3 More Unique Dining Experiences in San Francisco
Looking for unique dining experiences in San Francisco? The city is filled with great food and the restaurants who serve them. And while many of these places are delicious, some dining experiences are more unique than others. From a dinner that’s ticketed like a concert, to a lunch or dinner tour that takes you to four different restaurants, to a dinner that takes place totally in the dark, these experiences are perfect for diners looking for something a little different. Don't forget to check out our previous list of 5 unusual places to dine.
Lazy Bear (3416 19th St.)
In a city where chefs are likened to rock stars, Lazy Bear sells tickets to their dinner, much like a concert. Each month, tickets for two seated dinners per night go on sale and are usually scooped up quickly. The dinners include communal seating and a 14-plus-course tasting menu with prices varying by day and time. Diners don’t know what they’ll be eating until they arrive as the menu changes by meal. The chefs come out and describe each dish to the diners as they all are served and eat together. It’s like a dinner party, but with new friends instead of established ones.
Avital Tours offers unique four-course dining experiences, giving guests the opportunity to explore an iconic neighborhood through the food and culture. Each restaurant in the Mission, North Beach and Union Square has been chosen for its importance to the story of San Francisco. At each stop, guests meet restaurant owners, chefs and culinary experts while enjoying appetizers, an entrée, and dessert and learning about the history of the location and neighborhood. The dining experiences have been built by locals, for both locals and travelers looking for an appetizing way to explore the city. www.avitaltours.com
Opaque (689 McAllister St.)
Dining in the dark is literal at Opaque. Diners eat in the pitch black, totally abandoning one of their five senses so they can focus more on the sounds, smells, tastes and feels of the experience. Servers at Opaque are visually impaired or blind and have been trained to serve these meals in complete darkness. Before entering the dark room, diners are able to view a menu to choose their meal, which is created by a sighted chef. Opaque is a unique place to experience food while using your other senses to create a complete picture.
Avital Tours offers four-course progressive dining experiences in North Beach, Union Square, and the Mission District. You'll meet chefs and industry experts, and have the opportunity to see, smell, and taste what shapes each unique neighborhood— from the food (and drinks) to the art, history, and culture. Tickets available at www.avitaltours.com