Urban Picnic now open in the Castro

Mural inside restaurant paying homage to SF skyline (photo: Trang Nguyen)
Mural inside restaurant paying homage to SF skyline (photo: Trang Nguyen)

We reported a few months back that Urban Picnic (4039 18th Street), a vietnamese restaurant that has a location in the Financial District, was setting up their second location in the old Zadin Restaurant space (also Vietnamese), near 18th and Hartford. The restaurant soft-opened this past week and will have their official grand opening next Tuesday, July 1st. The restaurant format is fast/casual where you can grab something to go or take a seat at a free table after ordering at the counter.

Urban Picnic will be open for lunch and dinner with new menu items that include a “Superfood Salad” (a blend of kale, spring mix, cabbage, carrots, raisins, grapes, coconut, and sunflower seeds) w/ ginger lemongrass Chia vinaigrette, a Sriracha lime chicken sandwich, and a Sriracha lime tofu sandwich. Check out the full menu here.

Beer and wine are also being offered, including gluten free and organic beer.

While week day breakfast may be in the pipeline, weekend brunch will be served and will include a new 4-grain porridge (brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and chia), as well as new breakfast Banh Mi egg sandwiches.

“We are excited to bring healthy eating to a neighborhood that values health and wellness in their daily lifestyles. By opening in the Castro, we can finally cater to the community 7 days a week, including holiday weekends and late evenings,” says owner Trang Nguyen.

One of our loyal readers and occasional contributors, Steven Bracco, has already stopped by the restaurant with a few friends and gave Urban Picnic a thumbs up:

Urban Picnic will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10:30AM to 10PM, Thursday and Friday from 10:30AM to 11PM, Saturday from 9AM to 11PM, and Sunday from 9AM to 10PM. Go check them out and then come back and let us know what you think.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about drag queens, bicycling, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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4 Responses

  1. rblack says:

    Cool interior space. I haven’t tried them yet, but their FiDi location gets horrible Yelp reviews. Hopefully this place will be better and be very successful.

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  2. Matthew says:

    I wish them the best of luck in this location. I have been to the one in the Financial District and it is terrible. It is on our office list of places “NOT to go to”

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  3. My 2 cents says:

    Cool design and atmosphere.
    Amateur service behind the counter. I ordered the chicken sandwich for 9 dollars and had to send out a search party to find the chicken. It was all bread and lettuce.

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  4. Billy says:

    I had the beef pho, the broth was very salty and instead of the usual meat in pho, they reused the marinated meat that goes in banh mi.

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