15 Ideas For A Romantic Date In San Francisco

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

15 Ideas For A Romantic Date In San Francisco

San Francisco is full of lovely romantic places to have a date, from fine dining to intimate outdoor adventures. Are you looking for a new activity to enjoy with a partner? Read on to get inspired.

1. Enjoy classical music by candlelight at these intimate concerts 

Candlelight Concerts at St. Ignatius Church

The extremely popular series known as Candlelight is wowing crowds in San Francisco. Experience beautiful classical concerts featuring everything from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Stevie Wonder tributes, all in the lovely glow of thousands of candles! Check out these Valentine’s Day-themed concerts for an unforgettable date night this February.

2. Take in the views on a local hike

Whether you’re looking for a quick stroll in the city or a more strenuous day hike in Marin, you’ll love these incredible hikes for a chance to stretch your legs.

3. Enjoy a nice meal on a romantic outdoor patio

The perfect romantic date spot can take a variety of forms, but a night of upscale dining al fresco is a classic go-to. These restaurants have magical outdoor patios to enjoy a variety of delicious food options, creative cocktails, and much more.

4. Check out NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

Photo by Kathryn Whitney, courtesy of California Academy of Sciences

NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences is one of our favorite ongoing events. The popular Thursday night festivities feature live DJs, outdoor bars, ambience lighting, and more alongside the Academy’s nearly 40,000 animal residents!

5. Go whale watching at these beautiful Bay Area viewpoints

California’s coastline is the perfect spot to catch several whale migration seasons – gray whales from January through April, orcas between February and May, and humpbacks between April and December. Even from land, you’re likely to see them spouting, slapping their tails (known as “lobtailing”) or even breaching. If you want to see them up close, a whale watching tour will do the trick. Check our article about whale watching spots to point you in the right direction!

6. Find a new perspective on an unconventional city tour

Even native San Franciscans have a thing or two to learn from these city tours! Take your date on a fun tour of the city for a unique night out.

  • Fort Point Candlelight Tour: A unique night tour of Fort Point National Historic Site.
  • Self-guided light art tour: 11 of the best light art installations in the city, reaching from the Bay Bridge to the Castro.
  • SF Ghost Hunt: You’ll see the haunted trees of abolitionist Mary Ellen Pleasant, learn about the Chambers Mansion poltergeists, and more
  • Outdoor spots for history lovers: Our roundup of outdoor spots for history lovers isn’t technically a tour, but save the map so you can check these places out when you’re in the neighborhood.

7. Try out a new bar

It’s never a bad time to discover an amazing new bar in the city, whether it has excellent craft cocktails, a unique ambience, stellar service, or an awesome view.

Cocktail bars:

Wine bars: 

8. Discover a new sunset viewing spot

There’s truly no shortage of excellent places to see a sunset in the Bay, but we wanted to get to the bottom of where locals love to watch the sky light up. These key sunset viewing spots are recommended by locals!

  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Twin Peaks
  • Ina Coolbrith Park
  • Baker Beach

9. Explore a fascinating local tide pool


If you’re a California native lucky enough to live on the coast, then you know that tide pooling is an awesome way to enjoy the beach! We’ve put together a list of great tide pools to visit around the Bay Area, so put on your best waterproof shoes and get ready to explore.

10. Treat yourself and your partner at one of SF’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants

If you’re looking to treat yourself to a Michelin-starred meal, we’ve put together a list of the most affordable restaurants in San Francisco that have made it into the coveted Michelin Guide.

11. Take a stroll through one of these romantic spots in the city, recommended by San Franciscans

We asked our Instagram followers for their favorite romantic spots in the city, from the beach to restaurant patios. Here are their recommendations! 

  • Pier 7
  • The Embarcadero
  • Coit Tower
  • Painted Ladies

12. Step up your “dinner and a movie” at this cozy theater in Oakland

Oakland’s iconic New Parkway Theater might fly under the radar for most San Franciscans, but it makes quite the statement. Guests pile onto big squashy couches, bean bags, and vintage chairs to watch everything from cult classics to the Super Bowl. Their café serves local beers and wines, house-made comfort food on a rotating menu, and more.

13. Go for an adventure on one of these spectacular day trips

We love San Francisco for its countless activities to enjoy everywhere you go. But anytime there’s a long weekend or a free day, we’re quite well-located to check out some neighboring California gems.

14. Skate the night away at this groovy 19th-century church turned roller disco

Have you heard of this amazing roller disco near the Painted Ladies? The Church of 8 Wheels is the ultimate hidden gem, hosting San Francisco’s most avid skaters within a 120-year-old abandoned church. You can zoom around the rink before a backdrop of stained-glass windows featuring Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Disco music and neon lights bring the party to this unconventional skating experience!

15. Take a lap around the Ferry Building

San Francisco’s Ferry Building is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, serving as a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. It’s a center for events, pop-ups, a farmers’ market, and countless excellent merchants who sell their wares daily in the building’s many stalls. When’s the last time you explored this beautiful and famous landmark? Read on to learn more about the Ferry Building’s history, plus some essential stops you should make on your next trip.


Featured image: @lamarsf via Instagram

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