It’s a lot of pressure to plan a date and planning a date for someone’s birthday is even more pressure. Here are 5 birthday date ideas to turn the special day into a special date.

1. A mini road trip.

head up north for wine and oysters-5 Birthday Date Ideas

It’s easy to get out of town when you live in SF. Take your date up the coast on a birthday road trip. Visit Hog Island Oyster Company or The Marshall Store for an oyster lunch or dinner. The drive is half of the fun. Stop in other small towns like Point Reyes for cheese or Healdsburg for walking around and some wine tasting. There are plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts for a real getaway. Or, just make it a day trip.

2. A curated date night for foodies

Avital Date Night-5 Birthday Date Ideas

If your date loves to eat and drink, let the experts at Avital Date Night do all the planning. Our relationships with SF’s best restaurants allow guests to get VIP treatment and special touches and surprises. Everyone should get special treatment on their birthday. And a subscription to Date Night makes a great gift. Buy your date a monthly or quarterly special evening so you can keep celebrating all year long.

3. A self-care day

 Go for a massage and spa date day-5 Birthday Date Ideas

Everyone should be pampered on their birthday. Book a couple’s massage and manicures and pedicures for two. There are plenty of spas in San Francisco, or you can order someone to come to your house through apps like Soothe. Spend quality time relaxing together and end the day with a meal out or a homemade dinner in. If you can’t cook, you can hire a chef to come to your home.

4. A food tour

food tour-5 Birthday Date Ideas

Celebrate a birthday by eating and drinking around town. A guide on your three-hour culinary experience in the MissionTendernob, or North Beach will take your group to four great San Francisco restaurants. At each stop, you and your date will eat an appetizer, entree, or dessert. Plus your group will get to hear the stories of the chefs and owners of each restaurant and the history and culture of the local food scene. If you can’t celebrate on the actual birthday, gift certificates are for sale.

5. A dinner at the restaurant at the top of their list

Go to THE restaurant-Birthday Date Ideas

Everyone has a restaurant that’s been on their list forever but they either haven’t gotten to it or they haven’t been able to justify going. A birthday is a perfect excuse to make a reservation. Do some investigative work to figure out what spot your date has their eye on, or just simply ask. Make sure to leave ample time to make a reservation. If you can, keep it a surprise. You’ll be a hero either way.

Need more birthday date ideas? Subscribe to Avital Date Night for curated date nights in San Francisco.  Or, join us for a food tour in the MissionTendernob, or North Beach and our guides will plan your entire experience.