Alternative Valentine’s Day Date Spots in San Francisco

February 8, 2017 / San Francisco

Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day as a couple or your tenth, San Francisco is full of romantic surprises. From hidden candlelit wine taverns to vintage train cars that rattle past Napa Valley vineyards, there’s plenty to impress your special someone. Get around easily with uberX or, for something more luxurious, UberSELECT. Here are five romantic ways to celebrate the day of love.

Wine and Dine at the Hidden Vine

Tucked away in a Financial District alley, the Hidden Vine is easily one of San Francisco’s most romantic date spots. Leather furniture, exposed brick walls, a fireplace, and candle light make it easy to feel like you two are in a world of your own. As for the menu, take your pick of more than 180 different wines from around the world. Pair a glass or two with a cheese plate, charcuterie, flatbreads, and other light snacks. Feeling competitive? Try your hand at bocce in their outdoor bocce ball court.

Take a stroll through Lover’s Lane

San Francisco locals never shy away from an outdoor adventure so why stay inside on Valentine’s Day? Head off the beaten path with a scenic hike through the city’s historic Presidio park. Unlike a crowded bar or restaurant, you’ll have ample opportunities to be alone with your loved one. Steal a kiss along Lover’s Lane, a mile-long trail that crosses a brick footbridge over a creek or take in the sunset from Baker Beach. When you’re ready to rejoin the outside world, you’ll have your pick of romantic hot spots in Pacific Heights.

Go crazy at the Great San Francisco Pillow Fight

Looking for a fun activity to do before switching into romance mode? Participate in the annual San Francisco Pillow Fight. While the flash-mob-type event started as an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration for singles and friends, many couples get in on the action, too. When the Ferry Building’s clock tower strikes 6pm, the Justin Herman Plaza turns into a friendly battle of flying feathers. Right before the crowd begins to disperse, sneak away in an uberX so you make it to your dinner reservation on time.

Splurge on a Dinner Cruise along the Bay

Sailing along the San Francisco Bay is romantic any day of the year but a Valentine’s Day cruise is extra special. Aphrodite’s Premier Valentine’s Cruise includes a four-course seated dinner, top shelf alcohol, a DJ spinning dance tracks and, of course, beautiful views of San Francisco from the bay. For something slightly less decadent but just as romantic, opt for the two-hour California Twilight Cruise. Snack on appetizers and sip on cocktails as you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the shores of Sausalito.

Climb aboard the Napa Wine Train

If Valentine’s Day in the city doesn’t sound all that appealing, you can always escape to nearby Napa. It’s the perfect excuse to splurge on two tickets on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Each vintage car is decked out in period decor, with all seats facing the windows. Sit pretty as you pass vineyards, lush landscape, and wide open spaces. Their three-hour Valentine’s Day special includes a multiple-course gourmet meal, a glass of sparkling wine, and two glasses of private label wine. After, explore Napa with an uberX.