Date Ideas in San Francisco: A Valentine’s Day Guide

This guide will serve you the best covid-friendly date ideas in San Francisco. 

Now into February of 2021, we may find ourselves in different stages of our relationships, financial situations, not to mention different levels of comfortability when going out. Fortunately, San Francisco has finally shifted out of an uneasy stage of the pandemic, re-opening some of the city’s best restaurants and attractions it’s known for.

With the stay-at-home order recently lifted and Valentine’s day right around the corner, you may feel overwhelmed planning the “perfect date.” Whether it’s Valentine’s day or not, save yourself the headache of figuring out your night. We’ve got you…

1. Ballers on a Budget

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No more breaking the bank. You can still have an incredible date in San Francisco without burning a hole in your pocket. Located in Mission Bay, SPARK Social is the liveliest food truck hub you’ll ever experience offering amazing food, sangria, hand-crafted beer, and fire pit seating. This is an exciting area with great prices on food and drinks.

SPARK Social posts a weekly schedule on their website for current vendor lineups. We recommend catching happy hour and enjoying sangria for only $5 a glass or $10 a carafe.

Moreover, they offer “Mini Tee Time” which is their own 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course for only $16 per adult ticket. With a variety of activities to choose from, this is probably one of the best spots to bring your date!

Stay updated: http://sparksocialsf.com

If you’d like to spend a full day in San Francisco, Baker Beach is the most popular public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, presenting one of the best sunset views in the bay area.

Photo by Rodrigo Soares

This 0.5-mile long beach is ideal for having small picnics, sipping delicious coffee, and admiring the city’s most legendary attractions from afar; the Golden Gate Bridge. You can easily find some of the best cafes and restaurants for takeout nearby: 

  • Bazaar Cafe ($)
  • Gordo Taqueria ($)
  • Lou’s Cafe ($)
  • Hard Knox Cafe ($$)
  • La Mediterranee ($$)


2. Wine and Diners

If you’re longing for a fun, romantic dinner with some of the best drinks in the city, here are 3 restaurant recommendations that not only fit this vibe but are currently open with proper sanitary guidelines. Remember to make your reservations ASAP.


a). Sessions and the Presidio (Richmond District): A craft-beer bar with outside seating and heaters inside the Presidio. They have an exceptional selection of American food and cocktails.

b). The Patio (Marina District): Given the name, this restaurant has cozy back patio seating with an elaborate wine menu.

c). The Flytrap (SOMA District): This Bistro-style restaurant is equipped with heaters for outside dining, quality dishes, and a solid happy hour bar.


3. First Daters & Tinder Folks 

Perhaps you want to take someone out this weekend, but you’re not exactly well acquainted enough to have a romantic dinner together. For instance, you’ve just met someone on Bumble, Hinge or Tinder, and would like to explore the city with company.

If you’re venturing out with someone that is new-ish in your life, we would recommend visiting Fort Mason.

Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason is one of the greatest picnic spots. You can have an enjoyable time here with your date and/or friends. However, it does tend to get chilly at night in San Francisco, so make sure to bring a jacket.

Luckily, the Fort Mason center just re-opened its new drive-in movie theater. At FORT MASON FLIX, you can enjoy classic films and newly released movies.

Screenings are held Tuesdays through Sundays from 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m or 5:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m. 


Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-mason-flix-clueless-tickets-120872614243

Additionally, the center offers online ticket sales, social/physical distance between cars and contactless check-ins. This is a great covid-friendly option to get to know someone while enjoying the perks of the city.

Be sure to explore the TourMega page https://www.tourmega.com for more travel assistance. We’ll plan your next outing and vacation!

By: Jacqueline Joshua

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