San Francisco is surrounded on all sides by rolling vineyards, crashing waves, aromatic fields, and succulent ingredients that make for masterful meals. All in all, it seems like the city makes it easy to impress a member of the opposite sex.
A date night can be difficult to plan while on the road. Whether you're relying on a guidebook, friends' recommendations, or user reviews (like on Yelp or TripAdvisor), you want to make sure the element of newness, a delicious yet accessible menu, and the right kind of romantic atmosphere are all present. So, we culled some ideal date night options from our friends and San Francisco experts to bring you five top spots to try next time you're passing through northern California.
Right off the bat, this is dinner and a movie in one fantastic location. With oysters, beef carpaccio, and a smoky masala pork chop on the menu and Javier Bardem’s latest film on the big screen, you can’t go wrong. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/djwhelan)
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Wine lovers abound in San Francisco, for obvious reasons, and the options for indulging in a great local bottle are plenty. Try Spruce for its food menu as well — burrata with market cherries, ricotta ravioli, and butter poached lobster should be just enough to make you and your date salivate.
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Tyler Florence’s restaurant is, as one would expect, a sanctuary of classic dishes. No one would be able to just order a salad here. Tuck into roasted bone marrow, the steak frites, or the Wayfare burger and add a couple of glasses of wine and an order of sticky toffee pudding for truly perfect date fodder. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/swnktstic)
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Test the waters (pun intended) at Weird Fish — a thimble-sized casual spot known for having the freshest catch. Fish tacos, pappardelle with shrimp, and a full raw bar should keep the mood light and the conversation flowing.
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A date night that’s drinks-focused is still a date and the location should be chosen wisely. Bourbon and Branch is the right atmosphere with mood lighting, cozy booths, and creative minds tending bar. Sidle up to the bar and jump right in as you both order spirits you’ve never tried before in ways you couldn’t have imagined. Novel, intimate, and well thought out.
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