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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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Binfield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely loved going for dinner at Forbes Island, the food was good the wine was good and the service was amazing!! It does get a little wobbly after a few glasses of wine but nothing a glass of water won't sort out lol

Thank chanellf2017
San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten there years prior and it was nice, food was good. This year we made reservations and did not realize the menu had gone to a prefixe menu : $79 per person. Now, I wouldn't mind if the dinner quality was equal to the cost. VERY disappointed with the meal. The appetizer choices were a "slice of goat"... More 

Thank Sandie2020
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone in our family truly enjoyed every moment at Forbes Island. We had a party of seven including my 7 year old granddaughter. The food was so delicious and they offer an alternative to the menu for children. The service was excellent, too. So memorable!!

Thank Shelli H
Sao Paulo, SP
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159 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This exotic restaurant is located next to in Pier 39 and literally is an artificial island. To get there you need a boat that waits for you in the left side of Pier 39 (don't use the main entrance and walk in parallel outside of the major shops of Pier 39). Originally the owner built this place as his house.... More 

Thank RafaelHerthel
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a floating restaurant and so it does roll with the waves. When the boats going by to rock the restaurant. The atmosphere is very unique, eclectic. The ferry ride over was fun because of the Captain. He serenaded us.

Thank JonandLaura1
Fremont, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We went a week before Valentine's Day, The environment is very nice a bit fancy and casual at the same time for being on a boat. You can definitely feel the boat rock, so make sure you plan to go on a day less windy, otherwise someone may become more sea sick than usual. Food was great, even though the... More 

Thank marissadominguez90
Alameda, California
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Take a private ferry to a $70 prix fixe dinner in an underwater dining room. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for amazing views. Service was friendly and attentive without being over bearing. Rack of lamb was amazing....even my vegetarian partner could resist a bite or two. The salmon was also good, but the lamb was the standout. The... More 

Thank Jen R
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Such a fantastic location for a restaurant, the little boat trip out to the lighthouse is novel, the lighthouse and outdoor deck is great. I was excited about the underwater restaurant complete with portholes, this was quirky and has so much potential if the interior was updated. The quality of the food wasn't great for the price, very disappointing. The... More 

Thank daisyduke2891
San Francisco, California
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145 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Our out of tpowners wanted to venture out for dinner at Forbes Island. It was even on Check Please Bay Area KQED!

Thank 4JMP
Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
American, Cajun & Creole
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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