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Mar 28, 2010 05:46 PM

One Saturday night-view of the water

Two of us staying Saturday night before Easter and would like to find view (sunset or moon over the water, either looking to Golden Gate Bridge or the Pacific?) with seafood (I like crab cakes) and/or mediterranean style cooking (too broad?) Seen some places on Pier 39 panned, and many places with good food but without the view. Any suggestions on the best combination of the two?

Pier 39
, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. La Mar Cebicheria gets good reviews and is right on the water. You could also try Waterbar, though I haven't been there and so can't vouch for it.

    La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
    Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. I like the Franciscan in Fisherman's Wharf for seafood, especially the crab. It's not incredible, but it is tasty and has a great view.

      Aside from the Cliff House, which has a new chef, there's also the Beach Chalet with views of the Pacific. It's also it's own brewery. I've only had the bar snacks there, and they're good, but not stellar.

      Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
      1000 Great Hwy., San Francisco, CA 94121

      Franciscan Restaurant
      Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: cosmogrrl

        According to my wife not stellar for the Beach Chalet is a gross understatement.

      2. The very best water view is at Caprice in Tiburon. Looking out over the bay at San Francisco when twilight falls and the city lights go on is a magical sight indeed.

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        1. re: Sharuf

          I think you have a good point. The best views are *of* the city, not *in* the city.

        2. View + Good Chow is surprisingly hard to find here. For a sunset over the ocean, The Cliff House is really the only place with that view. Food reports range from average to excellent. The view can be fogged in quite a lot. There really aren't any sunset views over the bay unless you go to the East Bay to someplace like the restaurant at Claremont spa above Berkeley. As for straight up water views without the sunset, Slanted Door is a popular reco (Cal-Vietnamese), Waterbar & Epic Roadhouse (over priced theme restaurants), Fisherman's Wharf tourist traps (Franciscan included, but Scomas gets okay reviews though pricey), or head over to Sausaltio.

          Slanted Door
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            BTW, it's not at all surprising the "good view" and "good chow" don't go together. It's unusual to have above-average food in a restaurant that depends on other things to draw people in. In addition, since rents are usually very high in prime locations the restaurant has to generate a high volume, which means dumbing down the food to appeal to the widest possible audience and often cutting corners on things like high-end ingredients and high-end chefs.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I meant that it may seem surprising to a visitor because the city is known for it's amazing views and for good food. It's often a surprise to find out those two things don't go together here. What you say is true about why that is the case.

            2. re: Shane Greenwood

              The cliff house has 0 view after dark because you're looking at Japan with no lights or boats or even surf.

              Greens is oft overlooked as a view restaurant. I'm a greens "hater", but they do have a nice view. It's one of the few that faces directly toward the golden gate, and the sunset streams right in.

              1. re: bbulkow

                Greens does have one of the best views in town.

            3. You could also go to one of the bars atop a hotel for drinks, take in the view and sunset, then head down to another place for dinner. A drink at the Top of the Mark followed by dinner around Union Square would be the best of both worlds.

              Top of the Mark
              Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

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              1. re: Shane Greenwood

                I think a blanket and a bottle of red wine at twin peaks - and then food just about anywhere - trumps all that. As much as I like top of the mark and recommend it, as an old building the architecture doesn't lend itself to great sight lines. If you walk up the hill next to twin peaks and spread a blanket, now, that's a view. No so much in the rain, though - romantic but cold.