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Aside from our love of travel, my husband and I both share the same love for food – good food. It was no surprise that he had found one of the top-rated Argentinian Steakhouses in San Francisco – Lolinda –  to commence our visit to the Bay Area.


“Lolinda is a lively destination restaurant for group dining, dates, business dinners and celebrations, as well as a spot for locals and restaurant industry types who congregate at one of the restaurant’s two full bars for expertly made nuevo (new) and clasico (classic steakhouse style) cocktails.”


Lolinda, is a hidden gem located in San Francisco’s Mission District. If you’re familiar with Mission, you would be surprised to find this Argentinian Steakhouse offering traditional dishes with a Californian flare sitting smack dab in the middle of this slightly unpolished section of the city. However, do not let that deter you from visiting.


Lolinda offers tapas (small plates) and family-style dining. Since it was just the two of us, to start, we chose the ‘Ceviche Mixto’, which consists of squid, shrimp, ono, rocoto, and fried corn. This was probably one of the best ceviche’s we’ve had ever in life; we regretted not getting two.


We also had their ‘Pulpo’ (Spanish octopus, potatoes, frisée, salsa verde, aioli), and that, too was just as amazing as the first dish.


My husband and I both love our red meat. It would be an unforgiveable sin to visit an Argentinian Steakhouse without actually having steak. In typical male fashion, he ordered the ‘Gaucho’, a 26-oz. bone-in, prime ribeye steak, while I chose the ‘Tira’, braised chile spiced beef short rib, root vegetables. Those short ribs were amazing; fall off of the bone, melt in your mouth tender, and well-seasoned. My husband’s steak was tasty, too. If we had room in our bellies we could have finished it all, but we did not. Plus, I wanted to save room for dessert.


Dessert was an easy choice. As soon as I spotted the churros on the menu I knew I had to have them. When these cute mini churros with dark chocolate and dulce de leche dipping sauces arrived, I knew I made a good choice. They were delicious! It was a great way to end our meal, and first date night in San Francisco.


We would suggest making a visit to Lolinda if you are visiting San Francisco. The food is amazing, and if you don’t mind intimate seating, and low light, but love attentive servers, place it on your “must dine here” list.

2518 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
P: (415) 550-6970 | F: (415) 826-0190
Sun – Thu | 5:30 – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat | 5:30 – 12:00am

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • Joyce Brewer

    My husband has been talking about a trip to San Francisco for years. Thanks for introducing me to the food there!

  • I’d love to have a juicy steak right about now. The food looked incredible!

  • Ashlee Adams

    I’m actually in Cali right now and although the food looks great, I think the churros sold me over! I just my find a reason to take a client out for dessert this week.

  • You had me at steak! lol I’ve never been to San Francisco but if I get the opportunity, I would L O V E to check this place out.

  • Kimberly Sessions

    The food looks amazing! I love good food and this place looks like it didn’t disappoint.

  • These all look heavenly. I love exotic foods.

  • M Harmon Malone

    Great review, Kim! I don’t know if my palate is ready for squid, but that 26 oz. steak looked delicious. San Francisco is a beautiful city. Enjoy!

    • The squid was good, but I hear you. the steak was delicious.

  • Shana Lee

    Well I know where I’m going when I visit San Franciso! I have to try that best ever ceviche and those delicious looking churros! Yummy!

    • The Ceviche and churros two things you should definitely get.

  • Thanks for taking us on this trip to Lolinda with you. The restaurant and the food look amazing.

    • You’re welcome. I am happy you were able to enjoy it virtually.

  • Carissa

    This post totally made my mouth water! Especially the description of the short ribs! Sounds DELISH!!! I cant wait to visit San Francisco…its definitely on my list!!

    • Girl, those short ribs were so freaking good! Plus, they gave us so much of it. With the two of us sharing it, we still had some to take home.

  • that food looks delicious! I love Latin inspired foods but have never made it to a Brazilian steakhouse.I would have thrown down!

    • I think this was my first time at one. Pretty good experience.

  • I have yet to get to San Francisco but it is on my list and now this restaurant is as well. Everything looks so good, especially the rib-eye steak. Thanks for sharing!

    • Definitely visit if you’re in the area. You won’t regret it.

  • Melissa Velazquez

    Looks like just the type of place I want to go!!!

    • The food was so good. I wish I could get better pictures, but the lights are so dim.