Best Cheap Taquerias in San Francisco

Taco time
March 6, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

SF Area taquerias that dish up South-of-the-border bites for pocket change. 

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 · $
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 ( "stomach-busting" burritos, "refreshing" agua fresca with "chunks of real fruit" ), which compensate for "nothing-special" decor; a staff providing "speedy" counter service "tries very hard to accommodate."
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.
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 La Cumbre
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

Satisfied customers "wouldn't buy a burrito anywhere else" but these "real-deal" taquerias where "huge portions" of Mexican food go for "reasonable" sums "; service is " fun and fast " even now that " everyone knows about " them, so " don't be intimidated " by the " hole-in-the-wall" digs.
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."