What to See and Do in San Francisco

Located steps from the Embarcadero in San Francisco’s Financial District, Harbor Court offers easy access to some of the city’s most famous attractions. What kind of hosts would we be if we didn’t share some of our favorite San Francisco restaurants and bars? Follow along as we take you on an insiders-only tour of special places known (mostly) to locals.

Todd Metzger, General Manager Lolinda | 2518 Mission Street

This lively Argentinian steakhouse gets my vote for its grass-fed, wood-fired beef, house-made chimichurri, and crafty cocktails. After dinner, head to El Techo, the rooftop bar, for dessert or an Argentine Malbec.

meat being cooked in fire
Janet Leong, Director of Finance Yank Sing | 49 Stevenson St.

Dim sum doesn’t get any better than at this local favorite right across the street from the hotel. The food comes out fast, and the Salt & Pepper Sea Bass is the best in the city.

dumplings and chopsticks at dim sum
Jamison DeTrolio, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing Oasis | 298 Eleventh St.

Drag legends Heklina and D’Arcy Drollinger hold court at the city’s hottest nightclub, welcoming party-loving crowds to their sprawling converted gay bathhouse for cabaret, cocktails, and more.

woman at oasis nightclub with people behind her
Timothy Erkelens-Probst, Front Office Manager Teeth | 2323 Mission St.

This local dive bar packs in a lively crowd, thanks to unbeatable happy hour deals, outdoor seating, shuffleboard, and a little thing called Wing Wednesdays featuring 25 cent wings all night.

chicken wings on a plate
Vicky He, Accounting Manager Brenda’s French Soul Food | 652 Polk

From grillades and grits to crawfish beignets, this is where San Francisco goes for a taste of down-home Louisiana cooking -- from a chef who’s been hailed "a bold newcomer" by the New York Times.

seafood on a fancy plate
Jhonae Mazique, Executive Meeting Manager Museum of Ice Cream | 1 Grant St.

If swimming in a pool filled with nearly one hundred million ice cream sprinkles (albeit antimicrobial plastics ones) is your thing, make the Museum of Ice Cream your first (sweet) stop in San Francisco.

woman sitting in front of ice cream museum
Sonia Melendez, Director of Housekeeping Nopalito | 306 Broderick St.

Don’t miss this cozy neighborhood kitchen serving traditional, organic Mexican cuisine and cocktails made with local, sustainable ingredients.

taco with meat and cucumbers
Errol Reyes, Regional HR Director Liholiho Yacht Club | 871 Sutter St.

Gather at least seven friends (and up to 11) who love a lively party and book the restaurant’s Ohana Table. It’s a special, family-style dining experience featuring roughly a dozen exotic Hawaiian dishes - think marinated squid, manila clams, and duck liver toast - to be shared and savored.

two fancy tacos on a plate
Angie Nouhoumon, Director of Sales Lizzie’s Starlight | 450 Powell Street

Indulge in decadent small plates, eclectic cocktails, and world-class DJs 21 stories above Union Square at the original Starlight Room, inspired by the globe-trotting adventures of Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake.

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Devin Cunningham, Barista B. Patisserie | 2821 California St.

Take a little trip to Paris in this charming neighborhood patisserie, but prepare to wait alongside other pastry lovers craving warm chocolate banana almond croissants, apple tarts and mushroom tartines.

Patisserie filled with bread
Regional Director of Revenue Trident Sausalito | 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito

This over-the-water restaurant is a counterculture icon, known as much for its 60s-era clientele (including Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Joan Baez) as its unmatched views of the San Francisco skyline and sophisticated, sustainably-sourced menus.

shrimp and oysters and other food in a bowl