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In order to have the energy to celebrate right, you need to eat well and sleep well. If you’re coming to visit for this year’s Pride celebration in San Francisco, here are some great places to eat and sleep in the Castro District.

Where to Eat:

1. L'Ardoise Bistro

Fancy a little French tonight? L’Ardoise (pronounced [LARD-WAZZ]) is a cozy bistro in Castro, San Francisco serving authentic and traditional French cuisine. The word "ardoise" in French means "slate" or "chalkboard," on which the menu is traditionally written. Since it opened in 2008, L’Ardoise has been a hit in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood!

151 Noe Street

2. Anchor Oyster Bar

Aphrodisiacs, anyone? Anchor Oyster Bar is small, locally owned, and plenty delicious. This seafood restaurant and fish market has been owned and operated by the same owner since 1977, and serves sustainable, simply prepared dishes. You’ve got to try their clam chowder!

579 Castro Street

3. Frances

Craving some traditional American tonight? Treat your taste buds to some applewood smoked bacon beignets with maple chive creme fraiche or a five-dot ranch bavette steak with farro verde, nardello peppers, chanterelle and chimichurri. If you think those descriptions sound like quite a mouth full, wait until you actually get a mouth full!

3870 17th Street

4. Sushi Time

For me, it’s always sushi time (and often sake time). Sushi Time is affordable, delicious and definitely a Castro District favorite. The atmosphere is funky and the fish melts in your mouth!

2275 Market Street

5. Fable

Fable’s got something for everyone. Help yourself to some delicious American cuisine (ranging from savory pancetta and quince tarts to pot roast to vegan mushroom Shepherd's pies) while enjoying a variety of beverages, including beer or wine. And after all that heart-warming comfort food, you can’t forget the ultimate happy ending: Splurge it up with some bittersweet chocolate mousse, topped caramel whipped cream and chipotle sea salt.

558 Castro Street

6. MaMa Ji’s

Get some delicious dim sum and then some at MaMa Ji’s. There are plenty of delicious options for carnivores, vegetarians and San Francisco foodies.

4416 18th Street

7. Woodhouse Fish Company

Got a craving for some good ol’ American seafood from a hole-in-the-wall-style joint? Come to Woodhouse Fish Company right on the corner of Market, 14th and Reservoir Streets.

2073 Market Street

Where to Sleep:

1. Parker Guest House

The Parker Guest House is one of the most highly rated bed and breakfasts in the Castro District. They welcome gay or straight guests, and boast some of the coziest and largest rooms around — all with tile baths, cable TV, private phone, voice mail, free WiFi, down comforters, terry cloth robes, and luxury bath amenities. You can enjoy your complimentary breakfast or wine (yes, wine!) on the patio deck or in their lush private garden. For more information, visit:

520 Church St
(between 17th St & Dorland St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-3222

2. Beck’s Motor Lodge

Beck’s is all about location, location, location (and the prices aren’t too shabby either!). For a fair San Francisco price, you can enjoy being located right on Market Street (two blocks from Castro Street), free WiFi, a 32” flat screen TV and a sun deck to soak up some well deserved rays. For more information, visit

2222 Market St
(between Sanchez St & 16th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-8212

3. 24 Henry Guest House

If you’re looking to stay somewhere edgy and fun, 24 Henry Guest House is a great pick. This is a guesthouse, and each room is unique. You will enjoy a free continental breakfast every morning and beautiful views of the Castro. "I first stayed at 24 Henry about 15 years ago. I've stayed here every time since that I've come to San Francisco. I'm happy to think of 24 Henry as my San Francisco home." -Mark, Washington DC. For more information and photos, visit:

4080 18th St
(between Hartford St & Castro St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
(415) 864-0994

4. Inn on Castro

The Inn on Castro is a well-known place to stay — it has been for over 30 years. It has eight rooms and suites, all with beautiful views and private bathrooms as well as self-catering apartments. Yelpers call it their home away from home — and they rave about the friendly staff and delicious breakfast. Get more information here:

321 Castro St
(between 16th St & States St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 861-0321

5. Willows Inn

Willows Inn is a relaxing haven in the Castro District. With a friendly, welcoming staff, you’ll have camaraderie when you want it, but privacy when you need it most. The unique rooms give you a home-y feel and the European-style shared baths give you a little adventure with your stay. Check out Willows Inn:

710 14th St
(between Belcher St & Church St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 431-4770

[Photos:, Scott Wiener, Oceans11]