We’re less than a month away from Valentine’s Day. If you’re planning on celebrating Feb. 14 with that special someone, we suggest you make your reservations now at one of these five haute romantic restaurants in San Francisco and surrounding areas.
Known as being Carmel-by-the-Sea's most romantic restaurant, this darling restaurant transports diners to small country inns in France and Italy, where tasty and well-presented food, shared with friends, is part of the good life. Casanova earns its reputation for outstanding cuisine, world class wine service and fun ambiance with every guest. Photo: Walter Georis
5th Avenue between Mission and San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
2 La Folie
This Russian Hill restaurant, run by chef Roland Possat and his wife Jamie and known for its French contemporary cuisine showcasing local farmers and ingredients, is offering a special Valentine's Day menu with caviar, lobster and foie gras.
2316 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
3 The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil
Executive Chef Robert Curry offers a special Valentine's Day menu featuring sashimi, grilled octopus, lobster and quail at his romantic spot that is one of the first great Wine Country establishments and pays tribute to its legacy with an award-winning menu and wine list. The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil features rich interiors accented with abstract paintings, exposed beams and warm wood furnishings. Tables on the famous terrace are some of the best and most sought-after in Napa Valley where one can enjoy panoramic views of the neighboring vineyards and stunning sunsets. Photo: Trinette Reed Photography
180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford, CA 94573
V is for Valentine's Day at Traci Des Jardin's popular French-California restaurant that is housed in a beautiful landmark building in San Francisco's Civic Center area. Jardinière flaunts a four-course menu for lovers that includes little gem salad, acquerello risotto and wagyu strip loin. Wine pairings available. Photo: Frankeny Images
300 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
5 Gitane Restaurant and Bar
One of San Francisco’s hidden gems, Gitane is a spirited restaurant and bar, with playful cocktails, exceptional food, and a setting that combines the sexy playfulness of a 1930s cabaret with the audacious spirit of the 1970s. Although downstairs in Gitane’s elegant bar, Krista Splendorini crafts ever-changing cocktails that inspire conversation and reflect the seasons,, you'll want to go upstairs to enjoy the romantic atmosphere. For dinner, the sexy and sophisticated dining room sets the scene for chef Jason Tuley's eclectic menu. Inspired by the travels of a gypsy, the menu is rooted in Southern France, with influences from Italy, Spain and the bounty of the Bay Area. Photo: Erin Gleeson
6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108