It’s Friday, and you’re bored. You’ve just moved to the Tenderloin and want to get a head start on exploring the weekend entertainment that your new neighborhood has to offer. What do you do? Plan a trip out for dinner and a show, of course! Here, those of us at Mosser highlight the plethora of fantastic dining and entertainment venues that locals can enjoy on the weekends. 

Want Something New for Dinner? 

Shalimar Restaurant
When you stop in for dinner at Shalimar, you can expect to enjoy delicious Indian and Pakistani dishes at a fantastic price. The restaurant’s atmosphere is friendly, welcoming in new guests and regulars alike with the same warm service. Shalimar’s extensive menu provides diners with no shortage of delicious options; it even includes a few kid-friendly meal options for picky eaters. Guests also have access to convenient off-street parking and outdoor seating. 

Cost: $

We recommend: 

Bhuna Gosht: This dish features grass-fed lamb cooked with butter, garlic, ginger, and onions, which is then simmered in a blend of Pakistani spices. Don’t miss out on Shalimar’s Mango Lassi, either!

620 Jones

This thriving bar-restaurant is a mere four blocks from Union Square and is within a quick Lyft ride from the nearby Civic Center. 620 Jones is the perfect pre-show dinner spot for a date or friendly get-together. The space is aesthetically remarkable, notable for both its expansive outdoor patio and wood-and-wrought-iron appeal. Hardy plants blossom in strategically-placed planters year-round, making 620 Jones a green haven in the heart of the city. The restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 PM to 9 PM. Its artisan menu isn’t afraid to be adventurous and frequently boasts dishes that would make a guest raise an eyebrow — and exclaim with delight. 620 Jones offers a host of delicious appetizers along with house-made pizzas, burgers, shared entrees, and — if you have room for more — luxurious desserts. 

Cost: $$

We Recommend: 

Crispy Kurobuta Pork Ribs: These ribs are brushed with guava chipotle glaze and come with jicama pepita and green papaya salad. 

Lers Ros

When translated from Sanskrit, Lers Ros’ name means excellent taste of the food. This upscale restaurant certainly delivers on the phrase, offering complex Thai dishes that align perfectly with San Francisco’s love for healthy, internationally-inspired fare. Lers Ros prides itself on creating authentic Thai dishes; its menu boasts both exotic game dishes and more traditional soups and meat- or seafood-centered stirfries. The elegant taste of the venue is reflected in its design — this upscale restaurant maintains an elegantly harsh aesthetic, with stone floors and sleek wood-and-steel furniture. Dinner at Lers Ros is an experience sure to impress newcomers. 

Cost: $$

We Recommend: 

Pad Ped Venison: This dish features venison that is stir-fried with thin coconut milk and a house-made chili paste, along with Thai Eggplant Young peppercorn and Galingale. 

The Saratoga

Want a hotspot with charm? Try the Saratoga. This two-story cocktail bar, restaurant, and event venue maintains a turn-of-the-century flair that stems from its earliest incarnation as a 1900s hotel. Today, the Saratoga has two levels: the main floor, which houses a sleek bar and luxurious cocktail lounge, and a lower level that encompasses a more intimate bar and dining room. The venue is classy, playful, and provides an elegant twist on classic American menu offerings. Best of all, visitors can enjoy their nights out at the Saratoga until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays! 

Cost: $$

We Recommend: 

The Roasted Half-Chicken: This dish comes paired with New Potatoes, Broccoli di Ciccio, and Chimichurri. 

Want to Find a Show?

The Black Cat

If you’ll forgive the pun, this laid-back jazz club and cocktail lounge is the cat’s meow. The Black Cat is a popular live jazz venue in the very heart of San Francisco’s arts and entertainment district. The venue’s calendar features a packed itinerary of talented performers and provides visitors the chance to sip a few drinks, chat with friends, and — of course — enjoy some of the best jazz music the city has to offer. But you don’t have to take our word for it; Michael Bauer, a culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, named the Black Cat as a joint that just might “top the list of the most romantic spots in San Francisco.”

Golden Gate Theater

The Golden Gate Theater was first established in 1922 as a Vaudeville theatre, turned into a movie house, and then lovingly restored to its playhouse glory once more. Throughout its transformations, the Golden Gate Theatre has maintained the classic elegance of its original 1920’s aesthetic, albeit with a modern polish. The playhouse is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places — but it isn’t a dusty relic! The theatre seats 2,200 audience members and is a frequent host to Broadway plays, concerts, and more. 

The Warfield

Like the Golden Gate, the Warfield was originally built as a vaudeville theatre in 1922 before reopening as a concert venue seating 2,300. The concert hall rose to fame within its first two weeks of operation when it booked Bob Dylan as its first headliner. Today, the Warfield’s musical show span a wide variety of genres and tastes, offering something for every taste and interest.