Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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East Bay Restaurant Wins in 2006 "BEST WINE LISTS IN AMERICA" Competition.
Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant was awarded the Grand Prize in the Short List Category by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. The Judges found Quinn's List "SHORT and SWEET” with well chosen, food friendly selections. The list distinguished it self though "DEAD ON" informative Wine descriptions and an innovative Specialty Feature of Rose Wines from around the World.
Quinn's Lighthouse is the Landmark Center Piece of the Oakland Waterfront Historic Embarcadero Cove Marina.

Quinn's Lighthouse was awarded "BEST CASUAL DINING FAMILY RESTAURANT OF THE EAST BAY" BY THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE.

Quinn's serves an eclectic mix of traditional American cuisine, ethnic specialties and seafood specialties from both coasts.

The Yacht Club Dining Room, located on the main floor, offers a quiet and relaxing dining atmosphere overlooking the Embarcadero Cove Marina.
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DS
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, wonderful view, really good service, large portions, rustic atmosphere

MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a perfect escape. Sitting on the water feels like we are on vacation. Wonderful service so we can focus on each other and healthy perfect meal. Priced right too.

M
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed the fried seafood appetizer platter. Great complimentary sour dough bread. Paella and fish & chips were delicious. The clam linguine should have been more favorable, needed more spices or salt.
Very attentive service and ambience of the marina.
Great ambience!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We stayed on Shaun's yacht just in front of the restaurant. The views were great, as were the staff. The food choices were excellent and the portions gigantic! They have good daily offers on beer and food too. Only annoying thing was that we went again the very next night and the place was closed.......for no obvious reason but would definitely recommend!

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful setting

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service! Everyone was very attentive and smiling and nice! The food was exquisite! Def recommend this restaurant. Will be returning!

p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Ribeye cooked perfectly. Sauces for both entrees were delicious. Chocolate cake improved, although still a bit too dry.

SL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Quinn's... downstairs Sunday brunch was VERY quiet at 11:00. Had great sitting in front of their beautiful windows downstairs. Food was quiet good, the omeletes yummy and the coconut crunchy shrimp were perfect!
Upstairs you have a more casual peanut shell on the floor kinda place, and adore their outdoor patio on the waters of the estuary. Great place to stop for a cocktail, sandwich, appetizer. So different sections of restaurant depending what you are in the mood for... nicer more elegant downstairs, casual bar type atmosphere upstairs, and then the outdoor patio with the water view. Prices are reasonable too.

LB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great views, terrific ambiance, food prepared by a chef, not a quick cook, superb service. A little pricey but for the quality of the experience, OK.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had the most wonderful time with my girlfriend for our anniversary! The service was amazing, and we actually had the same waiter from our anniversary last year. I got the fish and chips and she got the prawns, both were spectacular (although the prawns could have been a bit more spicy) we both got knob creek and coke and they were really well made. All together the experience was amazing and we couldn't ask for more! They also sent us home with a free piece of cheesecake with was to die for. Thanks again and we look forward to coming back.

LC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quinns is one of our favorite places! Ask for James...best waiter in the world! We highly recommend Quinns! AMAZING seafood and plenty of other choices.

SC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A character restaurant with a good choice of food on the menu. The service was quite good and the food was hot and edible. Not the best restaurant I've ever been to but looked the best for the area. The ducks hanging about under the windows for titbits was quite novel. The tables felt quite sticky and the chairs needed a good clean.

GE
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a historic building and a fine dining destination. Rivals other seafood restaurants in then Oakland and San Francisco area, but with better value and no parking issues. The mussels, fish & chips and Monetary ling cod were wonderful. Great selection of draft beers. Our waiter, James, was outstanding. We are going back again tonight.

J
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

love the seafood and love the location and view. We have been coming to Quinns for over ten years.
We are from East Bay, in Contra Costa county

J
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and even better service. If you go here to eat ask for James, he's the best!

s
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The service is always wonderful. Reg older gentleman is quite professional. Good is consistently tasty.

B
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Quinn's was a fun environment to walk into with a cute dining area and beautiful view of the Bay, but this is where the enjoyment ended. The food quality was some of the worst I've experienced. The food was stale, appeared old and reheated, and the quantity was abysmal. The fries were soggy and tasted like they were microwaved. The kids mac and cheese looked like it came from a box. The food was way overpriced. The cheapest menu item was an $18 burger and side salad, and the side salad was literally a balled up single piece of lettuce with a single grape tomato on top. I would NEVER go back to this place, especially for how overpriced it is.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On vacation in area. Happened upon this gem. Our waiter was phenomenal ! Wonderful seafood so fresh.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The seafood pasta was excellent. However my meal maui maui was dried out . The asparagus isn't in season and taste was not good. It was our 52 anniversary and notify them when we made reservation but nothing special was done to acknowledge it. The calamari was terrible. All batter dry little calamari. The service was excellent an we didn't want to complain because Dave was great.

N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating our Anniversary and our server James was excellent

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Service was slow. Food overrated

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to sit outside, overlooking the estuary, mimosa in hand. Peanut shells crunch underfoot all the way to your seat. (This is a very bad place for someone with peanut allergies.)

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

My very first time dining at Quinn's. I ate upstairs which may have been a mistake. It was Sunday brunch and I had a reservation for 11 am which is their opening time on Sunday. Upstairs the floors were already covered in peanut shells at opening time which means they were left from the day (s) before. That indicated to me that the restaurant hadn't been cleaned. Our server attempted to be attentive but his intentions weren't always achieved. I ordered a bloody Mary and eggs Benedict and both were sub mediocre. I've had much better at Dennys.

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, reasonable pricing, great location and excellent service always provided my James. Thank you James and Sun.
We highly recommend Quinn’s Lighthouse for great dining and excellent service by the staff. Bo

DL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter is always the same person. He is efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable
He will be missed

l
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quinn's is an awesome spot for great food and terrific views over the water. Our waiter James did a great job taking care of us. We will definitely be back!

SJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

A casual, nautical atmosphere. Good food in very generous portions. My martini was perfectly made to my specifications.

K
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great setting, excellent service, extensive menu. Food was so-so.

s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of the best kept secrets for true Oakland natives. It's got a great genuine old school vibe. This place has some of the best views of any restaurant the East Bay. Food is delicious with generous portions. Service is always friendly and on point. Bar upstairs is always fun and laid back.

CF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent. One of us order steak. Would not recommend the steak. Not cooked correctly and was full of gristle. Fish was good.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasty good and amazing service! Will return and recommend!

RP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely recommend this place. I thought it was going to be loud and jam-packed with people, I guess 11:00am is considered too early for brunch - good! The ambience, service and excellent food made one father feel very special. Thank you

MH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I found this place on Open Table and we went last night for Father’s Day. We got the best table overlooking the Embarcadero. The food was great and the service was better! Great experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Server was good, but food was okay and place was dirty! Even my husband who’s more relaxed about cleanliness thought it was in need of some upkeep.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great for lunch

RN
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

First time back to Quinn’s in a long time - a little worn and in need of updating, but still inviting. Fish and chips were above average, and the fish special (fresh cod sauté) was tasty. Easy parking, great view of the estuary. Our waitperson was attentive and personable. Would return if in the area.

O
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Thought I would try this place out. There are many things on the menu I probably made the mistake of ordering the Jambalya. It tasted like they used Ragu spaghetti sauce and mixed it with hotdogs and unveined shrimp. Keep in mind this is only one item on the menu I’m sure there’s a lot of delicious food here I just chose the wrong one.

MC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I made our rez's thru Open Table; I payed the bill by AMEX + tip; later that day I realized I should receive 100 points and called the cafe; very noisy but was informed that points were applied. Nowhere was I formally notified of this either on my receipt or by the waiter. May I suggest you implement a program o your billing to do so?

K
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had the best service.

RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The restaurant was nearly empty for dinner. We waited for a table for more than five minutes and no one attempted to seat my party and I. Despite having a notice posted at the entrance, '' please wait to be seated". When it appeared no one was available to seat us, we attempted to seat our selves, we were sardonically instructed to wait to be seated. The person who finally seated us, seemed anxious and was rather aggressive. Our waiter was noticeably uneasy when taking our orders as if he was in fear of his life. Fortunately, waiters don't carry weapons or it may have been or last supper.

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