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The 10 Best Deals to Take Advantage of During SF Restaurant Week

Gather 'round, hungry masses. From January 22 through the 31st, nearly 130 restaurants around San Francisco will participate in the culinary celebration known as San Francisco Restaurant Week. This year, you have the option to dine at four price points: a two-course lunch for either $15.15 or $25.25, and a three-course dinner for either $40.40 or $65.65. 

As part of this year’s Restaurant Week, one percent of all menu sales will benefit Restore California, a collaboration between the State of California and Zero Foodprint to support climate-friendly farming practices on local farms, including MESA Farm in the East Bay, Straus Dairy in the North Bay, and Spade & Plow in the South Bay. 

Wondering where to get started? We took a look at all of the menus and pulled together a list of our 10 favorites you won’t want to miss out on. Time to make those reservations.

Son’s Addition

Mission
Son’s Addition is offering a three-course dinner for $40.40 with additional wine pairing for $17. For the starter, choose a chicory and arugula salad, roasted squash and pumpkin soup, or a roasted broccoli dish with fried sourdough crumbs, pecorino, and black garlic bagna cauda. There are three dishes offered for the main: roasted achiote marinated half chicken, gigante bean ribollita, or a Marin Sun Farms burger. And for desert, try the dark chocolate sea salt cookie, prosecco sabayon, or toasted flan.

Blue Plate

Bernal Heights 
American comfort food reigns supreme on the three-course, $40.40 menu offered this year. For starters, try ahi tuna deviled eggs, butternut squash soup, black truffle gnocchi, or smoked filet mignon bruschetta. Duck confit with charred grapes panzanella, egg tagliolini with lemon, fried chicken, or Blue Plate’s classic meatloaf round out the mains. For dessert, save room for key lime pie, butterscotch pudding, or chocolate panna cotta. A two-course wine pairing is available for $21.

Bluestem Brasserie

Soma
Bluestem Brasserie is offering a $25.25 two-course lunch Monday through Friday and a daily $40.40 three-course dinner. For dinner, highlights include roasted broccoli and mushrooms, chicken liver mousse, and duck confit salad. Lunchtime selections feature the signature Brasserie Burger and a roasted beet salad.

Bon Voyage!

Mission
Another newcomer to the list this year is Bon Voyage! They’re offering a $65.65 three-course dinner. Diners will have the option to choose two dishes from the following menu: shiitake bao, king salmon tataki, Wagyu beef sui mai, Szechuan green beans. Third course options include half Dungeness crab or Cantonese-style half chicken. Save room after dinner for nitro iced coffee.

Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

Castro
There are three ways to experience this tapas restaurant for Restaurant Week: a $25.25 Sunday afternoon tea menu, a pick-four tapas for $40.40 menu, or the five-course chef’s tasting menu for $64.65. For tea, grab a glass of sangria and snack on marinated olives, montadito, manchego cheese scones, and mini churro bites. On the tapas offerings, choose from seasonal gazpacho, bacon-wrapped dates, and stuffed red peppers. The chef’s tasting menu includes croquetas (with jamon, chicken, and egg or butternut squash and kale), fish or veggie of the day, and various Spanish cheeses.

Absinthe

Hayes Valley
The charming brasserie in the heart of Hayes Valley is keeping it sweet and simple for Restaurant Week this year. The $25.25 two-course lunch features potato and leek soup for starters, and crab and gruyere quiche for a main.

flour + water

Mission
The popular Italian restaurant is featuring a five-course pasta tasting for $65.65. Add wine pairings for an additional $45. On the menu this year: teleggio scarpinocc with parmigiano reggiano and aceto balsamico, parsley and smoked pork raviolini, and squid ink corzetti with manilla clams, miso butter, bottarga, and nasturtium salmoriglio. For dessert, a white chocolate gelato with toasted sesame and chocolate sable.

Spruce

Presidio Heights
Spruce is offering a three-course lunch for $25.25 on weekdays. The menu features your choice of potato and leek soup or kale salad for starters, a burger or duck sugo with gnocchi for a main, and salted caramel delice for dessert.

Trick Dog

Mission
The popular Mission haunt is new to the Restaurant Week line-up this year. The bar’s famed kale salad opens the $40.40 featured dinner menu. For a second course, indulge in Chicken TrickNuggets served with sweet and sour sauce. Wrap up the meal with a TrickDog or Beyond TrickDog (veggie option), or fish tacos if that's more your style.

Waterbar

Embarcadero
A two-course $25.25 lunch is featured this year at the cozy waterfront restaurant. Start with warm spinach salad (with cornmeal fried oysters, pink lady apple, and pancetta vinaigrette). Grilled yellowtail jack, with caramelized sunchoke puree, roasted brussels sprouts, and blood orange vinaigrette, is offered for the main.

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Andrea grew up in Michigan, but has called San Francisco home off and on since 2012. This time around, she's living in Soma, where she checks out too many library books, teaches imagination workshops, and writes fairy tales and fantasy stories for kids.