San Francisco is a city of views. Seriously, you can’t miss them. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline are some of our country’s most famous, and there are plenty of ideal vantage points whether you’re at the top of a hill or the top of a building. Today, we’re focusing on those rooftops, and specifically, the rooftop patios that offer views, delectable foods and craft cocktails.
Keep reading to track down San Francisco’s best rooftop patios and start planning your rooftop tour of the city.
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Perched atop the Moscone Center, B is a contemporary bar and restaurant in the heart of Downtown San Francisco. The outdoor patio is surrounded by gardens and landscaping on site, as well as stunning views of Yerba Buena Gardens, a waterfall and the city skyline. While you’re appreciating those views, you can also enjoy seasonal cocktails, the raw bar and a food menu filled with local ingredients.
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Nearly everything at Bluestem Brasserie is sourced locally, even the Napa and Sonoma wines, and, with 12 wines on tap and an even larger bottle selection, you’ll have plenty to choose from. The food menu is inspired by approachable, brasserie traditions and made up of fresh, simply composed dishes. From the second story rooftop patio, you’ll be overlooking Yerba Buena Lane and the fun, bustling surroundings.
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Photo courtesy of Manolo Yllera via Charmaine’s
Charmaine’s is a rooftop bar and lounge that combines California culture with European terrace atmosphere, and it’s all 120 feet above Market Street. Each handcrafted cocktail features vibrant flavors, original combinations and unique ingredients. So order yours, get a plate of shareable snacks, and snag a spot around the firepit.
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Though not an open rooftop patio, Cityscape is located high atop the Hilton San Francisco 46 floors above Union Square. From there, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city skyline stretching all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Pair that with the bar’s impressive lineup of craft cocktails or delectable small plates and you’re in for a lovely evening.
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El Techo is the rooftop bar located above Lolinda, an Argentinian steakhouse. Not only do they serve one of the best margaritas in the Bay Area, they also offer a spectacular city view. Thanks to heat lamps and windscreens, the rooftop stays open rain or shine so you can look out at the Mission with margarita in hand and Latin American street food on plate all year long.
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Virgin Hotels San Francisco opened Commons Club in February 2019 and followed that up a few months later with one of the city’s most anticipated rooftop bars. Everdene, a walk-in only restaurant and bar, offers stylish indoor and outdoor spaces overlooking the San Francisco skyline and pairs those with well-crafted drinks and culinary creations.
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Available exclusively to hotel guests and private events, Rooftop at VIA is perched on the roof of the 12-story Hotel VIA. Located directly across from Oracle Park, the combination indoor and outdoor space boasts spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge, the East Bay and the ballpark. The cozy lounge atmosphere offers firepits and lounge seating, too!
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Tucked atop the Hotel Zelos, the rooftop patio at Dirty Habit isn’t known for its views, but it is a go-to choice for lively atmosphere, lushly landscaped surroundings and some of the best cocktails in the city. Spotted with gas fireplaces and seating that ranges from bar stools to leather sofas, it’s the perfect place to sit back, sip and relax.
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A visit to Jones can be unique every single time. Their historic building—which once housed the Gaylord Hotel—underwent a complete renovation in 2010 and now boasts three beautiful bars as well as a garden patio and bar. Their 8,000-square-foot rooftop is a horticultural gem complete with Australian plantings, indoor and outdoor spaces, and a carefully selected garden color palette of salmon, silver, burgundy, lime and deep green.
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25 Lusk is one of San Francisco’s most stunningly designed restaurants. Their building offers multiple areas, which range from a traditional restaurant dining room to a sleek cocktail lounge. The newest addition is the rooftop, which offers casual outdoor seating paired with upbeat music and city views. There, you can select items from their famed food menu and beverage list.
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