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Top Choice Street in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Lombard Street

You’ve seen the eight switchbacks of Lombard St's 900 block in a thousand photographs. The tourist board has dubbed it ‘the world’s crookedest street,’ which is factually incorrect: Vermont St in Potrero Hill deserv…
Top Choice Californian in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

State Bird Provisions

Even before winning back-to-back James Beard Awards, State Bird attracted lines for 5:30pm seatings not seen since the Dead played neighboring Fillmore Auditorium. The draw is a thrilling play on dim sum, wildly inv…
Top Choice Clothing in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

New People

A three-story emporium devoted to Japanese pop culture, New People carries Japantown's most interesting clothing. At Maruq, find Japanese street wear from Tokyo's Shibuya and Harajuku districts (locale of independen…
Top Choice Italian in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Seven Hills

Anthony Florian has studied with some of the great chefs of California and Italy, and he's an expert at taking several seasonal ingredients and making them shine. His short, market-driven menu features housemade pas…
Top Choice French in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

La Folie

Casually sophisticated La Folie remains one of SF's top tables – even after 30 years. Its success lies in the French-born chef-owner's uncanny ability to balance formal and playful. He's a true artist, whose cooking…
Top Choice Californian in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Acquerello

A converted chapel is a fitting location for a meal that'll turn Italian culinary purists into true believers in Cal-Italian cuisine. Chef Suzette Gresham's generous pastas and ingenious seasonal meat dishes include…
Top Choice Seafood in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Swan Oyster Depot

Superior flavor without the superior attitude of typical seafood restaurants – Swan's downside is an inevitable wait for the few stools at its vintage lunch counter, but the upside of high turnover is incredibly fre…
Top Choice Historic Site in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Cable Car Museum

Hear that whirring beneath the cable-car tracks? That's the sound of the cables that pull the cars, and they all connect inside the city's long-functioning cable-car barn. Grips, engines, braking mechanisms…if these…
Top Choice Clothing in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Picnic

The kind of boutique young moms hope to find when they're out for a girly-girl afternoon, Picnic caters to women who say c-u-u-u-t-e! to the pretty tops, smart skirts, baby clothes, children's toys, handmade jewelry…
Top Choice Lounge in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Tonga Room

Tonight's San Francisco weather: 100% chance of tropical rainstorms every 20 minutes, but only on the top-40 band playing on the island in the middle of the indoor pool – you're safe in your grass hut. For a more po…