Valentine’s Day is the most fraught of dining holidays, a day when romance is not merely encouraged but mandatory. Here’s a handful of restaurants open late on Valentine’s Day that go beyond the predictable prix-fixe.
There’s a reason chocolate is a traditional romantic gift. When you eat it, your body releases oxytocin (no, not oxycontin), the same hormone that’s released when you form the bond of friendship, hug someone – or have sex. Beyond enhancing intimacy, in men specifically it’s been found to encourage monogamy, so if you’re aiming to land that man, bust out the bonbons.
In addition to our beloved collection of well-known eateries, there are tons of places off the beaten path –or even not really on the path in the first place– to get a good plate of grub, usually accompanied by a cold beer or a cocktail to wash it all down.
Restaurants come and go so quickly here! One minute you’re making a reservation, the next your favorite tapas bar is a cupcake shoppe. Here’s a random sampling of new and recently opened eateries, plus a few with a record of success.
“In wine is truth,” or so said Plato, or Pliny. Either way, were ancient philosophers alive today, they’d probably be bewildered by the current array of delicious wines available, specifically in San Francisco’s Castro district.
Not in the mood for crowded bars and clubs, but still want to be out late? San Francisco offers a host of cafes that are open into the wee hours of the morning and offer everything from sweet concoctions and confections to art, entertainment and even a little bit of hookah.
Attention, hungry clubbers, bar-goers, and late-night partiers. You’ve been out dancing and drinking the night away when you suddenly realize how empty your stomach is. Worry not: whether you’re in the depths of the Castro, strolling the Mission, or hitting SOMA, there’s plenty of grub within reach of your venue.
Here in The City That Knows How (to go to Bed Early), it can be a challenge to find a good hearty meal after the clubs close. But never fear! There are plenty of nocturnal eateries for you night owls. You just have to know where to look, starting with the Castro standbys.
Welcome to San Francisco, where brunch is not just a meal– it’s a way of life. For one left feeling a bit scrambled from the night before, there’s no better cure than the hometown hangover remedy of sharing the juiciest gossip with friends over a table stacked with coffee, eggs and, well– more booze.
Unusual and lavishly fun nightclub, all white, with celebrity chef creations served on little tables beside Roman beds; multiple-course dinners, aerial acts, films and more. Varied themes nights, from bondage to furries to art performances to film screenings. $25-$75 (w/o or with dinner). 657 Harrison Street. San Francisco, CA 94107-1312. (415) 348-0900