(415) 437-2600, www.lardoisesf.com
"Tangerine she is all they claim / With her eyes of night and lips as bright as flame." So begins the famous jazz song, "Tangerine" and the Castro restaurant of the same name seduces with an equal amount of yummy crepuscular abandon. Asian influences dot chef Sean Pattansuvoranun's menu and a recent pairing of the lemongrass lamb lollipops appetizer with a drunken duck entrée had me begging for Pattansuvoranun's home phone number. But he knows better. Tangerine's decor is crisp-yet-amiable, and the service is fluid, allowing you enough privacy to lick each other's plates.
3499 16th St., SF. (415) 626-1700, www.tangerinesf.com
BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE CAFÉ
If "bittersweet" describes the tenor of your evening together so far, tune up the ol' heartstrings with a chocolate-flavored valentine at this cute café, with locations in Upper Fillmore and Oakland. A cocoa cornucopia of tastings, pastries, and specialty drinks hello, hot steaming cup of chocolate chai Bittersweet stays open pretty late, and will end any evening on a sumptuous note (even if your sheets remain uncrumpled).
2123 Fillmore, SF. (415) 346-8715; 5427 College Ave, Oakl. (510) 654-7159, www.bittersweetcafe.com *