Restaurants & Bars


Flora Restaurant in Uptown Oakland is across the street from the restored Fox Oakland Theatre and just a block from the Oakland Paramount Theatre. It is one of the most important examples of Art Deco architecture in the world, and helping to saving the building was the very first Preservation Project of the ADSC!

Many years later it finally was transformed from the old “Floral Depot” built in 1931 into the hip and glamorous Flora Restaurant. The cobalt and silver glazed terra cotta is so spectacular there is a replica of the building at Epcot Center in Florida!

Owners Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz evoke the opulence of a bygone era with carefully crafted cocktails and a menu of reinvented American classics. They consistently get rave reviews on the food and ambiance. In addition to “Flora,” their bar next door “Fauna” is another gem not to be missed. 

Flora is open for lunch on Friday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Monday thru Saturday.

1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Stookey's Club Moderne

Stookey’s Club Moderne, located between Nob Hill and Union Square, is a lounge evoking the style of post-prohibition San Francisco (1930-1940). Designed in the style of “Streamline/Moderne,” the lounge conjures up the mood of the stories of Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco.

895 Bush Street, San Francisco


This retro-deco setting is a perfect place to sip the perfect martinis they mix. The food is classic too: steaks and chops.

56 Gold Street, San Francisco
Reservations recommended


The Cliff House

Fabulous Art Deco decor in the main dining room and bar and a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. The food is good, too. For something different, try brunch on the weekends.

1090 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco


The Far East Cafe

The kind of place Sam Spade might have gone for Chinese food and mysterious clues, this venerable establishment still has private, curtained booths for atmospheric intrigue. They make a mean Manhattan, too!

631 Grant Avenue, San Francisco



Laughter, music, and the aroma of delicious food beckon from the bustling scene on Allston Way. Upon entering Five, guests cannot help but feel uplifted by the gorgeous and expansive space with its breathtakingly high ceilings and majestic white columns. Intricate crown moldings of a bygone era adorn the ceiling only to be interrupted by a modern and eye-catching red chandelier.

2086 Allston Way, Berkeley


John's Grill

Sam Spade really did eat here -- in "The Maltese Falcon." Author Dashiell Hammett, who worked next door, was a regular patron of the restaurant. So, upstairs, there's an exhibition (open to the public) of Hammett-related and other private-eye memorabilia, including a replica of the Falcon itself.

63 Ellis Street, San Francisco


Hotel Rex

This hotel near Union Square sports a 1920s "club-like" interior, featuring vintage furnishings and original salon portraits by San Francisco artists of the 1920s and 30s. It's a very cozy spot for a drink and there is now a charming small restaurant as well.

562 Sutter Street, San Francisco


Le Colonial

Just minutes away from popular Union Square, Le Colonial evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a lush, romantic setting. The inner courtyard, which once housed legendary Trader Vic’s, has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence. Le Colonial has delighted in welcoming visitors for over ten years.

20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco


Osso Steakhouse

San Francisco's newest steakhouse is on Nob Hill, serving the most amazing steaks in a beautiful Art Deco ambience. ADSC members are particularly welcomed to dress for dinner and enjoy a fabulous night out! Superb steaks and seafood, classic and modern cocktails, in a sleek and stylish environment.

1177 California Street, San Francisco


Sam's Grill

Established in 1867, Sam's has been at its present location since 1946. Curtained private booths are available for that discreet dining party (If you are planning your next big crime, or you don't want your wife to meet your girlfriend, then this is the spot.)

374 Bush Street, San Francisco
Note: In a long-standing tradition, Sam's is not open on Saturday or Sunday


Schroeder's Restaurant

This cozy, vintage German restaurant was a 1998 ADSC Preservation Award winner. It sports a 1936 neon sign outside and atmospheric 1930s murals of Middle-European life inside. (The murals' restoration was done by David Boysel -- the leading restorer of the Oakland Paramount Theater -- who won an ADSC Preservation Award for his work at Schroeder's.)

240 Front Street, San Francisco