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Jan 28, 2020 | Food & Drink

San Francisco Restaurants for a Romantic Night Out

Planning a date with that special someone? See what San Francisco has to offer in terms of romance - especially on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re on a first date or celebrating an anniversary, our city is filled to the brim with restaurants specializing in just about every type of cuisine. Fall in love all over again at these San Francisco restaurants for a romantic night out.

Black Cat

We’ve mentioned Black Cat before in our Things to Do in the Theater District post, and for good reason. The super sexy jazz lounge was named “the most romantic venue in San Francisco” by the SF Chronicle and features a nightly lineup of jazz performances, specialty cocktails honoring influential periods throughout the world of jazz, artisanal wine, and delicious dinner options. Their upscale American comfort cuisine is reminiscent of the jazz clubs of old, featuring hearty dishes of Buttermilk fried chicken, char-broiled NY strip, and an impressive “Cocktail Menu” of savory small plates like goat cheese fried olives that are perfect for sharing. The lounge combines grit and glamour with dim lighting, leather, and brick elements. 400 Eddy St.


The Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant in the Mission District uses leather banquettes, moody lighting, and vibrant artwork to set the scene for a memorable date night. The family-owned and operated restaurant features a choreographed nightly tasting menu highlighting seasonal and local ingredients. Book a meal at the chef’s counter to watch Chef Val M. Cantu (named Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine) in action in the open kitchen as he weaves Mexican and Californian influences into a playful, dynamic, and delicious dining experience. Dine with Californios on Valentine’s Day to be treated to a welcome glass of sparkling rosé. 3115 22nd St.


Combining classic shojin and sushi techniques with local, seasonal ingredients, Shizen is upping San Francisco’s sushi game, except they’re doing it strictly using plant-based ingredients. Using elements like tapioca, mountain yam, konjac, bean curd, and more, Shizen’s dishes stand on their own without relying on animal protein. Their team is fully committed to ocean conservation and reducing their footprint through responsible dining while continuing to evolve the art of sushi. Visitors line up daily to try the healthy and flavorful dishes in the chic, wood-decked space. We promise you won’t even miss the fish. 370 14th St.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

This cozy Parisian-style brasserie has been around for decades and has acquired a reputation for creative French fare. Book a table for two at the Hayes Valley neighborhood eatery for their imported wines, fresh raw bar, artisanal cheeses, and grilled octopus, fresh seafood, and market selection of beef dishes. The decor is whimsical and romantic, featuring warm tones and Willem Racké's hand-painted mural of the garden of Versailles. 398 Hayes St.

Campton Place Restaurant

Chef Srijith Gopinathan envelopes the senses with his Cali-Indian fusion cuisine at Union Square’s Campton Place Restaurant. The Michelin-starred restaurant uses aromatics and traditional spice blends to create one of a kind dishes paired with carefully selected wines from around the world. Select from exquisite dishes like poached lobster with coastal curry, spice pot, and mishima reserve wagyu when you select the Spice Route Menu. 340 Stockton St.


Puccini & Pinetti

Located adjacent to Hotel Abri, Puccini & Pinetti serves up refined Cali-Italian fare in a cozy space. Warm tones and wood furnishings set the mood, but the cuisine speaks for itself. Local and imported wines and an impressive cocktail menu are perfect accompaniments to Chef Avery Holt’s menu of Italian classics such as linguine and clams, chicken marsala, handmade pastas, antipasti, and decadent desserts. 129 Ellis St.

Make your date night even sweeter when you book our special Lunar New Year package and save 20% off your room plus a lychee-flavored Lotus Flowers Candy Cube or Fuji Apples Caramel Candy Cube from Sugarfina’s limited-edition Lunar New Year collection.

Take advantage of our best available rates and special offers when you book direct with Hotel Abri, a historic San Francisco hotel known for its spacious rooms and suites, high-tech features, and prime location only steps from Union Square.


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