La Tapatia

South San Francisco, CA

Overall Score
based on 8 reviews
9.2   highly recommended

Editorial Reviews (2)

  • Chris's Score: 7.5 / 10   full review...

    After seeing so many glowing reviews of La Tapatia, i resolved to take another trip here. Right in downtown South San Francisco, it's difficult to miss the storefront, but the taqueria is way in the back. While this is indeed a good place, i'm not as ecstatic about it as other reviewers.

  • Dan's Score: 9 / 10   full review...

    La Tapatia is an unassuming storefront on the outskirts of downtown South San Francisco, the kind of place that looks like a good stop for a six-pack and a pack of chips, maybe throwing in a bottle of pickled jalepenos at the very end. If you peer in at lunch or dinner-time, the line in the back tells a very different story; squirreled away back there lies a world-class taqueria.

User Reviews (6)

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Score: 8.5 / 10    Reviewed by: jimothy3000

I have to agree with Dan: La Tapatia, a grocery store on South San Francisco's main drag Grand Avenue, is the spot to go in that area. And that's a pretty good compliment with a Farolito franchise right across the street. The meat selection, based on my group's sample today, rivals anything I've seen in the bay. The pastor had _just_ the right amount of greasiness and the carnitas were perfect--moist, tender, and not overly-fried the way carnitas are so often found. They threw the meat on the grill to order. The rice and beans (refried, pinto also available) were just right and the guacamole was almost perfect (just a tiny bit too watery for my taste, but that's nitpicking).

Again, I have to give bonus points for the excellent meat selection, especially for offering some great looking chicharones (pork skin) as an option, and the pollo asada looked nice and juicy as well. And man, do they put a ton of meat on each burrito. My only criticism is for the lack of salsa options, worth a very slight deduction in my book. They sell some containers of tomatillo at the counter, but beyond that, if you want salsa, they throw some on there for you during preparation.

posted by jimothy3000 on 3/23/2010 12:50 PM #

Score: 9.5 / 10    Reviewed by: imakebeer (gilroy, CA)

La Tapatia makes a consistently outstanding burrito. La Tapatia is one of the best taquerias in the bay area. The burrito is nearly perfect. However, I still can’t figure out why carne asada always has to be well done and not medium rare. Nonetheless, the other reviews sum the place up, except for the low-scoring review. -PC

posted by imakebeer on 9/24/2007 6:25 PM, updated on 9/24/2007 6:32 PM #

Score: 10 / 10    Reviewed by: yugomark1

I have been a burritophile for at least 10 years, and I have sampled burritos in a variety of cities including Los Angeles, San Diego and cities in the Southwest. I can affirmatively say that La Tapatia has the BEST burritos I have ever consumed. Located in an unassuming building on Grand Ave in South San Francisco California, La Tapatia's burritos are tasty and they are very filling (I strongly recommend the super burrito with carne asada). The ingrediants are fresh and I think what adds a unique flavor to the Burritos are the refried beans that they use. Prices are reasonable too. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the burritos here.

posted by yugomark1 on 3/11/2007 2:45 PM #

Score: 10 / 10    Reviewed by: TheRobin

You will marvel at the shear size of these monster-like behemoths. Mine weighed a mind-boggling 2.5 lbs! I had a super carne asada that was simply one of the best burritos I've ever eaten. The secrate to these babys are the grilled tortillas and fresh-to-order flat grilled steak. The flavors and mixture of ingredients are absolute perfection. I got to taste a friends carnitas, and was floored by the taste of the tender and succulent meat. The chips are not free, but they are super think, super crunchy and super fresh (and only 50˘). And a very important note here: this place is only a serving counter in the back of a Mexican food store. There are NO SEATS AT ALL. There is a grassy park across the street, or you can just eat da thang in yo car. Definitely worth a try (and a trip to South City), just bring Tums with you.

posted by TheRobin on 8/24/2006 10:09 AM #

Score: 10 / 10    Reviewed by: jayjay06

This has got to be my all time favorite Taqueria. I have sampled burritos all over (primarily in the SF Bay Area) and La Tapatia is by far the best I've had. I have on occasion recieved service from a "new" burritista and had slightly overcooked carne asada, but that is a rarity and still a great burrito. Note, I haven't been there in quite some time, and there is no seating, it's to go only. But well worth it.

posted by jayjay06 on 6/4/2006 8:22 AM #

Score: 9 / 10    Reviewed by: countz3r0 (CA)

Best burritos in South San Francisco, hands down. Everything is handmade there (you can see the little old ladies in the back making tortillas) and the food is always fresh and tasty. There are places closer to where I live than La Tapatia, but i always go there for a nearby burrito. The hours could be better (wish they were open later, most nights they close a 7, which is a bummer. Large burritos, with plenty of flavorful meat. It would be nice if they had a salsa bar, but it's a small food counter in a small store, so it's understandable. Luckily the burritos are enough to tide you over!

posted by countz3r0 on 5/26/2006 1:45 PM #

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La Tapatia
411 Grand Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 589-5881

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