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Your Guide to Business Travel in SF

Posted by Dana Andrews on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Business Union Square, SF

Traveling to San Francisco for business can be both daunting and exciting. There is so much to do and see, while at the same time dings on every one of our devices remind us that real work must be achieved. The question lingers, "how to fit it all in?" One sure-fire answer: PLAN  or in this case, let us do the planning for you. 

BEGIN: We recommend starting your morning off right with a nice cup of joe. Most San Franciscans tend to lean toward the well-crafted stuff, no Dunkin' Donuts for us. So head to Blue Bottle in the Mint Plaza just South of Market for a gourmet taste of some of the most delectable, heart warming coffee you've ever had, certain to provide a nice, motivating buzz for the work day ahead. Also, be sure to try one of their tasty breakfast items or a quick fix pastry to provide even further sustenance, BUT be prepared for a bit of a line if you arrive during peak hours!*

Ruby Lounge, Hotel Diva
MEET: Our newly designed meeting spaces at both Hotel Diva 
and Kensington Park Hotel are perfect for both larger executive meetings and smaller, more intimate gatherings. Check them all out here to find the one that best suits your needs.

BREAK: Good work! You got through the meeting bit. Perhaps it's time to wind down or maybe you have a little more work to wrap up. Either way, head over to Bartlett Hall for the perfect business man or woman's lunch! A top-notch new American bar meets restaurant - seasonally driven dishes created by Chef Emmanuel Eng are sure to leave your taste buds satisfied. If it's in your lunch regimen, try one of the unique barrel-aged cocktails or locally crafted beers (they have a beautiful gastropub in the back), after all, you're on vacation!

BUY: While you are in one of the fastest growing tech hubs of the world with booming economic growth, you're also in one of the most European cities in the country with a great sense of style. So why not celebrate a successful work day?! Update your wardrobe with a couple, or ten, items from any of the retail stores in Union Square. We've got Neiman Marcus, Saks, Macy's, and Westfield mall all in the same hood and many luxury stores if you really feel the urge to splurge! Also, if you're in need of some indulgent bath products, we highly recommend the sensuously rich products at Art of Shaving or Lush, right around the corner from one another. 

Mortons SFDINE: No one loves a good old fashion surf and turf dinner more than after a productive day of hard work, especially while traveling. Our standard go-to steakhouse favorite remains at Morton's, always a reliable quality experience with some of the best meat on the block. If you're looking for something a little fishier, check out the Farallon, offering one of the most extensive seafood menus in town. Go for it, you've earned it!

 

DRINK: Our go-to's for a great cocktail after a long day at the office remain at Swig or 620 Jones. Each are steps away from Union Square, making for quick access to and from your hotel and a damn good cocktail, guaranteed. 

 

SLEEP: Hotel Union Square is closest to larger convention spaces like the Moscone Center, while the Steinhart Hotel offers a classic, more home-like appeal for long term staying guests. 

 

*Want more guides?  Check out our Next Best Dinner Guide or Top 5 Lunch Spots In and Around Union Square

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SF Convention Season: Next Best Dinner Guide

Posted by Dana Andrews on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

NextBestDin                                                                                                                                                      Photo via E&O

E&O Asian Kitchen – 314 Sutter Street, Union Square. Sophisticated, modern Asian fusion to-die-for! Plenty of space for larger parties in a chic, yet warm environment, in a prime location right off Union Square. Local business goers and tourists alike rave about E&O for their unique dishes and unforgettable cocktails. The Ultimate Meal: Oysters and Indo Corn Fritters to start, Prawn Citrus Salad appetizer, finish with Drunken Noodles. 

FarallonFarallon – 450 Post Street, Union Square. One of the best little known happy hour spots in the city with an amazing jellyfish bar to boot! A seafood platter (Grand Platter $70/Royal Platter $130) gets a group of dinner-goers a little bit of everything. Forget waiting an hour, or three, for a table at one of the new foodie fish spots, this historic space boasts the charm as one of SF's more classic fish houses, reliably timely and delicious. 

Cafe Claude – 7 Claude Lane btwn Bush and Sutter, Financial District. A hidden gem! This intimate, low-lit, classic French bistro is situated along an inconspicuous alley whispering romantic nuances with every step, a rarity in the middle of the hustle bustle that makes up Downtown SF. Don't be suprised if there's a jazz band ruminating out of the corner of the room. Must Try: Fig Wrapped Prosciutto appetizer and the Duck Confit - bon appetit!

Sauce

Sauce – 56 Belden Place, Financial District. This comfort food style restaurant is perfect for people looking for reliably good New American dishes. A go-to for groups in need of space, or couples looking for something more intimate (the outdoor patio is quite the romantic film scene). Must-Try: the Portobello Mushroom Fries paired with the Hangar Steak and a Moscow Mule. 

Naked Lunch – 504 Broadway, North Beach/Telegraph Hill. Located near the old beatnik neighborhood where literary rebels like Kerouac and Burroughs once frequented, diners are sure to catch onto the historic feel at this restaurant, but guaranteed a table and timely meal, all in a fun and casual setting. Order the fried chicken sandwich with the bartender's seasonal cocktail for a fulfilling, good ole' American meal.

ColibriDinner

Colibri Mexican Bistro – 438 Geary Street, Union Square. Get your Mexican food fix with a twist! Quality ingredients are used for every drink and dish. We never fail to order one of their many specialty margaritas and fresh guacamole to start, followed by any of the entrees, sure to invigorate those taste buds. If there's time: try their weekend brunch (includes bottomless mimosas)!

Aliment - 786 Bush Street, Nob Hill. This intimate & cozy space offers seasonal dishes crafted with fresh, local ingredients. A neighborhood favorite, the menu and decor shouts San Francisco chic! We love the brussels sprouts, the bolognese, and/or the pork belly paired with a glass of one of their many choice wines.  

Need lunchtime inspiration? Check out our Top 5 Favorite Lunch Spots blog post!

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