8.5 out of 10

The Embarcadero, Embarcadero

Ranked 1st best street in Embarcadero
37.801757514318 -122.400073526691
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"A Place Full of Treats"

I absolutely LOVE the Embarcadero for so many reasons. First there is the Ferry Building which has a ton of food shops on the inside and a Farmer's Market on Tues, Thurs and a really big one on Saturdays. If you are hungry, this is a perfect place to stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

It is also a great place for runners, bikers and roller bladers to show off their stuff with a wide open sidewalk, there is room for everyone.

The Embarcadero stretches from Fisherman's Wharf to AT&T Ball Park and along the way there are lots of restaurants and shops (especially in the Embarcadero Centers 1-4). Lined with palm trees and well lit at night, it is not only beautiful, but also safe. Everything is marked by a Pier # and it's important to note that the even piers are South (or to the right if facing) the Ferry Building and the odd # piers are to the left of the Ferry Building toward Fisherman's Wharf.

Also, in the winter, Justin Herman Plaza has an ice skating rink open to the public. If you like live theater there is Teatro Zinzani. Also, frequently through the year there are walks/runs that start at Justin Herman Plaza and run along the Embarcadero.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Skinny on the Strip"

People working in the financial district will often walk down to Walton Park (on Front Street between Pacific and Jackson) or Bierman Park (corner of Washington and Drumm) to read a book and eat their lunch. The Embarcadero has something that other parts of the city don’t have in the early afternoon: sunshine.

If it wasn’t already taken, Embarcadero could appropriate the moniker “The Strip”, due to its long lanky shape, which dangles like a thread from Pier 39 down to AT&T Park. But it’s not nearly as exciting as the Strip in LA. Four glacial-sized silver buildings make up The Embarcadero Center. The first time I strolled the city toward them, I was impressed by their size and thought I was in for something exciting. Dental offices, chiropractors, a smattering of doctors and opticians, and EC leasing agents. And all the retailers any San Jose or, dare I say, Fresno (my hometown so I am allowed to diss) mall would have: Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and some restaurants with bold and promising names.

But Embarcadero’s problem is that its ‘barq’ is bigger than its bite. San Franciscans love the smaller and more unassuming places, they want the California feeling of discovering a hidden gem, like the state motto, “Eureka, I Found it.”

I do appreciate about the E that when we have to be in SF for a wedding, staying at the Hyatt Embarcadero is a great staycation. Their brunch and breakfasts are great. Their rooms have great views of the city or the bay, and they will keep on bringing you pillows until not another one would fit in the room.

Also, with the four pillars of the Embarcadero Center around the corner, it is always reassuring to know I can get stockings, coffee, a dress for the day after, a sweater if the weather changes, or even a last minute gift at Williams Sonoma.

Where others have charm, the Embarcadero, less of a neighborhood and more of a street, has convenience. And when in crisis, convenience is nothing I would turn up my nose at. Beside, it’s conveniently located to all the other great sections of the city. You can walk to almost anywhere on the western half of the city from there.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Great Street, Somewhat Touristy"

This is definitely a great street to visit in San Francisco, especially if you are a tourist. It runs along the Bay, and is home to a host of great restaurants, bakeries and cafes. The views are spectacular, and while it can get a little chilly given that it is on the water, it is not as bad as the adjacent ocean side of the city. AT&T Park, on the south side of the road, is quite possibly the nicest stadium anywhere in the country, while Fisherman's Wharf is directly on the north. There are great paths for joggers, and the whole area has a quintessential San Francisco feel.

It is a touristy area, which can also be defined as crowded and overpriced with somewhat rude people. Embarcadero Plaza, home to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, is the central hub of the area, with a nice, pleasant, busy park. The area is very corporate, and is tough on parking violations.

This is definitely a street to visit if you are checking out the area and want to see what San Francisco has to offer. This is not a street to spend extended time on if you live in the city.
Pros
  • Pretty
  • Great shopping
  • Great food
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Paid parking only
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"Amazing Food and Experience"

The Embarcadero is a beautiful scenic strip along the bay, with some of the best dining attractions I have ever encountered. One of my favorite stops for an early weekend breakfast was Captain Mike's Holy Smoke by the Ferry building. The sandwiches were a little pricey, but such is tourism! The breads were fresh-baked and delicious, and the smoked fish was a true delicacy. They turned a simple bagel smothered in cream cheese and lox into a culinary masterpiece.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"EMBARK to the EMBARCADERO"

the embarcadero is a must-see street of san francisco. it's runs along the water and therefore can get a little crispy cold. there's tons of food, including the famous boudin bakery of SF and yummy, delicious treat stores - like the candy apple store! there's also food stands for crab! you won't be disappointed with all the food selection available here!
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Tourist Ultimate of San Francisco"

The Embarcadero is the ultimate place to be for tourism. It aligns the famous piers and end at Fisherman's Wharf. Following to the other end is At&t Park. There are fantastic restaurants and stores along this street. There are ferry services that can take you to Alameda, Sausalito, Mare Island, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Treasure Island.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Tourists Central Galore!"

The Embarcadero is great spot with many tourists. It is right along that bay with great scenery. Of course, Fisherman’s Warf or Pier 39 is right there. There are a lot of neat shops and restaurants there. You can also take the tour of Alcatraz, as the boats load and drop off there. There are some really nice and new condos being built throughout the street. Also AT&T Park is right there and is where the San Francisco Giants play. It’s always a fun time and is honestly one of the nicest and most beautiful baseball stadiums in the country. Also the Ferry Building is there as well with a great farmers market on Saturdays.
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  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Some of the Best Seafood I've ever had"

I had some of the best fried fish on this street than I've ever had! If you want to visit Alcatraz you have to make your way to Pier 39 or so on this street to get there. There are hundreds of neat little shops on this street. Make sure you wear your walking shoes, because you will do ALOT of walking here!
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"An oasis in an otherwise tropical setting"

The Embarcadero is destination within a destination. It allows you to view the city from an almost unique perspective.

Bordering the eastern side of the city, separating it from the bay, what was once home to an industrial work horse is now home to an ensemble of businesses that appeal to the hungry, the shoppers, the tourists, and those who simply want to escape the crowded streets and urban clench that office life can harbor.

Wide, open road, long lines of palm trees, the restored, colorful facades of the wharf buildings and the sounds of sea gulls circling above the bay, all contribute to the restful feeling that surrounds this part of town.
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5/5
2yrs+

"the first stop for the san fransico tourist"

theres one reason to hit this street above all others, its the steet side crab vendors! the prices vary depending on the season but you can get a steamed crab and side of butter and sit down on a bench and chow down! theres also a peir with shops and resturants and on the side of the pier theres an area that usually has sea lions hanging out on wood planks that tourists can look at.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Great View and great food"

The Embarcadero is a very fun and interesting place. There are a lot of devolving scenes like new restaurants and new stores. The Embarcadero buildings have many things too offer they have many offices and pretty much the whole Embarcadero is an industrial place. This is a nice place too visit there are also good hotels and the muni is great . I really like the nice view of the bay bridge. If you like to fish there is a pier where you can go too. But overall the street is very clean and has really excellent cuisine and is a nice place too visit .
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  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic urban planning."

The Embarcadero shows just how successful urban design can be when you plan for people, not cars. It demonstrates how a city becomes truly great. Amazingly, this waterfront used to be a freeway, but now is a surface street with broad pedestrian & gathering areas on both sides. So wide, in fact, that there's room for walkers, skaters, fishermen, street fairs, baby strollers & bicycles without having to duke it out with the cars.

The really great thing is how this street now connects people to the history of the city & draws them to the waterside as the piers are being renovated into businesses, parks & museums. You can use the broader public transit system to connect to the Embarcadero via BART or the famous cable cars. A bicycle is the perfect way to visit this street, since the scale is quite large & well-connected to the rest of the city. You can rent bikes along the way.

The street runs most of the way between the Bay Bridge & Aquatic Park. You can connect with other waterfront streets to continue on through Fort Mason & Crissy Field out to the Golden Gate Bridge & beyond, which many bicyclists do. Along the way, you pass by the tourist meccas of Fisherman's Wharf & Pier 39, as well as lesser known attractions like the Ferry Building & Pier 45.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Outshines all other streets"

The Embarcadero street has a muni-metro railway station. Vaillancourt Fountain, is the main attraction at Embarcadero Center. The street offers a scenic view at its every point. Embarcadero provides an exclusive fusion of shopping, dining and entertainment. With top brands and food hubs your stay can be absolutely wonderful.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Famous cobbled street lined with cable cars"

San Francisco's famous embarcadero street runs along the northeast side of san francisco bay. The street is very scenic and gives an air of romanticism. Many vintage cable cars run up and down this majestic street. You will find lots of upscale shopping and dining options. There are also lots of bars and cafes along the water's edge.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"One of San Francisco's best streets that houses almost the entire bay waterfront!"

The Embarcadero is the street that runs for nearly San Francisco’s entire bay waterfront! Starting from just north of King Street and AT&T Park, The Embarcadero runs all the way past Pier 39 and to Fisherman’s Wharf. It is one of San Francisco’s most exciting streets that are very popular for tourists and locals alike. It houses some of San Francisco’s best restaurants, but do not necessarily expect it to be cheap! The Embarcadero houses all of San Francisco’s piers.

As you get to the Northern end of The Embarcadero you will run into Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and The Ferry Building. Here you will find a large tourist attraction, but locals like me also love this area regardless of the fact that I may have been here a million times! Starting at Market Street and running north is San Francisco’s famous F-Train which is always an old-school trolley that is almost always crowded.

If you are visiting, or even just living in San Francisco, The Embarcadero is the street to visit!
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1/5
2yrs+

"The Heart of the City?"

This is a nice place if you don't care much for having a personal identity or self respect. In order to make it in this town you have to be phony, pretend to be something when you really aren't, most people here were given what they have. Just avoid this place if you actually have a brain or a soul. One good point is that you feel like you are on a hollywood set. Have you ever seen that movie Resident Evil?
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CB4Real
CB4Real ok, maybe i should edit my review. I like the street and the shops and the food. I don't care for the people, that is all. Most of em may very well have been tourists anyway.
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"The Embarcadero the "Seawall Highway""

In my opinion the Embarcadero is one of the most amazing accomplishments in any of out grea american cities. The Embarcadero run along the eastern shore of San Fransisco along the bay. To drive along the Embarcadero is to take a whirlwind tour of San Fransisco in a short drive.
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