7 Affordable Valentine's Day Menus in San Francisco

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Let's be real: Valentine's Day can get real expensive, real quick. Whether you're dining with your honey or grabbing a bite with a pal, take advantage of these delicious and affordable menus.


Meat-Lovers Find Romance at 4505 Meats

Meat-lovers, it’s your lucky day. 4505 Meats is offering a hearty plate of ribs for two, with your choice of two classic sides (beans, potato salad or coleslaw) and two Parker House rolls for $40. Pair your 'cue with one of their incredible local draft beers—choose from breweries such as Triple Voodoo, Social Bar & Kitchen, and Anchor Brewing—or fancy up the meal with a glass of Cultivar Wine, they'll be poured by the keg all day long. Pre-order now at (415) 231-6993. // 705 Divisadero (Alamo Square); 4505meats.com

Live Music at Mr. Tipples

What's more romantic than a live jazz accompaniment on Valentine's Day? Stop by the sexy new bar Mr. Tipples Recording Studio and enjoy swanky cocktails ($12) while nibbling on delicious bites (ranging from $6-$10), as live music plays in the background. Dessert will be a tough choice between the Vietnamese coffee sundae (condensed milk ice cream, coffee granita, boba, $7), and the Mr. Tipple’s Drumstick – a riff on the childhood favorite ($6). Keep everyone happy and order both. // 39 Fell Street (Mid-Market); mrtipplessf.com

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A Sparkling New Delarosa 

You’ll be sure to to impress your date with dinner and cocktails at the fabulous new downtown Delarosa. Start off with aperitivo cocktails ($8), sharing meatballs in spicy maranga ($8) or broccolini bruschetta ($6). As for entrees, you must order pizza. The pappardelle Napoletana ($11) and the spicy fennel sausage, scamorza and onion pizza ($15) are house favorites. To end, the Coppa Siciliana with vanilla gelato, lemon ricotta, cracked cannoli shell, chocolate sauce, and pistachio ($7) will satisfy and cleanse your palette at the same time. For those who want to avoid downtown this Sunday, the Chestnut Street location is always a cozy classic. // 37 Yerba Buena Ln (SoMa) or 2175 Chestnut St (Marina); delarosasf.com

Gorgeous Views at El Techo

El Techo's Latin American-inspired menu and expansive rooftop views are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day feast. Start with an order of empanadas ($8), the restaurant’s signature ceviche ($13), and a pitcher of margaritas ($31), before moving on to the famous chicharrones ($22). End the night on a sweet note with a plate of alfajores (house-made cookies, dulce de leche, and hot chocolate for $6). Your date will thank you. // 2518 Mission Street (SoMa); eltechosf.com

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Movie Night at Novela

If you and your S.O. haven't been together that long (and dinner seems daunting), snuggle up to the bar at Novela for a boozy movie-night. They'll be playing classic, romantic movies while you enjoy a Romeo & Juliet cocktail combo (order two cocktails on the menu for $18) plus popcorn and candy. Throw in Novela's signature charcuterie plate ($15) and deviled eggs trio ($8), if you're feeling extra peckish. // 662 Mission Street (SoMa); novelasf.com

Spaghetti Sunday at Capo's

The Chicago-themed restaurant from chef Tony Gemignani is offering a sweet Spaghetti Sunday deal this weekend. Share spaghetti (Lady and the Tramp-style) with meatballs, a Caesar salad, garlic bread and two glasses of red wine, plus a sweet chocolate dessert finish for $49 (for two). The only thing missing is one of Tony’s acclaimed pizzas. // 641 Vallejo (North Beach); sfcapos.com

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Valentine's Day Brunch at Bluestem Brasserie

Everyone knows that brunch is far superior to dinner in San Francisco. Why not take advantage of the fact that Valentine's Day lands on a Sunday this year by treating your sweetie to a romantic mid-day meal. Bluestem Brasserie is celebrating love all weekend long, serving their complete brunch menu with a few festive additions. Need recommendations? We like the baker’s board ($10), the Bluestem burger ($17), cinnamon French toast ($14), or chicken and bacon waffles ($21). And what’s brunch without a Bloody Mary ($12). Bluestem’s classic Bloody comes with a BBQ salt rim! // 1 Yerba Buena Ln (Mid-Market); bluestembrasserie.com