Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar
Photography by diffordsguide.com
Words by Simon Difford on 28-Aug-2014
5929 Geary Boulevard (btwn 24th & 23rd Aves), Outer Richmond, San Francisco, California, CA 94121, United States
Tel: +1 415 387 4747
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Wed-Mon 6pm-11pm (closed Tuesdays)
Door: Make reservation
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Food, Fun/atmosphere
Price guide: Value
Food: Full menu
Owned by: Bermejo family
Be careful not to confuse this 'Tommy's' with 'Tommy's Joynt' also on Geary but miles downtown, for this authentic Mexican restaurant is also the self proclaimed "premier tequila bar on earth".
Barflies come buzzing from around the globe to sample some of the best Margaritas in the world, where the classic triad of tequila, sugar and triple sec is enhanced with agave syrup and hand-squeezed Persian limes, and accompanied by plentiful tortillas and salsa.
Tomas and Elmy Bermejo set up Tommy's in 1965 and all five of their children are now involved in what is truly a family business. From the red, diner-style banquette seating to the plain pine tables, little seems to have changed in 45 years.
Julio Bermejo, one of the siblings, is internationally acclaimed for his tequila knowledge and the bars shelves groan with the largest selection of 100% agave spirit in the USA. If you join Tommy's Blue Agave Club and work your way through 35 of his selection, you'll be awarded an oak-framed diploma and a T-shirt. Even if you don't make it through quite that many tequilas on your visit, be sure to sample their amazing guacamole.