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1. Hi Dive Bar 501 The Embarcadero Pier 28 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Embarcadero)

A sweet oceanside bar right next to the Bay Bridge, The Embarcadero's Hi Dive serves tacos, quesadillas, and Muni-referencing burgers like the F-Line with Niman Ranch beef, bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar, and homemade BBQ sauce. Oh, and for dessert, don't miss the King Triton Sundae with chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, crumbled Skor bar, and strawberries.

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2. Hog Island Oyster Co. 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Embarcadero)

Hog Island Oyster Bar, located in the Ferry Building Marketplace, does its namesake proud; for those that love oysters, few places do it better. With outdoor seating that truly completes the seafaring experience, a grilled-cheese sandwich with superb word-of-mouth buzz, and cold, IPA brews to complement, Hog Island has serious make-a-day-out-of-it appeal.

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3. Coqueta Pier 5 - The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Embarcadero)

Born from a Top Chef Masters vet, Coqueta (which means “flirt”) is an idyllic spot for creative and refreshing cocktails, festive tapas, and a gorgeous view of the Bay. Sit outside in the semi-enclosed patio or snag a seat at the glassed-in bar -- either way, you’ll be enjoying Spanish and Basque small plates that are vibrant and flavorful alongside sumptuous sangria in an unbeatable setting.

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4. The Slanted Door 1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg #3, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Embarcadero)

Traditional Vietnamese cuisine infused with Bay Area spirit, The Slanted Door, according to its visionary owner/executive chef Charles Phan, is a restaurant that "refused to cut any corners."Using local, fresh ingredients, patrons experience a variety of meals given a modern, subtle twist.

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5. Waterbar 399 Embarcadero, San Francisco, 94105 (Embarcadero)

Waterbar is a two-story restaurant on the Embarcadero with mind-numbing views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. You come here for two reasons: to take in the aforementioned views and to eat oysters. The seafood-centric menu features all of that seasonal, locally sourced good stuff, but the best thing about Waterbar is the daily $1 oyster happy hour and chilled glasses of white wine.

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6. SB40 Pier 40, San Francisco, CA 94107 (South Beach)

Finally bringing its talents to South Beach, SB40 is a World Series-inspired do-over of an old waterfront Filipino foodery that adds appropriate amounts of orange and black to the interior of an already awesome three-patio'd building, plus a 12-seat mahog

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7. Perry's on the Embarcadero 155 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105

This outpost is a mix of raw brick and sweeping Bay views, with seating clustered 'round a big mahogany bar, plus an open-air patio, private room, and two communal tables.

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8. Americano Restaurant & Bar 8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Embarcadero)

Inside the boutique Hotel Vitale, Americano is an upscale Italian restaurant whose waterfront locale on the Embarcadero is as much of a lure as its pork & beef meatball appetizer. The all-day service peaks at happy hour, when sunset views over the Bay Bridge complement a menu featuring the aforementioned meatballs, charred individual pizzas with house-made mozzarella, and coriander-spiced fries. Though Italian in flavor and influence, the food is by no means heavy, and most of the ingredients are sourced from local California producers.

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9. Greens Restaurant 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

An OG on the vegetarian front since 1979, Greens is the real deal: A legit, upscale restaurant in a beautiful space within Fort Mason that basically showed America that you can still eat really, really well without all the meat and cream and all the other things associated with fine dining back during the fall of disco. Though founding chef Deborah Madison has passed the reigns onto Annie Somerville, the food continues to pull in people from all across the world. You’re not to mess around here: get the price fixe, sit back, and be blown away when you realize all the next-level things she can do without the magic of bacon.

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10. Cliff House 1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

With jaw-dropping views of Ocean Beach, the craggy coast-hugging Land’s End, and the wild, blue Pacific, Cliff House is a classy brunch or dinner spot perched on aon the edge of a cliff on the lip of the Pacific Ocean. Sit by a window to experience the dizzying, romantic effects of feeling on the edge of the world and don’t forget to order a $5 Irish coffee. This is the ultimate place to start a Sunday day date with a mimosa brunch or take in a sunset on a clear/clear-enough evening.

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11. Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant 1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121 (Outer Sunset)

You’ll probably want to order the Sample Set (4oz of the eight house made brews for $13) so that you can decide what you want to take home in your growler. If you’re looking to buy a new one, you can get a nice German-style there for $25 (that includes the beer), or bring your own and fill it for $15. Enjoy your beer there because it doesn't get much better than their awesome waterfront view.

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12. South Harbor Waterfront Restaurant and Bar 425 Marina Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

This place is inside The Inn at Oyster Point, and it is one of the best restaurants to relax and enjoy a glass of wine while gazing out at a beautiful view of Marina.

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13. Butterfly 1500 the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Embarcadero)

Come out for brunch or a hearty dinner and enjoy the view out of Butterfly's bay-facing floor-to-ceiling windows (or from their skinny patio).

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14. MarketBar 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Embarcadero)

A great spot to sit outside with views of the bay, MarketBar also offers sweet happy hour specials, like $8 cocktails and wine or $4 beers.

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15. McCormick & Kuleto's 900 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Fishermans Wharf)

With a notoriously sweet happy hour and gorgeous views in almost every direction, there are a lot of reasons to come spend your evening at McCormick & Kuleto’s. This is the perfect place to bring a date that you are really looking to impress, and their happy hour deals are unbeatable.

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