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Dark, intimate, casual restaurant wanted

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I am looking for a local dinner spot that is dark and intimate. A restaurant for old friends. Casual. A nice cocktail, good conversation, the occasional brush of fingertips on the arm. The ambiance, in this case is more important than the food. gasp. :-) Any suggestions?

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  1. I thought Aziza was dark, at least where I was sitting. Tables were far enough apart and the place was not too loud. We liked the food but there have been some recent disquieting reports.

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    Aziza
    5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

    1. Gitane is really dark and has a cool bar.

      1. I'll 2nd Gitane. You may need a flashlight to read the menu. good food for sharing great CAVA list lots of atmosphere.

        1. I appreciate the replies. I am drawn to Gitane. It was a restaurant I came across in my considerable research. I offer more info to see if there are any other opinions out there and to make sure we won't be out of place at Gitane.

          If it were me, solo, I would go someplace else for the food, other than what I am looking for, specific to this occasion. I am a food person, he is not - no seafood, mushrooms, etc. although the cuisine is open. I love a perfect martini, he'll have a glass of wine. I will dress upscale casual, he'll be in jeans. We don't want to sit across from each other, banquette style, but like the idea of a booth tucked away, where we can be close, for intense conversation... not get a room kind of stuff... but the prelude....