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Forbes Island - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
302 Reviews
$50 and over
French American

Permanently Closed - "If James Bond had a restaurant, it would be this one.

This is a tweaked out underwater mansion." (Press quote)

Forbes Island has breathtaking views of the city, San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, from the decks and the "high above it all" lighthouse.

We are a one of a kind floating island, featured in "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and many other shows and movies.

And if any of this should leave you indifferent, the Rack of Lamb, Angus Filet Mignon, or the fresh Fish of the Day certainly will not. Wrap up the evening with the Island-made Chocolate Mousse Cake, it’s a must.

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Menu

First Course

  • Amuse Bouche

    Second Course

    • Wild Mushroom Ragoût

      Sautéed Mushrooms, Toasted Brioche & Soft Goat Cheese

      • Dungeness Crab, Avocado & Bay Scallop Salad

        Orange & Citrus Fennel Vinaigrette

        • Caesar Salad of Romaine Lettuce

          Garlic, Croutons & Reggiano Parmesan Cheese

          • Fresh Baby Green Salad with Belgian Endives

            Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Citrus Wedges & Balsamic Vinaigrette

            • Seafood Chowder

              Array of Fresh Seafood, Herbs & Stewed Heirloom Tomatoes

              Third Course

              • Lamb Lollipops

                Half Rack of Lamb, Potato Croquette, served on a bed of Edamame Succotash

                • Classic Filet Mignon

                  Truffled Bordelaise Demi-Glace, Gem Potatoes, Broccoli & Shitake Mushroom Puff

                  • Wild Mushroom Risotto

                    Served with fresh Vegetables, Herbs, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Glaze

                    • Organic Canadian Salmon

                      Cilantro Pesto Rice, Sautéed Spinach & Ginger Lime Crème Sauce

                      • Petrale Sole

                        Potato Puree, Sautéed Greens & Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc Sauce

                        Fourth Course

                        • Chocolate Mousse

                          Hazelnut & Pecan Crust Cake with a Chantilly of Whipped Crème

                          • Berry Napoleon

                            Mixed Berries with Raspberry Sauce, Hazelnut Tuiles & Mascarpone Crème

                            • Apple Tarte Tatin

                              Rum Carmel Sauce & Whipped Crème

                              • Crème Brûlée

                                Ginger & Vanilla Bean

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                                What 302 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                4.4
                                4.4 based on all time ratings
                                • 4.2Food
                                • 4.6Service
                                • 4.6Ambience
                                • 3.9Value

                                NoiseQuiet

                                93% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                1. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on June 2, 2017

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  We made a reservation, which was confirmed, only to show up and have the entire restaurant be closed.

                                2. S

                                  Sushma

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 27, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I went here with my husband for the first date after the wedding😍. This is a great place for romantic dinner. We had dinner at the udnerwater restaurant which is very cozy and the couple can easily get lost into each other starting with wine. After the dinner we went to the light house and beleive me the city, ocean and the bridge everything is very beautifuI at night from the top of this light house. I always saw this place but never thought this such an amazing one. I would definetely say this is the place if you want to surprise your guy. he'll love you more 😀😉

                                3. RN

                                  RingsideNoKnockOut

                                  Portland

                                  64 reviews

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  64 reviews

                                  Dined on May 27, 2017

                                  overall2food3service1ambience3

                                  Disappointing experience...as a local San Francisco resident, the term tourist trap comes to mind. Food good but service average at best - we were crammed in a small table and from the start, the service was spotty. After finally making a reservation and dining at Forbes Island, this one is not on our repeat list.

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  11 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on May 26, 2017

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Amazing food and place.

                                5. JH

                                  JimH64

                                  Kansas City

                                  13 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  13 reviews

                                  Dined on May 26, 2017

                                  overall4food5service5ambience3

                                  The restaurant is rather like a tourist trap atmosphere, but then of course it is off pier 39. It's literally build on a dock and restaurant is under the water line. And that's where the trouble begins. You immediately are hit by a moldy, mildew smell. Not too appetizing. But once you get used to it , food is good. Place could use a good cleaning. Dust off all the junk on the walls and ceiling. Scrub off the portals so you can actually see the underwater world. It has its charm, but if your looking for a nice place to enjoy fresh west coast cuisine and scenic bay view, there are many other great choices in the area.

                                6. MM

                                  MiuMiuPow

                                  San Francisco

                                  7 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on May 26, 2017

                                  overall4food3service4ambience5

                                  This place is a lot of fun, great venue, great experience. Take a boat to the island, be a pirate for the night. Food was decent, good deal - 4 course menu for 70$. Had a blast in this themed restaurant.

                                7. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 24, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  As soon as we got on the boat with Captain Chris, he told us about the amazing history of the island. We were seated as soon as we got there (even though we were half an hour late). Ekaterin (she said call her Katya) was very attentive and very sweet! Every course was delicious and savory. They even wrote congratulations on the dessert plate for my friend's promotion! Captain Chris told us to check out the famous restroom and the lighthouse and even helped us take some pictures! My friend and I LOVE this place and all of its staff! You couldn't have asked for more. The service and food was superb! Definitely coming back and ALREADY told a bunch of my friends about this place!

                                8. v

                                  vincent

                                  Vancouver

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on May 19, 2017

                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                  Restaurants needs updating although it was a theme restaurant Set meal $79 USD Food was ok and a nice overall different experience . Not overly expensive given it is Pier 39 and four course Something unique to do

                                9. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 19, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  What an exceptional dining experience! The island itself is a marvel of engineering, creativity, and hospitality, and it is worth a trip just to explore it and enjoy all of its decorative details and breathtaking views of the city and pier 39. But make no mistake--the food, service, and ambiance were also incredible. It was clear to us that pride is taken in every facet of a guest's visit, including even the brisk boat ride to the island from I dock. Our perfectly portioned and delicious four course meal was delivered to our table with impeccable timing and ideally attentive yet polite service, leading to what felt like a top notch French dining experience executed with American sensibilities. During our visit, I also had the a pleasure of eating the most delectable and well-prepared portion of salmon I have ever tasted.

                                10. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Philadelphia

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 18, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The server was attentive and enthusiastic as were the other members of the staff

                                11. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 14, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Considering the ambiance, I did not expect the food to be excellent. Creative, fun, unusual and really good. This probably fits into my top 10 dining experiences in my life. Seriously, this is the best dining experience since El Farallon in Cabo San Lucas 3 years ago. Really unique with 5 star food and 5 star service. This place should be on everyone's bucket list.

                                12. TK

                                  TomKatR

                                  Houston

                                  11 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on May 14, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Amazing service and food!

                                13. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 14, 2017

                                  overall5food3service4ambience5

                                  As a San Francisco native, I avoid Pier 39 at all costs. Forbes Island was worth the exception. The Island is actually a large houseboat with a lighthouse on top. The drinks and food were of medicore quality. Someone in charge should go take some notes from one of SF's trendier establishments and step up those signature cocktails. If I'm paying over $80/person, I don't want to see bright red maraschino cherries in my mezcal cocktail! My boyfriend's lamb was divine but my steak was.... previously frozen most likely. Come back for the experience with a tourist! Not with a foodie

                                14. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 10, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wedding Anniversary

                                15. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Las Vegas

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 4, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Absolutely amazing! We had our wedding meal here (just the 2 of us) and everything was beyond perfect. Enchanting, romantic and magical. Thank you so much to the staff and Captain Chris for making our day perfect.

                                16. m

                                  magmo

                                  San Francisco

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on April 27, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great evening. Food was excellent and we both said the fish was cooked perfect. Would go back.

                                17. JW

                                  JustinW

                                  San Francisco

                                  15 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  15 reviews

                                  Dined on April 27, 2017

                                  overall3food3service5ambience5

                                  It's a lot of fun to explore the island with a drink in your hand, especially the light house. The food was good. But the portions were a bit small. This is one of those fancy restaurants that you end up leaving feeling still hungry.

                                18. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Cancun

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 26, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food, service and atmosphere were all top notch. Loved the short boat ride from pier 39. Great views of the pier, Alcatraz, and bridges from the small lighthouse.

                                19. AH

                                  AnneH

                                  San Francisco

                                  2 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on April 22, 2017

                                  overall3food2service3ambience5

                                  They could improve the quality of food and make this a primere experience. The hostess was excellent and on top of everything. The fish was good quality but the vegetables were either undercooked or overcooked. The locale and decor were a blast.

                                20. N

                                  Norah

                                  San Francisco

                                  20 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  20 reviews

                                  Dined on April 22, 2017

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  Great one time experience. Venue, service and food was excellent.

                                21. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 21, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was worth the six-year wait. Great views great food and great service

                                22. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 19, 2017

                                  overall3food4service1ambience4

                                  After I ordered a drink it tasted bad and it wasn't what I expected. When I got my bill they charged me for the drink anyway. They never told me that if I don't replace the drink with another drink, that I will be charged anyway. The bar tender was rude. I got motion sickness because the boat rocks the entire time. I would not go back.

                                23. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 16, 2017

                                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                                  A great alternative to the usual busy and touristy waterfront dining along the wharf

                                24. WB

                                  WeBFoodies

                                  San Francisco

                                  30 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  30 reviews

                                  Dined on April 15, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wonderful dining experience! I remember reading of this place many years ago, in TN, never thinking I would ever be in CA to see it in person. It was truly everything I hoped for and more. We both had the mushroom ragout and steak, both dishes were delicious. The chocolate mousse cake was a perfect finish for a perfect meal. Perfect meal for a perfect day!

                                25. CR

                                  CiaoRachel

                                  Phoenix

                                  28 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  28 reviews

                                  Dined on April 14, 2017

                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                  The view on the island is beautiful but there is no view once you are seated in the restaurant. The prefix was good but not quite up to the price. For the price they should include a glass of wine otherwise its about $10 too much. Its a novelty and the service was wonderful but one visit will do me.

                                26. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Palm Springs

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 12, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great time will remember this spot forever. I've been wanting to visit this place for over 5 years, can now take this off the bucket list. one to remember.

                                27. M

                                  Magmag

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 9, 2017

                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                  Great spot for fantasy dinning. Very great ambiance, food and services. It was an adventurous experience boarding the ferry and "escape" to a tiny island. The night would be perfect, if, only if the wine was good. I ordered a glass of Jade Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, and the wine tasted like it had been sitting in a open bottle for more than it needed to.

                                28. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Birmingham

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 9, 2017

                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                  It was a neat experience, the menu was limited, and it didn't really have good options for children. The space is small and woman at the table next to us was obnoxiously loud.

                                29. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New England

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 1, 2017

                                  overall5food5service2ambience4

                                  Service was a bit rude but overall great experience

                                30. C

                                  Chris

                                  San Francisco

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 31, 2017

                                  overall2food4service1ambience4

                                  Service was horrible! We will not return because of the inattentive and unprofessional sever.

                                31. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 31, 2017

                                  overall3food3service4ambience5

                                  Very expensive, didn't like the course meal menu, didn't need that much food.

                                32. RJ

                                  ReneeJ

                                  San Francisco

                                  5 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on March 31, 2017

                                  overall2food2service3ambience4

                                  The menu is prefixed price of $79 per person -the food was average-nothing special. I don't mind paying but the food was very disappointing for the price. Do not recommend this place for the food. It is a unique venue but don't go there for the food. Drinks maybe. Service was great. Boat captain was wonderful made us feel very welcome. Again for food doesn't match up with the price. With so many wonderful restaurants in San Francisco-I wouldn't go again m.

                                33. DB

                                  DBax

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 30, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great experience! I proposed to my honey at the top of the lighthouse before dinner. She loved it! Oh.. she said Yes! Our delicious dinner, the high-end kitschy ambiance, and impeccable service were outstanding. Highly recommend.

                                34. JN

                                  JaneN

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 30, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had a wonderful evening. The location is quirky, original and a lot of fun. Not cheap but great for special occasions! The service and the food were excellent!

                                35. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Portland

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on March 29, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food here was delicious they cater to my four-year-old as well with a more appropriate meal for her. The staff was very friendly everybody had there a game on. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody and everybody

                                36. F

                                  Foodie0318

                                  Dallas

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 25, 2017

                                  overall4food3service4ambience5

                                  Cool experience. The wait staff was nice, but for the price, the food was average. We spent over $200 and did not even get any drinks. Definitely a neat location, but the cuisine left something to be desired. Would recommend to people seeking a different dining experience, but not for foodies necessarily. Overall, we had a nice time, but will probably not return a second time.

                                37. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  3 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 19, 2017

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  Great place for a birthday!

                                38. MT

                                  MrTasteBud

                                  New England

                                  2 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 18, 2017

                                  overall2food1service3ambience4

                                  good experience. but not worth about a 100$ a person. the food was mediocre at best. I had the filet mignon and outback serves a better cut. the steak tasted like it had been thawed recently. and the rest of the food was just ok. the experience should add maybe 10$ or a max of 20$ a meal. what I ate was worth less than 40$. which still leaves 20$ (or 25% of the cost of the meal without tax) as overpriced. the experience too was underwhelming, expected more. the "underwater" part is pretty bogus. it's a house boat and you eat below sea level. they have a few windows but they're so dirty that you can't see out. but apart from that it's mostly feels like you're in a rocky boat with no windows. not the best eating experience.

                                39. TG

                                  TinaG

                                  San Francisco

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 18, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  My husband and I went here for a special date. We loved the whole experience except for one small detail. Our chairs were extremely uncomfortable. The bill was a little pricey and I would've expected to sit in luxury.

                                40. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 17, 2017

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It was fabulous! We took our niece and nephew out and wanted to make it memorable and interesting . This fit the bill. Food and staff and everything was great!

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                                Forbes Island - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 302 OpenTable diners

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                                This restaurant is permanently closed.

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