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3 new San Francisco eateries for a special date night

Looking to enjoy a special evening out? These three new restaurants will fill the bill for a date night, with food that's a little more lavish than usual — without completely breaking the bank. Here are the latest hotspots to open around town.

ONE65 Bistro & Grill

165 O'Farrell St., Floor 3, Union Square

Photo: cherylynn N./Yelp

ONE65 Bistro & Grill is part of a lavish new multi-story French dining complex in Union Square. But it's a bit more laid-back than pricey upstairs tasting-menu restaurant O, with a menu of California-French comfort food prepared in a charcoal-fired oven.

Start with appetizers like an onion tart ($18) or artichoke-burrata salad ($17). Entrees ($25-30) include a skate wing with sauce Grenobloise, beef cheek with nettle puree and pickled ramps, and roasted chicken with duck fat potatoes. Or splash out on the $45 ribeye or duck for two. 

With a 4.5-star Yelp rating out 15 reviews, ONE65 Bistro & Grill has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Margareth H., who reviewed the newcomer on June 2, wrote, "The onion tart was something: The crust was crisp, flavorful and chewy. The ham was delicious but the artichoke is a must."

And C L. wrote, "I was super excited to come here for my birthday and it was absolutely delicious and [a] good experience. The decor was modern and inviting. Great window seating to people-watch and a chef's counter to watch the magic happen."

ONE65 Bistro & Grill is open from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–10 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5:30–10 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Cook Shoppe

215 Church St., Castro

Photo: cook shoppe/Yelp

A refreshed replacement for the former Chow on Church, Cook Shoppe offers French and American specialties like steak frites, chicken paillard, seared cod and wild mushroom hand pies.

It also serves burgers and small plates, ranging from meatballs to stuffed, fried brie. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays, with bottomless mimosas for $19. 

Yelpers are generally positive about Cook Shoppe, which currently holds four stars out of 60 reviews on the site.

Sarah B., who reviewed it on June 7, wrote, "Lunch and brunch ... have an incredibly low price point. They are definitely the lowest around, and they have $19 bottomless mimosas!"

Yelper Ilan B. wrote, "A new iteration or an upgraded Chow, which is actually a good thing. The place is renovated, feels lighter. New owner and a new, less cluttered menu."

Cook Shoppe is open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Sunday.

Blind Butcher

4058 18th St., Castro

Photo: john s./Yelp

To address the lack of a steakhouse in the Castro, the owner of popular small-plates spot Lark recently opened Blind Butcher right next door.  According to its Facebook page, the restaurant has "an urban setting that is modern and sophisticated, yet stunningly warm and inviting."

On the menu, expect to see items like a 14-ounce "cowboy" ribeye, braised short ribs, seared rack of lamb and lobster mac and cheese. There's also a selection of wine and beer. 

Blind Butcher currently holds 4.5 stars out of 23 reviews on Yelp, indicating positive attention.

Yelper Yihan Y., who visited the wine bar and New American restaurant on May 30, wrote, "The lamb was cooked beautifully and was so tender and full of flavor — just like the branzino we ordered."

Yelper William V. wrote, "The food was decent. The portions were large. The best part of the whole experience: $15 for a flight of three wine choices!"

Blind Butcher is open from 5–10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 5–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


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