5 Places SF Locals Go to Catch the View

San Francisco winters can be dreary, but this year it's been largely dry and sunny, perfect for taking in the cityscape or waterfront from a bar or restaurant with a view. Chowhounds recently talked about the places locals go to take in panoramas of America's most scenic city. The top five:

1. Blooms Saloon in Potrero Hill. Make sure to ask for a table in back, with its wide view of the city and the bay.

2. Lovable greasy spoon Red's Java House sits right on the water, with a prime view of the Bay Bridge.

3. Embarcadero restaurant Waterbar is definitely upscale, but happy hour brings deals that put the stunning views of the Bay Bridge in reach.

4. Ditto for Quiver Bar, on the second level of Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar's banker-friendly Embarcadero neighbor.

5. Unlike the bay-facing places mentioned above, The Cliff House looks out over the Pacific. But squint, hill food warns, "and you still won't see the Farallones," the craggy islands that sit just outside the Golden Gate. Blame the fog.

Blooms Saloon [Potrero Hill]
1318 18th Street, San Francisco
415-552-6707

Red's Java House [Embarcadero]
Pier 43, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
415-777-5626

Waterbar [Embarcadero]
399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
415-284-9922

Quiver Bar at Epic Roasthouse [Embarcadero]
369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
415-369-9955

The Cliff House [Outer Richmond]
1090 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco
415-386-3330

Discuss: Rooftop Bars or Bars with Views in SF

Photo of view from Waterbar by Flickr member brad.coy under Creative Commons