Papito in Hayes Valley is a good spot for a casual midweek date. They have the same tacos we love from their original location and fantastic spicy margaritas, and if you can’t get a seat outside on a nice day, this roof here is mostly skylights, so it still feels like you’re outside even if you aren't. Kind of.
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Petit Crenn in Hayes Valley involves not-stuffy French food that's simple and well-executed, both for a casual brunch or a tasting menu at dinner.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is a French place in Hayes Valley that’s good for everything from quiet dates to big group dinners.
A Mano is a popular Italian place in Hayes Valley serving handmade pasta that isn’t as good as you want it to be.
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Garaje in Soma does three things well: beer, sports, and “Mexican” food stuffed with french fries and guacamole.
Castillito Yucateco in the Mission is a good stop for affordable and great Mexican food. Get the panuchos.
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Rich Table is a restaurant in Hayes Valley that, no matter how many times you go, will always surprise you in the best way possible.
RT Rotisserie, with a short menu starring roast chicken and cauliflower, is our new favorite spot for a casual dinner in Hayes Valley.
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