Earlier this year, we wrote a blog that highlighted some of the best restaurants with great views here in our destination. However, after thinking about it, we noticed that many other great restaurants were left out of this list. Therefore, we decided to write a “Part 2”. With spring finally arriving in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, the skies are now blue, flowers are blooming and the weather couldn’t be any more perfect to enjoy a delicious meal with a magnificent view!
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.
Where: Half Moon Bay, CA
Interested in a restaurant with a nice coastside view? Then, you need to visit the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. This award-winning brewery and restaurant has become a favorite for locals, and is also a very popular destination for world travelers to come together and celebrate beer, friends and fun. The brewery offers striking views of Pillar Point Harbor and the Pacific coastside. Their selection of beer is quite unique; we highly recommend trying their “Full Swing” IPA or their “Calf-eine” Coffee Milk Stout or both! In addition to beer, the brewery also offers a wonderful menu that features locally-sourced produce and seafood. The artichoke hearts and clam chowder are our favorites. To top it all off, if you happen to be visiting with your dog, the brewery is a dog-friendly establishment that welcomes your pooch with house-made dog treats and their very own Dog Menu!
Photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.
The Mountain House
Where: Woodside, CA
Looking for a memorable evening surrounded by giant redwood trees? Then The Mountain House needs to be on top of your list! Head out for a scenic drive with panoramic views to a special haven with fine food in a relaxing, rural atmosphere. The Mountain House offers an original fusion of California and American cuisine in a ridge top mountain cabin nestled amidst redwood trees, just minutes from I-280, the mid-Peninsula, and the Half Moon Bay coast. Enjoy dinner in an elegantly rustic, candle-lit dining room or the outdoor beauty of the forest room. Their menu features generous servings of coast-fresh seafood, steak, pasta, venison and other game specials, followed by delicious homemade desserts!
Photo courtesy of The Mountain House
Hangar Steak Restaurant
Where: Burlingame, CA
Looking for a great steakhouse with a nice view? Then Hangar Steak Restaurant is the place to go! Located inside the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, this restaurant overlooks the San Francisco Bay, as well as the San Francisco International Airport. Open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer guests superb views of the airport landing strip and the Bay. Their menu features aged Prime Angus Beef, fresh seafood, and locally-grown produce, accented with herbs from their own backyard. In addition, the restaurant also offers an extensive list of wines that may be easily paired with your meal. If you’re planning a visit, we highly recommend you try their prime, aged cuts. We promise they will not disappoint!
Photo courtesy of SFO Marriott Waterfront
Scrollbar Waterside Kitchen
Where: Redwood City, CA
If you’re looking for a relaxing and memorable experience, head to Scrollbar Waterside Kitchen today! This newly, redesigned restaurant and bar is located inside the Pullman San Francisco Bay. Their large outdoor terrace, which overlooks the Redwood Shores Lagoon, provides an unmatched al fresco bar and restaurant experience. Scroll also offers a variety of shareable starters, enticing mains, and creative cocktails that are best enjoyed with friends, family, and colleagues. The menu features locally-sourced seafood from our region, fresh flavors and modern, global cuisine that offers something for every taste. Make sure to stop by for a drink and a bite to eat!
Photo courtesy of Pullman San Francisco Bay
Fog Harbor Fish House
Where: San Francisco, CA
Interested in taking a trip to PIER 39 in San Francisco, but are not sure where to dine with a view? Well, we have a great suggestion for you! First, start your trip by taking the San Francisco Bay Ferry from the Oyster Point Terminal in South San Francisco. The ferry will take you to the Ferry Building in San Francisco, which is about a 25-minute walk from PIER 39. Once you arrive at PIER 39, enjoy a nice meal at the Fog Harbor Fish House, with award-winning views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. They offer complimentary sourdough bread baked in-house every hour, and a dining menu that features some of the freshest sustainable seafood and meats available. We highly recommend their Cioppino or their award-winning clam chowder!
Photo courtesy of Fog Harbor Fish House