Walnut Creek Yacht Club
Walnut Creek Yacht Club

Walnut Creek Yacht Club

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.walnutcreekyachtclub.com/
  • Phone: 9259443474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: Lunch: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Weinberg
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Custom menus for any size party. We also have a private patio area, which is fully enclosed and heated in cooler weather. It's great for private events all year long. Please check out our Banquet Menus on our website www.wcyc.net.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager David Keane 9259443474

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust St
  • Public Transit: Walnut Creek Bart
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Small private lot behind restaurant and two municipal lots one block from restaurant.
A word from Walnut Creek Yacht Club
Ellen McCarty and Kevin Weinberg opened the Walnut Creek Yacht Club in May of 1997 with the mission of bringing the finest and freshest from the sea to Walnut Creek. Why do we call ourselves a yacht club? Because we want to bring the atmosphere of a day on the Bay to landlocked Walnut Creek. We want our guests to feel comfortable, relaxed, and welcomed. Our décor includes many beautiful nautical touches: teak, mahogany, stainless steel, and even an authentic jib which was a gift to Kevin from the America’s Cup Defender, Alinghi. In January of 2008 we completed an extensive remodel, expanding the restaurant by twenty-five percent, and adding an oyster bar. We have been voted Best Seafood Restaurant in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine for the last 11 years, and have won numerous other awards, including Best Chef, Best Bartender, and Best Sommelier. We have a full bar, and a Wine Spectator Award winning wine list.
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Walnut Creek Yacht Club reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (59)great for lunch (49)vibrant bar scene (45)notable wine list (34)good for groups (30)hot spot (25)romantic (17)great for outdoor dining (16)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (9)great for brunch (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Good fish tacos, lackluster wines
    julia952
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We started with a plate of oysters and cocktails, very nice. We then had an iceberg lettuce salad with a deliciously spicy dressing. Two fish tacos (an appetizer) served us well as an entree. Desserts were enormous (maybe too big). Portions were generous throughout.
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  • WC Yacht Club
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    As always, we had a wonderful dinner. The fish was so fresh it tasted as if it just came out of the water! Joe's salad was great too. The desserts are mouth-watering. Great occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nomad
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Yacht Club is the premier seafood restaurant in Walnut Creek, with multiple varieties of fresh fish every night. We've be going for many years, since shortly after it opened. Scott's Seafood is a very, very distant second (or third).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was fine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    There was nothing wrong with this restaurant. We did not have a bad experience and our waiter was really great, but when I pay almost $30 for an entree I want it to be delicious and memorable. This was just fine. Had a paid half the price for my meal I would probably be writing a different review.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A favorite monthly visit. The scallops are excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eat
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Started with calamari great! Then on to oysters again great! Server forgot our salads but they looked great! My husband had a pasta I had halibut with fruit salsa which were both fabulous! Ended the meal with the best sundae I have ever had!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had the fried Ling Cod it was overcook and had an odd taste. I didn't finish it. Also the regatta fries had garlic on them. I didn't know regatta meant garlic. The clam chowder soup was amassing and the Oysters were fresh and very good. I'll continue to come back. But won't order the Fish and chips again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG! Soft-Shelled Crab!!
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I LOVE soft-shelled crab, and here in the west, one seldomly finds it on a menu. When I saw it in the form of a poorboy sandwich with Remoulade sauce, I didn't hesitate for a moment! The sandwich came with coleslaw and a choice of chips, fries or red potato salad. I chose the potato salad, which was excellent. But the true high light was the poorboy! The soft-shell crab was prepared to absolute melt-in-one's mouth perfection! The Remoulade sauce was the exact correct compliment for the crab, and the French roll was toasted or fried somehow to also make it taste special. The slaw added a tartness to the meal which was a nice balance. Our server, who had waited on my husband and myself a week earlier for dinner, was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fish and Awesome Service
    FoodnutVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I just love when my server likes food as much or more than me. We had a great experience here and would love to come again. Great healthy food, passionate service and good location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still in love!
    Ihvreservations
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been dining in this restaurant for many years. I have always had excellent food and service except for a brief time about 4 months ago, but they are back! Everything was superb! I am sooo happy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service without the extra touch
    French19
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It has been a few years since since we dined at the Yacht Club, and while the food on our recent visit was fine, the service was truly lacking. We ordered the prix fix lunch and while the servings were small, it was plenty of food for those of us with small appetites. The waiter did warn us about the portions which we appreciated, but once he realized we were ordering the lunch special, his service fell off completely. He made absolutely no effort to interact with us and his service became perfunctory rather than gracious. With so many restaurants to chose from in Walnut Creek, this is not a good sign. We will most likely not return.
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  • Good food, weird waiters...
    Billy2013VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good quality food, head waiters ALWAYS weird, can't answer small & quick Qs, maybe just taught to answer with dramatic & long responses to UPsell? Weird, easier to read menu by selves...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Wconnolly
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Petrale sole was delicious. Great service and personal attention and accomodation from the chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Beat WCYC
    SherbearVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    WCYC is our go-to restaurant for the freshest seafood around, the best service, and the best bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion Dinner
    DinersRUs
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and based on the recommendation from our son, we made reservations. On-street parking was difficult to find, but there are a couple parking garages nearby that are available. We were greeted by the hostess and she wished us a Happy Anniversary. (I had commented it was our anniversary when I made the reservation on Open Table.) She sat us at the back of the restaurant at a very nice booth where we could have privacy. The waiter and his staff were very attentive and took our drink order gave and us a very thorough explanation of how the menu. Both of our dinners were excellent; from the wedge salad (highly recommend) to the entrees. The scallops were awesome. I look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winesnob
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food and service were perfect. Table was very small and crowded
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Night out!
    LadiesnightoutVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was great, service was excellent. We were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Overall disappointing
    SRVdiners
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went there to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Booked reservation via OpenTable. They couldn't find the reservation, even after I showed them the email confirmation. They were able to find us a table, but this rough beginning started us off on the wrong foot. Interior looks tired and in need of a refresh. Very noisy, so conversation was difficult. Air conditioning was insufficient; we usually get coffee with dessert but passed because we were too hot. Food was good but the ambiance is poor relative to the cost of the meal, so overall this was a disappointing experience. There are a lot of other restaurants to choose from in this price range. We won't be going back to this one.
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  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Best seafood in the east bay. We always have a great meal. They also have special events like the lobster feed that are well priced and delicous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • lobster office lunch = home run
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    we had an office celebratory lunch here - we pre-ordered 2 lb lobsters - they charged us 2 lbs but they had to be bigger; and they were amazingly fresh and delicious - and the service was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Great!!
    JHDG
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Every time we go to WCYC, we have a wonderful experience. The food is great, the service is great, the atmosphere is great. Couldn't ask for a better restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, as always
    Outtatowner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were frequent diners at WCYC several years ago when we lived in Walnut Creek. Now that we come back to visit, this is our go to place when we want great seafood, service and a nice wine selection. Lunch or dinner is great and the Skipper's menu is a nice snack in the afternoon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We frequent this restaurant.
    KenSVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This is our go-to place for fish in the area, always fresh and perfectly prepared. Our last visit was for a party of six and we elected to use the Aft Deck dinning area where it is more quiet for conversations to flow. Our server was great and knew the menu very well. The bar has the best mixed drinks that I have ever had! Insider Hint: join the loyalty program and come to the Skippers Meeting every day from 3 to 6 for some very special treats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic, friendly atmosphere
    Visitorhostingalocal
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Happy energy in the place. Intriguing menu with wide selection. Great food. The kitchen was very slow the evening we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    Nativetahoe
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great service, fun drinks and the oysters and mahi mahi tacos were amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    gail4949
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Took my son here for his 40th birthday. Sat outside on a perfect evening. Waiter, Joel, was terrific. As was the drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great goto spot
    Tpm06
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I met a colleague here for a business dinner that could not have chosen a better place in Walnut Creek. Fish was fresh and the Chief must certainly know what he's doing because even the gumbo was good, validated by a native Louisianan. The wait staff exercised great patience with us as we stayed longer than most would normally for a party of two to work out some important issues. The only challenge with the area is parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If it's Tuesdays, it's WCYC
    LetsEatVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    For oysters! A group of us love oysters and we try to go every Tuesday. The oysters are THE BEST anywhere....fresh as you can get. The drinks are terrific and the service is outstanding. This is not a fancy place but the food is outstanding. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joy of Fine Food, Drink +Waitstaff
    Donnie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Reservations were made before we knew a friend was coming for drinks. To accommodate our friend they offered a larger table in the back of the restaurant for a half hour before that reserved table was to be occupied. This meant the staff had to clear the big table for us and reset it for the later reservation. Waiter:excellent and accommodating, hostesses: clever and cheerful. The staff took the discomfort away + made the best of it. This restaurant has consistent excellent food. I have died and gone to heaven twice when I order the sauteed scallops. My husband has had the fish and chips last visit and the fish tacos this time. We felt pampered. Thanks to the staff at the Yacht Club. We will be back. Yum doesn't say enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lwhitney111
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was really good, as were the drinks. We had a wonderfully attentive waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    BelldogVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    WC Yacht Club has the best raw oysters around - in my opinion. The menu offers a good assortment of choices from fish tacos ($10) to halibut. And I enjoyed the clam chowder. Good energy in the both the bar and restaurant, as many people eat at the bar. Good for group meetings as well because they have a patio area as well that is covered, but offers the ability to open up in good weather with an open air environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at the Creek
    Donnie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    All I can say is they serve very good food here. I will return and you should give it a try. The scallops are exceptional. Great service. A little noisy, but just raise your voice up; the food is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • FoodMaven47VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    the food and service was very good. The fish was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food. Excellent service. I will be returning to the restaurant soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish = Good, Veges = Poor
    WBC3
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Had a very pleasant lunch here on Wednesday, July 2nd. The fish was very good, but unfortunately the rest of the meal was sub-par. Tough green beans were the worst I have had in years.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best fish house in CCC
    ortuss
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Doubt if you can find any fresher fish than WCYC. I struggled with having to decide between King Salmon, Halibut and CA sea bass. Finally decided on the sea bass, which does not taste similar to the Chilean sea bass we used to be able to get. In any event, it was cooked very lightly (perhaps a bit undercooked) but tasted delicious. Others had mahi-mahi, mussels and the halibut. Raves all around the table. Prices in the mid to high $20's. Some very interesting cocktails make the small bar area quite popular.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    DTSKVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We visited the Yacht Club for the first time for my birthday. They had the menu printed with all diners celebrating birthdays that day, which was a really nice touch. The menu was varied and had great selections. The meal was flavorful and beautifully presented. Our server was extremely attentive without being obtrusive; I noticed he came by several times to check on us but did not interrupt us each time. The only thing I would change would be the size of the tables...they are quite small and too close to your dining neighbor. All in all, we had a great experience and will definitely be back!
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  • Our Local Favorite
    Loves2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We go to WCYC a couple of times a month as we enjoy the great fish and seafood. The wines by the glass are much better than you find at most restaurants. The servers are knowledgeable and friendly. It is always crowded on Friday and Saturday nights so make reservations or arrive early and eat at the bar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time for a Makeover
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We arrived at 11:30 and were served at 12:20. Thank goodness none of us had to be back to work after a one hour lunch. I don't know what they would do if the restaurant was full. The food was OK but not great (as it has been in the past). One diner told the waiter no tarter sauce just ketchup with his meal. It arrived with tarter sauce and no ketchup. I was asked if I wanted anchovies on my Caesar Salad. Even though I answered yes the salad arrived without anchovies. Everything seemed a little off. I will give them another try, since the oysters are wonderful and overall previous meals were quite good.
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  • Great food and service
    WishMoreDateNights
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I love finding a good seafood place that serves an appropriate variety and quality of food - my husband had a Thai style stew and I got grilled scallops with some great sauces; amen to the polenta fries by the way. Great dessert offering, cocktails too; comfortable but still upscale environment. The service was just the right balance of friendly and professional; we weren't rushed, had some nice spacing between starters, main and dessert but didn't feel forgotten with quality busing of the table during the meal. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.