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Dating in San Francisco - find love on your terms

The San Francisco dating scene can be a frustrating nut to crack, so it helps to have the right tools at your disposal. With a focus on thoughtful matchmaking and deep, lasting connections, EliteSingles is a professional dating site that can offer the perfect tools to help transform your love life. If you're ready to meet singles on your wavelength then join us today!
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Meeting San Francisco singles with EliteSingles

There may be cities in America where online dating still carries stigma but San Francisco is definitely not one of them! Everyone here knows someone who’s looking for love online, and indeed, many have tried it themselves. It's the way to meet singles these days! In fact, with so many people in San Francisco dating online, singles are spoiled for choice and can afford to pick and choose the site that most suits their priorities.

For those singles whose priorities include finding a truly compatible long-term partner, EliteSingles can help. We have designed our fully mobile-optimized site to be the ideal way for busy single professionals to connect; basing our matches on vital compatibility factors such as distance, personality traits and relationship goals.

What’s more, our membership base has an average age of 30-55 and includes many college-educated, successful, vibrant single men and single women. Seeking gay dating in San Francisco? Check out our App! In other words, EliteSingles can help connect you to the kind of singles you truly want to be dating.

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The San Francisco singles scene

When you search for ‘San Francisco dating’ it’s fairly common to be hit with an avalanche of articles about why San Francisco dating is so hard. It’s not that there is a lack of great singles in the city – far from it in fact. It’s just that it is hard to meet them. Long work hours (often combined with taxing Bay Area/Silicon Valley commutes), mean that all too often it’s easier to stay home rather than head out to bars and social events hoping to swipe your way to long-term love. But there is a way to break through dating ennui and find lasting compatibility with someone fantastic. You just have to look in the right place.

Read More: Interested in meeting Christian, senior or single parent singles in San Francisco?

Date ideas in the Bay Area

Of course one of the best things about meeting someone new is that it gives you a great excuse to explore all the colorful eateries, eclectic bars and striking scenery that make this corner of California so wonderful. Arrange to meet singles you're interested in and select one of our best picks for San Francisco dating below. Simple!

For more of our favorite romantic things to do in San Francisco, read here. Not in the Bay Area? Check out our dating advice & tips for cities across the US over on our local dating page...

READ MORE: Meeting People Online: The Dos and Don’ts to Keep you Safe


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San Francisco dating after dark

Meeting for a drink is a classic first date pick for a reason and, in the Bay Area, you’re spoiled for choice. A front-runner has to be Blackbird, an elegant  bar in The Castro that serves up delicious drinks to a dapper gay/straight clientele. And, not only does the ‘Bird do delicious cocktails, some are even Game of Thrones themed – who wouldn’t want a date that included a whisky cocktail called 'The Mother of Dragons'?

If you prefer your whisky to be dragon-free then you may want to try Rickhouse, a FiDi bar that specializes in fine single malts and local beer. The stunning wooden interiors and excellent drinks menu make this a perfect place to take someone special – but, on the nights they host live bluegrass bands, come early to get a jump on the crowds.     

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Coffee and cuisine

For a casual first date, you can't beat coffee. And, in this city, the local café scene is so rich with choices that the hard part isn't finding somewhere great, it's narrowing down the options! Try the always lovely Cafe du Soliel, if only because the Lower Haight location means great coffee with less of the queuing you might find at, say, Philz.

If dinner's on the menu, head to Fort Mason, where Greens Resturant serves up one of SF's best waterfront views (it has to be seen to be believed!). Yes, it's veggie only – but it's also so good that even the most die-hard carnivores will be impressed. For a more alternative date, try The Ice Cream Bar, a picturesque Cole Valley soda shop with swoon-worthy art deco decor. Sharing a malt with your sweetie is back in style!

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Embrace your tourist side

Those on the San Francisco dating scene never have an excuse to be stuck for date ideas, at least not if they decide to embrace their inner tourist. It may feel a bit cheesy to wander over Golden Gate Bridge and check out the vista from the hills above, it may feel cliché to take a sunset cruise around San Francisco Bay but these are classic trips for a reason – the views are gorgeous and make for a great date atmosphere. 

Afterwards, try Forbes Island, a floating lighthouse/island/restaurant that offers amazing views out across the water, a delicious seafood menu and even an underwater dining room! The novelty factor is high for this date; after all the only access is via the restaurant's complementary water taxi. Different but, also, very romantic.