While Eater is a staunch opponent of eating out on Valentine's Day (a major restaurant ripoff holiday), we understand that romance is sometimes best kindled gazing longingly across a table. So for you lovebirds out there, we've rounded up 11 different menus or dishes designed to serve two, perfect for adding a little extra spark to your next dinner out. Whether you're seeking a cheap roast-chicken combo or a lavish steak or shellfish feast, there's something here for every romance, and every wallet. Happy eating.Read More
Double Trouble: 11 San Francisco Dishes and Menus For Two
Where to share dinner with your sweetie around town.
Lolinda's asado mixto offers enough meat for a duo, with chorizo, short rib, flap steak, and morcilla (blood sausage), plus potatoes and roasted shishito peppers. At $38, it's a good way to sample a sizable portion of the Argentine steakhouse menu. Or go upstairs to El Techo de Lolinda's roof deck for a platter of chicharrones de carne (roasted and fried pork shoulder) with tortillas and salsa; a pound is $21, and 1.5 pounds is $32.
Presidio Social Club
Meat mavens will go nuts for PSC's 30-ounce wood-roasted ribeye for two, which is accompanied by parmesan truffle fries. It's $96, though, so be prepared to shell out.
A hidden North Beach favorite for romantic dinners, Cafe Jacqueline is all about savory souffles for two, in flavors like mushroom, leek, crab, and broccoli ($30-60), followed by a sweet souffle ending (in chocolate, Grand Marnier, or strawberry, $30-40).
Anchor Oyster Bar
For an iconic taste of San Francisco, pull up to Anchor's counter and order up the big bowl of cioppino ($55), full of clams, mussels, shrimp, fish, and crab. If you're especially hungry, you can kick things off with an Anchor Special of a dozen raw oysters, eight steamed clams, and four chilled prawns ($40, or $20 for a half-order).
If you like to share but would rather not indulge in a full meal, consider Alta's new $60 cocktail pairing menu, which comes with half-size versions of three drinks, like a barrel-aged Manhattan and pisco-pickle juice concoction, for each person. An order each of pastrami and deviled eggs are also included. This one is by reservation only, so be sure to call ahead and request it.
No dinner-for-two list would be complete without Zuni's iconic roast chicken with bread salad, cooked in their wood-fired oven ($48). If you're too hungry to withstand the 45-minute wait, you can split a platter of oysters; they typically stock 10-12 different kinds.
Porchetta fiends will want to pounce on Central Kitchen's version for two ($80), which arrives with seasonal pickles and garnishes.
Raw-bar aficionados should make a play for Bar Crudo's platter for two, which overflows with tasty seafood. For $95, diners get a dozen oysters, six clams, six shrimp, six mussels, half a crab, and half a lobster.
For an affordable meal for two, one of Limon's signature roast chickens, complete with a trio of sauces and two sides like rice and beans, yucca fries, or salad, will set you back a total of $26 at any of their locations.
PPQ Dungeness Island
When Dungeness is in season, couples can be seen digging in gleefully to the $60 dinner-for-two special at PPQ, which includes imperial rolls, chicken-cabbage salad, and garlic noodles in addition to a whole roasted crab. They even throw in fried bananas with ice cream for dessert.
This hidden Nepalese gem in Bernal offers a $49 menu for two, with momos (Nepalese dumplings), samosas, cubes of BBQ chicken/lamb/pork, black-eyed pea curry, sizzling tandoori chicken, rice, and naan.