Fancy date night restaurants are a dime a dozen. As are the family-friendly spots that will entertain your impatient toddler with a pack of crayons and paper menus. But what about those more specific, less traditional situations like the first meeting of your new book club or reuniting with your old college roommate whom you haven’t in 10 years?
Enter the emerging category that’s being dubbed “Super Cute Reasonably Priced Restaurant To Catch Up With A Few Friends" or SCRPRTCUWFF. Seriously, it’s a thing and one that the restaurant scene in San Francisco is apparently thriving at.
So what makes a good SCRPRTCUWFF restaurant? Well, they’re typically quiet, but not boring; small enough to feel cozy; and have a menu that’s mostly priced under $20.
Here are just three spots that are doing the SCRPRTCUWFF trend well.
With locations in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley and NoPa neighborhoods, Souvia is a inspired by casual souvlaki joints found throughout Greece. With a modern rustic aesthetic and menu items like roasted meat sandwiches and salads, Greek yogurts, beer and wine, it’s an ideal spot for any of those hard-to-categorize midweek dinners.
Conveniently attached to a wine store, Arlequin is a Mediterranean cafe that makes it easy to turn any impromptu dinner a little boozy without a massive bill you’ll immediately regret. With a wide selection of soups, sandwiches and homemade pastries, this spot feels special — especially if you opt to dine out on the garden-like patio.
When your SCRPRTCUWFF occasion also finds you pressed for time, Bonita Taqueria & Rotisserie, located in the city’s Marina area, more than delivers. This wood-decked cafe offering gourmet tacos, rotisserie chicken and soups, along with a selection of bottled and tap beers is perfect to grab a quick lunch or dinner without totally sacrificing on ambience. The counter-style set up makes it easy to place your order and there’s plenty of seating so you won’t waste time waiting around for a table.
Read more to see the full guide to San Fran’s best SCRPRTCUWFF restaurants.