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Friday, January 27, 2012

Act Quick: Tables for Two Still Available on Valentine's Day

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

click to enlarge Saha, in the TL - SHARONTROY

Reservations book up quickly for this Hallmark holiday. Even on a Tuesday night, couples will fill every table for two in San Francisco with their gooey cravings for public displays of affection.

Although the holiday is still three weeks away, most restaurants offering specials are already booked. Even your favorite last-minute place on the corner might turn you away.

We searched through Open Table to see who might still have room for you on Valentine's Day between 6 and 9 p.m. Here's some of what we found. (For more, check the site!)

Downtown and The Embarcadero

Ana Mandara, 981 Beach: This restaurant's "exotic" dining room and live jazz will keep you warm until things get hot later. Prix fixe dinners for $80 per guest.

Aurea, 905 California: A three-course special menu for $70 per guest.

Belden Taverna, 52 Belden Place: Offering a four-course special menu outside under heated lamp, $85 per guest.

Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery: Champange, roses, candlelight and French love songs performed live at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., oh la la!

Butterfly, Pier 33: A special prix fixe menu will give you wings for $80 per guest.

Cafe Bastille, 22 Belden: Special prices offered for one, two and three-course menus, roses included.


Saha 1075 Sutter: A seven-course meal of small plates that's vegan-friendly.

click to enlarge Phil Dunphy didn't make reservations, so he had to improvise. - MODERN FAMILY
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  • Phil Dunphy didn't make reservations, so he had to improvise.

Mission, Bernal Heights, Portero

Andalu, 3198 16th St.: Four-course prix fixe meal with wine pairing available, $80 per guest.

Bisou, 2367 Market: For three nights Bisou is offering a four-course menu for $60 per guest and complimentary Champagne.

Rocketfish, 1469 18th St.: Serving a whopping five-course meal for $49 per guest. They even dare you to bring your kids!

Skool, 1725 Alameda: Chef Moto offers a gift from the gods: an Aphrodisiac Menu for $60 per guest.


Trace, 818 Third St.: A sparkling wine flight will accompany four courses.

Those are the not-so-slim pickings for the specials. Here's a list of restaurants that may not be offering deals, but they are available for reservations and totally worth booking for a Valentine's date.

Bissap and Little Baobab, 3388 19th St.: Festive and fun, great for new couples to awkwardly celebrate their puppy love.

Another Monkey, 280 Valencia: Modern Thai food in a dimly lit setting says, "I love you, but I'm not spending more than $60 on our meal."

Blowfish, Sushi to Die For, 2170 Bryant: Order the "Greedy Girl" to spoil your lonely self and a friend.

The Front Porch, 65A 29th St.: Feed your special someone a strip of perfectly fried chicken from a popcorn bucket.

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