5 Drool-on-Your-Menu Prix Fixe Meals (All Under $60)
One course? Make it three.
You know what’s way better than sharing a salad and a main for dinner? Getting to have multiple courses (plus dessert), all to yourself, without breaking the bank.
Chefs’ tasting menus--which let you nosh on a bunch of small dishes in one sitting--typically cost upwards of $200 per person. Especially in San Francisco, the city of Michelin stars and “That’s way too damn expensive.”
The good news is that some restaurants still offer affordable prix fixe menus. Here are five insanely delicious options, all for $60 or less.
TRESTLE ($35 A PERSON)
Perhaps the best prix fixe menu in the city, Trestle offers up three courses with an optional pasta supplement or glass of wine. Top-notch seasonally changing dishes include stone fruit with burrata; ricotta gnudi with beef short ribs; and coconut panna cotta with rhubarb. It’s no wonder this place is Michelin-approved.
531 Jackson St.; 415-772-0922 or trestlesf.com
HAVEN ($49 A PERSON)
Across the bridge in Jack London Square, Haven dishes up three courses (you’ll get four courses for $65 on Friday and Saturday) of reimagined family-dinner favorites using the best, most seasonal ingredients. Think spiced fava bean fritters with Meyer lemon yogurt; Gulf shrimp with corn, pepper and tomato; and butterscotch pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth.
44 Webster St., Oakland; 510-663-4440 or havenoakland.com
HOMESTEAD ($52 A PERSON)
The weekends should be for resting, not slaving away all day in the kitchen. That’s where Homestead’s Sunday Suppers come into play. The three-course menu is fixed (meaning you don’t have options) and changes daily, so just be sure to look ahead and see if you like what’s on the lineup before making a reservation. Bonus: Gratuity is already included, so there’s no need to tip on top of your bill.
4029 Piedmont Ave., Oakland; 510-420-6962 or homesteadoakland.com
THE PROGRESS ($58 A PERSON)
The four-course prix-fixe dinner here is meant to be shared family-style. Take your pick of exquisitely plated dishes--such as super-fresh ricotta with nectarines, green beans and almonds; double duck broth dumplings with morels and turnips (a house favorite); grilled octopus; and smoked ham and pea cavatelli. You can’t go wrong with anything on this menu, and you’d be wise to order the roasted cherries with almond cream to split before your meal.
1525 Fillmore St.; 415-673-1294 or theprogress-sf.com
ASTER ($59 A PERSON)
Can’t handle the $200 tasting menu at Coi? No problem. Michelin-starred chef Daniel Patterson serves up a more reasonable four-course menu here at Aster. Ask for a seat at the communal table and then peek into the open kitchen to watch staff meticulously plate your beet, pomegranate and pistachio salad.
1001 Guerrero St.; 415-875-9810 or astersf.com