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Best Places to Dock & Dine in the Bay

Best Places to Dock & Dine in the Bay

With warm weather approaching, there's no better time to spend weekends on the water, enjoying late sunsets and sipping rosé al fresco. Sail to lunch, dinner or happy hour at these tried and true, boat-friendly Bay Area restaurants.


Sam's Anchor Cafe: A nostalgic and favorite choice of mine - Sam's brings back childhood memories of eating crab cakes and running around on the neighboring docks. Located in Tiburon/Belvedere, this Marin institution offers lively patio seating featuring blue plaid table cloths and a killer lunch menu. Pull up to the dock on a warm day, grab a table and enjoy the SF views over a glass of wine and some calamari fritti. Pro tip: watch for low tide.

The Ramp: Located in Mission Bay, this laid-back locale is the ultimate sailor's hangout. I remember spotting Jimmy Spithill and his team on several occasions during the 34th America's Cup. And if you're enjoying a weekday sail, try to make it to their EPIC happy hour: $1 oysters and $5 beers on Mondays from 4:30 - 7pm, and Thursdays from 11am - 7pm.

PIER 1 ½:  Enjoy pisco sours and ceviche at La Mar or check out the whiskey list and NOLA-inspired cuisine at Hard Water. Just a few minutes walk down the embarcadero is Michael Chiarello's Coqueta, known for it's delicious Spanish tapas and beautiful cocktails. Boats up to 40ft are welcome to dock at Pier 1 ½ for up to 3 hours (located right behind La Mar).

Presidio Yacht Club / Travis Marina: Within Sausalito's Travis Marina is a hidden gem: a funky dive bar with an eclectic atmosphere and live music Thursday - Saturday. Call ahead to reserve an all-day spot for around $20.

And while you're in the neighborhood... Farley Bar at Cavallo Point is just a short 5 min walk from Travis Marina and offers a more upscale environment with killer food and cocktails. 

SFYC: San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiburon, extends club privileges and its facilities to guests arriving by boat (bonus points if you're a member of another accredited yacht club). Just be sure to check in and get a guest card.

Le Garage: This converted Sausalito auto shop serves French fare in a lively, waterfront setting. Tie up for around $2 per foot at Schoonmaker Point Marina.

FISH: From tuna melts to clam chowder and BBQ oysters to fish n' chips - this casual Sausalito eatery serves just about everything a seafood lover could hope for. Enjoy your meal (served in cute baskets) at a picnic table on the deck or find a cozy seat at the bar. Keep in mind it's cash-only. Serves beer and wine only. Located right by Clipper, overnight rates are around $20 for a guest slip depending on boat size.

Jack London Square: This lively East Bay locale offers free docking for up to 3 hours at the public dock, overnight guest slips and a variety of restaurants and bars. Enjoy pizza and bocce at Plank , a glass (or two) of Zin at Rosenblum Cellars or check out Scott's for a more upscale vibe (plus they have a private dock for boat-in diners).

Brotzeit Lokal: From fresh local fish and oysters to traditional German fare (think Käsespätzle and homemade sausages galore), this Bavarian boathouse and biergarten was founded by seasoned sailors and features it's own guest dock. Prost!

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