Spanning four blocks in the heart of San Francisco’s primary commercial district, Embarcadero Center is one of the largest mixed-use complexes in the Western United States. Featuring a unique history and layout, Embarcadero Center offers over three million square feet of office and retail space. Owned and operated by Boston Properties, the Center is comprised of four office buildings and three interconnected shopping levels housed within four iconic towers.
Known for its diverse business and entertainment facilities, the Center features more than 70 retail shops and restaurants, a five-screen cinema and general services to meet your every need.
Embarcadero Center is located between San Francisco’s Financial and Waterfront Districts, running from Battery Street to the Embarcadero, between Sacramento Street and Clay Street.
Please visit our Location page for detailed information about visiting the Center, including maps and parking information.
Retail Store Hours
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Self-parking is conveniently available in four underground garages offering 2,200 spaces, located directly below One Embarcadero Center through Four Embarcadero Center. View our parking rates.
For more information, please call the Embarcadero Center Management Office at 415.772.0700.
Post your packages for fast delivery via Fedex Kinko’s (3EC-Street Level) or the U.S. Post Office (1EC-Street Level). Convenience is key at Embarcadero Center and these mailing outposts are located inside the complex.
Drop in for a quick trim, shampoo and blow dry at Pro Style (3EC-Street Level), Peninsula Beauty (4EC-Street Level) or Spargo, A Place for Men (1EC-Lobby Level).
For a nice shine, new laces or re-stitched sole, walk on over and visit the shoe repair experts at either A Shine & Co. (1EC-Street Level) or Shoe Wiz (3EC-Street Level).
A BASS ticket outlet is located inside the Giants Dugout store (4EC-Street Level) where you may also purchase your tickets to the next Giants game at AT&T Park.
Please visit our directories for a complete listing of all stores and restaurants at Embarcadero Center, including dental, optical and jewelry services.
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the largest waterfront hotel in San Francisco. Situated directly on the Embarcadero Waterfront, adjacent to the financial district and overlooking the city’s pristine bay, the hotel showcases a captivating array of shopping, dining and site-seeing adventures. For reservations and information call 800.233.1234 or 415.788.1234.
Situated in the heart of San Francisco, a city famous for activity, culture and tradition – Le Meridien San Francisco offers a superior level of service, including wired and wireless High Speed Internet Access, ultra-comfortable beds and indulgent amenities. With warm earth tones and gorgeous views of the San Francisco skyline, Le Meridien San Francisco enriches each guest with a truly distinctive experience.
This landmark San Francisco boutique hotel—located along the Embarcadero waterfront—was designed to encompass modern luxury touches, balanced with soothing natural elements. At this urban retreat, guests will experience a revitalizing stay, enhanced through Hotel Vitale’s stunning water and city vistas, on-site Spa Vitale with outdoor roof-top soaking tubs, dramatic terraces and the Vitale’s signature restaurant and bar: Americano.
Embarcadero Center History
The Downtown Waterfront District surrounding Embarcadero Center boasts a rich and dynamic history. Dating back to the Gold Rush, a rough-and-tumble era that ignited when gold was discovered in California during the 1840′s, the waterfront is one of San Francisco’s most storied areas. From April to December 1849, more than 700 vessels steamed through the Golden Gate filled with fortune seekers hoping to strike it rich. Many of these ships were beached in their berths and converted to warehouses, offices and saloons, creating the first commercial enterprise. Embarcadero Center stands near this very location today.
By 1862, this area of moored ships had adopted the nickname, the Barbary Coast, and had become a raucous district of prostitution, dance halls and thievery. The Coast continued to flourish until 1911, when Mayor James Rolph initiated a sweeping clean-up. Shut down for good in the early 1920′s, the area became San Francisco’s Produce District. A forerunner of the weekend Farmers’ Market that still takes place near Embarcadero Center today, the area’s narrow streets were lined with vendors selling fruits and vegetables.
When urban renewal laws took hold in San Francisco in the 1950′s, city planner M. Justin Herman spearheaded a plan to redevelop the site where Embarcadero Center now stands into a mixed-use “city within a city.” David Rockefeller, John Portman, and Trammel-Crow submitted the winning proposal to develop the 8.5 acre site.
Embarcadero Center’s four office towers were built in phases, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1983. The office towers, which have a daily population of 16,000, quickly became the corporate headquarters for many major companies.
The Embarcadero Roadway Project has led to a complete renewal of the Downtown Waterfront District and ensures a bright future for Embarcadero Center. The Center is just steps away from the 42,000-seat AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The waterfront is also the scene of the Muni F-Line transportation system featuring historic streetcars from around the world. Future projects include the Exploratorium, a cruise ship terminal and dozens of new restaurants, condominiums, hotels, and entertainment attractions.