If you’re into, or you want to try, Vietnamese cooking with a twist, book a table at the Slanted Door. The food is outstanding, traditional Vietnamese dishes with a Californian kick. The view is magnificent too. The restaurant has high ceilings and large windows with astonishing views of The Bay. There is a lot of glass so you can enjoy the San Francisco views. It’s a pretty hip and trendy joint and area, lots of beautiful come to see and be seen. After lunch or dinner, or before, enjoy a walk outside on the Embarcadero and through the Ferry Building. There are wonderful cocktails, all with a refreshing Californian twist, a decent wine list, and the food — duck, chicken, catfish clay pots, squid, but all cooked amazingly.
Address: 1 Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 861-8032
Scomas is in Fisherman’s Wharf and while it is surrounded by many a touristy restaurant (they’re all fun), Scomas is always frequented by the locals. It’s a family run restaurant filled with families, the seafood is divine and fresh beyond fresh, and the portions are large. There are huge windows and if you get a window table your view will be magnificent, of the Bay and San Francisco wharf. The seafood is caught daily and brought to the door by the local fisherman. Scomas has an award-winning wine list, make delicious cocktails and there’s always a queue. Their slogan is ‘from a pier to plate’ and you won’t get fresher.
Address: 1965 Al Scoma Way, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 771-4383
This is where the Golden Gate Park meets the Pacific Ocean and so the views and the setting are just perfect. The Beach Chalet is right on the beach so you can enjoy a fantastic walk, before or after your meal. Sunsets here are perfect, especially with a drink in hand from their brewery. Food is good quality comfort food but always with a Californian twist. The chefs are creative and imaginative, use fresh fish, the best cuts of meat and hand-picked herbs. The oysters and lobster are all divine, but they have a pretty good beef burger too and tasty pulled port sandwich. A good selection of beer and a nice beer tasting menu too. Look out for their events too, they sometimes have live music. And, did we mention the view?
Address: 1000 Great Highway @ Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 386-8439
Get yourself a table outside and breath in the awesome San Francisco bay views. They’re pretty spectacular. Order a cocktail and then a couple of oysters, a clam chowder, grilled lobster, and the scene is set. Their oysters are the best, Sweetwaters or Kumamotos, and you may find you have more than a dozen. Prices are not bad either. The seafood menu changes all the time depending on the catch of the day and what the fishermen trawl in. They also have good simple food for the kids, or for you, sometimes you just feel like a grilled cheese! The setting is unsurpassed so take your time, soak in the view, sip your wine slowly, or your cocktails, and always leave space for dessert.
Address: Ferry Building Marketplace
Phone: (415) 391-7117
Take the elevator to the bar on the 46th floor of the Hilton Hotel at Union Square and prepare to gasp. The views here span the entire San Francisco Bay and downtown area and are astonishing. No matter where you’re standing, the view! And then the small plates and the delicious cocktails and snacks and you can pretty much stay up here all day, snacking, drinking and snapping away. There’s the Cityscape Lounge and the Bar, you can eat simple but rather delicious fabulously flavored Californian style food and we think you may be up here all day!