Dining Al Fresco

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I am a tomato who loves the out doors; walking in the hills, on the city streets or dining al fresco, energizes me. Even though San Francisco’s summer is more like winter, I still want to eat outside and pretend. Here are a few places where you can enjoy an outdoor environment, even if you have to don your parka.

El Techo De Lolinda

El Techo De Lolinda

Located above the Argentinian Steakhouse Lolinda in the Mission, you get one of the best rooftop views of San Francisco.  Pitchers of margaritas flow to warm you up from the potential wait, but once seated, the glass enclosed area and heaters keep you toasty. Latin American street food is the fare and it’s a wonderful venue for any celebration or one that will impress out of town guests. Visit their web site.

Arlequin Café

Dining Al Fresco

In trendy Hayes Valley, Arlequin Café is nestled in a park like setting filled with small tables hidden under leaves. (Its upscale sister Absinthe is a step away!) Sip a varietal from the Arlequin Wine Merchant next door as you nosh on fresh, farm to table, sandwiches and salads, along with a selection of hot foods to please your palate. Visit their web site.

Arguello in the Presidio.

Dining Al Fresco

The Former Presidio Officers’ Club is now the “oh so tasty” home of Arguello and its delicious Mexican cuisine. Named after Luis Arguello, Presidio Commander in the 1800’s and the first Mexican Governor of Alta, CA, you will absolutely drool over the house made tortillas and the “platos”. Two favorites include Lamb tostadas, and the heavenly pescatarian dish of whole shrimp al ajillo. Brunch finds the outdoor patio teeming with diners in great spirits, thanks in part to the extensive craft cocktail list. Visit their web site.



  • Kim Selby

    Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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