Hip professionals congregate in SoMa’s high-rise apartments and stylish local establishments.
In SoMa, abandoned warehouses are swiftly converting into contemporary lofts. And empty spaces transform into art galleries, beer pubs, and coffee bars.
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Marlowe is the OG restaurant from the team that has also brought you hits like Park Tavern and Leo’s Oyster Bar. Marlowe’s menu hits squarely within the well-worn genre of New American bistro food with dishes like little gems salad, grilled pork chop, and warm caesar toast with grilled kale, brussel sprouts, parmesan, and a poached egg. Bottom line: It’s reliable, and everyone can find something they like on the menu.
1601 Bar & Kitchen
San Francisco, CA 94103 Visit Website
Thad Vogler’s James-Beard-nominated restaurant brings a focus on local and organic ingredients, intense even compared to many other kitchens in a state that prides itself on that philosophy. Its world-renowned classic cocktails are lovingly and precisely shaken and stirred by a string of seasoned bartenders, often times using artisanal spirits that the team has sourced from small producers in France, Martinque, and beyond. Despite its name, the space provides more than a bar; diners can enjoy table service for the European-inspired Californian fare in the wood-paneled dining room or in the outdoor patio, alongside a modest indoor waterfall and the restaurant’s herb garden.