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May 20, 2007 11:36 PM

Waterfront restaurants?

Does anyone have recommendations for waterfront restaurants in the Bay Area? My husband and I enjoy Blue Bayou at Disneyland. For those of you who aren't familiar w/ this restaurant, it's located next to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. When you enter the restaurant, you get sitted on the patio overlooking the river. It's dimly lit and definitely romantic. I'm looking to find a similar restaurant here in the Bay Area.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Slanted Door is on the water. Love it. Don't know if it is exactly what you have in mind, however.

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    1. re: whiner

      I agree with Slanted Door and was going to reply with that suggestion even before I saw the post above. Terrific Vietnamese inspired food. I liked it so much after eating lunch there one day that I changed my plans and went back the next day. It is in the Ferry Building, on the water with a great view of the Bay Bridge. If you go, plan to spend a little time in all the great shops in the Ferry Building.

    2. Two great places i can think of are the Crab house on the Wharf (the best Crabs in San Fran) and there is also another place over in Sausalito (forget the name but seafood) that is right out on the water. They have a nice wine list and of course some nice large prawns.

      1. This is way off your radar, but something I like to do. At China Camp in San Rafael there is a funky historic sandwich shop. Get a shrimp sandwich or bowl of chowder and take it outside to one of the picnic tables and sit there enjoying the bay view while munching on your potato chips.

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        1. re: Sharuf

          Isn't that sandwich shop at China Camp open only on weekends?

          1. re: Mick Ruthven

            China Camp is one of my favorite places, but it's not what the OP is looking for.

        2. The Cliff House in SF has a stunning, dramtic view of the water and crashing waves.

          In Tiburon you'll get a more calming water view at places like Guyamas (slightly upscale Mexican, outside seating) and Sam's Anchor Cafe (casual, burger joint, big outside deck, crowded on weekends)

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          1. re: sgwood415

            There's the Caprice in Tiburon. The view of San Francisco across the bay is magical at sunset.

          2. Take a look at Jack London Square. It's on an estuary, so you get a different water view, but there are lots of food options and attractions there, one of the Bay Area's more Disney-esque places.

            While most people would steer you clear of Fisherman's Wharf, there are a couple of places you might enjoy. Scoma's serves locally caught, fresh fish.
            And Forbes Island might be the most Disney style dining experience in SF, it's a restaurant on a boat in Fisherman's Wharf and you take a water taxi out to it, fun experience, the food is on par with Blue Bayou.