- Ruth Lafler
In thinking about the anniversary question, I started to wonder, not for the first time, what has happened to romantic restaurants?
Are there any restaurants out there that are quiet enough to murmer sweet nothings? That have flowers and candles and discreetly spaced tables (with long tableclothes for playing footsie)? That have the kind of food that induces a sensual haze (not necessarily cutting edge, "challenging" food)?
One of the most romantic restaurant that I've been to is Cafe Jacqueline. The owner/chefs whips up amazing souffles to share by two people. Small, quiet, candles and roses on all tables. My husband and I went there one time for Valentine's Day and it was very romantic.
1454 Grant Ave. (at Union)
San Francisco 94133
It was voted the most romantic restaurant in SF recently. I had the pleasure of dining there the same night the Guardian came out with the award for the most romantice restaurant. I had wanted to eat there since reading about it several months before in some magazine. The restaurant was small and intimate. Our waiter was not so helpful. He gave us the menu but did not tell us of the specials. I overheard the waitress at the next table talking about the specials and it was then that I knew I had to have a dessert souffle as well. How could I resist a white peach souffle?? My boyfriend and I shared an onion soup and a mushroom and prosciuto souffle and then the white peach one. It took about 2.5 hours total but was well worth it. What a wonderful evening.
I took the advice of the article I read and went to the bathroom. You have to go through the kitchen to get to the bathroom. This gave me an opportunity to meet Jacqueline herself and talk with her. Her picture was in the Guardian and I told her I had seen her picture in the paper that day. She did not know about it, so my boyfriend went off to get a Guardian for her. It was wonderful watching her make the souffles. She did all the cooking with the help of one man in the kitchen who did the prep work for her.
I highly recommend eating there. The food was really good and the atmosphere very pleasant.
I think Elisabeth Daniel is romantic... decently spaced tables, long tableclothes, and they don't try to turn the tables so you can linger as long as you'd like. Food is very good, but even with 3-5 courses, it's not so filling that you go into a food coma.