Michelin Guide's Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in San Francisco

The Michelin Guide (Le Guide Michelin) is an annual guide book to hotels and restaurants in over a dozen countries published by Michelin (yes, the tire guys). Restaurants are awarded stars based on their quality with 3-stars considered the absolute pinnacle of perfection. Many European chefs live and die by this rating system. Michelin published its first guide to San Francisco in 2006.

Here are their top picks for Mexican restaurants in San Francisco and reviews courtesy of Zagat. According to Michelin, "These restaurants offer authentic, Mexican cuisine in a festive atmosphere." 

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    Best Mexican Restaurants San Francisco

    Set in a trendy, lofty space, this Mexican eatery is known for tacos, margaritas & guidebook bar. The restaurant has been designated as Bib Gourmand (a Michelin designation which signifies an especially good value). "Incredible" tacos and "fabulous" margaritas win "raves" at this "dynamite" Marina Mexican, known for its "top-notch" food and "young", "happening" scene.

    2317 Chestnut St. (between Divisadero & Scott Streets)
    San Francisco, CA 94123

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    La Taqueria

    Best Mexican Restaurants San Francisco
    Jeremy Brooks

    This no-frills taqueria serves Mexican eats, including famed traditional-style, rice-free burritos. For over 40 years, in the Mission, the restaurant has been offering affordable, Mexican meals in the “no-frills” space, where “seating is scarce”​ so prepare for “constant lines,” though the “speedy” counter staff keeps them moving. 

    2889 Mission St. (between 24th & 25th Streets)
    San Francisco, CA 94110

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    Colibri Mexican Bistro

    Best Mexican Restaurants San Restaurants
    Yulchi Sakuraba

    Lively bistro serving guacamole prepared tableside, plus moles, tequilas & more in the heart of the Theater District. The restaurant featured a wooden deck and festive decor. The restaurant serves Central Mexican fare with French/Spanish influences culled from family recipes passed down from generation to generation. 

    438 Geary St. (between Mason & Taylor Streets)
    San Francisco, CA 94102

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    Tres Agaves

    Entrance to Tres Agaves SF
    Tres Agaves

    Margaritas, tequila & Mexican grub served in a lively cantina with a back patio close to AT&T Park. Many reviews mention the establishment is pricey, but the consensus seems to be that the food is worth the cost.

    130 Townsend St. (at 2nd St.)
    San Francisco, CA 94107

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    Pancho Villa Taqueria

    Best San Francisco Mexican Restaurants

    Burritos, tacos, tortas, agua fresca & more, with basic counter & table seating. "Frequent lines" at these "cheap" taquerias attest to the "freshness and popularity" of their "better-than-usual" Mexican standards.

    3071 16th St.(between Mission & Valencia Streets)
    San Francisco, CA 94103