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Ideas for 2 for $50 in SF

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My boss gave me a gift certificate (good anywhere) for a holiday dinner. I know it's really not much, so my husband and I are looking for places that have a prix fixe menu of under $30 each. We had a good meal at Daily Grill one night for about $25 each and about the same price at Roy's for lunch one day (excluding wine, tax, and tip)--looking for something similar. We don't necessarily have to go for dinner...could be a lunch, or an early-bird special. Just quality food at off-peak rates. He's not interested in Indian or Sushi, but loves a good steak, chicken, the usual fare. I am a bit more adventurous and like everything, but lean toward healthy/Californian/PanAsian and vegetarian.

Some of our favorite restaurants are Blue Plate, Thai Place II, Little Star Pizza, Osha Thai, 2223 and on the higher end Palio D'Asti, One Market, Boulevard, Ozumo, Scala's, Zuni, etc.

I am sick to death of Columbus Ave and North Beach having entertained too many out-of-towners. (Will not battle Fisherman's Wharf area for same reason.)

Any hidden gems with special menus that aren't posted on their websites? Only know-if-you-go kind of places? I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. I heard Chapeau has/had an early bird prix fixe dinner for $25.

    1. What about Chenery Park or Firefly? Firefly's prix fixe is $35.

      1. Bushi Tei has a fabulous brunch deal. $25 prix fixe for a 2 course meal.

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        1638 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

        1. I'm curious what type of gift certificate is good anywhere. Someone was asking for something similar. Opentable no longer gives gift certificates.

          Have you been to Town's End?

          Have you considered waiting until January when there is the Dine about time promotion?

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          1. re: rworange

            Amex offers them, but i am to use the corporate credit card and expense as "holiday dinner." Great suggestion about Dine About! Thanks!

            1. re: LisaandAnton

              Yes, Amex gift cheques. The cheques are essentially a travelers check and can be used anywhere that will take a travelers check. On the other hand, Amex gift cards are only accepted where the establishment takes Amex cards.

          2. SPQR is open for lunch, and in my opinion is more suited to lunch than dinner. You could each have a glass of wine and split an appetizer trio and a bigger plate and get out for about $50.00 excluding tax and tip.