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Sunday Suppers in SF

You want to have the best experience at a restaurant in San Francisco? Don’t go on a Friday or Saturday. Really. Because you know what? Those are the same nights that everyone wants to dine out, and the crush of humanity would really like to be seated at 7:30, thank you very much. Valentine’s Day is often referred to by the industry as “amateur night” and I’m betting Friday and Saturdays are considered “amateurish” too.

My new favorite night to spend in a restaurant is Sunday. Around 4 p.m., when the sun starts going down this time of year, I get the Sunday night blues, mourning the end of a too-short weekend. Making dinner plans helps to combat that feeling. Plus, a good list of restaurants are now giving an extra incentive to visit, with cheaper prix fixe menus, promotions and the like.

Local Kitchen just started Sunday night “locals night.” For $12.95, you can get in on all-you-can-eat pizza. Pizza, a glass of wine from the excellent list and a big salad? The perfect Sunday meal.

Globe also serves Sunday prix fixe farm dinners, and sister restaurant Zuppa has been offering four-course regionally focused Italian suppers each Sunday night—this wek they’re preparing a menu devoted to the foods of Sicily.

Spruce will continue their Burgers & Burgundy promotion throughout November; order a burger along with a glass of wine and that Monday meeting you were fretting about? Forgotten.

If, by Sunday, your kids have succeeded in driving you crazy (especially now, during the rainy season), herd them up and take them to Luella, where owner Ben deVries serves macaroni and cheese and Shirley Temples to the wee ones while adults dine on “real food.” Best of all, the staff is unfazed by (children’s) temper tantrums.

Sebo continues to serve izakaya-style food on Sunday nights, in a departure from their usual sushi menu. Most dishes ring in at a very affordable $5-$8 bucks.

Been wanting to check out Luce, but nervous about the impact said dinner will have on your wallet? The Sunday night four-course farm-to-table menu is a very reasonable $45; go for broke and add wine pairings for another $40.