During the mid 1800s, before there were ports and piers, the Embarcadero served as a landing point for gold miners that would haul their boats right up on the mudflats of the city. When there was no gold to be found, the city developed a seedy reputation for being a host of violence and crime. San Francisco funded a Public Works project to build a road, railway, and seawall in an effort to restore the city's integrity. Before long, the Embarcadero served as hotspot for inland trade, supporting California's agricultural business. Throughout World War II, it transformed into a military logistics center, uniting nearly every single port and wharf to service all troop ships and navy vessels along the shoreline.
A freeway once ran along the waterfront, separating The Ferry Building from the rest of downtown San Francisco. It was torn down in 1991 after the damage from the Loma Prieta Earthquake. It wasn't until after the freeway was cleared that the Embarcadero developed into what we recognize it as today.
Art on the Embarcadero
"Cupid's Span" is the most notable art installation on the Embarcadero. It was inspired by San Francisco's reputation as "The Port of Eros" and was designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The piece was installed in 2002.
Take any inbound Muni or BART train to Embarcadero station and walk towards the Bay Bridge until you find us!
We will be positioned just behind Waterbar on Embarcadero, directly between the Bay Bridge and Cupid's Span.
There's a parking garage on Harrison street and metered parking all along Embarcadero.