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Arlequin is conveniently attached to a wine store, so you can walk across the threshold and buy a bottle for a non-criminal price, then enjoy it with your dinner. (You can also spend the afternoon before your dinner hanging out here and pretending to get some work done, since there’s wifi.) Food-wise, we love the lamb burger, kale salad, and roasted chicken. They’re only open until 8pm, though (and 7pm on Sundays and Mondays), so keep this one in your back pocket for an early dinner.
Excellent coffee, pastries, and sandwiches are good reasons to go to a place. Add in wifi and a back garden patio, and this is your new office (just know that the wifi can be unreliable outside). Definitely post up in the window seats to people-watch the Hayes natives while you sort of work. And if you’re here in the afternoon/evening, the wine and beer selection is A+.
Want to be in the shade while you drink rose? This is your place. Arlequin is an adorable cafe and bakery attached to a wine shop with a massive outdoor back garden. Get a bottle of wine, a sandwich, a salad, or a pretzel croissant and live the dream. They also have an awesome bottled beer selection.
Arlequin is one of the few places in Hayes Valley you can go to that doesn’t scream that you’re trying too hard. On the surface, it’s just a coffee shop with some food, but that food is much better than it should be and you can eat it on the back patio if the weather is nice. It feels like you’re in The Secret Garden, but also somehow in the middle of a neighborhood and with fewer spoiled children.
On a nice morning, there are few better places to find yourself than Arlequin’s back patio. It’s effectively a secret garden hidden in the middle of Hayes Valley, except instead of being full of produce-stealing rabbits or magical creatures, it’s just a really good place to drink coffee and grab a bite before you have to go back to the real world. Go for the pork confit breakfast burrito, or if you’re really not a big morning eater, they have a case of above-average pastries to choose from.
Arlequin has many things going for it. It’s attached to a wine shop, has a huge back patio/garden, and the sandwiches, soups, and salads are excellent. You can eat there or grab-and-go, but either way you should get the veggie sandwich.
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Arlequin is pretty much the perfect casual spot to eat alone. There are bar seats that look out on Hayes Street, and there’s a big back patio where it’s totally acceptable to hang with a book or computer while housing a lamb burger. It’s also attached to a wine shop. Just saying.