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Help please: BART-able SF "Valentine's Day" dinner for Sat 2/16?

Ozumo Feb 11, 2008 10:13 AM

My girlfriend and I are celebrating V-Day over the weekend instead of on Thu, partly for convenience and partly to avoid the insanity and special menus on the actual day. We're going to see KRS-ONE at Shattuck Down-Low on Fri (only $15 advance/$20 at the door!), and then we want to spend the day and evening in SF on Sat. I read this board all the time, but there are just sooo many good options in SF, I'm overwhelmed trying to pick one place. There are a million restaurants I know I want to try, but I have a feeling I'm forgetting a lot of them!

I'd appreciate any tips on restaurants likely to be serving their regular menu on that weekend. We like any type of cuisine, but for this occaision we would probably prefer something European/American/Mediteranean, or maybe Japanese (although not a straight-up sushi bar). We're looking for something with a nice and romantic vibe, at least somewhat upscale. Needs to be BART-able since I live across the street from an East Bay BART station and that way we can drink and get home safely.

Thanks for any help!

  1. farmersdaughter Feb 11, 2008 01:42 PM

    Lots of great places near the 16th and Mission BART station - Ti Couz, Monk's Kettle, Bar Bambino, Bar Tartine. Ti Couz being much more casual than the other three.

    Zuni's close to Civic Center BART, but probably will be hard to get into for this Saturday.

    Bar Crudo is a few blocks walk up the hill from Powell Street BART.

    1. Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2008 01:39 PM

      Every restaurant should have its regular menu on Saturday. Valentine's is a one-day phenomenon. Some recent topics on romantic places:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/470649
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/430190
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/370737

      Ame's a good call. It's just a block or two from Montgomery BART.

      Cafe Claude is romantic and cheaper.

      Sens could be romantic when it's quiet, but it was packed when I was there on a Thursday night last month, and wasn't romantic at all.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/44927...

      I don't think Bar Tartine fits the bill either. None of the Belden Alley places seem romantic to me.

      4 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        hill food Feb 11, 2008 01:45 PM

        maybe Belden's not HUGELY romantic, but I think the casual factor counts for something...

        1. re: hill food
          Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2008 01:51 PM

          Belden's charming on a sunny afternoon, but on weekend nights it tends to be packed and noisy, and the vibe's sort of bar-like.

          The request is for "nice and romantic vibe, at least somewhat upscale."

        2. re: Robert Lauriston
          susancinsf Feb 11, 2008 01:59 PM

          I suspect Sens would be a LOT less crowded on a Saturday than on a weekday, due to its location. I do think the tables by the windows could be romantic...and then there are the desserts, which are wonderful...nothing like a good dessert to spell romance to me (but of course, YMMV, and 'romantic' is a very subjective vibe...)

          1. re: susancinsf
            Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2008 02:08 PM

            I dunno, we were there late in the evening, and everyplace else in Embarcadero Center was completely dead. Would have been more romantic if we'd gotten a window table.

            The full house probably resulted from the Chron giving it a rave at the end of December.

        3. susancinsf Feb 11, 2008 01:25 PM

          Sens would work. Ame might as well, though pricier. or Range, or Bar Tartine. Actually, a lot of SF restaurants would work; just about anything near the Embarcadero or Union Square is close to BART, as are most of the Mission restaurants.

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          Range
          842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Ame Restaurant
          689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

          Sens
          4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. JasmineG Feb 11, 2008 12:46 PM

            Bar Tartine would be fun, and it's right near the 16th & Mission stop, not that a romantic vibe, but it's fun, and the food is great.

            1. hill food Feb 11, 2008 10:37 AM

              Belden Alley or Claude - plenty a choices. tres romantic.

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