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The Best Date Spots in the Richmond

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 the Richmond you're cornering.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. First date, drinks: High Treason

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443 Clement
San Francisco, CA
(415) 742-5256
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Skylights provide nice light at this art-filled wine bar from alums of Restaurant at Meadowood, Quince, and Gary Danko. Even if you don’t know much about wine, the staff is well-informed and helpful while guiding you through their list of by-the-glass selections, and there are snacks from cured meats and cheese plates to gooey croquettes. High Treason doubles as a retail shop in case you need to get a bottle for the after-party.

2. First date, coffee: Marla Bakery

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3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 742-4379
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The backyard of this adorable bakery was the site of owners’ Amy Brown and Joe Wolf’s 2014 wedding, so it’s infused with good romantic vibes. The multi-tiered deck and patio, designed by Paxton Gate, offer plenty of opportunity for privacy. Even if it ends up not being a love match, you’ve at least gotten a chance to eat Marla Bakery’s excellent sticky buns, cardamom coffee cake, and English muffins, or more substantial meals like salads and lamb confit soup.

3. Second date, moderate: Pizzetta 211

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211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 379-9880
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It’s easy to forget about this tucked-away spot on California Street, which consistently offers some of the city’s best thin-crust pizza. The room is tiny — make sure you meet up after the family rush to avoid kiddos — but there isn’t as much of a wait on weekdays, and even if you have to camp out they hand out blankets and drinks. Its weekly changing menu includes the usual suspects like margherita, and pies with more exotic toppings like egg with fingerling potatoes and creme fraiche or buffalo sausage with blue cheese.

4. Second date, expensive: Cassava

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3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 640-8990
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This cozy Outer Richmond restaurant serves a nightly tasting menu offering modern California cuisine, with beautifully plated items like house-made squid ink pasta with poached egg, black cod compressed with black olives, and sesame pot du creme. Each can be paired with wine or a non-alcoholic beverage, and there’s a regular menu of apps and entrees if you don’t want to go full tasting. Inside, the dining room has soothing blue walls, subway tile, and a dramatic stripped tree sculpture; if it’s nice, you can sit outside at sidewalk tables.

5. Where to lock it down: Wako

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211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 682-4875
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Omakase is on the menu at this tiny Clement Street restaurant, but Wako offers more than your average sushi restaurant. Chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san send out a parade of Japanese small plates, like housemade sesame tofu and mountain yam with spicy cod roe, followed by sashimi, tempura, and dessert; the whole thing is an elegant study in textures and temperatures. The sushi bar is small, so reservations are recommended.

6. LTR, moderate: Halu

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312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-9165

The best place in town to take a Beatles fan. This eclectic Japanese restaurant is decked out in vintage Beatles and classic rock memorabilia and plays a pretty much nonstop selection of Fab Four songs over its sound system. This may seem strange, but the vibe pairs well with its Japanese food, like skewers, okonomiyaki, and karaage chicken ramen. Halu’s owner Shigemi Komiyama, a drummer in a local surf-rock band and main driver of its rock n roll attitude, died in 2014, but his spirit carries on in the restaurant.

7. LTR, expensive: Chapeau!

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126 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-9787
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Maybe it’s just because we’ve been programmed by pop culture, but there’s nothing more romantic than a French restaurant. This yellow-walled, family-owned bistro on Clement offers the classics like escargot, cassoulet, and seared foie gras, and a combination of tasting menus and a la carte selections let you pick how lengthy you want your meal to be. The wine list is heavy on French vintages, naturally.

8. Breakup spot: Tee Off Bar & Grill

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3129 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 752-5439
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Tee Off is a great dive bar, so the last thing we want to do is inflect it with bad breakup juju. But, for those who have just experienced heartbreak, there are great beers on tap as well as a menu of meaty fried items, including a surprisingly delicious pulled pork-filled waffle cone situation. The bar’s proximity to Land’s End, and all the contemplative ocean views that it offers, is a solid plus.

1. First date, drinks: High Treason

443 Clement, San Francisco, CA

Skylights provide nice light at this art-filled wine bar from alums of Restaurant at Meadowood, Quince, and Gary Danko. Even if you don’t know much about wine, the staff is well-informed and helpful while guiding you through their list of by-the-glass selections, and there are snacks from cured meats and cheese plates to gooey croquettes. High Treason doubles as a retail shop in case you need to get a bottle for the after-party.

443 Clement
San Francisco, CA

2. First date, coffee: Marla Bakery

3619 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

The backyard of this adorable bakery was the site of owners’ Amy Brown and Joe Wolf’s 2014 wedding, so it’s infused with good romantic vibes. The multi-tiered deck and patio, designed by Paxton Gate, offer plenty of opportunity for privacy. Even if it ends up not being a love match, you’ve at least gotten a chance to eat Marla Bakery’s excellent sticky buns, cardamom coffee cake, and English muffins, or more substantial meals like salads and lamb confit soup.

3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

3. Second date, moderate: Pizzetta 211

211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

It’s easy to forget about this tucked-away spot on California Street, which consistently offers some of the city’s best thin-crust pizza. The room is tiny — make sure you meet up after the family rush to avoid kiddos — but there isn’t as much of a wait on weekdays, and even if you have to camp out they hand out blankets and drinks. Its weekly changing menu includes the usual suspects like margherita, and pies with more exotic toppings like egg with fingerling potatoes and creme fraiche or buffalo sausage with blue cheese.

211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

4. Second date, expensive: Cassava

3519 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

This cozy Outer Richmond restaurant serves a nightly tasting menu offering modern California cuisine, with beautifully plated items like house-made squid ink pasta with poached egg, black cod compressed with black olives, and sesame pot du creme. Each can be paired with wine or a non-alcoholic beverage, and there’s a regular menu of apps and entrees if you don’t want to go full tasting. Inside, the dining room has soothing blue walls, subway tile, and a dramatic stripped tree sculpture; if it’s nice, you can sit outside at sidewalk tables.

3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

5. Where to lock it down: Wako

211 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Omakase is on the menu at this tiny Clement Street restaurant, but Wako offers more than your average sushi restaurant. Chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san send out a parade of Japanese small plates, like housemade sesame tofu and mountain yam with spicy cod roe, followed by sashimi, tempura, and dessert; the whole thing is an elegant study in textures and temperatures. The sushi bar is small, so reservations are recommended.

211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

6. LTR, moderate: Halu

312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

The best place in town to take a Beatles fan. This eclectic Japanese restaurant is decked out in vintage Beatles and classic rock memorabilia and plays a pretty much nonstop selection of Fab Four songs over its sound system. This may seem strange, but the vibe pairs well with its Japanese food, like skewers, okonomiyaki, and karaage chicken ramen. Halu’s owner Shigemi Komiyama, a drummer in a local surf-rock band and main driver of its rock n roll attitude, died in 2014, but his spirit carries on in the restaurant.

312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

7. LTR, expensive: Chapeau!

126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Maybe it’s just because we’ve been programmed by pop culture, but there’s nothing more romantic than a French restaurant. This yellow-walled, family-owned bistro on Clement offers the classics like escargot, cassoulet, and seared foie gras, and a combination of tasting menus and a la carte selections let you pick how lengthy you want your meal to be. The wine list is heavy on French vintages, naturally.

126 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Breakup spot: Tee Off Bar & Grill

3129 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Tee Off is a great dive bar, so the last thing we want to do is inflect it with bad breakup juju. But, for those who have just experienced heartbreak, there are great beers on tap as well as a menu of meaty fried items, including a surprisingly delicious pulled pork-filled waffle cone situation. The bar’s proximity to Land’s End, and all the contemplative ocean views that it offers, is a solid plus.

3129 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

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