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Foreign Cinema. Photo: Foreign Cinemam
Foreign Cinema. Photo: Foreign Cinemam

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Romantic restaurants in San Francisco

San Francisco is celebrated for its amazing cuisine. There is a long tradition of talented chefs inspired by the city’s diverse cultural heritage and wealth of fresh, local, and seasonal fare.

Gary Danko

Formerly of the Ritz Carlton Dining Room and a host of other critically acclaimed restaurants, Chef Gary Danko’s blacked-out, dimly lit, cocoon-like restaurant is the perfect spot to indulge in a litany of decadent dishes such as branzini with fennel purée, quail stuffed with foie gras with bacon and cornbread pudding and juniper crusted bison with king trumpet mushrooms.

Gary Danko

800 North Point at Hyde Street, San Francisco

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Liholiho Yacht Club

Chef Ravi Kapur celebrates his Hawaiian roots at this lively Lower Nob Hill eatery. Delectable dishes – served family-style in portions designed for sharing – include whole Maine lobster with preserved black bean sauce and twice-cooked pork belly with pineapple, Thai basil and fennel.

Liholiho Yacht Club

871 Sutter, San Francisco

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Foreign Cinema

Pass through the retro movie theatre doors in this Mission District staple and you’ll emerge into a rustic, exposed-brick banqueting room and adjoining outdoor patio filled with intimate tables. The silent, foreign or independent movie, screened nightly on the rear courtyard wall, lends a silver screen sparkle to a discreet tête-à-tête over dishes such as smoked salmon and salmon caviar with ruby grapefruit crème fraiche and grilled cocoa-ajwaan kobe bavette steak.

Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission Street, San Francisco

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Mourad

Located in the historic PacBell building in the city’s financial district, this eponymous eatery by Chef Mourad Lahlou offers a new take on Moroccan cuisine by showcasing the flavors of north Africa through fresh, artisanal California produce.

Mourad

140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco

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Cotogna

Cotogna – which means Quince in Italian – is the little sister restaurant to Chef Michael Tusk’s fine dining eatery Quince, next door. Serving rustic, delicious Italian fare, standouts include wood-fired pizzas, tagliatelle with house-made ragout and venison sausage with spaetzli, sauerkraut & beets.

Cotogna

490 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco

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