Finger-Tappin' Good: Nail Salons in SF

Have you been hiding your toes because those little piggies are, well, looking sloppy? Nails, like hair, can sometimes use a cut and color. Maybe it’s time to hit the nail salon for a pampering mani-pedi that will have your fingers tapping with confidence once again.
So pick your favorite color and revamp your look so your toes can have a chance to peep through your favorite sandals or peep-toe heels. The following BARTable nail salons and spas in San Francisco have got you covered so that you don’t have to keep your digits covered up any longer.
Photo courtesy of Yu K/Vanity Beauty Lounge. 

Vanity Beauty Lounge

Located on the second floor of Embarcadero Center, steps from Embarcadero Station, Vanity Beauty Lounge supports your inner (and outer) diva. Unwind in this opulent red and black salon adorned with flowers and nail polish-lined walls when you’re in need of a relaxing session in Downtown SF. The product menu includes both shellac and Zoya natural polishes, and the heated neck wraps and warm tea add to an all-around soothing experience. 

Where: 3 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco
Nearest station: Embarcadero
Walk time: Five minutes
Phone: (415) 362-2242
Photo courtesy of Mani-Pedi.


The name of the business may not be very creative, but that’s because Mani-Pedi doesn’t need much additional flair to convince customers it gets the job done more than just well. Rose petal-laden foot baths precede the gel and acrylic mani-pedis (with dip powder technique) at this Guerrero Street salon. In addition to the beloved nail polish mastery during traditional services, Mani-Pedi is also known for its friendly staff and alternative takes on the French mani-pedi (think diagonals and multi-color arrangements).

Where: 1035 Guerrero St, San Francisco 
Nearest station: 24th St Mission 
Walk time: Eight minutes
Website: Mani-Pedi
Phone: (415) 872-9045
Photo courtesy of Sophia's Beauty Lounge/Yelp. 

Sophia’s Beauty Lounge

Sophia’s Beauty Lounge knows how to clean up those cuticles and transform your nails into blank canvases ready for the next artistic polish. Mani-pedis, waxing and facials are delivered in a setting that is both pristine and boldly dramatic (red walls and red chairs contribute to the warm, welcoming scene). Sit back, close those eyes and relax as your worries and feet melt away in an Herb Mineral Bath, all a quick walk from 24th St Mission Station.

Where: 3420 Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco 
Nearest station: 24th St Mission 
Walk time: Six Minutes
Phone: (415) 285-9777
Photo courtesy of Thi Nail Salon & Spa/Yelp.

Thi Nail Salon & Spa

Regulars sink into large and comfy gray seats with red velvet pillows at Thi Nail Salon & Spa, where nails get the star treatment in a sleek environment near Powell St station. Chandeliers, black tile flooring and greenery in a bright spacious salon set the scene as Essie and OPI polishes are carefully coated onto clients’ nails during the popular mani-pedi sessions at this Mission Street staple. Facials, waxing and massage treatments add to the full menu of me-time services.

Where: 811 Mission St, San Francisco 
Nearest station: Powell St 
Walk time: Four minutes
Phone: (415) 939-8689


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