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ltrio May 20, 2007 11:36 PM

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!

  1. ltrio May 21, 2007 11:36 PM

    Thank you all for your helpful suggestions!

    1. PeterL May 21, 2007 08:28 AM

      Using a Disneyland restaurant as your standard of "waterfront", I guess there isn't anything in the Bay Area that's equivalent. You may want to try Spinnaker in Sausalito. It's right on the water, although there aren't any pirates nearby.

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      1. re: PeterL
        rworange May 21, 2007 10:31 AM

        Given the requirement of novelty atmosphere I would say any of the above would work, some of which I would normally issue warnings about due to average, at best, food. None of them are horrid, but most are over-priced and there's better food elsewhere but not the unique ambiance.

        You might also consider the Waterfront and in the Wharf Aliota's might be added to the mix.

        I would think that Forbes Island might be the best bet. There's a first for me ... recommending Forbes Island. Others have reported positively about dining there, it just isn't my thing. However having dined at a number of Disneyland restaurants over the years the food is the equal of any of them. Also there is the novelty of the little boat ride to the private island and dining undersea.

      2. sgwood415 May 21, 2007 08:12 AM

        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. www.jacklondonsquare.com

        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. www.scomas.com
        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. www.forbesisland.com

        1. sgwood415 May 21, 2007 08:03 AM

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

          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) www.samscafe.com

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          1. re: sgwood415
            Sharuf May 22, 2007 12:34 AM

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

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            Sharuf May 21, 2007 02:38 AM

            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
              Mick Ruthven May 21, 2007 08:03 PM

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

              1. re: Mick Ruthven
                Glencora May 21, 2007 09:24 PM

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

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              Just Me May 21, 2007 12:17 AM

              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.

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                whiner May 21, 2007 12:13 AM

                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
                  bananna slug May 21, 2007 08:09 AM

                  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.

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