Top 15 San Francisco Date Spots

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ve done some of the love work for you and come up with our top 15 date spots in San Francisco. From a cozy, classic flick, a romantic stroll at Lands End, retro skate nights in a church, to glow in the dark bowling we’ve got you covered.


1. Foreign Cinema
The Mission’s Foreign Cinema restaurant is a great indoor/outdoor garden space where you can take in an art house classic over dinner and cocktails. Enjoy a screening under toasty heat lamps.

2. The Castro Theatre
Get cozy and catch a classic flick at the historic Castro Theater. Sometimes a classic dinner and movie date is just the ticket.

3. Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers
Located in Golden Gate Park, Shakespeare’s Flowers takes after the themed garden spread of plants and flowers mentioned within the works of William Shakespeare. The romantic scene of calming green and colorful displays of nature is a great setting for any date.

4. Nightlife at California Academy of Sciences
A new adventure unfolds every Thursday night from 6–10 pm at the Nightlife Events from California Academy of Sciences. Set out with your date on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in hand and wonder in your eyes.

5. Swensen’s Ice Cream
Savor some sweet treats with that sweet someone at Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor. You can’t go wrong with getting to know someone over an ice cream sundae.

6. Tank18 Tasting Room
A couple of winos? The Tank18 Tasting Room offers a casual tasting of 4 wines, accompanied by a cheese sampler plate. You can also purchase a glass or bottle of your favorite Tank18 wine to enjoy with various bites from their menu in their relaxing lounge area.

7. Lands End
Take a romantic stroll starting at the Golden Gate Bridge, following the walking path through the woods of the Presidio and the mansions of Sea Cliff to the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Lookout. Don’t forget to explore the ruins and caves around the Sutro Baths.

8. Billy Goat Hill
Connect with your inner child and head to Billy Goat Hill, named the best kept secret of Noe Valley, and hop on one of three rope swings that overlook the city.

9. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Get kooky at this Hawaiian themed tiki bar and lounge located in the Fairmont Hotel. Enjoy your Mai Tais amidst the pool of water in the middle of the bar or show your moves out on the (small) dance floor.

10. Church Of 8 Wheels
Get retro, grab some skates, and head to the “Church” of rollerskating for some good ole fashioned fun. The DJ spins old-school funk and disco while you skate around a converted historic church.

11. Stow Lake Boathouse
Recreate that famous scene from The Notebook and hop in a rowboat for a romantic cruise along Stow Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for the waterfall on the center island, sweeping city views, and storybook wooden bridges.

12. Presidio Bowling Center
For a night of glow-in-the-dark bowling fun, hit the Presidio Bowling Center Saturday nights from 10PM-2AM and Sunday nights from 7PM-Midnight.

13. Off the Grid
Off the Grid is your roaming mobile food extravaganza — bringing you delicious food, with free sides of music, craft and soul. Check out all your favorite gourmet food vendors in one place – creating markets like you’ve never seen before. A great option for a fun, cheap date!

14. Yerba Buena Gardens
An oasis amongst the bustle of the financial district, Yerba Beuna a is beautiful backdrop for romance. Check out the waterfall in the central circle, the restored 1905 carousel, and the Zeum, an award winning children’s media and technology museum.

15. City Kayak
Take a kayak trip to McCovey Cove, downtown San Francisco, and other waterfront landmarks by day or by night with City Kayak. There is nothing like the beautiful reflection of the moon in the Bay waters or the floating into the sunrise on a crisp city morning.

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