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Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala Santa Cruz California United States
Cala
San Francisco prides itself on its Mexican food, so when chef Gabriela Cámara moved from Mexico City to open Cala in 2015, it was both a show of confidence and a nod of respect. The celebrated chef behind Mexico City’s legendary Contramar, Cámara opened her first American restaurant in a warehouse-like former sound studio just off the main commercial thoroughfare in Hayes Valley. The restaurant’s abundant greenery—creeping kangaroo vines and a statuesque fiddle-leaf fig tree—makes guests feel as if they are dining on a patio somewhere decidedly more tropical than San Francisco. Cámara’s food uses ingredients familiar to Mexican food devotees, but she prepares them in unexpected ways, to extraordinary results. She serves a whole fire-roasted sweet potato, for example, with a stack of warm, house-made tortillas and a scoop of salsa negra—an extra-rich mole infused with bone marrow. Pro tip: Do not miss the trout tostadas with chipotle, avocado, and fried leeks. One order probably won’t be enough, so put in for two as soon as you sit down.

149 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
+1 415-660-7701
Sun - Wed 5pm - 10pm
Thur - Sat 5pm - 11pm