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“Great view, nice late evening visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Top of the Mark

Top of the Mark
999 California St. at Mason St., Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA (Nob Hill)
415-392-3434
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Ranked #11 of 283 Nightlife in San Francisco
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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Owner description: Sip drinks to piano music while taking in a panoramic city view at this lofty and elegant Nob Hill hotel bar.
Wilmington, Delaware
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“Great view, nice late evening visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

My wife and I decided to visit the Top of the Mark last Monday evening after dinner and shopping in Union Square (walked up the hill -- only 6-7 blocks but the last block's a killer!). I had stayed at the Mark Hopkins several times before on business but hadn't been to the Top. The crowd was light, as expected on a Monday of a holiday weekend (MLK day), but we were greeted by a friendly hostess who welcomed us and suggested we could sit anywhere we liked. Our server, Robert, appeared out of nowhere and quickly guided us to a terrific corner window seat with views of both bridges. His service was outstanding. We simply had a few cocktails while we talked and enjoyed the views after a long day of sightseeing around town -- and didn't feel rushed in anyway. Just what we needed to end our day. I commend Robert on his exceptional friendliness and service and we recommend the Top of the Mark as a stop on anyone's trip.

Visited January 2014
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“A great view, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

True, the view lives up to its reputation, and watching the sun set over San Francisco is surprisingly beautiful (on a clear day), but the ambience doesn't quite live up to the vista outside your window. The cocktails are well made, and plentiful, but the decor didn't quite have the class of the Marriott sky bar, which offered better views and a marginally better (but delayed) cocktail.

Visited December 2013
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Sacramento
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“Once in a lifetime experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The best view of the city and bay from the golden Gate to the Bay Bridge. We recommend getting there before 4 PM to get a great window seat. Try the "light fare" menue. It's a meal in itself. Try to stay past sunset to experience the sunset along with the city coming "alive" at night.

Visited December 2013
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mexico beach
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“rude rude rude”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We went there with the intention of everyone else to have a nice view and a great martini. We rode up the elevator with another group of people and the elevator operator told us we would have to pay a cover charge but we could sit at the bar. The other group said that was fine that they had not made reservations and was wondering if there were seats. It was a Thursday night and not much going on. When we entered we felt we walked into the "Gatsby's" ballroom. There were only 6 tables with dinners so we were sure we could get a seat. There was no hostess at the entrance but we saw the bar out of the corner of our eye so we walked over there to have a drink. The bartender just stared at us and said nothing. Then a rude hostess came over and said we had to leave the bar. We asked why and she said the entire bar was reserved and so were the other 20 tables but if we went back to the front she would see what she could do. The other group of 3 men who were on the elevator with us were seated at a table next to the bar and they had no reservations. We waited a few minutes and the hostess acted like we weren't even there. When we asked about a table she still ignored us. Finally we just turned around and got on the elevator and left. I refuse to give my money to someone who is rude and condescending. I am glad that others were not treated as badly! I think they profile their clientele and that night it seemed to be a mens only night.

Visited November 2013
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San Francisco
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“Fantastic Daytime views of San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I went with my mother who had not been there since her honeymoon over 60 years ago! We were warmly greeted and shown the best view table possible. We just had some beverages and the wait staff were very gracious and friendly. My mother and I were thrilled with the whole experience and the views are dynamite!

Visited October 2013
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