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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K
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I made reservations for our son and husband's birthdays and noted it on the reservation request and James our server, remembered them with birthday cake slices, one chocolate and one lemon, no charge and even sang Happy Birthday with a candle on it.

Fried calamari was light and crispy not greasy! The entrees were good: crab stuffed salmon, royal cod, paella and steamed mussel and clams. The dressing for the side salad was vinaigrette but it was too sour.

I
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Quinn’s since I was 19 years old and now I am 63. It is one of those places that just calls to you and when you go, it feels so very comfortable. The food is great and one of my favorites is the bucket of clams and mussels. Cocktails could use a little lift, but the beers are great. The staff has changed over the years but all new incoming staff are just as friendly. Our waiter who’s name I cannot recall, was the best I have seen anywhere. He as attentive, knowledgeable, personable, and his demeanor was just wonderful. I will be going to Quinn’s for long as it is there, or for long as I am around... :-)

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good was excellent and the service was amazing,

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice view and location. A lot of parking in street

d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and Raul was attentive when needed.
Food was great and the choices were excellent too..

P
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Mom and pop restaurant full at 6 empty by 730, noisy with the guffaws of plus sized family members; good food, drinks and service

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

No acknowledgement of birthday. Waiter forgot drink orders and forgot side dish with a meal. Other waiter did not provide a member of our table with water upon request nor did our glasses or bread baskets remain adequately refreshed. Food in of itself was quite good and the host of the restaurant ensured that a table was promptly available for our party of five adults and three children upon our arrival.

RB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The crab.cake has too much bread crumbs. The chowder was not even hot nor warm. The clam n mussels are okay.. but the paella is the worst.

DR
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

mediocre food. Good service. Not enought toilets, only 2 for the whole place.

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time! If I could give 8 starts for service, I would. We were extraordinarily well taken care of. The food was terrific, and the atmosphere was lovely.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff has to be some of the best I have been around. So friendly and accommodating.

H
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our food was good. The service was slow and we had three different waiters so it felt like no one owned the service at our table. They comped our desert and apologized for the slow service.
Great location! We love dining by the water.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Car window was smashed in across the street from Quinn’s while I was dining. Staff acknowledged it is a problem. Probably will not be going back...especially in the evening. Food was ok. Service was fast. This just ruined the evening.

OE
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to have a Jambalaya and a glass of cab on your way to the airport

MA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The only food about this restaurant is the water view. The food was awful. We ordered the Caesar salad, steak and seafood stew. Steak was dry and covered w too much sauce. The stew was horrible, too salty and no flavor

MF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and pub serving excellent food. The service could not be faulted and our waiter could not do enough for us.

P
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Drinks service and (nautical) atmosphere are good; food is mediocre

RS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quinn's has a split personality. The upstairs is a rockin pub with peanuts on the tables where you dispose of the shells on the floor. It has screens around the room showing the sport of the evening. It has a great view of Oakland's Inner Harbor and a great sunset. It's only 8 minutes from Jack London Square.

Downstairs is dining with soft lights, soft music and great service. The menu is a variety of food from sandwiches and burgers to elegant entrees. I had the Chicken Marsala which had a wonderful flavor and an abundance of mushrooms smothering juicy, tasty chicken breasts. Garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables finish off the dish.

We had reservations but went arrived early and so we could go up to the pub for a cocktail, take in the unique atmosphere of the pub and watch the sun go down. It was fun. People that sat near us were friendly and offered a bit of conversation about the football game that was on at the time. They serve food upstairs as well as downstairs.

We then went downstairs to have an upscale meal on our way to a night out at the theater.

We'll go again.

GE
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Quinns several times in the last few months and every occasion was a pleasure. Servers Dave and James are outstanding and totally entertaining. The muscles in any preparation are well worth the visit and the fish and chips were excellent. We will definitely Return to this restaurant many times in the future. The building is historic and a total delight and the marina is always interesting.

GE
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server, David. Chowder and mussels were very good. Fish and chips and Halibut entrees were very nicely done. The building and interior decorations were festive and interesting (it was holiday time. Highly recommend.

DK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My son ordered the NY strip steak and was very disappointed. The rest of us ordered burgers and pasta which were good. Our server David was very kind and attentive.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Christmas dinner. Thank you!

T
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you, Grady for always giving me the requested table. You're an absolute doll!
James has been with the restaurant over 17 years and his excellent service shows it.

DJ
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Our waiter was great. Not crowded , can’t wait to go again. My only suggestion is to have more help, our waiter was overworked when the dinner crowd arrived.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I made a reservation but didn’t need one the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had a party of four, seated right away and had a fantastic view of the marina. Three out of four in our party opted for the clam chowder. Their clam chowder is awesome! Creamy, not flowery tasting, loaded with potatoes and of course clams, everyone enjoyed their clam chowder. I opted for the buffalo burger. I ordered it medium but it came out well done. It was dry, tasteless and not seasoned at all. I was not happy. I would order seafood dishes at this particular restaurant as they seem to specialize in seafood.

O
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great selection of dishes. All 4 members of our party enjoyed what they ordered. The portions were very generous and the service was very attentive. The only disappointment were the desserts. We ordered 2, but neither one was very good. I would definitely return.

GC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to have a nice meal for a reasonable price. The food is good and the service is excellent.

S
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood. Really attentive service from James, who quickly and non-judgementally corrected an over salted order. Nice view. Great place to stop for lunch or dinner when you have things to do near the Oakland airport or Colosseum

LW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This is a very casual dining experience. The building is old and run down. We went for dinner and got exactly what we expected. Food was good, not expensive and the environment was low key and casual. Our waiter was great. He was friendly, nice and went out of his way to make sure we happy and comfortable. This is the type of place you go when you want a table quickly and food that is reliable but not over the top.

We have been for lunch as well. Great to sit outside on a sunny day.

TS
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My dinner was tasty....but served cold. Our dessert (Chocolate Cake) was very dry.

AM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys are always fantastic! It's my boyfriend and I's favorite spot, and every time we come we always have a great time. I wanted to treat him to a nice Veterans Day dinner, and the service was wonderful. Thank you and see you next time!

DS
Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
143 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

ET
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our experience was great! servers were very nice and attentive. the atmosphere/environment is very laidback.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.