Well-known among San Franciscans, Gary Danko is a longstanding establishment situated right by Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the highest level of service – we’re talking refolded napkins when visitors run to the restroom – and a prix fixe menu. The experience at Gary Danko is elegant, to say the least. It is perfect for a fancy date night or for celebrating a special occasion or anniversary. The ambience is wonderful, with soft lighting and neutral colors. The hardest part may just be getting a reservation, so be sure to make one far in advance.
Gary Danko, 800 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 749 2060
For those with a little extra money to burn, Saison is a must-visit in San Francisco. To note however, what makes this restaurant so extravagant are the prices. As a three Michelin-starred restaurant, Saison offers an 18-course menu, starting at $398. The only other restaurant in the entire country that tops Saison in price is located in New York. The upside: visitors are told a tip is included.
Saison, 178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 828 7990
Acquerello takes romance to an entirely new level of extravagance. Head chef Suzette Gresham combines interesting flavors that go perfectly with a wide selection of wines. Take an appetizer as an example: roasted baby carrots, burnt honey cream, nasturtium, and Ver jus. And that is just an appetizer. It only gets better from there. With white linens and a near angelic setting (the restaurant sits in a former church), an evening spent here is an evening well spent.
Acquerello, 1772 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 567 5432
For some old-fashioned, homemade Italian cuisine, Delfina does it just right. From the pasta to the bread, the delicacy with which all of the dishes are made is just one of the many reasons Delfina makes the list. To top it off, it is a must to try more than one of the desserts. These include the Earl Grey panna cotta and the cantucci.
Delfina, 3621 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 552 4055
While Nopa prides itself on sourcing local ingredients and creating a simple menu, its flavor profiles are extraordinary. Coupled with innovative artisanal cocktails, this is another restaurant that typically requires reservations in advance. The best part about Nopa is that whether diners are coming for brunch or for dinner, they are guaranteed the best service no matter what time of day.
Nopa, 560 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 864 8643
Consistently topping the Zagat charts, Kokkari is famous for its taverna-inspired food. With beautiful decor and chic wood furnishings, Kokkari’s eclectic setting pairs well with its menu. It serves items such as papio manti (duck raviolis) and moussaka (a traditional Greek casserole). The restaurant also adds a bit of romance with its large fireplace and, although pricey, there have been no complaints yet.
Kokkari Estiatorio, 200 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 981 0983
Firstly, Aziza is owned by Mourad Lahlou, who also happens to be the chef. And who also happens to be a winner of Iron Chef America. Not only that, but the cuisine at this restaurant combines California ingredients with Moroccan dishes. Known for its tasting menus, Aziza has many surprises on its menu and is a great spot to visit for those that frequent the Outer Richmond area. Just remember, this restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
Aziza, 5800 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 752 2222