Everyone is welcome in this cool space with a Pinterest-like backyard vibe, where the menu is made up of uncomplicated, vegetable- and seafood-based, authentic Mexican food -- We absolutely love it.

Source: Cala

Why go? Cala’s food is unlike any Mexican we’ve had in this country. It’s all about fresh, light flavors and quality ingredients that somehow come together in an unusual and delicious way.

What to order? Chef Cámara ensures every dish on the menu has a trifecta of classic ingredients, unique preparation, and artful presentation. Our favorite example: a sweet potato broiled until creamy on the inside, then tossed into the fire until the skin is crisped, served with bone marrow salsa negra and warm tortillas. We also love the Sopes With Black Beans, Crema & Ricotta Salata, Nopal & Eggplant With Chile Casabal In Charred Corn Husk, and you really can’t go wrong ordering any of the tostadas.

Pipsqueak tip While it can be difficult to get a dinner reservation at Cala, brunch is totally doable (one might argue the high-ceilinged, garden vibe is even better in daylight). Plus you can still find some of the famous dinner menu items during the day, like the sopes and tostadas, and there is also amazing chilaquiles and eggs.

149 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Mon–Sat 5:00 PM–11:30 PM
Sun 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
Phone: (415) 660-7701 (415) 660-7701