Bay View Restaurant - Inn at the Tides

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Casual, yet elegant, The Bay View Restaurant offers sweeping views of the harbor and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. Wood-beamed ceilings and crackling fireplaces create a cozy and romantic setting. Enjoy cocktails and wine on the patio or fireside at the Hearthside Lounge. Executive Chef, Luca D"Oria, has created a menu full of Italian favorites using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Let our professional and friendly staff cater to your every need. The Bay View Restaurant also features a year-round, monthly "Dinner with the Winemaker" series that is in its 26th successful year. This is also a perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate events and banquets.
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LF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet elegant place, nice view of the bay, friendly host, attentive efficient waitress. This is a place where you want to linger on after a delicious dinner enjoying the view and the quiet ambience

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WC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at Bay View a few times and have never been disappointed.

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HD
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around good; service, food and location. Everything we tried was very good (appetizer, salad, and entrees). Deserts looked great, but we passed.

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JK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at this restaurant! Great view! The food was fantastic and the staff very friendly!

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals in quite a while. And that's saying something in Sonoma County.

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WC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good service and food was prepared to perfection.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Bay View is a hidden gem at the bay. We have eaten there a few times and each time a memorable experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mother’s day menu was very good!
I highly recommend for Mother’s Day!!

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MR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was extremely slow.
Fletcher, our server, made up for it with creative cocktails.

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Really good food and atmosphere. The piano in the background was superb! Will visit again soon.

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f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service and meals couldn't have been better. We had a nice quiet table by the window. Our wait person was welcoming and all the staff was very attentive. I didn't hesitate to order the special knowing that the ingredients would be the best. It was chicken with a lovely sauce on; it was easy to eat with your fingers (by the wing) with perfectly cooked breast. The salad I had was spinach with goat cheese and it was perfect; I am a salad person and it was fresh with just the right amount of dressing. All were warm and friendly making a perfect evening to celebrated our son's birthday.

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K
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Easter Dinner and were not disappointed. The server,Mary, was great, the food was excellent. I had the scallops which were done perfectly & my husband had the Filet. We both enjoyed a glass of wine that was perfect with our meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just moved to Bodega and was greeted right away, the hostess talked with us and got to know where we were from, why we were dining there etc. there was a piano player, playing the whole time throughout dinner and the view was spectacular. We got one of the best seats in the house too! I will be back for more delicious food and more importantly great service!

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DO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We stayed at the adjoining Inn of the Tides over the weekend, and dined here Saturday night. The view is wonderful. Surprisingly, the place never filled up. The food was good.

We had two complaints. First, our entrees were ill timed. Two people got theirs within five minutes of each other. However, the third entree didn't arrive until the other people had almost finished theirs. All three entrees were fish, and the slow one was a daily special. Fish generally doesn't take that long to cook, so it appeared to be a staffing issue in the kitchen, especially since the place wasn't full.

Secondly, as hotel guests, we received a coupon for 10% off on our dinner, which is significant for a $200+ meal. Even though the staff was aware that we were staying there, they didn't remind us about the coupon when we forgot after the big meal. And our attempt to collect later was rebuffed.

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k
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were four adults and one baby and it could not have been better. My veal Piccata was tender, generous, the sauce was just the right balance of lemon, caper and butter, and probably the best I've had in years. Friends had the scallops which they loved. the staff was patient with the baby and brought lots of edible chews for her and no complaints about the mess she made. The view is great and the spacious room meant we were able to get up and walk around with the baby who helped makes acquaintance with many of the other friendly diners. Overall, a great experience for us.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Celebrated a birthday and they made her feel so special! Great service and delicious food!

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LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was delicious! The Caesar dressing was perfect. I had the Sea Bass hich was cooked to perfection and my husbands veal and Pasta were delicious. We loved the tri gelato for dessert. We would return in a second. The service was impeccable!

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q
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Friendly staff & excellent service. Our first visit in last 4-5 yrs. Great ambiance . Both dishes had above average presentation but Halibut was slightly over-cooked & veal parmasean could have been more tender...will try again in future

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M
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, and the service was excellent.
We would go back in a heartbeat.

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DO
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent except for the bread, which tasted stale and of raw flour. Really extremely good lamb shanks. The wine list is small, but nice.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess put us at a table that not only had a view of the bay but also their garden. For as full as the place got it wasn't noisy at all. The food was excellent!
Thank you for a wonderful evening 😁

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LM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location for a Christmas dinner! Although i've been to Bodega Bay numerous times, I've never had the pleasure of dining at the Bay View until now. We were warmly welcomed by the hostess and waitress. The food was excellent, seafood with an Italian flair. Our experience from start to finish was very nice and we plan to go back again soon!!

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K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We have been spending the last two Christmas’s in Bodega Bay so this was our only option for a nice dinner out. I mention this as we have now given it 2 chances feeling the first time may have been a fluke. Ironically we had the same waitress both times! She was very friendly but a terrible waitress..... but, the worst was the food. Out of four of us one had a nice meal. Nothing special but adequate. Two of us ordered the pork tenderloin and I think they just heated up a frozen dinner. It was tough, dry and pretty inedible. Fortunately the dog had a great dinner....

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Christmas Day, so limited menu. 3 out of 4 of us had great food. 4th was ok but not really to her taste, but was still good food. We were not so lucky in our waitress. She may have been new but really shouldn't have been on the floor. She was very inattentive to us. We waited way too long for everything. Several times we had to hail other servers, bus people, the manager, and even the bartender to get some service. They were all very good and efficient in getting what we needed. Luckily we were not in a hurry and everyone except our waitress were very nice and efficient. With a great waitress, my overall rating probably would have been 5 Stars!

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JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had a lovely Christmas dinner here with a varied menu and excellent service.

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BA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Waitress was the greatest. So sweet!
Will definitely be back.

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AJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Our server, Holly was very attentive and personable.

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b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good, prices a little high. I had asked for mashed potatoes instead of vegetables with my order and the waiter says so you dont want any vegetables and I said well ok. When we got the bill they charged me $12.00 for a small portion of mashed potatoes which I thought was outrageous. I would of never done that if I had known. I didn't know I was going to get charged the $12.00, I feel he should of let me know. Other then that its a nice place and the food was good. I would definitely go back again.

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MI
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Mary was awesome. She was helpful, friendly, and attentive. We were celebrating our tenth anniversary, and she made it a lovely experience. Thanks!

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NF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was overpriced. Food was mediocre. Staff was friendly

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KC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed both of our dinners, the food was delicious! The restaurant is beautifully decorated and has a great view of the bay. We highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.

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JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. Fresh ingredients, creative dishes, heavenly desserts. Gotta try the Lava cake! Love the ambiance and the fact that it isn’t noisy(like others in this area). The service was impeccable.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our mother's 98th birthday at the Bay View Restaurant and it was perfect. The Italian food, seafood, and steak were all excellent. The wait staff was attentive but not overwhelming. The staff was also friendly and anxious to please. It was definitely a perfect evening and a memory to treasure. This was our first visit but we will be back. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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MB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'd eaten here several years ago and were very pleased to find the same delicious food, nice servers and excellent view. We will return again when we are in this area.

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CJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, except the lamb special was extremely dry, and very difficult to eat. I was unable to finish it because the meat was so overcooked.

Dessert was great, the crab tower was great, and my partner's pasta was great.

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OT
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ordered veal scallopino.
It wouldn’t even yield to 5 minutes of chewing.
Replaced with seafood risotto, gruesome.
Gourmet au Bay is the place to go, half the price and 10x the quality.
Bayview restaurant is a sad sad place.
No one there was surprised we sent the veal back, must happen frequently!

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G
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Place is good, the food is average, nothing really special! The service is really good though.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated our anniversary with staying at the hotel and eating a nice Italian dinner here. We were the first guests arriving at 7 pm, but despite it being a bit empty, we had a great time and the food was excellent. Two more parties arrived during our dinner so maybe we were just early.

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b
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The Bay View Restaurant is cozy and warm, with a grand view of the water. There are also lovely gardens to look out on while dining.
Our dinners were very good. As a starter we enjoyed a delicious Eggplant Parmesan, which gave promise for the rest of the meal. The salmon dish was lovely, and the crab-stuffed filet mignon was delicious
While dinner was nicely served and very tasty, our experience was disturbed by the gentleman at the next table, who undertook a shameless public display of loneliness or, quite possibly dementia.After dialing a personal telephone call, he put his companion on speaker, in order that everyone nearby could clearly hear the conversation. Subsequently, he played music - albeit good music- from his telephone, again at a volume clearly audible to all those around him. On three occasions, this man sang along! The behavior began just as our first course arrived, and continued throughout the meal. The diner was a guest at the inn, so perhaps the management staff at the restaurant hesitated to suggest that he was disturbing others for that reason.
I believe the issue should have been discreetly handled, especially in a restaurant of this caliber. It is certainly a shame that it was not. We enjoyed our meal, but would hesitate to return, simply because of this unfortunate incident.

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CR
Sacramento
52 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good time with our grand kids. Limited menu for children.

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