Leave Your Heart in San Francisco: Best Romantic Restaurants

When you're looking for ambience as much as food, stellar restaurants can be hard to come by. After all, you want the whole package, not just a suitable meal. Fortunately, San Francisco delivers in spades. The city promises a superb selection of restaurants to sate your desire for romantic dining. These places take care of the details, making you feel welcomed, plying you with wonderful dishes, and sending you on your way with an experience you won't soon forget.

If you're a traditionalist, go with the tested package: seafood, wine, and a view of the water. Boulevard has you covered in that department, not to mention having a sophisticated staff that have been serving up romance to locals and tourists alike for years. If your idea of romance is a lively spot with dancing, then the Colonial is the place for you. This downtown gem has been the hottest swing dancing spot for couples for years - and their stiff drinks will get those shy dancers out on the floor before they know it. If you're visiting San Francisco but need more travel in your travel, try Jardinière. The French have had a way with romance for some time...!

Whatever place you choose, just remember that both love and food should be savored - especially when you share it with that special someone.

With all the fuss about the French and the Italians and their romantic ways, we shouldn't forget that the Greeks have been in the business of pairing food and love since ancient times. One of the most enchanting dinner destinations in the city,...  Read More

If your partner is just barely clinging to his or her romantic mood, and you need a sure-fire way to resuscitate that mood, go with the tried and true remedy: cozy French Bistro. It's hard to find a cozier one in the city than L'ardoise Bistro....  Read More

Café Jacqueline

Long-stemmed roses and flickering candles set the mood at this romantic, Paris-style bistro that's known for its alluring decor and delightful French fare. Tucked away in a tiny storefront in North Beach, Cafe Jacqueline is a restaurant...  Read More

If romance is the reason you've come to The City by the Bay, Boulevard is the picturesque place to dine. Located in an historic waterfront building, this eatery's intimate Belle Epoque aesthetic and sumptuous food hit all the right notes. The...  Read More

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Exposed brick walls, mahogany detailing, velvet draperies and a champagne-glass theme set a swank scene at this classy supper club. While guests find it hard to tear themselves away from the marble-and-mahogany bar, Traci Des Jardins' food sways...  Read More

Russian Hill

Impress your beloved with a romantic dinner at Frascati, a Mediterranean-style bistro whose warm, intimate ambiance makes it ideal for amorous outings. Nestled in the Russian Hill neighborhood, this simply elegant establishment features an...  Read More

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Le Colonial

If you believe the steamy, mysterious atmosphere 1920s French Vietnam is romantic, then Le Colonial is the place for you. Patchwork tile floors, shuttered windows, antique lamps and rattan furniture set among palm fronds and lazily swirling...  Read More

Although the French certainly know their way around romance, we can't forget the passion of the Italians, whose love for food, people and life in general is unrivaled. If you're in the mood for love - and great Italian food - Piazza Pellgrini is...  Read More

Gitane is all about romance from the very get-go: its interior exudes the "playfulness of a 1930's cabaret, the swagger of Serge Gainsbourg, and the audacious spirit of the 70's disco era." There was no doubt that when husband and wife duo...  Read More


Meet Tom Molanphy

The only thing that Tom Molanphy loves more than the food, art, music, and culture of San Francisco is sharing it with others. San Francisco never gets old for Tom.

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