Valentine’s Day is creeping closer and closer and a beautiful dinner is always a great way to show appreciation for a significant other. And one of the most romantic aspects of a restaurant, especially in San Francisco, is choosing one with a great view. Here are a few options that are sure to impress.
Waterbar: Sitting right on the Embarcadero with a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge and waterfront, Waterbar offers a wonderful array of fresh seafood, with desserts to match. The interior is sleekly designed, with floor-to-ceiling aquariums filled with Pacific Ocean marine life. There are illuminated fish tanks along the walls of the restaurant as well.
Sutro’s at the Cliff House: There are times where I just drive out to Ocean Beach as the sun is about to set and think to myself, this is why I love San Francisco. The great thing is that Sutro’s at the Cliff House offers that same spectacular view with great American fare to boot. The Bistro Restaurant offers a bit more of a casual dining experience.
Scoma’s: Fisherman’s Wharf is filled with restaurants that could be considered “tourist traps.” But Scoma’s is the real deal as the family-owned business has some of the freshest seafood in the city. It is also one of the only restaurants in San Francisco to own a licensed fish preparation station, allowing public viewing of the seafood as it is prepared daily. Located at Pier 47, it offers spectacular views of the waterfront and Golden Gate Bridge.
Greens: Located in a converted warehouse at Fort Mason, Chef Annie Somerville offers diners a unique vegetarian menu. The restaurant has been on the cutting edge of vegetarian cuisine in the United States, bringing it to the masses who are also looking for a fine dining experience. Along with the fantastic food is a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
Top of the Mark: Viewing San Francisco from the 19th floor of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, Top of the Mark offers a wraparound look at San Francisco, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf. The lounge/restaurant is perhaps best known for its famed 100 Martinis menu. The restaurant offers breakfast, brunch and lighter fare for dinner and there are also several romantic packages to choose from.
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