Okay, lovers, consider this an action-oriented reminder: Valentine's Day is just one mere month away. Fortunately, the world is full of procrastinators, so early birds should be able to score reservations at these elegant restaurants that are just sitting there waiting to pamper you for the holiday.
Zagat's consistently top-rated spot is expanding service hours from 4-10:30 PM on February 13-15, offering a solid chance of scoring a reservation for a typically-tough room. The restaurant will serve from the extensive current winter menu, which features dishes such as roast Maine lobster with potato puree, chanterelle mushrooms, edamame and tarragon, juniper crusted venison with braised red cabbage, cranberry compote, chestnut spätzle and tangerines and lemon pepper duck breast with duck hash, bacon braised endive and cardamom poached pears. Diners choose to build a bespoke three, four or five course meal ($73, $92 and $107, respectively, with optional wine pairings). As a nod to Valentine's Day, a rose and chocolates are included for each table.
800 North Point Street; 415-749-2060
The restaurant's "American Road Trip" series continues with the Dairy State of Wisconsin on February 13-15, so Valentine's Day is getting incorporated into this theme. BB is offering a salad of hearts (artichoke, smoked palm, celery and petite hearts on fire) with Cara Cara orange vinaigrette, fondue for two with assorted grilled meats, sausages and seasonal fruits and veggies and a dessert of chocolate profiteroles with rose ice cream, chocolate Hollandaise and ruby port reduction served with a glass of sparkling Rosé for $65 per person.
1 Yerba Buena Lane; 415-547-1111
On February 14, Aziza plans to forgo the regular menus and create a bigger and more luxurious version of the tasting menu ($125). "It should be a great menu with lots of little surprises," promises chef/owner Mourad Lahlou, who will finalize the details closer to the date in order to take the freshest produce into consideration.
5800 Geary Boulevard; 415-752-2222
Roland Passot's romantic French restaurant is also extending dinner service hours on February 14, serving from 4:30-11:30 PM. A four-course prix fixe ($180, with wine pairings for $100) features entree choices of beef tenderloin with Béarnaise croquette, bone marrow custard and Bordelaise, roasted Sonoma squab risotto with chestnut and celery or Kobe Wagyu ($75 supplement). Pre-meal caviar service ($120) is a decadent add-on option, and every table receives a take-home "Love Box" chocolate treat.
2316 Polk Street; 415-776-5577
If you want to splash out on some Nob Hill elegance on V-Day, chef/owner Keiko Tahakashi will offer a special Valentine's-themed tasting menu ($195). She will open up selections from her private collection of vintage wines for a pairing, the cost of which is still to be determined.
1250 Jones Street; 415-829-7141