Best Dining with a View in San Francisco

June 12, 2015
by Zagat Staff

Take in the views at these restaurants in the city of SF.

Greens Restaurant
Vegetarian · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"You can taste the Zen" marvel fans of this Marina "vegetarian institution" that transforms "fresh-from-the-garden" organic produce (some from its own Green Gulch Farm) into "outrageously good" , elegantly plated meals that even "satisfy the pickiest meat eaters" ; an "innovative" wine list and "friendly" service in a "serene" setting with "polished wood" and "magnificent" "views overlooking the Golden Gate" seal its status a "consistent winner."
The Slanted Door
Vietnamese · Embarcadero · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

"All that it’s cracked up to be" , Charles Phan’s "vibrant" Embarcadero "icon" still draws "throngs" with its "outstanding" array of "contemporary" Vietnamese dishes fashioned from local, sustainable ingredients and an "interesting wine list" focused on German and Austrian whites; be sure to "make reservations" (or snag a seat at the bar), and don’t mind the "pricey" tabs and "deafening" din since it’s "hard to beat" the "stunning" Ferry Building berth overlooking the bay.
Seafood · Embarcadero · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

"Seafood magnificence" and "spectacular" water views lure diners to this upscale Embarcadero bar and restaurant situated "practically under the Bay Bridge" , known for its "fresh" , "well-prepared" sea fare (the oyster happy hour is "hard to beat" ) and "smart" aquarium decor; sure, it can get "a bit noisy" at times, but "knowledgeable" servers keep things moving and there's also patio seating.
Epic Steak
Steakhouse · Embarcadero · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"Away from the Ferry Building crowds" , this "modern" Embarcadero steakhouse has "special occasion" written all over it thanks to a drop-dead view of the "shimmering" Bay Bridge and "delicious" fare (including the beer-burger-brownie deal at the bar upstairs); expect "clubby" decor, "romantic" lighting and tabs as "big" as the cavernous setting, which also features a waterfront patio.
Cliff House
Bistro · Sea Cliff · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.2

"Nothing beats looking out at the water" while enjoying a "glass of wine" or Sunday brunch and soaking up the "nostalgia" at this renovated art deco "institution" in the Outer Richmond; the Californian menu "has high and low points" , but most concur the experience is "wonderful despite all the tourists" , thanks partly to a staff that shows "great tolerance" for crowds – just "make sure" you arrive before sunset to "take advantage of the stunning" ocean views.