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The Most Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco

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.

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13 Restaurants
Updated January 29, 2021
Restaurants:L'Ardoise, Harris', Boulevard
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Steakhouse, Californian
Neighborhoods:The Castro, Russian Hill, Financial District / Embarcadero
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L'Ardoise

$$$$
French
The Castro
4.8
2955 reviews
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 daily specials and the artwork that decorates the walls. Chef Clement grew up in France, and he brings the influence of French cuisine to dishes at L’ardoise Bistro. Some favorites to order during date night include the traditional duck leg confit and the seafood & shellfish cassolette served with a lobster bisque reduction. A lengthy list of wonderful wines rounds out the perfect meal.

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Harris'

$$$$
Steakhouse
Russian Hill
4.8
4614 reviews
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 a variety of meats, including Midwestern aged beef, roast prime rib, and Wagyu beef from Japan. For a romantic evening, start with a gulf prawn cocktail or Dungeness crab cakes. When guests order entrees, they should make sure to ask for side items like the sauteed asparagus or the heavenly Maine lobster mac & cheese. After the meal, enjoy wine or cocktails in the piano lounge.

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Boulevard

$$$$
Californian
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.8
8300 reviews
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 find menu items like buffalo milk ricotta ravioli and burgundy truffles and Berkshire pork chop. Leave room for dessert, though, so guests can enjoy one of Boulevard’s scrumptious confections. Some favorites include the cannoli bon bon and baked hot chocolate cake. A good meal, a little wine, and dessert in Boulevard’s sophisticated environment makes the perfect place to celebrate special occasions on the bay.

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Le Central

$$$$
French
Downtown / Union Square
4.6
1816 reviews
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 stand out as one of the best romantic restaurants in San Francisco. The interior has a sophisticated quality that doesn’t feel stuffy or pretentious. The menu includes French classics like cassoulet as well as unique items like Le Central Cheeseburger, which comes served on a brioche bun with caramelized onions and Russian dressing. Come to Le Central for relaxed elegance.

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North Beach Restaurant

$$$$
Italian
North Beach
4.7
2664 reviews
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. Three banquet rooms make the perfect spots for anniversaries and other parties. Most importantly, North Beach Restaurant serves Tuscan food made from fresh, local ingredients. A few Tuscan favorites include eggplant parmigiana, veal scaloppine piccata, and broiled halibut with a lemon butter sauce. No matter what guests order, they can’t go wrong at North Beach Restaurant.

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House of Prime Rib

$$$$
Steak
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
4.8
13292 reviews
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 the ambiance. Pay attention to the restaurant’s name. Prime rib is the specialty here, and they carve it right at the table. If guests don’t care for roast beef, then they can enjoy the daily fresh fish. When a romantic evening needs to include a hearty meal, make House of Prime Rib the destination.

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Spruce

$$$$
Contemporary American
Presidio Heights
4.7
4602 reviews
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 restaurant also features a rotating selection of artwork. What makes Spruce truly special, though, is their commitment to cooking with fresh ingredients. Spruce gets about 80% of their produce from a private, 5-acre farm located near Woodside. The farm-to-table concept means that dinners get the best flavors from menu items like risotto verde and cinderella squash gnocchi.

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Firefly Restaurant

$$$$
American
Noe Valley
4.8
2589 reviews
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 inventive recipes like tandoori cauliflower with sweet potato-chickpea curry and rosemary pork chops with butternut squash, apples, and other fall vegetables. Whether couples love seafood, perfectly prepared meat, or vegetarian dishes, Firefly can satisfy their appetites in a cozy dining room with an ambiance that helps make it one of the best romantic restaurants in San Francisco.

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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$
Mediterranean
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.9
7937 reviews
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 of their meals, though, the chef and owner at Kokkari focus on local ingredients from Northern California. Kokkari’s dinner menu includes some Greek favorites like moussaka. Guests will also find some traditional Greek dishes that aren’t usually served in American restaurants. Diners can feel adventurous during their romantic evenings by ordering Arnisia Paidakia (grilled lamb with lemon) or Mosharisia Brizola (dry-aged rib eye with braised greens).

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Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

$$$$
Greek
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.5
130 reviews
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-grilled baby octopus, and ricotta gnudi. If couples prefer vegetarian food, then they can order a vegetarian tasting menu that doesn’t include the seafood or meat. In addition to Michael Mina’s wonderful food, guests can relax in the modern dining room. After-dinner cocktails are a must at Michael Mina.

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La Ciccia

$$$$
Italian
Noe Valley
4.7
2538 reviews
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 includes labels that hail from Italy. When guests visit La Ciccia for one of the best romantic meals in San Francisco, they expect to enjoy a lot of seafood prepared in traditional Italian methods. Some favorites at La Ciccia include oven-roasted whole prawns, fresh spaghetti in spicy garlic oil and cured fish roe, and seared lamb tenderloin. People who appreciate traditional Italian food will love La Ciccia.

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Zuni Cafe

$$$$
Modern European
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
4.6
6895 reviews
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 ingredients. Most of the recipes draw influences from traditional French and Italian cuisines, so expect to enjoy items like grilled Coho salmon, wood-fired Chicken, marinated olives, and Llano Seco Ranch pork chops.

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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$
Californian
Presidio Heights
4.6
2088 reviews
Straddling the border of the Presidio Heights and Pacific neighborhoods, Garibaldis has been attracting locals and tourists for more than two decades. Garibaldis' neighborhood focus gives it a lively atmosphere. The dining room murmurs with couples and groups discussing the day’s events. Tables go quiet, though, when the food arrives. It’s nearly impossible to focus on conversation when the server arrives with plates of autumn risotto, steamed mussels, chicken Milanese, and marinated lamb tenderloin.

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