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7 Best Date-Night Restaurants In San Francisco

Lauren Gruber | February 10, 2021 | Food & Drink

If the way to someone's heart is through their stomach, then the swoonworthy menus at these restaurants will have your date head over heels.

A bite from Michael Mina ACQUERELLO PHOTO BY GIANCARLO PATERLINI/COURTESY OF ACQUERELLO
A bite from Michael Mina

ACQUERELLO

Italian food is a date night favorite for a reason, and Acquerello’s double-Michelin-starred cuisine is no exception. Savor a four-course meal at home with its prix fixe takeout menu, selection of cheeses and trio of desserts, or bring home one of its DIY pasta kits for a more hands-on activity with your date. Acquerello has also partnered with The Caviar Co. to offer caviar service for an elevated at-home dinner that you won’t forget. 1722 Sacramento St.

CHEZ PANISSE

Decorated chef and restaurateur Alice Louise Waters is credited for pioneering farm-to-table cuisine at Chez Panisse, the French-American spot known for its fresh, seasonal dishes. With a rotating menu of organic, locally grown specialties available for pickup, Chez Panisse’s down-to-earth approach to dining offers delicious yet unpretentious date night meals. 1517 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley


Waterbar’s magnificent views set the scene for a romantic evening with your loved one. PHOTO COURTESY OF VENUES
Waterbar’s magnificent views set the scene for a romantic evening with your loved one.

COQUETA

Named after the Spanish word for “flirt,” Coqueta serves an elevated tapas menu. Patatas bravas with garlic aioli, a variety of paellas and jamon Iberico, a Spanish delicacy, are highlights. Sip craft cocktails like the Port of Spain with mezcal and hibiscus rose vanilla air, and the house rendition of an Old-Fashioned with truffle, hazelnut and smoked honey. Pier 5 The Embarcadero

KOKKARI ESTIATORIO

Transport your date to Greece with Kokkari’s traditional Mediterranean fare for takeout. Try the fresh grilled octopus or chicken souvlaki. End on a sweet note with flaky walnut and honey baklava, served with vanilla praline ice cream. 200 Jackson St.


Enjoy a gourmet meal from Acquerello in the comfort of your own home. PHOTO COURTESY OF VENUES
Enjoy a gourmet meal from Acquerello in the comfort of your own home.

MICHAEL MINA

Celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Michelin-starred restaurant is an experience you’ll want to share with your loved one. Takeout dishes from Mina Family Kitchen make for a perfect date night meal. Favorites include the shakshuka—an ode to Mina’s Middle Eastern heritage—miso-marinated sea bass with trumpet mushrooms and a variety of bottled cocktails to re-create the experience at home. 252 California St.

SPRUCE

Michelin-starred Spruce’s team of professionals curate a menu of upgraded American fare from fresh, local ingredients and over 3,500 wines. Try the three-course dinner menu, including white truffle-coated pasta in cream sauce, wagyu steak with bordelaise and mascarpone cheesecake with persimmon. 3640 Sacramento St.

WATERBAR

San Francisco Bay views and floor-to-ceiling aquariums make Waterbar ideal for a date. Beverage director and sommelier Valentina Moya designed the 47- page drink menu, so you’ll find the perfect pairing for your meal. Dig into a freshly caught seafood dish like octopus carpaccio, and indulge in green apple mousse with brown butter mochi and white miso caramel. 399 The Embarcadero



Photography by: ACQUERELLO PHOTO BY GIANCARLO PATERLINI/COURTESY OF ACQUERELLO; PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES