West Portal is a small neighborhood in San Francisco, California. West Portal is a primarily residential area of the City. The neighborhood's main corridor, West Portal Avenue, serves as a principal shopping district of southwestern San Francisco.
West Portal is located at the southern edge of the hills in central San Francisco. The neighborhood is named for the western terminus of the Munitunnel beneath Twin Peaks that opened in 1918. The ride in the subway from West Portal Station to Castro Station is about seven minutes. South of West Portal Station, the L Taraval goes west along Ulloa Street, and the K Ingleside and the M Oceanview go south along West Portal Avenue. It is also served by the T Third Street Line. The neighborhood is served by the 48 and 57 Muni bus lines.
Because of its small size and collection of mom and pop stores, restaurants, and saloons, the neighborhood is often described as having a village-like atmosphere. The neighborhood is served by the West Portal Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Like Glen Park, West Portal is a San Francisco community that almost functions as a small city itself. Though small, the neighborhood has many banks, restaurants, coffee shops, salons, a first run movie theater, and spas. West Portal Avenue is dotted with locally owned and operated businesses which include a book store, toy store, produce market, and hardware store.
The frequent fog helps keep the area green in the usually rainless summer months, and on a clear day, West Portal Park, above the Twin Peaks Tunnel, provides a view of the Marin Headlands and the Farallon Islands in the Pacific.