San Francisco Restaurants with a View
Ingredients for a magical meal on the town: Take one of America’s most vibrant cities. Add literally thousands of restaurants. Mix thoroughly with romantic waterfront vistas, towering bridges and mysterious fog. The result is San Francisco. Here’s a guide to finding amazing meals at restaurants with breathtaking views of the bay, the ocean and landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge.
Top of the Mark (InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, 999 California St.)
In 1939, hotelier and owner George D. Smith transformed the 19th floor penthouse suite of the Mark Hopkins Hotel into a glass-walled cocktail lounge. The menu includes an intoxicating selection of martinis (100, to be exact), and a three-course prix-fixe dinner with an amuse-bouche, choice of starter and entrée, and dessert. See breathtaking 360-degree views of San Francisco atop one of the highest points in the city.
The View Lounge (San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth St.)
Guests may enjoy cocktails, light snacks and a panoramic view of the city on top of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, including great views of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens and other jewels of SoMa.
Alioto’s No. 8 (8 Fisherman’s Wharf)
As one of the first restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf (number eight to be exact), Alioto’s has been a seafood fixture since 1925 and is the birthplace of “cioppino,” a savory fish stew that has become a San Francisco tradition. The restaurant has views of both sides of the bay. On one side, diners can look up at Coit Tower and straight ahead at the Bay Bridge, and on the other, is a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Diners see everything just above sea level, with the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf around them.
Bistro Boudin (160 Jefferson St., Fisherman’s Wharf)
Sourdough bread is as unique to San Francisco as its scenic landscape, so it is only fitting that the flagship location showcase other iconic landmarks. The restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf offers “only in San Francisco” views of the wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and other sights.
Fog Harbor Fish House (PIER 39, Level 2)
Every table at Fog Harbor offers spectacular San Francisco Bay views. Fog Harbor is proud to be the first restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf to serve 100% sustainable seafood. You’ll be able to see fantastic views of the Bay as well as the Pier’s many sea lions!
McCormick & Kuleto’s (Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St.)
McCormick & Kuleto’s, a traditional seafood restaurant with an extensive menu, offers a view of San Francisco Bay, including Alcatraz, Angel Island, Aquatic Park and the historical Balclutha sailing ship anchored at Hyde Street Pier. The menu also includes sirloin steak and pastas for guests who would rather turf than surf.
The Pier Market Seafood Restaurant (PIER 39 Building F, Level 1)
Breathtaking views of the Bay and award-winning clam chowder and mesquite grilled fresh seafood and meats contribute to The Pier Market’s popularity. This restaurant is in a prime location to enjoy post-dinner activities at PIER 39 like the 7D Experience or Aquarium of the Bay.
Bay Bridge View
The Slanted Door (One Ferry Building, #3)
The Slanted Door is a James Beard Award-winning modern Vietnamese restaurant overlooking the San Francisco Bay in the Ferry Building. Featuring a Riesling-driven wine list, full bar with premium brands and fresh squeezed juices, and hard-to-find Chinese teas, the menu also offers ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry found at farms around the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Waterfront Restaurant & Cafe (Pier 7, The Embarcadero)
In 1969, Al Falchi converted a former San Francisco longshoremen’s bar into a restaurant called The Waterfront. A mile from Fisherman’s Wharf, it features a view of the entire bay and the iconic Bay Bridge that has made it a favorite of local politicians and business people. You never know who might be at the next table!
Perry’s on the Embarcadero (155 Steuart St.)
Known for its classic American food and casual atmosphere, guests can easily feel at home at Perry’s. With brunch, lunch and dinner options, you’ll be able to see the Bay Bridge day or night!
Pacific Ocean View
The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant (1000 Great Highway)
The Beach Chalet faces Ocean Beach, where Golden Gate Park meets the Pacific Ocean. This spot is known for its hops and barley creations. The Seal Rock Bock, a full-bodied, dark and malty German-style beer, and the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest, a German-style amber beer, are just a few of the brews served.
The Cliff House (1090 Point Lobos)
Breathtaking views from the cliffs overlooking Seal Rocks, the Pacific Ocean and Marin coastline. In 1894, a fire destroyed the original building and it has since been rebuilt three times (1896, 1909 and its final completion in 2004). It is now a part of the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Hornblower Cruise & Events (Pier 3, The Embarcadero)
Hornblower's elegant yachts are floating restaurants, offering everything from dinner-dance and weekend champagne brunch cruises, to private custom charters on the San Francisco Bay. You’ll be able to see some of the most iconic landmarks in a whole new perspective.
Marin (15 minutes north of San Francisco)
Scoma’s of Sausalito (588 Bridgeway, Sausalito)
Scoma’s of Sausalito is in the heart of Sausalito, making for one of the best restaurants with views of the City and the Bay. This historic landmark on the waterfront serves up fresh seafood and pasta.
Salito’s Crab House & Prime Rib (1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito)
Salito’s is located just a ferry ride across the Bay and offers signature dishes such as house-made crispy kettle bread, crab chowder, and other seafood specialties. Be a guest on their large outdoor deck that overlooks the water and boats passing by!
Guaymas (5 Main St., Tiburon)
Enjoy authentic regional Mexican cuisine just a short ferry ride from the city with views of the Bay in Tiburon and Angel Island on the outdoor patio. Known for its margaritas and fresh salsas.
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