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Oct 18, 2005 02:37 PM

Great view in San Francisco?

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I'd love to make reservations at a restaurant with a beautiful view of the city. I've heard great things about Carnelian Room but thought there might be off-the-beaten-path places that I'm not aware of. I'd appreciate any help from locals-- it's my first visit to San Francisco, and I'm quite excited!

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  1. There was actually a pretty good write-up by Michael Bauer on the Carnelian Room in either last Friday's or the Friday befores Cron. I don't remember the complete review but I think it was pretty favorable. And, if you want a view, that's the place.

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    1. re: Monty

      Provided it's a clear day!

      1. re: nooodles
        Bob Huenemann

        Don't know how the food is these days, but both Sinbad's and the Franciscan have a nice view of the bay, similar to Slanted Door?

      2. re: Monty

        If you're thinking of lunch, you might want to try Butterfly on the Embarcadero at Pier 33 (between downtown and Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf.) There is at least an attempt to make more interesting food than the usual waterfront places, parking is marginally easier and I think it's one of the best views of the Bay. (This would not be true after dark.)

      3. If quality of food is secondary to the quality of the view, then go to Julius' Castle. I ate there once many moons ago and was astounded at the view, bored with the food, and aghast at the bill. Link below to a recent review by Meredith Brody of the SF Weekly.


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        1. re: Eugene Park

          That pretty much sums up my one experience[at the insistance of out-of-town friends] at the Carnelian Room, as well. I always urge my visiting friends to separate their legitimate desires for "beautiful views"-widely available for free- from their desire for a great/ good value meal. I urge you to do likewise.

          1. re: Jimbo

            There is also the option of enjoying a drink in the bar at the Carnelian, same view with less commitment.

          2. re: Eugene Park

            Thanks so much to that link to the review which had a great description of the food while being really entertaining as well. This summary made me laugh out loud.

            "The meal wasn't insulting -- I got the feeling that there was a certain level of sincerity in the kitchen -- but, well, the food was certainly not going to distract you from the main event, which was unfolding before our dazzled eyes. ... a view that evolved from sunny brilliance through gorgeous sunset into velvety night, set with jeweled artificial light. It was San Francisco at its best. The quintet clustered around the prime table directly in front of us was so overcome that a couple of its members regularly broke into song: Alas, what they warbled, over and over again, was, "Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat."

            Cityscape is supposed to have a great view. I keep meaning to check out the buffet brunch on Sunday, but haven't done it yet. Anyone been to cityscape?


            1. re: rworange

              Have been to Cityscape, but only for drinks. No idea how good the food is.

              1. re: Eugene Park

                I was there about 8 years ago. Food was awful.

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            Robert Lauriston

            Bloom's Saloon on 18th St. Not a restaurant and no reservations but you can't beat the view.

            Boulevard. Ask for a table with a view when reserving.

            McCormick & Kuleto.

            Slanted Door.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              yeah second on boulevard. i havent eaten there but have read things on here about the view and of coruse thefood is supposed to be pretty rad.

              maybe chaya brasserie? but it gets eh food reviews.

            2. Cityscape at the top of the Hilton has great view of the city and beyond. The food and service on the other hand...

              1. Best view - Top of the Mark - Mark Hopkins hotel. Although, I believe they only serve weekend brunch.

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                1. re: Offal Lover

                  Top of the Mark does have beautiful views--but usually only during the day. By 4:00 the fog starts to roll in and many times once that happens you can't see a thing.