Love is in the air this Valentine's Day in San Francisco. This 2022 insider's guide shows you the top things to do including where to find the best hideaways and intimate places for dinner or drinks. You'll get great ideas on how to make the evening or weekend with your valentine extra special.
Read on to find the best restaurant menus, romantic bars, and a few hidden hotels. You will also find information about top events for the holiday, including SF Broadway performances and a few Valentine's Day bay cruises.
This year, Valentine's Day is on a Monday night, so I've included activities for the weekend before so you have plenty of options.
Note: As of 2/13, this is still not confirmed. It's usually confirmed by now, so my guess is that is that it isn't happening this year.
The Great San Francisco Pillow Fight will once again be at Justin Herman Plaza this year. It's open to everyone and starts at 5:50pm on February 14. Make sure to arrive with your pillow in a bag.
When the clock strikes 6pm, it's time to begin the fun. Please don't hit anyone without a pillow in their hand (unless they want you to hit them)! This is an unsanctioned event, so there isn't really anyone in charge. Details can change at anytime.
Head to the theater this Valentines Day in San Francisco! Catch performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran Theater the entire week of Valentine's Day. This award winning play is the story of Harry Potter and his younger son who is on his way to Hogwarts. His son faced many of the same challenges Harry faced at his age. See how he overcomes his struggles.
You will find performances throughout the weekend, but none on Monday night.
If you and your date enjoy music, you will love this SF Symphony performance. You can see Perry So & Wu Man on 2/11 - 2/12 or Simon, Price, & Brahms on 2/17 - 2/19.
All shows are at the Davies Symphony Hall.
This Valentines Day in San Francisco, you will find several fun concerts. Some of the top picks include shows at the Chase Center, the Warfield, and the Nob Hill Masonic Center. You will also find great options at venues all around the SF Bay Area.
Here are just a few options:
2/12: Slash & Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at the Warfield
2/14 & 2/15: Drive By Truckers at The Fillmore
2/16 & 2/17: Dinosaur Jr. at The Fillmore
The SF Ballet offers two shows this holiday week. On Valentine's Day Weekend in San Francisco, you can catch Program 2 Caprice-In the Night-Blake Works I on stage at the War Memorial Opera House. It runs through February 13.
You will find a good selection of bay cruises for Valentine's Day every year. Read on for details about your best 2022 options.
Premier Valentine's Cruise
Valentine's Signature Dinner Cruise
SF Bay Cruise Adventure
San Francisco Twilight Cruise
More SF Bay Cruises: Top Five SF Bay Cruises
There are hundreds of hotels in San Francisco, but many are in the chaos of the city. Here you will find some of my favorite 'off the beaten path' options, where you can spend a little time snuggling with your sweetheart.
Other fun things do to this Valentine's Day in San Francisco is to explore the city on one of these tours. You can sample some of our gourmet goodies, learn more about the history of our colorful city, or search for our famous parrots around Telegraph Hill.
Here are five fun tours to check out this holiday weekend.
1. North Beach & Little Italy Food Tour: Enjoy the tastes of San Francisco's Little Italy neighborhood, North Beach. On this 3-hour tour, you will sample fresh baked breads, handmade pizza, local olive oils, and more. This tour runs daily at 10am and 2pm. Check ticket availability for this food tour.
2. Free Walking Tours: Every day of the week, SF City Guides offers free walking tours of top districts and attractions. You can explore the Golden Gate Bridge, learn all about the Chinatown District, and discover key points of interest from the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Find out more about the tours offered for this weekend.
3. SF Vista Helicopter Tour: Make the day extra special with a 15 minute helicopter ride over the SF Bay. This tour lasts around 2 hours with about 15 to 20 minutes of flight time over the bay. See all the bay area has to offer from above! Learn more about this amazing adventure.
4. Napa & Sonoma Day Tour: If you and your honey love wine, then head up to Napa and Sonoma on this fun full day tour. You will visit wineries in both regions and learn all about the wine making process. You will taste at 3 wineries and also get some free time to explore during lunch. Get information about the tour and ticketing information.
5. Half-Day Muir Woods Tour: Spend some time among the Coastal Redwood Tress at Muir Woods National Park. This half-day tour offers you the chance to get up close and personal with these trees. Many of them are hundreds of years old. The tour runs all weekend long. You can also choose to return to SF on the Sausalito Ferry. Find out more and get ticketing details.
These are some of the best restaurants for you and your sweetie!
All prices exclude taxes and gratuity. Tables fill up quickly so book yours today on OpenTable.com.
Are you interested in grabbing a drink with your valentine? This year, the holiday is on a Monday night, when many bars close. However, you will find that all of the bars below offer hours for your Monday night romantic getaway.
Hotel Biron Wine Bar: This is a cute and very small wine bar in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. It's off the main street and the perfect place to grab a drink either before or after dinner. They are open every day from 5 pm - 1 am. They're located at 45 Rose Street (between Market Street & Gough Street).
The Barrel Room: Here's another romantic and low key option for your visit. It has an intimate setting and is the perfect date night location. They serve wine and beer, and offer lovely lunch and dinner menus. Their hours are Monday - Friday 5 pm to 10 pm. You can find them at 415 Sansome Street.
Scarlet Lounge: This cute cocktail bar and lounge is in the Inner Richmond District. This local neighborhood allows you to relax and unwind from a fun day of Valentine's celebrations. It opens at 4 pm and closes a midnight. You'll find it at 408 Clement Street.
Lost Resorts: This is another fun, small place that is perfect for a romantic night on the town. This cocktail bar offers tasty American dishes as well. You'll find it in the Mission District at 2836 20th Street. It's open from 4 pm to midnight on Mondays.
Lone Palm: Another great spot for Valentine's Day in San Francisco is the Lone Palm. This cute spot is also in the Mission District, is inexpensive (for local standards), and a fun, local, sort of dive bar feel. It's at 3394 22nd Street and is open from 4 pm to 2 am on Monday nights.