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Aug 15, 2011 10:52 AM

San Francisco cruise ship stop


The cruise I'm scheduled to go on (Sapphire Princess) is scheduled to be in San Francisco on a Sunday (1pm) through Monday (1pm).

What we're looking for are 2 places to eat while we check out the city:

Lunch - sandwiches, burgers etc.

Dinner - someplace more romantic possibly with outdoor seating, a (great view) near the water.

Any suggestions?


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  1. For lunch, from your ship, you could walk down to the Ferry Building. Gott's, right on the corner of the Ferry Building, might be a good choice for hambrugers, hot dogs, fish tacos, milk shakes, etc. . Inside, Hog Island Oysters (they have a great grilled cheese sandwich) has both indoors and outside seating as does the seafood place just adjacent to it. There is also Slanted Door if you're interested in contemporary Vietnamese and Mijita for Mexican. The restaurant on the south end of the building, nearer to the bridge, which I think is called Market does not get good reviews though I have not been there.

    For dinner on the water, also walk down from your ship along the Embarcadero toward the Ferry Building and check out Lafitte, La Mar (Peruvian) which both have outside seating, though Lafitte's is glass enclosed. Beyond the Ferry Building nearer the Bay Bridge are Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar--both on the water with nice views of the bay and bridge. The very popular Boulevard is just across the street and they have excellent food and a nice, lively atmosphere. One Market, at the foot of Market Street, is also open on Sundays, I think, and it is very good.

    I expect a lot of cruise passengers head down the Embarcadero in the othe direction toward Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf--you might want to walk around that area but I would avoid the food in that area.

    San Francisco is easy to navigate using public transportation, so if you want to venture further from your ship there will be many options, though on a Sunday they will be somewhat more limited than during the week.

    Slanted Door
    Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

    One Market Restaurant
    1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

    1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Epic Roasthouse
    369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

    Pier 39
    , San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: bobpantzer

      The Ferry Building is a great idea.

      To set expectations San Francisco restaurants on the water near the cruise ship terminals will be facing east or north, and on a working bay. They aren't especially romantic, and you won't see the sunset unless you head across town to the ocean.

      But La Mar and the others Bob's mentioned are fine for a drink and a snack. Hog Island is a very nice place to sit and watch the world go by though. They close early on Sunday.