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The Short Version: The modern Jones opened as bar and restaurant in 2010, and it has been serving up great food, great drinks, and great times ever since. Nestled in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, the beautiful space surprises people with its abundant greenery and authentic Mediterranean and Latin foods. Couples can enjoy a memorable date in this unique indoor-outdoor setting, especially if they stop by for endless mimosas during Jones’ Sunday drag brunch.
Jones is a horticultural gem in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. The restaurant bar’s green rooftop garden and the romantically lit interior have won over many couples going out on a date.
Joey C. and her boyfriend had brunch at Jones on Valentine’s Day in 2016, and she said they were wowed by their experience. Despite not having a reservation, the couple was seated right away on the spacious patio where they enjoyed bottomless mimosas, a plate of truffle fries, a smoked salmon Benedict dish, and a medium-sized pizza.
“I definitely had a food coma after my meal that day,” Joey said. “I wanted to try everything on the menu! All were amazing dishes.” Joey also complimented the server who made sure their mimosas indeed stayed bottomless throughout their meal.
From the top-notch service to the food-coma-inducing dishes, Jones has a lot to offer couples visiting on Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just a Friday date night. The versatility of this venue appeals to f San Francisco’s diverse population and is known to attract out-of-towners as well.
Whether you’re meeting up for after-work drinks, a birthday celebration, or a Sunday drag show, you can savor an array of seasonal dishes surrounded by lush greenery and fresh air in this spacious indoor-outdoor venue.
“People know what they’re going to get, said Jones Founder Pete Gilkshtern. “We’re a bar and restaurant. We’re a staple. Our focus for the future is just to keep up all the effort and good work.”
Jones, also known as “620 Jones” by locals who name it by its address, is a great date spot because it’s quiet enough to have a conversation and beautiful enough to create a memorable evening. The airy rooftop bar (the patio extends south, putting patrons a floor above Geary Street) gives daters a unique perspective in the middle of downtown San Francisco.
Jones’ blooming garden is an unexpected delight that often takes first-time customers by surprise. One minute, you’re surrounded by rushing foot traffic, honking cars, and tall buildings — and the next you’re in a quiet, lush garden with a drink in hand.
The picturesque banana trees, palm trees, vines, and other local flora captivate the imagination and make couples feel as if they’ve found a tropical oasis in the middle of a crowded city.
Pete renovated the lower level of the Gaylord Hotel in 2009 to bring new life to a historic spot. He brought in a landscape designer to help him cultivate a natural look and feel on the outdoor patio. This 8,000-square-foot space now has so much greenery that it naturally attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, as well as hungry customers.
“I love plants and flowers,” Pete said. “We had this large open space in the middle of downtown, so I figured it would be fun to make it really green.”
Jones surprises patrons with its beautifully landscaped rooftop bar, but it’s the food that keeps them coming back year after year. Drag icon Juanita MORE! along with Chef and food stylist Cole Church have put their heads together to design a flavorful trip around the world.
Jones dishes combine classic Mediterranean ingredients, Latin spices, and French cooking techniques to create a flavorful medley of international cuisine.
“The food is a fusion of Mexican and French family recipes,” Pete explained. “We have this great burger that comes with chorizo instead of cheese. That’s definitely a date-night dish because it’s big enough for two.”
Couples will also find French-style carnitas and sourdough crust pizzas on the dinner menu. This menu changes seasonally to include the freshest fruits, veggies, and other locally sourced foods. The MORE!jones kitchen is always whipping up some new culinary treat to surprise, seduce, and scandalize diners. This modern kitchen is particularly good at serving up an indulgent Sunday brunch with plenty of eggs, biscuits, and bacon to go around.
Whatever you do, be sure to save room for dessert because Juanita’s signature carrot cake will knock your socks off. This sweet treat is perfect for splitting with your sweetheart.
Jones has been a crowd-pleaser from the moment it opened and began plating up pizzas, meatballs, burgers, and omelets. Over 900 Yelp reviewers have left their two cents about San Francisco’s Jones, and they’ve given it an average rating of 4.5 stars. Many of the reviews mention the Sunday drag brunch and weekday happy hours, and some leave mouth-watering photos of their food or thank particular servers, bartenders, or other staff members.
“We have a fun-loving team over here,” Pete said. “Our people like what they do and where they work, and you see that translate in our reviews.” Jones also boasts a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor and a 4.2-star rating on Facebook.
Katy K. called Jones “My favorite brunch spot in the city” on Facebook. “The patio is perfect on warm sunny San Francisco days, and the food is always incredible,” she wrote. “Plus they make sure your mimosa is filled!”
“My wife and I came to Jones to enjoy happy hour on a Thursday evening,” said Steven S. in a Yelp review. “Jones has a lively vibe, good food, and well-priced drink specials — no wonder I found it on a list of San Francisco’s top 10 happy hours!”
Jean B. and her husband stopped by for Sunday brunch, chowed down on chicken and waffles, and immediately decided to go back the very next weekend. “They definitely hit the nail on the head with their brunch offerings,” she said. “The outside seating is perfect for a weekend morning, and they have umbrellas for when the sun gets a bit too strong.”
When it’s a cooler San Francisco evening yet you still want to enjoy the outdoors, the venue also has complimentary blankets to keep you cozy. You can snuggle up under these blankets with your partner, and what could be more romantic than that?
Since it opened its doors in 2010, Jones has embraced fresh air, fresh food, and a fresh take on the Tenderloin. Its stand-out Latin-fusion dishes and gorgeously landscaped rooftop bar has tantalized patrons from all walks of life, and it has become a particular favorite among couples going out on a date.
Joey and her Valentine made a lovely memory during their Sunday brunch at Jones. When you have a plateful of food and a glassful of mimosa, it’s hard not to have a great time. Countless couples have shared romantic moments over dinner, drinks, or dessert in this unique, garden-inspired escape in the Tenderloin.
Jones sets high standards in terms of customer service and culinary excellence, and Pete said he aims to continue building its reputation by bringing a special experience to San Francisco’s social scene. Thanks to a lot of hard work and imagination, he and his team have added their own unique flavor to a diverse and youthful city they’re proud to call home.
“I grew up here. I’ve spent all my adult life here,” he said. “It’s nice to know we’re contributing to the fabric of San Francisco.”