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Best Romantic Restaurants SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA


Whether you're celebrating a milestone with someone special in the San Francisco/Bay Area or looking for the best date restaurants that are sure to impress, a romantic setting can set the mood for a night to remember. We've selected the best romantic restaurants in San Francisco/Bay Area to share a memorable meal with your sweetheart.

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A16 Italian
No Rating
Dining Room at A16, San Francisco, CA 2355 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Cozy Marina hot-spot --- and sister to SPQR --- serves authentic Campanian dishes and Neapolitan-style pizza, and features a well-chosen Italian wine list. More...

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar French
14/20
Dining Room at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, San Francisco, CA 398 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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This fashionable Belle Époque-inspired neighborhood brasserie is a favorite for dinners or after-work snacks and sips. More...

Acquerello Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Acquerello, San Francisco, CA 1722 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Chef Suzette Gresham-Tognetti's beautifully prepared Italian cuisine at a San Francisco standout since 1989. More...

Amarena Italian
13/20
2162 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

An under-the-radar Russian Hill venue for classic Italian dishes and dressed-up favorites. More...

AQ Restaurant & Bar New American
15/20
Dining Room at AQ Restaurant & Bar, San Francisco, CA 1085 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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AQ’s sleek décor changes seasonally along with its menus. More...

Atelier Crenn French
17/20
Dining Room at Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA 3127 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Chef Dominique Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” tasting menu features luxurious ingredients and unique presentations. More...

Aziza Moroccan
15/20
Dining Room at Aziza, San Francisco, CA 5800 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Slow and romantic California-inspired Moroccan cuisine. More...

Bar Agricole California
15/20
Dining Room at Bar Agricole, San Francisco, CA 355 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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With inventive food, creative cocktails and modern décor, Bar Agricole is a stylish hideaway. More...

Big 4 Restaurant American
No Rating
Dining Room at Big 4 Restaurant, San Francisco, CA The Scarlet Huntington
1075 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Mid-nineteenth-century San Francisco is captured in the historic images that line the walls at Big 4 Restaurant. More...

Bistro Aix French
14/20
Dining Room at Bistro Aix, San Francisco, CA 3340 Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Marina locals are tight-lipped about this little slice of heaven, which serves French-inspired bistro fare. More...

Bix American
14/20
Dining Room at Bix, San Francisco, CA 56 Gold St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Soaring décor and captivating ambience mark this swanky alley hideaway near the Financial District. More...

Bocanova Latin American
14/20
Dining Room at Bocanova, Oakland, CA 55 Webster St.
Oakland, CA 94607
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New-world ingredients meet old-world savoir-faire in a sophisticated-yet-lively waterfront setting. More...

Bouche French
14/20
603 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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"Bouche" Street's sexy little French restaurant caters to San Francisco's hip, downtown set. More...

Boulevard American
16/20
Dining Room at Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 1 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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A high-energy room, an extremely well-trained staff, and a sensational seasonal menu grab diners' attention. More...

The Brazen Head Restaurant French
12/20
3166 Buchanan St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Modest and romantic French restaurant will quell late-night cravings. More...

Burritt Room + Tavern American
13/20
Dining Room at Burritt Room + Tavern, San Francisco, CA Mystic Hotel
417 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Charlie Palmer's noir-inspired enclave, where moody jazz meets artisan cocktails and good American food. More...

Cafe Claude French
14/20
Dining Room at Cafe Claude, San Francisco, CA 7 Claude Ln.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Downtown bistro with an authentic atmosphere and well-executed classics. More...

Cafe Jacqueline French
14/20
Dining Room at Cafe Jacqueline, San Francisco, CA 1454 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Delicious soufflés are the only thing on the menu at this very romantic and very feminine restaurant. More...

Californios Mexican
14/20
Dining Room at Californios, San Francisco, CA 3115 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Chef-owner Val M. Cantu presents a multi-course tasting of Mexican fare in the Mission district. More...

Campton Place Restaurant French
15/20
Dining Room at Campton Place Restaurant, San Francisco, CA Campton Place Hotel
340 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Chef Srijith Gopinathan focuses on inspired fusion fare grounded in French technique. More...

The Caprice California
12/20
2000 Paradise Dr.
Tiburon, CA 94920
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The Caprice is still one of the Cadillacs of Marin restaurants thanks to a 2010 update and always spectacular views. More...

Chapeau! French
14/20
126 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Come for a bite of French country cooking. More...

Chez Panisse California
16/20
Dining Room at Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA 1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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A temple to gastronomy and sustainability, and refreshed and reopened after a 2013 fire, this casual, upscale Berkeley restaurant is thought to have inspired a culinary revolution. More...

Chez Panisse Cafe California
15/20
1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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This casual, à la carte sibling to Chez Panisse (located upstairs from the restaurant) offers fresh and memorable fare highlighting the season's best. More...

Cliff House Bistro American
13/20
Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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San Francisco classics including creamy clam chowder, Crab Louis with seasonal fruit and traditional cioppino are served up with spectacular ocean views. More...

Comal Mexican
14/20
Dining Room at Comal, Berkeley, CA 2020 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Downtown Berkeley's be-there-or-be-square hotspot puts a savvy spin on regional Mexican dishes both classic and obscure. More...

Commonwealth Contemporary
16/20
Dining Room at Commonwealth, San Francisco, CA 2224 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Jason Fox's inventive and relatively affordable tasting menu has a warm, welcoming home in the Mission. More...

Contigo Spanish
14/20
Dining Room at Contigo, San Francisco, CA 1320 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Linger over cava and small plates inspired by Barcelona made California cool by the inclusion of local ingredients. More...

Cotogna Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Cotogna, San Francisco, CA 490 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Lively urban trattoria operated by the same team behind high-end sibling Quince. More...

Da Flora Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Da Flora, San Francisco, CA 701 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

Unique restaurant serving Venetian cuisine in a charmingly petite setting. More...

Dona Tomas Mexican
13/20
5004 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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Known for years for providing fresh Mexican cuisine in a homey atmosphere. More...

Duende Spanish
14/20
468 19th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
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The bold tastes of Spain meet upstart East Bay innovation. More...

El Paseo Steakhouse
14/20
The Paseo
17 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Dramatic chop house featuring upscale American comfort food, owned by celebrity chef Tyler Florence and rock star Sammy Hagar. More...

EPIC Steak Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at EPIC Steak, San Francisco, CA 369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Big views, charm and steakhouse fare at this showstopper on the Embarcadero. More...

Firefly Eclectic
14/20
4288 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Eclectic cuisine served by a knowledgeable waitstaff at a restaurant tucked deep into Noe Valley. More...

The Fly Trap Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at The Fly Trap, San Francisco, CA 606 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Visit this SoMa restaurant for Iranian cuisine peppered with Mediterranean flavors. More...

Foreign Cinema California
14/20
Dining Room at Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA 2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Foreign classics and independent feature films are screened nightly on the wall of this Mission District restaurant. More...

Frascati California
14/20
1901 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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This Russian Hill restaurant exudes neighborhood charm, serving a mix of rustic Californian and Mediterranean favorites. More...

Gary Danko Contemporary
17/20
Dining Room at Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA 800 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Anticipate sophisticated, accessible food and a formal comportment. More...

Gitane French
No Rating
Dining Room at Gitane, San Francisco, CA 6 Claude Ln.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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A decadent little restaurant featuring predominantly French, Iberian and north African cuisine. More...

Greens Vegetarian
14/20
Dining Room at Greens, San Francisco, CA Fort Mason
204 Bay St., Bldg. A
San Francisco, CA 94123
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If you are looking for a restaurant with distinguished food and a beautiful view, cast your eyes toward Greens. More...

Hilltop 1892 American
13/20
850 Lamont Ave.
Novato, CA 94945
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Novato’s glamorous place to drink, dine on California cuisine and enjoy ten-mile views of the surrounding hills. More...

Homestead California
14/20
Dining Room at Homestead, Oakland, CA 4029 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611

A confident, cozy, rustic restaurant soothes patrons while stimulating taste buds with inventive seasonal specialties. More...

Jardinière French
15/20
Dining Room at Jardinière, San Francisco, CA 300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Traci Des Jardins’ French-inspired restaurant is a San Francisco destination. More...

Jeanne d'Arc French
13/20
Dining Room at Jeanne d Cornell Hotel de France
715 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Affordable prix-fixe dinner menu offered in a romantic dining room that transports guests to a charming fifteenth-century hideaway. More...

Kokkari Greek
15/20
Dining Room at Kokkari, San Francisco, CA 200 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Kokkari offers meticulously prepared, authentic Greek cuisine. More...

La Ciccia Italian
15/20
Dining Room at La Ciccia, San Francisco, CA 291 30th St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
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Viva La Ciccia! Locals happily fatten up on Massimiliano Conti's rich, fresh Sardinian food. More...

La Folie French
16/20
Dining Room at La Folie, San Francisco, CA 2316 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Sleek but down-to-earth neighborhood spot features the top-notch yet whimsical French cuisine of renowned chef Roland Passot. More...

La Note French
13/20
2377 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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La Note is a breath of Provence in the middle of downtown Berkeley. More...

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, Oakland, CA 1520 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland, CA 94612

A prize waterfront location, historic building and vibrant atmosphere give this friendly seafood restaurant, bar and grill multifaceted appeal. More...

Lalime's California
No Rating
1329 Gilman St.
Berkeley, CA 94706
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Lalime's serves California-inspired Mediterranean fare to a loyal following. More...

Left Bank French
14/20
Dining Room at Left Bank, Larkspur, CA Blue Rock Inn
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Roland Passot's elegant Left Bank delivers satisfying cuisine of the sort that a French grand-mère would cook. More...

Lord Stanley European
14/20
Dining Room at Lord Stanley, San Francisco, CA 2065 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Delicate, texture-rich small plates that traffic heavily in herbs and flowers paired with an approachable lineup of funky European wines. More...

Meritage at the Claremont California
No Rating
Dining Room at Meritage at the Claremont, Berkeley, CA Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
41 Tunnel Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94705
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A fresh look keeps the vibe young at this luxurious restaurant, without sacrificing the Claremont’s prestigious dining history. More...

Michel Bistro French
14/20
Dining Room at Michel Bistro, Oakland, CA 3343 Lakeshore Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
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Unpretentious Provençal-style pastis bar in Oakland's Grand Lake district. More...

Murray Circle California
No Rating
Dining Room at Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA Cavallo Point - The Lodge at the Golden Gate
601 Murray Cir.
Sausalito, CA 94965
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Murray Circle features gourmet California cuisine in a historic setting with striking views. More...

Navio Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Navio, Half Moon Bay, CA The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
One Miramontes Pt. Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay's fine dining restaurant showcases local produce, fresh seafood and an exemplary view. More...

Outerlands New American
14/20
Dining Room at Outerlands, San Francisco, CA 4001 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
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Outerlands is so named because it’s on the outer edge of San Francisco's foggy Sunset District. More...

Pelican Inn British
13/20
Pelican Inn
10 Pacific Wy.
Muir Beach, CA 94965
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Tucked into a quiet corner of Marin just minutes from Muir Beach, this rustic Tudor inn serves up English pub fare. More...

Perbacco Ristorante + Bar Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Perbacco Ristorante + Bar, San Francisco, CA 230 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Stylish Italian restaurant deep in San Francisco’s money district. More...

Poggio Trattoria Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Poggio Trattoria, Sausalito, CA 777 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
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Elegantly designed Italian restaurant featuring spit-roasted meats, wood-fired dishes and seasonal vegetables picked from Poggio's garden. More...

Quince Contemporary
16/20
Dining Room at Quince, San Francisco, CA 470 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Relocated to an historic, brick building in Jackson Square, Quince remains a standout culinary destination. More...

Range New American
15/20
Dining Room at Range, San Francisco, CA 842 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Small but carefully curated menu of American dishes and a chic bar with sophisticated cocktails. More...

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards Contemporary
14/20
5050 Arroyo Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550
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Casually elegant surroundings, notable food and a great wine list. More...

Rivoli Restaurant Mediterranean
14/20
1539 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
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The unassuming exterior of this little treasure on the Berkeley-Albany border belies the enticing aromas that wait inside. More...

Sociale American
14/20
Dining Room at Sociale, San Francisco, CA 3665 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Upscale Italian-inspired dishes like chicken under a brick and short ribs over polenta are nicely matched with a well-chosen wine list. More...

Sons & Daughters California
14/20
Dining Room at Sons & Daughters, San Francisco, CA 708 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Creative tasting menus in a sleek but cozy dining room near Union Square. More...

SPQR Italian
14/20
Dining Room at SPQR, San Francisco, CA 1911 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Pacific Heights osteria from the team at A16 highlights the food and wine of Rome. More...

Spruce American
16/20
Dining Room at Spruce, San Francisco, CA 3640 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Contemporary American cuisine is given an imaginative makeover and complemented by a 2,500-bottle wine list and chic environs. More...

Sutro's Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Sutro The Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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This oceanside restaurant features a California menu with plenty of seafood and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. More...

Top of the Mark California
13/20
Dining Room at Top of the Mark, San Francisco, CA InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
1 Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Striking 360-degree panoramas are only part of the story at this classic, romantic rooftop retreat. More...

Tosca Cafe Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Tosca Cafe, San Francisco, CA 242 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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The resurrection of this iconic North Beach café features April Bloomfield’s delicate approach to Italian standards and a setting that oozes with historic charm. More...

Twenty Five Lusk California
13/20
Dining Room at Twenty Five Lusk, San Francisco, CA 25 Lusk St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Strikingly designed restaurant that has quickly endeared itself to San Francisco's style savvy crowds. More...

The Village Pub California
16/20
Dining Room at The Village Pub, Woodside, CA 2967 Woodside Rd.
Woodside, CA 94062
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Peninsula destination for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. More...

Waterbar Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Waterbar, San Francisco, CA 399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Gorgeous views, bold flavors and a whimsical interior have made Waterbar a seafood-lover's dream. More...

Zuni Cafe Mediterranean
15/20
Dining Room at Zuni Cafe, San Francisco, CA 1658 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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This legendary San Francisco restaurant is famous for its roasted chicken with warm bread salad. More...

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