Tropisueño: A New FAV Mexican Restaurant in SF

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

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

Oh yes. I do know.

Tropisueño is literally everything I want in a Mexican restaurant.

During lunch hours, you’ll find a straight up taqueria –> where you order burritos, tacos or lunch plates and watch them make it right in front of you (for under $10 bucks too!)

During dinner, you’ll find that the restaurant has transformed itself into a beautiful full-service restaurant –> with amazing service, a great ambiance, and some of the best Mexican dishes I’ve ever had.

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If you come here for lunch, they have a complimentary chips & salsa bar = the best thing ever.

Guys. The chips here are INSANE. It’s literally sooo fresh, and sooo addicting that I’ve probably gained like 10lbs from free refills.

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They also serve the BEST burritos ever. You know, the ones that don’t make you feel sick afterwards (ie: a sketchy burrito joint in the Mission). This is the shrimp burrito. You can’t really see it in this pic, but each piece of shrimp was huge and super tasty.

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Now moving onto dinner:

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.

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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

are 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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  • Patrick March 22, 2015 - 9:02 am Reply

    First impression walking in, it seemed like it was going to be a somewhat expensive meal since it was so nice inside. I think we ordered the carne asada quesedilla for only $6?? It was fantastic, it was also during happy hour.

  • Rachel T. February 2, 2015 - 6:52 am Reply

    I loveeeeeee coming here for lunch, especially since I work so close to Yerba Buena. I also agree, their shrimp burrito is really good!

    • CynEats February 5, 2015 - 12:14 pm Reply

      It’s my fav! So bomb!

  • Luis November 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.

  • Jared August 27, 2014 - 5:04 pm Reply

    Cheap and huge proportions for happy hour food! We had the best bartender who made our drinks perfectly strong. Their dinner menu is on the more expensive end though.

  • 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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