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Aug 16, 2014 09:50 PM

Bay Bridge lights restaurant [San Francisco]

I've eaten at Waterbar for dinner and while the good was ok, the view of the lights was amazing. I'm returning with my 25 yr old daughter and would love to take her to a restaurant with as good a view is there, with equally amazing food?

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    1. Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse are really the only restaurants with that kind of view. Sinbad is further away (and likely has food a step down), MarketBar really doesn't have the same view (if it has a good view, it would be few tables), Chaya might have a view at one or two tables and probably has better food, one not mentioned might be Harry Denton's (don't they have a view in that direction?) but food there would be sub-par.

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      1. re: bbulkow

        Are you referring to Harry Denton's Starlight Room on Union Square?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I think he is probably thinking of Perry's

        2. re: bbulkow

          There actually used to be a Harry Denton's restaurant/night club on Steuart St., but its heyday was probably 20 years ago. By the late 1990s, it was past its prime and eventually closed. (I was last there in the summer of 1999.) The space was taken over by Ozumo, which opened in the spring of 2001 and has been there ever since.

          Chaya has large windows and significantly more than one or two tables with the view. Plus, like Perry's, it has an outdoor patio on the Embarcadero.

          The Ferry Building area gives you a more complete look at the span by virtue of being a little further away. If you are close, you get a very good look at the part of the span that is near you, but not so much of the entire span. Sinbad's probably has the best views of the places in the Ferry Building area, but I don't think I would want to eat the food there. (Not counting One Ferry Plaza here since I have no idea what their concept de jour is.) The expanded Hog Island has quite a few tables with the view, but in comparison with the likes of Waterbar, suffers from uncomfortable seats if you want to relax and enjoy the meal. I guess if you have a thirty minute line outside at 3pm on a regular weekday and don't take reservations, you don't want people to camp out in the dining room for too long. The Slanted Door has some tables with the view as well, and both it and Hog Island have outdoor patios that can seat quite a few.

          Generally, Waterbar is hard to beat for the combination of views, food, and ambience.

          1. re: nocharge

            I've been to Chaya to see the lights. Worked out well although they wouldn't guarantee me a table with a view when I made the reservation. I've never been able to get a reservation at Waterbar or Epic.

            La Mar also works well for lights watching.

            1. re: 512window

              I've eaten at the bar at both Waterbar and Chaya without a reservation, though not in the summer.

              I'd also like to point out the the lights look pretty from the other side, too. Not sure if there's any place to eat with a view over there, but I've admired the lights from that side even if they're not quite as sharp.

              1. re: Glencora

                As discussed in the older topic, the lights are not visible from the south.


                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Not as sharply, no. As I said. However they are visible at an angle, and quite pretty. Would I have said so if I hadn't seen it?

                  1. re: Glencora

                    I have seen them from the south.

                    As stated, it's a dim shadow of the north-facing view and I wouldn't recommend it to someone wanting to "see the view".

        3. Thanks so much for all the replies. What about the Slanted Door?

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          1. this is what makes the decisive restaurant scene in "Mrs. Doubtfire" so much funnier - deconstructing the coordinates of the fictional locale and lack of fog.