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The Best Moderately-Priced Date Spots for Long-Term Relationships in San Francisco

Where to go when it's date night

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It's date night for your and your partner, which shouldn't just be your favorite neighborhood joint. On nights when you want to spice things up, these restaurants have an extra interesting element to them to add a little excitement to your 244th date night. Make going out feel like an event at places with friendly service and fun vibes — at price points that allow you to make date night a regular occurrence. These 17 restaurants check off all the LTR date-night necessities, so based on which neighborhood you want to head to, take your pick.

Want to get fancy with your significant other? Here's where to go when dresses and ties are on the mind.

— Noelle Chun, Andrew Dalton, Ellen Fort, Anna Roth, and Stefanie Tuder contributed to this map.

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Anchor Oyster Bar

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Everyone knows that oysters are aphrodisiacs, so give your significant other a not-so-subtle hint over dozens and dozens of them. The nautical, small space gets packed, too, so you'll be forced to crowd closer in the process.

Bar Crudo

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Ten years in, Bar Crudo is still the perfect seafood spot. Reserve a table downstairs, where there's more light and you have viewing access to the open kitchen. For a super casual date, happy hour is always a popular draw, too, when there are dollar oysters and more discounted food and drink.

Live jazz in a supper club setting is just what you need to add romance into a date, and Bix has both (plus tons of whiskey) in spades. The menu of American classics with modern twists always impresses.

Cha Cha Cha

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Congratulations on your long-term relationship! Cuban food always makes for a lively way to spice up date night. Drink way too many pitchers of sangria before you head home to make out, watch Netflix, and eat leftover fried plantains in bed.

Cockscomb

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True to its farm animal theme, Cockscomb welcomes guests into an inviting, wood-laden farmhouse-style restaurant, which spreads across two floors above an open kitchen. Reserve one of the seats in the dining room for a full dinner of oysters and rich cuts of meat, many of which make use of the wood-fire grill that envelopes the entire space with soft heat. Or grab an easy seat at one of the bars upstairs, downstairs, or in the mezzanine for cocktails and lighter plates.

Ferry Building Marketplace

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When's the last time you wandered through the Ferry Building? The vendors have only gotten even better, and the best time to go is on Saturday mornings to fully enjoy the farmers market. Prep yourself with patience for the inevitable crowds, but if you go with the right expectations, the outing can turn into a fun, all-day way to rediscover what you love so much about this city.

Foreign Cinema

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Let's set the Foreign Cinema scene: a flickering hearth, twinkling lights, classic movie projected on the wall, solid drinks, delicious Mediterranean-leaning food, and attentive service. You can't manufacture romance like this, so inject some into your LTR, and head here for dinner.

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.

Hillside Supper Club

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This market-driven casual restaurant is a true neighborhood favorite, with regulars and industry types filling seats every night. What keeps people returning are the same qualities that make date night feel special: excellent, familiar food; friendly and knowledgeable staff; and affordable, interesting wine.

Darkened corners, bamboo mats, and Japanese whiskies make Ippuku a mini-adventure in downtown Berkeley. Spin through the yakitori menu of grilled chicken knees, or order the secret chicken tartare for an extra intrepid evening with the ol' ball and chain.

Liholiho Yacht Club

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Nailing a prime-time reservation at Liholiho Yacht Club requires some advance planning, so sync your calendars and pick a date a few weeks out to experience the inventive Hawaiian-Indian-NorCal cuisine that's had San Franciscans waiting in line for over a year. If you're in a more last-minute situation, as long as you go in knowing there's a wait, it can be part of the event. Stalk the bar for seats to open up, or just accept the time for a table and head down the block to Pacific Cocktail Haven (580 Sutter St.) for a pre-dinner drink (or three).

Mac Daddy

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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.

Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center

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Food trucks, live music, and drinks are the perfect way to spice up date night in a casual, very SF way. On Friday nights, OTG Fort Mason is a twinkling wonderland of quirky menus and music you can dance to, while Thursdays at the Presidio are super chill with fire pits and blankets. You can't go wrong with either.

Outerlands

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There are perennial crowds waiting outside Outerlands for a seat at brunch and dinner, but we like to sneak in during the off-hours, which is why we recommend playing hooky from work and dropping in for a weekday breakfast or lunch date. Mornings bring pastry chef Brooke Mosley’s famous toast and other variations of eggs on bready things (a venerable category), while lunch offers a gooey grilled cheese, brisket sandwich and a few soups and salads; either way, you feel like you’re getting away with something. Walk it off after at Ocean Beach, just a few blocks away.

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Pizzeria Delfina

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Pizza makes for an unimpeachable date night standby, and Delfina makes inarguably solid Neapolitan-style pies. The vibe is nice enough to feel like a night out, but just neighborhood-y enough to feel comfortable. Get an extra salsiccia pie for bedtime snacking later.

Ramen Shop

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Waiting in line can be a strain on a new relationship, but a couple well-versed in each other's mood swings can certainly make it to dinner at this bustling neighborhood spot. Grab one of the excellent cocktails and a snack in the bar, and prepare for ramen greatness.

Rich Table

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The food you eat at Rich Table is unlike any other in the city, yet also fits right in. The multi-ingredient, innovative dishes don't seem to make much sense on the menu, but come together on first bite. It's a fun experience that will get you and your partner vibing on new flavors.

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Anchor Oyster Bar

Everyone knows that oysters are aphrodisiacs, so give your significant other a not-so-subtle hint over dozens and dozens of them. The nautical, small space gets packed, too, so you'll be forced to crowd closer in the process.

Bar Crudo

Ten years in, Bar Crudo is still the perfect seafood spot. Reserve a table downstairs, where there's more light and you have viewing access to the open kitchen. For a super casual date, happy hour is always a popular draw, too, when there are dollar oysters and more discounted food and drink.

Bix

Live jazz in a supper club setting is just what you need to add romance into a date, and Bix has both (plus tons of whiskey) in spades. The menu of American classics with modern twists always impresses.

Cha Cha Cha

Congratulations on your long-term relationship! Cuban food always makes for a lively way to spice up date night. Drink way too many pitchers of sangria before you head home to make out, watch Netflix, and eat leftover fried plantains in bed.

Cockscomb

True to its farm animal theme, Cockscomb welcomes guests into an inviting, wood-laden farmhouse-style restaurant, which spreads across two floors above an open kitchen. Reserve one of the seats in the dining room for a full dinner of oysters and rich cuts of meat, many of which make use of the wood-fire grill that envelopes the entire space with soft heat. Or grab an easy seat at one of the bars upstairs, downstairs, or in the mezzanine for cocktails and lighter plates.

Ferry Building Marketplace

When's the last time you wandered through the Ferry Building? The vendors have only gotten even better, and the best time to go is on Saturday mornings to fully enjoy the farmers market. Prep yourself with patience for the inevitable crowds, but if you go with the right expectations, the outing can turn into a fun, all-day way to rediscover what you love so much about this city.

Foreign Cinema

Let's set the Foreign Cinema scene: a flickering hearth, twinkling lights, classic movie projected on the wall, solid drinks, delicious Mediterranean-leaning food, and attentive service. You can't manufacture romance like this, so inject some into your LTR, and head here for dinner.

Halu

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.

Hillside Supper Club

This market-driven casual restaurant is a true neighborhood favorite, with regulars and industry types filling seats every night. What keeps people returning are the same qualities that make date night feel special: excellent, familiar food; friendly and knowledgeable staff; and affordable, interesting wine.

Ippuku

Darkened corners, bamboo mats, and Japanese whiskies make Ippuku a mini-adventure in downtown Berkeley. Spin through the yakitori menu of grilled chicken knees, or order the secret chicken tartare for an extra intrepid evening with the ol' ball and chain.

Liholiho Yacht Club

Nailing a prime-time reservation at Liholiho Yacht Club requires some advance planning, so sync your calendars and pick a date a few weeks out to experience the inventive Hawaiian-Indian-NorCal cuisine that's had San Franciscans waiting in line for over a year. If you're in a more last-minute situation, as long as you go in knowing there's a wait, it can be part of the event. Stalk the bar for seats to open up, or just accept the time for a table and head down the block to Pacific Cocktail Haven (580 Sutter St.) for a pre-dinner drink (or three).

Mac Daddy

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.

Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center