less Click through to see some of the SFGATE staff's favorite date spots in the Bay Area.We've included everything from a casual waterfront meal, such as the pictured Fish restaurant in Sausalito, to romantic spots ...

Vesuvio is a perfect date spot for book nerds or someone looking to romance an out-of-towner.

You can regale your date with stories about the Beat Generation and City Lights bookstore next door (better yet, go there first before the bar).

The simple concept of Dogwood Bar in Uptown involves smart cocktails and a grilled cheese station in the back. The bar, with a mixture of intimate tables for two and larger spots for groups, feels like a great place for a couple in the mood to go out and chat with a few friendly strangers.

The corner location also offers ample window seating if you're more of an introverted couple and would prefer to sip your drinks and people watch. A couple far past the wooing stage may not mind sweating together for a special night out.

You’ll find no sushi here, but the skewers are delectable, highlighted by the appropriately named Melts With Every Bite Beef Belly.

And if you want to go budget, you can share a big bowl of ramen (such as the pictured Lava Ramen) that can hang with any in the city. When you want to have brunch on a budget For a super-duper-cheap brunch date, you can’t go wrong with Fresh Brew Coffee, a friendly, unassuming Nob Hill cafe at 882 Bush Street.Hotel Biron - A romantic date night spot, but not obnoxiously so This wine bar is hidden in an alleyway behind Cafe Zuni and for wine lovers, it's a favorite go-to spot in the city.The dim lighting, the small footprint of the cafe and the attentive bar staff makes for a cozy spot to hang out during a romantic date.There's nothing over-the-top about this place that screams "date night" but an understated location like Hotel Biron is well-appreciated by those who just want to see where the night takes them.less Hotel Biron - A romantic date night spot, but not obnoxiously so This wine bar is hidden in an alleyway behind Cafe Zuni and for wine lovers, it's a favorite go-to spot in the city. more The Google listing and locals simply call this Albany place "the Pub," but it's officially called Schmidt's Pub and Tobacco Co.Click through to see some of the SFGATE staff's favorite date spots in the Bay Area.