Affordable San Francisco Bay Area Date Options

September 16, 2011 2:02 PM

The Bay Area is home to a bounty of romantic first date locales, but many will cost you a pretty penny. Here are a few of the top locations to impress your date without breaking out the charge card.

Park Chalet

1000 Great Highway @ Ocean Beach
San Francisco, CA 94121
Park Chalet

Menu – $8 to $15

Enjoy some pub grub and a cold beer while you sprawl on the lawn just steps from Ocean Beach and the sights of Golden Gate Park.

Muir Woods National Monument

Mill Valley, California 94941
Muir Woods National Monument

Adult entrance fee – $5

Get in tune with nature without the long drive to Yosemite. You and your date will stand in awe of the old growth coast redwoods as you get to know each other in one of the Bay Area’s most serene settings.

Shoreline Lake and Cafe

3160 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Shoreline Lake and Cafe

Breakfast and lunch – about $10
Boat rental – $15 and up

Grab a picnic basket and hop in a pedal boat for a unique escape in Mountain View. If your in the mood to get active, consider a sailing class.

Basil Leaf Cafe

501 Hartz Avenue
Danville, California 94526
Basil Leaf Cafe

Pastas and main dishes – $10 to $29
Sunday brunch – $18.95

Feast on traditional Italian cuisine prepared with local California ingredients. You and your date can raise a glass of champagne at the Sunday brunch, conveniently located near the center of Danville.

Livermore Wine Tasting

40+ vineyards throughout the Livermore Valley
Livermore Wine Tasting

Prices vary by location

Chart a tour through the Bay Area’s other wine country. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while you sample selections from award winning wineries located just a short drive from much of the Bay Area.

Tango Califia

Various locations
Tango Califia

Free to the public

Take a whirl on the dance floor at one of the glamorous events hosted by Tango Califia. The group host tango events in several scenic locations, including the San Francisco Ferry Building, The De Young Museum, and Ghirardelli Square.

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