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Breakfast

Lori’s Diner – 50’s style diner - 336 Mason St (415) 392-8646.
Think Nice Denny’s. Huge portions. Good for kids. Walking distance from hotel.
Rose’s - $$ Italian Diner - 2298 Union (at Steiner) - (415) 775-2200 - www.rosescafesf.com
Famous breakfast spot; worth the wait. Not walking distance.
Sear’s - $$ Diner - 439 Powell St - (415) 986-1160 - www.searsfinefood.com
Famous breakfast diner located just blocks from the hotel on Powell St.

Lunch or Dinner

Anzu – Asian/Japanese – Hotel Nikko 222 Mason St (415) 394-1100. Yummy inventive food.
Café Claude – French - 7 Claude Ln (415) 392-3505. Long walk.
Chaya Brasserie - $$$ Asian Fusion - 132 The Embarcadero - (415) 777-8688 - www.thechaya.com
Water views; Valet parking; Sushi; Must try: Lunch Bento Box special.
Cortez - $$$ Tapas - 550 Geary St - (415) 292-6360 - www.cortezrestaurant.com. Family style tapas; private room for functions 30 people or less.
Gitane – French/Spanish - 6 Claude Ln (415) 788-6686. Long walk. Fun artsy décor. Awesome just for drinks or dinner.
Johnny Foley’s - $$ Irish pub - 243 O’Farrell St - (415) 954-0777 - www.johnnyfoleys.com. Private room for 35 with private bar; high quality Irish pub food, live dueling pianos on weekends.
Kyoto - $$ Sushi - 1233 Van Ness Ave - (415) 351-1234 - www.kyotosushi-sf.com . Located at the Palace Hotel; upscale sushi.
Le Central – French Bistro - 453 Bush St (415) 391-2233. Walk. Good for Lunch or Dinner. Oldest French Bistro in SF.
La Mar - $$$ Peruvian seafood - Pier 1 1/2 - (415) 397-8880 - www.lamarcebicheria.com. On the waterfront; lovely Caribbean colors; exotic cocktails; Must try: Ceviche platter; Warning: Service is very slow
Piperade - $$$ Spanish/Basque - 1015 Battery St - (415) 391-2555 - www.piperade.com. High class Spanish cuisine
Slanted Door - $$$ Vietnamese - 1 Ferry Building #3 - 415-861-8032 - www.slanteddoor.com. Sweeping views of the Bay; must have reservations, Must try: the “Art Tea”: a jasmine flower served
in a wine glass that opens up in hot water.
One Market - $$$ California cuisine - 1 Market Plaza - (415) 777-5577 - www.onemarket.com. Jazz on the weekends. Cab ride or Muni. Great Caesar Salad.
Per Diem – fancy American - 43 Sutter St (415) 989-0300- www.perdiemsf.com. Long walk from hotel.
Town Hall - $$$ American - 342 Howard Street - (415) 908-3900 - www.townhallsf.com. Upscale; lunch and dinner; private venue for 30-40. Cab ride.
Tres - $$ Mexican - 130 Townsend St - (415) 227-0500 - www.tresagaves.com. Near the ballpark; good food; great margaritas; loud; huge private room. cab ride.
Sens - $$$ Mediterranean - 4 Embarcadero Center - Promenade Level - 415-362-0645 - www.sens-sf.com. Have a great happy hour; patio seating with wonderful Bay views; lots of seating.
Tommy Toy’s - $$$ Chi noise - 655 Montgomery St - (415) 397-4888 - www.tommytoys.com
Intimate dinner spot; semi private room.
Yank Sing – Dim Sum - 49 Stevenson St (415) 541-4949. Not your typical greasy dim sum. Go with a group- must have reservations. Lunch Only. Cab ride or Muni. Try the taro root ball.
Water Bar – Seafood-upscale. 399 Embarcadero Dr, (415) 284-9922. Cab ride. Wonderful views. Great for outside lunch or inside dinner. Romantic- my go to date night. Awesome raw bar and dollar oysters at happy hour.

Special Treat

Asia SF - $$$ California/Asian Fusion - 201 9th St - (415) 255-2742 - www.asiasf.com. Welcome to SF! Californicated Asian cuisine served by fun and classy transgender waitresses. This is upscale and fun. Great fun for a group. There’s also a club downstairs so when your group is done with dinner you can head down for more drinks and dancing.
Ferry Building – has a number of kiosks everything from gluten free cupcakes to a mushroom market (no not thatkind!). There’s a number of restaurants, coffee bars and a tea bar where they’ll  teach all about Chinese teas. Try Gott’s for a great fresh burger!
Tadich Grill – 240 California St (415) 391-1849 Seafood- old style. This is one of the oldest SF restaurants and it’s like walking back in time. They do not take reservations but service is brisk.

 

Other recommendations

Belden Place: - is restaurant row. Good for dinner and lunch. Outside seating at most restaurants. No bad choices.
Plouf- French seafood (try the mussels); B44- Spanish (try the Paella); Tiramisu (Italian); Sam’s- seafood (old time SF- try and get a booth in the back); Sauce (try the deviled eggs)

Things To Do in San Francisco

Cable Car- Cost is $5.00 one way. The most popular route is at the base of Powell and Market and takes you to Fisherman's Wharf. If you just want to ride the car go to California and Market and ride there and back. The route goes up to Nob hill, you'll get the sensation of riding the cars without all of the waiting in line.
Fisherman's Wharf - this is a very touristy area. There is salt water taffy, the Wax Museum, seal sightings and some restaurants where you can get clam chowder in a bread bowl.
Nearby : Musee Mechanique- is a step into time. Play ancient carnival games, old time pinball machines and more. Fun for the kids and adults.
USS Pampanito - your chance to visit a real submarine. See where the sailors slept. You need to be in good shape for this one as you walk down ladders and through narrow corridors.
Wax Museum - visit with superstars.

Alcatraz - tour this slice of history. It is an interesting tour. The Ferry ride over is a great opportunity to snap pics of the SF skyline. You can do this instead of a bay cruise. You MUST reserve your spot though- DO NOT wait till you get here!! Bring a coat!
Ferry Building - is a wonderful jaunt for gourmands. Enjoy fresh shucked oysters at Hog island, sip and learn about Chinese tea, sample SF cheese at the Cowgirl Creamery, browse the mushroom store and snack of fancy cupcakes. Tuesdays and Saturdays there is also a Farmer's Market that's incredible. Most days they also have food kiosks on the outside.
Union Square offers any shopping opportunity you'd like and the nearby Westfield mall is great for teens.
Chinatown - great restaurants and a great place to buy those I love SF trinkets and T-Shirts.
Haight Ashbury- step back to the 60's and troll for vintage finds. There's a great African restaurant and Ben and Jerry's Ice cream.
Lombard Street- known as the crookedest street in the world.
Golden Gate Park - this urban jungle has many things to check out including the Japanese Tea Garden, bison roaming, great parks for kids to play in and more!!
Also find the California Academy of Science- this amazing aquarium and hands on science museum is well worth the trip. Save time by purchasing your tickets on-line. Check out the living roof!
De Young Museum- this newly renovated museum is well worth the trip and often has amazing special exhibits as well.
Golden Gate Bridge - this is one of my favorite things to do. Take the time to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. The views are amazing. Two things to remember- it's almost always cold so bring a coat and the bridge is a suspension bridge so as you walk across it it will move slightly.


Day trips

Pt Reyes Lighthouse- rent a car and drive out to the lighthouse. Great trip for kids and adults. The lighthouse closes around 4 so go early. To get down to the lighthouse you have to climb 3 story worth of stairs so eat your Wheaties! It is often cold and windy so bring your coat!!
Muir Woods - if you like trees this is the place for you! Go early or on a weekday otherwise the parking lots in the park fill up and you have to bus in from satellite lots.
Napa Valley - Napa is a mere 1.5 hours away. The city of Napa has some tasting rooms check out Trahan Winery. Also, visit the Oxbow market. It is similar to the ferry building with several vendors and eating options, fancy olive oils and kitchen stores and fresh shucked oysters from hog island.
Silverado Trail- follow the trial to many wineries. Please note that Napa area is very busy on the weekends and some of the bigger wineries can get filled up quick with tour buses and bachelorette parties. Many of the smaller wineries do require reservations.
Santa Cruz - fun town with a deep surfing history. Check out the Mystery Spot- which I can only describe as a bizarre but fun experience.
Monterey - cute wharf town. The Aquarium is well worth a visit. Have Mexican food and yummy margaritas at Jose's and then fill your pockets at the Candy Baron.

 

Clubs & Bars

Bourbon & Branch this swanky little Speakeasy is fun to visit. Go to their website for the daily password.
Slide - this club used to be a speakeasy for real back in the day and yes there actually is a slide.
Cellar - this subterranean club has pool and two dance areas. one of which has flashback Fridays and karaoke.
Ruby Skye, Vessel, Infusion - typical club scene
Press Club - new bar/lounge
The Starlight Lounge and Feinstein's at the Nikko both are lounges for the more seasoned crowd often with live music.
Bar at Sir Frances Drake Hotel - quiet fun little place in the lobby with fancy drinks. Go there on Sunday's for the Bloody Mary bar.
The Bar at the Westin St Francis also has fancy cocktails and knowledgeable bartenders.