There are some views that one never gets tired of, however long you gaze upon them. One such is the sight of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. More often than not nestled among clouds, this graceful landmark with its sweeping elegant arches is a beautiful sight to behold. What better way to take it in than to sit in a comfortable restaurant having stellar views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoying a delicious hot meal? Whether you are a visitor to this gorgeous city or a local, this is an experience that is not to be missed. So read on to find the best restaurants in San Francisco that offer fantastic scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
1. Scrumptious vegan/vegetarian cuisine at the Greens
Dine at this landmark vegan/vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco for amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and the Marina. Located at Fort Mason, this pioneering restaurant helped bring vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream in the United States. Even if you self-describe yourself as a carnivore, you’ll find that, as many guests over the years have discovered, what Greens does with vegetarian dishes is incomparable.
Seated at its classy wood-panelled warehouse-style dining rooms that come with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, you will get to enjoy the absolutely breath-taking views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The restaurant uses organic vegetables grown at their own farm and boasts of a spectacular range of flavours. The restaurant refreshes the menu frequently adding inventive dishes using seasonal vegetables. One of its popular signature dishes is the mesquite grilled brochettes with mushroom. Other highlights include innovations like carrot hummus and coconut chia pudding.
Address: 2 Marina Blvd, Bldg A, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Website: Greens Restaurant
Average price (for two): USD 50-74
2. Seafood at historic Scoma’s Sausalito
Overlooking San Francisco Bay, Scoma’s Sausalito is a charming restaurant that’s located off Pier 47 inside a historic building. With its stunning panoramic views of the Bay and the San Francisco skyline, the restaurant makes for a wonderful venue for a romantic meal. But do make it a point to ask for a table with a view. On the menu is a range of fresh seasonal seafood as well as Italian specialities. Dishes that you should try out at Scoma’s include the Lazy Man’s Cioppino, Sausalito Oysters, King Salmon Crudo as well as its clam chowder sourdough bowl.
Address: 588 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Website: Scoma’s Sausalito
Average Price (for two): USD 60-100
3. "Regionally-inspired" dining at the elegant McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood & Steaks
Located at the historic Ghirardelli Square in the Fisherman’s Wharf tourist district, McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood & Steaks offers incredible views of the San Francisco Bay, Aquatic Park, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, and the marina. Spread over three levels, you are sure to get great views of these attractions from the window seats. The restaurant focuses on fresh seafood with a fresh menu each day. Enjoy its specialities like signature oysters, Alaskan King crab claws, stuffed Atlantic salmon and Maine lobster bisque. After you finish your meal you can walk across to the Ghirardelli store for their world-famous chocolates and ice cream.
McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood & Steaks
Address: 900 North Point St., 94109 San Francisco
Average Price (for two): USD 60-80
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4. High-end dining at Murray Circle Restaurant
This restaurant within Sausalito‘s Cavallo Point Lodge complex offers the most amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco from its dining room. Offering a welcome break from the hustle-bustle of the city, the restaurant’s sophisticated atmosphere makes it one of the top places for you to enjoy an evening of fine dining. The Michelin-rated restaurant offers Northern Californian cuisine using ingredients freshly sourced from the area’s producers. Enjoy its specialities which include house-made charcuterie and Chestnut Agnolotti with vanilla, and don’t forget to pick something from its wonderfully extensive wine cellar.
Murray Circle Restaurant
Address: 602 Murray Cir, Sausalito
Website: Murray Circle Restaurant
Average Price (for two): USD 60-120
5. Delectable seafare at Fog Harbour Fish House
Fog Harbour Fish House promises to deliver the definitive Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant experience. Located on Pier 39, the restaurant offers majestic views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, and an authentic seafood menu that’ll leave you wanting for more. Featuring 100% sustainable seafood, the menu is extensive, but don’t miss their famed clam chowder, the Garlic Roasted Whole Dungenness Crab and Baked Oysters.
Fog Harbour Fish House
Address: Pier 39 #A202, San Francisco
Website: Fog Harbour Fish House
Average Price (for two): USD 25-60
6. Freshly shucked oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co - San Francisco
If you love oysters, then this oyster bar is a must visit. Boasting of an oyster selection par excellence, you will find here the widest variety of oysters procured fresh from across the United States, which are served with classic accompaniments of lemon, Tabasco, and mignonette, making their justly-famous oyster platter an experience in itself. Other signature dishes include the Manila clam chowder, mussels and the seafood stew. The restaurant which is located in the Ferry Building offers both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy the breath-taking views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge during your meal. Since the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, be prepared for long lines at this local and tourist favourite.
Hog Island Oyster Co
Address: 1 Ferry Bld. 11A, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Website: Hog Island Oyster Co
Average Price (for two): USD 60-120
7. Fun dining experience at Waterbar San Francisco
This kid-friendly restaurant located at the Embarcadero offers an incredible ambience featuring stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the waterfront, and a charming aquarium décor (check out the two large fishtanks inside). Make sure you time your visit during the oyster happy hour which gives a bargain deal for the freshest of oysters. The open bar is extensive and the bartenders are known for their “killer” cocktails with much praise for the Dungeness Crab Cocktail. A visit after dark guarantees you magical views of a lit up Golden Gate Bridge.
Waterbar San Francisco
Address: 399 The Embarcadero South, San Francisco
Website: Waterbar San Francisco
Average Price (for two): USD 60-120
Plan a special meal against the extraordinary setting of the Golden Gate Bridge
While there are plenty of amazing French restaurants and 24-hour restaurants in San Francisco, a meal amidst the scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay would be a much-coveted experience. Given just how popular San Francisco is as a tourist destination, you’ll need to plan ahead in terms of reservations. While making reservations, remember to ask and confirm that your table has a view you are looking for so you get the best experience.
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