Headed to the City by the Bay? This city in California is known for its steep, rolling hills, dense fog, the Golden Gate Bridge and its historic former prison on Alcatraz Island, among many other distinct features. Stay for a little, or stay for a while, and read up on all the best local restaurant spots to check out during your time in San Francisco. Don’t worry about hopping on a famous San Francisco cable car- these local favorites are within a mile of the San Francisco Marriott Union Square.
Scala’s Bistro is a restaurant in Union Square directly across from the Powell Street cable car line that prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients to combine Italian cuisine with Californian style. This restaurant is a short walk from the Theatre District, Moscone Center, MOMA, Chinatown and Market Street shopping. Scala’s Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located .1 miles from San Francisco Marriott Union Square. Favorite menu item: Beef Carpaccio, made with Angus beef tenderloin, capers, lemon, arugula, olive oil, parmigiano. This appetizer is a great way to warm up your stomach for the main course.
Sears Fine Food
Sears, known as a San Francisco institution, was founded in 1938 by Hilbur and Ben Sears. It is most famous for its 18 Swedish pancakes, a must-try meal if you visit the restaurant. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features local, fresh ingredients, including its seafood. Sears Fine Food is located .1 miles from the property. Favorite menu item: What it’s famous for, of course! The 18 Swedish pancakes.
E & O Trading Company
The authentic Asian cuisine is influenced by spice markets throughout Asia, bringing the best to the table. The portions are sharable and are designed by master chef Sharon Nahm. Off-street parking is available to guests at the Sutter-Stockton garage across the street, but since it is only 0.3 miles from San Francisco Marriott Union Square, you can enjoy a leisurely walk down the street. Favorite menu item: Wood Roasted Char Siu Black Cod, which comes with sautéed water spinach.
Lark Creek Steak
Steaks here are aged for flavor and tenderness, then grilled over fruitwood and charcoal embers, served with the sauce of your choice. This upscale restaurant is in the heart of San Francisco, on the fourth floor in the Centre’s Restaurant Collection, offering amazing views of the historic Emporium Dome. Lark Creek is open for lunch and dinner, and is located .6 miles from the hotel. Favorite menu item: Porterhouse steak for the table to share for dinner. Each person orders a different sauce and side, and the meat is shared around the table.
This Japanese treasure was opened in 1989 and has since made a name for itself by serving up first class quality Japanese cuisine. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is conveniently located .2 miles from the hotel. Favorite menu item: The most popular sushi menu item is the 704 Roll, made of shrimp tempura, salmon, avocado, cucumber and jalapeño.