These Are the Five Best Roofs for Eating and Drinking in SF

Grab your jacket. Not sure which, but grab one.

By Diane Rommel

These Are the Five Best Roofs for Eating and Drinking in SF
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15 May 2017

We don't know if the weather will cooperate — but the heart wants what it wants, and we want patio dining with a view.

Below, our top five picks for rooftop bars and restaurants. Plus: exactly what to order and where to head when the evening chill descends. 

Spot: El Techo
Vibe-y — this place buzzes in the after-work hours
Order: As many small plates as possible: guac, mango, tacos de pescado and margarita pitchers
After: A movie at the Alamo Drafthouse next door
Details: 2516 Mission Street,

Spot: Jones
Vibe: The nicest possible view of the Tenderloin
Order: Truffle fries and a couple Hoegaardens 
After: What's on at the Black Cat
Details: 620 Jones Street,

Spot: Dirty Habit
Vibe: Not cheap, but a classy date-night place five stories over SoMa
Order: Chicken wings pair with negronis, right? 
After: Make it a sleepover and check into the Four Seasons down the street 
Details: 12 Fourth Street,

Spot: B Restaurant & Bar
Vibe: Network-y drinks above the Moscone Center
Order: Sangria and dollar oysters till 6:30
After: Stop by a late-night opening at SFMOMA
Details: 720 Howard Street,

Spot: The café at the San Francisco Art Institute
Vibe: Avoid it during lunch (and, uh, between classes), and you'll find a quiet, hidden oasis near the top of Russian Hill, with spectacular views of downtown, Marin, Alcatraz and the Bay
Order: Cookies (the menu isn't the most expansive)
After: Catch the Diego Rivera mural near the school's main entrance on Chestnut Street
Details: 300 Chestnut Street,

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