January marks the return of SF Restaurant Week, the highly advertised, popular event held annually by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. With it, endless lunch and dinner deals are offered at various Bay Area restaurants. The extensive list includes many well-known spots, and some that are not exactly stellar. Luckily, there’s still time to put in reservations and offerings are available January 18-29. So why not try a couple, or even a handful of options? Here’s a quick guide to Restaurant Week’s best and tastiest deals.
The Perennial $40 Dinner
Always an intriguing option, The Perennial is known for its upscale approach, complete with $16 appetizers and $25 main entrees, so the dinner price tag for is more than a good deal. $40 will get you a taste of the Butternut Squash Toast or Pumpkin Seed Bisque, an elegant main and airy Kernza Ice Cream. You do the math!
59 9th St
Aina $25 Lunch
If you still haven’t been to this addictive Hawaiian spot, Restaurant Week is a good place to start. The lunch is especially affordable, and, given Aina’s comfort food angle, possibly the most filling on the list. A choice of appetizer, a hefty Kalua Pork Belly or Katsu Chicken entree and a refreshing herbal cocktail for $25? Sold.
900 22nd St
Hog & Rocks $65 Dinner
At first glance, the Hog & Rocks dinner is on the pricier side of Restaurant Week, but here’s the breakdown of their deal. Start with an appetizer (the divine union of oyster and ham, of course), a first and second course, an entree (delicious shepherd’s pie) and a choice of dessert, plus a designated cocktail with every course. Sounds more than convincing.
3431 19th St
Roka Akor $25 Lunch
Fresh sushi and raw deliciousness are Roka Akor‘s leading temptations, and all are present in the rather generous lunch menu. For $25, you’ll be able to choose from a list of appetizers including tataki, sashimi or fresh mizuna salad, as well as four entree choices (including steak and a sashimi set).
801 Montgomery St
Babu Ji $65 Dinner
Sometimes, Restaurant Week is a good excuse to check out a completely new restaurant, and that’s exactly the case with Babu Ji, the fresh Indian cuisine spot in town. The $65 menu includes a good taste of the restaurant’s flavorful, tongue-in-cheek menu, from the Unauthentic Butter Chicken to the Chai and Biscuit Kulfi. Taste it all, make notes, come back for more.
280 Valencia St