The Secret Garden

One of the city's nicest outdoor spaces is tucked away in Hayes Valley.

After 11:30 a.m., you can still feast on the extraordinarily good house-baked scones studded with dried cherries or cranberries ($3.25); round, sugar-dusted beignets stuffed with custard, raspberry jam, or plain ($2); or cookies, such as the peanut-butter-butterfinger ($1.50) — washed down with expertly made espresso drinks, including a divinely frothy latte ($3-$3.50) served in a big bowl. Or try a pizza margherita ($12), an Arlequin club sandwich (Benton's bacon, grilled chicken, avocado, aioli, $12), or a deviled egg and crunchy romaine sandwich on pumpernickel bread ($8). There's an intelligent selection of wine and beer, as well as sangria and mimosas: guaranteed to help you relax, although the setting is working toward that aim, too. The free Wi-Fi seems beside the point.

The relaxed cafe is pleasant inside and out.
Jen Siska
The relaxed cafe is pleasant inside and out.

Location Info


Arlequin Food To Go

384 Hayes
San Francisco, CA 94102

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin


626-1211. Monday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Reservations not accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: street, difficult. Muni: 16, 21, 47, 49. Noise level: low to moderate.
384 Hayes (at Gough)

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Arlequin is open just late enough that you can dine there before a concert, ballet, or opera Tuesday through Saturday, when its closing time of 8 coincides with the curtains raising around the corner. When we find ourselves wishing it were open later, a rumor reaches us that perhaps this fall — September and October being among the city's warmer months — there'll be a later closing time. Even if Arlequin sticks to its current schedule, there are plenty of hours in its day to enjoy excellent cafe food in one of the most relaxing and beautiful garden rooms in town.

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