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The interior at Elena's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco.

Elena's Mexican Restaurant


West Portal

$$$$Perfect For:BirthdaysPeople WatchingSee And Be SeenDinner with the ParentsSpecial OccasionsDrinking Good Cocktails
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Elena’s is the kind of Big Night Out restaurant that’s rare in West Portal. This upscale Mexican spot is meant for sexy outfits and sipping on spicy margaritas under live trees and candlelight. Every night, big groups gather in large leather booths and belt out laughs that mingle with Latin rock classics—it’s a vibrant, rowdy dinner party you’ll want to stay at until they kick you out. Luckily, the food is just as good as the scene. The pozole is rich thanks to the addition of pork trotters, the esquites arrive with bright kicks of lime, and the melty gobernador tacos are covered in a tangy green salsa that we’d love to pour on every dish—just be careful not to spill it on your going out shirt when you’re a few drinks in.

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