The perfect venue is an essential component to any successful date.
Thus, we offer this ultimate guide to date spots in San Francisco.
The guide is organized by neighborhood, spanning San Francisco and the East Bay.
Each section includes options for a first date, a breakup, a longterm relationship, and other scenarios (see the key, below right, for exact categories).
These categories were chosen for popular date night needs.
Read through this guide for a full listing of every best restaurant and bar in the city for dating, or click each category type below for separate maps of those restaurants and bars across the Bay Area.
First date, drinks: A first date bar should have good drinks, a buzzy vibe (full, but not crowded), and the ability to order some food if things are going well.
First date, coffee: Coffee shops with friendly baristas, great drinks, and somewhere to sit are essential for a first date.
Second date, moderate: Second dates are all about getting to know one another, so your venue can't be too loud.
It also shouldn't be too expensive, and the ability to make a reservation is a must.
Good second date spots inspire you to start with cocktails and segue into a bottle of wine that you can linger over.
Second date, expensive: Where to lock it down: When you're ready to signal to someone that you're serious about the relationship, it's time to head to a special occasion spot that shows your intentions through delicious food and top-notch hospitality.