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Best restaurant view of Golden Gate Bridge fireworks

Squeaky May 13, 2012 08:16 AM

By chance, I will be in San Francisco during the Memorial Day weekend. I understand that there will be fireworks for the Golden Gate Bridge anniversary, can someone recommend a good viewing spot from a restaurant? TIA!

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  1. AntarcticWidow May 13, 2012 08:34 AM

    McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant in Ghirardelli Square is reputed to have a bay view from every table in the restaurant. I've never been, but others may be able to validate this. You can find reviews of their food throughout this board.

    1. Robert Lauriston May 13, 2012 09:44 AM

      Cavallo Point in Sausalito. Skates in Berkeley (meh). Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville (I think the view of the GGB is partially blocked by Treasure Island).

      There are few if any in SF. Greens?

      McCormick & Kuleto and other places around there with views of the Bay face north, and the bridge is to the east.

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        Ruth Lafler May 13, 2012 11:51 AM

        The Golden Gate bridge is to the west. It really depends on where the fireworks are actually being displayed. The East Bay is really too far away for a satisfactory viewing. Note also that the fireworks are at 9:30. I wouldn't bother with trying to find a restaurant with a view. Have dinner and then go down to the waterfront for the fireworks.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          Robert Lauriston May 13, 2012 12:31 PM

          Uh, west, of course. The fireworks may be right by the bridge, they're closing the sidewalk for the duration.

          There are dinner cruises:


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            MagicMarkR May 14, 2012 01:42 PM

            Quick non-restaurant related thing to keep in mind, here. I frequently go to a neighbor's place for fireworks. They live in the east bay with a perfect view across to the Golden Gate. Beautiful, huh? Well, there's one problem: fog. I think something like 3 of the last 4 years, the fireworks across the bay were completely covered in fog. And I agree they are too far away anyway if you like the booms and bangs that go with the display (and what's the point otherwise?).

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          skwid May 13, 2012 09:55 AM

          I think the restaurant in the Claremont Hotel in Oakland should have views, not sure about every table.

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            Robert Lauriston May 13, 2012 10:01 AM

            At least one of the restaurants at the Claremont has a view, but it's three or four miles farther away from the bridge than Skates or HKEO.

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              skwid May 13, 2012 10:06 AM

              True, but the Claremont has elevation on its side (the Claremont is the big white building on the hill) while HKEO and Skates are at the level of the bay.

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                Robert Lauriston May 13, 2012 10:12 AM

                I'm not sure that's an advantage. I've seen July 4 fireworks from the Claremont. You can see them going off in a bunch of places around the Bay, but you're so far away they look pretty small.

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                  Chandavkl May 22, 2012 10:12 PM

                  Yes, way too far. Unless you're within 1 to 2 miles at most, it's not worth watching fireworks.

          2. bbulkow May 13, 2012 01:39 PM

            Ana Mandara
            The Franciscan
            McCormick & Kuleto's
            St Francis Yacht Club (not public)

            It's kind of amazing how few restaurants with a view of the bridge there are. You've best off trying to get some kind of togo together and join the throngs at Crissy Field or similar.

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              Robert Lauriston May 13, 2012 02:54 PM

              The Franciscan advertises views of both bridges, so presumably it depends on which table you get.

              I'm pretty sure the hill at Fort Mason (Black Point?) is between the bridge and McCormick & Kuleto's and Ana Mandara.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                bbulkow May 14, 2012 01:01 AM

                I suppose you're right about the bridge.

                I wonder where the fireworks will be? I stand by my recommendation to get takeout and hit one of the beaches.

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              Sharuf May 14, 2012 04:55 AM

              How about waterfront places in Tiburon? There's Caprice and its amazing panoramic Bay views. Don't know if you can see the bridge from Sam's or Guaymas, but if so, they would be good.

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                Robert Lauriston May 14, 2012 08:46 AM

                You can't see the Golden Gate from Tiburon. Marin Headlands. Belvedere is in the way.

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                  tiburonchomper May 20, 2012 01:27 PM

                  You can see it from Tiburon if you walk past the railroad/ferry museum. The Caprice has a striaght-on view of the GGB, and the fireworks are to be set off inside the Gate anyway, supposedly all the way to Fort Mason.

                  1. re: tiburonchomper
                    Robert Lauriston May 20, 2012 01:36 PM

                    Right you are. I didn't realize there was a restaurant there. That's probably the best view of the bridge from a restaurant.


              2. mr_morcilla May 22, 2012 09:32 PM

                Greens @ Fort Mason, or take a picnic over to Fort Baker.

                1. Glencora May 31, 2012 11:58 AM

                  So where did you go? Leah Garchik in the Chronicle had an item about viewing them from the Top of the Mark. Hadn't thought of that.

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