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Nov 15, 2006 04:25 PM

Fun yet romantic date spot in San Francisco?

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

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  1. Myth would probably fit the bill.

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

      1. You've got to go to Nopa:

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

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          1. I second Woodward's Garden.

            1. re: sgwood415

              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. 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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            1. re: sgwood415

              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.

              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.

              1. re: rworange

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

                1. re: sgwood415

                  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.

                2. re: rworange

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