2019 Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in San Francisco/Bay Area

Valentine’s Day Restaurants SF

Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in San Francisco/Bay Area

Many restaurants in San Francisco will be offering special menus for Valentine’s Day, but we’ve rounded up the best of the best. Celebrate with your sweetie at one of GAYOT’s Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in San Francisco/Bay Area.

> The selections are presented in alphabetical order.

> Check out GAYOT’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

1. Acquerello

Acquerello, San Francisco
Polk Gulch, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableNamed for the watercolors that line the walls of this intimate former chapel, Acquerello offers beautifully prepared Italian cuisine.

On Valentine’s Day, guests will be treated to a special six-course tasting menu ($250 per person, plus $160 for wine pairing).


2. AL’s Place

AL's Place, San Francisco
Mission, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableChef Aaron London will offer a prix-fixe family-style Valentine’s Day menu ($140 per person) at Mission restaurant AL’s Place. Optional wine pairings will be available.


3. Bouche

Bouche, San Francisco
Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableSpend Valentine’s Day at “Bouche” Street’s sexy little French restaurant, which will offer a prix-fixe menu ($85) with options of pork belly, corn, kale and pomegranate, along with scallops, butternut squash and ginger confit beurre blanc.


4. Buckeye Roadhouse

Buckeye Roadhouse, Mill Valley
Mill Valley, CA

Spend Valentine’s Day in an elegant ski lodge-like setting with huge windows looking out onto green wilderness, a vaulted ceiling and a massive stone fireplace.

Buckeye Roadhouse will offer a special four-course prix-fixe menu ($75 per person) on February 14, with selections such as sesame-crusted ahi tuna with hoisin ginger vinaigrette and braised short ribs, herbed polenta and Cabernet sauce.

5. The Cavalier

The Cavalier, San Francisco
Union Square, San Francisco, CA

The CavalierReservation OpenTable, the British brasserie at Hotel Zetta San Francisco, will present a multi-course prix-fixe menu ($95 per person) on Valentine’s Day.

French gnocchi with roasted winter squash and black truffle may be followed by warm apple pear crumble or chocolate caramel bread pudding.


6. Commonwealth

Commonwealth, San Francisco
Mission, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableOn February 14, Commonwealth in the Mission will recognize Valentine’s Day with a special six-course tasting menu ($135, additional beverage pairing $75).


7. Flour + Water

Flour + Water, San Francisco
Mission, San Francisco, CA

Flour + WaterReservation OpenTable offers Italian fare with Northern California inspirations.

On Valentine’s Day, enjoy a five-course prix-fixe menu for $125 per guest (optional wine pairings $75).


8. Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco
Mission, San Francisco, CA

Foreign CinemaReservation OpenTable‘s dinner-and-a-movie format makes it an ideal choice for Valentine’s Day.

On February 14, enjoy a three-course dinner menu ($130 per person) at this Mission District restaurant. Also offered will be special wines by the glass and cocktails.


9. La Folie

La Folie, San Francisco
Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableSleek neighborhood spot La Folie features the French cuisine of renowned chef Roland Passot.

Valentine’s Day visitors can enjoy a special menu ($280, plus $130 for optional wine pairing) presenting Dungeness crab salad with caviar; asparagus soup with black truffle; and rib-eye, morels and sweetbreads.


10. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, San Francisco
Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaReservation OpenTable, located on the waterfront, offers modern Peruvian cuisine and sweeping Bay views.

On February 14, enjoy the restaurant’s “Night of the Thousand Candles” for Valentine’s Day. A special three-course menu will be offered ($85 per person).


11. Lord Stanley

Lord Stanley, San Francisco
Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA

Forty-seat Lord Stanley offers texture-rich dishes in a setting characterized by austere bones and svelte furnishings.

On Valentine’s Day, this Russian Hill restaurant will treat guests to an eight-course menu ($200 per person) in its dining room. Enjoy a five-course menu at the mezzanine’s communal table ($120 per person). Optional wine pairing will be available.

12. Maybeck’s

Maybeck's, San Francisco
Marina, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableFind crab bisque “en croute,” Prime New York steak and baked Alaska, among other dishes, on Maybeck’s Valentine’s Day menu ($85 per person, savory wine pairing $40).

“Lovers Libations” (priced separately) stay in the holiday spirit, with the “French Kiss” ($12) and “Sweet Tart” ($12).


13. Michael Mina

Michael Mina, San Francisco
Financial District, San Francisco, CA

Michael MinaReservation OpenTable restaurant in the Financial District boasts a cool, sleek dining room.

Appreciate its minimalist design, majestic bar and high ceilings on Valentine’s Day while enjoying a special six-course prix-fixe menu ($265 per person, optional wine pairing $185).


14. Murray Circle

Murray Circle, Sausalito
Sausalito, CA

Murray CircleReservation OpenTable features gourmet California cuisine in a historic setting with striking views.

The restaurant will offer a special menu on Valentine’s Day for $90 per person.


15. Octavia

Octavia, San Francisco
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableOctavia, which features seasonally driven California cuisine in Pacific Heights, will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu ($100 per person, $45 per person for optional wine pairing) on Valentine’s Day.


16. One Market

One Market, San Francisco
Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableUpscale San Francisco cornerstone One Market resides at the tip of Market Street, across from the Ferry Building.

Visit on Valentine’s Day to enjoy a four-course prix-fixe dinner ($89 per person) with a choice of dishes ranging from wild nettle agnolotti to grilled ahi tuna, and tropical baked Alaska.


17. Pabu

Pabu, San Francisco
Financial District, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableThis refined, modern Japanese izakaya and sushi bar from chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga will offer lobster chawanmushi, pan-roasted duck magret and a sake lees “sundae” among other dishes on its Valentine’s Day menu ($135 food, $65 sake pairings).


18. Roka Akor

Roka Akor, San Francisco
Jackson Square, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableGet a taste of Roka Akor’s signature fare this Valentine’s Day via a four-course tasting menu ($108 per person, two person minimum).

Look for lobster dumplings; Wagyu filet with grilled bone marrow and sweet garlic soy; and warm Valrhona chocolate cake.


19. The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse

The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse, Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA

Reservation OpenTableOn Valentine’s Day, a special three-course menu ($165 per person) will be offered at The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto.


20. Spruce

Spruce, San Francisco
Laurel Heights, San Francisco, CA

Reservation OpenTableWith an ambience that is at once warm and posh, and imaginative dishes borne of impeccable pedigree, Spruce somehow manages a playful elegance.

The Valentine’s Day tasting menu ($160 per person) will offer guests choices such as lobster vichyssoise, rack of lamb, and honey and pistachio Pavlova. Sommelier’s wine pairings are available for an additional $95.


21. The Village Pub

The Village Pub, Woodside
Woodside, CA

The Village PubReservation OpenTable in Woodside boasts a clubby atmosphere of polished dark wood and red velvet. Ensconced in this setting, Valentine’s Day guests can enjoy a special chef’s tasting menu with dishes like celery root velouté, Sicilian pistachio-crusted striped bass, and dark chocolate mousse.