About El Techo
El Techo is the heated and covered open-air rooftop restaurant above Lolinda. Offering sweeping city views, pan-Latin American casual cuisine, and crafty classic cocktails, we are the perfect venue for your celebration or as a compliment to your dinner at the Mission's finest steakhouse. Fun food, festive cocktails "del Sol" and the best rooftop skyline in SF.
Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-11:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-1:00am
Brunch: Sa-Su 11:00am-3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking available, parking garages nearby, valet service offered
Lines 14 and 49 stop at Mission & 21st. BART stops at Mission & 16th or Mission & 24th
Private Party Facilities:
Our El Techo rooftop can accommodate large groups for special events and parties. We also have space for up to 150 guests in our downstairs restaurant, Lolinda.
Private Party Contact:
Ana Ligi: 4155506970x2
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For event inquiry, please contact our Events Coordinator Ana Ligi: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: http://eltechosf.com/special-events/
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El Techo Ratings and Reviews
We came here for brunch and it was one o ...
We came here for brunch and it was one of those rare sunny days in the city. The view was an outline of the buildings from the downtown area and the noise level was not too high. They seem to change their menu according to the season, there were things on yelp not on the menu. However, everything on their menu was great. They offered a watermelon mimosa which was more champagne than it was watermelon but I love alcohol so this worked in my favor.
My first brunch experience at El Techo w ...
My first brunch experience at El Techo was deliciously amazing! From the fresh cocktail, zesty mango, jicama, and cucumber app to the perfectly prepared eggs Benedict and toasty moist jalapeño cornbread with light chili hollandaise --- I was having a personal fiesta in my mouth! Muchas Gracias for a wonderful experience!
Horrible service. When our food came the ...
Horrible service. When our food came they brought everyone's food to the table except for one persons. After 5 minutes of waiting we asked for the one plate of food while all of our food sat there getting cold. We had to ask for our drinks we had ordered and the server was complaining they were short staffed. Frustrating!! We were celebrating a Sunday birthday brunch party of 6 to the tune of $300. Hire more reliable staff!
Great "hidden gem" in the Mission - what ...
Great "hidden gem" in the Mission - what seems like an unassuming exterior leads up to an outstanding 360 view of the city. Food was solid (although my eggs benedictos were served a bit cold), and cocktails were well-crafted. The ambience is absolutely wonderful on a sunny day, and the chatter surrounding us wasn't too loud and didn't disrupt our conversations. Service was quite attentive despite the always-packed area. I'll certainly make a reservation to be back!
The staff are very friendly. We were lat ...
The staff are very friendly. We were late for Saturday brunch and we were still seated. We watched the table to the right of us be seated with guests three times, that did not like the location. They were seated at another table with no problems. The tables are very close to each other and the eating space is small. The view is beautiful and the patio is well decorated. The drinks are over priced. $11.00 for 1 drink is expensive, even in San Francisco. Not very many choices for food.
Went here for a date with my boyfriend f ...
Went here for a date with my boyfriend for brunch, and was a little disappointed. The view was pretty, but was hard to see depending on where you were sitting. The rooftop is small (as expected) so your best bet is to make a reservation in advance. It was a little noisy when we were there, and it was only 11 am (their opening time)!
The food wasn't mind blowing, and the menu was limited. Portions were also small for the entrees, and I got hungry about an hour after leaving. I didn't have their drinks, but they sounded pretty good.
Service was great, and we were in and out very quickly. But consequentially, the service was not as personal and seemed more like they wanted us to leave rather than us being their guest. But we didn't complain, we were on a time crunch anyways.
Overall, I had a good time but would not come here again for a date. Maybe for a catch-up drinks/appetizers day with a friend, since the view is nice and the atmosphere is casual.
Great rooftop dining. The views & atmos ...
Great rooftop dining. The views & atmosphere were amazing. Food was incredible and promptly served. Suggested for a weekend trip stop and it did not disappoint. The one draw back - tables for 2 are very small, it was hard to fit everything on one surface. Other than that I highly recommend.
Wonderful brunch on Saturday! Food grea ...
Wonderful brunch on Saturday! Food great and creative. My husband had a Benedict using corn bread, chorizo and spinach. Service exceptional, especially Andy the hostess, and Aldo our server. A gem. Reserve and go early on the weekend, we parked right in front! (11 a.m. We were first in line at 10:45. Got best seats (view) Wear a hat if in the sun. Absolutely loved it and will return.
beautifully located on a roof top in the ...
beautifully located on a roof top in the Mission.
Great food and cocktails. Sunday brunch got pretty busy - reservations definitely recommended. Service was a bit slow but it was Sunday, so what's the hurry.
It got surprisingly noisy up there for being in the open, so conversations were a little hard.
Overall, great experience. Will come again :)
I was looking for a different venue for ...
I was looking for a different venue for Sunday brunch with friends, and I found it! Though the weather was cold and gray (typical for SF in the summer) the atmosphere was very comfortable with the outdoor heaters. It's quite the happening spot, people lined up outside to get in and then an elevator to the roof where you get a great city view and fun atmosphere. The food was wonderful, definitely not your basic ham and eggs. We started with warm beignets with dulce de leche(?) sauce. Warm and scrumptious. Two of us had the Benedicto, eggs benedict on top of jalapeño cornbread and a side of chorizo. One of the best benedicts I've had. Hubbie had a pork dish with white beans and eggs, friend had carnitas, all excellent. Also had Bloody Margaritas which were very different and enjoyable. My only complaint was the noise level...very difficult to hear a conversation, but the food made up for it. We will be back and hopefully on a sunny day!
Didn't live up to the hype. Went for sun ...
Didn't live up to the hype.
Went for sunday brunch, it was VERY loud. Service was friendly but we had to ask for extra chips and guac 4 times. Food was ok but nothing amazing. It has a nice view and would be fun if they could work on the acoustics. Only one bathroom for everyone so the queue was long. Doubt i'd go back
I made reservations for this restaurant ...
I made reservations for this restaurant weeks in advance, and was sorely disappointed. The people who reviewed it on Yelp and in local newspapers must have gone to a different restaurant; everything was fine, until the food and drinks came. Bloody mary: mediocre. Huevos Rancheros: bland and also medoicre. Benedictos: not nearly enough flavor to match the colorful description. Huarache; rarely seen latin dish, but still totally mediocre. The food was like a hospital or college dorm's version of mexican food. Would not recommend.
We had a delicious brunch at El Techo. ...
We had a delicious brunch at El Techo. The rooftop views are spectacular. The glass barrier blocks the wind keeping the patio comfortable for dining. Everything that we had was delicious and the service was just as great. It is definitely a SF gem with the rooftop patio. Great for brunch, looking forward to trying it out for a dinner or late night cocktails.
Sunday Birthday Brunch
I loved the location and the great views of the City. We had a cute corner table so we weren't in the middle of it all; which was nice because this place is very noisy.
The service was on point. We were waiting for our entire group to arrive and our waiter was very accommodating.
I love a good mimosa and you can get a decent one here for $8 but they don't have bottomless; which are my faviorte. :)
A downside? I heard so much about their cornbread so I ordered eggs benedict which it comes with.
While most of my friends were finishing up they finally brought my eggs b. out and the cornbread was burnt at the bottom. Would have sent it back but everyone was about done so I just went with it.
Would totally recommend for the views, drinks and fun atmosphere but the food was a bit of a disappointment.
One of our favorite places to take out o ...
One of our favorite places to take out of town guest. Great bird's eye view of the city. Tasty sangria mad margaritas to toast the horizon. Delicious food to share. And a fun neighborhood to wander after your meal, making it all guilt free!
The table was too small to accommodate t ...
The table was too small to accommodate the plates: constantly juggling , rearranging, combining, calling over the wait staff to remove empty plates, and then stopping them from taking away food still being eaten...
Other than all that annoying managing of the table... the food was fine, the drinks were good, the weather was perfect on the rooftop...
<3 FOOD & VIEW, GO FOR THE DRINKS & ECLECTIC VIBE
Vibrant location in the heart of Mission, we lucked out with street parking a block's walk to the door. Just 3 in our party but our main guy is a 1 year old foodie so we asked for a table with plenty of shade and a high chair. Upon arrival, our table was perfectly located and a high chair was already in place away from the sun. As 1st time parents who insist on exposing our son to the foodie scene, we sometimes receive resistance from servers when we order alcoholic drinks with our toddler in tow, so seeing the highchair at our table let us feel immediately welcomed.
Drinks did not disappoint and they came at a good pace, even though Sunday brunch was quite busy! Mimosa with watermelon agua fresco, margaritas with mezcal, palomas and sangrias -- yes go for the drinks and vibe! The food is every bit delicious and yummy accompaniments to their unique bevvies. Sure there are other wonderful options for amazing latin food, including authentic Argentinian, in the bay area, but to find great plates, with a great view, exceptional service and make-your-happy-face drinks all at one venue is why El Techo will be a staple destination when we have guests visiting the Bay Area.
From the menu:
The potatoes with chimichurri is a must.
The guacamole my son loved and he enjoyed an entire order all to himself while my husband and I shared another. So fresh and vibrant.
We also enjoyed a 1/2# order of chicharones -- as everyone has mentioned, more like carnitas than pork rind. Many tables had 1 pounder or more. Served with silky black beans and a red sauce that my husband put on everything.
I thoroughly enjoyed the matambre. I used to make a version of matambre which involved rolling vegetables in flank steak and braising in Argentinian cab for hours in a low oven, but El Techo version is so modern, juicy and slurpalicious. Best Medium Rare.
And pork quesadilla, too oily for baby, but perfect with margaritas.
Ambiance was lively. Servers were attentive and knowledgeable. Awesome!
El Techo experience
Nice restaurant with a good view of San Francisco and good food. The seating can be tight and uncomfortable because most tables are set up in a bench style setting where you'll bump elbows with complete strangers. The food was good but for a Latin style restaurant the Michelada is the worst I've ever had, don't try it.
My favorite brunch spot in San Francisco, the food is awesome! I mean, who doesn't love warm flavorful butter beans with a fried egg on top - that is a dish after my heart!
Had the chicharrones de carne - amazing.
Not a huge fan of the house margarita as I am not that into the flavor of mescal, but love the La Paloma and michelada!
Will be back!
Great outdoor dining in SF, great food a ...
Great outdoor dining in SF, great food and cocktails. The view along with the amazing service just add to the delightful ambiance, to be one of my favorite restaurants to have brunch or afternoon cocktails and appies. I make all sorts of excuses to dine at this fine establishment.
Great food, but I'd skip the margaritas next time.
The food was great, but it doesn't beat actually dining in Mexico. We had the chorizo scramble and the chicharrones de carne, as well as a plate of guacamole.
Portions were generous and the two mains were flavorful. The guacamole was good, but not the best I've had. It could have done with more seasoning and another squeeze of acid.
The 2 of us shared a pitcher of margaritas and suspect that the tequila used was pretty low grade because both of us had massive hangovers by mid-afternoon.
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