A low-key bar and restaurant, The Ramp has been around since the 1940s and gives you a real feel for the city as it once was. It is one of the nicest, least pretentious places in San Francisco. If you’ve seen the film Blue Jasmine you will have had a glimpse of it. Once you enter the fairly ramshackle timber entrance, you can sit at outdoor tables and eat a full meal, go on taco night for a snack, dance wildly to the salsa bands on weekends (people do) or pull up a plastic chair and sit by the water in the Bar Service-only area and fill yourself up on beer and terrific bar snacks. If it’s full you might enjoy the Mission Rock Resort (missionrockresort.com) just down the street, which has a good seafood bar.

Cover charge on weekends.

Location

Mission Bay was once swampland but has been slowly built up – in part with debris from the 1906 earthquake. It spent 100 years as an industrial centre and port, but failing industry and a freeway system that cut it off from much of San Francisco meant the area became very quiet – though it still has a working port. The district is slated for several massive redevelopments.

The Ramp | 855 Terry Francois Street, Mission Bay
+ 1 415 621 2378

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