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Where to Go on a Date in the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill

The best date spots in the neighborhood

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Nailing the perfect venue is an absolutely essential component to the success of a date. But here's the thing: What makes a great first date spot is definitely not the same as what makes a place the best to celebrate a special occasion or even a second date — so deciding where to take a plus-one doesn't always get the same answer. Every situation has different needs — neighborhood, vibes, price point — and it can be tricky to find the right bar or restaurant if you've never been there. So next time you're trying to pick a fitting location, just consult this guide. We've got you covered if it's Potrero Hill or the Dogpatch you're cornering.

In need of the best date spots in other neighborhoods? Check out this ultimate guide to dating in San Francisco.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. First date, drinks: Third Rail

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628 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

A bar with a railway theme is a surprisingly good spot for a first date, where craft cocktails and mid-century vibes might help things pick up steam. The only food here is a variety of jerky (sold by the ounce), so either eat ahead of time or be prepared to get the dried meat sweats with a total stranger.

2. First date, coffee: Provender

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1415 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 685-1722
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This super-small, friendly coffeeshop will get your hearts racing with Andytown espresso drinks, and light snacks, if that's what you're after. Grab your drinks and take a stroll through the neighborhood overlooking San Francisco.

3. Second date, moderate: Smokestack

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2505 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 864-7468
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Barbecue, beers, and whiskies are all on the menu here. It's a great opportunity to get over silly insecurities, while you've both got barbecue all over your hands (and probably all over your second best shirt).

4. Second date, expensive: Piccino Cafe

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1001 Minnesota St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 824-4224
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This adorable Italian-influenced restaurant is a lively spot for a second date, with a menu of pizzas and pastas. Sit on the patio as the sun sets with a bottle of rosé for maximum enjoyment.

5. Where to lock it down: Chez Maman East

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1401 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 655-9542
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It's not the most expensive restaurant in the neighborhood, but it's romantic and homey in that French bistro way. Share escargot and beef tartare, and wash it all down with Champagne as you plan a trip to Paris together.

6. LTR, moderate: Mac Daddy

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1453 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 872-6670
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What's that, you say? You're a grown ass (wo)man and you don't eat macaroni and cheese for dinner anymore? Well, take a trip back to a more youthful, single state-of-mind with your partner in crime, and dig in to a bowl of mac bejeweled with short ribs with a bottle of wine.

7. LTR, expensive: Serpentine

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2495 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 252-2000
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Like your relationship, Serpentine is steady and in it for the long haul, offering up simple but well-executed dishes like oven-roasted chicken. It's not an adventure, but it's a welcoming place to catch up with your significant other over a cocktail and one of SF's best burgers.

8. Breakup spot: The Ramp

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855 Terry a Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 621-2378
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Known for its bloody marys, The Ramp is a good place to bring a scorned lover in broad daylight. Have your "serious talk" by the water, where you can leave your ex gazing into the Bay, or at least have a getaway plan by boat locked down.

1. First date, drinks: Third Rail

628 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

A bar with a railway theme is a surprisingly good spot for a first date, where craft cocktails and mid-century vibes might help things pick up steam. The only food here is a variety of jerky (sold by the ounce), so either eat ahead of time or be prepared to get the dried meat sweats with a total stranger.

628 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

2. First date, coffee: Provender

1415 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This super-small, friendly coffeeshop will get your hearts racing with Andytown espresso drinks, and light snacks, if that's what you're after. Grab your drinks and take a stroll through the neighborhood overlooking San Francisco.

1415 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

3. Second date, moderate: Smokestack

2505 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Barbecue, beers, and whiskies are all on the menu here. It's a great opportunity to get over silly insecurities, while you've both got barbecue all over your hands (and probably all over your second best shirt).

2505 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

4. Second date, expensive: Piccino Cafe

1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This adorable Italian-influenced restaurant is a lively spot for a second date, with a menu of pizzas and pastas. Sit on the patio as the sun sets with a bottle of rosé for maximum enjoyment.

1001 Minnesota St
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. Where to lock it down: Chez Maman East

1401 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

It's not the most expensive restaurant in the neighborhood, but it's romantic and homey in that French bistro way. Share escargot and beef tartare, and wash it all down with Champagne as you plan a trip to Paris together.

1401 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

6. LTR, moderate: Mac Daddy

1453 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

What's that, you say? You're a grown ass (wo)man and you don't eat macaroni and cheese for dinner anymore? Well, take a trip back to a more youthful, single state-of-mind with your partner in crime, and dig in to a bowl of mac bejeweled with short ribs with a bottle of wine.

1453 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

7. LTR, expensive: Serpentine

2495 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Like your relationship, Serpentine is steady and in it for the long haul, offering up simple but well-executed dishes like oven-roasted chicken. It's not an adventure, but it's a welcoming place to catch up with your significant other over a cocktail and one of SF's best burgers.

2495 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

8. Breakup spot: The Ramp

855 Terry a Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158

Known for its bloody marys, The Ramp is a good place to bring a scorned lover in broad daylight. Have your "serious talk" by the water, where you can leave your ex gazing into the Bay, or at least have a getaway plan by boat locked down.

855 Terry a Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158

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