The Salesforce Dreamforce event brings thousands of people to the great city of San Francisco. Dreamforce itself provides great sessions, speakers and events but San Francisco has so much more to offer for those interested in exploring beyond the Dreamforce footprint. Below is a guide to eating, drinking and entertainment after a long day at the conference.
Gary Danko, 800 North Point St. San Francisco, CA 94109 (Fisherman’s Wharf)
This restaurant has won countless awards and restaurant owner and chef, Gary Danko, was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Chef of the Year’ James Beard Foundation Award in 2013. Gary Danko is an American chef who combines French, Mediterranean and American styles into his cooking. If you can get reservations do it. If you have the time, and money, the wait is worth it.
House of Prime Rib, 1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Russian Hill)
House of Prime Rib, or HPR as the locals call it, is a San Francisco staple. If you go with the King Henry VIII Cut you can ask for seconds, thirds and even fourths if you can consume that much. Carved at your table to your specifications from unique stainless steel serving carts, HPR only serves the finest beef available.
State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115 (Western Addition)
The menu is small, about 5-7 main dishes and 5 desserts, and it changes frequently but everything about this place is original. The food is brought out on carts, as if you were eating at a dim sum restaurant, and restaurant goers pick and choose as they please.
Tropisueño, 75 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Market Street)
Located in between the Marriott Marquis and the Four Seasons, Tropisueno has amazing Mexican food. The atmosphere is lively and the margaritas are strong. Great for drinks and dinner and very close to Yerba Buena Center and Moscone Center.
Ryoko’s, 619 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)
A family owned restaurant sushi restaurant, Ryoko’s has been open for over two decades. Open late night until 2am. You can get your sushi fix at any time. The sushi chefs are top notch and the atmosphere makes the experience even better.
Super Duper Burgers, 721 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103 (Market Street)
Great burgers. That’s all that really needs to be said. Ok, fine. If you want a little more than that they also have amazing garlic fries, milk shakes and beer. Pro-tip: If it’s slammed, there’s another Super Duper a block closer to Moscone on 783 Mission St.
Lefty O’Doul’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, 333 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)
Old school cafeteria-style American eatery and bar since 1958, Lefty O’Doul’s is one of the only places in the city to get a Thanksgiving dinner 365 days out of the year. Open faced sandwiches, carved up ham and turkey are some of the favorites. Full bar and piano player.
Ristorante Umbria, 198 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (SOMA)
This family run trattoria dishes out Italian recipes from the Umbria region of Italy. Outside seating with full bar, Ristorante Umbria is one of the better Italian restaurants outside of North Beach and close to Moscone Center.
Michaelangelo Caffe, 579 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)
If you really want to experience an Italian restaurant in North Beach then you must go see Michaelangelo. Copies of Renaissance art decorate this family-owned eatery that serves classic Italian foods such as gnocchi, Italian style seafood and Grappa.
Ramen Underground, 355 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108 (Financial District)
This Japanese noodle house is located in the Financial District close to Union Square. The menu consists of ramen bowls with signature broths and all your favorite toppings. The spicy, miso broths, both with extra pork belly is highly recommended. This is a small location so big groups are not recommended.
Drinking and Happy Hours
Drinking and Happy Hours
Bourbon and Branch, 501 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Tenderloin)
This speak easy boasts an amazing bourbon/whiskey/scotch selection, one of the best in the city. If you like 1920’s prohibition, Boardwalk Empire type atmosphere, you’ll love Bourbon and Branch. You might need the password to get into the secret bar and avoid the coppers…ring the doorbell and tell the lady “books”.
Novela, 662 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105 (SOMA)
Close to Moscone Center, Novela is a classy place to get cocktails after a hard day’s work. Drinks aren’t cheap and there is no such thing as a happy hour here but if you want a flight of cocktails or an amazing old fashion check it out. The walls are filled with books – hence the name – so pull one of the shelf and read a few lines. You might learn something!
Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Market Street)
Next to the Four Seasons, Press Club, a stylish underground establishment, has the finest wine selection of any place next to Moscone Center. Serving specifically beer and wine, Press Club is a great way to start the night. There are also amazing restaurants such as Amber India and Tropisueño close by.
Americano, 8 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105 (Embarcadero)
With beautiful views of the Bay Bridge, Americano is located right on the Embarcadero. The bar/restaurant has an outdoor patio to enjoy the view for large groups and business professionals a like flock to this place for drinks after stepping out of the office for the day.
John Colins, 138 Minna, San Francisco, CA 94105 (SOMA)
John Colins, tucked away in an alley in between 3rd street and New Montgomery, is a great place for happy hour. Signature cocktails drive the local professionals here every day after work.
SightCall is hosting an event here at John Colins on the Wednesday, October 15th, of Dreamforce. We are giving away one free drink tickets for those that show up to our booth in the expo. We’ll also have a cash grab money booth with over $1,000 in cash inside that could be yours.
21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107 (SOMA)
This is an actually brewery. Great restaurant and bar, especially for Giants fans before the game. Located just two blocks from AT&T Park, 21st Amendment has plenty of beers on tap including the ones they make right in the back. You can even go upstairs and watch the brew masters make the beer from a window inside the bar.
Local Edition, 691 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105 (Market Street)
Local Edition can get crowded with 20 minute lines outside. This “speak easy” is famous for its mixologists. Fedora wearing and beard bearing men in suspenders mix cocktails her all night. Order from the menu. You won’t be disappointed. Known spot for tech hipsters and young professionals.
Lightning, 1875 Union St. San Francisco, CA 94123 (Marina)
If you feel a bit adventurous and want to get out of the Dreamforce/downtown area and feel like hanging out with ridiculous college/fratty types then the Marina is the place for you. Lightning will provide you all of the above. You can even order food there.
Golden Gate Tap Room, 525 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)
This place is the closest thing you’ll get to Dave & Busters in the city. Conveniently located in Union Square, Golden Gate Tap Room has arcade style games, shuffle board, pool tables, skeeball, foosball and lots of TVs. If drinking beers (over 100 on tap), eating bar bites and watching the game is your thing definitely check this place out.
Pandora Karaoke, 177 Eddy St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (Tenderloin)
What makes this karaoke bar unique is that you can get up and sing in front of the crowd or, if you are a little more on the shy side or have a group, you can rent out a private karaoke room and jam out to your favorite songs on demand.
Lucky Strike Bowling, 200 King St. San Francisco, CA 94107 (SOMA)
With only about a dozen lanes, this hip bowling alley is right across the street from AT&T Park. With a full kitchen, bar and pool tables, Lucky Strike is a great place to hang out.
Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)
Cobb’s Comedy Club hosts the best standup comedians in the city. During the week of Dreamforce, funny man Jo Koy will be performing multiple shows each night.
The Warfield, 982 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
One of the most famous concert venues in the city, Warfield Theater hosts great bands from all over the world. Balcony seating is preferred with ample room and cocktail waitresses serving you throughout the show.
Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)
A small but favorite spot among locals, Rickshaw Stop offers a venue for the up-and-coming artists to get a rowdy crowd that likes to dance. The venue is small enough that there isn’t a bad spot in the house and the drinks are reasonably priced.
A.C.T. Geary Theater, 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)
One of the most beautiful live theaters in the city, A.C.T. brings shows to life. Featuring classic productions to modern gems this is the place to find great theater in San Francisco.
Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. San Francisco, CA 94109 (Civic Center)
A San Francisco staple, bands big and small have rocked the stage at GAMH. You might be able to catch someone you actually know by checking the lineup as this larger music venue brings in some great bands.
The list could go on forever, this is San Francisco, so here are a few more restaurants/bars that you might want to check out if the aforementioned aren’t your cup of tea.
Add your favorite San Francisco spots for food, drinks and fun in the comments!