Russian Hill

Overview of Russian Hill

This neighborhood got its name when the early settlers found a Russian cemetery at the top of the hill. It is located to the North of Nob Hill and to the South of Fisherman’s Wharf. Russian Hill’s most famous street is Lombard Street, known as ‘The world’s most crooked street”. Russian Hill is a charming residential neighborhood filled with cute, well-kept houses, with a gorgeous view of the city from the top of the hill.

This area is served by the Hyde-Powell cable car as well MUNI #41, #45, and #19.

Bars and Restaurants

Restaurants and shops are concentrated on Hyde Street between Jackson and Union Streets. For antique shops, trendy restaurants, and night life, head over to Polk Street.

Some notable restaurants in Russian Hill

Andrew Rothstein Fine Foods: Salads, side dishes and more. 2238 Polk St.

Cafe Rex: This restaurant serving American cuisine is popular for dinner and weekend brunch. 2323 Polk St.

Habana: For a touch of Cuba, including an extensive list of Cuban inspired cocktails, head over to this place. 2080 Van Ness.

La Folie: Quite probably the most expensive place in the city, La Folie serves French/American cuisine with an extensive list of French wine. 2316 Polk St.

Polkers: Mighty popular on weekends with the brunch crowd. Expect long lines. 2226 Polk St.


Russian Hill is one of, if not the, most expensive place to live in San Francisco with 1 bedroom prices start from $2400 and upwards.


Lombard Hill, known as the ‘world’s crookedest street’ is the area’s most noteworthy attractions. Alice Marble Park offers great view of Russian Hill’s historical houses and is located close by. From the top of the hill, an expansive view of the city and the surrounding bay can be had including views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridget, and the Bay Bridge. Aim for Vallejo Ramps and Ina Coolbrith Park for the best views.

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