Lolinda is what happens when you pair an Argentinian Steakhouse with Californian sensibilities in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District.
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The space itself is warm, industrial chic, and offers a variety of meats cooked over a wood-fired grill. The atmosphere is quite dark and noisy, but our only complaint aesthetically was how close the tables were spaced together. With two levels, and two full bars, it’s a destination for any occasion.
We started with glasses of malbec, to hold up to the multitude of dishes we tried. The menu is divided between cold & hot tapas, platos, a la vara, asador, and al lado.
From the pequeno cold menu, we chose the ceviche mixto, which arrived with squid, shrimp, ono, rocoto, and fried corn. The ceviche was fresh, though under-seasoned, while the fried corn cakes provided a nice crisp texture to the dish. We would’ve been happy just munching on a plate of those corn cakes. From the pequeno hot menu, we selected the empanadas de carne, hueso asado (bone marrow) and the pulpo (octopus). Both of us love octopus, and Lolinda’s version arrived incredibly tender, with crisp potatoes, frisee, and a delightful salsa verde aioli. The dish was beautifully composed and provided some nice contrasting flavors and textures. For us, the empanadas fell flat, with lackluster flavor. From there, we dug into the perfectly roasted bone marrow, which was accompanied by crostini, jicama, and a chile de arbol jelly. We found the marrow to be rich, unctuous, almost ordered a second plate.
Since we were at an Argentinian Steakhouse, we rounded out our meal with the aguja (flat iron steak), to see what came out of their asador. The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare, with grilled tomato, and a chimichurri sauce that lacked acid, and was a bit on the oily side. Overall, we had a fabulous, though loud, dining experience at Lolinda.
Lolinda | 2518 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 | Open 7 days a week for dinner