Next to Golden Gate Bridge with beautiful access to the Bay, the Marina is a charming neighborhood to peruse. Popular among recent college grads (especially those who participated in Greek Life) and long-time San Franciscans.
The Marina Highlights
- Crissy Fields: Walk, jog, or bike through here to get to Golden Gate Bridge. Gorgeous nature reserve area.
- Golden Gate Bridge: Touristy, but so much fun to walk across.
- Fort Mason (A.K.A. “Frat Mason”): the Dolores Park of the Marina, an outside living room for the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a game of slosh ball or spike ball, head here on a sunny weekend day).
- Window Shop along Union Street.
- Palace of Fine Arts: Originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo in order to exhibit works of art presented there. Totally out of place in the U.S., looks like something you would find in Europe. Offers peaceful walking and grazing grounds around a quiet lake.
- Presidio Theater: An old school theater playing new films.
The Marina Food & Drink
- The Tipsy Pig (2231 Chestnut St): They have good cocktails in a fun atmosphere. They also have a cool back patio.
- Umami Restaurant (2909 Webster St): Sleek, thoughtful design meets “wabi-sabi” in this moody, modern Japanese restaurant. You’ll find creative rolls using fresh, California-insipired ingredients along with super high-quality renditions of the classics. The perfect date-night spot if you’re looking to impress.
- Umami Burger (2184 Union St): Umami serves high end artisan burgers. Known for it’s inventive and creative mouth watering burgers, make sure to pair the burger with beer and truffle fries. Cheese filled tater tots are another good addition. Not on the menu, just mention it to your server. Bacon wrapped scallop burger is the way to go!
- Tacolicious (2031 Chestnut St): Modern non-traditional Mexican restaurant serving local, organic and sustainable food with a great happy hour ($5 for 2 tacos), full bar and a delicious salad sarcastically named after the Marina district.
- Delarosa (2175 Chestnut St): The absolute IT place to be seen in the Marina. Delicious Neapolitan pizzas and specialty cocktails. Communal scene makes for excellent people watching.
- Mauna Loa Club (3009 Fillmore St): Escape the glitz and gam of the Marina at this neighborhood dive bar. Favorite place to up your buck hunting/pop a shot game and enjoy a few brewskis.
- Chubby Noodle