Top of the Mark

★★★★☆
Revelers enjoy city-spanning views at this historic hotel hangout.
  • One Nob Hill, 999 California St

    San Francisco, CA 94108

    Cross street: Mason Street

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  • 415-616-6916

About Top of the Mark

Hours
Mon-Thu 6:30am-11am; 12pm-2:30pm; 5pm-12am Fri-Sat 6:30am-11am; 12pm-2:30pm; 4pm-1am Sun 10am-2pm; 5pm-12am

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this aint what it used to be. it has clearly become a tourist attraction. the band caters to it, the food caters to it and the drink prices cater to it.\r
i will always love this place for the romance and the tradition but i will not come here that often

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★★★☆☆

this aint what it used to be. it has clearly become a tourist attraction. the band caters to it, the food caters to it and the drink prices cater to it.\r
i will always love this place for the romance and the tradition but i will not come here that often

Pros: Read headline

Cons: very bad band (at least when i went)

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My husband and I spent 4 nights at the hotel of our dreams at the end of April. The legendary Top of the Mark was the big draw. We were dismayed to find that it is managed by unquaified, rude and arrogant personnel. It is a noisy, classless overpriced Chucky Cheese with a view--assuming that you can get the smartass manager to notice you and get a seat. We were finally so embarrased by his behavior that we walked out. It was interesting that we were the only people in the joint that were actually dressed for dinner. Never again. We complained to the front desk. They didn't care.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I spent 4 nights at the hotel of our dreams at the end of April. The legendary Top of the Mark was the big draw. We were dismayed to find that it is managed by unquaified, rude and arrogant personnel. It is a noisy, classless overpriced Chucky Cheese with a view--assuming that you can get the smartass manager to notice you and get a seat. We were finally so embarrased by his behavior that we walked out. It was interesting that we were the only people in the joint that were actually dressed for dinner. Never again. We complained to the front desk. They didn't care.

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We've been here several times. ISadly the TOTM had seemed to have gone downhill there for awhile- but I am glad to say the Top of the Mark is BACK. We went on a tuesday and the pianist Ricardo Scales- was out of this world good- he said he was back that Saturday with his full band- so we went back! OMG- there was a white girl- Paula Harris- that sang with more soul and range than I have ever heard in this city. I can't believe she isn't famous! The downer is that is IS hard to find street parking and if you DO spring for a garage it's expensive. The drinks are 10-13 dollars each but the martinis are guaranteed to put a burn in your throat! The food is really good but on the high side too-I couldn't afford to hang out here all the time- but for a romantic date- or special night...or just to impress out of town visitors- it's great. Oh- as a side note- the band on Friday is ""OK"" but nothing special like Sat. Dunno know about the wed and thurs bands!

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★★★★★

We've been here several times. ISadly the TOTM had seemed to have gone downhill there for awhile- but I am glad to say the Top of the Mark is BACK. We went on a tuesday and the pianist Ricardo Scales- was out of this world good- he said he was back that Saturday with his full band- so we went back! OMG- there was a white girl- Paula Harris- that sang with more soul and range than I have ever heard in this city. I can't believe she isn't famous! The downer is that is IS hard to find street parking and if you DO spring for a garage it's expensive. The drinks are 10-13 dollars each but the martinis are guaranteed to put a burn in your throat! The food is really good but on the high side too-I couldn't afford to hang out here all the time- but for a romantic date- or special night...or just to impress out of town visitors- it's great. Oh- as a side note- the band on Friday is ""OK"" but nothing special like Sat. Dunno know about the wed and thurs bands!

Pros: VIEW, strong drinks, MUSIC

Cons: expensive parking

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What an amazing bar and lounge! The view is spectacular, the cocktails were reasonable in spite of the fame of this place. The band was excellent and several people were dancing. Great, classic San Francisco atmosphere.

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★★★★★

What an amazing bar and lounge! The view is spectacular, the cocktails were reasonable in spite of the fame of this place. The band was excellent and several people were dancing. Great, classic San Francisco atmosphere.

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No one can deny that Top of the Mark is still an amazing place to catch a fancy cocktail and hang out with your suit buddies after a tough days of deal making. Having that said, be ready to strut your stuff; or risk feeling uncomfortable in your own skin.

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No one can deny that Top of the Mark is still an amazing place to catch a fancy cocktail and hang out with your suit buddies after a tough days of deal making. Having that said, be ready to strut your stuff; or risk feeling uncomfortable in your own skin.

Pros: Amazing ambience

Cons: Pretentious crowd

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Don't go. Ever. We're boycotting Top Of The Mark. \r
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We've been burned by them before from bad service, but this was the last straw. We paid $200 for a dinner that was terrible. We literally did not eat the main course. Then the band completely sucked, it was like amateur hour. We had come for dinner and dancing and we got neither.\r
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We stopped for fast food on the way home. That's not a joke. That's a very sad reality. Imagine seriously doing that, stopping for $5 fast food on the way home from a terrible $200 night at Top Of the Mark.\r
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It used to be a nice place, but now it's just full of hot air. Anything that may have been nice about that place is long gone.\r
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+$50 parking on top of that. I'm tried of trying to bring people there for a nice night only to be made a fool of by the establishment itself. We're through giving them $100 and $200 chances to give us something as simple as service, dinner, and dancing. \r
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We're done with them.

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Don't go. Ever. We're boycotting Top Of The Mark. \r
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We've been burned by them before from bad service, but this was the last straw. We paid $200 for a dinner that was terrible. We literally did not eat the main course. Then the band completely sucked, it was like amateur hour. We had come for dinner and dancing and we got neither.\r
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We stopped for fast food on the way home. That's not a joke. That's a very sad reality. Imagine seriously doing that, stopping for $5 fast food on the way home from a terrible $200 night at Top Of the Mark.\r
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It used to be a nice place, but now it's just full of hot air. Anything that may have been nice about that place is long gone.\r
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+$50 parking on top of that. I'm tried of trying to bring people there for a nice night only to be made a fool of by the establishment itself. We're through giving them $100 and $200 chances to give us something as simple as service, dinner, and dancing. \r
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We're done with them.

Pros: They take all your money

Cons: You're pressured into saying it was a good time because you just wasted so much money.

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I have been to the bar at the Top of the Mark many times and still can't get over the gorgeous view. I have never eaten there but I have had many really awesome drinks. It's a tourist must!

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★★★★★

I have been to the bar at the Top of the Mark many times and still can't get over the gorgeous view. I have never eaten there but I have had many really awesome drinks. It's a tourist must!

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This is one of the best roof top restaurants i have ever been to. The view from up there was just fantastic. My girlfriend and I went there on a Saturday night and there was live music played which was wonderful. There was a cover charge of $10 which was reasonable. The ambiance was romantic and the food was surprisingly good. But, to top all this up is the dance that you get to do there. Go there for the dance! I highly recommend this place for couples. \r
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★★★★★

This is one of the best roof top restaurants i have ever been to. The view from up there was just fantastic. My girlfriend and I went there on a Saturday night and there was live music played which was wonderful. There was a cover charge of $10 which was reasonable. The ambiance was romantic and the food was surprisingly good. But, to top all this up is the dance that you get to do there. Go there for the dance! I highly recommend this place for couples. \r
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Pros: Music,dance,great martini,breathtaking views

Cons: Service can be a little better

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What a lovely view this restaurant has, and the food that we had for the brunch was excellent. We had a special occasion to celebrate and hence my two little girls were with us. They were jumping all around yet the staff was very courteous. The brunch menu had a huge variety and all the seafood items were all very fresh.We had a great view of the city. This place is a must for special occasions!

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★★★★★

What a lovely view this restaurant has, and the food that we had for the brunch was excellent. We had a special occasion to celebrate and hence my two little girls were with us. They were jumping all around yet the staff was very courteous. The brunch menu had a huge variety and all the seafood items were all very fresh.We had a great view of the city. This place is a must for special occasions!

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My boyfriend and I went here for a drink and we were very pleased. The staff was attentive and courteous, and of course, the view was amazing. We had an unbelievable seat over looking the city. Great place to celebrate with loved ones, not children. Dinner is pricey, it was $82 fixed dinner on the Saturday night we went. We opted for drinks and appetizers, which were amazing and reasonably priced (for being such a great place).

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went here for a drink and we were very pleased. The staff was attentive and courteous, and of course, the view was amazing. We had an unbelievable seat over looking the city. Great place to celebrate with loved ones, not children. Dinner is pricey, it was $82 fixed dinner on the Saturday night we went. We opted for drinks and appetizers, which were amazing and reasonably priced (for being such a great place).

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food, THE VIEW!!

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My boyfriend took me here for my birthday a few weeks ago. I was absolutely stunned how beautiful the city looked from the Top of the Mark. We got the best seat in the house; a corner window seat. Everything was absolutely fabulous? the food, the dessert and the drinks. We got the chocolate covered strawberries and champaign. Afterward we danced. It was so incredibly romantic. This is one birthday i will never forget!!!\r
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***If you want to impress a date I highly recommend taking her here!*** \r

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for my birthday a few weeks ago. I was absolutely stunned how beautiful the city looked from the Top of the Mark. We got the best seat in the house; a corner window seat. Everything was absolutely fabulous? the food, the dessert and the drinks. We got the chocolate covered strawberries and champaign. Afterward we danced. It was so incredibly romantic. This is one birthday i will never forget!!!\r
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***If you want to impress a date I highly recommend taking her here!*** \r

Pros: the view, the dessert, the drinks, the romantic ambience

Cons: cant think of any!!!!

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i have been to san francisco the 2nd time and i wanted something special for my friend who was visiting for the 1st time. we went there on a tuesday at 6 pm for a snack and it is a nice open space with a really fantastiv view!! it was not too crowded so we could be seated by the window. the snacks were terrific! of course they are not cheap (they have a menue at the website), but it is great food in that location therefore i don't think it's overpriced (we shared the nachos and a dessert and we were full). i highly recommand that place for tourists- we really enjoyed it! but go on a sunny day or at night when the fog might have lifted!! i am in my 20s and i think they should put a night club in it, that would be fantastic!! i would go there every weekend! :-)

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★★★★☆

i have been to san francisco the 2nd time and i wanted something special for my friend who was visiting for the 1st time. we went there on a tuesday at 6 pm for a snack and it is a nice open space with a really fantastiv view!! it was not too crowded so we could be seated by the window. the snacks were terrific! of course they are not cheap (they have a menue at the website), but it is great food in that location therefore i don't think it's overpriced (we shared the nachos and a dessert and we were full). i highly recommand that place for tourists- we really enjoyed it! but go on a sunny day or at night when the fog might have lifted!! i am in my 20s and i think they should put a night club in it, that would be fantastic!! i would go there every weekend! :-)

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Get there before 9pm to save on the cover.\r
Sunset is great too. $10/cocktail isn't bad and the nibble plates are at a fair price too.\r
Can't beat Top of the Mark for drinks anytime time of the evening!!

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★★★★★

Get there before 9pm to save on the cover.\r
Sunset is great too. $10/cocktail isn't bad and the nibble plates are at a fair price too.\r
Can't beat Top of the Mark for drinks anytime time of the evening!!

Pros: view, reasonable prices

Cons: wait when crowded?

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I absolutely loved this place. If you ever want to show off this beautiful city check this place out. It is full of upscale people and service.

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★★★★★

I absolutely loved this place. If you ever want to show off this beautiful city check this place out. It is full of upscale people and service.

Pros: Views, service

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Stopped in for drinks after a great dinner in Union Square at John's Grill and took in the view along with a glass of port. This wonderful locale makes one feel so proud to live in the area. We walked up from union square that alone was brave but once we got to our destination the oversized confortable lounge chairs were exactly what we needed. This place is a must on anyones list.

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★★★★★

Stopped in for drinks after a great dinner in Union Square at John's Grill and took in the view along with a glass of port. This wonderful locale makes one feel so proud to live in the area. We walked up from union square that alone was brave but once we got to our destination the oversized confortable lounge chairs were exactly what we needed. This place is a must on anyones list.

Pros: Great view

Cons: Very busy

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a lot of people don't know about this place. very nice. huge drink selection. live piano music. on the top floor of the hotel. no parking. \r
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★★★★★

a lot of people don't know about this place. very nice. huge drink selection. live piano music. on the top floor of the hotel. no parking. \r
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The place to go when you want to treat yourself to a nice ambiance and setting. The view is fantastic, and a great way to start the night on the town with friends or family from out of town visiting. I would say you can't wear your normal California gear--tshirts and flipflops, but it is definitely worth the view if you are looking for a place to impress your visitors.

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★★★★☆

The place to go when you want to treat yourself to a nice ambiance and setting. The view is fantastic, and a great way to start the night on the town with friends or family from out of town visiting. I would say you can't wear your normal California gear--tshirts and flipflops, but it is definitely worth the view if you are looking for a place to impress your visitors.

Pros: View

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I wish, oh, how I wish, that everything was not so damn expensive in San Francisco. But, with beauty like this, I guess you're paying for the view. I remember when drinks were $2.00, but then, I also remember when gas was 29 cents. Oh, well, relax and enjoy. It's great, it's fun, and we're going to die anyway. So bottoms up at the Top of the Mark.

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★★★★☆

I wish, oh, how I wish, that everything was not so damn expensive in San Francisco. But, with beauty like this, I guess you're paying for the view. I remember when drinks were $2.00, but then, I also remember when gas was 29 cents. Oh, well, relax and enjoy. It's great, it's fun, and we're going to die anyway. So bottoms up at the Top of the Mark.

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So the view is just incredible at this place. You cant go wrong. Now the service is a definite turnoff at least for the time we went. They were out of 3 drinks in a row that we ordered and the waiter was not very attentive. Would suggest this place to hang out, relax, and listen to a great band, but if you are looking to get great service you may not be satisfied. I will go again and see if we get someone else and try to re-review again.

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★★★★☆

So the view is just incredible at this place. You cant go wrong. Now the service is a definite turnoff at least for the time we went. They were out of 3 drinks in a row that we ordered and the waiter was not very attentive. Would suggest this place to hang out, relax, and listen to a great band, but if you are looking to get great service you may not be satisfied. I will go again and see if we get someone else and try to re-review again.

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I think the Top of the Mark has the best views of the city and bay. On a clear day or night you can even see the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands! I used to go every Thursday night when Swing Session was there, now I go maybe once or twice a year. I regret missing out on Atomic Cocktail and Lavay Smith and her Trio or her Red Hot Skillet Lickers or Kim Nalley and her Quartet or Quintet. They should really bring back the live bands, they added so much to the ambiance. On Fridays there is a live band but most of the music they play isnt very good. The service is spotty, theres always a cover, parking can be difficult (but it's the city, what do you expect?) and some nights a long wait ensues to get in so be prepared.

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★★★★★

I think the Top of the Mark has the best views of the city and bay. On a clear day or night you can even see the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands! I used to go every Thursday night when Swing Session was there, now I go maybe once or twice a year. I regret missing out on Atomic Cocktail and Lavay Smith and her Trio or her Red Hot Skillet Lickers or Kim Nalley and her Quartet or Quintet. They should really bring back the live bands, they added so much to the ambiance. On Fridays there is a live band but most of the music they play isnt very good. The service is spotty, theres always a cover, parking can be difficult (but it's the city, what do you expect?) and some nights a long wait ensues to get in so be prepared.

Pros: Romantic, Ambiance, Breathtaking Views

Cons: small dance floor, expensive, wait

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Love this place. I have been there multiple times on Fri/Sat nights. On those nights there is a good live band, $10 cover. If you like to dance to classics like Sinatra then this is the place to go. Although they do also play other music like Santana, 70's and such. Great views of San Francisco, good service, good music. Casual-dressy attire is perfectly okay but you won't feel out of place if you like/choose to dress up. Perfect for dates, very romantic. Drinks are pricey though so if you will have a problem paying around $10/drink then be aware.

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★★★★★

Love this place. I have been there multiple times on Fri/Sat nights. On those nights there is a good live band, $10 cover. If you like to dance to classics like Sinatra then this is the place to go. Although they do also play other music like Santana, 70's and such. Great views of San Francisco, good service, good music. Casual-dressy attire is perfectly okay but you won't feel out of place if you like/choose to dress up. Perfect for dates, very romantic. Drinks are pricey though so if you will have a problem paying around $10/drink then be aware.

Pros: Views of SF, Music

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We ate ourselves silly at the Easter brunch and everything was wonderful. The manager and hostess were very warm and knowledgable and gave us a great window table; and our waiter was friendly and attentive. Views are spectacular, and though the food stations are kind of cramped, you will love your overall experience. Caviar lovers, here's one of few brunches that offer such luxury. All in all, I think the food and variety at the Ritz is slightly better, but this place wins in total package experience!

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★★★★★

We ate ourselves silly at the Easter brunch and everything was wonderful. The manager and hostess were very warm and knowledgable and gave us a great window table; and our waiter was friendly and attentive. Views are spectacular, and though the food stations are kind of cramped, you will love your overall experience. Caviar lovers, here's one of few brunches that offer such luxury. All in all, I think the food and variety at the Ritz is slightly better, but this place wins in total package experience!

Pros: Service, Food, View

Cons: Cramped

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I went there for the first time in February. I enjoyed the views and excellent jazz band. They played a lot of good songs and was great for dancing. The martinis were watered down and tasted lousy. This place is supposed to be known for martinis, so this was a disappointment. I would recommend going to Voda on Belden Place (5 blocks away) for a real martini. The service was also very slow - maybe a bad night?

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★★★★☆

I went there for the first time in February. I enjoyed the views and excellent jazz band. They played a lot of good songs and was great for dancing. The martinis were watered down and tasted lousy. This place is supposed to be known for martinis, so this was a disappointment. I would recommend going to Voda on Belden Place (5 blocks away) for a real martini. The service was also very slow - maybe a bad night?

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bday and had a wonderful time at dinner with its yummy drinks (we tried everything on the drinks menu!) and awesome view. We were pretty young compared to the usual crowd, but nonetheless we danced and listened to the wonderful jazz band. The waiter dropped 2 plates on the floor, but were whisked away so fast and efficiently replaced it so we all ate at the same time - what incredible service! Afterwards, we had our own semi-private cornered seating area and enjoyed our drinks with the view.

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★★★★★

bday and had a wonderful time at dinner with its yummy drinks (we tried everything on the drinks menu!) and awesome view. We were pretty young compared to the usual crowd, but nonetheless we danced and listened to the wonderful jazz band. The waiter dropped 2 plates on the floor, but were whisked away so fast and efficiently replaced it so we all ate at the same time - what incredible service! Afterwards, we had our own semi-private cornered seating area and enjoyed our drinks with the view.

Pros: luxury at its best

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If you love top floor views, you'll love Top of the Mark. The staff at the door was great. There was a party going on that was invite only, but they were nice enough to let us in [even sat us at a table--no charge]. The crowd was young and hip. There was a dj a two bars set-up. Not sure if every night is as young as this night was, but regardless of the crowd, this is the best place in S.F. to get a drink and enjoy the views.

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★★★★★

If you love top floor views, you'll love Top of the Mark. The staff at the door was great. There was a party going on that was invite only, but they were nice enough to let us in [even sat us at a table--no charge]. The crowd was young and hip. There was a dj a two bars set-up. Not sure if every night is as young as this night was, but regardless of the crowd, this is the best place in S.F. to get a drink and enjoy the views.

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ok, let's be honest, I can't afford their sunday's brunch, $50 are you kidding me? So me and my girlfriend went to the live music on Friday night, the view, the music, the singers was just awesome. Yes the drinks are $10 but it was worth it with the music and the dance floor they have! Just go for the drinks but not for dinner or anything else.

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★★★★★

ok, let's be honest, I can't afford their sunday's brunch, $50 are you kidding me? So me and my girlfriend went to the live music on Friday night, the view, the music, the singers was just awesome. Yes the drinks are $10 but it was worth it with the music and the dance floor they have! Just go for the drinks but not for dinner or anything else.

Pros: Music!

Cons: Service

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Top of the Mark is incredibly beautiful. I definitely recommending at least one visit. However, I did find it a little expense. It is a great place for tourist and special days.

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★★★★★

Top of the Mark is incredibly beautiful. I definitely recommending at least one visit. However, I did find it a little expense. It is a great place for tourist and special days.

Pros: Beautiful, Wonderful View, Romantic

Cons: So-so service, Expensive

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Great view, great history, great drinks.

But if you flinch at paying 10 dollars for a perfect martini (gotta be one of the best in the city), stay away.

Probably the best view in San Francisco. You can look down at other ""view"" lounges from atop of Nob Hill. You're not obstructed by wirey cages on the windows and every seat in here seems to have an amazing view.

Read up about the history of this place before going for a full appreciation.

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★★★★☆

Great view, great history, great drinks.

But if you flinch at paying 10 dollars for a perfect martini (gotta be one of the best in the city), stay away.

Probably the best view in San Francisco. You can look down at other ""view"" lounges from atop of Nob Hill. You're not obstructed by wirey cages on the windows and every seat in here seems to have an amazing view.

Read up about the history of this place before going for a full appreciation.

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Great place to date or come with friends. You can feel the luxurious and friendly atmosphere with great view of San Francisco atop Nob Hills and great music bands to dance with. All of this for only $10 coverage fee. The 1001 Martini collection is amazing. The snack price is good too, considering you are in this five-star hotel. Best bargain and great to make impression on someone special.

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★★★★★

Great place to date or come with friends. You can feel the luxurious and friendly atmosphere with great view of San Francisco atop Nob Hills and great music bands to dance with. All of this for only $10 coverage fee. The 1001 Martini collection is amazing. The snack price is good too, considering you are in this five-star hotel. Best bargain and great to make impression on someone special.

Cons: parking, come early

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Just had sunday brunch at Top of the Mark to celebrate my 21st birthday, and it is definitely an awesome place to do it at! Wonderful food for brunch, including a great selection of caviar, fresh seafood, and eye-boggling desserts! The service was incredible as well, in addition to the service. Overall it was a perfect time. On clear days, the view is amazing as well. Definitely would recommend!

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★★★★★

Just had sunday brunch at Top of the Mark to celebrate my 21st birthday, and it is definitely an awesome place to do it at! Wonderful food for brunch, including a great selection of caviar, fresh seafood, and eye-boggling desserts! The service was incredible as well, in addition to the service. Overall it was a perfect time. On clear days, the view is amazing as well. Definitely would recommend!

Pros: Excellent Service, Excellent Food, Excellent Views

Cons: Expensive Parking, Need Reservations

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the servings are great and the atmosphere is wonderful

great for a date if u want to impress them

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★★★★★

the servings are great and the atmosphere is wonderful

great for a date if u want to impress them

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Go for the dancing. Don't go on buffet night but do go for the dancing. Where else in the city can you have a wonderful bottle of champage a decent dinner and dance between courses. This is still my favorite place for romance. Try to ignore the poorly dressed tourists they just don't get it.

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★★★★☆

Go for the dancing. Don't go on buffet night but do go for the dancing. Where else in the city can you have a wonderful bottle of champage a decent dinner and dance between courses. This is still my favorite place for romance. Try to ignore the poorly dressed tourists they just don't get it.

Pros: dancing, views, champagne

Cons: food is ok, tourists, no dress code

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