Tropisueño: A New FAV Mexican Restaurant in SF

84 Posted by - May 12, 2014 - $$ (20-50), NightTime, Restaurants, San Francisco

Sometimes you just need some BOMB Mexican food. You know?

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Oh yes. I do know.

Tropisueño just totally gets me and I can barely stand it. I mean…delicious Mexican food for dinner AND enough for leftovers the next day? That rarely happens when it comes to my relationship with food.

So here’s the deets:

Every meal at Tropisueño begins with warm/super fresh tortilla chips, accompanied by 3 different types of salsa.

You have the traditional red, which has a tomato taste with a slight medium spice.

Next is the green verde sauce & is the least mild…delicious and perf for those who can’t handle.

The third variety is queso, a spicy cheesy blend that will leave your mouth ablaze… in a good way.

chips and salsa

My fav? I really can’t decide because they’re all THAT good. Seriously. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it… I had to stop myself after the 2nd round of refills. #addicting

For our appetizer: we had the ceviche sampler because we couldn’t decide on which one we wanted. ($16 for the sampler // or $10 each)

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Ceviche de Camarones: white shrimp & sweet mango, cured in citrus with red onion, red pepper, cilantro, jalapeno. (top right)

Salmon Crudo: raw chopped tartare of salmon, chile de arbol, cucumber, avocado, cilantro & fresno chile, lime. (top left)

Ceviche de Pescado: fresh tilapia cured in lime juice, red onion, cucumber, cilantro, serrano & avocado. (bottom)

Dinner Entrees

all served with traditional Mexican rice, beans & tortillas classic refried pinto, white or black beans.

First up is the Camarones Tropisueño ($17):

Large wild white shrimp are doused in a creamy chile de arbol sauce, finished off with hints of tequila, lime and cilantro. The rice and beans are delicious in their own flavors and helps mediate the spiciness of the sauce.

This was an absolute fav! They also don’t skimp on the shrimp. So, if you ever come here after reading this blog post…GET IT and you’ll thank yourself later… or me ; )

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Next we had the Tampiqueno ($16):

Comes with niman ranch beef and thin-cut grilled carne asada. This is served with a beef barbacoa enchilada and a side of guac.

The centerpiece of this dish is the steak. It’s very well seasoned, tasty, and super hearty. In terms of the enchilada and all the other simple sides: it’s hard to do them wrong. And on that note, Tropisueño does them all right. You won’t get anything tastier than this.


Besides the amazing food & reasonable prices, the homey atmosphere and attentive service was also a major highlight of my meal. This is probably why on most days, you’ll find yourself waiting for a table during prime lunch and dinner times. Note: make your ressies in advance!

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To sum it all up, Tropisueño is THE place to go for bomb Mexican food in the city & LOTS of it.

Which brings me to my next point…leftovers.

Remember that yellowish, spicy shrimp dish I told you to get? Well, it was even better the next day…I swear. Or I just woke up starving. Either way, try it and you be the judge.





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  • Luis May 14, 2014 - 12:15 am Reply

    This place is THE place to go for mexican food. They also have a bar area and serve great drinks too.

  • Tiffany May 13, 2014 - 11:19 pm Reply

    I have to try this! I’ve been on the search for a good spot since I moved into the city. Thanks for the post!

    • CynEats May 30, 2014 - 12:17 am Reply

      You’re welcome! I heard the Mission has good Mexican spots too : )

  • Leila May 13, 2014 - 12:19 am Reply

    Wow. The food Looks delicious! That just made me so hungry.

  • Rae Marie May 12, 2014 - 5:21 am Reply

    I’m down to try the Camarones Tropisueno! I think i’ll also have enough for left overs, looks like a huge portion.

    • CynEats May 30, 2014 - 12:16 am Reply

      Trust me, it’s allootttt of food! Super delicious too :)

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