It’s been a whirlwind affair with Fisherman’s Wharf as we’ve wined and dined across town in the most fabulous places. Share in our romance by planning a date night for yourself! Whether you’re looking for a last minute Valentine’s dinner spot or you just want to take your sweetheart out to a fabulous restaurant, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite dinner date spots in Union Square SF.
1. First Crush Restaurant – We love the intimate feeling at this cozy restaurant tucked away on Mason St. With a very wine friendly menu of California cuisine dishes like a kale salad with fennel, blackberries and almonds and grilled wild salmon with quinoa and a wine list to match, it makes for a very sweet date spot. Plus they’re offering a special wine dinner with Define Wine’s Exotic Rose this Valentine’s Day. Tickets are available here.
2. OneUp Restaurant – This sleek lounge and eatery is just the spot to impress your date. It’s a little under the radar, and the food is a delicious assortment of seasonal dishes. For Valentine’s Day their special menu includes items like a Pacific North West oyster plate and honey brined roasted chicken.
3. Bourbon Steak – If your date is into really great steak, we recommend Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in the historic Westin St. Francis. This dimly lit modern steakhouse makes an excellent date spot, and for Valentine’s Day, you can enjoy spinach Fiorentini with egg yolk confit and truffle and an Angus filet mignon – a truly decadent meal.
4. Farallon – If your date is into seafood, then you must try Farallon. With dreamy underwater décor, a trendy oyster and bubbly bar and absolutely fantastic seafood dishes, your date will be blown away. For Valentine’s Day, they’re offering a special menu with Hawaiian ahi tuna poke, pan seared Tai Snapper and Devil’s Food cake.
5. Burritt Tavern – With Aureole alum Luke Knox at the helm and a nod to Film Noir (Burritt Alley is referenced in the Maltese Falcon), this restaurant delivers a tasty modern American menu in a swank environment. Plus, they have super sexy private booths for you and your sweetheart. For Valentine’s Day, they’ll be featuring dishes like citrus cured yellowtail, a jalapeno cheddar biscuit with fried chicken and Filet Oscar with blood orange Hollandaise sauce.
6. Bartlett Hall – For a more casual date, particularly suited to the beer lovers in your life, Bartlett Hall makes an excellent stop. Enjoy one of their house-brewed beers like the Bartlett Hall red rye wheat ale paired with yummy apps like smoked olives or Angostura-spiced nuts. Follow that up by sharing the truffled squash bisque and one of their flatbreads (we like the Margherita with burrata) or a hearty main like bratwurst with carrot-daikon slaw, and you have the perfect low-key date night.
7. Bouche – This tiny French restaurant is hidden away on Bush Street and offers contemporary French cuisine that any Francophile would appreciate with dishes like salt cod Brandade with Shishito peppers and Herbs de Provence venison.
8. Hakkasan – This restaurant is sexy with dimly lit modern décor and a menu of contemporary Chinese dishes like mushroom lettuce wraps and Jasmine tea smoked chicken accompanied by a list of Asian-inspired cocktails. Prices run a bit on the high side, but everything is on point and worth the price tag.
9. The Restaurant Collection Under the Dome – Mall dining is not always the most exciting prospect, but Westfield SF Centre turns that prejudice on its head with a stellar collection of top notch restaurants all located on the 4th floor Under the Dome. These include the tasty Italian fare at Cuppola Pizzeria, Lark Creek Steak, Martin Yan’s M.Y. China and the newest addition to the bunch – an elevated pub from the folks at 25 Lusk – Tap 415. Any of these spots would make an excellent date night, and you can catch a movie afterward at the Century San Francisco Centre movie theater.
10. Kin Khao – For a date with an adventurous palette who loves to be on top of the hottest restaurants in town, Kin Khao is the spot. Chef Pim Techamuanvivit has taken the traditional cuisine of her native home of Bangkok and made it with seasonal ingredients right here in SF. You won’t find peanut sauce here – instead you’ll find savory dishes like mushrooms and curry mousse in a jar (Mushroom Hor Mok Terrine) and crab meat and betel leaf curry. Your restaurant cred will definitely shine.