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Bordered by Washington, Mason, Post and Polk Streets, Nob Hill is one of San Francisco’s most highly regarded neighborhoods. The community was home to some of the wealthiest families in San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake and fires. The only buildings that survived the devastation were the Fairmont Hotel and the Flood Mansion, which now serves as the home of the Pacific-Union Club. Area shops, homes and small businesses help preserve the charm of a bygone era. Huntington Park is an urban green space with benches, cherry trees, play area and spectacular fountains. The Top of the Mark, the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar are legendary eateries where people celebrate special occasions. Swan Oyster Depot has been serving diners the catch-of-the-day since 1912. The Big 4 Restaurant has fine dining and live entertainment. Fleur de Lys features six-course vegetarian meals and French cuisine accentuated with Mediterranean ingredients.
The name Russian Hill comes from the discovery of a cemetery containing the remains of Russian sailors or trappers in 1850. This residential neighborhood has a wide assortment of shops and restaurants. It is also home to the famous Lombard Street and Chestnut Street Steps. Hyde, Union, Jackson and Polk Streets border the area. Buildings within the district display Beaux Arts, Italianate and Spanish Colonial Mission Revival as well as First and Second Bay Area Tradition architectural styles. The neighborhood has several public green spaces including the Fay-Berrigan house and garden. La Folie features sumptuous French cuisine and fresh local ingredients. Amarena Restaurant has a free antipasti buffet and live jazz. Pete’s Café has inexpensive meals and an amazing view of Telegraph Hill. The Powell-Hyde cable car services the area.