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Wife and I are flying into the Bay Area in Feb sometime to spend some time with my dad. We do this every few months and every time, we pick a decent place to have brunch / lunch.
Some examples of places we have been:
The Claremont in Berkeley
The Fishhopper in Monterey
Fisherman's Grotto in Monterey
Any suggestions for a decent place within about 2 hours of Walnut Creek, CA? Here are some preferences:
1) By the water, not necessarily an ocean view but by the water would be nice.
2) Good seafood selection. Wife is a pescatarian and while most places do have the token vegetarian / fish dish, a place with a good seafood selection is preferable.
3) I mentioned it above, but within about a 2 hour drive of Walnut Creek would be nice.
4) Preferably higher end, not really looking for a seafood shack kind of place. We don't see my dad much, so nicer would be better.
This will be on a Sunday so a Sunday Brunch or Buffet style Sunday Brunch sort of thing would be cool too.
I know squat about seafood places because I almost never eat it....but I have gotten a drink here:
And the view is pretty spectacular :
The menu looks good too, but I haven't had food there.
I've heard that Sam's anchor cafe in tiburon is good as well, but have never eaten there. I have walked in that area, and the view is pretty incredible, but I don't know what the view is like in the restaurant or on its deck.
Post up where you end up going, it might be useful to know later on.
Last edited by kornfeld (2012-01-24 21:30:37)
Another place to consider is sutro's at the cliff house:
The place feels like it's literally hanging out over the Pacific ...you can't get much closer to the water. I have eaten here, and it was very good. Definitely a step up from casual, but not full on formal.
I'll put on my thinking cap. One place that immediately comes to mind is Commis (pronounced co-mee)
I've yet to dine there but hear it's not really fancy, except for the food quality. It is the only restaurant in Oakland that has a Michelin star.
I'll second kornfeld's suggestion of the Cliff House for its pure San Francisco-ness.
Thanks guys, keep the suggestions coming if you can and I will report back on where we end up going.
Don't do many restaurants, but if you're here the 19th, there's a free bluegrass concert in the park that day.
I picked up a groupon to a brunch at the SF Hilton. Haven't gone yet so I can't give you a review, but it looks pretty awesome.
Free Flowing Champagne
Jumbo Prawns, Oysters on the Half Shell,
Crab Claws, Green Lipped Mussels
Cocktail Sauce, Champagne Vinaigrette,
Seafood and Poultry Entrée
Dungeness Crab Cakes with
Chive Hollandaise Sauce
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Prime Rib au jus, Horseradish Cream,
Silver Dollar Roll
Lots of other food too:
http://www.sanfranciscohiltonhotel.com/ … h-menu.pdf
I'd forgotten that your request included seafood. Here's one I've been to, although it was a while ago. It's in Berkeley. It was tasty then, and I expect it still is.
I like Nick's Cove up near Bodega Bay
23240 California 1 Marshall, CA
Otherwise, in The City, Scoma's is pretty good.
The Slanted Door is in the Ferry Building, so depending on seating, you can get a nice view across the bay, with the Bay Bridge featured prominently. The food is really good, and the have a full bar. Right by the BART station, so if you want to save the drive and be able to drink a bit more, Walnut Creek is easy.
Some folks at work recommended Swan Oyster Depot. As seen on TV! I don't do oysters, but trust their judgement.
Mmmmmmmm slanted door is good.