It’s restaurant week in San Francisco!
San Francisco, worshipped by foodies everywhere, celebrates the art of making & serving food, from Jan 18-29. The city’s brightest establishments craft thoughtful prix-fixe menus for the week & offer discounted culinary experiences of their finest or newest dishes.
Why It’s Great
For $15-$25 lunch & $40 dinner menus, you can get 3-4 course meals that normally cost a fortune. ($15-$25 on lunch might sound nuts, I grew up paying $3 for grilled cheese sandwiches! But for fancy pant restaurants in San Francisco, this is actually a good deal). It’s a great way to explore new flavors, new places & make new memories, without breaking the bank.
Also, you can be entered to win $1200 in dining certificates! More on that here.
In my experience though, vegetarian options are hard to come by. It’s kinda sad to go to a fancy place, you know for a special occassion….. and then have a salad. (And I prefer Nutella over salad, thank you very much).
So I combed through 130 menus of participating restaurants, to craft a vegetarian’s guide to SF’s restaurant week.
A VEGETARIAN’S GUIDE TO SF RESTAURANT WEEK
See menus here
$40 Dinner: Includes Truffle oil & mushroom ravioli
Good For: after-parties, cocktails, dance, trendy bar
25 Lusk St
Open 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
$15 Lunch: Choice of tea leaf & papaya salads to lotus chips & pumpkin/tofu curries.
Good for: bold flavors, family & friends, bar
211 Valencia St
Open 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM -10:00 PM
$40 Dinner: Choice of multiple appetizers, dosa (south indian crepes) & curries
Good for: large groups, bar, fusion & authentic South-Indian food, trendy hang out
1700 Fillmore St
Open 5:30 PM – 11:30 PM
$25 Brunch: Gazpacho, Potatoes with garlic paprika aioli; Spanish-style omelettes & huevos rancheros
Good for: Tapas, date night, smaller groups, cosy hangout
2272 Market St
Open 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Sundays
$15 Lunch: Artisanal Cauliflower soup, choice of pastas & pizzettes
Cuisine: Pizzeria (Described as “Roman Style Pizzeria”)
Good for: Pizza, pasta, large groups, communal-style tables, hustle & bustle
2175 Chestnut Street
Open 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM
$40 Dinner: Fried Kabocha & Ricotta, Spinach stuffed shells; comfort food
Good for: large groups, friends & family, sports bar
409 Gough Street
Open 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
$25 Lunch: Choice of Indian street food
Cuisine: North-Indian Street Food
Good For: Cosy hangout, friends & family, smaller groups
3111 24th St
Open 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, except Mon & Tues
$40 Dinner: appetizers from Burrata to Bruschetta; pastas including gnocchi, ravioli, penne & choice of zabiglione, Tiramisu or gelato for dessert.
Good for: large groups, hustle & bustle, friends & family
270 Colombus Avenue
Open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
$65 Dinner: 4 course meal, including Pho, spring rolls, entree with curry/tofu & dessert.
Good for: unique ambience, large groups, date night, friends & family, bar & live music
20 Cosmo Place
Open 5:30 PM – 10 PM
$15 Lunch: queso fundido & chile relleno
Good for: large groups, friends & family
679 Sutter Street
Open 11:30 AM to 11 PM
$40 Dinner: housemade burrata with lavendar oil; butternut squash gnocchi; flourless chocolate decadence. (oooohhhh!)
Cuisine: Artisanal Italian
Good for: large groups, cosy hang out, cafe, friends & family
500 Precita Ave
Open 7 AM – 10 PM
$25 Lunch: 3 courses with some seriously exotic eats, like a watermelon radish salad with miso dressing
Cuisine: Japanese Fusion
Good for: Date night, small groups, cosy hangout, friends
1725 Alameda St,
Open 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM; 5 PM – 10 PM
$15 Lunch: mediterranean platter, salad, & salted pot de creme
Good for: large groups, family & friends
3583 16th Street
Open 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
$15 Lunch & $40 Dinner: including pizza with eggplant & gyuere fondue grilled cheese
Good for: large groups, family & friends, date night, cosy, backyard bocce court
499 Illinois Street,
Open 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
$40 Dinner: champagne, fries, kale & beet salad & selection of pizzas
Good for: wine, cosy, small groups, family & friends
1098 Jackson Street
Open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
$40 Dinner: cauliflower gnocchi, butternut squash toast, Kernza ice cream (I have no clue what this is, but it’s ice cream, therefore I want it.)
Cuisine: Upscale American
Good for: Date night, large & small groups, family & friends, unique ambience
$40 Dinner: prosecco, choice of appetizers & pizzas, including baked eggplant or burrata pizzas
Good for: Date night, cosy bistro, smaller groups, family & friends
568 Haight Street
Open 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
$25 Lunch: plenty of choices for pastas, risotto & dessert.
Cuisine: Northern Italian
Good for: Date night, smaller groups, family & friends, cosy, bar & live music
501 Post Street
Open 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Let me know if you try these restaurants & what you think! Tag us on Instagram with #findmymojyo!
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