With Valentineís Day right around the corner, itís time to get going on dinner plans. There are so many romantic restaurants in San Francisco to choose from, whether itís the environment, food, setting, scenery, or just the overall experience, it can be a very difficult choice to make. Here are a few suggestions, some on the more expensive side, a few that are more moderate, and some for those looking for a bit of a dining adventure.
Going All Out
If money is no object and you want to wow that special person in your life, here are a few restaurants that are both ultra-romantic with excellent food.
Acquerello has been a fine dining institution in San Francisco for over two decades. A five-time Michelin star rated restaurant, it offers fine Italian cuisine in a quiet, romantic setting. For Valentineís Day, the restaurant is offering a five course menu with Italian wine pairing for $250 per person. http://www.sfstation.com/acquerello-b1530
Located in the Hotel St. Regis, Ame is a sleek and modern restaurant, but very romantic as well. Expect lots of seafood, and lots of Japanese and Asian influence on the menu. Ame has also received one star in the Michelin guide the last four years. For Valentineís Day, along with its normal menu, Ame is offering a five-course tasting menu for $115 per person. http://www.sfstation.com/ame-restaurant-b1741171
Fleur de Lys
Fleur de Lys is another spot that is well known for being one of the more romantic restaurants in the city. Chef Hubert Kellerís French cuisine has made Fleur de Lys one of the most popular San Francisco dining experiences for foodies and romantics alike. For a luxurious dining experience, the restaurant is offering a special five-course menu for $115 per person on Valentineís Day. http://www.sfstation.com/fleur-de-lys-b1502
For those that want a terrific dining experience, great food and a wonderful environment without breaking the bank, there are several options.
Located in the Hotel Vitale, Americano Restaurant is a popular spot located on the Embarcadero. A comfortable and casual environment, it features a mainly Cal-Italian menu. The restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentineís Day (vegetarian option, as well) for $55 per person. http://www.sfstation.com/americano-restaurant-and-lounge-b24280331
From the proprietors of Koh Samui and the Monkey, Another Monkey is a hip and modern restaurant featuring Thai cuisine in the Mission District. With a very refined and energetic design, the restaurant offers something for everyone. On Valentineís Day, Another Monkey is offering a prix-fixe menu for $50 per person. http://www.sfstation.com/another-monkey-formerly-conduit-b24354282
In the heart of the Mission District, Foreign Cinema has become well-known for its ever-appealing brunch and itís unique ambiance, with a film projected on the walls of the restaurant each night. What could be more romantic than dinner and a movie? The restaurant also offers a wonderfully diverse menu for dinner. For Valentineís Day, it will be a three-course meal for $75 per person. http://www.sfstation.com/foreign-cinema-b1341
For the Adventurous at Heart
For those looking for a completely different experience on Valentineís Day, San Francisco also offers several unique restaurants that are sure to be unforgettable.
Opaque Dining in the Dark
Not for the faint at heart, this is truly one of the most interesting dinners imaginable. When they say dine in the dark, they truly mean dine in the dark ó you literally cannot see a thing. The restaurant offers a prix-fixe menu ($99 per person), which you order in the lobby ahead of time. You are led in by your server and enter the adventure that awaits. Once you get the layout of the table and where everything is, it makes maneuvering and eating much easier. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience for those looking for a different type of ďromantic rendezvousĒ on Valentineís Day. http://www.sfstation.com/opaque-dining-in-the-dark-b24363272
Getting breakfast in bed is always seen as one of those romantic acts you do for your significant other on their special day. But what about dinner in bed? Thatís exactly what Supperclub offers, a chance to eat dinner and enjoy a show, all while lying back on a comfy bed and pillows. The show is usually very entertaining, and the show in some of the other beds can be just as interesting, with many couples treating it like their own bedroom. Letís just say, make out sessions are abundant! Supperclub offers a mystery four course menu, plus champagne. They are already fully booked on Valentineís Day, but will be open Friday, Saturday ($125 per person), and Sunday ($80 per person).
There are many more options to choose from in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. A couple of helpful tips: if you have a restaurant in mind, call ahead because Valentineís Day falls on a Monday this year, a day when many restaurants are normally closed. Make reservations as soon as possible as many of the most popular spots book immediately. And if you canít plan for a Monday dinner, some restaurants are offering specials the entire weekend. If all else fails, cook a nice dinner for your special someone at home.
Get more ideas with the SF Station Valentine's Day Guide [url=http://www.sfstation.com/valentines]http://www.sfstation.com/valentines
Photo Credit: Keith Mizuguchi
Photo Credit: Foreign Cinema
Photo Credit: Keith Mizuguchi