Nob Hill is a signature San Francisco's neighborhood, renowned for its landmarks and famous hotels that border Huntington Park. It holds a swanky character nfluenced by the diverse personalities of the downtown neighborhoods that surround it. It is an intriguing and desireable place to live, and real estate thrives throughout this classic neighborhood.
Nob Hill is an intriguing place to visit. The area was the site upon which the mansions of early gold tycoons and railroad barons built their mansions. A few mansions remain, along with high end hotels that provide a favored retreat for the rich. Luxury apartments, condominiums, and single family homes are the standard and all feature exquisite architecture. Grace Cathedral, is a a replica of Notre Dame in Paris, France, it is a prominent landmark and one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco. Many people come to freely enjoy the scenic Huntington Park's playground and amenities.
The reputation of Nob Hill privilege dates back to Gold Rush times. Cable car lines made the hilltop accessible and the railroad barons and bonanza kings built their mansions here, above the rowdiness of the bawdy waterfront. Luxury hotels now stand in place of original palaces, and at the top of the hill, historic buildings such as the Fairmont Hotel and the Flood Mansion are impressive.
It can be difficult to distinguish the precise boundaries of the Nob Hill neighborhood. It is roughly bordered by Polk, Post, Mason and Washington Streets..
For more information on events, and history,see the Nob Hill Association Web site at www.nobhillassociation.org.
Sights & Culture
Cable Car Museum: The City by the Bay boasts the only operating cable car system in the world; if you want to be a true San Franciscan, it pays to brush up on your cable car facts. This free museum is housed in the city's cable car barn and powerhouse, a large brick structure, and features displays of historic cable cars, as well as live views of the winding machinery and cables for the Hyde, California, Mason and Powell lines, all in action. The small gift shop is crammed with a dizzying number of cable car souvenirs. 1201 Mason St., (415) 474-1887. (Web site)
Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church: The West Coast's largest Episcopal cathedral looms over Huntington Park with Gothic splendo. Of special interest are the cathedral's stained glass, its bronze doors (casts of those made by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the Baptistry in Florence), frequent concerts, and its pair of labyrinths. Circular paths of inlaid patterned coils, the labyrinths are intended for contemplative walking. The outdoor labyrinth is made of terrazzo stone, and the indoor path is woolen tapestry. 1100 California St., (415) 749-6300. (Web site/concert schedule)
Huntington Park: Arabella Huntington, widow of railroad baron Collis P. Huntington, donated the land to the City of San Francisco to be used as a public park. The classic square forms the heart of Nob Hill. Its shady benches and children's playground makes an inviting place to pause after a hike up the hill.
Big 4 Restaurant: Big steaks as well as the occasional wild game entrée special as well as creative contemporary dishes. With nightly piano music in the bar. 1075 California St., (415) 474-5400. (Web site)
Café Bean: Dutch pancakes and breakfast omelettes. 800 Sutter St., (415) 346-1687.
Fleur de Lys: Implementing a fixed-price menu, giving an elegant turn to homey fare. The extraordinary four-star meals are $65 for three courses, $72 for four and $80 for five. (415) 673-7779.
Gallery Café: Located across from the Cable Car Museum, this well lit, large café is a good place for fresh sandwiches, coffee and pastries. 1200 Mason St., (415) 296-9932.
Grubstake: At Grubstake, part of the restaurant is housed in a rail car, a remnant of the Key Line, and the menu lists a number of Portuguese dishes along with its burgers, milkshakes and breakfast fare. Open until 4 a.m. 1525 Pine St., (415) 673-8268. (Web site)
Miller's East Coast West Delicatessen: A tast of the Big Apple with mile-high pastrami sandwiches, baseball-sized matzo balls and some of the chewiest, crustiest bagels in town served with a classic Nova lox platter.
Nob Hill Café: Pastas and pizzas at this traditional Italian establishment consisting of a subdued dining room and a louder café room. 1152 Taylor St., (415) 776-6500.
Polk Street Station Diner: Polk Street Station keeps the best of the old, such as burgers and generous breakfast plates, while updating the formula with menu items such as fresh fish dishes, hearty pastas and uncommon entrees like fried quail. 1356 Polk St., (415) 776-8899.
Swan Oyster Depot: Pull up a stool, and feast like a king in this casual establishment, where the only seating is a marble counter stocked with lemon wedges, Tabasco sauce, oyster crackers, and other seafood essentials. Choose from seafood salads and cocktails, lobster, Dungeness crab and, of course, Swan's signature mollusk. Pick up some fresh fish to take home. 1517 Polk St., (415) 673-1101.
Venticello: Tuscan country restaurant serves interpretations of comforting classic Italian dishes. 1257 Taylor St., (415) 922-2545.
Argonaut Book Shop: The Argonaut is a treasure trove of books on the history of California and the American West.786 Sutter St., (415) 474-9067. (Web site)
You Say Tomato: Everything British here, such as jams and conserves, hard candy, biscuits, Cross & Blackwell's Branston pickles and interesting crisps (chips) in flavors like prawn cocktail, beef, chicken and pickled onion. 1526 California St. (near Polk Street), (415) 921-2828. (Web site)
Café Royale: A café-bar that boasts an extensive beer and wine list and a menu of sophisticated café fare, Café Royale fosters a creative vibe with rotating art exhibits and live music. 800 Post St., (415) 441-4099.
Hyde Out: An easygoing neighborhood bar with free popcorn, 30 beers on tap and the option of second floor seating for a bird's-eye-view. 1068 Hyde St., (415) 441-1914.
John Barleycorn: Cozy up by the fire with a whiskey or a pint on a foggy. 1415 Larkin St., (415) 771-1620.
Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar: The Fairmont Hotel's tropical lounge and restaurant is a local institution. A top-40 band plays nightly, floating aboard a raft in the room's central lagoon, buffeted by the misty monsoons that periodically rain from the ceiling, topping off the Mai Tais of patrons. The restaurant specializes in Pacific Rim cuisine, and the weeknight happy hour features an all-you-can-eat buffet and half-price fruity cocktails. 950 Mason St., (415) 772-5283.
Top of the Mark: A special-occasion spot with panoramic views that makes one feel like the city is theirs. Champagne brunch on Sunday. Located on the top floor of the Mark Hopkins Inter-Continental Hotel, 999 California St., (415) 392-3434. (Web site)
Borderline Tenderloin spots: A hot spot for scenesters, rockers and all other sorts of die-hard drinkers. Local and touring rock bands make the roughly 100-person-capacity space one of San Francisco's most intimate and hottest places to see shows.
Divas: Is a tranny bar which consists of three floors: There are shows on the ground level, a dance area on the second and a quieter bar area on the third. 1081 Post St