153 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in San Francisco.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Volcano Curry is a counter-service spot in the Richmond making excellent Japanese curry and chicken katsu sandwiches.
The Mexican restaurant in the Outer Richmond has excellent quesabirria tacos and tortas.
We come to this Spanish restaurant in North Beach when we want excellent tapas and low-proof cocktails in a fun, buzzy atmosphere.
Cafe Okawari in SoMa is our go-to spot when we want an incredible katsu sandwich.
For excellent wood-fired pizza, cocktails, and wine, head to Damnfine in the Sunset.
Bund Shanghai in Chinatown serves classic Shanghainese dishes like xiaolongbao and braised pork belly in a casual space.
Canela is a tapas and wine bar that happens to be one of our favorite spots in the Castro.
Gum Kuo is a Chinese barbecue spot in Oakland Chinatown with great congee and all the usual roasted meats.
Nopalito’s takeout window in the Mission is a great place to swing by before a day in Dolores Park.
Enssaro is a busy Ethiopian restaurant in Adams Point serving spiced, simmered, and sautéed meats and vegetables.
Vientian Cafe is a neighborhood Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese spot in Allendale.
Clove and Hoof is a butcher shop and restaurant that does big burgers, big fried chicken sandwiches, and big Philly cheesesteaks.