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Dec 17, 2008 11:28 AM

SF Restaurant Deals Due to Financial Meltdown?

I keep hearing that there are good deals for luch or dinner at some places in town. Anybody hear any good deals? I am looking for higher end but will galdly and gratefully accept any ideas! Many thanks Chowhounds!

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  1. is selling $25 gift certificates for $2 (use promo code SANTA), and among the numerous uninspiring choices there are a few gems. Be sure to check the usage restrictions (minimum food purchase not including alcohol, etc.).

    1. Dine About Town starts again next month. Walking around SF, I've noticed alot of empty tables lately.

      1. I know this is in Berkeley, but I've been dying to post it somewhere.

        Bistro Liaison did a deal in October and November which will restart in January where they offer a full 3-course dinner Monday through Thursday for $25. The menu changes weekly - one week being coq au vin, another being a veal something or other - and starts with a small bowl of olives, then your choice of a soup or salad, the entree of the week, dessert, and a glass of wine.

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        1. re: adrienne156

          Thanks for posting. Their website still lists the menu at $32 -- and says nothing about it changing weekly.

        2. Here's the DAT article from the SF Chron. I also noticed that Campton Place is participating for dinner this time.

          Deals: Dine About Town returns Jan. 15-31
          Deb Wandell

          Wednesday, December 31, 2008

          Eat out and help take a bite out of the recession during the 2009 installment of Dine About Town, taking place from Jan. 15-31 throughout San Francisco.

          More than 100 restaurants will offer three-course fixed-price lunches ($21.95) and dinners ($34.95), tax and tip excluded.

          New restaurants on the 2009 roster include Ducca Restaurant and Lounge, Catch, Medjool, Luce and Jeanty at Jack's. They join veterans Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, Ana Mandara, Asia de Cuba, Fringale, One Market and Tommy Toy's Cuisine Chinoise, among many others.

          The dates and times of participation may vary by restaurant; a la carte menus also will be available.

          This year's fundraiser kicks off with a launch party at 6 p.m. Jan 14 at the Cellar at Macy's Union Square. The $20 admission includes 10 tasting tickets for hors d'oeuvres from Campton Place Restaurant, Chez Papa Resto, Colibri Mexican Bistro, Fish & Farm and several other restaurants, and a cooking demonstration by Jake des Voignes, executive chef at Fish & Farm. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. For reservations to the launch party (by Jan. 11), and a list of participating restaurants, go to For restaurant reservations, go to or call participating restaurants.

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          1. re: baron45

            Campton Place definitely looks like one of the most attractive options.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I hate to admit it but I'm considering the Cliff House for DAT now that George Marrone is in the kitchen. It seems like a painless way to give the joint another chance.

              Seems like the response is not so much dropping prices but closing doors such as JoJo, Cafe de la Paz and Cetrella shuttering up for the winter until May 1st.

                1. re: pseudokiwi

                  Have you been since Marrone took over? What did you try?

                  I've been to Sutro's with other chefs in the kitchen and wasn't impressed.

                  1. re: rworange

                    Yes. It was one of the better meals I've had in SF (recent NYC transplant making the foodie rounds). LOVED the lobster ravioli. Bone in rib eye and the pork were also fabulous.

          2. Not a response to the meltdown, but an expansion of service: Jai Yun is now doing prix fixe lunches starting at $18 pp