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A Hidden Gem Right in San Francisco: The View

Posted by on March 22, 2015

Disclosure: I was invited out to The View this past weekend.  All opinions are my own.

The minute we (my friend visiting from Minnesota and I) walked off the elevator we were in love with The View at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.  Our eyes turned left then turned right, and we were instantly overwhelmed by “The View.”  A simple name that says so much.


The View, a sky bar atop the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in Downtown San Francisco sits atop the 39th floor with views of the city all around.  This Sky Bar just went through major renovations and reopened this past January.

And, if you’re ever in San Francisco for a conference at the Moscone Center, or in for a weekend visit, or longer, taking a stop atop The View is worth it.  With different views of the city throughout the area, and cocktail drinks named after The City itself, it’s a great place to stop in for.  Right across the street from the Metreon and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a 10 minute walk from Union Square, it is a really great place within close proximity of many favorite San Francisco spots.


Drinks such as: The Van Ness Press (tanquerey gin, raspberries mulled, mint and citrus), Moscone Mule, (american star lime vodka, fever tree ginger beer, fresh lime juice), Fog City Collins (nolets silver gin, st germaine, cucumber), or The Marquis (San Francisco’s 209 Gin, fresh citrus), and many more offerings.


Featured above: Far away: Van Ness Press and closer: The Fog City Collins.

But it doesn’t stop there.  The food, served in small bites, is also well presented by Executive Chef David Hollands, a well-known chef within the city of San Francisco.

And, every bite we had was enjoyed and well recommended:


The Smoked Beef Carpaccio


Crudo Three Ways


The Cheese Display showcasing local area dairy cheeses including Cowgirl Creamery, Bellweather Farms, and Cypress Grove Farm

But our favorite of the evening was the Braised Pork Belly:


Bites so tender, and the juice below added so much flavor and deliciousness.

If you’re more of a dessert person, like myself, they have you covered there, as well.  Just a suggestion: Order the Butterscotch Pudding:


But the most iconic feature about The View are their windows.  A full rounded window showcased on both sides of The View, a full size window from head to toe of the bar itself:


The reason why this Sky Bar is so epic, and needs to be a must visit on your trip to San Francisco. As word gets out about The View being open, the bar tends to fill up fast so get there early, and of course, enjoy the view and your drinks while there.  It makes for some great photos:



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