Tia Margarita Mexican Restaurant

300 19th Ave San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 752-9274
Hours Tues-Thurs 4:00pm-10:00pm
Fri-Sat 4:00pm-11:00pm
Sun 3:00pm-10:00pm
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The Best Margaritas

I've been coming to Tia Margarita on the average of once a week for about 8 years. I live in the neighborhood and I've also been a bartender at a chain mexican restaurant for about the same length of time and consider myself to be fairly knowledgable about margaritas and mexican food as it's my favorite thing to eat. This is my hands-down go-to mexican restaurant. Ever. I love this place. Francisco (the long time bartender) rocks! I haven't seen Jenny behind the bar for a while but when she's there the margaritas are amazing too. I work in a place that uses sweet and sour in our margaritas and though they are quite popular I'm a purist myself and prefer a margarita made with 100% Agave tequila (Cuervo Tradicionel is my default tequila) , rocks, no salt and fresh squeezed lime juice. This is the only way, in my opinion, to truly appreciate and enjoy tequila (drinking it straight is a little too hard-core for me). Tia Margarita makes an excellent margarita and the food always satisfies. Everyone who I have ever recommended this place to has always thanked me. I can't say enough about the service. I always sit at the bar so I can't really comment on the table service but all I have to say is kudos to Francisco, Pedro, Jenny and of course the lovely owner Helen. I always feel welcome and comfortable there and I've always experienced top quality service.
July 25, 2008

good food not so good service

me and my friends went there last night and had the weirdest experience! The food is excellent and we were seated right away but our server left us feeling so incredibly awkward. We ordered margaritas and instead of asking for my id (i do look very young) she just stared at me even when i offered to show her my id. i asked her several times ""do you want to see my id"" she stared at me for several minutes. when we ordered our food she stared at us blankly as if we said something that offended her. i asked for sour cream and she gave it to me with a spoon that looked like it had been picked up off the floor. when my friends ordered their food she just said no. we weren't ordering anything that wasn't on the menu just wanted 1 crispy taco and one soft and she looked at us like we were from another planet. i have never felt so uncomfortable in a restaurant in all my life. I am still a little dumbfounded. Hands down the weirdest/uncomfortable/awkward experience i have ever had. I would go back just ask for a different server.
June 19, 2008

Average Margaritas Good Enchiladas

This place can be good or bad depending on your server, how busy it is, and what you order. THe first time I went here the waiter was excellent, the second, not so much. The service is good if it is not busy, but on a day like cinco de mayo it was awful. Especially because I waited and hour and a half for my table. The food is typically good, I wouldn't reccommend the salads, but the enchiladas were killer. The margaritas were so strong that I couldn't even it. This is a better lunch place for sure!
June 10, 2008

Don't be fooled by the good reviews

After reading so many good reviews of this restaurant I assumed it would rank high among my favorite mexican restaurants but I have to say that for anyone whom enjoys great Mexican Food, this is a true disappointment. The food was aweful, the service bad and the margeritas... not any better. I'd rather go to a hole in the wall any day.. what a disappointment.
May 05, 2008

Cool little spot.

This is a great, casual, neighborhood spot to kick it with your friends. The bar is welcoming and people seem to really enjoy themselves. We didn't wait long for a spot. Service was fine. I really liked my tamales but the rice and beans were so so. The rice tasted like something I've made at home from a box - I'm not saying this rice came from a box but I was expecting something less american tasting. I wouldn't want to pay 11 or 12 bux again for a plate when I only like the tamales. I would like to see a re-vamp on the rice and beans. hint hint :)
April 29, 2008

Great Neighborhood Joint

I live a few blocks from this gem but would never known it was here if it wasn't so close. I'm glad I found it. Hands down the best margaritas. I have two favorite food items and am never let down. If I get the chicken platter I can eat for days. I mean it gives you three or four chicken breasts...wow. And the Jennie's Special has this creamy delicious dressing. Yummy. Go on a friday for happy hour. Sit at the bar and chit chat with the regulars. Some have been coming upwards of twenty years. You know they're doing something right. Cesar rocks!
April 08, 2008

good food and fun

this is a cool little place. not the greatest mex food but okay.
November 13, 2007

Good salsa

YUMMY and spicy salsa! good food.
November 13, 2007

Great Drinks & Mexican Food! Good for family & friends.

Great drinks and good people here! The place is really cute, stained glass windows all around the place. The owner Helen is really sweet and never forgets a face which is always nice. The bartenders poor stiff drinks (never a bad thing) and the plates of food will never leave you hungry. I like that. I have been many times, some with my Grandfather, others with friends.
March 30, 2007

Great Service, Average Food, Terrible Margarita

Having craved a good margarita all night, my sister and I stopped by to have a few drinks and dinner while we finished our laundry across the street. We ordered food and margaritas right away. Big mistake. When the margarita was served, my sister and I were so disappointed we sent them back. They were so poorly done -- too much triple sec, not enough tequila -- we asked to send them back to the bartender. This was the first time either of us had sent drinks back. We told the server there was too much triple sec. He kindly had our new drinks brought out. Now, a place with a name like ""Tia Margarita"" should be able to get a margarita right at least every other time, right? Wrong. The bartender simply did not know what a good margarita tasted like. If you can't make a decent margarita, please, do not work at a mexican joint. At this point we looked around and noticed no one was really downing their drinks. \r \r When the food came, it was average american-mexican food. I had the enchiladas verdes. They were ok. The rice and beans were good. The real entertainment of the meal, however, came from watching more and more customers come into the restaurant, order margaritas, and make awful faces the instant they fully taste their beverage. The most painful moment came hearing the bartender explain that its important to use fresh lime juice to make a good margarita. The bartender's facts were straight, but she was all wrong when it came to actually making the drink. We didn't drink more than two sips of either drink. In the restaurant, most margaritas went unfinished and we saw no one order a second.\r \r Now, my sister had been there before and had said their food and margaritas were excellent. Maybe it was an off night. When the manager happened to come pick up the final check, my sister expressed her displeasure. The manager took the drinks off the check. I felt terrible. My sister and I would love to have spent a lot more on drinks that night.
March 15, 2007
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