Mexican/Southwestern. Featuring California fresh ingredients, Mamacita provides the type of Mexican cuisine found at beachfront cantina. This chic San Francisco restaurant offers all the old favoritescarnitas, enchiladas, carne asadain an atmosphere that is energetic yet intimate. Mamacita lives up to its nameserving food that would make Mama proud.
Since opening in November, Mamacita is a magnet for neighborhood Marina diners and drinkers. Reservations are advised, but if you're craving fresh, local ingredients prepared Mexican-style, the wait isn't too bad, especially after a few margaritas. Opt for the pomegranate margarita if you have a sweet tooth, or the sangria, with a secret ingredient that makes it one of the most distinctive sangrias around. Not surprisingly, numerous beers and tequilas are available and, happily, there is an extensive by-the-glass wine selection. After a few glances at the tasteful décor and the trendy crowd, it's no shock to hear that the four Vintage 415 and Dylan Boutique proprietors are also part owners. The concept is an upscale beachfront cantina with baby-blue walls, hanging thatched rafts, and star-lit lanterns -- dreamt up by architect Tim Murphy, of Frisson and SupperClub. And after a few bites, it's no surprise that 27-year old co-owner and executive chef Sam Josi. -- Sarah Sung