Sometimes it is difficult to express love in words . . . but these slang words do a great job of expressing amor! Learn all about how to describe relationships, and then read our recommendations for places to take your love on a date.

English Dating Slang


  • Definition: not dating other people


  • Definition: someone who requires a lot of time from his/her partner

Main squeeze/Number one squeeze

  • Definition: a joking term for your significant other

High maintenance

  • Definition: typically a girl who needs a lot of time and money from her partner

“Casanova” or “Romeo” 

  • Definition: a guy who the ladies really love

Hooking up

  • Definition: having relations

Friends with benefits

  • Definition: a couple who is not exclusive

My “boo” 

  • Definition: a slang term for boyfriend or girlfriend. (Originally from hip-hop culture)


Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco

If you are studying English in San Francisco or San Diego, where should you take your “main squeeze” for a romantic night? The following is a list of romantic restaurants in San Francisco and San Diego.

Cafe Jacqueline

North Beach/Telegraph Hill
1454 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone number (415) 981-5565

Cafe Jacqueline is an adorable French restaurant hidden on a quiet street in North Beach. The chef’s strawberry souffle was featured on the Food Network show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” so be sure to save room for dessert!


Russian Hill
1901 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone number (415) 928-1406

This “new-American cuisine” restaurant provides unique combinations of flavors and cooking techniques. Dishes like the Maple Leaf Duck Breast and Warm Black and White Chocolate Bread Pudding are twists on American fine-dining classics.

Kokkari Estiatorio

Financial District
200 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone number (415) 981-0983

Cozy furniture and decor and classic Greek dishes with an upscale twist make this place a favorite among locals. Try the fried smelt with tzatziki, the goat stew, and the grilled octopus for a truly Greek experience!


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San Diego looks different (but still beautiful!) through a glass of wine! Photo from Island Prime.

Romantic Restaurants in San Diego

Island Prime

880 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone number (619) 298-6802
Gorgeous views of downtown San Diego and the harbor, impeccable service, and delicious surf and turf dishes make this place a “must” for romantics!

Bertrand at Mister A’s

Banker’s Hill

2550 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone number (619) 239-1377
Another classic among locals, Bertrand at Mister A’s is known for its stunning views of Point Loma, the ocean, and Coronado. The happy hour is a great option for those who are on a budget but still want to enjoy delicious cocktails and appetizers.

Kous Kous

3940 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone number (619) 295-5560

Delicious Moroccan food is done right at this Hillcrest restaurant. The beautiful decor–including traditional Moroccan lamps–set the mood for a romantic outing.