Valentine's Day in San Francisco
Fun & Romantic Things to Do in 2019
Love is in the air this Valentine's Day in San Francisco. This 2019 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.
One of several colorful hearts on display in San Francisco's Union Square
Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.
Great San Francisco Pillow Fight
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.
Other Things to Do on Valentine's Day in San Francisco
San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway Shows
Head to the theater this Valentines Day in San Francisco! Catch performances of Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater the entire week of Valentine's Day (2/12 - 9/8). This award winning Broadway musical is the untold story about Alexander Hamilton including his rise to fame and untimely death.
Other shows this week include include King of Yees (tickets at a discount on Goldstar) at the SF Playhouse and Late Company (tickets at a discount on Goldstar) at the New Conservatory Theater.
>> Check out more shows on the full SF Theater Calendar
San Francisco Symphony Performances
If you and your date enjoy classical music, you will love this SF Symphony performance. You can see Andras Schiff as he plays and conducts J.S. Bach alongside the SF Symphony.
Shows runs from 2/14 - 2/17 at Davies Symphony Hall.
>> Find additional information & tips to attend a performance
SF Chronicle Wine Competition
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. This highly anticipated event offers a public tasting where you can sip and sample the wines entered into the competition.
The 2019 public tasting is the Saturday after Valentine's Day in San Francisco, February 16. This tasting usually sells out in advance, so buy your tickets online to reserve your spot today.
>> Event & ticketing information
This Valentines Day in San Francisco, you will find several fun concerts. Some of the top picks include Dark Star Orchestra at the Warfield (2/15 & 2/16), Kacey Musgraves at the Nob Hill Masonic Center (2/16), and Cavetown at the Great American Music Hall (2/17).
>> Find additional concerts this holiday week here
The SF Ballet offers two shows this holiday week. On Valentine's Day in San Francisco, you can catch Program 3 (The Fifth Season, Snowblind and Etudes) on stage at the War Memorial Opera House. The second performance on stage this week is Program 2 which includes Divertimento No. 15, Appassionata and Anima Animus. Both shows are on stage several times this week.
>> More about the SF Ballet and a full schedule
San Francisco Valentine's Dance Party at W Hotel
- Thursday, February 14
- Celebrate your Valentine's Day at the W HOTEL Couples, Singles, Friends, All welcome
- First 50 ladies will receive a Rose
- DJs, Aykut & Dr T
- Party & Drink Boutique at the W
- The Best Valentine's Dance Party in San Francisco
- Complimentary Entry! Sign up here!
Special Valentine's Day in San Francisco Bay Cruises
You will find a good selection of bay cruises for Valentine's Day every year. Read on for details about your best 2019 options.
Valentine's Day Champagne Sunset Cruise
- 3-hour private yacht sunset bay cruise on Thursday, February 14
- Enjoy specialty cocktail trays with a variety of finger foods
- Free soft drinks, beer, white wine and champagne
- Valentine's day cards with cruise pictures to take home as a souvenir
- Board in SF at 4:30pm to be under Golden Gate bridge by sunset
- Champagne toast under the Bridge Tickets start at $95 per person (plus booking fees)
- Buy tickets here
Aphrodite's Premier Valentine's Cruise
- Offered Thursday, February 14
- 3-hour cruise
- 4-course seated dinner
- Hosted Top Shelf Bar
- DJ entertainment and dancing
- Business casual attire
- Beautiful views of SF from the bay
- Board at 6:45pm, cruise leaves Pier 3 at 7:30pm
- Tickets start at $179 per person (plus taxes and fees)
Amore Valentine's Dinner Cruise
- Offered only on Thursday, February 14
- 3-hour cruise
- Delicious dinner buffet
- Hosted premium bar
- Board at 6:15pm and leave at 7:00pm
- Business casual attire
- Tickets start at $127 per person (plus taxes and other fees)
Other Valentine's Day and Weekend Cruises
SF Bay Cruise Adventure
- 1-hour cruise around the SF Bay
- Listen to the narration as you cruise past top attractions including the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, and Sausalito
- Cruise under the famous Golden Gate Bridge for some of the best views of this gorgeous structure
- Several cruises leave several times a day, every day
- Find tickets for this holiday weekend at up to 50% off on Goldstar
San Francisco Twilight Cruise
- 2-hour cruise around the SF Bay
- A great option for the night or weekend before Valentine's Day
- Hearty appetizers and one cocktail with ticket (you can buy additional drinks in cash at the bar)
- Cruise past Alcatraz, see the shores of Sausalito, and ride under the Golden Gate Bridge
- Live commentary from the captain
- Indoor and outdoor seating
- Leaves from Pier 43 at 5:30pm, Thursday - Monday only
- Find tickets at up to 50% off
More Fun Cruises to Check Out this Holiday Weekend
More SF Bay Cruises: Top Five SF Bay Cruises
SF Bay Area: Find additional Valentine's Day events around the Bay Area. Click here for details.
Five Romantic San Francisco Hotels
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.
- Hotel Drisco: This is a small four-star hotel in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood. It's set among some of the most beautiful houses and mansions in the city. The neighborhood is quiet, but close to many cute shops, restaurants and bars. 2901 Pacific Avenue. Rooms start at around $275 a night.
- The Inn at the Presidio: This newer inn offers a great getaway within the city. It sits inside the gates of the Presidio, an old army base and national historic landmark. They offer 22 rooms and 17 of them are suites. Many offer a small outdoor patio with a gas fire pit and porches with rocking chairs. Inside the rooms you'll find gas fireplaces and plenty of luxury. 42 Moraga Avenue. Rooms start at around $195 a night.
- Union Street Inn: The Union Street Inn is a romantic bed and breakfast in San Francisco's Marina District. With only six guest rooms, you always get warm and personalized service. There is also a serene cottage garden which is a beautiful spot for a relaxing breakfast or afternoon tea. 2229 Union Street. Rooms start at around $220 a night.
- Chateau Tivoli Bed and Breakfast: This small B&B is just steps from Alamo Square Park and the colorful Victorians (also known as Painted Ladies) that surround it. Set in a historic building, Chateau Tivoli offers nine guest rooms. Enjoy some time on your own or join others for some wine and snacks each afternoon. 1057 Steiner Street. Rooms start at around $100 a night.
- Cavallo Point: You'll find this 4.5-star hotel just to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This resort offers some of the best views of the bridge and the city of San Francisco. You can choose either unique historic or contemporary lodging. There is also a spa on site, where you and your valentine can relax in its peaceful and tranquil setting. Murray Circle, the on-site restaurant, serves up some of the best dishes in the Bay Area. 601 Murray Circle. Rooms start at around $314 a night.
Are you looking for a great hotel deal for Valentine's Day? Several hotels are already offering deals for Valentine's Day 2019. Visit TripAdvisor for the most up-to-date list of hotel deals available for your special Valentine's Day celebration!
5 Top Tours Around SF for Valentine's Day
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. Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Are you looking for a unique experience this Valentine's Day in San Francisco? This fun tour offers you the chance to search for our famous parrots of Telegraph Hill. The tour runs on both Saturday and Sunday and offers 3-hours of entertainment. Find out more about this tour.
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 at 9am and 3pm all weekend long. You can also choose to return to SF on the Sausalito Ferry. Find out more and get ticketing details.
Restaurant Specials on Valentine's Day
These are some of the best restaurants for you and your sweetie!
- 54 Mint: Italian/SOMA
- Gardenias: American in Pacific Heights
- Foreign Cinema: Californian restaurant in the Mission
- Cocotte: French in Russian Hill
- Pabu: Financial District Japanese restaurant
- Roka Akor: Steakhouse in the Financial District
- Central Kitchen: Contemporary American restaurant in the Mission
- Spruce: Presidio Heights
- Canela Bistro & Wine Bar: Spanish in the Castro
All prices exclude taxes and gratuity. Tables fill up quickly so book yours today on OpenTable.com.
Other Restaurants You Might Enjoy: Fine Dining | Italian | Union Square
Other Top Events in SF in February
Five Romantic SF Bars
Are you interested in grabbing a drink with your valentine? Here are a few romantic spots to check out.
- 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 5pm - 2am. They're located at 45 Rose Street (between Market Street & Gough Street).
- The Hidden Vine: This is another wine bar hidden just a few streets away from Union Square. It's cute, quaint, and the perfect place for a date night. They are open on Mondays 4 - 10pm, and Tuesday - Saturday 4pm - 12am. The address is 408 Merchant 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 11am - 12am, and Saturdays 4pm - 12am. You can find them at 415 Sansome Street.
More SF Hotel Recommendations
Other Fun Things to Do In SF
Back to the Top