Recently, I went to the first ever tapas bar in San Francsico: Picaro Tapas. Upon arriving the atmosphere was clean and the staff was friendly. We were seated immediately, and within seconds brought us two carafes of sangria, bread and cheese. Once the rest of the group joined us, we began to order. Small bites were approximately $5 each. We ordered the Calamares a la Plancha (calamari) for $6.75, Esparragos a la Plancha (grilled asparagus) for $5.00, Champiñones al Ajillo (mushrooms) for $5.25, and the Patatas Aioli (potatoes with aioli sauce) for $4.75. Each appetizer was better than the last. I didn’t love the aioli that came with the potatoes but the potatoes themselves were perfectly cooked.We also ordered two of the Paella de Langostas, lobster tail amongst other seafood on a bed of fluffy rice.
We kept the sangria flowing and how could you not it is only $2.50 until 7:00 p.m.! This place is great for big groups like the one I brought with me, and it wasn’t as loud as most tapas bars we go to in the mission. We left happy, full, and with money in our pockets.
Don’t forget to tip the adorable mariachi band that plays for you and encourages you to get up and dance off all the food and booze! If nothing else you should stop by to see the first tapas bar in San Francisco, once you are there the adorable staff will most likely get you to stay.
3120 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
Happy hour everyday 5-7- Sangria $2.50