Deals in Castro


Fitness SF: $49.95 for a One-Month Gym Membership and One Personal-Training Session at Fitness SF ($219 Value)

$49.95 for a One-Month Gym Membership and One Personal-Training Session at Fitness SF ($219 Value)

Fitness SF

Multiple Locations

Modern exercise equipment, pool, spa, cardio machines, and group classes help gym members get fit at five Bay-area locations

$219 $49.95

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IHS Functional Medicine Center: $39 for Nutrition Response Testing at IHS Functional Medicine Center ($200 Value)

$39 for Nutrition Response Testing at IHS Functional Medicine Center ($200 Value)

IHS Functional Medicine Center

Multiple Locations

NRT is a noninvasive way of analyzing the body in order to locate underlying causes of disease, and find ways to obtain more optimum health

$200 $39

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Integral Yoga Institute: 10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Integral Yoga Institute (Up to 75% Off)

10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Integral Yoga Institute (Up to 75% Off)

Integral Yoga Institute

Castro

Instructors teach yoga and meditation classes that emphasize breath, form, and the harmonious development of the individual

$120 $35

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Bay Area Expeditions: Overnight Big Sur Backpacking Trip with Meals for One or Two from Bay Area Expeditions (Up to 53% Off)

Overnight Big Sur Backpacking Trip with Meals for One or Two from Bay Area Expeditions (Up to 53% Off)

Bay Area Expeditions

Central North San Francisco

Experienced outdoorsmen lead excursions through redwood-lined and oceanside trails as hikers learn basic skills

$340 $170

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Veo Optics: $10 for $200 Towards a Complete Pair of Glasses, and Free Second Pair for You, a Friend, or a Family Member

$10 for $200 Towards a Complete Pair of Glasses, and Free Second Pair for You, a Friend, or a Family Member

Veo Optics

Multiple Locations

Showrooms feature styles by Marc Jacobs and Prada as well as polarized and transition lenses

$200 $10

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Dr. Marcus Coplin, ND: 5 or 10 Vitamin B12 Injections from Dr. Marcus Coplin, ND (Up to 68% Off)

5 or 10 Vitamin B12 Injections from Dr. Marcus Coplin, ND (Up to 68% Off)

Dr. Marcus Coplin, ND

Noe Valley

Vitamin B12 injections may boost energy and metabolism, aiding weight-loss efforts

$200 $79

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  • Frances
    The Three Faces of Frances Daily Changing Menu The food at Frances changes daily. It reflects what chef Melissa Perello gathers from local markets, farms, and purveyors with whom she's developed personal relationships. Because of this ever-changing nature, the menu here is truly simple—it's broken into only four categories: appetizers, entrees, sides, and bouchées (small, tapas-style plates). In the past, the entree section has listed everything from Monterey black cod to chicken roulade with brown-butter vinaigrette. House Wine by the Ounce Frances' beverage director, Paul Einbund, blends all of the restaurant's house wines at a nearby winery before bringing them over in kegs and serving them on tap. The staff then delivers them to tables in elegant 16- or 20-ounce carafes, which are marked in 2-ounce increments so diners only pay for what they drink. A word of warning: don't get too attached to any one house wine, as Paul's blends change frequently to complement the menu and season. Functional, Intimate Space Tucked away in a residential slice of Castro, Frances squeezes every bit it can out of the space it occupies. Less than 50 seats are available, and most are on a bench that runs along the outer wall. There's also a 10-seat countertop in the bar section that’s available on a first-come, first-served basis. To separate these two areas, a partition, which doubles as a functioning wine rack, divides the restaurant down the middle. Such limited space means that the largest party Frances can typically accommodate is four.
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    3870 17th St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • House of Chen
    In Focus: House of Chen Specialty: Chinese comfort food Noticeable lack of: MSG Popular appetizer: scallions pancake, a crispy pastry with diced scallions Must-try seafood entree: walnut prawns in a honey sauce Vegetarian options: more than 10, including ma po tofu When to go: dinner—they open at 4 p.m. every day Delivery: yes
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    335 Noe St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Philz Coffee
    Philz Coffee A coffeehouse that doesn’t serve espresso? Yes, it exists—and it’s pretty popular, to boot. Philz Coffee specializes in one thing: blended coffee that’s sold by the bag or served made-to-order. A classic Philz brew is made one cup at a time—in a manner similar to a pour-over—with cream, sugar, and fresh mint on top. Many consider it to be the perfect cup of coffee, and it’s all thanks to years of dedication behind the scenes. Phil Jaber, the founder of Philz, percolated on how to make the perfect cup for more than 25 years before turning his Mission grocery store into a coffeehouse in 2003. Since then, his company has grown into more than a dozen locations that produce 30+ unique coffee blends, each one combining up to seven different beans sourced from all over the world. Despite the company’s rapid growth, Phil and his son Jacob, who acts as CEO, take their role as a neighborhood coffeehouse very seriously. In an effort to create a welcoming, relaxed environment, they makes a point to hire friendly baristas who are as passionate about coffee as they are. Philz is also committed to being green, offering a discount for bringing in a mugs and giving away coffee grinds, which customers might use to nourish their gardens or rub all over their body to create a convincing Swamp Thing costume. Tesora At Philz, each coffee blend is given a name that encapsulates its taste, Phil’s vision, and the process by which he created it. For instance, the very first Philz blend, Tesora, is named for the Italian word meaning “treasure.” A medium roast with a toasty and nutty aroma, Tesora—which took Phil seven years to develop—is what Philz employees recommend to first-timers. The easy-to-drink brew finishes clean and smooth, and, like most of Philz blends, it has a very low acidity level. This prevents stomachaches commonly associated with drinking coffee and shotgunning lemons.
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    4023 18th St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Refried Cycles
    Watch your head and elbows when you step inside Refried Cycles, the Castro bicycle shop that’s bursting with hubs and spokes, as well as a friendly canine. Avid cyclists love this place for their integrity and passion, but the less-obsessive rider won’t be repelled by snobby attitudes like at so many other neighborhood bike shops. This isn’t the shop for high-end, fresh-from-the-factory bikes, but for tune-ups on your older model or digging up a used bike with lots of personality, Refried Cycles is a great place to start. For most locals, there’s no need to scour the internet for your next set of wheels, when Refried offers so many quality second-hand rides that have been rehabbed and ride as good as new.
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    3804 17th St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Bisou
    Bisou: A User’s Guide California-Inspired French Cuisine | Bistronomy | Weekend Brunch | Selective Wine List Sample Menu Appetizer: kobe steak tartare with shallots, parsley, cornichons, and quail egg Entree: soufflé with market vegetables, served with french fries on the side Dessert: Gimme S’more—bittersweet-chocolate custard, crumbled graham crackers, stout-and-cocoa-nib marshmallow, and vanilla ice cream Cocktail: the Sparker—Hangar 1 vodka, Green Chartreuse, salted bourbon caramel, and rosemary-infused oil, all topped with espresso beans When To Go: Sip wines and pace yourself through the sumptuous dinner menu on a Friday evening; the atmosphere then is more relaxed and conversation-friendly compared to the fever pitch of the popular weekend brunch. Inside Tips If you do plan on checking out the weekend brunch, first be sure to make a reservation, then order the bottomless mimosas or bloody marys—they’re only $15 a pop. Much of Bisou’s produce is sourced from Napa Kitchen Garden, an organic farm in Pope Valley that provides exclusively to Bisou Group restaurants. Vocab Lesson Bistronomy: locally grown, organic ingredients served with style amid a casual, convivial environment. Cornichon: French for "gherkin," these small, tart pickles traditionally accompany pâté and other French dishes. While You’re in the Neighborhood: Before or after your meal, head around the corner to the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), a historic movie house built in 1922. It screens classic and recent releases, and the owners host singalongs to the likes of Grease and Frozen and occasionally fire up a Wurlitzer organ before the show. If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Whip up authentic French bistro dishes at home with guidance from the chef’s cookbook, Nick Ronan: The Kissing Chef.
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    2367 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • H Cafe
    In Focus: H Cafe Opened: 1999 Claim to fame: H Cafe was one of the first internet cafes in San Francisco. Food: pastries and freshly made sandwiches Drinks: fair-trade organic coffee Amenities: free WiFi and outdoor seating Regulars rave about these: the affordable prices and friendly owner Best animal-related boast: “internet so fast it would make a hare cry”
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    3801 17th St
    San Francisco, CA US
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