As you no doubt already know, Valentine's Day is less than a month away, so book a table now at any of these fine eating establishments and you can avoid the heavily marked up prix-fixe, and focus on hearing more about why your GF's friend Kerry is being so needy these days
Bar Tartine (561 Valencia St, btwn 16th and 17th; The Mission; 415.487.1600) Stay close to your comfort zone with BT's homey-comfort-food-combinationed menu and elk antler chandelier, while dazzling her with their tres-romantic glowy lighting and oft-awarded French-Californian bites (including the "breakfast for dinner" rolled omelet), or if you play it right, "breakfast for breakfast" rolled omelet.
Go menu hunting at BarTartine.com
Urban Tavern (333 O'Farrell St, btwn Taylor and Mason; The Tenderloin; 415.923.4400) The Hilton-housed 240-seat exercise in swank will be rocking its white table cloths with four courses worth of cupid-inspired a la carte, featuring chow options like a coriander carrot puree-sided roast leg of domestic lamb, which has one last load of laundry to finish before you can eat it, honey.
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Le Colonial (20 Cosma Pl, btwn Jones and Taylor; Union Square; 415.931.3600) The atmospheric Union Square resto/lounge'll be serving up a limited-but-delicious a la carte selection of its French/Vietnamese fusion fare, available in LC's heated inner courtyard where you'll dine by candle light, and then alert your fellow colonists of the pending British invasion by placing it in the Old North Church.
Lay siege on your Valentine's plans at LeColonialSF.com
Jardiniere (300 Grove St, at Franklin; Hayes Valley; 415.861.5555) Go prix fixe free by sneaking away to Jard's dimly lit, brick-walled/comfy-chaired J-Lounge, where you can enjoy just-for-Feb 14th cocktails (order her the Pucker Up) and Traci des Jardins' contemporary French awesomeness, which would describe your kissing prowess if you didn't keep trying to spell out your name with your tongue, middle-school style.
Pop the cork on your next romantic evening at Jardiniere.com
Sauce (131 Gough St, at Lily; Hayes Valley; 415.252.1369) Hayes Valley's open-'til-2am bistro will be slinging its signature high-concept comfort food, including a just-for-Valentine's open-face Waygu steak sandwich with morel mushrooms, asparagus and triple cream from Saint Andre, the patron saint of really crappy Champagne.
Get Sauce'd on described deliciousness at SauceSF.com
Sons & Daughters (708 Bush St, at Powell; Union Square; 415.391.8311) The only V-Day destination located in a former self-dubbed "Most Romantic Restaurant in SF", Sons & Daughters still has the original glass chandeliers and working fireplace from Cafe Mozart, which you can cozy up next to in the main dining room below the purple ceiling, which Brad Childress and Brett Favre both ran into last year.
Reserve your seat at SonsandDaughtersSF.com