What would be a perfect date night in San Francisco?

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Katie Sweeney

For me, a perfect date night in San Francisco involves a meal at one of the city's top restaurants followed by drinks at a nearby establishment. Choose a restaurant and bar that are within walking distance and on the same level of formality.

For date night downtown, start with dinner at Gitane. Located on the adorable Claude alley, you'll be instantly transported to another place. The lounge and bar at Gitane, which specializes in Spanish and Basque cuisine, are particularly sexy. Afterward walk around the street to Rickhouse for a whiskey-fueled nightcap. The lighting is low and the atmosphere intimate.

For a Mission district date night, go to dinner at Central Kitchen where chef Thomas McNaughton specializes in high end Cal-Italian cuisine. The covered patio is romantic and comfortable. When dinner is over, pull up a couple of bar stools at Trick Dog, the bar next door. The changing cocktail menu features some of the city's best drinks.

For a date night in North Beach, begin with a meal at Park Tavern. This Washington Square Park restaurant offers delicious renditions of American cuisine, think spicy deviled eggs and perfect roast chicken, in a chic and bustling setting. Grab an after dinner cocktail at Toni Nik's, a dark watering hole that has been serving up classic concoctions since 1933.

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