Seal it With a Kiss: 20 Perfect Romantic Things to Do for Valentine's Day in San Francisco
From fine dining to picnics in the park to sailing the bay at sunset, San Francisco offers romantic experiences to help couples feel the love this Valentine’s Day.
For those looking to wine and dine
Cocktails with a View at Top of the Mark
Known for its signature martinis and magnificent views of San Francisco, Top of the Mark is the perfect place for a most romantic evening. Arrive for pre-dinner drinks and experience the sun setting on the San Francisco skyline, or linger for a nightcap with the twinkling lights of the city below.
Valentine's Day Special Menus
No Valentine's Day would be complete without a romantic dinner. Sessions at the Presidio will have a prix fixe menu on Feb. 14, which consists of house ravioli for starters, strawberry sorbet and champagne for entremets, Skywalker Ranch Wagyu Steak for the main course, and chocolate mousseline for dessert. Cafe de la Press will have a prix fixe menu, but will also be serving their popular French fare from the regular menu. Head to Angler for a six-course family-style menu paired with a progression of wines. For the single diners, Tony's Pizza Napoletana offers Valentine's Day solace with the Heartbreaker Pizza. Cut straight through the middle, guests can choose from two types of "broken" heart pies. Pair your pie with the specialty cocktail of the night, The Bitter Heart Break.
Illuminate Your Night
Lovers can gaze upon artist Leo Villareal’s monumental light sculpture known as The Bay Lights, illuminating the western span of the Bay Bridge. Dine at Epic Roasthouse or Waterbar for a five-star dining experience, complete with a beautiful view of this stunning light installation.
For a hands-on experience
Valentine's Day Cheese + Wine Class
If you're looking for something other than a traditional candle lit dinner, take a Valentine's Day Cheese + Wine class at The Cheese School of San Francisco. Fine fromage, fiery bubblies, and luxurious dessert wines are all you need for a romantic Valentine's Day.
Mixology Course: Valentine's Day Edition at Elixir
Learn all about the tools, terminology and techniques behind modern and classic cocktails. You'll leave this class with a new set of skills and tips for creating your own home bar. Chocolates and a paired spirit will be provided for those taking the mixology class on Valentine's Day.
3-D Valentine's Arts & CraftsJoin CounterPulse in making 3-D Valentine's Day shadow boxes. Go crazy with glitter, knick knacks, and photos to make a meaningful token of love for someone special. RSVP for this free workshop on Feb. 14, 2020.
"Love & Haight" CBD Hot Oil Massage
There's no better way to spend Valentine's Day than feeling revitalized and rejuvenated. The St. Regis San Francisco is bringing back their popular "Love & Haight" CBD hot oil massage this February. CBD's anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits will leave you feeling relaxed and replenished. Don't wait to book a 60-minute or 90-minute CBD hot oil massage throughout the month of February. Reservations are filling up quickly!
Sail the bay with your sweetheart
Hornblower’s Valentine's Day Cruises
Love is on the water this Valentine’s Day. Set sail for a special Hornblower Valentine’s Amore dinner cruise and feast on a delicious buffet dinner while sipping your choice of wine or beer. You and your sweetheart can dance the night away or step outside to enjoy the best views of the breathtaking San Francisco city skyline. Delight in the entire experience of this romantic dinner excursion for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Get lost in each other’s eyes as you indulge in Aphordite's Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise, a gourmet four-course seated dinner at an intimate table for two and access to your favorite cocktails at the premium bar.
Commodore Cruise's Dinner Cruise
Cruise San Francisco Bay aboard Commodore Cruise's luxurious yacht, paired with a delicious dinner buffet and a night of dancing. Both stunning and sophisticated, Commodore Cruise's yachts are fully equipped with lounging salons, spacious exterior decks and exceptional service for a memorable Valentine's Day experience.
Valentine’s Day Sunset Sail
Step aboard the schooner Freda B in downtown Sausalito for a Valentine's Day Sunset Sail. Cozy up under a blanket as you take in the Bay's iconic sights—the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the sparkling San Francisco skyline—all while sipping on a hot drink from the cash bar.
Take a Stroll on Lover’s Lane
Take your date off the beaten path and hike through San Francisco’s historic Presidio. Open spaces, trails and inspiring vistas provide plenty of opportunity to be alone with your loved one while enjoying the quiet beauty that can only be found at the Presidio. Steal a kiss on Lover’s Lane and experience the sunset from Baker Beach. Guided tours are available through Urban Hiker SF, or explore on your own.
Picnic in Golden Gate Park
For the budget-minded, bring a picnic lunch, rent a boat and go for a romantic ride around the beautiful, 12-acre Stow Lake. Also in Golden Gate Park, share the love by taking a stroll through the Conservatory of Flowers where orchids will be full bloom.
Off the Grid Food Trucks
If you're not a fan of fancy five star dinners, you're still in luck. Taste your way through a variety of food trucks that pride themselves on quality, sustainability and flavorful food. They offer bites from different parts of the world, from delicious vietnamese banh mi sandwiches to persian kababs.
Museum of 3D Illusions
Looking for a great photo op? Museum of 3D Illusions has 40+ interactive exhibits that offer an Insta-Worthy experience and make for a quirky Valentine's Day date. Whether you're single or taken, save 50% on admission Feb. 10-14 if you present a photo of your ex at the front desk.
Golden Gate Bridge
Take a romantic stroll on San Francisco's most famous bridge. For more adventurous couples, rent a bicycle built for two with Blazing Saddles or Bay City Bike. Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco to Sausalito and enjoy a quaint, waterfront lunch. Too tired to bike back? Take the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco.
For a daytime date
Write a Love Note to a Penguin
Each year, visitors like you can write on a heart-shaped Valentine's note to a member of the African Penguin colony at the California Academy of Sciences. Academy biologists will distribute these hand-made tokens of affection to the penguins, who will then use them as nesting material and to build bonds between the other penguins. Spread the love on Feb. 12, 13, and 14, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
You can skip the chocolates this Valentine's Day, but certainly not the flowers. Take a trip through the Conservatory galleries to indulge your senses on Valentine’s Day. You’ll be treated with sweet aromatics and gorgeous backdrops for photo ops.
Tulipmania at PIER 39
Experience botanical bliss at PIER 39 during their annual Tulipmania flower festival. The tulips will be in full bloom throughout Febraury, so be sure to stop by for a free guided tour led by PIER 39's landscaping experts.
Ferry Building Marketplace
The Ferry Building is your go-to marketplace for Valentine's Day gifts and treats that will make hearts flutter. Sample artisan cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop, enjoy luxurious chocolates from Recchiuti Confections, and bring home some honey for your honey from Marshall's Farm Natural Honey, City Bees, and the Honey Ladies stands.
Bring your sweetie on Gourmet Walks’ Valentine's Chocolate, Cupcakes & Bubbles Tour. This special tour will run only on Valentine's Day weekend, featuring three gourmet cupcake stops, five chocolate tasting stops and ends at a cozy wine bar. Generous tastings will leave couples on a romantic chocolate high.