We don’t need to tell you: San Francisco’s restaurant scene is diverse and always changing. There’s pretty much a restaurant for every food mood and food craving you’ve ever had — whether you’re feelin’ some pork dumplings, omelettes or some homemade butter chicken. Here are a few of the city’s hottest and new(ish) eateries you’ll want to check out for SF Restaurant Week, which runs through January 29. Luckily, there’s still time to put in your reservations!
YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: INDIAN
You might have heard of Jessi and Jennifer Singh, the team behind four highly acclaimed restaurants in New York City and Australia. They recently came “full circle” with Babu Ji, bringing their signature creative and fun approach to Indian dining to San Francisco’s Mission District, where the duo originally met. Their creatively-driven menu at Babu Ji rotates regularly, spanning from Indian street food to cross-regional curries and tandoori specialties.
What to Order: The $65 dinner menu for Restaurant Week offers a sampling of the restaurant’s flavorful, tongue-in-cheek menu, including the Unauthentic Butter Chicken and the Chai and Biscuit Kulfi.
YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: SPANISH
From the Absinthe Group (Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, Boxing Room), Bellota was one of last year’s most anticipated new openings. Serving chef Ryan McIlwraith’s (Coqueta) refined Spanish cuisine encompasses everything we love about the colorful Mediterranean country: paellas, tapas (including a creamy clam and uni croqueta) and pintxos.
What to Order: The $25 lunch menu for Restaurant Week is deceptively simple, from salted cod and warm bocadillas — a choice of a Spanish omelette or slow-roasted pork. Add a glass of sherry or Spanish white wine, and all of a sudden, you’re back in Barcelona…
For Reservations: (415) 430-6580. 888 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103.
YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: BRUNCH
Serving the most talked-about brunch in town, Chef Jordan Keao of Aina continues to wow foodies with his modern Hawaiian-inspired dishes like guava French toast and house-made spam.
What to Order: The $25 lunch menu for Restaurant Week includes their breakfast potatoes, the beloved Kalua Pork Belly and a cocktail called “Zephyr” for your send-off.
For reservations: (415) 814.3815. 900 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.
YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: AMERICAN
Grit meets glam — that’s the intriguing promise of Black Cat in the Tenderloin. This stylish new supper club has “classed” up what has traditionally been known as one of the city’s grittiest areas with a jazz club down below and a hip upstairs dining room, with menu featuring meatballs, pot pies and latkes.
What to Order: The $40 dinner menu for Restaurant Week covers all the bases: house made sausage bites, duck confit and chocolate black tea pot de creme. Black Cat is reservation-only… so make sure you plan ahead.
For Reservations: (415) 358-1999. 400 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109.
YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: ASIAN
The Lee Brothers are known for serving the most nuanced, contemporary take on Korean food in town — and their sophomore effort on Dolores Park is no exception.
What to Order: The $65 dinner menu for Restaurant Week includes such favorites as carpaccio, pork dumplings, soba and butter mochi. Your venture into Korean heaven, complete.
For Reservations: (415) 431-6268. 499 Dolores St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Which hot spots are on your list to try for SF Restaurant Week?