Comprehensive selection of tequilas, outranked only recently by newcomers Tacolicious.
Skip the food, go for the margaritas. You can get a serious education in tequila here.
Best Mexican Restaurant in the Richmond District!!!.
I have now read every review ever posted for this establishment and I will now give an accurate review!
We arrived at Tommy's at approx 8:00pm on Friday NIght, we parked directly in front of the restaurant. There were at least 10 people standing outside, so we thought this might be tough! We placed our name on the list and Alex the hostess, who was very gracious, told us to enjoy the bar area while waiting! We were seated under 15 minutes and our waiter Juan was very patient and professional!
The chips and salsa are the best I have had in San Francisco. The margaritas were great... had one on the rocks and blended, both were potent and the blended was with the top aged tequilla, very smooth and tasty! We ordered a combination plate and a grilled fish plate which were both very good. If you are hungry, the food does arrive quickly, this was appropriate for our hunger level. The wait staff and hostess checked on us often and were not pushy at all. We asked for our bill eventually, we were never rushed to leave and the staff all said goodbye as we passed each and every one of them on the way out the door. This did make us feel at home in the retro-old-school-mexican-decor!!!
So the service was above average for this dining experience and it was the best tasting mexican food we have experienced in the Richmond District, and we have officially tried them all now!!! We will go back very soon and also order take-out! When we entertain casual and need chips and salsa, this will now be the place to purchase them and serve at home!!!
Thanks Tommy's...Mucho Gracious!!!
Great margaritas, great yucatecan food.
I have to disagree the negativity on this website. Everyone writing about being rushed obviously arrived right before closing and wanted to sit there for an hour. This is not a "late night" place, so don't go after ten and think you can hang out. As for the food, you have to order the Yucatecan specialties if you want the excellent food. Stay away from burritos and standard Mexican fare that you can get at any taqueria; that's not what they do well. Try the pollo en salsa verde (green chicken); it is fantastic!
They still make great margaritas that are huge, not the cheapest, but certainly not as expensive as any of the upscale restaurants charging upscale prices.
Good food filthy inexcusable atmosphere. My friend and I ate at Tommy's for years. We were regulars. It was insane getting a table during the dot com days (where wasn't?). We remained loyal. But, the place seemed to get dirtier and dirtier, especially that back area. The carpeting is filthy and the room smells of midew and garbage. The kitshy atmosphere was ok, but there's no excuse for an eating establishment to be that dirty. They must have made millions over the years. They need to do some serious clean up, maybe tile the floor if they can't keep the disgusting carpeting clean, before I ever return.
Mediocre food, HORRIBLE Service! RUDE Owner!!!.
While the Tequilla selection in the bar is superb, the kitchen offers dishes that are at best...MEDIOCRE. Given the high prices of menu items here, one ought to expect more flavorful food.
The service here is unprofessional, hurried, and RUDE! I'm not saying the waiters/waitresses should wear suits, but they should not look like day laborers hired off of the corner of South Van Ness and Chavez just prior to our arrival. Four (4), The number of times if we were the table that orderd the salad, or Margaritas, or beer, or extra chips...we were not.
Just when we thought it could not get worse, Tommy Himself asked us to hurry up and eat, finish our beers, and pay the bill. His words," I'm not going to pay my staff to sit here while you finish up!" I will admit that it was 10:55, and they do close at 11:00. We got the sense they wanted us and a few other tables out. This became clear as they started to prop chairs on top of tables and vacuum the dining room...while we were all still eating. It is hard to imagine how such an unhospitable man can be in the business of hospitality, where grace and tact are important. I will only NOT return to Tommy's, but will also discourage others from eating there.
I went here because I always saw the cooks making food through the window and it looked good. The menu prices were expensive and the food was horrible.
They start you out with a salad which was good but the chicken burrito and their rice was horrible and flavorless. I had a margarita which was good. The bill was 45 bucks for two people and we left saying how disappointed we were with the food. The atmosphere was nice and the service was good considering how jammed they were but I would not go back to eat . I'd say this is a chips/salsa/margarita place only.
Worst service. However, I chose this place as they advertised as 'open' until 11pm and I'm a late eater. My date and I arrived at 5 to 10 and were immediately asked to order our food as the kitchen would be 'closing in 20 minutes.' We told the waiter we needed a minute to read the menu. Over the next 10 minutes a different waiter came and aksed us to order every single minute. We finally did. Our food was immediately served and pretty good, but basic (I don't know about their more eclectic Yucatan portion of the menu). But my 10:30 they were closing up and then vacuuming the floor around us, disrupting our conversation greatly. They wanted us out by 11, no later and did not make us feel welcome during our entire time there. Also, no fun ambiance / music, like I was hoping for.
Great Mexican Food and Drinks.
I've passed by Tommy's many times, without going in. Over the years, I had developed some preconceived notions about the restraurant. One was it was a drinking spot, which usually means the food is bad.
Last year I decided to try it. I was shocked to find the food exceptional. The drinks (Margaritas) are equally as good. Been back numerous times. However, service is just ok.
great drinks, bad food. we were seated immediately and asked for our order about three seconds later. the food was delivered before we were even allowed to settle into our booth. the margaritas we ordered were awesome, smooth, and tasty. but the food was bland and greasy. i would recomend this for a jumping off point. get drinks here but eat some where else.
Hmmmm..... The place was packed but we were seated right away, and the margaritas were great. The food, however, was greasy, flavorless and overpriced. The service was our biggest complaint; we sat down and were immediately asked for our order. We said we werent ready, and within five minutes multiple waiters pressed us for our order. Our food was served quickly, and then we were basically pushed out the door. We received our check seconds after finishing our meals and our payment was taken within minutes, after which the waitstaff came back at least five times to try to take our drinks away even though we had a half pitcher of margaritas on the table! In short, the food wasn't worth the bad service or the price.
Good margaritas but.... On my last visit to Tommy's we had a great meal with some yummy margaritas to wash it all down. Everything was great until we paid our bill. The bill came to $41 so I put $50 in the tray and the owner, Tommy, came and took the money. We waited for about 10 minutes for him to bring our change so we could leave the rest as a tip. We went to the front counter and asked for our change. They then had to look for my receipt and get the money out of the register. I then gave the change as a tip personally to out waiter. Tnis gave me a bad impression about this restaurant
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