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May 15, 2008 05:20 AM

Place with the BEST view?

food does not need to be phenomenal, but i won t eat crap to get a good view. search says top of the mark, nowhere else? TIA

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  1. The back table at Bloom's on 18th St.

    If you're feeling energetic, on your way there you can walk up the crookedest street in San Francisco (Vermont between 22nd and 20th).

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Does Blooms have food now? Beyond the Sunday afternoon crokpot of hot dogs, I mean?

      1. re: Chuckles the Clone

        There are about 10 good eat spots within 2 blocks, though. The back table at Bloom's is certainly an insider's secret.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        Is the food at Blooms any better than crap?

        1. re: Euonymous

          The food at Bloom's is black and comes in a pint glass.

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          When's the last time you were at Bloom's Saloon? A big plum tree has grown up and blocks the left half of the view, the Stella beer on tap was way over the hill, and we felt distinctly unwelcome so we moved on after one round. The Anchor Steam was fresh enough, but not great; you'd think being just 2 blocks from the brewery they'd do a top notch job with Anchor.

          We ended up at the Ramp, a bar/restaurant down near the dry docks and a small sailboat marina in dogpatch with a table in the sun with a view of the bay. Much better than the pinesol-laden air and funky beer of Bloom's.

          The Ramp
          855 Terry Francois St, off of 3rd in the Dogpatch south of AT&T park

        3. Forgot the link:

          Blooms Saloon
          1318 18th St, San Francisco, CA

          1. Cliff house, Cityscape, Carnelian room, Jordan's at the Claremont, picnic at Treasure Island

            Cityscape Bar & Restaurant
            333 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

            Meritage at the Claremont
            41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705

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            1. re: Janet

              I second Carnelian Room at B of A bldg 555 California St. No casual dress. If you don't want to spring for dinner, you can just have a drink. Also, Beach Chalet.

              1. re: walker

                The food at the Beach Chalet used to be crap. Has it improved?

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I've only been once. I tried my friend's fish & chips even tho I thought I did not care for Mahi Mahi. It was fine. I just prefer cod, haddock or halibut in fish & chips. I did not like my spareribs, they were tough and they graciously took them back. Maybe I would have liked the ravioli dish. The view is great (in daylight, of course) and easy parking. I'd go again and just be careful what I ordered. People visiting here really crave a restaurant with a view. The Bistro at the Cliff House has good views, reasonable prices and food is good, sole is fresh. (rice that came with it was salty and gummy and steamed fresh veggies were boring, not much flavor.)

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I go there and the park chalet pretty often. I definitely don't think it's crap, although without the view, it's not a destination. I'd stick with the simpler foods - I like the ribs and the fish & chips fine; burger is also decent. That said, I tend to go to park chalet more often - they've really changed up their menu and are doing many more small plates. The truffled mac & cheese is good.

                    The view at the beach chalet is all water. When the weather is good, it is enjoyable to watch the parasurfers with their colorful sails. And you also get the sunset.

                    1. re: Pandora

                      The Park Chalet has decent food, but the view is of the back of the Beach Chalet.

                  2. re: walker

                    I've gone into the Carnelian Room twice. First time I was wearing the wrong shoes or something, got a ton of overt bad attitude from the guy at the door, and the bartender pretended we didn't exist. Second time was after a wedding and there was absolutely no question whether we were in the proper rich person costume: we were. Again, it was as if we'd accidently stepped into "let's pretend to be snobbish prigs" day at a bad acting school somewhere. Again, could not get a drink.

                    Maybe, just maybe, you've got the particular look they accept up there and maybe you'll find some way to enjoy it. But if you're like everyone else, stay the fark away.

                2. Nothing in San Francisco beats the VA cafeteria (at Lands End) for best view/worst food combo. Bring you own food (you can buy cold bottled and fountain drinks) and eat at the picnic tables outside. Park in the lot below the Palace of Legion of Honor and enjoy the gardened walk up the Battle of the Bulge trail which will drop you off at the picnic tables and cafeteria.

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                    1. re: tranewreck

                      >>best view/worst food combo.

                      Is the Burger King in the Presidio still there (I think I heard it closed a few years back)? If it is, the perfect view of the Golden Gate plus the well known level of
                      gastronomy might give the VA a run for its money.

                      1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                        Burger King is gone, and some sort of private organization is in that space. Almost next door is La Terasse. The view isn't as good as the old BK spot, but still not bad. There are those who might consider that La Terasse could give the VA a run for its money, but I was happy with my pizza and draft beer there.

                    2. Hi. Twenty years ago I went to the revolving restaurant atop the Hyatt at Embarcadero Center 5. I was just about to recommend it for the view alone (since it has been 20 years, I can't well comment on the food and service). But I can't find a reference to it anywhere, not even on the Hyatt's website. There are pictures of it, but no description in either the food or the conference facilities sections of their website. Just a few weeks ago I passed through the hotel and saw the elevators going up to it. Is it closed to the public now? Or am I completely missing something obvious? Not a big deal, just wondered if anybody had an explanation. Thanks.

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                      1. re: weem

                        The restaurant you are thinking of was Equinox and it closed to the public in May of last year. It is apparently still available for special events.

                        1. re: grishnackh

                          Ah, okay. Thanks for the update. Guess it's the same thing that happened to the Crown Room atop the Fairmont, unless I'm mistaken. I was first taken to the Crown Room by an older co-worker determined to show me the sights since I was new in town. I would always take visiting friends and relatives there, too, though never ate there. That co-worker also took me to the Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake, which may merit a mention in this thread. (It was closed the afternoon we went, but she broke in to show me the view.) But wait, THAT was the Equinox? What was the name of the disco atop the Westin St. Francis? The one you took the outdoor elevators to? I thought that was called the Equinox. But again, it's been twenty years on that one, too. (Haven't tried to go back since a friend was turned away for wearing tennis shoes.) I'm so confused. LOL It had an awesome view, in any case.

                          1. re: weem

                            Ah! Sweet memories of 20 years ago. The disco on top of the St. Francis was (is?) call Oz. When it first opened before it went private, they had a happy hour where I wiled away a couple of late afternoons. On the first visit, they had a long table of cheeses, another of fruit and another I can’t recall. Upon the next visit, there was fruit, maybe salad and bread on one table, while on another there were heartier dishes including a standing rib cow with an attendant to slice it to order. All this food was free, as was the coffee before you had to leave when the disco opened at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. It was incredible to sit up there to watch the sunset with a view of both bridges and the traffic jam on the freeway. Evidently, the restaurant next door to Oz is closed also.

                            I have eaten at Cityscape atop the Hilton SF on O’Farrell St. It appears to be only open for breakfast now. Leathernecks atop the Marines Memorial Hotel is open to the public and has a good view of the Union Square area and the Bay Bridge. It’s reported to have good steaks and I know the breakfast is good.

                        2. re: weem

                          Equinox was the revolving restaurant on top of the Embarcadero Hyatt. The view from there was mostly up at surrounding highrises. There's a lovely view of the Ferry Building and bay next door at Sens.