As summer slowly fades into fall, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some rooftop dining in San Francisco. After all, dining under the sun or in the fog certainly sounds a lot more relaxing or even romantic than merely eating indoors, doesn’t it? Here are 7 restaurants with the best rooftop dining in San Francisco.
1. The View: 780 Mission Street
The name says it all! Massive arched windows showcase city views at this grand spot. When you step out of the elevator, you will be wowed by the glittering lights of Fog City below. If you're sold on a great view alone, you'll love the scenery from the top floor of the Marriott in SOMA.
2. El Techo: 2518 Mission Street
As the only rooftop restaurant in this part of SF, El Techo is a place to escape the bustling streets of the Mission, get some sunshine, and check out incredible views of the city skyline. On top of all that is a fantastic menu featuring fresh Latin American cuisine.
3. Top of the Mark: 999 California Street
Top of the Mark is located on the 19th floor of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel. If you're lucky (that is, if the fog doesn't get in the way) you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, the Transamerica Building, and Alcatraz while enjoying a fancy cocktail with your meal. This is definitely some fine dining in Nob Hill!
4. Jones: 620 Jones Street
Jones exudes class and comfort in Lower Nob Hill. Dine indoors or outdoors (underneath some often necessary heat lamps) or grab a drink at one of the three bars. This isn't your ordinary rooftop: The best view is of the street below.
5. Dirty Habit: 12 4th Street
This splendid rooftop restaurant and bar is part of Hotel Zelos. Dirty Habit serves New American cuisine and creative cocktails in a luxurious and modern space.
6. B Restaurant & Bar: 720 Howard Street
This contemporary bar and restaurant sits atop the Yerba Buena Gardens. Dine on the majestic outdoor terrace, which overlooks the gardens and waterfalls of Yerba Buena, and enjoy panoramic views of of the San Francisco skyline. B Restaurant is known for its seasonal cocktails, a raw bar, and a menu highlighting seasonal and local ingredients.
7. Cheesecake Factory: 251 Geary Street
Yes, the Cheesecake Factory can be a cheesy tourist trap, but it is well worth it for the stunning view of Union Square. This spot is fun for sitting out on the balcony, even if it's a foggy night, and don't worry heat lamps are provided.