Valentine’s Day is a day to convey your emotions and to celebrate the spirit of love. Better yet, it’s another reason to grab an amazing meal. So go ahead and splurge. That special someone will be impressed and your tummy will be happy. We’ve made picking the restaurant easy. San Francisco is one of the best cities in the US for dining, besides there are lots of romantic venues. We’ve made a list of the restaurants we consider the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco. At these places you will find amazing food, wines, intimate settings and attentive service.
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Make sure to request a corner booth for ultimate romance at this amazing restaurant. Also be ready for a 3 hour culinary tour de force. The setting is simple yet spectacular. Saison’s dinning room is set with flickering candle lighting, its high white walls are covered with landscaped paintings. Chef Joshua Skene uses ingredients from the surrounding area. He keeps things local, seasonal and fresh. Picture dishes like his signature egg in a cup with smoked butter and dashi riffs on savory Japanese custard. Complete umami. If you plan on going, reservations are a must. 2124 Folsom Street (415) 828-7990
This intimate fine dinning restaurant is situated in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square. Chef Michael Tusk features Italian-inspired menu sourcing from local seasonal products of Northern California. The central room-within-a-room design in the dinning area creates an outstanding setting which offers views of the bar lounge. The wine list offers world-class selections focusing on red wines from Piedmont. This is not your everyday Italian. I suggest ordering the Agnolotti or the tortelli di zucca, but no matter what you order you will leave happy. 470 Pacific Avenue (415) 775-8500
Take a stroll through Russian Hill and surprise your loved one with reservations at this family run restaurant. La Folie has been rated as one of the top restaurants in San Fran, receiving accolades continuously since it opening in 1988. La Folie has expanded its bar into a cozy lounge with contemporary settees and club chairs. If you are in the mood for sinfully decadent food, this is definitely the spot. The frog legs are to die for. The restaurant offers wine pairings for each course at $65. This is always fun as you never know what you are going to get and it adds a sense of adventure to the meal. 2316 Polk Street (415) 776-5577
Restaurateur Pat Kuleto’s brilliant interior design in this establishment has stunned and attracted many people in the neighborhood. This glimmering restaurant is housed in a beautiful landmark building in San Francisco’s Civic area. Jardinier’s elegant setting highlights a gorgeous bar providing a very extensive wine list featuring specialty cocktails and world-class wines. Jardiniere’s food is highly refined and sensual, prepared with classic French technique in the hands of the celebrity co-owner and chef Traci Des Jardins. Check out Jardinier’s Valentine’s Day dinner menu and have a great unique, intimate dinner date on this special occasion. 300 Grove Street (415) 861-5555
Fabulous, wonderful, stunning, excellent and romantic: these are just few of the many words people use to describe Fleur de Lys. Diners love the romance in the dinning room enclosed in an elegant, patterned fabric that tents softly overhead. The splendid bouquets and votive candles adds to the intimacy as well. This classic French restaurant boasts for its acclaimed chef, Hubert Keller, who is a recipient of numerous awards. He is regarded as one of America’s most imaginative and talented chefs. Fleur de Lys’ menu allows customers to select a three to five course menu of different appetizers and entrees. Chef Keller also prepares non-meat dishes paired with a perfect wine to enjoy a perfect dinner experience. Only dangerous part is that your date may fall in love with the chef. After all the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. 777 Sutter Street (415) 673-7779
With white walls, soft classical music and dainty lighting; Café Jacqueline provides lovers a very romantic setting to celebrate love on this Valentines season. The restaurant offers savory soufflés served by an attentive yet unobtrusive staff. Chef Jacqueline Margulis prepares dishes that will delight the senses. The mushroom and prosciutto soufflé left me begging for more. The chocolate soufflés are simply delectable. 1454 Grant Avenue (415) 981-5565
Be welcomed by the elegance of Boulevard with its beautiful interior, expressing the essence of the Belle Epoque style. You will immediately be transported to Paris. Boulevard has been acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in San Francisco since its opening in 1993. Its impressive setting with Chef Nancy Oakes’ hearty and flavorful American delicacies makes the dining room more intimate. The restaurants is situated in the core of san Francisco’s revived waterfront area in the historic Audiffred Building. The lobster bisque is absolutely sinful. 1 Mission Street (415) 543-6084
Another famed dinning establishment in San Francisco is the charming BIX. Known for its elegant two-story interior, Bix has been featured in movies, magazines, books and commercials as the most typical San Francisco restaurant. Bix is distinguished by its gorgeous mahogany bar, a romantic alley, cozy booths and stunning artwork. Chef Bruce Hill’s modern American cuisine is served while a live jazz music fills the night with more intimacy. This place is a no fail for romance. 56 Gold Street (415) 433-6300
Chef-owner Mourad Lahlou’s outstanding repertoire of dishes is well-recognized in this stylish Moroccan restaurant. Chef Lahlou combines artisanal products and organic ingredients to generate intense flavors. Aziza provides a warm, friendly service in a romantic ambiance that is well-suited for an intimate dinner. You will dream of dinner at Aziza for the rest of your life. 5800 Geary Blvd (415) 752-2222
This Michelin awarded Italian restaurant is named after its original watercolors that decorate the room and give a warm and gracious atmosphere. Designer John Wheatman led the renovation of the 21-year old restaurant. He highlighted the former chapel and painted it with warm Mediterranean colors of gold and terracotta. Chef-owner Suzette Gresham-Tognetti always surprises diners with her creative Italian dishes. The food is then paired with wines selected by the acclaimed leading Italian wine expert, Mr. Giancarlo Paterlini. This Valentines, Acquerello has several surprises for couples wanting a special evening dinner. Make your reservations now. 1722 Sacramento Street (415) 567-5432
February 10th, 2011