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Living the Lush Life

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My pal Kous and I were in the mood for a little R&R and I needed to get the tootsies done for the two holiday parties I was going to over the weekend.

We had no reservations anywhere and wanted to go someplace other than the tiny sterile place down the street with the mean ladies who talk about you in foreign languages as they work on your toes.  Our first choice was the Polished Lounge (which still remains my fave spot no matter where I go), but they’re always so booked, so a walk in was out of the question.

A call to pal Jen steered us to Lush Life Nail Bar on Fillmore between Union and Lombard.

The place is very retro and clean, like something out of the W Hotel with a South Beach vibe.  There was lots of white, some pink and some neon, and a flat screen HD television with one of the Charlie’s Angels movies playing.  Semi relaxing, but much more of a “seen and be seen” scene.  The clientele was hip, with some Marina soccer moms thrown in. 

We were without a reservation, but only had to wait 15 minutes until they could take us for our basic pedis.  The service was alright by our manicurists, but the front desk could’ve been a bit more personable.  They seemed disinterested and were just waiting for quitting time.   The bathroom and back room could’ve also been a bit cleaner.

They did a very good job on our pedis and never once rushed us out of the place.  They let us chat, linger, and just chill out in our white chairs.  But it was nothing…special.  More attention to the details (a scented footbath, slightly longer massage) and a little more service (we didn’t even get offered any beverage, though they had some water sitting in an area) would’ve made this experience one to remember.  The lack of details and extra service makes it a good standby if you’re in the area, but nothing to write home about.

And for $26 for a basic pedi (standard for these kinds of spots), I would’ve liked to see just a little bit more if they wanted me to return.

Lush Life Nail Bar – 3108 Fillmore – SF – 415.776.LUSH


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