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Forbes Island

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Between Pier 39 and 41, San Francisco, CA 94133-1009
+1 415-951-4900
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Fremont, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went a week before Valentine's Day, The environment is very nice a bit fancy and casual at the same time for being on a boat. You can definitely feel the boat rock, so make sure you plan to go on a day less windy, otherwise someone may become more sea sick than usual. Food was great, even though the... More 

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Alameda, California
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Take a private ferry to a $70 prix fixe dinner in an underwater dining room. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for amazing views. Service was friendly and attentive without being over bearing. Rack of lamb was amazing....even my vegetarian partner could resist a bite or two. The salmon was also good, but the lamb was the standout. The... More 

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Ireland
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Such a fantastic location for a restaurant, the little boat trip out to the lighthouse is novel, the lighthouse and outdoor deck is great. I was excited about the underwater restaurant complete with portholes, this was quirky and has so much potential if the interior was updated. The quality of the food wasn't great for the price, very disappointing. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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129 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Our out of tpowners wanted to venture out for dinner at Forbes Island. It was even on Check Please Bay Area KQED!

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

This place could easily be mistaken for a "tourist trap", because of it's location and unique environment. However, based upon a recommendation from a SF local, we decided to take a chance. Boarding a small boat that drops you off on a floating island was fun. When you arrive, stairs lead down to the restaurant, which is actually the hull... More 

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California
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We have been looking at the island for years never knowing how great it would be. When we were picked up at the pier we were transported into another world. The decor of the dining area is lovely and unique, the service perfect and food devine. While it is expensive it is worth every penny. Loved everything.

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Sausalito California
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

From the moment the shuttle picks you up to the drinks at the bar to the experience of feeling like you are sitting underwater while you eat, this place is awesome in every way. The food is tasty and beautiful. The service is impeccable and the tour of the lighthouse is fun. This place is a must whether you are... More 

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San Francisco, California
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

What kind of dinner experience are you looking for? Is it all about the food? Or is ambience high on your list of priorities? This restaurant is definitely for the adventurous at heart who like to try new things. The restaurant is on a floating, man-made island. You take a boat to the island from the Pier. The island is... More 

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is unique and fun. The food was ok. The service was good. It is a floating restaurant so it does roll with the waves. You know when a boat goes by. We already had been told that so it was no surprise for us. The ferry ride of was great because of the captain. very nice.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I was taken to this restaurant by good friends of ours, who had heard really good things about it, and wanted to experience eating below-deck on a boat. And although the interior hull was decorated nicely, there wasn't much to see outside the portholes -- so in a way, it felt like being in any other restaurant. The food was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 41 - US$ 80
Cuisine
American, Cajun & Creole
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Between Pier 39 and 41, San Francisco, CA 94133-1009
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-951-4900

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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