NileGuide Expert Says:
The San Francisco brewpub with, by far, the best view.
1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
On Friday and Saturday nights you might be lucky enough to run into an impromptu open-mic featuring some of San Francisco's best live surf-rock by the fireplace in Park Chalet.
The Spanish colonial-style structure, architect Willis Polk's last design, was built in 1925 after his death. A wraparound Federal Works Project mural by Lucien Labaudt depicts San Francisco in the 1930s; the labels describing the various panels add up to a mini-history of Depression-era life in the city. A three-dimensional model of Golden Gate Park, artifacts from the 1894 Mid-Winter Exposition and other park events, a visitor center, and a gift shop that sells street signs and other city paraphernalia are on the first floor as well. On a clear day, the brewpub-restaurant Beach Chalet upstairs (notice the carved banister on the way up) has views past Ocean Beach to the Farallon Islands, about 30 mi offshore. Park Chalet, on the ground floor, has a stone fireplace and glass ceiling, offering indoor-outdoor dining facing a lawn, garden, and Golden Gate Park.