San Francisco Now Has 100 ‘Legacy Restaurants’

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The Top of the Mark has been offering dining opportunities and views since 1939. Courtesy San Francisco Heritage

If you spend any time at all in the City by the Bay, you’ve spotted them – cool looking restaurants and nifty dive bars that scream 1950s – or 1880s, depending on your favored decade. San Francisco Heritage continues to honor them, bringing its list of 'legacy restaurants' to 100.

The latest honorees in the list, compiled by this longtime preservation organization, include such mid-century palaces as The Ramp, with its view of the Central Basin; the Mauna Loa in Cow Hollow; Reds Place in Chinatown; the Top of the Mark atop the Mark Hopkins Hotel; and Bimbo’s 365 Club at the edge of North Beach, famous for its nude girl in the fish bowl. Its historic photo below is courtesy of Bimbo's 365 Club.

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Bimbo's 365 Club. Photo courtesy of Bimbo's 365 Club and Heritage

The goal, according to Heritage, is “to honor and promote those establishments that reflect the history and culture of San Francisco.”

Heritage is also publishing a map and guide to all the restaurants. You can find it, where else, at any of the legacy restaurants.

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