Best Places for date night in SF

A date night should be romantic, fun, and unforgettable. San Francisco has much to offer couples who are looking to spend the night relaxing, food hopping, or enjoying some fine wine.

If you are planning a date night, here are 15 great spots to consider. (Please stay up to date on whether restaurants are open due to COVID-19; if not, try their takeout options or check out our list of Best Takeout Restaurants for a safe night at home.)

1. Zuni Café

Price Range: $$$ | Hours:11:30 AM - 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Open During COVID for: Takeout
Address: 1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 552-2522

Most Popular Items:

Roast Chicken
$58.00
Grilled Llano Seco
$21.00
Caesar Salad
$17.00
Zuni Café has a beautiful dining room, and it's one of the more romantic settings for an intimate night out. The café serves classic menu items like their wood-fire roasted chicken over a warm bread salad, and burgers on focaccia.

2. Saru Sushi Bar

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Takeout, Delivery
Address: 3856 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: (415) 400-4510

Most Popular Items:

Hamachi
Hamachi $9.00
$9.00
Popcorn Tuna
$10.00
Wagyu
Wagyu $14.00
$14.00
Saru Sushi Bar has both great music and great food. They are located on 24th St, and they're a favorite of those who love fresh and high-quality fish at a decent price.

Don't miss their kelp-cured halibut nigiri, scallops, and fatty tuna tartare tasting spoon. They don't take reservations, so be prepared to plan ahead - the wait will be absolutely worth it.

3. La Ciccia

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Takeout
Address: 291 30th St, San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: (415) 944-4600

Most Popular Items:

La Ciccia is a small Sardinian restaurant in Noe Vally with fantastic dishes. The food is good, they have excellent customer service, and the dining room has a warm ambiance. They are open every night, and you can go on a culinary seafood adventure by trying their handmade macaroni with sea urchin and spicy octopus stew.

4. Verjus

Price Range: $$ | Hours: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery
Address: 528 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 9411
Phone: (415) 550-8114

Most Popular Items:

Enjoy some natural wine or whisky at Verjus in the Financial District. Verjus offers large and packed rooms, private tables, and seats for walk-ins at high communal tables. Be sure to try some of their exquisite menu items, like duck confit and their delectable French toast.

5. Che Fico

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address: 838 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 416-6959

Most Popular Items:

Pineapple Pizza
$20.00
Olive Oil Cake
$13.00
Suppli
Suppli $5.00
$5.00
Che Fico has one of the most relaxed dining rooms in San Francisco. Menus here are quite simple, but their small plates, pizzas, and pasta can satisfy anyone's cravings. It can be tough to get reservations, but they are open late. Once you sit down, order one of their excellent pizzas and enjoy a glass of wine.

6. Rich Table

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address: 199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 355-9085

Most Popular Items:

Rich Table, located in Hayes Valley, never fails to exceed their guests' expectations.

Their $99 Chef Picks tasting menu may be the best value of any tasting menu in San Francisco. It comes with one appetizer, pasta, fish, and meat, plus dessert.

7. Kaiyo

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address: 1838 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 525-4804

Most Popular Items:

Scallop Tiradito
$20.00
Kaiyo Roll
$18.00
Lobster Paella
$18.00
Kaiyo is a cool space that offers Japanese-Peruvian cuisine in a photogenic, invitation-only club. It features a black wall made of living moss, a glowing bar, and a wall with leopard designs.

The best thing about Kaiyo is its food comes in small plates of scallops in Leche de Tigre, sushi rolls, and pots full of crispy rice. You can also grab some great cocktails.

8. Violet's

Price Range: $$ | Hours: 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address: 2301 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 682-4861

Most Popular Items:

Tavern Burger
$13.00
Halibut Crudo
$12.00
Clam Toast
$11.00
Violet's is one of the best places for cocktails, paired with solid burgers and a plate of tasty oysters. The restaurant might be small, but it's never difficult to get a table. Their classics are delicious, including fun variants on chips and dip and one of the city's best pork chops.

9. Robin

Price Range: $$$$ | Hours: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Takeout
Address: 620 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Most Popular Items:

A5 Wagyu Beef
$9.00
Sesame Noodles
$18.00
A5 Beef Tartare
$9.00
Robin is known as the Japanese Omakase restaurant that provides a personalized experience. The restaurant has a cool design with mid-century furniture. One of their best items is their Yellowtail with a tiny piece of fresh grapefruit - it is a little spicy and lighter than some other servings. You can also enjoy their salmon with tomato confit, snapper, tuna, or Onsen Jidori egg.

10. Uma Casa

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address:1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: (415) 829-2264

Most Popular Items:

Milho Frito
$13.00
Gambas Moçambique
$16.00
Uma Casa is a Portuguese restaurant in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood. The restaurant offers wine, cocktails, and traditional dishes. You must try their seafood-heavy menu like the octopus and the gambas.

11. Gardenias

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Open During COVID for:
Address: 1963 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 621-7122

Most Popular Items:

Short Ribs
$30.00
Socca Cake
$22.00
Gardenias is a European-influenced New American restaurant with a bar and garden patio. This fine-dining restaurant offers a wide variety of vegan and French foods.

People are welcome to drop in for a quick bite, or enjoy their bar seating if you want to enjoy some drinks. You can also enjoy a more substantial meal, including their grilled center-cut pork with heirloom white beans, and olive-almond tapenade. Don’t forget to try their wild mushrooms with chanterelles roasted fennel, spring onion, semolina cake, and parmesan.

12. Fiorella

Price Range: $$ | Hours: 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address: 2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 340-3049

Most Popular Items:

Fiorella is a cozy bistro serving Italian pasta and wood-fired pizzas. Don’t miss your chance to grab some of their dinner menu, and it's is a great place to bring your significant other and enjoy some wine or craft beers!

13. Mister Jiu’s

Price Range: $$$$ | Hours: 3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address:28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 857-9688

Most Popular Items:

Mister Jiu’s offers high-end Chinese cuisine with a great view of Chinatown and big gold chandeliers.

Aside from their cinematic entrance into the dining room, you don’t want to miss their delicacies or their Sauce Palace, where you can find XO, shacha, fermented chili, and Lanzhou chili crisp.

14. Foreign Cinema

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Open During COVID for: Takeout
Address: 2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 648-7600

Most Popular Items:

Foreign Cinema has been serving patrons since 1999. It's great for food and boasts an open back patio with string lights and old movies projected on the wall. Foreign Cinema offers wine and cocktails, but don’t forget to try their dinner menu.

The main features of their dinner menu are scallops, Hog island mussels, calamari, spicy tomato broth, Bodega red potato, and more! Don't forget to pair with their Merry Edwards Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, and Sonoma.

15. Cotogna

Price Range: $$$ | Hours: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Open During COVID for: Delivery, Takeout
Address: 490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 775-8508

Most Popular Items:

Raviolo Di Ricotta
$18.00
Agnolotti Del Plin
$18.00
Garganelli
$18.00
One of the best places to go for Italian inspired cuisine is Cotogna. This popular restaurant serves spit-roasted and grilled meat and fish to every visitor who wants to fill their stomach. Cotogna also offers wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta. Aside from the food, Cotogna has the perfect ambiance for a romantic date night.