One of San Francisco's newest and hottest restaurants, Penny Roma is the newest culinary creation by co-chefs Ryan Pollnow and Thomas McNaughton of Michelin-starred Flour+Water. Everything about Penny Roma oozes romance, from the moody ambience, the fountain at the entryway, to the deeply satisfying traditional Italian fare. Book a table here to enjoy conversation over a bottle of stellar wine paired with homemade pasta and dessert, sourced using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors.
When it comes to defining a romantic restaurant in San Francisco, there's a wide spectrum. For new couples on first or second dates (or really anyone who hasn't had "the talk" yet), a cheap date idea featuring affordable grub and tea lights might be all that's necessary to get the heart racing. For others, white tablecloths and an affordable tasting menu might have you playing footsie all night before looking up the nearest luxury hotel. And then there are the classics like Foreign Cinema or Zuni Cafe, with its welcoming ambience and warm-rustic California menu, that will satisfy any date night craving.
Whether the mood calls for a place that's classy and comfortable or a special-occasion splurge, we found a few romantic restaurants in San Francisco that cover every scenario—all you need is your appetite.
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