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12 Top-Notch Rooftop Bars in San Francisco and the East Bay

Get a bird’s eye view of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley

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There are many great restaurants and bars with views in San Francisco and the East Bay, but very few that are open-air rooftops in the traditional sense. Blame Karl the Fog’s cool breezes for the lack of high-up outdoor space; even at San Francisco’s best, most heater- and fire-pit-appointed rooftops, it’s a good idea to bring a jacket. And while the East Bay is the notoriously sunnier side of the Bay, it’s still always best to prepare for high winds coming off the Berkeley Hills.

Don’t care about a bird’s-eye view? Check out this list of very excellent places to eat and drink outside at street level.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fiorella Sunset

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1240 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 404-6997
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You’d never know it at first glance, but there’s a slender rooftop patio perched atop Fiorella’s newest outpost in the Sunset. Hung with string lights and armed with heaters, it’s a cozy setting for sharing wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastas.

The rooftop deck at Fiorella Sunset dressed up with string lights and a retractable awning Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

2. Good Good Culture Club

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3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 589-7266
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In January, the former Dear Inga space (which hosted chef Ravi Kapur’s Liholiho Yacht Club throughout the pandemic) flipped into Good Good Culture Club, a team effort from a trio of Liholiho alums: general manager Aimee Arcilla, chef Kevin Keovanpheng, and chef Brett Shaw. The menu splits two ways, savory and sweet, with plates inspired by Arcilla’s Filipina heritage and Shaw’s Laotian upbringing.

A view of the rooftop deck at Good Good Culture Club. Patricia Chang

3. El Techo

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2516 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6970
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El Techo has long been one of the city’s best options for outdoor drinking, day or night. Head up to the rooftop patio overlooking Mission Street for margaritas, small plates, and an excellent weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are heaters scattered around the roof and if you want the very best views, belly up to the drinking rail.

4. Jones

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620 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 496-6858
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One of the city’s biggest rooftop spaces means plenty of room to gather pals for cocktails and occasional live music. The greenery scattered throughout gives it a lush vibe, though it’s in the midst of the Tenderloin, surrounded by hotels and apartment buildings.

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5. Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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1100 Market Street Entrance at, 45 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 786-3467
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Look up and down Market Street’s windy corridor from the glass-enclosed patio of Charmaine’s, perched atop the well-heeled Proper Hotel. It’s got drinks designed by Bon Vivants Hospitality (Trick Dog, Chezchez), snacks by Jason Fox of the late Commonwealth, and high style to match. The best seats are around one of the fire pits, so act fast.

6. Dirty Habit

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12 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 348-1555
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On the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is a hidden-away lair secluded by SoMa high rises. It’s dark and luxe indoors, but it opens out onto fire pits and lounge-worthy sofas. Sip from a menu of craft cocktails, which switches up with the seasons, and snack on oysters and shishito peppers, or go all-in on wild halibut or barbecue short ribs.

Rooftop lounge at Dirty Habit Dirty Habit

7. Bluestem Restaurant & Market

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1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 547-1111
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Bluestem is back with a new menu focused on fresh California food including sandwiches, salads, and a case of gorgeous baked goods. During the restaurant’s extended pandemic-induced hibernation, the dining room got a few upgrades: a fresh coat of paint, a big communal table, and lots of lush ferns. But wind all the way upstairs for the more secluded wrap-around rooftop, with a birds-eye view of Market and Yerba Buena Lane.

Rooftop Bluestem Kelly Puleio

8. Rooftop 25

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25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 495-5875
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Atop SoMa’s 25 Lusk is a lovely rooftop bar serving wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and other bar snacks. Frozen cocktails, beers, and wines are attractive orders, particularly when the heaters come on to combat Bay Area winter (or notoriously cool summer) weather.

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9. KAIYO ROOFTOP

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701 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 800-8141
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Decked out with swaying palm trees and a lush plant wall, this new-ish rooftop bar and restaurant is perched high above the SoMa skyline atop the Hyatt Place hotel. From the team behind Cow Hollow’s Kaiyo, expect a menu of Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei food and drinks including inventive sushi rolls, a variety of ceviches, and tropically-inspired cocktails — tiny umbrellas and all.

A view west from the rooftop at Kaiyo Rooftop. Photos by Anthony Parks & Emilio Salehi, Equal Parts Media

10. Oeste - Bar

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722 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 817-4157
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This Old Oakland bar and restaurant has the ideal rooftop for snacking on shrimp and grits, fried brussels sprouts, and steak frites. Cocktails, beer, wine, and happy hour drink specials that start at 11 a.m. are all extra reasons to stop by.

11. Study Hall Rooftop Lounge

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2121 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 982-0114
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Berkley welcomed its highest rooftop bar in March with the debut of Study Hall at the Residence Inn in downtown. While you take in the expansive views of the University of California Berkeley campus, peruse an approachable menu with light Asian influences: think a green onion pancake served with Kewpie mayo and a kimchi rice bowl. Ten specialty cocktails include variations on familiar favorites such as the Campus Bird, a jungle bird riff with rum and Campari.

A blue cocktail in a coupe glass. Study Hall

12. High 5ive

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437 25th St
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland residents also got a new rooftop perch in the East Bay with the opening of High 5ive atop the Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel. Snacks range from artichoke spinach dip and a meat and cheese plate to a chopped salad and carnitas tacos, with cocktails options such as the spritz-y Delayed Flight, featuring Tito’s vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, and lime.

1. Fiorella Sunset

1240 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
The rooftop deck at Fiorella Sunset dressed up with string lights and a retractable awning Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

You’d never know it at first glance, but there’s a slender rooftop patio perched atop Fiorella’s newest outpost in the Sunset. Hung with string lights and armed with heaters, it’s a cozy setting for sharing wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastas.

1240 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

2. Good Good Culture Club

3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
A view of the rooftop deck at Good Good Culture Club. Patricia Chang

In January, the former Dear Inga space (which hosted chef Ravi Kapur’s Liholiho Yacht Club throughout the pandemic) flipped into Good Good Culture Club, a team effort from a trio of Liholiho alums: general manager Aimee Arcilla, chef Kevin Keovanpheng, and chef Brett Shaw. The menu splits two ways, savory and sweet, with plates inspired by Arcilla’s Filipina heritage and Shaw’s Laotian upbringing.

3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. El Techo

2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

El Techo has long been one of the city’s best options for outdoor drinking, day or night. Head up to the rooftop patio overlooking Mission Street for margaritas, small plates, and an excellent weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are heaters scattered around the roof and if you want the very best views, belly up to the drinking rail.

2516 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. Jones

620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Jones

One of the city’s biggest rooftop spaces means plenty of room to gather pals for cocktails and occasional live music. The greenery scattered throughout gives it a lush vibe, though it’s in the midst of the Tenderloin, surrounded by hotels and apartment buildings.

620 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge

1100 Market Street Entrance at, 45 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Look up and down Market Street’s windy corridor from the glass-enclosed patio of Charmaine’s, perched atop the well-heeled Proper Hotel. It’s got drinks designed by Bon Vivants Hospitality (Trick Dog, Chezchez), snacks by Jason Fox of the late Commonwealth, and high style to match. The best seats are around one of the fire pits, so act fast.

1100 Market Street Entrance at, 45 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Dirty Habit

12 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Rooftop lounge at Dirty Habit Dirty Habit

On the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is a hidden-away lair secluded by SoMa high rises. It’s dark and luxe indoors, but it opens out onto fire pits and lounge-worthy sofas. Sip from a menu of craft cocktails, which switches up with the seasons, and snack on oysters and shishito peppers, or go all-in on wild halibut or barbecue short ribs.

12 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Bluestem Restaurant & Market

1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103
Rooftop Bluestem Kelly Puleio

Bluestem is back with a new menu focused on fresh California food including sandwiches, salads, and a case of gorgeous baked goods. During the restaurant’s extended pandemic-induced hibernation, the dining room got a few upgrades: a fresh coat of paint, a big communal table, and lots of lush ferns. But wind all the way upstairs for the more secluded wrap-around rooftop, with a birds-eye view of Market and Yerba Buena Lane.

1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Rooftop 25

25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Courtesy of Rooftop 25

Atop SoMa’s 25 Lusk is a lovely rooftop bar serving wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and other bar snacks. Frozen cocktails, beers, and wines are attractive orders, particularly when the heaters come on to combat Bay Area winter (or notoriously cool summer) weather.

25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107

9. KAIYO ROOFTOP

701 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
A view west from the rooftop at Kaiyo Rooftop. Photos by Anthony Parks & Emilio Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Decked out with swaying palm trees and a lush plant wall, this new-ish rooftop bar and restaurant is perched high above the SoMa skyline atop the Hyatt Place hotel. From the team behind Cow Hollow’s Kaiyo, expect a menu of Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei food and drinks including inventive sushi rolls, a variety of ceviches, and tropically-inspired cocktails — tiny umbrellas and all.

701 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Oeste - Bar

722 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607

This Old Oakland bar and restaurant has the ideal rooftop for snacking on shrimp and grits, fried brussels sprouts, and steak frites. Cocktails, beer, wine, and happy hour drink specials that start at 11 a.m. are all extra reasons to stop by.

722 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94607

11. Study Hall Rooftop Lounge

2121 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704
A blue cocktail in a coupe glass. Study Hall

Berkley welcomed its highest rooftop bar in March with the debut of Study Hall at the Residence Inn in downtown. While you take in the expansive views of the University of California Berkeley campus, peruse an approachable menu with light Asian influences: think a green onion pancake served with Kewpie mayo and a kimchi rice bowl. Ten specialty cocktails include variations on familiar favorites such as the Campus Bird, a jungle bird riff with rum and Campari.

2121 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704

12. High 5ive

437 25th St, Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland residents also got a new rooftop perch in the East Bay with the opening of High 5ive atop the Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel. Snacks range from artichoke spinach dip and a meat and cheese plate to a chopped salad and carnitas tacos, with cocktails options such as the spritz-y Delayed Flight, featuring Tito’s vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, and lime.

437 25th St
Oakland, CA 94612

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