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The 22 Best Deals For SF Fall Restaurant Week

Here’s where to make reservations before the deals end on November 16th.
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Fall SF Restaurant Week is back from November 3rd to 16th. (Yes, for those of you keeping score at home, that's 14 days, and no sorry we don’t make the rules). There are over 170 participating restaurants this year, offering multi-course meals for either $30, $45, $65, $75, and $90 (and brunch and lunch courses for $10-$40). To help you narrow things down, we made you a list of 22 participating spots that we love.

THE SPOTS

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This Union Square spot was one of the best new restaurants in SF last year, so if you haven’t had their life-reshaping Northern Vietnamese dishes yet, Restaurant Week is another shot to do so. Their $30, three-course lunch menu includes bánh khọt, jasmine rice and bap cai luoc with either braised pork belly or lemongrass tofu, and a house dessert.

This wine bar (from the people behind Taqueria Los Mayas) serves only Mexican wines paired with great Yucatecan dishes. Stop by for a brunch ($30), lunch ($45), or dinner ($75) that each feature the best of the best from their regular menu, like Mayan mole, pipian con pato, chilaquiles de Maya, and silky sikil pak.

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The Flour + Water people recently relocated their pizzeria from the Mission to North Beach. And while you're here for the extra saucy pies, you should also get to know their mozzarella sticks. For Restaurant Week, their $25 menu features a choice of one of three pies (margherita, cacio e pepe, or pesto), either caesar or an autumn chop salad, and a soft serve for dessert.

Old Skool Cafe is a '20s-inspired jazz supper club and soul food spot in Bayview that doubles as a violence prevention program. Their $65 dinner menu includes three courses: an opener of either a black-eyed pea salad or catfish fingers, an entrée (shrimp ‘n grits or smothered chicken), and either a sweet potato tartlet or date cake with toffee sauce for dessert.

This Burmese institution in the Richmond pumps out so much tea leaf salad, it could power the whole city—it’s that good. For Restaurant Week, they’re offering a $25, two-course lunch and a $65, four-course dinner, with hits like that previously mentioned tea leaf salad, pumpkin pork stew, and lamb curry. 

Penny Roma is Flour + Water's sister restaurant, but their more traditional-leaning Italian dishes very much stand on their own. Which is why you should prioritize this spot for Restaurant Week. $75 gets you a whopping eight courses: three antipasti (crudo, little gem salad, and roasted beets), two pastas (tortelloni and risotto), two secondini (braised pork and arugula salad), and an olive oil ginger cake for dessert.

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Chao Pescao is a party in Civic Center (and one that’s blaring salsa music at full volume), which is why the addition of this Colombian-Cuban spot to Restaurant Week is so exciting. For $75, you get a five-course dinner: pan de bono, coctel de camaron, a choice of empanada, and, for the mains, choose between bistec, lechon, or fried chicken (all are served with black beans, rice, plantains, and a glass of cava). You’ll also get one of three desserts (tarta de queso, tembleque, or arroz con dulce de leche).

All three locations of Fiorella are offering Restaurant Week deals, but we like Fiorella Sunset the best for the covered, rooftop-y patio. This outpost is offering a $25, two-course brunch as well as a $45, three-course dinner. For brunch, expect an appetizer (like the OG Baby Lettuces Salad), an entrée (like cacio e pepe pizza or pasta), and, if you come for dinner, a budino or seasonal dessert.

For $30, you'll get your hands on some creamy, rich, and smoky gumbo for lunch or dinner. The Restaurant Week deal at this Bayview soul food spot includes your pick of one of three gumbos, a salad of the day, one po’boy (they’re so good they'll make you wonder why a Po’boy Social doesn’t exist), and banana pudding.

If you’re looking for a fancy Restaurant Week deal (and dishes that'll impress on a first date), this upscale Vietnamese spot is calling out your name. They’re offering both a $40, two-course lunch and a $65, three-course dinner. Food options that’ll likely send you to the moon include surf and turf garlic noodles, a roast beef phở dip sandwich, and a black coconut crape bánh xèo.

Yes, the full name will leave you out of breath, but Nippon Curry is the spot for excellent Japanese curry in the Marina. During Restaurant Week, you can get the $30 lunch deal that includes any two rich curries (we prefer the one with chicken katsu), or one curry plus a katsu sandwich. 

Harborview on the Embarcadero is where to go for a fancy dim sum experience and a view of the bay (the restaurant looks out over the Ferry Building). They’re offering two options for dinner ($45 and $65). For $45, you’ll get dumplings, soup, an entrée (like honey garlic chicken), and dessert. Meanwhile, the $65 menu offers two appetizers, three entrées, and a mango sago fried sesame ball dessert.

Rad Radish is a fast-casual Mediterranean-Italian-ish vegan spot in Hayes Valley that we like for its large selection of salads, grains bowls, pasta, and sandwiches—they'll make you forget you’re at a vegan restaurant. For Restaurant Week, look to the $15 lunch menu, which includes either a kale caesar salad or a crispy chicken sandwich, plus a chocolate chip flaxseed cookie.

Blue Plate in Bernal Heights is a casual Mediterranean-ish spot that serves excellent wines and an even more excellent fried chicken. Luckily, this fried goodness is on their three-course Restaurant Week dinner menu. For $45, you’ll get a choice of one of their small plates (like smoked trout deviled eggs or grilled lacinato kale), one main course (like the aforementioned fried chicken or a butternut squash risotto), and one dessert (like a key lime pie or a dark chocolate sea salt brownie sundae).

Hungry Cafe in Bayview’s Southeast Community Center is a cafe and coworking space with excellent Egyptian and North African dishes. For Restaurant Week, they’re serving a $25 brunch, which includes either a basterma toast with falafel on a bed of carrot hummus, or a crunchy levant bánh mì and chickpea confit. 

Jane on Fillmore is a Pac Heights cafe that we always rely on for kale smoothies, gluten-free quinoa bread, egg sandwiches, and—you get the vibe. They’re serving a brunch ($25) that includes a choice of a salad, sandwich, or bowl, plus one pastry or cookie. You’ll also get a drink to go with everything.

This Peruvian waterfront seafood spot near the Ferry Building is always a good time. For their latest celebration (Restaurant Week), they’re offering a $40, three-course lunch menu and a $90, five-course dinner. You'll see classics from their main menu like ceviche clasico, lomo saltado, seafood taquitos, anticuchero, and a citrus and cream dessert.

Under the Airbnb office in SoMa (remember when Airbnb used to be cool?) is the solid Spanish restaurant Bellota. We like this spacious spot for its versatility: big groups, date nights, and work dinners all feel at home here. Their Restaurant Week deal is a $45 dinner that includes one pintxo, like the boquerones or cruda, three tapas (choose from patatas bravas, croquetas, pulpo, gambas, and more), and a seasonal dessert.

There are two locations of Burma Love, but we like the Mission outpost for its slightly warmer feel. They're offering a single-course $30 lunch (with rice and a non-alcoholic beverage) and a $75, three-course dinner, and both include stars from their regular menu as entrée options: lamb kebat, ginger chili pork, and fiery tofu. Dinner also includes tea leaf salad, samusa soup, dessert, and a cocktail.

Looking for oval-shaped Roman pizzas? Montesacro is where it’s at, especially if you’re looking for these oblong-shaped disks of bliss for Restaurant Week. You have two menu options: a $25 lunch and a $45 dinner. For both, you’ll get a choice of antipasti (some options include a bufala e broccoli or gnocchi alla romana), one Roman pinsa (like the Trullo with tomato, lamb sausage, oyster mushrooms, yogurt, and mint), and a pere al vino dessert.

This tavern-like Noe Valley restaurant specializes in hearty American comfort food, and for Restaurant Week you can get a three-course dinner for $45. Your hard-earned dollars will score you a pomegranate chopped salad, pan-roasted chicken thigh or roasted acorn squash, and an apple snickerdoodle cobbler.

Wildseed is a vegan restaurant in Cow Hollow serving some of the better plant-based food in the city. Their menu skews Italian-Mediterranean-ish, and for Restaurant Week you’ll find both a $45 dinner menu and a $25 lunch menu. Expect things like ensalada andalusia, eggplant parmesan, and a probiotic bowl.

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