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It is the hopper’s opinion that Valentine’s Day is not an optimal day to eat out. But perhaps you and your love are in town on Friday February 14th, and would like to find a nice spot to enjoy yourselves. Here are a few places that will make you a little less likely to poke an eye out—and that will offer good food and service, even on a busy night.


2323 Polk St. at Green, 415-441-2323.

Verbena is serving their regular menu (that’s right, no spendy prix-fixe) from 5:30pm–11:30pm, with lots of reservations for two available. Bonus: this is a nice place for carnivores and vegetarians to co-exist.


1760 Polk St. at Washington, 415-359-1212.

Another newcomer on Polk Street, 1760, will also be offering an à la carte menu. You’ll find many of their regular dishes, plus a few extras for the holiday. Of course, the wine list that is full of bubbles will come in handy too.


2355 Chestnut St. at Scott, 415-771-2216.

A16 is celebrating their tenth anniversary on February 14th, in addition to the holiday. The restaurant’s original chef, Christophe Hille, will return to collaborate on the night’s menu, which will include favorite dishes from over the years.

Izakaya Yuzuki

598 Guerrero St. at 18th St., 415-556-9898.

For a low-key but delicious evening, head to Izakaya Yuzuki in the Mission, where they’re offering a five-course dinner for $75. Sake pairings are also available for an additional $45.

Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St. at 21st St., 415-648-7600.

Foreign Cinema is really embracing the young love thing, with a Pretty in Pink theme for the evening. The à la carte menu will include lots of favorite classics, including aged New York steak and cornmeal blinis with caviar. They’ll also be offering some special cocktails, wine, and of course, lots of bubbly.

Cafe Claude

7 Claude Lane at Bush, 415-392-3515.

Nothing says romance like jazz, right? Head to Café Claude for an evening of live music with Lori Carsillo and a three-course prix fixe menu with options. Dinner is $75 per person, with wine pairing available