounge

This restaurant is named after pisco, the Spanish liquor derived from grapes. This bar and lounge is a great place to try some unique cocktails and Latin inspired small plates.

1817 Market St, San Francisco, 415.874.9951

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