8 Romantic Things To Do On Valentine's Day In San Francisco

Lauren Brocato, Kat Bein, Lauren Gruber, Carol Lee, Shantila Lee, | December 14, 2020 | Lifestyle

Whether you cuddle on the couch with a glass of Cabernet and gourmet chocolates, or opt for a romantic staycation close to home, our list covers everything you'll need to wow your beloved on Valentine's Day. Get inspired with these exquisite gifts and experiences, and your special day in San Francisco will be nothing short of perfect.

When you're done perusing this list, check out how to celebrate Valentine's Day 2021 in our other markets: Aspen, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, Orange County, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, San Diego, Scottsdale, Silicon Valley, and Washington D.C.

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Buy flowers from Ampersand

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2190 Market St. / Website

Established in 2014, this Castro-Duboce event design studio and local flower shop contains a treasure trove of meticulously-designed and personalized vase arrangements, wrapped bouquets, wreaths, bundles of foliage and dried flower bunches. Most of the flowers and plants are sourced seasonally, locally and daily to guarantee optimal freshness. The queer-owned business also offers a host of indoor plants in addition to colorful hand-dipped taper candles, hand-crafted incense holders and other treats for the home. Looking for a weekly pick-me-up? Ampersand offers a weekly, customizable delivery service for homes as well as restaurants and other businesses.

Cook a meal at home from Acquerello Acquerello at Home

1722 Sacramento St. / Website

Italian food is a date night favorite for a reason, and Acquerello’s romantic double Michelin-starred cuisine is no exception. Savor a four-course meal at home with their prix-fixe takeout menu, a selection of cheeses and trio of desserts. Alternatively, you can bring home one of their DIY pasta kits for an exciting date night activity. Acquerello also partnered with The Caviar Co. to offer a caviar service option for an elevated at-home dining experience paired with creme fraiche, brioche toast and buckwheat blini.

Enjoy gourmet chocolate from Recchiuti Confections

1 Ferry Building, Shop #30 / Website

One of the oldest San Francisco chocolatiers, Recchiuti prides itself on single-origin, preservative-free chocolates infused with California farm-fresh herbs like lavender and lemon verbena. From silky ganache to Pates de Fruits, must-tries include the Peanut Butter Puck, Cardamom Nougat and Burnt Caramel.

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Plan a wine tasting trip to Brand Napa ValleyBrand Napa Valley wine tasting

90 Long Ranch Rd, St Helena / Website

The socially distant wine-tasting experience includes seasonal bites and sips from four signature bottles: the 2017 proprietary blend, a melange of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon aged in French oak barrels; the 2017 cabernet sauvignon with notes of creme de cassis and cinnamon; BRIO 2016 red blend, a Bordeaux-style bottle abundant with hints of black cherry and cardamom; and BRAND Napa Valley 2018 white wine, the latest addition to BRAND’s portfolio.

Spend a night at Auberge du Soleil

180 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford / Website

Auberge du Soleil's Winter Romance Package is perfect for an intimate getaway. The offer includes a three-course dinner for two featuring French-inspired entrees such as Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse or Bœuf Bourguignon. All are complemented by a bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The package is available until March 31.

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Locally-owned jewelry brand Harwell Godfrey offers an array of eclectic items to adorn you or your loved one this Valentine's Day. Founder and designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey's collection designs each piece with healing energy in mind. This Chalcedony Heart is a beautiful piece from which 100 percent of the profits benefit non-profit organization Futures Without Violence.

See also: 7 Gift Ideas For A Fun-Filled Galentine's Day

Watch the sunset at Pacifica

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5000 Pacific Coast Hwy / Website

Linda Mar is Spanish for "beautiful sea," and that might be an understatement. Equally romantic as it is peaceful, the location teems with soothing sights and sounds, including surfers catching waves and musicians busking on the sidewalk. On your way, pick up a bottle of bubbly and offer a toast to true love under the San Francisco sun.

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252 California St / Website

Renowned celebrity chef Michael Mina’s eponymous restaurant is a beautifully-curated dining experience you’ll want to share. Enjoy a date night at home with a myriad of delectable takeout dishes from Mina Family Kitchen. Favorites include the shakshuka with grilled halloumi (an ode to Mina’s Middle Eastern heritage), miso-marinated sea bass with trumpet mushrooms, and a variety of bottled cocktails to recreate the Michelin-starred experience on a night in.

Photography by: Opening photo by Natalie/Pexels.com; Acquerello photo by Giancarlo Paterlini/courtesy of Acquerello; Michael Mina photo courtesy of Michael Mina