The place feels like a fine-dining restaurant, too, with soaring ceilings and massive windows.
Linger over your wine at the bar or try to snag seats at the chef’s counter where you can see the kitchen working the wood-fire oven.
There’re plenty of private corners and intimate seating, though, so your conversation won’t suffer.
As a bonus, last call for both food and drink isn’t until am, making it an awesome spot to hit up after a show or if your drinks date unexpectedly turns into dinner.
Where as Ryoko's is more of a party scene, this Russian Hill sushi spot feels much more sophisticated, and romantic, and equipped with $2 sake bombs. Read the rave reviews and recommendations customers write on slips of paper that line the windows. Relax over stiff drinks and if it’s going well you can graduate to the awesome, well-priced Asian-fusion. Pro tip: there’s a booth to the right of the door (partially concealed by velvet curtains) that’s especially cozy and private -- perfect for those awkward relationship talks/make-out sessions that come after awkward relationship talks.