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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in East Bay

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in East Bay? 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 Commis Dining Room restaurant
4.8 (1195)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Commis in Oakland is a Two-Star Michelin** rated fine dining restaurant by James Beard Foundation Nominated Chef James Syhabout that serves a multi-course Tasting Menu.

Diners at Commis are invited to linger for 2.5 to 3 hours over an multi-course meal in a warm, comfortable and relaxing dining room appointed by glowing glass light pendants, dark furniture, bare walnut tables, dim lit candles and floral arrangements.

Delivered by the attentive service staff and sommeliers, the cuisine of Commis showcases some of the best Northern California ingredients that are in season through modern and classic cooking techniques. The cuisine aims to bridge the flavors, textures and temperatures of the East and West with every course with the intention to excite and satisfy.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience, cocktails were very creative and good. Food was excellent, everything was perfectly prepared. Was were very full with this particular menu. Great experience, would come back again.
A photo of Walnut Creek Branch - La Sen Bistro restaurant
4.8 (1114)
$31 to $50
Walnut Creek
About the restaurant
On Mother's Day, La Sen will only be offering the Dinner Menu and Special Menu all day.

La Sen Bistro in Walnut Creek is serving the parallel French-California classic samples of duck confit, rack of lamb, escargot, beef bourguignon and mussels - just to name a few. These great samples were recognized by the Diablo Magazine, San Francisco Chronicles, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News. In addition, these samples were also recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Come join La Sen Bistro for a glass of wine and a taste of French-California cuisine. Cheers to good food and great companies. Bon Appetit!
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Our favorite fine dining restaurant in Walnut Creek is La Sen.
A photo of Neumanali restaurant
4.6 (609)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Welcome to our beautifully restored Victorian with a contemporary twist. Neumanali opened fifteen years ago and quickly became a neighborhood favorite.

We are open for indoor dining. Patio seating is available. We are not requiring masks for those who have been vaccinated, however, we appreciate your adherence to the state masking requirements for those not vaccinated.

The menu features both fresh and seasonal entrees in addition to a selection of fun and unusual small plates. Perennial favorites are the pan-seared day boat scallops, grilled ribeye and pan seared pork chop. The wine list is a bit eclectic and features smaller, more difficult to find winery selections. Lush garden dining is available now.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Never disappoints. Excellent food and a warm quiet atmosphere.
A photo of Simply Fondue Livermore restaurant
4.5 (2981)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The last seating for the Fondue Feast or fondue entrees is 90 mins before closing. We will offer cheese, salads, and chocolates for the last 90 minutes.

Return to this celebrated art of cooking right at your table by selecting from a wide assortment of incredible fondue items. From our succulent lobster and beef to our out-of-this world imported cheese and chocolate fondues, you're guaranteed to please your most desirable tastes.

At Simply Fondue, we are committed to bringing you simply the best fondue dining experience found anywhere. We guarantee a relaxed and casual dining atmosphere that moves along at a leisurely pace. We use only the finest ingredients and make all of our sauces, batters, and dressings from scratch daily. Enjoy a selection from our extensive wine list or one of the more than 100 hand-crafted martinis and specialty drinks during your visit.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Nice experience. Portions are small. Martinis were on special but no prices on menu so was $18 full price. Be careful with those lol. Would be nice if you were given two skillets to cook veggies separate from meat. Will try bar menu next time. Cooking is a bit tedious and all our clothes smelled of grease when we got home. Fun special occasions experience but not regular stop.
A photo of Sasa restaurant
4.5 (2179)
$31 to $50
Walnut Creek
About the restaurant
Sasa is a Japanese inspired restaurant in Walnut Creek. Izakaya Restaurants are traditional small plate restaurants where friends go to have a drink and unwind after a long day. Situated in the historic 100 year old building that for many years housed the Walnut Creek Meat Market, this architectural jewel has been transformed into a ambiance that wows and invites guests to stay and enjoy the dining experience at SASA. Chef/Owner Philip Yang prepare Japanese influenced dishes from around the world. The staff welcomes you into their house and offers up comfort, hospitality and fun. The restaurant includes a full bar with a large Sake selection, outdoor patio, sushi bar and a commitment to fresh local seasonal faire.

*Note: Personal wines welcome, a $20 corkage fee will apply per bottle. Dessert plating fee of $2.50 per person for outside desserts. Please note Sasa has patio seating that is enclosed and heated.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We enjoyed our dinner at Sasa celebrating my granddaughter's 21st birthday. It's one of her favorite places, too. We chose to sit outside, where it was a bit cool but they turned on the outdoor heaters. The moderate noise came from the street, unfortunately. Otherwise, our service was very good, our server's recommendation was delicious and we had another memorable meal.
A photo of Chianti Reserve restaurant
4.5 (659)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
**** We will be offering take-out from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM. ****

Reserve is proud to have been voted the Best Italian and Best Seafood in the East Bay by the Bay Area News Group.

Chianti Reserve prepares the finest authentic and homemade Italian cuisine in Pleasanton. We bring a little taste of Italy to downtown serving your favorite Italian meals. All of our pasta is homemade and prepared daily. Our chefs use only the freshest ingredients and extra virgin olive oil.

Our head chef, Bilarddi Carteli, was trained in Italy and along with our wait staff strives to ensure that you will always feel at home. The Chianti Reserve maître d’ is a wine expert and will help you pair your wine with your meal. Our management team is proud to provide the highest quality of meals and service, making Chianti Reserve your first and best choice.

Check out our menu and specials at http://www.chiantireserve.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 22, 2024
Lots of options and all of us enjoyed our choices. The amount of food was ample and I noticed their prices to be well priced - in fact less expensive than other places. The service was excellent and very attentive. We will come back again.
A photo of La Finestra Ristorante restaurant
4.5 (430)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
La Finestra Ristorante is Family Owned and Operated Sicilian, Italian Restaurant. La Finestra first opened it's doors to the community of Lamorinda on December 1999 in Lafayette, California, then moved to Moraga, California on October 2018.
La Finestra offers an authentic Sicilian dishes with seafoods, pastas, poultry and meat.
We Serve Lunch and Dinner daily, except on Mondays.
Come and join us for live Piano played by Bob Athayde and his friends. Full Bar, Indoor and Outdoor seating, Private Banquet Room .......
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
My friend and I had a lovely dinner here to celebrate our birthdays.
A photo of Luna Ristorante - Concord restaurant
4.1 (461)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
“I’m the owner and the chef, so I’m always here,” he says in his lyrical Mediterranean accent. “It’s nice to do business with locals.”

Jacifi describes his menu as a blend of new and old: “You get old-school tastes with a modern presentation.” The restaurant specializes in northern and southern Italian standards like saltimbocca, chicken cacciatore, and risotto. But the eighteen-year-old Luna takes these familiar dishes very seriously. Redoune, partner and co-chef Hafid Tadri, and co-chef Habib Jacifi don’t so much replicate the old standards as define them.

Take the fettuccini with Bolognese sauce. Many restaurants make a Bolognese; few do it well. Like the sly smile on the lips of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous lady, this brick red sauce reveals a depth of character beyond its simple appearance. Carrots, celery, and onions add a layer of sweetness, while bacon contributes a sultry, meaty backbone.
Top review
Dined on May 25, 2024
Such a wonderful experience. From the warm of the owner and staff to the wonderful food.
A photo of Virtue + Vice restaurant
3.9 (184)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Virtue + Vice is located in Historic Downtown Danville.

We are an independent, upscale restaurant and bar serving a globally inspired menu of gourmet comfort food.

For those looking to indulge their vices, we offer luscious libations and an extensive wine menu.

Available for indoor and outdoor seating.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 9, 2024
The service throughout our meal was impeccable with attentive staff that was very accommodating. The cocktails were so well crafted, everyone at the table was excited and pleased with each drink. They truly have the most creative bar. As for the food, it was simply outstanding—fresh ingredients cooked to perfection and had nice presentation. The ambiance was sophisticated yet comfortable, making for a memorable dining experience. We can’t wait to come back and bring more friends and try sitting outside when the weather is nice
A photo of The Berkeley Boathouse restaurant
3.8 (528)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Enjoy a diversified and innovative menu prepared by our culinary team highlighting fresh, local ingredients paying tribute to purveyors from California and the Bay Area. With an emphasis on contemporary California cuisine, the Boathouse menu is inspired by the Berkeley waterfront offering the classic California dishes infused with global influences in an artful presentation to amuse your senses. Designed for sharing, our well-balanced menu consists of a selection of small plates, flatbreads, sides, composed salads, and main entrées.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
me and my girlfriend was there on our spontaneous date. never been there and i wana say Everything about this place is Spectacular!!!! will come again.
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