Best Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco

Best Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco

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Looking for the perfect place to share a special date night with your loved one? GAYOT has gathered the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco, presented in alphabetical order, to help set the mood for you and your sweetheart.


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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

"This fashionable Belle Époque-inspired neighborhood brasserie is a favorite for dinners or after-work snacks and sips."


"Named for the watercolors that line the walls of this intimate former chapel, Acquerello in San Francisco offers beautifully prepared Italian cuisine."

Atelier Crenn

"Chef Dominique Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” tasting menu features luxurious ingredients and unique presentations."


"It’s hard not to fall for this glamorous supper club’s charms, including a dramatic, dual-level interior and art of the late, local painter Mark Stock. BIX is a fun, hidden place for upscale dates, and strikes a very San Francisco balance between playful and impressive."


"“Bouche” Street’s sexy little French restaurant caters to San Francisco’s hip, downtown set."

Cafe Claude

"Downtown bistro with an authentic atmosphere and well-executed classics."

Cafe Jacqueline

"Delicious soufflés are the only thing on the menu at this romantic restaurant in San Francisco. Choose a foggy cold evening, grab a special friend and venture forth to North Beach to enjoy a very historic and very French recipe at Cafe Jacqueline."


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

Campton Place

"Chef Srijith Gopinathan adds an elegant hint of Indian spice to his California traditional and vegetarian tasting menus."


"Come for a bite of French country cooking."


"Jason Fox’s inventive and relatively affordable tasting menu has a warm, welcoming home in the Mission."

Da Flora

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

Epic Steak

"Big views, charm and steakhouse fare at this showstopper on the Embarcadero."

Foreign Cinema

"At Foreign Cinema, classic foreign films and independent features are screened nightly in an expansive, elegant restaurant courtyard (films are projected onto a wall). The warmth of a fireplace flickers nearby, and it’s a romantic backdrop for a night of flirtation."

Gary Danko

"Gary Danko thrives amid San Francisco’s fine dining scene. Along with a romantic ambience, delightful food and an intriguing wine list, the restaurant has what many consider the best service in the city."


"Still glimmering since 1997, Jardinière serves as a sort of keyhole into all that’s good and fun about high-caliber California-French dining. The setting includes a downstairs bar/lounge and an upstairs dining room that’s quiet and luxurious and offers a dramatic view of the scene below."

La Folie

"Russian Hill’s La Folie is a sleek but down-to-earth neighborhood spot featuring the top-notch French cuisine of renowned chef Roland Passot. The romantic setting features polished wood accents, earth-toned walls and deep burgundy banquettes."

Lord Stanley

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


"Enjoy chef Michael Tusk’s sophisticated Italian-influenced cuisine amid the romantic setting of Quince in San Francisco. This fine dining restaurant also features an elegant “Champagne bar and lounge” with tableside cocktail preparations, Champagne and caviar service."


"Pacific Heights osteria from the team at A16 highlights the food and wine of Rome."

Sons & Daughters

"Sons & Daughters brings a refreshing brand of modern romanticism to this intimate space near Union Square in San Francisco. Dressed in an elegant, black-and-white palette, the dining room exudes sophisticated kitsch – brass-studded black leather chairs tuck into small walnut tables and dripping chandeliers sparkle above."


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

Sutro’s at the Cliff House

"This oceanside restaurant features a California menu with plenty of seafood and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean."

Top of the Mark

"Striking 360-degree panoramas are only part of the story at this classic, romantic rooftop retreat at the historic InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco. Top of the Mark‘s carefully crafted, understatedly elegant fare is a surprise."

Tosca Cafe

"The resurrection of this iconic North Beach café features a delicate approach to Italian standards and a setting that oozes with historic charm."

25 Lusk

"Strikingly designed restaurant that quickly endeared itself to San Francisco’s style savvy crowds."


"Gorgeous views, bold flavors and a whimsical interior have made Waterbar a seafood-lover’s dream."

Zuni Café

"This legendary San Francisco restaurant is famous for its roasted chicken with warm bread salad."