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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...

Ame Fusion
14/20
Dining Room at Ame, San Francisco, CA St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
689 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Contemporary California cuisine with Asian influences in a luxurious setting at the St. Regis Hotel. 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 will change seasonally along with its menus. More...

Atelier Crenn French
15/20
Dining Room at Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA 3127 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Dominique Crenn's whimsical restaurant is a creative culinary adventure. 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 Tartine Eastern European
15/20
Dining Room at Bar Tartine, San Francisco, CA 561 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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This romantic Mission restaurant turns out Eastern European cuisine. More...

Bay Wolf California
15/20
Dining Room at Bay Wolf, Oakland, CA 3853 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
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A restaurant that offers the seasonal cuisine of Italy and Spain, with bold flavors and careful presentation. 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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A soaring décor and captivating ambience mark this swanky alley hideaway near the Financial District. More...

Boca Steak & Seafood Steakhouse
14/20
340 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
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One of Marin’s best-designed restaurants is also a destination for its steaks and fresh-grilled seafood with an Argentine accent. 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
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Jason's Restaurant California
13/20
300 Drakes Landing Rd.
Greenbrae, CA 94904
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You have to work a bit to find it, but Jason’s is worth the excursion for unusual dishes that fuse three cuisines. More...

Jeanne d'Arc French
13/20
Dining Room at Jeanne d Cornell Hotel de France
715 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

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

Lalime's California
15/20
1329 Gilman St.
Berkeley, CA 94706
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Lalime's serves California-inspired Mediterranean fare to a loyal following. More...

Meritage at the Claremont California
No Rating
Dining Room at Meritage at the Claremont, Berkeley, CA Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
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...

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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California cuisine served in a contemporary, comfortable setting at Cavallo Point resort near the Golden Gate Bridge. 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...

Range New American
15/20
Dining Room at Range, San Francisco, CA 842 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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...

Spruce American
16/20
Dining Room at Spruce, San Francisco, CA 3640 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Contemporary American cuisine is given an imaginative makeover and complemented by a 2,500-bottle wine list and chic environs. More...

1300 on Fillmore Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at 1300 on Fillmore , San Francisco, CA Fillmore Heritage Center
1300 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Slow soul food and balanced cocktails mark this stylish dish of a restaurant and lounge, evoking 1940s jazz glamour. 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...

231 Ellsworth American
16/20
Dining Room at 231 Ellsworth, San Mateo, CA 231 S. Ellsworth Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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A handsome restaurant with a menu and wine list that could succeed amongst the big boys in any city setting. More...

Velvet Room California
13/20
Dining Room at Velvet Room, San Francisco, CA Clift
495 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Super sleek dining room best known for its frequent celebrity sightings and moody, dramatic space. More...

Viognier California
No Rating
Dining Room at Viognier, San Mateo, CA 222 E. Fourth Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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California-style menu touched by classic French techniques informs a dining experience that is at once homey and sophisticated. More...

Zare at Fly Trap Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at Zare at 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...

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