Across the San Francisco Bay Area there are numerous tasty restaurants that border the coastline, many accessible by boat. There are several piers that can boat people in and out from all over the Bay, from Alameda to Vallejo. The San Francisco Bay Area does a great job of placing amazing restaurants within walking distance to nearby ferry terminals and piers. Here at Piedmont Avenue Consulting Inc., we provide you a definitive list of our favorite restaurants around the “City by the Bay”. As a marketing consulting firm who specializes in a range of clients from restaurants to law firms, we know all the ins-and-outs of the Bay Area.

Fog Harbor Fish House

San Francisco Seafood

(415) 421-2442

Pier 31, San Francisco, CA 94133

Located near Pier 39, the Fog Harbor Fish House is a restaurant that overlooks Pier 41 with a great view of the Bay Bridge and the infamous sea lions that rest on the docs. The restaurant prides itself on being the first restaurant to serve 100% sustainable seafood. In other words, the seafood is locally caught in California and the Department of Fish and Game regulate what the fisherman do out on the bay. With the great view and the locally caught seafood, Fog Harbor is a great place for a family meal in the city.

The Spinnaker

Hopping over across the bay to Sausalito is The Spinnaker. Up the street from the Sausalito Ferry Terminal, the restaurant is easily available to those traveling by boat or ferry. Being a dining destination for over 56 years, The Spinnaker has been family operated and serving the Bay Area in its entire existence. The family takes pride in supporting the local non-profits and working with other local businesses such as fisherman and vendors. The restaurant sits on the edge of the water, giving its customers a lovely view of the San Francisco Bay.

Sausalito Bay


            (415) 332-1500

            100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965

Pier 23 Cafe


(415) 362-5125

Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

The Pier 23 Café is another restaurant that is easily accessible by a boat. It is within walking distance to the Port of San Francisco. This café is not exactly pleasing to the eye on the outside, but inside holds some of the best food in the SF Bay. This family owned place has a beautiful outdoors bar patio that overlooks the bay. This hole-in-the-wall hosts live music Thursday-Sunday and emphasizes fresh local food. Its outdoor patio menu consists of local beers, wines, and other cocktails that are sourced from local vendors. While the inside menu has more entrees and gives a larger selection of food. The café is also kid friendly, offering a kid’s menu for the little ones.

Gott’s Roadside

Gott’s Roadside is located inside the San Francisco Ferry Building, which is right next to the Port of San Francisco. Gott’s is a great family friendly restaurant that is open seating style. The menu consists of a variety of option ranging from juicy burgers to delicious fish tacos. They also have a wide selection of wine and beer selected from local breweries and wineries. Gott’s prides itself on selecting its meat and produce from local purveyors across the SF valley. The restaurant serves to all tastes, offering burgers, fries, and milkshakes while also offering a variety of chicken and seafood.

SF Ferry Building

(415) 318-3425

1 Ferry Building #6 San Francisco, CA 94111

Sam’s Anchor Cafe

Marin County

           (415) 435-4527

            27 Main St, Tiburon, CA 94920

Located at the edge of the Tiburon Peninsula in Marin County, is Sam’s Anchor Café. This quaint little restaurant over looks Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline. It is easily accessible by boat or ferry as it is just steps away from the Tiburon harbor. Sam’s has been voted the Bay Area’s Best Outdoor Restaurant, giving their customers the best outdoor seating view in the Bay. The menu consists of a variety of seafood entrees and also has a delicious selection from their seafood raw bar. Their selective wine menu consists of wine from local wineries as well as wines from all over the world.

Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant

Just a couple blocks down from the Alameda Ferry Terminal lies the Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant. This family friendly place sits beside Ballena Bay giving it a beautiful view of the harbor as well as the San Francisco city skyline. The restaurant consists of unique breakfast, lunch, early bird dinner and dinner menus. The menus have everything you could ask for; ranging from every sandwich one could think of to almost any meat under the sun. They also offer a happy hour menu full of tasty dishes and fun cocktails, available from 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday and 3pm-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Alameda Harbor


            (510) 865-5088

            1148 Ballena Blvd, Alameda, CA 94501

Piedmont Avenue Consulting, Inc. is a business consulting firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in business strategy, marketing, business development but also business operations, digital marketing, public relations, and more. If you own a restaurant or would like to start a restaurant business in the Bay Area, set up a free, 30 minute consultation with us so we can discuss ways in which we can help you.

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