What restaurants have the best views in San Francisco?

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Maria Hunt

San Francisco is a city that’s blessed with many scenic vistas, but some of the most stunning views are of the bay. For impressive views of the water and the Bay Bridge’s fantastic new light installation, I’d head over to the Embarcadero area. Epic Roasthouse is a popular locale, both for chef Jan Birnbaum’s meaty New American cuisine and the unobstructed views of the water and the Bridge. Seafood lovers will want to explore Water Bar next door, which has a very well-trafficked happy hour with freshly shucked oysters and other delicacies from the deep. A bit further down the Embarcadero, The Slanted Door is a great choice if you want to enjoy Charles Phan’s creative Vietnamese-inspired cuisine and Asian cocktails while gazing out at the water.

Katie Sweeney

From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge to the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco is filled with spectacular views. If you wish to enjoy a meal while taking in all the city has to offer, head to one of the following restaurants.

The Top of the Mark, a restaurant located at the top of the Mark Hopkins International Hotel, has stunning 360 degree panoramic views of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area. The restaurant serves everything from brunch on Sunday mornings to light snacks and cocktails on Friday afternoons, so there is something for everyone.

For a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Greens restaurant is an ideal spot. It's at Fort Mason, a stone's throw away from the base of the Golden Gate, and has been a pioneer of the local, sustainable, vegetarian movement since 1979.

The restaurants along the Embarcadero are an excellent spot to take in the Bay Bridge and its nightly light show, The Bay Lights. Waterbar, Epic Roasthouse, La Mar, and Michael Chiarello's newly opened Coqueta, all offer views of San Francisco's other bridge.

The Cliff House is the perfect place for watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. It's a historic landmark with a rich history and classic San Francisco cuisine like crab cakes and clam chowder.

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