Best Burritos in San Francisco

May 3, 2013
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by Zagat Staff

We're appreciative of the bevy of burrito joints locally, offering us a chance to sate our frequent cravings for tortilla-wrapped beans and meat, gooey with melted cheese and injected with a little fiery salsa. As we continue our week-long celebration of Mexican restaurants, here are eight great spots for burritos around town. Have a different favorite? Tell us about it in the comments.

El Castillito
Mexican · The Castro · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.5

"Satisfying, fast and inexpensive" comida is the hallmark of these Mexican taquerias that dish out burritos the "size of a brick" with "hot and amazing" salsa; there's "not much ambiance" and the prime-time lines can be "long" , but "late" hours make it a natural "to soak up the booze" "after a fun night out."
Taqueria El Castillito
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.5

"Satisfying, fast and inexpensive" comida is the hallmark of these Mexican taquerias that dish out burritos the "size of a brick" with "hot and amazing" salsa; there's "not much ambiance" and the prime-time lines can be "long" , but "late" hours make them a natural "to soak up the booze" "after a fun night out."
La Taqueria
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.9

For over 40 years, this "true original" in the Mission has been churning out affordable, "delicious" Mexican meals including "awesome tacos" and burritos (they're "traditional" , so "they don't have rice" ); "seating is scarce" in the "no-frills" space, so prepare for "constant lines" – though the "speedy" counter staff keeps them moving.
Pancho Villa Taqueria
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

"Frequent lines" at these "cheap" taquerias attest to the "freshness and popularity" of their "better-than-usual" Mexican standards (e.g. "stomach-busting" burritos, "refreshing" agua fresca with "chunks of real fruit" ); the decor's "nothing special" , but staffers "try very hard to accommodate" with "speedy" counter service.
Taqueria Can Cun
Mexican · SoMa · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.1 · Service 4.0

"Plump" , "satisfying" burritos and "super" tacos are the main draws at these "solid" taquerias offering "one of the best-value meals in SF" ; sure, the atmosphere is "no-frills" , but "cheap" tabs, "quick service" from folks who "know what they're doing" and late-night hours help compensate.
Taqueria Cancun
Mexican · Bernal Heights · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.1 · Service 4.0

"Plump" , "satisfying" burritos and "super" tacos are the main draws at these "solid" taquerias offering "one of the best-value meals in SF" ; sure, the atmosphere is "no-frills" , but "cheap" tabs, "quick service" from folks who "know what they're doing" and late-night hours help compensate.
Taqueria Cancun
Latin American · The Mission · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.1 · Service 4.0

"Plump" , "satisfying" burritos and "super" tacos are the main draws at these "solid" taquerias offering "one of the best-value meals in SF" ; sure, the atmosphere is "no-frills" , but "cheap" tabs, "quick" service from folks who "know what they're doing" and late-night hours help compensate.
Taquería El Farolito
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

"You'll never leave hungry" from these "authentic" taquerias that "don't skimp on anything" , turning out "inexpensive" Mexican "comfort" food in "large portions" , including "big, fat, juicy burritos" ; the decor is "divey" and service can be a bit "rough around the edges" , but "lines out the door at dinnertime" are "good indicators" that the grub "outweighs" all else; P.S. the Mission locales are "open late for post-drinking sustenance in the wee hours."
Taqueria El Favorito
Mexican
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

"You'll never leave hungry" from these "authentic" taquerias that "don't skimp on anything" , turning out "inexpensive" Mexican "comfort" food in "large portions" , including "big, fat, juicy burritos" ; the decor is "divey" and service can be a bit "rough around the edges" , but "lines out the door at dinnertime" are "good indicators" that the grub "outweighs" all else; P.S. the Mission locales are "open late for post-drinking sustenance in the wee hours."
Taqueria El Farolito
Latin American · Excelsior · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

"You'll never leave hungry" from these "authentic" taquerias that "don't skimp on anything" , turning out "inexpensive" Mexican "comfort" food in "large portions" , including "big, fat, juicy burritos" ; the decor is "divey" and service can be a bit "rough around the edges" , but "lines out the door at dinnertime" are "good indicators" that the grub "outweighs" all else; P.S. the Mission locales are "open late for post-drinking sustenance in the wee hours."
Taqueria El Farolito
Taco · The Mission
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

"You'll never leave hungry" from these "authentic" taquerias that "don't skimp on anything" , turning out "inexpensive" Mexican "comfort" food in "large portions" , including "big, fat, juicy burritos" ; the decor is "divey" and service can be a bit "rough around the edges" , but "lines out the door at dinnertime" are "good indicators" that the grub "outweighs" all else; P.S. the Mission locales are "open late for post-drinking sustenance in the wee hours."
Papalote Mexican Grill
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

"Hipsters stream out the door" at these counter-serve Mexicans where the "fantastic" burritos boast "the freshest ingredients" and the salsa "alone is worth a trip" ( "buy a jar to take home" ); since the no-frills spaces get "pretty cramped" , regulars "go off prime times."
Papalote Mexican Grill
Mexican · NoPa · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

"Hipsters stream out the door" at these counter-serve Mexicans where the "fantastic" burritos boast "the freshest ingredients" and the salsa "alone is worth a trip" ( "buy a jar to take home" ); but since the no-frills spaces get "pretty cramped" , regulars "go off prime times."
Little Chihuahua
Mexican · Lower Haight · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

"High-quality" , largely "organic" ingredients and unusual fillings are the hallmarks of these "cut-above" Mexican burrito-slingers that also pour "amazing" sangria; the "quirky decor" and "big smiles" at the counter add to the appeal for "casual, quick takeout."
Little Chihuahua
Mexican · Noe Valley · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

"High-quality" , largely "organic" ingredients and unusual fillings are the hallmarks of these "cut-above" Mexican burrito-slingers that also pour "amazing" sangria; the "quirky decor" and "big smiles" at the counter add to the appeal for "casual, quick takeout."
Little Chihuahua
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

"High-quality" , largely "organic" ingredients and unusual fillings are the hallmarks of these "cut-above" Mexican burrito-slingers that also pour "amazing" sangria; the "quirky decor" and "big smiles" at the counter add to the appeal for "casual, quick takeout."