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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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4505 Burgers & BBQ

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

Alexander's Steakhouse

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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.

Babu Ji

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

Bota Tapas & Paella Bar

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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.

Finn Town Tavern

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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.

Fiorella

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

Fiorella

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

Lolinda

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

Marianne’s

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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.

Mezcalito

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

Mission Chinese Food

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

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.

Orbit Room

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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.

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.

Smokestack

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

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.

The Alembic

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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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The Morris

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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.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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

Wise Sons

4505 Burgers & BBQ

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

Alexander's Steakhouse

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

Babu Ji

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

Bota Tapas & Paella Bar

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.

Finn Town Tavern

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.

Fiorella

Fiorella

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

Fiorella

Flores

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

Lolinda

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

Marianne’s

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.

Mezcalito

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

Mission Chinese Food

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