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Top of the Mark for Dinner?

doxxie lover Nov 15, 2007 05:55 AM

Has anyone eaten at the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins? Yes, we know it's touristy, but friends from out of town are staying there and would like to try it.


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    ceekskat Nov 15, 2007 05:39 PM

    I recently had lunch there with my in-laws visiting from India. I really wanted to take them there for the view. Would I do it again for my parents? No. Perhaps a drink if you really, really want to enjoy the view. We ordered a roasted vegetable foccacia sandwich & spinach/greens salad with proscuitto, goat cheese & cantaloupe (probably ordered one other thing but can't recall). The focaccia was greasy and hard & the vegetables just kind of laid on the bread (I think it had an olive spread). It was not easy to eat & didn't make for a nice melded sandwich. The salad was just okay as the cantaloupe didn't really work with the combination. At about $15-$17 per dish plus a ridiculous amount for parking, this was one expensive lunch done all for a view! Actually, it's not even the cost since I knew it was going to be expensive; but the food was so mediocre for such an upscale hotel!!!!

    Since the friends are staying there, they should just go up there and look around & come right back down. It would be a travesty to waste a meal here when San Francisco has so much more to offer.

    Last but not least, I have not had brunch here.

    3 Replies
    1. re: ceekskat
      Cheflambo Nov 15, 2007 06:16 PM

      I spent a weekend at that hotel to attend a wedding, and the bride's family hosted a brunch there the following day. The food was lovely, but thanks to the ever present and yet unpredictable fog, we could not see the lovely view!! Yes, it is a splurge, but when the fog cleared, the view was amazing.

      1. re: Cheflambo
        cortez Nov 15, 2007 07:09 PM

        retro. Not great food or wonderful drink.

        Still, the view during the day is amazing. Good for one drink.

        Forget it at night. There is no view in the dark. Then, you're stuck with the food and drink only and can do much better.

        1. re: cortez
          OnceUponABite Nov 16, 2007 11:10 AM

          also, at night, it's a nice place for some upscale music and dancing. Not many places offer that now days...

    2. Glencora Nov 15, 2007 04:12 PM

      Someone posted a favorable review of brunch. You might consider that.

      1. Euonymous Nov 15, 2007 04:10 PM

        I haven't eaten there, so I can't comment on the food. I can tell you, though, that at dinner time there will almost certainly be no view. The Top of the Mark gets socked in with fog pretty early in the afternoon this time of year.

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