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 Le 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.

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



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 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

Restaurant Gary Danko
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If you ask a longtime San Franciscan what's the one restaurant a tourist shouln't miss, chances are they'd say Gary Danko's. Hard to knock this longtime favorite off any list. Sleek and contemporary yet warm and inviting, this restaurant...  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



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



While Foreign Cinema's misleading moniker may seem a better fit for a movie theater than an oyster bar, this restaurant's real attraction is their Mediterranean-inspired menu and outstanding oysters. They do, in fact, offer film showings in the...  Read More

Nob Hill
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

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ROOH is an intoxicating blend of Indian cuisine influenced by the new world of tech and San Francisco swagger. Master Chef Sujan's guiding philosophy - "an exhibition of the potential that Indian cuisine can be elevated to, with the ultimate aim...  Read More


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