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Apr 13, 2009 12:43 PM

What's the verdict on Cha Cha Cha's?

I'm thinking of going to Cha Cha Cha's tonight with two other friends, but wanted to group's input before making my decision. What do you think of the food there? I'm looking for something fresh, fun homey vibe, good food, mid-range prices. It's between La Mar, Nopa and Cha Cha Cha.

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  1. Have not been to La Mar, but Cha Cha Cha is not even close to being in the same league as Nopa. CCC has a fun homey vibe and mid-range prices, but so does Nopa and the food is MUCH better.

    1. Nopa's good.

      La Mar's prices are on the high side.

      1. Cha Cha Cha has relatively cheap, sugary sangria by the pitcher and very good mojitos at the Mission location. For me, food here has always been an afterthought and is nowhere near Nopa's standards... Much heavier and clunkier. I remember somewhat liking the mussels (be sure to ask if they are fresh), the fried potatoes w/ aioli, and the coconut vinaigrette on the house salad. I believe the cajun shrimp which comes in a spicy cream sauce is popular (I'm not a fan of cream myself so wouldn't be able to rec it or not). CCC's food can be tasty, but fresh is not the word I'd use to describe it. If you are going mainly to drink, you'll be fine.

        Haven't been to La Mar, but I'd pick Nopa over CCC in a heart beat. Great bartenders, fresh & thoughtful food (I really like their pork chop), and nice vibe.

        1. I haven't been to the other two place you mentioned, but Cha Cha Cha pretty much fits your criteria. The food may not be gourmet, but it still pretty tasty and at a good value.

          1. it depends on what you're looking for. These three places are pretty drastically different. La Mar is large, upscale, expensive, older crowd, more formal (in some views). Nopa is less upscale, but very trendy, loud, good food, decent-sized restaurant. Cha Cha Cha in the Mission is dark, loud, not upscale at all, smaller than Nopa, good for boisterous good fun due to their stiff drinks. Cha Cha Cha in the Haight is less dark and a little more serious than the Mission location, but still fun and casual and smaller than Nopa.