Little Baobab, part of Bissap Boabab Village, is an intimate restaurant and dance club located on 19th Street between Mission and Capp Street, in San Francisco's Mission District.
From 5:30pm-10pm the restaurant features recipes from islands of the Caribbean and Senegal, serving delicious curries and fragrant sauces. The home style cooking and friendly atmosphere exude warmth and beckon you to enjoy good food, friends, and dancing.
At 10pm, the restaurant transforms into a dancehall; the DJ takes his place, the tables are cleared out and the dancing doesn’t stop until 2am. Locals and the international community groove to West African beats, Congolese, Reggae, Afro-Brazilian and Latin music. You’ll find that even your friends who are hesitant to step foot on the dance floor can’t resist shakin’ it.
Little Baobab celebrates the African Diaspora and invites people from every corner of our global village to eat, drink and dance together.
Bissap Baobab Village embraces two distinct "huts" in San Francisco's popular and international Mission District.
Baobab Village expresses the vision of founder Marco Senghor, born and raised in Dakar, educated there and in Paris. His deep knowledge and appreciation of French West African culture, food and music infuses the enticing ambiance of his establishments.
Each "hut" has its own character but the two work in unison to create a sense of teranga, which can be translated from Wolof, the primary language of Senegal, to mean "hospitality." This is where the best part of the meal is saved for the guests, neighbors take care of one another, and you are accepted for who you are.
As restaurant owner, social entrepreneur, and a dedicated community member, Marco has instilled teranga into Baobab Village, transforming 19th & Mission into a multi-cultural enclave. One can truly experience the diversity of San Francisco by visiting any one of the two "huts."
Little Baobab, a restaurant specializing in foods of the Exotic Islands is open in the heart of the Mission District. Located around the corner from its sister Senegalese restaurant Bissap Baobab, Little Baobab features delectable dishes influenced by the flavors found in French Creole, African, Asian and Carribean cooking.
Little Baobab specializes in dishes with many unique flavors such as a creole avocado made with crab meat, rice and just the right amount of spice, fried banana plantains served with a tamarind yogurt sauce, tender crab cakes with a creamy sauce and shrimp with coconut sauce, rice and potatoes, sauted shark in parsley/garlic sauce. Chef Alain Ferando creates flavors not found anywhere else in the city - as he learned to cook living in French Islands, Saint Barthelemy, Guadeloupe. - Excerpt from Little Baobab French Creole Cuisine by Natalie Aitkens
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