Imagine, a pitcher of pomegranate Margaritas is delivered to your table on the patio deck where you relax with friends sitting in the sun, just steps from Fisherman’s Wharf. Not bad. Add in your favorite Mexican dishes, like tostadas, quesadillas and enchiladas with some spicy salsa, guacamole and chips, and you’re in for a great time at Las Margaritas Restaurant.
Start off with a basket of corn chips and sauce; the refills are free.
Did we mention that the tequila selection is one of the largest anywhere to be found this side of the border?
Mexican food for everybody all around! The choices of Mexican dishes on the menu are so numerous that you may feel you can speak Spanish fluently just by reading the whole thing.
Considering the Fisherman’s Wharf location, it’s not surprising to see no fewer than 11 seafood dishes, all of which are popular. If you prefer steak or chicken, review several specialties of the house with your server. They’re each prepared differently, and steak is always cooked to order.
Of course, traditional Mexican platters and combination dishes are going to make your choice a difficult one...there are tacos, burritos, fajitas, tamales, flautas and chimichangas all served with rice and refried beans -- don’t forget the sour cream and a side order of extra cheese.
The kids will be in seventh heaven, but if the portions are too large, there’s an children’s under-12 menu, too.
Las Margaritas Restaurant is in a special spot, tied to the story of agricultural California from more than a century ago. The historic Cannery Shopping Center at 2801 Leavenworth Street at the corner of Jefferson Street across from Fisherman’s Wharf is home to Las Margaritas.
Built right after the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire, the Cannery actually sat right at the water’s edge, perfect for loading ships with produce transported by rail from California’s farms in the central valleys. In its heyday in 1909, the California Fruit Cannery Association (later known as Del Monte Foods) was the nation’s largest, employing 2,500 workers with a daily output of 200,000 hand-soldered cans of fruit and vegetables. Loaded onto ships, the cans were sent off throughout the nation.
The cannery closed in 1937, as a result of The Great Depression. In the 1960s, the cannery was saved from the wrecker’s ball by a businessman, restored and converted to a retail and dining center and in 2004, the site of Plant No. 1 was dedicated as Del Monte Square. The interior courtyard boats 130-year-old olive trees, magnolia and pear trees from an orchard in the historic Gold Rush town of Marysville in Yuba County, California.