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Jul 9, 2008 06:10 PM

SF restaurants with great lunch deals?

I will be visting SF from LA with my mom from Chicago. We'll be in town in August from Wednesday-Saturday, pretty much all weekdays. Are there great restuarants that have cheaper/lunch menus? I've read about canteen doing this. Basically, I'm trying to keep a budget in mind but want to be able to eat amazing food. any suggestions please?

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  1. We had a company lunch function at epic roasthouse and found it quite reasonable (relatively speaking) as well as very casual and relaxed upstairs. The lunch menu includes a couple of prix fixe options.

    Scoma's, the best/onliest place to eat seafood at Fisherman's Wharf (so they say) has a $24.95 prix fixe.

    Many of the top restaurants are so close to the financial district that they have separate lunch menus, but I can't comment of the value offered at most of them.

    Scoma's Fisherman's Wharf
    47 Pier 45, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Epic Roasthouse
    369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

    1. That strategy's not as useful in SF as some other places. The most interesting restaurants in SF are have prices in the low or middle range, and either aren't open for lunch or charge the same.

      Most of the arguably worthwhile expensive restaurants aren't open for lunch either. Those that are (e.g. Rubicon, Boulevard) mostly have slightly lower prices at lunch, but there are better places to eat.

      A better approach to SF on a budget is to focus on the inexpensive places with great food:

      And have a few splurges at more price-competitive, only-in-SF places such as Incanto and Aziza.

      1. It is currently closed for remodeling, I think. However, Town's End has a $10 lunch deal.

        If you MUST eat at Fisherman's Wharf, Scoma's has a three-course prix-fix for about $22 ... way cheaper than their dinner menu.

        It is across the Golden Gate Bridge but Murray Circle has a businessman's lunch. Nice place.

        Silk's at the Mandarin Oriently has a lunch special. I enjoyed many lunches there.

        However, I agree with Robert, that is not the best strategy for cheap eats. One good strategy is looking for early bird specials like at Chapeau or happy hours with great food like at Orson. There are lots of places that have specials on specific days and times.