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The Most Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

Every neighborhood in San Francisco is unique—and nearly all of them exude romance. Golden Gate Heights has the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps; Haight-Ashburry has Golden Gate Park; Telegraph Hill has Coit Tower and a colony of red-masked parakeets. When the sightseeing is over, though, where will you dine? Luckily, San Francisco is filled with enough date-worthy spots to make every day a special occasion. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to classic French bistros, Spanish tapas bars to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your date and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:L'Ardoise, Le P'tit Laurent, Harris'
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Castro, Glen Park, Russian Hill
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L'Ardoise

$$$$·French·
Castro
2,437 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
L’ardoise Bistro has a cozy interior with bar and table service. Soft lighting brings out some of the restaurant’s most eclectic features, including the blackboard that reports daiRead more
97% recommended
French in San Francisco Bay Area
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Le P'tit Laurent

$$$$·French·
Glen Park
1,375 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Laurent Legendre, the founder of Le P’tit Laurent, grew up in Paris and attended some of the world’s top culinary schools. When Le P’tit Laurent opened in 2007, it focused on combiRead more
96% recommended

Harris'

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Russian Hill
3,730 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Couples that love perfectly prepared steaks deserve a night enjoying the food at Harris’ Steakhouse. The restaurant, which sits on the edge of Russian Hill and Pork Gulch, serves aRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in San Francisco Bay Area

Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,911 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Boulevard has a kitchen staff that includes some of San Francisco’s most talented cooks and chefs. Together, the group creates spectacular menus that change frequently. Expect to fRead more
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area

Le Central

$$$$·French·
Downtown / Union Square
1,647 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Two brothers that wanted to share their passion for French wine opened Le Central in 1993. Over the years, the restaurant has honed their menu and wine selection. Today, they standRead more
95% recommended

North Beach Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
2,637 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
North Beach Restaurant near Washington Square has something for every occasion. The restaurant features four dining rooms for couples and four-tops enjoying evenings together. ThreRead more
93% recommended

House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
10,587 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
House of Prime Rib is a Van Ness Avenue institution with an interior that mimics the traditional English style. The cozy atmosphere has ample seating and a fireplace that adds to tRead more
95% recommended
Steak in San Francisco Bay Area
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Spruce

$$$$·American·
Presidio Heights
3,551 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
Spruce has been serving delicious foods and drinks to the residents of Presidio Heights since 2007. The dining room has an eclectic feel with numerous textures and colors. The restRead more
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Firefly Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Noe Valley
2,169 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Firefly Restaurant in Noe Valley has been serving healthy, scrumptious food since 1993. Over the years, they have gone through a few phases. Currently, the chef de cuisine creates Read more
93% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area

The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
593 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
Located on the Presidio’s Main Post, The Commissary serves Spanish-influenced cuisine in a park atmosphere. The menu changes often, but guests can always expect excellent quality fRead more
85% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area

Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,542 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Kokkari Estiatorio draws culinary inspiration from Greece. In fact, Kokkari gets their name from a fishing village in the Greek Isles. To make sure their guests enjoy every bite ofRead more
93% recommended
Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
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Gary Danko

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
817 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Chef Gary Danko has poured his talents into this Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant. As a result, Restaurant Gary Danko has received numerous Five Diamond ratings from AAA and a Relais &Read more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Francisco
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La Folie

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
2,545 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in Russian Hill, La Folie is a family-run restaurant based on the creations of Chef Roland Passot. La Folie, as the name suggests, serves French-inspired cuisine. The kitchRead more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Mina – San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,891 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Michael Mina is a comfortable restaurant that serves food from an eclectic menu. The dinner tasting menu gives dinners six courses of items like live sea scallop crudo, charcoal-grRead more
85% recommended
American in San Francisco
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La Ciccia

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
2,389 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
Situated on the edge of Noe Valley, La Ciccia focuses on Italian foods and wines. More specifically, they serve foods inspired by the island of Sardinia. The wine list only includeRead more
96% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,371 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
After decades of service, Zuni Cafe has become an iconic restaurant in Hayes Valley. The menu at Zuni Cafe changes daily so guests can enjoy creative dishes made from the freshest Read more
88% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
1,882 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Straddling the border of the Presidio Heights and Pacific neighborhoods, Garibaldis has been attracting locals and tourists for more than two decades. Garibaldis' neighborhood focuRead more
93% recommended

Zazie

$$$$·French·
Cole Valley
1,275 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Zazie makes French food accessible, even to people who don’t have any experience with the language or culinary traditions. The menu is in French, but there are detailed descriptionRead more
97% recommended
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Heirloom Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,098 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
Heirloom Cafe has two of the most important things needed for a romantic evening: terrific food and a carefully managed wine cellar. Guests don’t even have to spend a lot of money Read more
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Mourad offers a modern version of Moroccan food made from ingredients grown at local Northern California farms. The interior also has a distinctly Moroccan feel that rounds out theRead more
92% recommended
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