Choosing from the unlimited restaurants San Francisco has to offer is an overwhelming task, especially when you're trying to make a good first impression on your date. The team at Ambiance Matchmaking carefully selected San Francisco's best restaurants for crafting the perfect date night. Enjoy!
Located in San Francisco's historic Jackson Square, Cotogna ('quince' in Italian) is a popular, rustic-modern eatery serving spit-roasted or grilled meats and fish, wood-oven pizzas and house-made pastas. Cotogna shares a deep partnership with Fresh Run Farm in Marin County. The farm grows dozens of varieties of heirloom produce exclusively for the restaurants. Cotogna is a complement to the adjoining Quince Restaurant, Chef Michael Tusk’s celebrated fine dining establishment.
Address: 490 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Set in a restored historic space with high style, Mister Jiu's offers high-end Chinese cuisine with a Californian accent. Although the cooking technique is Chinese, Mr Jiu's takes the food to a whole new level by adding western influences in the dishes they serve.
Address: 28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108
MISS SAIGON VIETNAMESE
Miss Saigon falls in between hole-in-the-wall and ritzy fusion. Their long menu of classic, authentic Vietnamese will not disappoint, and their staff is so nice we want to hug them. The interior is filled with funky decor and the background music is perfect for easy conversing. Highly recommended.
Address: 100 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ramen Parlor is your go-to place for the best ramen in the city. Try the Spicy Garlic Lobster Pork dish and you won't be disappointed. The lobster oil adds a new layer of depth to the broth without overpowering it.
Address: 901 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401
Tadich Grill is an old, historic, narrow restaurant serving fresh seafood for over 166 years. Dark wood paneling with large mirrors cover the walls and Art Deco brass and milk-glass light fixtures hang from the fifteen-foot ceiling. You can't go wrong with ordering last night's catch broiled, sautéed, or grilled.
Address: 240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Visit Paris in San Francisco! Cafe Bastille has a great date night atmosphere with dimmed lights, candlelight, soft music, and one of the best outdoor terraces in downtown SF. This Parisian-style bistro is located on Belden Place, tiny hidden alleyway which is a gem in itself.
Address: 22 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104
Sauce is an East Coast-style, American comfort food joint, offering a restaurant and B&B in one place, with their motto being "eat, drink, sleep." Choose from their two locations: the original Sauce, located in Hayes Valley, and a downtown location in the Financial District.
Address: 131 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102
One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, Gitane offers authentic cuisine from Southern Spain combined with the ambiance of a 1930s cabaret. After devouring one of their fresh seafood dishes, head downstairs to Gitane’s elegant bar where they have one of the largest collections of sherry in the Bay Area.
Address: 6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
This place made its way to three of our Best lists for best bar, restaurant, and brunch spot. The Cavalier is a London-inspired brasserie located inside Hotel Zetta, and was named James Beard Semi-Finalists for “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2014 and 2012. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
Address: 360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Duarte’s Tavern is in Pescadero, a coastal farming community, so quiet in the morning you can hear the waves crash on the beach two miles away. The tavern is an American country cooking joint, combined with spiced by the Portugese roots of the Duarte family. They offer local fish depending on the week’s catch and a tavern menu of simple dishes, nothing fancy. Almost all of their vegetables and fruits are from the restaurant garden or grown locally. Wines come from the Santa Cruz mountains, and you won't be disappointed by their Bloody Mary.
Address: 202 Stage Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060
MARINA / COW HOLLOW
Blackwood Thai offers two fireside communal tables out front that give way to an interior of pillow-equipped banquettes and marble table tops. Their menu features Thai staples, such as pad Thai, egg rolls, and tiger prawns, but expect to find some unique creations, such as the BW Burger, seasoned Wagyu with white cheddar, cilantro aioli, and sesame Thai salad on a brioche bun. YUM!
Address: 2150 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
La Folie is a family-run restaurant serving a mix of French traditional dishes with contemporary culinary inventions. They source their fresh, organic ingredients from local farms spotted all along the Pacific Coast, including Marin and Sonoma. The restaurant's interior warm lighting and adjacent lounge make this a top pick for a romantic date night.
Address: 2316 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
FRESCA PERUVIAN RESTAURANT
Julio Calvo-Perez and his wife Zoila arrived in California from Peru in 1978. Always imprinted in Julio’s mind are the enriched aromas of his grandmother's kitchen back in his hometown of Lima. Gathering Peru's exotic cuisine with San Francisco's dining flare, Fresca has helped pave the way for the City's Peruvian Restaurant Craze.
Address: Many locations – check website.
You can't go wrong in this colorful Mexican restaurant serving excellent ceviche, tamales, mole poblano, and an assortment of cocktails. Choose from the many seating options, including a heated outdoor patio, the first come first serve bar area, the main dining room, or the second dining floor which is much more intimate. This seasonal restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients from their sister farm in Sonoma, Oak Hill Farm. All of their original, and sensational, dishes are made from scratch each day.
Address: 901 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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