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May 14, 2008 04:40 PM

WC Yacht Club, Dead Fish, or other?

We've got an anniversary coming up. I'm craving seafood. Neither of us wants a dive, neither of us wants over the top fancy. We may head to a movie afterwards (hey, we're parents of small kids so a movie in a theater instead of on TV is a big deal!), so we want to eat someplace where we can put on a nice shirt but maybe get away w/casual pants or unripped jeans.

I am wondering if either of these establishments will fit the bill. Anyone have a preference of one over the other? Or, is there another restaurant in the Walnut Creek vicinity that you would suggest instead for a nice seafood dinner?

Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. Dead Fish in Crockett?

    Ok, I'm not crazy about either, but I'd pick WC Yacht Club over Dead Fish for food. What Dead Fish does have going for it is a spectacular view.

    If you are willing to go to Crocket, why not consider Berkeley and either Maritime East or Sea Salt?

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    1. re: rworange

      Agree , then you could stop at the Claremont for a nice romantic sunset drink.

    2. How about The Left Bank in Pleasant Hill? You can walk over to the movies after dinner.

      1. I'm not crazy about the way Dead Fish does crab (it arrives at the table coated in a garlic-butter sauce) but I have to say the mussels are delicious. And the filet mignon is actually one of the best I've had in the Bay Area. The side dishes, especially the creamed chard (like creamed spinach, only better), are good too. Add in a couple of cocktails and a seat on the outdoor patio (essential, and in one of the "cabanas" if it's cold), and it's one of my favorite low-pressure places to eat.

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        1. re: SueSong

          Thanks. I forgot that the prime rib there gets good mentions too. Didn't know about the filet mignon. The mussels are the one thing I enjoyed there. A few years ago they had the best brunch for fantastic prices. Then they upped the prices drastically. Too bad ... it was a great place to start the day with that nice view

          Hmmm .... just looked at the menu. It might be time to revisit brunch again ... I'm intrigued by milk poached eggs and cotechino sausage.

          That with a $3 Irish coffee and the view might be something. As someone who knows little about wine, I like the way they organized the wine list ... by price ... never saw that before ... gets to the point so I can zone in on the cheap stuff.

          Dead Fish
          20050 San Pablo Avenue, Crockett, CA 94525

        2. The Yankee Pier in Lafayette has been getting pretty good reviews. And it puts you close to the Walnut Creek or Orinda theaters.