6.9 out of 10

Polk St, Civic Center

Ranked 3rd best street in Civic Center
37.7838409241404 -122.419325724939
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"The Pinnacle of Russian Hill"

When someone says Russian Hill, I immediately think about all of the great things to do on Polk Street. A variety of 2 star to 5 star restaurants to eat, Crunch Fitness, boutique kitschy shops, salons for hair/nails and massage, grocery, hardware, cheese shops, sporting goods, book stores, etc. You name it and it pretty much exists on Polk. The only thing it doesn't have is a movie theater.

The other thing is that parking can be a bear. Much like North Beach, parking on Polk Street can be tight. Also, the police frequently monitor for double parked cars and you will get a ticket if they have to warn you more than once. There aren't any parking lots on Polk Street so you have to find street parking on one of the side streets or metered parking on Polk St. On the weekends Walgreens Pharmacy (Broadway and Polk) opens up their lot and charges to park, but sometimes the $20 can be worth it if you are going to be there for a few hours.

The nightlife is pretty good with Tonic, the Royal Oak and Green's Sports Bar to name a few. It's not too loud on the weekends.

On the weekends there are quite a few cafes with wi-fi access as well. There's a line at the Bagelry on Saturday & Sunday mornings for a reason. But to cure your hangover from the night scene, you might want to try a cocktail or bloody mary at Rex's.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Galleries, Restaurants and Pubs Galore"

Is there a better street for eating out or going to a gallery in SF? Not many that is for sure. Polk Street has a couple of really great galleries and is home to a plethora of great restuarants. It also happens to be home to my favorite sports pub in SF--Green's--check it out any time there is a sporting event, Green's has one of the TV's tuned it!
Pros
  • Galleries
  • Resaurants
  • Pubs
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"poking along the polk"

polk street, well, what can i say? a night out with plenty of drinks will keep you nice and entertained. polk street has plenty of bars, plenty of food, and plenty of... well, hookers! sheesh! there's a bit of everything, including a strip club or two. great for a night out with friends.. definitely not a place for kids! well, at least.. maybe in the day time. :)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"Shrouded in shade..."

Lech Walesa in San Francisco, CA is practically a block long street approximately, it stretches from Van Ness Avenue on the west and over to Polk Street on the east. I would highly recommend traveling down this block in the day as opposed to late at night, I definitely wouldn't want to be there around that time as the area is shrouded in the shade, away from the sunlight, by the tall buildings. The street is surrounded by the back-ends of businesses with parking lots, garages, loading docks, and such.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Polk Street has something for everyone!"

Polk Street is a very busy street with both traffic and people alike. Sundays has plenty of entertainment for the family at diners, and restaurants. There is a really nice Tavern called "Hemlock Tavern" at Polk and Post Street. It is easy to get caught up with the fun. There are many hotels nearby including the Fairmont that make it easy for anyone to visit this street!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Great Street to visit in San Francisco"

Polk Street is a pretty long street, but the part we visited was quite nice. We were actually on our way to the Maritime Museum, but it was closed when we got there. We were at the end (or beginning) of Polk Street, and decided to walk uphill a bit and check out the neighborhood. The houses along Polk Street looked cozy and comfortable. We saw a lot of buses so my guess is that public transport is pretty accessible at least on this end of the street. We weren't very far from the water which we ended up going to later, which is one of the great things about San Francisco!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Slightly Sketch Sometimes"

One of the handiest stores on Polk Street is Lombardi’s Sports which is the one of the most convenient, though not necessarily the cheapest sports store. As you walk down toward the Tenderloin, Polk Street gets dirtier. There are some decent restaurants and bars. It has a fair share of questionable people and the buildings do not look that sanitary but there is no real danger during the day. I would say not to go past Post Street, especially at night. Plus, if the 19 Polk bus line is one of my least favorite because it is usually dirty, loud, and crowded. However, if you walk toward the Marina instead, Polk Street is actually a pretty nice neighborhood with some cute places to eat.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"I Love Nob Hill"

One of my favorte areas of San Francisco is Nob Hill. My favorite walk in Nob Hill is to basically tavel the lenght of Polk Street. This gives you the oppourtunity to sample the flavor of a very diverse area. More specifiacally Polk St. Between Union and Pine St will give you a good idea of what's going on in Nob Hill. You'll find a lively street full of shops, returants, hotels, etc.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Great shopping opportunity"

It is also one among the various streets of San Francisco. This street is famous for the See Candy’s store. It also has a very prominent nightlife. It is one of the deviant shopping zone in San Francisco. It offers a blend of lavish shops in par with affordable retail outfits.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"The Yolk of Polk"

Polk is full of personality. Its eccentricity and variety is what makes Polk infamous. Yes, there are shemales who will try to hit on your boyfriends. But that's only one side of Polk...the side I used to live near. And yes, my boyfriend was propositioned numerous times by transvestite prostitutes. However, the other side of Polk...the fun and sporty side, is all about activity not of the sexually ambiguous kind. Lounges with live music, a huge recreation/camping store, yummy restaurants, crowded sports bars, recycled clothing stores and more make Polk a great place for singles, especially.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
AdamS
AdamS Hi youdamom!

Great review, even made me laugh a little :) Which side is the "fun and sporty" side? Closer to the water or closer to the city?

AJ
2yrs+
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Nil Nil
4/5
2yrs+

""A Killing on Polk Street""

Polk Street is a street in San Francisco, California that travels northward from Market Street to Jefferson Street in the Polk Gulch neighborhood, and traverses through the Tenderloin, Nob Hill, and Russian Hill neighborhoods. One of its main attractions is the See's Candy flagship store at California Street, and many restaurants.

As one of the traditional centers of the city's gay community, Polk Street was the location of the first official San Francisco Gay Pride Parade . The street was also the home of Lenore Cauttrelle, who was "the Queen of Polk Street."

The area is also notorious for its violence and drug dealing in the area, and was also based on a thriller, A Killing on Polk Street. It is also prominent for its nightlife, and really a nice place to chill out for all.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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