1 The Cliff House
Aptly named since it's perched on a cliff overlooking the bay, this is the very best view out into the great blue. Sunsets are spectacular here but the contemporary American cuisine served here are also quite enchanting. Fresh popovers and their famous champagne buffet brunch are in itself a reason to come here. Just make sure to reserve and request the window tables.
2 Top of the Mark
On the top of Nob Hill and at the top of the Mark Hopkins hotel, this restaurant has the best view of the city to accompany one's brunch eggs. Gaze upon the undulating roads of the city while the orange Golden Gate bridge peeks out behind the waters. While we love the brunch, at other times it's just light snacking fare like crab cakes or sliders which all go perfectly with their classicly made cocktails.
A perfect place for its $1 happy hour oyster, add in a fogless sunset and you have the perfect ending to a day. Both the patio and the floor to ceiling windows maximizes the striking view of the Bay bridge and the bay itself. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated with an appropriately aquatic theme. We love the pan seared scallops and shellfish bisque. As it gets quite popular on sunny days, we suggest you check out the patio cam on the website to see if you can even score a seat.
4 The Rotunda
150 Stockton St - top floor of Neiman Marcus (415) 249-2720 http://www.neimanmarcus.com
With its live models sashaying about, it's hard not to place the Rotunda of Neiman Marcus in our top places for best view. For ladies who lunch, there is no better place to get a view of this season's trends on the fashionable flock. The must-haves on the lunch menu is the lobster club and the salads are all perfectly balanced to keep one a svelte size 34. We also love their delightful tea menu as well.
5 La Mar
As the best place in SF to have a proper ceviche and some Peruvian cocktails, the stunning bay view makes this a great location for a first date. It's a rather scenester place but that's what makes it so festive. There's tons of natural light flooding in to highlight the colorful small plates. Some of our favorites is the cebiche nikei (tuna) and lamb shank for something heartier.