Grab your stretchy pants and get ready to eat, San Francisco. Not only does SF Restaurant Week return for a second go-round starting Friday, October 15, but it’ll also make the kick-off of the 2021 iteration of Eat Drink SF, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s biggest food event of the year, which has evolved into a multi-day celebration of the Bay Area’s rich and diverse dining scene.
Unlike in past years — and yes, because of the pandemic — there’s no single day, single location blow-out event for Eat Drink SF; instead, you can look forward to 10 days of parties and dinners hosted by restaurants and bars across the city. Tickets range from 100 percent free for the Joy on Joice Street Fair to $250 for a ticket to the CUESA Sunday Supper. For all the info and to nab a seat while you still can, head to the Eat Drink SF website.
And of course, there’s always room at a table, somewhere in the city, during SF Restaurant Week, when more than 160 restaurants and bars are signing on to offer special two- or three-course menus for lunch and dinner. The sheer number of options can be overwhelming (in a good way!) but lucky for you, we’ve done the hard work of finding some of most exciting and generous deals around town. Want to view them all for yourself? Head over to the SF Restaurant Week website.
Lunch (2+ Courses)
Le Mejor Bakery ($10, Mission)
Joining the lineup for the first time this year, swing through this panaderia institution for a 12-piece assortment of colorful conchas.
House of Dim Sum ($15, Chinatown)
Choose from two set lunch menus: One with shrimp and Shanghai dumplings, plus glutinous rice chicken; and the other with pork and shrimp dumplings, plus a BBQ pork bun. Both also come with a shrimp rice roll. Two $25 lunch sets are also available.
Montesacro Pinseria ($15, Tenderloin)
Step inside this pinseria (flatbread authority) for a two-course set menu that offers a choice of two antipasto and either the Grottaferrata pinsa (tomato, mushroom, garlic oil, Calabrian chile) or a Colonna sandwich (mozzarella, tomato, artichokes, arugula, chile).
Mersea ($25, Treasure Island)
If you want the Restaurant Week deal then you’ll be locked into a two-course lunch of fish chowder and seared Hawaiian tuna at this Treasure Island restaurant — stunning views of the city also included.
The Vault Garden ($25, Financial District)
Soak up San Francisco’s sunny fall weather in this massive outdoor garden space, where a two-course lunch menu allows for choices like squash soup, black truffle and broccoli mac n’ cheese, fish and chips, and a burger.
KAIYŌ ($25, Cow Hollow)
This Peruvian-Japanese restaurant is serving a three-course set menu with salmon ceviche, three pieces of sashimi, and pollo a la brasa.
Dinner (3+ Courses)
Gram Cafe & Pancakes ($25, Inner Sunset)
Choose from either Wagyu beef curry or unagi don with either a strawberry or hazelnut chocolate souffle at this spot known for its photo-worthy fluffy pancakes.
Blue Plate ($40, Bernal Heights)
Check out this neighborhood mainstay, where you’ll get a three-course menu with options such as black truffle gnocchi and smoked filet mignon bruschetta to start, followed by fried chicken and meatloaf for entrees. Dessert choices include key lime pie, a dark chocolate sea salt brownie, or butterscotch pudding.
Cassava ($40, Richmond)
Great news: there’s an indoor dining option this time around, which means you can stay warm and cozy while enjoying buttermilk fried chicken to start and entrees like Marin Coast king salmon and slow braised pork shoulder at this popular neighborhood gem.
China Live ($40, Chinatown)
Chef George Chen’s massive, multi-venue complex is doing three courses — including Sichuan “Working Hands” and either pork or Impossible dumplings followed by a choice of several entrees.
Lazy Susan ($40, Hayes Valley)
This Chinese-American restaurant is doing a three-course menu that’s enough food for two, making it a smokin’ hot deal. It includes General Tso’s chicken, XO surf and turf fried rice, and garlic broccoli. For $65, there’s also a larger menu with additional dishes that serves four.
Linden & Laguna ($40, Hayes Valley)
If you’re looking for an abundance of choice, this is your spot: Linden & Laguna has a long list of 14 dishes ranging from clam dip with fish roe and Point Reyes oysters to chicken and white bean soup and a selection of pizzettas. Pick any three to make your meal.
Quik Dog by Trick Dog ($40, Mission)
Ditch the Happy Meal in favor of a “Happy Deal” that includes a nine-piece Trick Nuggets, fries, and a choice of a burger, hot dog, or chicken sandwich (Impossible options available) — plus a beer or soda and a Quik Dog koozie.
Wildseed ($40, Cow Hollow)
This highly Instagrammable vegan restaurant is doing a three-course plant-based menu with King trumpet mushroom ceviche, Neatball marsala, and vanilla-coconut panna cotta, among the options.
EPIC Steak ($65, Embarcadero)
Enjoy a meaty meal of either salad or soup, a six-ounce filet, a side of your choosing, and dessert at one of the city’s swankiest steakhouses.
Rooh ($65, SOMA)
The SF location of this upscale Indian restaurant is in for Restaurant Week. Dinner options range from huckleberry yogurt kabob or chicken ghee roast to traditional butter chicken or tandoori monkfish tail.
Wilder ($65, Marina)
Head to this rustic-chic spot and choose from a long list of dishes to build your own three-course meal. Options include tuna tartare tostada, baked goat cheese, Spanish chorizo mussels, bolognese pasta, and Greek yogurt cheesecake.
Fall SF Restaurant Week runs from Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 24, 2021. View a complete list of participating restaurants on the SF Restaurant Week website.