6.8 out of 10

Romolo Pl, Telegraph Hill

Ranked 2nd best street in Telegraph Hill
37.7982545000259 -122.406301999683
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"The Hungry Eye and the Basque Hotel"

Romolo Place is right off the heart of San Francisco’s Red Light District. Think of it as a little aneurysm. Okay, so that metaphor doesn’t quite work.

Romolo Place is basically an alleyway that climbs up off Broadway--less than a block from the corner with Columbus. If you know this section of San Francisco at all, you know this is where you will find all the strip joints.

Why is this alley worth a mention?

Because it is also home to two pretty cool places: the Basque Hotel, a really cool bar that feels a lot like a speak easy. If you happen to be in North Beach and want to get away from the crowds, this is a good spot to hide away for awhile. Unfortunately you will still get your share of drunk ass fratboys all hopped up from having seen T&A down by the Hungry Eye.

Overall kind of fun every so often though. Worth a visit.
  • Cool Bar
  • In the Heart of North Beach/Telegraph
  • Cool Victorians on Top End
  • Too Many Drunk Fratboys
  • Strip Joints and Some Crime
  • Overcrowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5

"An alley, a parking lot, and a bar for locals"

I lived down the street from Romolo Place a few years back and it was cool. It has since been revamped. Romolo Place rests between Broadway and Vallejo with Fresno Alley cutting in between. It's beautifully painted on the one side with graffiti art. It's a nice cut through for those wanting to get around the traffic of North Beach, cabbies usually take it. 15 Romolo is a bar that the locals hang out in mostly. A bit eclectic, yet friendly. There's a parking lot on the corner of Fresno Alley and Romolo Place that is very well lit and makes Romolo and Fresno both a bit more safe than they used to be.

You can easily take the MUNI bus and get dropped off at Broadway and Columbus and Romolo is about 500 feet.

The Beat book store is on the corner of Romolo Place and Broadway - a beat generation book store.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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