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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in San Francisco

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in San Francisco? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Sushi Hakko restaurant
4.9
4.9 (248)
$50 and over
Japanese
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
**Welcome to Sushi Hakko on Union St. + Fillmore St.**
We'd like to offer our tasting menu that's reflecting Chef Alex Kim and his team's pursuit of top notch sushi experience. Our approach is a harmonious crossover of authentic Edo-mae style with Western skill. From fish to rice, cooking rice to garnish prep - a true synergy of not only Californian but Japan.

**Sushi Bar Experience**
For the best experience of our tasting menu, we'd recommend the sushi bar seating, where chef will serve and explain the dish by dish, piece by piece with an extensive information of the skills and ingredients.

**Regular Tables**
Our regular tables are also available for the tasting menu and you can make a reservation at any time slot to your convenience.

*Large Group*
For any party of 7 or more, please kindly call us at 415.814.2886​ or email at sushihakko@gmail.com. We will get back to you asap.

All parties will be subject to a 20% service charge.

We look forward to serving you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
We had an absolutely fantastic time at Sushi Hakko. Alex, the chef, is one of a kind and truly a master at his craft. We sat at the chef’s table and learned so much! Every detail on the menu and the restaurant is intentional and thoughtful. The food was exceptional, hard to pick a favorite but all the uni dishes were outstanding. We can’t wait to go back soon!
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4.8
4.8 (437)
$50 and over
Sushi
Mission District
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, at 2598 Harrison Street, Sushi Hon is more than a restaurant; it's a revered institution for extraordinary Japanese cuisine. Our reputation rests on our exclusive Omakase, where we meticulously source the finest fish and produce from across the globe to craft an exceptional 19-course dinner. Whether you choose to dine at your table or immerse yourself in the culinary theater of our Chef's Table, we are unwavering in our commitment to bringing the best of the market directly to your plate. At Sushi Hon, excellence is not just a standard; it's a tradition.

All parties will be subject to a 20% service charge.

We look forward to serving you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Too noisy over all, could barely hear ourselves over the table behind us
A photo of Palio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1475)
$31 to $50
Italian
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Voted "2018 Best Overall Restaurant" by SF Bay Guardian readers, Palio is a favorite of downtown denizens looking for the perfect spot to make a deal, travelers who appreciate Michelin rated comfortable dining, and anyone seeking an exceptional group dining or private party venue. A place where historic techniques blend with a contemporary approach, and Michelin rated "comfortable" service personally overseen daily by owner Martino Di Grande.

Palio’s menu (including gluten free and heart healthy options) is a veritable culinary tour of Italy; emphasizing the cooking of different regions as the seasons change. Palio's menu utilizes organic produce from small, local farms as well as sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. The Wine Spectator award winning list has always been exceptional, including a wide range of Italian varietals and California offerings. Full bar.


Top review
Kayborg
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
We had a wonderful celebratory dinner and the appetizers, drinks and entrees make it even better. Palio--- we will be back!
A photo of Prospect restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2677)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
SOMA
About the restaurant
Prospect is from the team behind San Francisco's acclaimed Boulevard. Partners Nancy Oakes (James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Boulevard), Pam Mazzola and Kathy King, have created a convivial venue that pays tribute to contemporary American cuisine. Whether it's a cocktail and a bite at the bar, a casual meal at the communal table, guests will receive exceptional hospitable service. A warm modern space in the heart of SOMA, Prospect has become an anchor for the community.
A separate dining room is available for private events.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Wow! The service was impeccable, the food was amazing, I would highly recommend this place. It was everything I expected from a Michelin rated restaurant and more. Do not hesitate to eat dinner here!
A photo of Sato Omakase restaurant
4.7
4.7 (212)
$50 and over
Sushi
Tenderloin
About the restaurant
***Sato Omakase is offering TASTING MENU ONLY***
An invitation to our limited tranquil Omakase Sushi Bar area. Immerse yourself into an intimate experience with the chef and the exclusive drink service. Omakase begins at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, and at 8:00pm.
- Omakase Bar seatings are where you can directly interact with the chefs in action right in front,
- Omakase Table seatings are cozy tables against wall where you are offered with the full omakase dishes and drinks.

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, please kindly let us know ahead of time. We will do our best to accommodate.

Top review
Nortonvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
The fish is as good as it gets. But on an empty Wednesday night, service was a bit awkward (even though they were super nice). Biggest issue on service: really aggressive refills (to 6+ozs) on the sake to try to get us through a bottle to order more.
A photo of Luisa's On Guerrero restaurant
4.7
4.7 (33)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Mission District
About the restaurant
Luisa's Restaurant Wine Bar Since 1959, is a culinary haven that transports you to the heart of Italy with its authentic flavors, warm ambiance, and exceptional service. Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, we take pride in offering a delightful dining experience where you can indulge in the rich traditions of Italian cuisine. Our talented chefs are passionate about showcasing the diverse flavors and regional specialties that make Italian cuisine so beloved. Every dish is prepared with the finest ingredients, from classic pizza and homemade pasta to homemade bread and more. With each bite, you'll taste the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into creating our dishes. Indulge in the richness of Italian cuisine at Luisa's Restaurant Wine Bar Since 1959. Experience the flavors, warmth, and hospitality that make dining with us an unforgettable experience. Visit us today to try our menu items!
Top review
LuluMom
Dined 7 days ago
Fun special momma Luisa had dinner with us. You have to try the meatballs!!!
A photo of Cafe Zoetrope restaurant
4.6
4.6 (278)
$30 and under
Italian
North Beach
About the restaurant
Taking its name from the production company of legendary film creator Francis Ford Coppola, Café Zoetrope in San Francisco, CA is tucked into the landmark Sentinel Building. A European style café, it offers authentic Italian fare in an unforgettable setting. It also serves up wine from Coppola's vineyard to work perfectly with the dishes.

The menu at Café Zoetrope is perfect for a family or group of friends, including shareable starters like the picatta tray full of cheeses and meats. There are many large and amazingly fresh salads, panini sandwiches and impressive house specialties at Café Zoetrope. Plenty of pasta options along with pizza and calzones keep things casual, and there are many fun cocktails to savor if you prefer.

Top review
lindaliver
Dined on May 10, 2024
The service was one of the best parts: they let us choose any table we wanted and lwt us move after sitting for 10 minutes and deciding it was going to be quiet enough for our 4-some. In addition we shared salads and entrees (by 2) and instead of bringing 2 plates to divide ourselves they plated everything in the kitchen--so much prettier! The food was so good, ample amounts, and price so reasonable.
A photo of Jang restaurant
4.6
4.6 (9)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Korean
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
Experience Korean & Japanese Dining Like Never Before
Embark on a gastronomic journey like no other at Jang, where the artistry of Japanese Zuke (づけ) and the heritage of Korean Jang (장) techniques converge to create a truly remarkable culinary experience.

Step into a realm where the boundaries between two rich culinary traditions blur, giving rise to an innovative fusion of flavors and techniques.​ At Jang, guests are invited to savor the exquisite craftsmanship of professional chefs as they meticulously blend the distinct essences of Japan and Korea into elegant Omakase Level Japanese Cuisine and Korean Cuisine Yori & Charcoal Korean BBQ.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
fantastic new Korean tasting menu with great wine program
A photo of Le Colonial - SF restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3438)
$31 to $50
Vietnamese
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
Delight your guests to an evening of quality food and exotic cocktails at our unique venue just off Union Square. Travel through the tropical elegance of 1920s French Colonial Vietnam amidst the sway of palm trees and glow of candlelight. Relax outdoors on the veranda or patio, gather friends and family to celebrate a special event or simply treat yourself to a night on the town. Enjoy a variety of event spaces for small intimate groups of 10 to as many as 500 people in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
What a great experience! We were the last table seated for the evening as we just arrived from out of state. We were greeted warmly and given all of their attention. We never felt rushed and the food was excellent. Admittedly, we over ordered on the apps because we couldn’t merrier the list below three. Instead we opted to the split the shaken beef entree. We made the right choice! All of the appetizers were wonderful. It was hard leaving a few pieces of the Tiger Shrimp and the Potstickers behind. Next time we’re intoning guest so that we can try even more. Sana (sp?) our waiter was also top notch. Lastly, they mix a mean cocktail! Give these guys a try, the food is every bit as good as it looks in the photos.
A photo of Ula Restaurant & Tapas Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (725)
$50 and over
Modern European
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Ula is a beautiful European Mediterranean restaurant and tapas bar in San Francisco. Sip your martini or quality wine with a seafood-centric menu that has a focus on raw, roasted, and grilled fish and various roasted and grilled meats, pasta, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan selections. The restaurant is maximalist art deco with fixtures that depict jellyfish, oysters, and grand maritime vessels. Just a hop from Union Square, the delightfully vintage dining room begs to be paired with a nostalgic trolley ride and a stroll through the heart of the city. Dining is available inside only (and you wouldn’t want it any other way). We look forward to serving you. From the Mediterranean with Love. All welcome.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Ya know... the food was good, the service was great, the prices a tad high, but not surprising for it's location and also loved the Gaudí-ish design inside - very unique. I'd go back... and even far to say, this place is a hidden gem.
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