Uber, Lyft, Taxi, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and Buses are available. Uber and Lyft tend to be cheaper than a taxi except during peak hours. The bus is the least expensive. You can go here for BART's schedule.
The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States.
There will be no other currency accepted in the United States. The best exchange rates can be found at your local bank or Currency Exchange Services at the airport you are departing from or Airport. Exchange rates and fees apply.
There are many ‘Cash machines’ (ATMs) where you can withdraw cash. ATM's can also be found at the airport terminals when you arrive. Please note exchange rates can be higher when using cash machines (ATM's)
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San Francisco weather in March tends to be crisp and bright, ranging from 50-57 degrees. San Francisco is a place where locals know to layer at all times because our weather can fluctuate 20 degrees in a day. Check your smart phone weather app prior, in case we are rainy or foggy!
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500 California Street (at Montgomery), San Francisco, California 94104 Phone: (415) 677-9494
The Omni San Francisco Hotel offers valet parking only. Valet parking is $65 plus tax for 24 hours per car and includes in/out privileges, There are cheaper garages nearby. A great resource is https://www.spotangels.com/san-francisco/omni-hotel-san-francisco-parking It's a great way to find cheaper parking!
cheaper self parking was recommended by the Omni hotel is St Marys Garage, https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/st-marys-square-garage
*Creative Edge membership is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
Restaurants & Food Experiences
Wayfare Tavern 558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111 4.5 stars, (415) 772-9060 Popular upscale eatery serving American fare in British Pub-style setting http://www.wayfaretavern.com/ HOURS: Open Daily Sun-Thu 11:30am-9:00pm Fri-Sat 1130am-10pm
Cafe Tiramisu 28 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104 4.5 stars, (415) 421-7044
Mendocino Farms 465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104 4.5 stars (415) 321-2170
Coqueta Pier 5 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111 4.5 stars, (415) 704-8866
The Vault Garden, Plaza Level, 555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104 4.5 Stars, (415) 508-4675
SEAFOOD TADICH GRILL 4 Stars $$$ 240 California Street 415-391-1849 Old world San Francisco charm, seafood and steak restaurant in San Francisco, no reservations accepted. HOURS: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday 4:30pm-9:30pm CLOSED-Sunday
WATERBAR $$$ 3.5 Stars at 399 Embarcadero at Harrison Street 415-284-9922 Stylish seafood spot with oysters, a horseshoe- shaped bar & patio with up-close views of the Bay Bridge. HOURS: Lunch 11:30am–2:30pm , Dinner 5pm-9pm Sun-Thu / 5pm-9:15pm Fri & Sat
MCORMICK & KULETOS $$$ 3 Stars at 900 North Point 415-929-1730 (Casual Fisherman’s wharf dining, nice view) HOURS: Sun 1130am-9pm, Tue-Thu 330pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 1130am – 10pm CLOSED-Monday
WATERFRONT $$$ 3 Stars at Pier 7 (on the Embarcadero) 415-391-2696 There are Bay Bridge views both indoors & form the patio at this Californian restaurant. HOURS: Wed – Sun 12noon – 8pm CLOSED-Mon-Tue
CALIFORNIA FISH MARKET $$ 4.5 Stars at 550 Green street 415-757-0918 Fresh and local seafood restaurant and market with sustainable approach serving in season and local fish water to table. HOURS: Mon-Thu 1130am - 10pm, Fri-Sat 1130am – 10:30pm, Sun until 10:00pm
SOTTO MARE OYSTERIA & SEAFOOD $$ 4.5 Stars at 552 Green street 415-398-3181 This intimate and homey restaurant serves some of the tastiest oysters & seafood in the neighborhood and its famous for its Cioppino. HOURS: Sun-Thu 11:30am – 9pm Fri & Sat 11:30am – 10pm
LA MARCEBICHERIA PERUANA $$$ 4 Stars at Pier ½ The Embarcadero 415-397-8880 Inspired by thousands of cebicherias found throughout Peru, La Mar was created as an attempt to globalize & preserve one of the best guarded treasures of Peruvian cuisine; CEBICHE. HOURS: Open Daily 11:30am- 2:30pm, 5:00-9pm
STEAK HOUSE MORTON’S S.F. $$$$ 3.5 Stars at 400 Post Street (at corner of Powell) 415-986-5830 Upscale chain for aged prime beef, seafood & other traditional steakhouses fare. Newly renovated two-story restaurant with a street level dining room, private dining spaces and a new Bar. HOURS: Sun-Thu 5pm - 9pm Fri–Sat 5pm – 10pm
HARRIS’ RESTAURANT $$$$ 4 Stars at 2100 Van Ness Ave 415-673-1888 Acclaimed dry-aged steaks served in a posh, wood-paneled dining room, plus live jazz in the bar. HOURS: Tue-Sun 5pm-9pm CLOSED-Monday
IZZY’S STEAKHOUSE $$$ 3.5 Stars at 3345 Steiner street (at Lombard) 415-536-0487 Inviting old-school steakhouse serving generous portions of classic carnivore-friendly fare & sides. HOURS: Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-9:30pm BRUNCH Sat-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm
HOUSE OF PRIME RIB $$$ 4 Stars at 1906 Van Ness Ave 415-885-4605 Old school English-style restaurant serving acclaimed prime rib & martinis since the 1940’s HOURS: Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm Sat-Sun 4:00pm – 10:00pm
MASTRO’S $$$$ 3.5 Stars at 399 Geary 415-363-9539 Collection of sophisticated, classic steakhouses and Ocean Club seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine & live entertainment. HOURS: Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
EPIC STEAK $$$$ 3.5 Stars at 369 The Embarcadero 415-369-9955 Our contemporary steakhouse features exceptional food and drink with stunning views of the Bay. HOURS: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm Sunday 11:30am – 9pm
ALEXANDER’S STEAK HOUSE $$$$ 4 Stars at 448 Brannan 415-495-1111 Fine dining interpretation of the modern American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influences throughout the menu. Offering the largest varieties of domestic and imported Wagyu steak in the U.S. HOURS: Daily 5:30pm – 9:00pm
SUSHI / JAPANESE OZUMO – Japanese, Sushi $$$ 4 Stars at 161 Steuart (inside Harbor Court Hotel) 415-882-1333 Creative sushi, robata grilled items & an extensive sake menu in a contemporary HOURS: Mon-Thu 11:30-2:00 pm, Friday 4pm-9:30pm, Sat 5:00-9:30pm, Sunday 5:00-9:00pm
ROKA AKOR – Japanese, Steakhouse $$$$ 4 Stars at 801 Montgomery 415-362-8887 Stylish Prime steak, seafood and sushi restaurant that features Robatayaki style “open charcoal” cuisine. HOURS: Mon-Thu 4:30pm-9:00pm Fri-Sat 4:30pm-10pm CLOSED-Sunday
PABU IZAKAYA $$$$ 4 Stars at 101 California 415-535-0184 A sleek space with a buzzy ambiance, this high-end spot offers classic Japanese cuisine in style HOURS: Mon-Sat 4pm – 9pm CLOSED-Sunday
RYOKO’S $$ 4 Stars at 619 Taylor 415-775-1028 A neighborhood staple that’s been around for 30 years. Walk down the stairs, and you’ve entered our high energy, underground restaurant. HOURS: Mon-Sat 6pm-1130pm Sun 6pm-1030pm
HINODEYA $$ 4 Stars at 680 Clay 415-200-6466 Hinodeya Ramen is straight from Japan serving our DASHI-RAMEN with a full list of side dishes and drinks. HOURS: Sun-Thu 10am-10pm Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
AKIKO’S RESTAURANT $$$ 4 Stars at 431 Bush 415-397-3218 Our concept is direct and to-the-point: we make food through a modern, innovative technique that embraces traditional flavors. We are currently offering exciting PREFIX MENUS only. Lunch Omakase & Dinner Omakase HOURS: Tues-Fri 11:30am-1:30pm / 5:30pm-8:30pm Sat-5:30-8:30pm CLOSED Sun-Mon
AMERICAN / CALIFORNIA BIX $$$ 4 Stars at 56 Gold St. 415-433-6300 Supper Club with swanky 1930’s ambiance, live jazz & a dining room serving American-French cuisine. HOURS: Mon-Wed 4:30pm-10:00pm,Thu 4:30pm-11:00pm, Fri 4:30pm-12:00pm, Sat 5:00pm-12:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm
BOULEVARD $$$ 4 Stars at 1 Mission street 415-543-6084 Boulevard is a celebrated San Francisco restaurant on the embarcadero waterfront. Quintessentially Californian, our menu seamlessly incorporated the regional seasonal bounty with studied and modern. HOURS: Tue-Sat 5pm-930pm CLOSED-Sunday & Monday
TOWNHALL $$$ 3.5 Stars at 342 Howard 415-908-3900 Bustling upscale tavern lures crowds with modern takes on southern comfort fare & outdoor seating. HOURS: (Dinner) Tue-Fri 4pm-9pm CLOSED–Sat & Sun
PROSPECT $$$ 4 Stars 300 Spear 415-247-7770 Chef Nancy Oake’s bustling restaurant & bar serves New American cuisine & cocktails in a posh space. Located at the base of Infinity Towers, we host a warm and modern urban environment, with high service standards and exceptional cuisine. HOURS: Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm CLOSED: Saturday & Sunday
INTERNATIONAL SMOKE HOUSE $$$ 4 Stars at 301 Mission 415-660-2656 Michael Mina & Ayesha Curry are behind this globally minded outpost for grilled meats and cocktails. HOURS: Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
FRENCH GARY DANKO $$$$ 4.5 Stars at 800 North Point 415-749-2060 Gary Danko continues to refine its award-winning combination of classic French cooking, thoughtful and inventive use of local ingredients and personable yet impeccable service. HOURS: Thu-Sat 5:00pm-9:000pm
COCOTTE $$$ 4 Stars at 1521 Hyde 415-292-4415 An elegantly blended vibrant French eatery with Californian influences. HOURS: Wed-Sat 5pm – 9pm Sunday 1030am – 3pm & 5pm-9pm
MATHILDE FRENCH BISTRO $$$ 4.5 Stars at 315 5th street 415-546-6128 Modern French Bistro with classic dishes & wine in a homey space with warm colors & a covered patio HOURS: Tue-Wed 5:30pm - 9:00pm Thurs-Sat 5:30pm – 9:30pm CLOSED Sunday & Monday
RUE LEPIC $$$ 4 Stars at 900 Pine 415-474-6070 Rue Lepic is an intimate & romantic restaurant that specializes in French Cuisine. You can find very subtle hints of Japanese flavors masterfully blended with classical French recipes in Rue Lepic. HOURS: Open Daily 5:30pm – 10pm
BOUCHE $$$ 4.5 Stars at 603 Bush 415-956-0396 California French restaurant with an oft-changing seasonal menu and a focus on small plates created by Chef Jeremy Blaringhem. The beer and wine list is centered on small producers from both California and France. HOURS: Wed-Thu 5 pm – 9:30pm Fri-Sun 5pm – 10:30pm CLOSED Monday & Tuesday
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