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After a long — and probably chilly — day of sailing on the Bay, few things are more satisfying than walking up the dock and sitting down to a meal someone else has prepared. If you're at your home marina, you probably already know all the good spots to grab some chow, but what if you've stopped at Pier 1 1/2 to drop off guests, or are near the Golden Gate when your crew and their stomachs start growling, or you've headed up the Petaluma River for the weekend?

In the March issue, as well as in 'Lectronic Latitude, we asked readers for their help in compiling a list of restaurants that are easy to access by boat. To keep the list from filling the entire issue, we imposed one major limitation: The eatery in question must be within three blocks or so of a public dock, marina or yacht club. As a result, we were forced to omit several worthy destinations: Sausalito's Caledonia Street, all of Napa and, of course, hundreds of spots in the City, including the Marina District.

Our tour of Bay Area eateries starts in Sausalito and works its way clockwise as far as Antioch, then down to Richmond and on to the Estuary before heading to the South Bay and finally the Cityfront. The first listings under an area heading are restaurants with private docks (they're also labeled with an asterisk). Keep in mind that these docks are generally first-come-first-served and, as you might imagine, are reserved for customers of the restaurant. Many will allow you to spend the night if you've enjoyed a few too many libations at dinner, or if you plan to go up for brunch, but it's best to ask first. If shallow depths have been reported, the listing is noted with an exclamation point.

Next you'll find the restaurants organized by proximity to any given public marina or yacht club (phone numbers are provided to make berthing arrangements). Our readers' recommendations head the list and are in a bold font, followed by other eateries in the area. Each listing gives the type of food they specialize in, which meals they serve, a price range provided by Yelp.com — $=cheap; $$=moderate; $$$=spendy; $$$$=splurge — and contact info.

This list is far from comprehensive, so there are a few things to keep in mind when referring to it:

  • Just because a restaurant made the list doesn't guarantee you'll like it; conversely, if a restaurant isn't listed, that doesn't mean it's not great.

  • Price ranges and menu specialties are often subjective.

  • Just because a listing isn't noted as shallow doesn't mean you won't run aground — always watch your depthsounder when entering an unfamiliar dock.

  • Many establishments also offer entertainment so be sure to check their websites for upcoming events.

  • Yacht clubs' dinners are often open to the public — check their websites.

  • If there's anything better than having someone cook for you, it's having them do the dishes, too.

— latitude/ladonna

Bold = Reader Recommended

* = Private dock

! = Watch your depth!

B = Breakfast

Br = Weekend Brunch

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

SAUSALITO

Horizons* - Seafood (Br,L,D) $$$
www.horizonssausalito.com
(415) 331-3232

Sausalito YC (415) 332-7400

Scoma's - Seafood (L,D) $$$
588 Bridgeway
www.scomassausalito.com
(415) 332-9551

Spinnaker - Seafood (Br,L,D) $$$
100 Spinnaker Dr
www.thespinnaker.com
(415) 332-1500

Angelino - Italian (L,D) $$
621 Bridgeway
www.angelinorestaurant.com
(415) 331-5225

Napa Valley Burger Company (B,L) $$
670 Bridgeway
www.napavalleyburgercompany.com
(415) 332-1454

Piccolo Teatro - Italian (L,D) $$
739 Bridgeway
www.piccoloteatrodisausalito.com
(415) 332-0739

Poggio - Italian (L,D) $$$
801 Bridgeway
www.poggiotrattoria.com
(415) 332-7771

Sausalito Yacht Harbor (415) 332-5000

Harbor View Grill - American (D) $$
303 Johnson St.
www.harborviewgrill.com
(415) 332-1492

Taste of Rome - Cafe (B,L,D) $$
1000 Bridgeway
www.taste-of-rome.com
(415) 332-7660

Thai Terrace - Thai (L,D) $
1001 Bridgeway, Suite B1
(415) 331-8007

Paradise Bay - Seafood (L,D) $$
1200 Bridgeway
paradisebaysausalito.com
(415) 331-3226

Cibo - Cafe (B,L,D) $$
1201 Bridgeway
www.cibosausalito.com
(415) 331-2426

Clipper Yacht Harbor (415) 332-3500

Fish - Seafood (L,D) $$
At marina
www.331fish.com
(415) 331-3474

Sea Horse - Italian (L,D) $$
At marina
www.sausalitoseahorse.com
(415) 331-2899

Anchorage 5 - Mexican/American (B,L) $$
475 Gate 5 Rd.
(415) 331-8329

Schoonmaker Point Marina (415) 331-5550

Le Garage - French (Br,L,D) $$$
At marina
www.legaragebistrosausalito.com
(415) 332-5625

Seafood Peddler - Seafood (L,D) $$
303 Johnson Street
www.seafoodpeddler.com
(415) 332-1492

Saylors - American/Mexican (L,D) $$
2009 Bridgeway
www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com
(415) 332-1512

Fred's Place - Cafe (B,L) $$
1917 Bridgeway
(415) 332-4575

TIBURON

Sam's*! - Cafe (Br,L,D) $$
www.samscafe.com
(415) 435-4527

Corinthian YC (415) 435-4771

Ginza - Sushi (L,D) $$
41 Main St.
www.ginzasushi-tiburon.com
(415) 789-5123

New Morning - Cafe (B,Br,L) $$
1696 Tiburon Blvd.
(415) 435-4315

ANGEL ISLAND

Cove Cafe & Cantina - Cafe (L) $
Ayala Cove docks
www.angelisland.com/cove_cafe/index.php

SAN RAFAEL

Terrapin Crossroads - Phil Lesh's place in San Rafael (L,D) $$
100 Yacht Club Dr.
www.terrapincrossroads.net
(415) 524-2773

PETALUMA RIVER

Papa's Taverna* - Greek (L,D) $$
At Gilardi's Landing (Lakeville)
www.papastaverna.com
(707) 769-8545

Turning Basin (707) 778-4303

Dempsey's Brewery - American (L,D) $$
50 E Washington St.
www.dempseys.com
(707) 765-9694

McNear's Saloon - American (Br,L,D) $$
23 Petaluma Blvd. N.
www.mcnears.com
(707) 765-2121

Graziano's - Italian (D) $$$
170 Petaluma Blvd. N.
www.grazianositalianfood.com
(707) 762-5997

Volpi's - Italian (L,D) $$
124 Washington St.
(707) 765-0695

Himalayan Kabob & Curry House - Indian (L,D) $$
220 Western Ave.
www.himalayankabobandcurryhouse.com
(707) 775-4717

Central Market - American (D) $$$
42 Petaluma Blvd. N.
www.centralmarketpetaluma.com
(707) 778-9900

Water Street Bistro - French (B,L) $
100 Petaluma Blvd. N.
www.waterstreetbistro.net
(707) 763-9563

Della Fattoria - Bakery (B,Br,L) $$
141 Petaluma Blvd. N.
www.dellafattoria.com
(707) 763-0161

Risibisi - Italian (L,D) $$
154 Petaluma Blvd N.
(707) 766-7600

Graffiti - Seafood (L,D) $$$
101 2nd St.
www.graffitipetaluma.com
(707) 765-4567

VALLEJO

Vallejo YC (707) 643-1254

Front Room at the Wharf - American (L,D) $$
295 Mare Island Way
www.frontroomvallejo.com
(707) 649-8889

Panama Red Coffee - Cafe (B,L) $
At ferry terminal
www.panamaredcoffee.com
(707) 554-2100

Vallejo Municipal Marina (707) 648-4370

Sardine Can - Seafood (B,L,D) $$
At marina
www.sardinecan.net
(707) 553-9492

Zio Fraedo's - Italian (L,D) $$
23 Harbor Way
www.ziofraedos.com
(707) 642-8984

Glen Cove Marina - (707) 552-3236

Glen Cove Grille - American (B,L,D) $$ (opening mid-April)
At marina (dredged to 10')
www.glencovemarina.net

BENICIA

Benicia Marina - (707) 745-2628

First St. Cafe - American (B,L,D) $$
440 1st St.
www.firststcafe.com
(707) 745-1400

Sailor Jack's - Seafood (L,D) $$$
123 1st St.
(707) 746-8500

Kinder's BBQ - Deli (L,D) $$
333 1st St.
www.kindersbbq.com
(707) 745-4453

The Union Hotel - Italian (L,D) $$
401 1st St.
www.unionhotelbenicia.com
(707) 746-0110

Lucca Bar & Grill - American (L,D) $$
439 1st St.
www.luccabar.com
(707) 745-0943

Szechwan House - Chinese (L,D) $$
500 1st St.
(707) 745-4743

Char's Hot Dogs - Hot Dogs (L,D) $
523 1st St.
(707) 745-4476

Kaigan Sushi - Sushi (L,D) $$
560 1st St.
(707) 747-1084

Mai Thai Cuisine - Thai (L,D) $$
807 1st St.
(707) 747-1868

Aroma - Indian (L,D) $$
818 1st St.
www.aromabenicia.com
(707) 745-1870

ANTIOCH

Humphrey's on the Delta (Br,L,D) $$
1 Marina Plaza
Antioch, CA 94509
925-778-5800
www.humphreysonthedelta.com

RICHMOND

Boilerhouse* - American (Br,L,D) $$
www.boilerhouserestaurant.com
(510) 215-6000 (call first)

Marina Bay Yacht Harbor (510) 236-1013

Salute - Italian (Br,L,D) $$
At marina
www.salutemarinabay.com
(510) 215-0803

Brickyard Cove Marina (510) 236-1933

All's Fare - American (B,L) $
At marina
(510) 232-1500

BERKELEY/EMERYVILLE

Emery Cove Yacht Harbor (510) 428-0505

Trader Vic's - Hawaiian (L,D) $$$
At marina
www.tradervicsemeryville.com
(510) 653-3400

Hong Kong East Ocean - Seafood (Br,L,D) $$
3199 Powell St.
www.hkeo.us
(510) 655-3388

Roba's Pizza Cafe - Pizza (L) $
2320 Powell St.
(510) 547-7773

Berkeley Marina - (510) 981-6740

Skates on the Bay - American (Br,L,D) $$$
Across from Berkeley YC
www.skatesonthebay.com
(510) 549-1900

Hana Japan - Japanese (L,D) $$
At marina
www.hanajapan.com
(510) 848-8515

Bay Grille & Lounge - American (B,L,D) $$
At DoubleTree Hotel
200 Marina Blvd.
(510) 7920

OAKLAND/ALAMEDA ESTUARY

Quinn's Lighthouse* - Seafood (L,D) $$
www.quinnslighthouse.com
(510) 536-2050 (Oakland)

Pasta Pelican* - Italian (L,D) $$
www.pastapelican.com
(510) 864-7427 (Alameda)
Two slips for customers

Scott's* - Seafood (Br,L,D) $$$
www.scottsjls.com
(510) 444-3456 (Oakland)

Jack London Square Marina (510) 834-4591

Kincaid's - Seafood (L,D) $$$
At JLS
www.kincaids.com
(510) 835-8600

Il Pescatore - Italian (L,D) $$
At JLS
www.ilpescatoreristorante.com
(510) 465-2188

Miss Pearl's Jam House - Caribbean (B,Br,L,D) $$
At JLS
www.misspearlsjamhouse.com
(510) 444-7171

Bocanova - Panamerican (Br,L,D) $$$
At JLS
www.bocanova.com
(510) 444-1233

Yoshi's - Japanese (D) $$$
510 Embarcadero W.
www.yoshis.com
(510) 238-9200

Everett & Jones - BBQ (L,D) $$
2431 Central Ave.
www.eandjbbq.com
(510) 663-2350

The Fat Lady - Cafe (Br,L,D) $$
201 Washington St.
www.thefatladyrestaurant.com
(510) 465-4996

Souley Vegan - Soul (Br,L,D) $$
301 Broadway
www.souleyvegan.com
(510) 922-1615

Ghazal - Indian (L,D) $$
131 Broadway
(510) 268-9550

Marina Village Yacht Harbor (510) 521-0905

Waterfront Deli - Deli (B,L) $
At marina
www.waterfrontdeli.com
(510) 769-0240

Mint Leaf - Vietnamese (L,D) $$
831 Marina Village Pkwy.
www.mintleafvr.com
(510) 522-2758

BALLENA BAY

Ballena Isle Marina (510) 523-2292

Pier 29 - Seafood (B,L,D) $$
At marina
(510) 865-5088

Ballena Bay Cafe - Deli (B,L) $
At marina
(510) 769-2132

SOUTH BAY

Redwood City Marina (650) 363-1390

Bella by the Bay - Italian (L,D) $$
At marina
www.bellabythebay.ypguides.net
(650) 568-0211

Westpoint Harbor Marina (650) 224-3250

Pacific Shores Center Cafe - (B,L) $$
http://dining.guckenheimer.com/clients/pacific/fss/fss.nsf

SAN FRANCISCO

The Ramp* - American (Br,L,D) $$
www.ramprestaurant.com
(415) 621-2378
Limited space at SF Boat Works

South Beach Harbor (415) 495-4911 x1111

Red's Java House - Cafe (B,L) $
Pier 30
(415) 777-5626

21st Amendment Brewery - American (Br,L,D) $$
563 2nd St.
www.21st-amendment.com
(415) 369-0900

Gordon Biersch Brewery - American (Br,L,D) $$
2 Harrison
www.gordonbiersch.com
(415) 243-8246

Tres Agaves - Mexican (Br,L,D) $$
130 Townsend St.
www.rocksnosalt.com
(415) 227-0500

Ironside - American (B,L,D) $$
680 2nd St.
www.ironsidesf.com
(415) 896-1127

Public House - American (L,D) $$
AT&T Park
www.publichousesf.com
(415) 644-0240

Pier 1 ½ - Free for 3 hours:

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana - Peruvian (L,D) $$$
At dock
www.lamarcebicheria.com
(415) 397-8880

Ferry Building:

Gott's Roadside - Burgers (L,D) $$
www.gottsroadside.com

Slanted Door - Vietnamese (L,D) $$$
www.slanteddoor.com

Market Bar - Mediterranean (Br,L,D) $$
www.marketbar.com

Boulette's Larder - Cafe (B,L) $$
www.bouletteslarder.com

Delica - Japanese (Br,L,D) $$
www.delicasf.com

Mijita - Mexican (Br,L,D)
www.mijitasf.com

Il Cane Rosso - Cafe (B,L,D) $$
www.canerossosf.com

Waterfront - Seafood (L,D) $$$
Ferry Terminal
www.waterfrontsf.com
(415) 391-2696

Plant Cafe - Cafe (Br,L,D) $$
Pier 3
www.theplantcafe.com
(415) 984-1973

Osha Thai - Thai (L,D) $$
4 Embarcadero Center
www.oshathai.com
(415) 788-6742

Pier 39 Marina - 415-705-5436

Pier 39:

Forbes Island - Seafood (D) $$$
www.forbesisland.com

Boudin Bakery - Cafe (B,L,D) $
www.boudinbakery.com

Bubba Gump - Seafood (L,D) $$
www.bubbagump.com

Chowders - Seafood (L,D) $
www.chowderspier39.com

Crab House - Seafood (L,D) $$$
www.crabhouse39.com

Eagle Cafe - Cafe (B,L,D) $$
www.eaglecafe.com

Fog Harbor Fish House - Seafood (L,D) $$
www.fogharbor.com

Hana Zen - Sushi (L,D) $$$
www.hanazenrestaurant.com

Hard Rock - American (L,D) $$
www.hardrock.com

Hook & Cook - Seafood (L) $$

Luigi's - Pizza (L,D) $$

Neptune's - Seafood (L,D) $$$
www.pier39restaurants.com

Pier Market - Seafood (L,D) $$
www.piermarket.com

Players - Burgers (L,D) $$
www.playerssf.com

Sea Lion - Cafe (L,D) $$
www.pier39restaurants.com

Swiss Louis - Italian (L,D) $$
(reopening April)
www.swisslouis.com

Wipeout - American (B,L,D) $$
www.wipeoutbarandgrill.com

Fisherman's Wharf:

Tarantino's - Seafood (L,D) $$
206 Jefferson St.
www.tarantinosrestaurant.com
(415) 775-5600

Scoma's - Seafood (L,D) $$$
Pier 47
www.scomas.com
(415) 771-4383

Alioto's - Seafood (L,D) $$$
8 Fisherman's Wharf
www.aliotos.com
(415) 673-0183

Franciscan - Seafood (L,D) $$$
Pier 42 ½
www.franciscancrabrestaurant.com
(415) 362-7733

Nick's Lighthouse - Seafood (L,D) $$
5 Fisherman's Wharf
www.nickslighthouse.com
(415) 929-1300

Castagnola's - Italian (L,D) $$$
286 Jefferson St.
www.castagnolas.com
(415) 776-5015

Lou's Pier 47 - Cajun (L,D) $$
300 Jefferson St.
www.louspier47.com
(415) 771-5687

Pompei's Grotto - Italian (L,D) $$
340 Jefferson St.
www.pompeisgrottosf.com

Cioppino's - Italian (L,D) $$
400 Jefferson St.
www.cioppinosf.com
(415) 775-9311

Blue Mermaid - Seafood (B,L,D) $$
495 Jefferson St.
www.bluemermaidsf.com
(415) 771-2222

Darren's Cafe - Vietnamese (B,Br,L) $
2731 Taylor St.
(415) 673-3345

Sabella & La Torre - Seafood (L,D) $$
2809 Taylor St.
(415) 673-2824

Fishermen's Grotto - Seafood (L,D) $$
2847 Taylor St.
www.fishermensgrotto.com
(415) 673-7025

The Buena Vista - Irish (B,L,D) $$
2765 Hyde St.
www.thebuenavista.com
(415) 474-5044

Hollywood Cafe - Breakfast (B,Br) $
530 North Point St.
(415) 563-3779

Gary Danko - American (D) $$$$
800 North Point St.
www.garydanko.com
(415) 749-2060

Hot Spud - Potatoes (L,D) $
2640 Mason St.
www.hotspudsf.com
(415) 399-1065

Tanguito - Argentine (L) $
2850 Jones St.
(415) 577-4223

McCormick & Kuleto's - Seafood (L,D) $$$
Ghirardelli Square
www.mccormickandkuletos.com
(415) 929-1730

The Pub - BBQ (Br,L,D) $$
Ghirardelli Square
www.thepubsf.com
(415) 351-0500

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