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The 5 Best Cuban Restaurants In San Francisco

Updated: May 2, 2022

If you’ve been dreaming of a juicy Frita Cubana and a cold rum these are the top Cuban restaurants in San Francisco! We did the grind and analyzed the top review sites and food publications to find the best Cuban spots in San Francisco. Head to any of the Cuban spots on this list for fantastic Daiquiris and tasty medianoche sandwiches.

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Cuban, $$, MissionCuban, $$San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Chao Pescao

Caribbean, $$, TenderloinCaribbean, $$San Francisco, Tenderloin
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

El Nuevo Frutilandia

Latin, $$, MissionLatin, $$San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Cha Cha Cha

Caribbean, $$, Haight-AshburyCaribbean, $$San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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El Pollo Supremo

Cuban, $, Outer MissionCuban, $San Francisco, Outer Mission
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate these results?

Figuring out the best Cuban restaurants can take awhile. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 26488 spots across San Francisco, analyzed 3104661 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 2325 lists and articles from the likes of 7x7 and Eater – applying our boam magic to sift through results. We cross-referenced with top lists, like 7x7 - Big Lunch: 50 Top Spots For A Midday Meal In San Francisco, Eater - The Best Moderately-Priced Date Spots for Long-Term Relationships in San Francisco and Eater - San Francisco’s 11 Best Restaurant Bathrooms. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • The ideal pairing for plantain

    Experts recommend pairing a plantain with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

  • Pair Cancháncharra with blue cheese stuffed dates

    Cancháncharra from Cuba should be paired with some blue cheese stuffed dates for a tasty experience. This cocktail complements the food wonderfully.


  • What Cuba drinks

    Should you find yourself on the streets of Cuba be sure to sample the local cuba libra one of the country's most classic and popular drinks!

  • The traditional ropa vieja

    If you really want to enjoy yourself, ropa vieja from Cuba should be paired with some yellow rice.

  • Think you can handle some tamales?

    Joey Chestnut broke the world record by eating the most tamales in one sitting. The new record - that has not been beaten since - is 102 tamales.

Parking tips

San Franciscois notorious for tricky parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Cuban spot.

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