NileGuide Expert Says:
A great place for a pint, a bite, and a view.
1000 Great Hwy
At west end of Golden Gate Park, near Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94121
Golden Gate Park/Sunset
fax: +1 415 386 4125
Beach Chalet: Breakfast Mon-Fri 9-11am; lunch daily 11am-5pm; dinner Sun-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm; brunch Sat-Sun 9am-2pm. Park Chalet: Lunch Mon-Fri noon-9pm; dinner Sun-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm; brunch Sat-Sun 11am-2pm
Come here during the week an hour before sunset and get a table, order a pint of the house brew or one of the bar's delicious martinis and drink in the view. The food is a pleasant, if unremarkable, accent to a spectacular scene. After dark, try the Park Chalet restaurant and brewpub added downstairs off the back of the historic building, where on weekends and Tuesday nights live music keeps the atmosphere light even after sundown. The real highlight of both places is the beer, brewed on site and named for local landmarks (the Fleishhacker Stout recalls the massive public swimming pools that used to be right behind the San Francisco Zoo, in name, not in taste).