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10 Blocks of Valencia St. Light Up for First Time Ever (May 7)10 Blocks of Valencia St. Light Up for First Time Ever (May 7)
By - posted 5/6/2021
Brand New, Community, Outdoor Dining

For the first time in its history the Valencia Corridor will be lit up from 14th to 24th Streets. This project is possible thanks to the generosity of the whole community, with over 500 community members coming together to raise the funds for lights and over 35 merchants coming together to more...

SF's New Rooftop Dining Terrace at Westfield CentreSF’s New Rooftop Dining Terrace at Westfield Centre
By - posted 4/7/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Eat & Drink, Only in San Francisco, Outdoor Dining, What's Closed / What's Open

For a limited time, grab a bite and head up to Westfield Centre’s newly opened rooftop where you can safely enjoy your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Rooftop Dining Terrace is open from March 1 to September 30. Please note the original end date was April 30, but we’ve been told more...

San Jose's "Al Fresco" Dining Extended Through All of 2021San Jose’s “Al Fresco” Dining Extended Through All of 2021
By - posted 4/3/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Eat & Drink, Outdoor Dining, What's Closed / What's Open

San Jose’s City Council recently voted unanimously to extend the city’s Al Fresco dining program through the end of 2021, which was set to expire March 31, 2021. The program was launched in May 2020 which allowed more than 130 businesses to set up outdoor dining in public, city-owned spaces. San Jose more...

SF Officially in "Orange" Reopening Tier (March 24 at 8am)SF Officially in “Orange” Reopening Tier (March 24 at 8am)
By - posted 3/23/2021
Bay Area Updates, Get Out: Events, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Outdoor Dining, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco Reopens And Expands Businesses And Activities As It Moves Into The State’s Orange Tier Beginning Wednesday, March 24, San Francisco will reopen indoor offices, outdoor bars, and indoor recreation, as well as expand outdoor entertainment, and a number of activities in accordance with State restrictions and additional local limits  San more...

"HellaSecret" Oakland: Secret Outdoor Comedy“HellaSecret” Oakland: Secret Outdoor Comedy
By - posted 3/19/2021
Get Out: Events, Outdoor Dining

Get ready for our “HellaSecret” Outdoor comedy show in Oakland. A series of pop-up (and socially distant) live outdoor comedy shows at unique spots all across the bay. We’ll take over a venue and you’ll get an email with the secret location. Get $5 off Tickets – Early bird tickets $15 more...

SF To Enter "Orange Tier" March 24. Here's What Can ReopenSF To Enter “Orange Tier” March 24. Here’s What Can Reopen
By - posted 3/19/2021
Bay Area Updates, Outdoor Dining, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

If San Francisco enters the orange tier on March 24th as expected, the city announced that they are reopening more and loosening more restrictions including a further expansion of indoor and outdoor dining and outdoor bars (even without serving food) will be allowed to open for the first time in more...

SF Chinatown's Walkway Weekends Extended to JuneSF Chinatown’s Walkway Weekends Extended to June
By - posted 3/18/2021
Bay Area Updates, Eat & Drink, Only in San Francisco, Outdoor Dining, What's Closed / What's Open

Enjoy a historic street stroll, under vibrant red lanterns, at San Francisco Chinatown’s Walkway Weekends — now through June 2021. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm, experience car-free Grant Ave. between California and Washington streets — open for exploring, snacking, dining and shopping in the heart of America’s oldest Chinatown. View more...

Wineries & Breweries Without Food Can Reopen on March 13Wineries & Breweries Without Food Can Reopen on March 13
By - posted 3/13/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Eat & Drink, Outdoor Dining, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

California updated its Blueprint for a Safer Economy; now breweries, wineries, and distilleries that don’t serve food are allowed to reopen with modifications beginning March 13, 2021. Thanks ABC7 for sharing the details about California’s latest reopenings. FYI: As of March 12, 2021, all of the Bay Area is in the Red, more...

SF Wants To Make Outdoor Dining & Shared Spaces PermanentSF Wants To Make Outdoor Dining & Shared Spaces Permanent
By - posted 3/12/2021
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, Outdoor Dining, What's Closed / What's Open

Mayor London Breed Announces Legislation to Make Shared Spaces Program Permanent in San Francisco Friday, March 12, 2021 Successful outdoor dining and retail program would continue beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, making permanent changes to streamline curbside, sidewalk, roadway and other permitting process for San Francisco businesses and organizations Mayor London N. Breed today more...

SF Waives Permit Fees for Restaurants' Outdoor HeatersSF Waives Permit Fees for Restaurants’ Outdoor Heaters
By - posted 3/3/2021
Bay Area Updates, Only in San Francisco, Outdoor Dining

San Francisco’s outdoor dining will hopefully be a little less chilly now thanks to The City’s new policy to waive the permit fee for outdoor heaters through June 30, 2021. The $375 application fee will be waived, but an onsite inspection will still be required. The San Francisco Fire Department, in conjunction more...

El Rio's Back Patio Reopening "Soon"El Rio’s Back Patio Reopening “Soon”
By - posted 2/23/2021
Outdoor Dining, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to Broke-Ass Stuart for letting us know the great news that El Rio, one of our favorite LGBTQ+ patio dive bars has reopened for to-go food and drinks, and hopes to reopen their back patio soon. El Rio is currently open Fridays 4-8pm plus Saturdays & Sundays 2-6pm for to more...

SF Indoor Dining Won't Open Until At Least March 2SF Indoor Dining Won’t Open Until At Least March 2
By - posted 2/23/2021
Indoor Dining, Outdoor Dining, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Although the latest covid data released by the state of California on February 23, 2021 show San Francisco firmly in the less restrictive “red tier,” San Francisco is still in Purple and won’t be eligible for further reopenings until it is in the red tier for two consecutive weeks. San Francisco more...

There Are Now 2,000+ Parklets in San FranciscoThere Are Now 2,000+ Parklets in San Francisco
By - posted 2/17/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Eat & Drink, Only in San Francisco, Outdoor Dining

Thanks to KTVU for sharing the news about the massive proliferation of parklets in San Francisco. There used to only be a few dozen parklets, but now there’s more than 2,000 parklets in The City with another 1,000 in the pipeline. The Director of the San Francisco Shared Spaces Program says more...

Massive Fallen Tree Takes Out SF Restaurant's Outdoor Dining ParkletMassive Fallen Tree Takes Out SF Restaurant’s Outdoor Dining Parklet
By - posted 2/15/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Outdoor Dining, Storm Watch

Yikes… a massive tree fell down on Monday morning right into a San Francisco parklet set up for outdoor dining. Thanks to KRON4 for sharing the story and Hoodline for uncovering more details about the fallen tree. The windy weather brought down a huge tree at the corner of Hayes and Gough more...

Top COVID-Safe Restaurants in SF (Based on Diner Feedback)Top COVID-Safe Restaurants in SF (Based on Diner Feedback)
By - posted 2/12/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Eat & Drink, Indoor Dining, Only in San Francisco, Outdoor Dining, What's Closed / What's Open

Diffbot reached out to us to share the results of their latest data analysis that examined San Francisco restaurants and how well they are handling Covid precautions. Here’s the top 10 most Covid-safe restaurants based on parsing 2000+ reviews that mention their opinions on the restaurant’s COVID stance. The Patio Wine Lounge more...