Wander through the winding streets of San Francisco and discover a delightful variety of options for taco lovers. Previously, burritos dominated Mexican cuisine in San Francisco, but that’s changing as the city becomes home to a thriving taco scene. The options below are leaders in the new trend and must-visit locations for those who appreciate a good taco.

Pancho Villa Taqueria

A bustling taqueria in the Mission district, this prime spot serves up traditional tacos and more. Local favorites include carne asada, fish, al pastor, and carnitas; the three taco deal allows you to avoid choosing just one. As an added bonus, they are open late to satisfy your late night munchies.

Fritas Tacos

San Diego style Mexican food is perfected at this popular food truck. They offer two kinds of tacos: hand rolled corn tortilla tacos and hot, crispy hard shell tacos. The carne asada taco is delicious, and the seasonal selections are always popular.

Uno Dos Tacos

An extended happy hour, from 4 pm to close, and great food make Uno Dos Tacos a favorite place to relax after work in the FIDI neighborhood. Try the moist and flavorful tinga chicken, or order fish tacos with chipotle salsa.

Don Pistos

Loud hip hop music contributes to the high energy vibe at this taco spot in North Beach. The al pastor is a must-try option and is excellent in both tacos and burritos. The margaritas at Don Pistos are also worth ordering; the well-balanced drink perfectly complements the meal.


For a more elegant dining experience, try Matador, a beautiful downtown restaurant in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Slow-cooked barbacoa and tacos de Matador with slow roasted beef and sticky mango salsa are both popular options.

The Palm House

Discover tacos with island flare at the Palm House in the Marina area. Be sure to check out the “drunken” fish taco made with battered cod, jerk aioli, pickled red onion, cucumber, and radish sprouts.

Mora Taco Truck

When you want classic tacos and fast, friendly service, head to the Mora taco truck on Potrero Hill. The camaron taco is a favorite among locals, but the shrimp is also wonderful on a quesadilla.

From island style street food to fine dining, San Francisco offers a variety of tacos both traditional and unique to appeal to any palate. Exploring the growing taco scene is a fun experience that is sure to keep you coming back for more.