Valentine’s Day is coming. Soon. If you are planning to take your sweethart out, you need to get going on picking a place to go. Simply put, the good restaurants will fill up fast, and most are already taking reservations. So, the first piece of advice is get going! Secondly, I am listing some choices that over the years have been very successful in leading to romantic evenings.
Stuart Anderson’s – There are several of these in the Bay Area, and most will provide you with a romantic interlude. I like the one in San Leandro best for their private booth areas, but any of their rest aurants will do. Stuart’s provides a good selection of manly choices as well as a good selection of lady choices. Their desserts are not to be missed, so leave yourself some room.
Hungry Hunter – Most of these closed in the East Bay, but the one in South San Francisco is going strong. They have a great menu, and come to your table to mix your salad anyway you want. This is a steak house, but they have plenty of other options. Great place for a real three course meal.
Pleasanton Hotel at 855 Main Street in Pleasanton. This is a romantic hotel dinning room, over 100 years old. You will need reservations here, as this place does fill up fast. It is a common place for small weddings to be performed. Features a varying menu with a French flair.
La Folie at 2316 Polk Street is a French restaurant in San Francisco. This is a pricey place to visit, but ranks among the top French restaurants in San Francisco. Service is great, and the tables are set up to be very romantic.
Coi at 373 Broadway in San Francisco is a great choice for the modern couple who lean to special fish and vegatarian dishes. Coi offers several choices in regard to their menu, but the main menu is best. This is also San Francisco pricey.
The Village Pub in Woodside is a true romantic experience. Set in an building with a mahogany bar and fireplace, the dining room is decorated in reds and browns, perfect for Valentine’s Day. The menu here is American with a French flair. The Villiage Pub is located on 2967 Woodside Road.
Yoshi’s a great place to go if you favor Japanese cooking. In San Francisco at 1330 Fillmore Street, this restaurant is a favorite place in the San Francisco area. Great place to start off your Valentine’s Day.
The Duck Club Restaurant at 3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette is another spot that will light up your Valentine’s Day. Their dining room is very formal and set with china and crystal. Dinner consists of five courses. Their speciality is Sunday brunch.
The Restaurant of Wente Vineyards is another great choice. You can tour the Vineyard and then settle down in their contemporary dining room. Of course, the wine is great. And the food is as well. This restaurant is located 5050 Arroyo Road and overlooks the vineyard in Livermore. Visit includes a short country drive.
Chez Paniesse at 1517 Shattuck in Berkeley is famous for its romantic menu which changes daily. Chez Paniesse now has a cafe upstairs from the regular restaurant, so if the menu is too limited for you, the Cafe will easily meet your needs.
Prima Ristorante is an Italian restaurant located in Walnut Creek at 1552 N. Main Street. One of the best Italian restaurants in the area, you can’t miss by eating here if you love Italian. Valentine’s Day and Italians just jo together. Features a live piano music on the weekends and who can’t like a restaurant with a menu item called “Strangle the Priest Pasta?”
This list is of course, not all inclusive, but should get you started on your quest to have a great Valentine’s Day.