San Francisco has so many nice restaurants that you don’t have to look far and wide to find one. But if you’re planning to go out with a special someone for a romantic evening, where should you go? Classic steakhouses like Peter Luger or red-checkered tablecloth joints can be found, there are plenty of gems that can give a more romantic vibe.
Here are our top choices for romantic restaurants in San Francisco:
Surprise your romantic partner with a quick trip to France at Absinthe. The restaurant has an alfresco spot complete with custom bistro chairs. Order some caviar and pan-roasted duck breast. And don’t forget that bottle of wine.
2. Zuni Cafe
If you prefer a classic vibe there’s Zuni. Book early so you can get the corner table on the 2nd floor. The roast chicken is superb, when paired with warm bread salad and of course a bottle of chardonnay.
Nothing beats the romantic atmosphere at Waterbar with its waterfront dining just beside Embarcadero’s “Cupid’s Span” sculpture. Dine underneath the stars with the twinkling lights of the Bay Bridge as backdrop.
If you want the best meal on your romantic date, Cotogna has you covered. Chef Michael Tusk and his wife Lindsay runs this rustic Italian bistro in Jackson Square. Olive trees dot the grand terrace and the outdoor dining area has fairy lights, blankets and heat lamps – what more can you ask for?Try the ribollita di Toscana as well as the housemade garganelli pasta with rabbit.
5. Penny Roma
This restaurant has an outdoor courtyard filled with plants as well as an indoor dining area with a beautiful modern design. Chefs Ryan Pollnow and Thomas McNaughton runs Penny Roma and they’re known for cooking up some mouthwatering pastas, antipasti, and other Italian fare.
Bix is one of the last few supper clubs in Frisco. The restaurant has 2 levels in Art Deco design and you’ll find high ceilings, a grand staircase and a mahogany bar. There’s live jazz music every night too.
7. Foreign Cinema
You’ve probably heard of this famous outdoor patio establishment. It’s decorated with café lights and heat lamps everywhere. You can watch contemporary and classic films as you enjoy farm to table meals.
8. Pizzetta 211
Pizzetta 211 is an intimate restaurant where you can have a table with romantic candles. But that’s not all, you can also order mouthwatering pizzas and delicious salads with artisanal cheeses.
If you’re on a budget, you don’t have to worry. There’s Trestle where you can order a three course meal for just $39.
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