View from Top of the Mark

One of the best things about having house guests come to visit in this city is that it always results in going to do things which I haven’t done before. Everyone who comes to San Francisco seems to have something in mind that someone once told them that they have to do, and so they bring their own little agenda and I get the chance to be exposed to things which I probably wouldn’t otherwise have bothered to see in this city with well-kept secrets located everywhere.

Yesterday, the intended destination was Top of the Mark, the bar and restaurant located on the top floor of the Mark Hopkins hotel. We decided to walk instead of taking the cable car, and although I worked hard to think of the most cicruitous route around the hills, any building located at the top of Taylor Street requires an athletic feat to be reached by foot. The reward is that any building located on this peak of the city offers a truly astounding view from the top floor.

Having now traveled all over this city in search of views for the numerous house guests who have filtered through my hallways, I have become unfortunately unimpressed with the amazing cityscape offered to us here. I’ll notice it sometimes, of course, because it is something which I have always loved. But people can adjust to almost anything and I’ve now come to take this place a little bit for granted. As such, I was doubly impressed when the view from this top floor restaurant managed to nearly take my breath away.

The 360 degree view from this space gives you the chance to dine with visions of the bridges, the buildings, the changing architecture between neighborhoods, the East Bay and Twin Peaks. Sitting in the center of such luxury, it is hard not to be amazed that you are lucky enough to be in this city.

I managed to head to this restaurant too early to enjoy one of the hundred different martinis which the bar is supposedly known for (as the bar is only open in the evenings) but I did get to take advantage of the chance to enjoy the chocolate trilogy dessert. In a city without a bad restaurant in the bunch, the food was satisfying. The restaurant gets Top of the Mark grades in my book for being a place where I will tell travelers they should have their house hosts take them.

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