About Top of the Mark
For 70 years, the Top Of The Mark has been favored by both locals and travelers as the venue of choice, whether for an intimate rendezvous, a festive celebration or just plain fun. Located atop the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, the world-renowned sky lounge and restaurant affords a near-360 degree vista of San Francisco and the surrounding sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the East Bay Hills, downtown and Twin Peaks.
Californian, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
KINDLY NOTE THAT WE DO NOT OFFER RESERVATIONS IN THE EVENINGS FOR TAPAS/COCKTAILS AND SEAT ALL OF OUR GUESTS BASED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.
Champagne Brunch: Sundays, 10am - 1pm
TAPAS: Daily 5pm-10pm
Fri & Sat: 4:30pm-12:30am
PLEASE NOTE, GUESTS UNDER 21 ARE NOT PERMITTED AFTER 10PM
California & Mason Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ricardo Scales, jazz pianist, Wednesdays 6:30pm-11:30pm
(cover of $5 beginning at 6:00pm)
Motown at the Mark, Thursdays, 7:30pm-11:30pm
(cover of $10 beginning at 6:30pm)
Best of the Bay: bands rotate, Fridays, 9:00pm-12:30am
(cover of $10 beginning at 8:30pm)
Best of the Bay: bands rotate, Saturdays, 9:00pm-12:30am
(cover of $15 beginning at 8:30pm)
*subject to change*
PLEASE NOTE: MINORS UNDER 21 NOT PERMITTED AFTER 10 P.M.
For parties of 20-30 guests, please call 415-616-6940
For parties of 30 or more, please call 415-616-6959
Valet parking is available for Sunday Brunch. Hotel garage entrance is on California Street just east of Mason Street. Extremely limited street parking available.
Powell Street Cable Car; California Street Cable Car
Private Party Facilities:
For parties of 20-30 guests, please call Joanna at 415-616-6940 or e-mail at Joanna.Carrasco@ihg.com
For parties of 30 or more or full buyout inquiries, please call 415-616-6959.
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining: x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Top of the Mark Ratings and Reviews
The view is incredible and one of a kind ...
The view is incredible and one of a kind. But the service is horrendous. I have been here 4x in the last 10 months - mainly friends visiting the city want to dine here for brunch. On all 4 occasions service has been poor. Just think, the servers are only pouring champagne, coffee, water, OJ and removing dirty plates. That's it. You get your own food.
If this place did not have the view, it would be empty. My main dissatisfaction is the lack of service:
-Refills on all beverages are not timely
-Sloppy service - servers spill coffee on the saucer when pouring and they do not bother to change the saucer or wipe it up.
-Servers are slow to remove dirty plates
-No crab crackers on the buffet or even when you ask. They answer from the server is - "Oh, all the crab is cracked already". And it is not.
-Eager to cash out your check if you are dining on the later seating, as the server wants to go home and forget about you.
-Obviously servers are old time union employees that run the show. Management does not run the show. Pretty sad.
You would think for $89 a head, the service would be much better.
This is one of our favorite restaurant f ...
This is one of our favorite restaurant for brunch. We always request for the "weepers" section of the restaurant - the view is spectacular. Our recent visit to the Mark - service was exceptional. Food: that day they had lamb, prime rib and grilled pork in addition to their traditional breakfast plus many many more items such as caviar, oysters, crab, prawns.....
Dessert: Almond tea cake and bread pudding - delicious
Nice presentation of food. However, whe ...
Nice presentation of food. However, when a guest of mine used the elevator to go down to the main floor, the elevator would not allow them back up to the brunch. If you are going to lock out the elevator at a specific time, post that time clearly & inform your guests so they can plan accordingly. Also, tell your pianist to continue his playlist but SLOW DOWN THE TEMPO!!!! He
ruined most of the ambiance racing through what could have been lovely music. A five star hotel should know this. If you charge five star prices then provide five star service.
Top of the Mark offers a wonderful brunc ...
Top of the Mark offers a wonderful brunch with scenic views! Unfortunately the brunch price has risen a bit too much in the last few years so the overall value has diminished. It is still a very good place for those who wish to celebrate a very special occasion and are not price adverse.
It is the very best brunch we have ever ...
It is the very best brunch we have ever experienced. The food, service and ambiance were perfect. Can't wait to return. Our head water was especially courteous, friendly and professional. The view was spectacular. Thanks to everyone.
The most amazing brunch with outstanding ...
The most amazing brunch with outstanding views and service ; excellent food choices; everything was fresh and plentiful... Our servers were so attentive and friendly - champagne was truly endless...this will definately become our go to place for Father's Day brunch!! Highly reccomended...
Treated my husband for Father's Day brun ...
Treated my husband for Father's Day brunch. (Our second year doing so). It seemed last year (2015) there were more food items to choose from, but I could be wrong. Even still, we had a fab time, table with a scenic view and great service! Will definitely go again.
This is the best buffet restaurant I hav ...
This is the best buffet restaurant I have ever been to. Seafood was fresh , food was continually refilled, silverware replaced when needed. All the food on the menu was awesome, we had all kinds of choices from seafood to dumplings, breakfast basics, to soup. A great variety made with love, not just for looks. I walked out with a smile on my face knowing I got my money's worth.
Great buffet, five kinds of caviar and b ...
Great buffet, five kinds of caviar and bottomless champagne sort of sets the tone. Lots of choices, everything is good, although this time the leg of lamb was a little gristly. Great views of San Francisco in all directions, and there are no bad tables as far as the view goes. A traditional last and first stop for Navy pilots in San Francisco, it's also on the cable car lines.
Went for brunch. Excellent and beautiful ...
Went for brunch. Excellent and beautiful view. They have a buffet around $100 pp with unlimited champagne. Food was good although I'm not a fan of buffet style dining. Would recommend for a date, and also it looks that has a very nice view at nite. This is a classical style restaurant.
Fantastic food, great service and an amazing view
We love the Top of the Mark. this was our second time. It was a wedding anniversary and I noted that when I made the reservation. How nice that the host had a beautiful rose for my wife when we arrived and they prepared a special dessert honoring our anniversary. This was unexpected and very appreciated.
The food here is amazing. The only place I have ever been to that has a caviar bar. Everything is delicious. The biggest issue is learning to pace yourself and eat a moderate amount. Portion control is up to the diner.
We couldn't have been happier.
What a wonderful Sunday Brunch. I can't believe I have lived in the SF Bay area all these years and have never had brunch there. Make sure you have reservations. We did and were seated immediately at a beautiful window seat.
The champagne is an endless glass and for bottomless champagne, it was very good. We started off with the caviar bar. I think there was six different types. All were excellent.
The next table has all sort of fresh sea food including mussels, shrimp and the like. We also had some of the best lox I have ever had. The cheeses were excellent. There is also the standard omelet bar which i passed up.
I did have the poached salmon with fennel which was excellent. The assortment of main dishes was extensive. They also had Italian Lamb and prime Rib, both of which were excellent.
There was a dessert bar also which was fantastic. Don't forget to try the "world famous Top of the Mark Bread Pudding" It really WAS deserving of that label.
Finally, our server was Michael and he was just excellent. Attentive and friendly without being obtrusive.
We had a wonderful time. I only wish we had left more time. 1.5 hours simply was not enough but we had tickets to the Symphony.
my one word of advice is GO!
The view alone is worth every penny. The amazing buffet and flowing champagne is a bonus! The waffle bar is delish, as well as the prime rib, caviar, Chinatown dumplings and seafood platter. Make sure to save room for desserts too! Famous bread pudding - it is famous for a reason!
Superior Holiday Champagne Sunday Brunch
I had a great table with a view of the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Grace Cathedral, Alcatraz, and Russian Hill. My server was Michael, the maitre d' was Sebastian, and the pianist was Elias, who played a variety of holiday music from his iPad mini (sheet music library) and even some Duke Ellington tunes. I enjoyed the prime rib au jus, beef in puff pastry, oysters on the half shell, cracked crab, caviar station with blinis, Caesar salad, smoked salmon, honey cubes, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella Ciliegine, tuna tartare, beef tenderloin with sweetbreads, lobster ravioli, duck breast, and dim sum. For dessert, I enjoyed the Mark Hopkins bread pudding, bear claw, and French pastries (one with four raspberries and another one that was a mini apple pie). Yum!
Brunch with a view!
Top of the Mark was amazing! I took my family out for Champagne Brunch, and it was worth every penny. The food is delicious (and there are plenty of oysters to go around), the view is ridiculous, and there's a pianist that chimes away and keeps the atmosphere calm and classy. Loved it.
Best brunch I've ever been in my life!
From the view to the seamless friendly service with an extrodinary attention to detail this was by far the best brunch and even one of my best dining experiences! I highly recommend this place for brunch caviar beef Wellington dim sum to all traditional things brunch with live piano player I was blown away!
Great champagne buffet brunch!
Celebrated our wedding anniversary. Pretty good selection of food. Price isn't too bad for the selection they offered and the view was priceless. Our waiter was very attentive and kept our champagne glasses full. Very romantic setting with gorgeous views of the city! We sat at the bar height tables because that had the best view. We would definitely come back here again but only special occasions because of the price.
good once in a while
we really wanted brunch for a special occasion. however, for $85/brunch, it was just ok. expected better food and more options. aside from the caviar and champaign, can get the other food anywhere. the view is great, the service is great, host was very accomdating. but again, $85/per person brunch is too much.
Brunch reminded me of a cruise ship buffet
Made reservations a few weeks ahead of time. My friend and I were seated right by the window overlooking Union Square. Beautiful morning. The staff were very welcoming and easy to chat with. They cared well for us.
Live piano music was lovely, but just a bit too loud for our taste.
Ok, the food...wow! Huge buffet, lots of variety. Omelet station, prime rib and leg of lamb. Salads, fresh fruit with cream, a range of savory dishes, and a lot of pastries and sweets. Even Bananas Foster! Good coffee, orange juice, and champagne.
Plan to spend time lingering. We were given advice by someone in the hotel to pace ourselves. Apparently some take a break, walk around the block, have a smoke outside, then head back to the buffet. That's buffet commitment!
Outstanding Sunday Brunch
I rode a cable car up California Street to the Mark Hopkins. I had a great table with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and Russian Hill from the 19th floor. My server was Jose. I enjoyed the caviar station with blinis, oysters on the half-shell, cracked crab, smoked salmon, stone fruit salad, Caesar salad, fresh fruit, prime rib au jus, dim sum, New York cheesecake, and the famous Mark Hopkins bread pudding. Yum!
Astounding 360-degree views of San Francisco
The views are the true reason to go at least once to this restaurant high above San Francisco. The cocktail brunch was expensive (over $200 for two of us) and the food was only average, at best, but if you can go just for drinks and see the views, that would be an excellent option.
I laugh when locals call places 'touristy.' I think it's because they cannot afford to go there. The Top of the Mark is definitely pricey, but for good reason. This is the best view left in the city where you can see both bridges. The food is spectacular and the service wonderful. Our waiter, Jose, has been there for 40 years. We had a special Sunday brunch with our special niece. It will be an experience I will never forget.
Having Brunch here is just out of this world, the views, wait staff are so friendly and attentive at the correct times. Let's talk about the gourmet food, there is so much, I haven't been able to try all of it as many times we have been there. The Great Spirits know I have tried, small portions of everything will soon fill you up. Love it!
Food ran out!
We have celebrated our anniversary for many years and have always given high marks! This year everything was excellent except for the food planning. Several items ran out early and we're not promptly (or ever) replenished. This is not acceptable for a high priced buffet of $85 per person! The food was still excellent and the service & view were outstanding! Hopefully this was just a one time error in planning (as there was an extremely large family group present.)
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