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Where to Eat and Drink on the Embarcadero

A vetted guide to dining and drinking along the bay

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San Francisco's stunning view of the bay and its bridges is part of what makes this city so special. The Embarcadero, a wide boardwalk that runs along the Eastern shore of the city, is one of the city's best places to take in these views. Day in and day out, the pleasant stretch attracts crowds of both tourists and diehard locals, who come for the weekly farmers’ markets, the wide open sidewalks for strolling, the fresh air — and yes, the eats and the drinks. Embrace what the city has to offer by checking out these great food and drink spots on the Embarcadero.

Looking for more neighborhood guides? Check out where to eat and drink in Chinatown, Cole Valley, Cow Hollow, and the Richmond, too.

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1. Hillstone

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1800 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 392-9280
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Yes, Hillstone/Houston’s is a chain, but a good one — the kind of reliable place you can count on for perfectly executed steaks and dependable burgers and salads. This SF location is supremely scenic, right across from Pier 33, and frequent live jazz performances set the scene for memorable meals.

2. La Mar

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Pier 1½
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 397-8880
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Seafood lovers will rejoice in La Mar and its Peruvian take on the fresh catch from the ocean. The vibe is festive, the setting is breezy, and the flavors are big and bright. In addition to a slate of fruity — surprise! — pisco cocktails, it serves plates with punchy flavors, like tiraditos (described as "Japanese sashimi Peruvian style"), empanadas, and big portions of seafood or meat.

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3. Ferry Building Marketplace

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1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 983-8030
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The Ferry Building is one of the few places in San Francisco that can regularly pull in tourist and local crowds. And there’s little wonder why: its seemingly endless selection of stalls and restaurants pack a punch in terms of top-notch noshing and tasteful window shopping. Nab a seat at Hog Island for some of the city's most beloved and fresh local oysters; stop by Red Bay for a cup of quality coffee; go to Acme, home to some of the city's best breads; head to Gott's, where you can grab one of its famous greasy burgers; and end the day at Humphry Slocombe for a scoop of unconventionally flavored ice cream. Perhaps the best time to stroll through the Ferry Building, though, is on Saturday mornings, when the famous farmers market sets up shop along the pier. See this list of Eater’s picks for the best dishes at the Ferry Building marketplace.

4. Harborview Restaurant & Bar

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Level, 4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 399-1200
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Run by members of the R&G Lounge crew, Harborview is more than just a swanky banquet space with nice views of the water. It also serves some of the tastiest dim sum in the city, turning out consistently solid versions of all the standards, from har gow to siu mai to baked barbecue pork buns.

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5. Boulette's Larder

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1 Ferry Building Ste 48
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 399-1155
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Located in the bustling Ferry Building, Boulette's Larder and the attached Boulibar feature a constantly changing menu that integrates seasonal produce with upscale, Mediterranean flair. Lunch and brunch tables are communal, creating a festive environment, while dinner is served in a separate, more intimate setting.

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6. One Market Restaurant

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1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5577
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Tried-and-true upscale dining — think Dungeness crab cakes and prime rib dinners with a piano accompaniment — have sustained One Market restaurant since 1993. Wine director Tonya Pitts and chef/partner Mark Dommen have been holding it down at the restaurant nearly that long, keeping up with the changing times (Google, for instance, wasn’t always the anchor tenant of the space above the restaurant) with menu tweaks and fewer white table cloths.

7. Boulevard

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1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-6084
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Boulevard continues to represent classic San Francisco fare. Longtime SF chef Nancy Oakes offers refined plates of fish, like halibut and salmon, along with a pork chop, lamb, and soft shell crab in a classy restaurant setting that will make you forget you live in a land of hoodies and t-shirts.

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8. Angler

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132 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 872-9442
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Chef Joshua Skenes’ sequel to three-Michelin-starred Saison is a stunner, with views of the Bay Bridge and a gorgeous open kitchen. The menu is served a la carte at dinner and lunch by suited servers, though it’s a casual atmosphere. An ever-changing menu has offered dishes like live scallop crudo, baby abalone, and hot fried rabbit that have garnered critical acclaim. Reservations are a must.

9. Perry's Embarcadero

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1206, 155 Steuart St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 495-6500
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This classic after-work haunt is packed with happy hour drinkers and diners chowing down on Perry’s burgers. Expect basic but pleasing pub food like potato skins and fried calamari, with hearty dinners like pot roast and spaghetti with meatballs. It’s also a pleasant destination for brunch on the patio overlooking the Bay Bridge.

10. Gozu

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201 Spear St #120
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 523-9745
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Located just off the Embarcadero on a quiet block in SoMa, the two-year old Gozu offers a luxurious all-wagyu tasting menu (13 to 15 courses currently starting at $195 per person), prepared in front of guests by chefs at a live-fire grill that’s surrounded by a horseshoe counter. For a different dining option, guests can book a “drinking appointment” in the Whisky Lounge and sample a variety of rare Japanese whisky and a la carte food items.

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11. Epic Steak

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369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 369-9955
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Among the city's contenders for best cut, Epic Steak puts itself in the game with its romantic Bay Bridge views and surf and turf. Steakhouse favorites like Caesar salad, filet mignon, ribeye, and wagyu are all on the menu, plus other options such as oven roasted halibut and lobster.

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12. Waterbar

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399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 284-9922
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Though Hog Island down the street is the more popular destination for oyster diehards, Waterbar provides an even classier setting — your choice of a patio, modern dining room, or bar seat with a bay view. As is the case for most Embarcadero hot spots, the tall bridge-facing windows open up to impressive views of the bay.

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13. Prospect

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300 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 247-7770
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A solid example of San Francisco cuisine, Prospect serves well-executed plates of what are now modern American classics: beef tartare, tuna crudo, pork chop, and strip steak. The quiet dining room is upscale but comfortable, filled with modern chandeliers and a large concrete fireplace that divides the room, which makes it perfect for business meetings and intimate dates alike.

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14. Red's Java House

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Pier 30
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5626
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Opened in the 1930s and renamed Red’s in 1955, Red’s Java House serves a lot more than java — favorites include its fish and chips, hot dogs, and burgers served on San Francisco sourdough rolls. It’s old school, classic, and typically busy as a before and after Giants game spot. If the timing is right, don’t miss Red’s Bloody Mary — it’s a good one, best enjoyed with views of the Bay Bridge in the background.

15. Delancey Street Restaurant

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600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 512-5179
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Since 1991, Delancey Street Restaurant has served well-priced food that also supports a good cause — the Delancey Street Foundation, which offers jobs and training to those who need to rebuild their lives. Program participants learn to make some classics, like pizzas, rack of lamb, ribeye, grilled salmon, and even sushi, which is served in a comfortable and classy white-tablecloth dining room. It's open for both lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on weekends.

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1. Hillstone

1800 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Yes, Hillstone/Houston’s is a chain, but a good one — the kind of reliable place you can count on for perfectly executed steaks and dependable burgers and salads. This SF location is supremely scenic, right across from Pier 33, and frequent live jazz performances set the scene for memorable meals.

1800 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

2. La Mar

Pier 1½, San Francisco, CA 94111
La Mar

Seafood lovers will rejoice in La Mar and its Peruvian take on the fresh catch from the ocean. The vibe is festive, the setting is breezy, and the flavors are big and bright. In addition to a slate of fruity — surprise! — pisco cocktails, it serves plates with punchy flavors, like tiraditos (described as "Japanese sashimi Peruvian style"), empanadas, and big portions of seafood or meat.

Pier 1½
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Ferry Building Marketplace

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

The Ferry Building is one of the few places in San Francisco that can regularly pull in tourist and local crowds. And there’s little wonder why: its seemingly endless selection of stalls and restaurants pack a punch in terms of top-notch noshing and tasteful window shopping. Nab a seat at Hog Island for some of the city's most beloved and fresh local oysters; stop by Red Bay for a cup of quality coffee; go to Acme, home to some of the city's best breads; head to Gott's, where you can grab one of its famous greasy burgers; and end the day at Humphry Slocombe for a scoop of unconventionally flavored ice cream. Perhaps the best time to stroll through the Ferry Building, though, is on Saturday mornings, when the famous farmers market sets up shop along the pier. See this list of Eater’s picks for the best dishes at the Ferry Building marketplace.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Harborview Restaurant & Bar

Level, 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
Patricia Chang

Run by members of the R&G Lounge crew, Harborview is more than just a swanky banquet space with nice views of the water. It also serves some of the tastiest dim sum in the city, turning out consistently solid versions of all the standards, from har gow to siu mai to baked barbecue pork buns.

Level, 4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Boulette's Larder

1 Ferry Building Ste 48, San Francisco, CA 94111
Boulette's Larder

Located in the bustling Ferry Building, Boulette's Larder and the attached Boulibar feature a constantly changing menu that integrates seasonal produce with upscale, Mediterranean flair. Lunch and brunch tables are communal, creating a festive environment, while dinner is served in a separate, more intimate setting.

1 Ferry Building Ste 48
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. One Market Restaurant

1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Tried-and-true upscale dining — think Dungeness crab cakes and prime rib dinners with a piano accompaniment — have sustained One Market restaurant since 1993. Wine director Tonya Pitts and chef/partner Mark Dommen have been holding it down at the restaurant nearly that long, keeping up with the changing times (Google, for instance, wasn’t always the anchor tenant of the space above the restaurant) with menu tweaks and fewer white table cloths.

1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105

7. Boulevard

1 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Boulevard continues to represent classic San Francisco fare. Longtime SF chef Nancy Oakes offers refined plates of fish, like halibut and salmon, along with a pork chop, lamb, and soft shell crab in a classy restaurant setting that will make you forget you live in a land of hoodies and t-shirts.

1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

8. Angler

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Chef Joshua Skenes’ sequel to three-Michelin-starred Saison is a stunner, with views of the Bay Bridge and a gorgeous open kitchen. The menu is served a la carte at dinner and lunch by suited servers, though it’s a casual atmosphere. An ever-changing menu has offered dishes like live scallop crudo, baby abalone, and hot fried rabbit that have garnered critical acclaim. Reservations are a must.

132 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

9. Perry's Embarcadero

1206, 155 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105

This classic after-work haunt is packed with happy hour drinkers and diners chowing down on Perry’s burgers. Expect basic but pleasing pub food like potato skins and fried calamari, with hearty dinners like pot roast and spaghetti with meatballs. It’s also a pleasant destination for brunch on the patio overlooking the Bay Bridge.

1206, 155 Steuart St
San Francisco, CA 94105

10. Gozu

201 Spear St #120, San Francisco, CA 94105
Gozu
Patricia Chang

Located just off the Embarcadero on a quiet block in SoMa, the two-year old Gozu offers a luxurious all-wagyu tasting menu (13 to 15 courses currently starting at $195 per person), prepared in front of guests by chefs at a live-fire grill that’s surrounded by a horseshoe counter. For a different dining option, guests can book a “drinking appointment” in the Whisky Lounge and sample a variety of rare Japanese whisky and a la carte food items.

201 Spear St #120
San Francisco, CA 94105

11. Epic Steak

369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Epic Steak

Among the city's contenders for best cut, Epic Steak puts itself in the game with its romantic Bay Bridge views and surf and turf. Steakhouse favorites like Caesar salad, filet mignon, ribeye, and wagyu are all on the menu, plus other options such as oven roasted halibut and lobster.

369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

12. Waterbar

399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Waterbar

Though Hog Island down the street is the more popular destination for oyster diehards, Waterbar provides an even classier setting — your choice of a patio, modern dining room, or bar seat with a bay view. As is the case for most Embarcadero hot spots, the tall bridge-facing windows open up to impressive views of the bay.

399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

13. Prospect

300 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105
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A solid example of San Francisco cuisine, Prospect serves well-executed plates of what are now modern American classics: beef tartare, tuna crudo, pork chop, and strip steak. The quiet dining room is upscale but comfortable, filled with modern chandeliers and a large concrete fireplace that divides the room, which makes it perfect for business meetings and intimate dates alike.

300 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105

14. Red's Java House

Pier 30, San Francisco, CA 94105

Opened in the 1930s and renamed Red’s in 1955, Red’s Java House serves a lot more than java — favorites include its fish and chips, hot dogs, and burgers served on San Francisco sourdough rolls. It’s old school, classic, and typically busy as a before and after Giants game spot. If the timing is right, don’t miss Red’s Bloody Mary — it’s a good one, best enjoyed with views of the Bay Bridge in the background.

Pier 30
San Francisco, CA 94105

15. Delancey Street Restaurant

600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107
Website

Since 1991, Delancey Street Restaurant has served well-priced food that also supports a good cause — the Delancey Street Foundation, which offers jobs and training to those who need to rebuild their lives. Program participants learn to make some classics, like pizzas, rack of lamb, ribeye, grilled salmon, and even sushi, which is served in a comfortable and classy white-tablecloth dining room. It's open for both lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on weekends.

600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107

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