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17 Moderately-Priced Restaurants for Second Dates in San Francisco

Inexpensive date spots to take your new potential special someone

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So you've had a successful first date, which begs the question: Where are you going for round two? Second date spots shouldn't be too loud (since they're all about getting to really know one another) or too expensive, and the ability to make a reservation is a must. Good second date spots inspire you to start with cocktails and segue into a bottle of wine that you can linger over. These 17 restaurants check off all the second date necessities, so based on which neighborhood you'll be meeting up in, take your pick.

Rather get a little fancier on your second date? No problem; these restaurants are ideal for that. Second date go so well that you're ready to lock it down? Head to these restaurants for that sort of special occasion.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. A16 Rockridge

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5356 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 768-8003
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Snuggled into Rockridge's main drag, A16 is a great upgrade for a second date. Share pizzas, spirituous cocktails, and antipasti by the glow of the pizza oven, or while looking out onto the idyllic neighborhood streets.

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2. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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Absinthe is that perfect restaurant that fits into so many life occasions. In this case, its lively bar, familiar menu, and killer cocktails add a twinkle that makes second dates seem special. Hopefully you'll start with cocktails and some shared plates only to linger over a bottle of wine.

3. Academy Bar & Kitchen

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1800 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

If date two feels like it should be more low key than spendy, this rustic but unpretentious neighborhood spot will have you covered in the pizza and beer department, without skipping straight to Netflix & chill mode. Chef Nick Pallone moved down the street from his former post at Florio, and his emphasis on local ingredients, housemade charcuterie, and Neapolitan pies hits all the right notes without breaking the bank. A well-rounded lineup of craft beers and a modest, but nicely affordable wine list certainly doesn't hurt, either.

4. Barbacco

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220 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 955-1919
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Reasonably priced Italian small plates and lots of wine in a bustling, pretty setting are solid starters for a great second date. The conversation's up to you, but Barbacco has the rest covered.

5. Belga

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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Belga has the lively atmosphere of a Belgian brasserie (the big front bar helps) in a breezy, California-style space. There's an impressive beer list and a menu of Belgian classics (think sausages, mussels, fries) if wanted. When it's nice out, try to sit near the front open windows open so you can people watch as needed.

6. Blue Plate

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3218 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-6777
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This underrated neighborhood restaurant has a back garden that will make any date swoon. Reserve a table out there and dine on top-notch comfort food with a twist that's matched by an approachable wine list.

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7. Cotogna

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490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8508
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There may be no more perfect a meal than pizza, pasta, and wine on a second date, and Cotogna leads San Francisco in those three categories. The lighting is always just right, too.

8. Huxley Restaurant

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846 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 800-8223
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Your date will be impressed when you enter this 25-seat American charmer, practically hidden in the Tenderloin. Yes, it's intimate, but the kitchen is open, which adds plenty of action to the room.

9. La Marcha

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2026 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 269-7374
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A bustling Spanish restaurant in Berkeley's International Marketplace district, La Marcha has an extensive menu of tapas, paellas, and charcuterie. Grab a pitcher of sangria and a host of plates to share amongst yourselves — it's the ultimate compatibility test.

10. 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.

11. Ragazza

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311 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 255-1133
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Everyone loves the pizzas at Ragazza, which has been an Italian neighborhood standby since 2011. Splits some pies and a few bottles of wine and reach second date nirvana — just make sure you go later in the evening after the kiddies have cleared out, and arrive earlier than your date to wait for a table, since there are no reservations.

12. Rintaro

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82 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 589-7022
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With a Chez Panisse veteran at the helm, expect top-notch local produce and serious attention to detail — all filtered through a traditional Japanese lens. There is one very serious caveat to having a date here: you must, must, must sit at the chef's counter overlooking the kitchen. The back room is a good vibes dead zone, and watching the yakitori chef work the grill from your perch at the counter is perfect second date fodder.

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13. 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).

14. Starbelly

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3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 252-7500
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The back patio is the star at this bustling neighborhood hang. So make sure you dine outside on a warm day. Share top-notch pizza and other Italian fare made with local ingredients. Sitting inside is a great backup, so don't worry if Karl comes rolling in.

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15. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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Snag a booth in the dining room and have an intimate conversation over a couple New BFFs (the cocktail, that is, made with double rye, Suze, and vermouth) and some jerk-spiced duck hearts. The drinks never fail to get things going, but be careful if you're on a budget — those small plates can run up a tab real quick.

16. Toyose

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3814 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-0232
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Here’s where you can gauge the adventurous spirit of your date: with a meal in the converted garage of this Outer Sunset staple. Toyose is a popular late-night stop, but it’s also open for dinner every day, and the tucked-away feel and semi-private booths foster a feeling of intimacy. Since this is Korean bar food, anything fried is a good bet — chicken wings, kimchi fried rice, and seafood pancake are favorites — but there’s also a lengthy menu of noodles, hot pot, grilled proteins, and soju drinks.

17. Trou Normand

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140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 975-0876
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Located in the historic Pac Bell building (one of San Francisco's most impressive Art Deco buildings), the trendy Trou Normand provides an intimate setting to gather over a board of house-made charcuterie, a glass of wine, and perhaps a pour of Calvados, which owner Thad Vogler hand-selects from France. The atmosphere is lively, but not too loud, making it the perfect place to grab a pair of seats at the long marble bar or in the cozy booths and have a close conversation.

1. A16 Rockridge

5356 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Eater Archives

Snuggled into Rockridge's main drag, A16 is a great upgrade for a second date. Share pizzas, spirituous cocktails, and antipasti by the glow of the pizza oven, or while looking out onto the idyllic neighborhood streets.

5356 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

2. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Absinthe is that perfect restaurant that fits into so many life occasions. In this case, its lively bar, familiar menu, and killer cocktails add a twinkle that makes second dates seem special. Hopefully you'll start with cocktails and some shared plates only to linger over a bottle of wine.

398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Academy Bar & Kitchen

1800 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

If date two feels like it should be more low key than spendy, this rustic but unpretentious neighborhood spot will have you covered in the pizza and beer department, without skipping straight to Netflix & chill mode. Chef Nick Pallone moved down the street from his former post at Florio, and his emphasis on local ingredients, housemade charcuterie, and Neapolitan pies hits all the right notes without breaking the bank. A well-rounded lineup of craft beers and a modest, but nicely affordable wine list certainly doesn't hurt, either.

1800 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Barbacco

220 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Reasonably priced Italian small plates and lots of wine in a bustling, pretty setting are solid starters for a great second date. The conversation's up to you, but Barbacco has the rest covered.

220 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Belga

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Belga has the lively atmosphere of a Belgian brasserie (the big front bar helps) in a breezy, California-style space. There's an impressive beer list and a menu of Belgian classics (think sausages, mussels, fries) if wanted. When it's nice out, try to sit near the front open windows open so you can people watch as needed.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. Blue Plate

3218 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Eater Archives

This underrated neighborhood restaurant has a back garden that will make any date swoon. Reserve a table out there and dine on top-notch comfort food with a twist that's matched by an approachable wine list.

3218 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

There may be no more perfect a meal than pizza, pasta, and wine on a second date, and Cotogna leads San Francisco in those three categories. The lighting is always just right, too.

490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. Huxley Restaurant

846 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Your date will be impressed when you enter this 25-seat American charmer, practically hidden in the Tenderloin. Yes, it's intimate, but the kitchen is open, which adds plenty of action to the room.

846 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. La Marcha

2026 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

A bustling Spanish restaurant in Berkeley's International Marketplace district, La Marcha has an extensive menu of tapas, paellas, and charcuterie. Grab a pitcher of sangria and a host of plates to share amongst yourselves — it's the ultimate compatibility test.

2026 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

10. 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

11. Ragazza

311 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Everyone loves the pizzas at Ragazza, which has been an Italian neighborhood standby since 2011. Splits some pies and a few bottles of wine and reach second date nirvana — just make sure you go later in the evening after the kiddies have cleared out, and arrive earlier than your date to wait for a table, since there are no reservations.

311 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. Rintaro

82 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Eater Archive

With a Chez Panisse veteran at the helm, expect top-notch local produce and serious attention to detail — all filtered through a traditional Japanese lens. There is one very serious caveat to having a date here: you must, must, must sit at the chef's counter overlooking the kitchen. The back room is a good vibes dead zone, and watching the yakitori chef work the grill from your perch at the counter is perfect second date fodder.

82 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. 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

14. Starbelly

3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
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The back patio is the star at this bustling neighborhood hang. So make sure you dine outside on a warm day. Share top-notch pizza and other Italian fare made with local ingredients. Sitting inside is a great backup, so don't worry if Karl comes rolling in.

3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

15. The Alembic

1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Snag a booth in the dining room and have an intimate conversation over a couple New BFFs (the cocktail, that is, made with double rye, Suze, and vermouth) and some jerk-spiced duck hearts. The drinks never fail to get things going, but be careful if you're on a budget — those small plates can run up a tab real quick.

1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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16. Toyose

3814 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Here’s where you can gauge the adventurous spirit of your date: with a meal in the converted garage of this Outer Sunset staple. Toyose is a popular late-night stop, but it’s also open for dinner every day, and the tucked-away feel and semi-private booths foster a feeling of intimacy. Since this is Korean bar food, anything fried is a good bet — chicken wings, kimchi fried rice, and seafood pancake are favorites — but there’s also a lengthy menu of noodles, hot pot, grilled proteins, and soju drinks.

3814 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

17. Trou Normand

140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Located in the historic Pac Bell building (one of San Francisco's most impressive Art Deco buildings), the trendy Trou Normand provides an intimate setting to gather over a board of house-made charcuterie, a glass of wine, and perhaps a pour of Calvados, which owner Thad Vogler hand-selects from France. The atmosphere is lively, but not too loud, making it the perfect place to grab a pair of seats at the long marble bar or in the cozy booths and have a close conversation.

140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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