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19 Anti-Valentine's Day Restaurants Where It's Business as Usual

Don't be a rookie this Tuesday, February 14

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Don't be a rookie this Valentine's Day. And by that we mean someone who falls victim to the traps that are special prix fixe menus. Some restaurants capitalize on the fact that people want to impress on Valentine's Day, using it as a chance to lure n00bs in for higher-priced meals than normal. That means a higher likelihood of a menu that isn't tried and true, and might not show that restaurant at its best.

But you're smarter than that. And the restaurants on this list know that, so they are just conducting business as normal this Tuesday, February 14. If you feel the need to dine out for this completely arbitrary holiday, then we suggest choosing one of these establishments that refuse to serve special prix fixes and other V-day schlock.

If you insist on going somewhere else, though, then check out our handy dandy date guide, which will never let you down, no matter the situation. We hope this Black Tuesday will bring love into your life.

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1. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

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705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 231-6993
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Get some burgers and barbecue with bae, all casual like.

2. Alexander's Steakhouse

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448 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 495-1111
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You may still want to get a lil fancy, so steaks should be right up your alley if that's the case.

3. Babu Ji

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280 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 525-4857
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The hottest Indian spot in town will provide plenty of flavor and fun, courtesy of its serve-yourself beer fridge.

4. Bota Tapas & Paella Bar

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490 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

This brand-new tapas bar will force you two to get close with shared plates. Because nothing tests a couple's limits like food compromise.

5. Finn Town Tavern

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2251 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 626-3466
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Try to snag a seat at the bar or counter overlooking the kitchen at this American tavern so you can snuggle close while watching your food in action.

6. Fiorella

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2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 340-3049
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Pizza and pasta are perfect date night fare, and Fiorella nails both.

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7. Flores

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2030 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 550-8626
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Union Street's buzziest restaurant has its regular Mexican menu ready to go this Tuesday.

8. Lolinda

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2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6970
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Splurge on a big steak in a sexy room for a great date night.

9. Marianne’s

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360 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 321-6000
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This once-private back room bar at The Cavalier now has its own entrance and is open to the public in a redesigned, warm room.

10. Mezcalito

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2323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 441-2323
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Tacos and margs are always fun date night food, especially on a Tuesday.

11. Mission Chinese Food

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2234 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-2800
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Mission Chinese's mouth-numbing Chinese fare will bond you and your date in delicious pain.

12. Motze

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983 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 484-1206
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If you two loved Bar Tartine, then head to Motze, which is Japanese food from the same chefs, but in a newly fast casual format.

13. Orbit Room

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1900 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-9525
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New owners have kept the same spirit at Orbit Room, where you can grab a low-key pizza and drink with your date.

14. Rooh SF

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This beautifully and boldly decorated progressive Indian restaurant only opened this week, so your date will think you're super in the know if you head here.

15. Smokestack

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2505 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 864-7468
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Eat what you both crave — barbecue and beer — at Smokestack's cavernous, casual restaurant.

16. Souvla

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517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 400-5458
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Souvla's fast casual counter may not be the most special place to celebrate, but there's also pleasure to be found in the routine.

17. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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Feasting on duck hearts while imbibing excellent craft cocktails sounds like the ideal way to spend this evening.

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18. The Morris

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2501 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 612-8480
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The Morris' deep wine list and Californian fare is oh-so-San Francisco, and lovely any evening, but especially so this night when you two can split a bottle of something special.

19. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 787-3354
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Comfort yourselves with something Grandma would have made, like a pastrami sandwich or matzah ball soup.

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1. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Get some burgers and barbecue with bae, all casual like.

705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

2. Alexander's Steakhouse

448 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107

You may still want to get a lil fancy, so steaks should be right up your alley if that's the case.

448 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

3. Babu Ji

280 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The hottest Indian spot in town will provide plenty of flavor and fun, courtesy of its serve-yourself beer fridge.

280 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Bota Tapas & Paella Bar

490 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This brand-new tapas bar will force you two to get close with shared plates. Because nothing tests a couple's limits like food compromise.

490 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Finn Town Tavern

2251 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Try to snag a seat at the bar or counter overlooking the kitchen at this American tavern so you can snuggle close while watching your food in action.

2251 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

6. Fiorella

2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Fiorella

Pizza and pasta are perfect date night fare, and Fiorella nails both.

2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

7. Flores

2030 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Union Street's buzziest restaurant has its regular Mexican menu ready to go this Tuesday.

2030 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

8. Lolinda

2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Splurge on a big steak in a sexy room for a great date night.

2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Marianne’s

360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This once-private back room bar at The Cavalier now has its own entrance and is open to the public in a redesigned, warm room.

360 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Mezcalito

2323 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Tacos and margs are always fun date night food, especially on a Tuesday.

2323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. Mission Chinese Food

2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mission Chinese's mouth-numbing Chinese fare will bond you and your date in delicious pain.

2234 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Motze

983 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

If you two loved Bar Tartine, then head to Motze, which is Japanese food from the same chefs, but in a newly fast casual format.

983 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. Orbit Room

1900 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

New owners have kept the same spirit at Orbit Room, where you can grab a low-key pizza and drink with your date.

1900 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Rooh SF

San Francisco, CA 94107

This beautifully and boldly decorated progressive Indian restaurant only opened this week, so your date will think you're super in the know if you head here.

15. Smokestack

2505 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Eat what you both crave — barbecue and beer — at Smokestack's cavernous, casual restaurant.

2505 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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16. Souvla

517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Souvla's fast casual counter may not be the most special place to celebrate, but there's also pleasure to be found in the routine.

517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

17. The Alembic

1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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Feasting on duck hearts while imbibing excellent craft cocktails sounds like the ideal way to spend this evening.

1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

18. The Morris

2501 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The Morris' deep wine list and Californian fare is oh-so-San Francisco, and lovely any evening, but especially so this night when you two can split a bottle of something special.

2501 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Wise Sons

Comfort yourselves with something Grandma would have made, like a pastrami sandwich or matzah ball soup.

3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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