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Top 5 First Date Spots: San Francisco

Posted by Olivia Brendel on Oct 19, 2018 3:12:00 PM

You know it and I know it. A million things can go wrong on a first date. Will there be a spark? Will you run out of things to talk about? Will he/she look remotely similar to his/her profile picture? The list goes on.

While you can’t quite predict your date, you can choose a location that will set you up for success. I’m no dating expert, but I do know a thing or two about the San Francisco restaurant scene. Keep reading to find out where to go and how the right choice will ensure a second date!

The Keystone

First rule of thumb: never send your date on a hunt to find a hole in the wall. Meet at The Keystone, located in a historic building where the FiDi, SOMA, and Union Square meet. The Keystone’s atmosphere emulates everything you want on a first date, polished yet relaxed.

cocktail bar

Mr. Tipples Recording Studio

Don’t let the name scare you. You won’t be shouting “what did you say?” over the live music at Mr. Tipples. Smooth Jazz (at a tasteful volume) will provide both talking points and conversation filler to sooth first date nerves. Our friends at AllTheRooms agree that Mr. Tipples is the best jazz bar for date night!

Sit back, relax, and sip soulful cocktails, knowing you picked an impressive spot.

underground cocktail bar with piano lit on stage

Momo’s San Francisco 

If Jazz isn’t your style, head to happy hour at Momo’s. Happy hour first dates are always a safe bet… if it’s not going well, sneak out at the strike of 7. Of course, if you’re hitting it off, stay for inspired American bistro cuisine. Views of AT&T Park will have you planning a Giants date!

outdoor seating at a restaurant

The Barrel Room

If you know your date has a refined palate then head straight to The Barrel Room. An award-winning wine list is sure to impress and keep conversation flowing. Complete with a romantic, winery-esque atmosphere, The Barrel Room is the best place to exit the friend zone!

bar restaurant layout with seating

Redford Bar + Eat

Planning a blind date? No problem. Redford is comfortable, classic, and enjoyable for anyone. The ample seating at Redford’s massive bar ensures that you and your date score a seat. Believe me, nothing's worse than uncomfortably standing and waiting for a spot.

exposed brick bar and restaurant dining room

Now that you have foolproof restaurant options in your back pocket, get yourself a date! We can’t help you in that category, but we can connect you with hundreds of other amazing restaurants. Visit VenueBook to learn more about our venues!

Happy Dating,


Topics: San Francisco