Restaurant

The Restaurant

The striking modern design will make the first impression as you enter Americano Restaurant in San Francisco and take in the panoramic bay views from our circular cocktail lounge. Further explore into the dining room and immediately feel a sense of place as the artful use of natural woods on floors and dramatic arches set the tone for an alluring and comfortable atmosphere and impressive bar. And be certain not to miss the outdoor patio for convivial cocktails and lighter bites from our bar menu.
 

History

The Embarcadero is the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco, along San Francisco Bay, constructed atop an engineered seawall on reclaimed land, and derives its name from the Spanish verb embarcar, meaning "to embark". Embarcadero itself means "the place to embark". San Francisco's shoreline historically ran south and inland from Clarke's Point below Telegraph Hill to present-day Montgomery Street and eastward toward Rincon Point. During the early-20th century when the seaport was at its busiest and before the construction of the Bay Bridge, the trolley loop, now the trolley plaza, in front of the Ferry Building was one of the busiest areas of foot traffic in the world.

After the completion of the Bay Bridge and the rapid decline of ferries and the Ferry Building, the neighborhood fell into decline. Automobile transit efforts led to the Embarcadero Freeway being built in the 1960s. This improved automobile access to the Bay Bridge, but detracted aesthetically from the city. For 30 years, the highway divided the waterfront and the Ferry Building from downtown. It was torn down in 1991, after being severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. After the freeway had been cleared, massive redevelopment began as a grand palm-lined boulevard was created, squares and plazas were created and/or restored. A sculpture, "Cupid's Span" by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, was built in 2003 along the Rincon Park area. Resembling Cupid's bow and arrow with the arrow implanted in the ground, the statue symbolizes the place where Tony Bennett "left his heart". Americano Restaurant opened in 2005 to much fanfare and with more eagerness for an outdoor patio for happy hour and fine dining restaurant than imagined. The area is now known as a foodie mecca, influenced in large part by the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
 

Philosophy

Americano’s menu is handcrafted soulful, Italian cuisine with a robust sensibility. Its culinary style is rooted in lasting partnerships with area purveyors and showcasing seasonal flavors in every dish.
 

Community Overview

Located on the revitalized Embarcadero Waterfront and the Financial District of San Francisco, Americano Restaurant & Bar is conveniently located near many public transportation options and joins several area restaurants in making the Embarcadero San Francisco’s food mecca. Additionally the hotel offers a location directly across from the historic Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco's gourmet destination.


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