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I will be visiting SF in a few weeks and I am looking for a good seafood restaurant that is not too outrageously expensive (a la Aqua).

Also, where can I find the best Mexican restaurant in SF? (not counting the burrito places in the Mission) Can anyone recommend Cafe Marimba on Chestnut?

I would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. Guaymas in Tiburon has Mexican and seafood. It's a classy environment with a great view across the bay to the city. Worth the drive.

    1. Skip Cafe Marimba - it's definately not the best Mexican in the city. Had a group dinner there last nite (fabulous & fun company but not great food) and it was definately more Miss than Hit.

      Some of the appetizers were good as were a few entrees, but I was not impressed at all. My husband's carnitas were way overcooked, the tomatillo salsa was really watery and the moles weren't that great.

      The restaurant itself has seen better days - a lot of our glasses were cracked - and worst of all, there were no paper towels in the women's bathroom all nite. Made me wonder where else they were skimping.

      As to good Mexican, I'm sure folks will chime in. You might try a search from the main page as well - all the places in the Mission aren't necessarily burrito joints. A few people have mentioned a place in Glen Park recently that was recommended.

      Good luck and have fun!

      1. I haven't been there yet, but Alma on Valencia Street in the Mission has gotten some rave reviews.

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        1. re: Karen M.

          I haven't been to Alma yet either. But it bills itself as Pan-latin or Nuevo Latino, not Mexican.

        2. Haven't been here yet but Panchitas #3 is one place I want to try.

          Link: http://www.sfstation.com/restaurants/...

          1. I like Cafe Marimba lots. Reasonable prices and lively fun atmosphere. The made to order guacamole is excellent. I also like the queso fundito appetizer and the roasted chile rellenos. The chipotle beef is good and the roast pork although I forget how it is seasoned. Also the Heradura margaritas. I have only a couple times had a dish not so good. I like to get lots of dishes to share. Once I had a really good fish with pineapple salsa, but I don't know if they still have it.

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            1. re: Anne H.

              I liked Cafe Marimba lots too. Less so now, after attending the same dinner as Celery on Sunday night (Rachel, where are those notes? (g)).

              Yes, the guacamole is a must. You've hit the highlights, with the exception of the queso fundito. I had a special mariscos - shellfish stew with coconut milk that was delicious even though the shrimp were overcooked.

              There were several signs of slippage since my last visit about a year ago. Marimba used to have ultra-thin chips, now these are merely thin, still good but not as special. I was looking forward to dining there with a big group to get the full range of salsas. I was expecting 4 flavors, and was very disappointed when only 2 were available and the tomatillo one was weak and dilute. The two moles I tasted, the negra and roja didn't seem as complex and interesting as in the past.

              I will still return, but will have to be more careful about ordering.