Being able to stare at large bodies of water is one of the biggest perks of being a Bay Area person (right next to wearing only a “light jacket” in winter). At these restaurants, you can take advantage of that perk while also eating good things and (if you want) drinking four glasses of sparkling wine. Here are some very solid waterfront spots that are open with outdoor seating right now.
The waterfront bar and restaurant on Pier 30 has reopened their patio seating, so you can once again have lovely views of the bay and the bridge while enjoying burgers and fish and chips. Reservations aren’t required and feel free to bring your dog along too. The casual restaurant is open for breakfast, and is also showing Giants games.
The upscale Embarcadero seafood restaurant is always a great choice if you want phenomenal oysters and some of the best bay views. Right now, they’re offering lunch and dinner, and Happy Hour from 2-4:30pm. You can also drop by from 12-4:30pm when the oyster-of-the-day is $1.05 each. Grab a reservation here.
There are plenty of reasons to head to this family-run bar and restaurant on the Embarcadero - good beer, good burgers, and casual, waterfront dining on their sunny patio. They’re open for socially-distanced outdoor dining Wednesday to Sunday from 12-5pm. Make a reservation here.
New August menu now available plus expanded hours and reservations for socially distanced/safe/outdoor seating now being taken. Reserve now Wednesday-Sunday via OpenTable or https://t.co/FDJzddETQi pic.twitter.com/oJ9AsYpP9l— Pier23cafe (@Pier23cafe1) August 3, 2020
The casual Mission Bay restaurant overlooks the water and Oracle Park, which may or may not bum you out depending on how often you used to attend Giants games. The casual spot has plenty of patio space, including a rooftop deck. They also have chicken sandwiches, salads, flatbread pizza, and cocktails Monday to Sunday, and a Happy Hour from 3-6pm.
The waterfront dive bar used to be a favorite pre-Giants game hangout spot. And now the Pier 28 ½ spot is a go-to for margaritas, burgers, BLTs, and fish tacos out on their patio. Get there Wednesday to Sunday, 11:30am to 6pm.
Scoma’s is in the heart of tourist central, but is actually one of the only places in Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll find us. The menu is full of old-school dishes like Crab Louie salad and linguine con vongole, but what you’re really here for are the clam chowder and Dungeness crab. Walk-ins are OK, but reservations are recommended.
La Mar does excellent ceviche right on the water, along with plenty of outdoor seating and heat lamps. They have a pretty great view of Treasure Island, too. The Peruvian spot is accepting reservations, so grab one and have pisco sours, empanadas, and anticuchos for lunch or dinner.
If you need to be reminded that you live in a place surrounded by water, head to Mission Rock Resort, a two-story restaurant and bar in Mission Bay. They’re taking reservations, but walk-ins are welcome. And if you want to avoid a wait, find a spot on their ground floor cafe. It’s got bay views, a full bar, and a limited menu.
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Say what!? OUTDOOR DINING will now be available THIS FRIDAY! We were gearing up for a reopening on 6/15, but we are thrilled to get the party started sooner than expected. For the weekend ahead, we will be doing walk ins only on our dining patio. For the week of 6/15 and beyond, you can make a reservation on our website! We can’t wait to see you! #openforbusiness #outdoordining #missionrockresort #thecomeback
If you’re trying to eat and drink next to the water in Oakland, the answer is pretty much always Lake Chalet. It’s the only restaurant on Lake Merritt, and has outdoor dining available on their sunny, spacious dock. Heading here for Taco Tuesday (3-8pm) is always a good call if you want to have $3.50 fish, chicken, asada, or veggie tacos, and $8 margaritas.
The Oakland edition of the beloved Thai spot in the Mission is located on the Jack London waterfront, and overlooks a pedestrian walkway and a bunch of boats. The festive, lively restaurant has a good amount of outdoor seating, and they serve some great dishes too, like papaya salad, fried chicken, and short ribs in panag curry.
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OAKLAND, WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS!!! We are re-opening for outdoor dining service starting this Friday 😋🍴Come enjoy our open air patio space and your favorite Farmhouse dishes this weekend! Here’s the deets: - Monday-Friday hours 11am-9pm; Saturday & Sunday hours 12pm-9pm 🕐 - Social distancing will be enforced ↔️ - You must wear a mask upon entry and wear it in common areas 😷 - Max 6 people/party 👫👫👫 - 90 min max seating limit 🚨 - Reservations aren’t required but suggested. Reservations can be made via our website www.farmhouseTHAI.com OR call (510) 419-0541 📞
The big draw of this casual bar and restaurant is that it’s housed in an over 100-year-old lighthouse overlooking a quiet marina in Oakland. Head straight upstairs to their casual pub, The Upper Deck, which has a large patio, plenty of beers, and serves things like burgers, sandwiches, and fish and chips. No reservations are required.
Coqueta makes Spanish classics like jamon, albondigas, and patatas bravas, but a perk of this place is that it’s on the water (assuming it’s not one of those June Gloom days). You can make a reservation online, or by calling 415-704-8866.