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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
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank ElleB5505
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank ninad42
Sausalito California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

Thank gypsy89
San Francisco, California
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 

Thank Kim K
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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.

Thank LauraandJon1
Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
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 

Thank Newpaljoe
Milano, Italia
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Very average food at $76/person minimun without extras. Enclosed, no Windows, and moves. Never to go back.

Thank MarceloMilano
Norfolk, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We walked to the restaurant but could not get in. We called and were told to wait for a boat that stops at "pier I" and takes you to the restaurant. We watched the sea lions on the pier while we waited for the boat. Forbes Island has the best seafood chowder ever! It reminded me of Ciopino. Service was... More 

Thank octigre
Sausalito ca
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Wow. First you take the Forbes Island Ferry to the man made island in the bay. The island is quite small. The resturant building and some walking around area around the resturant. We dined while gently swaying in the ocean. Dining room we were in was underwater! Complete with portholes for viewing. The food presentation was perfection as was the... More 

Thank 220catherinep
Lawrence, Kansas
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759 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Forbes Island is a unique dinner spot. It is located on an "island" anchored between pier 39 and pier 41. You get to it by boat. The menu is limited but adequate but the setting is quite unique. Make reservations.

Thank buffalojim67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
American, French, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking
Good for
Romantic, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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