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Published August 7, 2023
San Francisco's Best Rooftops With a View
Dinner and drinks—elevated. 🌆
by San Francisco Bucket List
Whether it’s afternoon tea, after-work happy hour, or a late night on the town with friends, everything’s better 20 stories up! San Francisco’s next-level (pun intended) rooftop restaurants and bars have some of the most iconic views in the world—it's a bold statement, but we're sticking with it—and we’ve gathered the best of the best. Read on for the ultimate list of spots to get a bird's-eye view of San Francisco.
14 Breathtaking Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in San Francisco
Looking to go on a tropical vacation, but you’ve already used up your PTO for the year? Lucky for you, there’s a hidden paradise on the 12th floor of Hyatt Place! KAIYŌ’s lush rooftop celebrates Japanese and Peruvian culture with amazing food and specialty cocktails.
Where: 1838 Union St, San Francisco, CA
For dim sum accompanied by amazing views, head to Harborview at Embarcadero Center. The menu is full of elevated seafood and Asian-fusion dishes, and you'll enjoy views of the water, the city, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Don't miss Happy Hour at the Bar every Tuesday and Friday from 4 pm to close!
Where: 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA
Rooftop 25 at the top of 25 Lusk is anything but stuffy. This relaxed open-air space has lots of live music, a cool vibe, and tasty bar bites. Their budget-friendly happy hour every Tuesday through Saturday from 3 pm to 5 pm is not to be missed!
Where: 25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA
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This rooftop oasis sits on the 17th floor of LUMA Hotel San Francisco. With South and Central American flair, this vibrant spot celebrates the region's rich culture through food, beverage, music, and art. From their delicious cocktails to their tasty empanadas, regular live music and DJs, and fun fire pits, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Cavaña
Where: 100 Channel Street, San Francisco, CA
This sultry spot has the perfect patio for a romantic date night out. Sip on elevated cocktails and chat over high-end American fare while surrounded by twinkle lights and skyline views on the 5th floor of Hotel Zelos.
Where: 12 4th St, San Francisco, CA
Good Good Culture Club
This colorful locale serves up Asian fusion with bold flavors and an upbeat, party vibe. Their cocktail menu is almost as exciting as their cheery decor, with names like Planet Popstar, Moon Cosmic Power!, and Thrilla in Manila.
Where: 3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA
For elevated waterfront views, visit Sens on the promenade level of Embarcadero Center. What better way is there to pass a sunny Saturday afternoon than munching on Mediterranean fare and sipping sangria while watching the ferries go by?
Where: 4 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, CA
B Restaurant and Bar
Looking for panoramic views of San Fran during a next-level brunch with the girls? Look no further than B Restaurant and Bar on top of Moscone Center. As if the skyline wasn’t enough, this trendy spot also overlooks Yerba Buena Gardens and a freakin’ waterfall! What more could you ask for?
Where: 720 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
Rise Over Run
Visit Rise Over Run atop the Line Hotel for a truly different rooftop experience. You can enjoy your cocktail while roaming through the greenhouse, gathering with friends around a fire pit, or taking in the views during their top-notch late-night happy hour.
Where: 33 Turk St, San Francisco, CA
Palm Court at RH
Looking to splurge for a special occasion? The truly magnificent Palm Court at RH is a luxurious live-fire restaurant that will envelop you in towering palms, pristine marble, and incredible food like grilled avocado with caviar and a decadent wagyu sandwich.
Where: 590 20th St, San Francisco, CA
This warm and inviting gastropub serves up classic American fare, from wings and chili fries to fresh salads and sandwiches. Located at Embarcadero Center, you can kick back and enjoy a cold beer or cocktail al fresco, surrounded by great views.
Where: 2 Embarcadero Center, Level P (2 floors up), San Francisco, CA
The View Lounge
Searching for rooftop views on a rainy day? The View Lounge has you covered—literally. It may be indoors, but the massive windows give the place a top-of-the-world feel. Grab a charcuterie board and a martini and soak it all in—without getting soaked.
Where: 780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
This fun “all-al-fresco” place serves up tasty Latin-American street food that you can enjoy while taking in the expansive views of San Francisco. Try their bespoke Chicha Morada Punch for a truly unique cocktail in an unparalleled location.
Where: 2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
If you’re hoping to find the best rooftop bar just across the Bay, High 5ive in Oakland is the place! They have plenty of great bar fare at night, but for a special experience you can’t have anywhere else, check out their high tea!
Where: 437 25th St, Oakland, CA
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