After more than six years of renovation and construction, Restoration Hardware (now known as RH) has finally opened its doors to its new showroom in San Francisco. RH San Francisco is based in an 18,000-square-foot art deco space in the historic Bethlehem Steel Building, located at Pier 70 in the Dogpatch neighborhood.
The historic Bethlehem Steel Building is one of the most stunning architectural landmarks in the city. The former warehouse, located at 1350 Bryant Street, was built in 1914 and used as a manufacturing facility until 1960.
The showroom occupies the building’s atrium and rooftop patios with views of San Francisco Bay and has a wine bar and fine dining restaurant, The Palm Court. Keep reading to see my tips on the best way to visit the Palm Court plus much more at RH San Francisco.
History of Restoration Hardware
Restoration Hardware has always been about luxury and elegance. Originally founded in 1979 in Eureka, California, Restoration Hardware was known for selling vintage high-quality hardware and fixtures as well as other retro home goods. Later the store expanded its merchandise sales through its retail stores, catalog, and online.
Now, the company is taking its love of style to a whole new level—with restaurants! Each restaurant is carefully designed to be a neutral-hued haven for upscale diners. The first one opened in Chicago in 2015, with plans to open more in Paris, London, California, and Colorado, and Canada.
Restaurants inside stores aren’t a new idea. Companies like Ikea and Neiman Marcus have been doing it forever. But none have outfitted theirs as lavishly as RH has: transforming rooftops and courtyards around the country. These restaurants aren’t just a way to draw in shoppers; they’re central to RH’s goal of promoting itself as a true luxury brand.
The Rundown on RH San Francisco
The RH Restaurant is a five-story, first-of-its-kind design and dining destination. To get to The Palm Court, diners enter the building through beautifully crafted iron doors, stepping into the building’s lobby. The building still has its original rose marble floors and cast-stone walls. The main floor is dedicated to gallery space, and the former Bethlehem Steel executive offices have been transformed into a series of showcase rooms. RH still stays true to its original form by offering an in-house interior design firm; and full floors of RH Interiors.
Here’s what you need to know:
Location – 590 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Operating Hours – Open from Monday through Sunday
from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Parking- They have valet parking, lot parking, or metered street parking available.
So should you eat here? Here are my top 3 tips on how to visit without necessarily breaking the bank at The Palm Court.
1. The new RH Gallery in SF is open, and anyone can tour the current collection for FREE.
2. No reservation no problem. Reservations at The Palm Court on the weekend are a little difficult to get right now. My recommendation is to grab a drink at the wine bar with over 40 by-the-glass wine options, including limited-production Vinos from acclaimed small Napa Valley vintners and make your way up to the rooftop garden and enjoy the panoramic views of downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge.
3. Explore all 5 levels (from the basement hardware level to the rooftop) of the gallery. RH is a space over 10,000-square-feet where naval architects and master draftsmen designed impressive ships, and its new iteration offers an integrated exhibition of modern furniture, lighting, textiles, and décor, along with curated art. Allow yourself at least an hour and a half. Don’t be afraid to take a seat in any of the rooms and soak up the beautiful scenery.
Is RH San Francisco on your SF bucket list? Let me know in the comments below. I look forward to reading your additional thoughts and experiences, as well as answering any questions you may have!
Until next time,