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Fun yet romantic date spot in San Francisco?

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funmarysf Nov 15, 2006 04:25 PM

Any recommendations for a romantic restaurant with a still hip and fun environment... that is, not stuffy or anything?

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    rtmonty RE: funmarysf Nov 15, 2006 04:51 PM

    Myth would probably fit the bill.

    1. Morton the Mousse RE: funmarysf Nov 15, 2006 04:57 PM

      I'd get a table in the back room (pillow room) of Aziza. Fun, romantic, hip, sexy, delicious food, great bar, reasonable prices.

      www.azizasf.com

      1. goldensf RE: funmarysf Nov 15, 2006 05:18 PM

        You've got to go to Nopa:

        http://nopasf.com/

        An incredibly delicious experience, wonderful people watching, and still enough intimacy to be with the one you love. Check it out!

        1. sgwood415 RE: cjp Nov 15, 2006 05:51 PM

          I second Woodward's Garden.

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            cjp RE: sgwood415 Nov 15, 2006 07:59 PM

            While Nopa is pretty good people watching, it's really really loud, and a lot of people I take there complain about the not being able to hear each other talk. Maybe in the mezzanine things would be a bit better, but it doesn't speak "romance" to me.

            I like Woodward's Garden for romance cause it's dark and the food is great and they have some comfy banquettes if you sit in the front.

            Aziza is great--I haven't sat in the back room, but the round booths in the front room are good for getting cozy with each other as well.

          2. sgwood415 RE: funmarysf Nov 15, 2006 05:49 PM

            For romance plus fun, check out Bix on Gold Alley, they often have live jazz and the place kind of fun to find. Also, if fun ambience is more important than cuisine, check out Forbes Island; it's a floating restaurant that you take a water taxi to. A fun experience for sure. We also like Julius' Castle for fun and romance, be sure to ask for a window table.

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              rworange RE: sgwood415 Nov 15, 2006 06:52 PM

              Julius Castle has been closed for months. Forbes Island, not a favorite of mine, was not a favorite of two people on a recent episode of Check Please.
              http://blogs.kqed.org/food/?p=183

              The first review is by the guy who recomended the place. The other two start ...

              "I have to qualify that I really dislike this place, nothing good to say about it, so please excuse my inadvertent nastiness"

              "If you get seasick easily ..."

              So it may not be everyone's thing. Depends on your date's likes and dislikes. Lots of tourists at Forbes.

              I like Pena Pachamama in North Beach. There is also a live music every night. It is candle-lit with colorful streamers and Mexican papel picado flags strung across the ceiling. Upstairs there is no show, but two fireplaces and a view of Coit Tower. The food is good and fun if not amazing. It is the whole at this place that I like.
              http://www.penapachamama.com/

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                sgwood415 RE: rworange Nov 15, 2006 06:53 PM

                Yes, Forbes is more about the experience than the food. Thanks for the JC update.

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                  rworange RE: sgwood415 Nov 15, 2006 07:46 PM

                  Someone bought JC, but so far the whole thing is shrouded in mystery as to who and when it will reopen. Never got to the old place but it would really be nice if there was a place in SF that had a great view and great food.

                  As far as Forbes, it can be an adventure depending on a person's frame of mind. Just not my thing and the food wasn't good enough to overcome the experience. Not beating a dead horse, but I was reading that Check Please review at the end which had one of the funniest lines I've ever seen. The steak was ordered medium-rare which translated to some part being medium, other parts being rare. Have to remember to steal that line if that situation happens to me anywhere.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Nov 15, 2006 07:12 PM

                  The guy on Check Please who liked Forbes Island was no chowhound.

              2. Lori SF RE: funmarysf Nov 15, 2006 08:15 PM

                Bar Tartine
                Bar Crudo
                EOS- in the wine bar area
                Elite Cafe
                Destino

                I would say these are fun and romantic

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                  whiner RE: funmarysf Nov 16, 2006 08:07 PM

                  I would also warn against NoPa on account of the noise level. Also not very romantic. Good food and service, though.

                  a bit loud, but not too too loud and fun and a bit romatic is a16. Bistro Aix is romatic and laid back, I think a very good first date restaurant.

                  Chapeau! is nice, perhaps more romantic than fun, but the owner is a trip.

                  Piperade is always a safe bet, as is Fringale, though the latter can be a little cramped.

                  I love Slanted Door...

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                    Booklegger451 RE: whiner Nov 16, 2006 08:56 PM

                    I had a wonderful meal at NoPa recently. Their upstairs seating is less lound (still not what I'd call intimate) and more cozy than their downstairs seating. Their food and drinks are hard to beat. If your date is turned on by gustatory stimulation, this could still be a good bet.

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