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The Definitive Guide to Eating & Drinking on Polk Street

Polk Street might not be the most renowned area in all of San Francisco - that honor would probably go to Lombard Street, Market Street, or Castro Street. But at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, we’re big fans of Polk Street. Not only is it one block from the hotel, Polk Street's unique restaurant and bar scene gives our guests (and us!) plenty of eating, drinking, and entertainment options. Its high-energy hustle and bustle provide something for everyone, no matter what mood you’re in! Here are some of our top Polk Street picks, depending on what you’re looking for!

Best Glass of Wine on Polk Street

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The Pour House

After a long day of meetings or sightseeing, sipping on a rich red is a balm to your soul. It tastes even better when you’re in San Francisco. If you’re staying at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, you’re only steps away from The Pour House, one of our top recommendations for the traveler who needs soothing, wine-centered relaxation time. On Sundays, get a wine flight for only $12.00. Daily happy hour features both reds and whites for only $6.00 per glass. It’s the best local spot if wine and cheese instantly turn your day around for the better.

Three-minute walk from the hotel

Best Polk Street Eatery for the Light Snacker

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Dunyā Mediterranean Bistro

For locally-sourced ingredients and refined shared plates, visit Dunya Mediterranean Bistro at 1609 Polk Street. If you prefer grazing to a heavy meal, your taste buds will adore Dunya. Smoked salmon carpaccio, roasted eggplant puree, and cheese platters galore, along with a full wine bar. You can easily spend hours here, talking, laughing, and tasting well into the night.

Four-minute walk from the hotel

Best Dining Location if You Love Variety

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Buffalo Theory

Buffalo Theory is "a craft beer focused restaurant & bar featuring New American fare with Filipino, Japanese and Spanish influences." Intrigued? You should be. Buffalo Theory is one of the most inventive restaurants in the neighborhood, and you shouldn’t leave town without giving it a try for at least one meal. But fair warning: you’ll probably want to go back. Beer steamed mussels? Crispy adobo wings? Count us in.

Six-minute walk from the hotel

Best Drinking Bar on Polk

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Harper & Rye

If you like a good old fashioned billiards game with your dinner date, check out Harper & Rye, a hip, industrial drinking joint that features pool games, a piano, and a full bar menu to boot. Get your gin or bourbon, then stack your quarters - time to rack up! You could also order a "punch jar," a cocktail large enough for everyone in your group to share.

Five-minute walk from the hotel

Best Night Out on Polk Street

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Playland Bar

Sometimes you just need to blow off some steam. When you’re ready to dance the night away, Playland is the place. Grab a cocktail downstairs to start your night right, then make your way up to the dance floor. There’s always a quality DJ spinning the right tracks, and you won’t sit down until last call - every night of the week.

Two-minute walk from the hotel

Best Spot for When You're Starving

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Miller's East Coast Delicatessen

Have you ever been so hungry, you can’t decide what you want to eat? We’ve been there too. The only cure for this affliction is Miller’s East Coast Deli. You need comfort food. You need a Miller’s sandwich. Too hungry to even leave your room? Miller’s delivers too. Hot pastrami on rye never tasted so delicious.

Six-minute walk from the hotel

Best Seafood Satisfaction on Polk

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Swan Oyster Depot

Commonly known as "seafood heaven" or "a San Francisco treasure," Swan Oyster Depot is Polk Street's best place for quality seafood - and at a great price. From the clam chowder to the crab fat, and of course, oysters on the half shell, it’ll put all other seafood restaurants in the city to shame. Sound like a bold pronouncement? Vist for yourself and then tell us we’re wrong!

Three-minute walk from the hotel

Polk Street's Best Fresh Eats

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Spinnerie

There is nothing like fresh ingredients from local California farms - it makes a world of difference in both taste and health. If you love eating fresh and eating local, you’ll love Spinnerie, a "globally-inspired" rotisserie restaurant featuring deboned chicken of unbeatable flavor. The sides make the meal at Spinnerie, with Israeli couscous and seasonal beets with local goat cheese knocking it out of the park.

Two-minute walk from the hotel

Ti Piacera Ristorante

Another local joint that serves up some of the freshest fare on Polk Street is Ti Piacera. House-made pasta and fresh fish and meats are the main ingredients in their menu, and the craft and care they put into every dish shows, both in presentation and in your first (and last) bite. The warmth you feel when you step in the door only grows, and you leave feeling refreshed. It’s from the freshness of the food, for sure, but also the unparalleled hospitality.

Three-minute walk from the hotel

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