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About Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub


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.

1951 Embarcadero East
Oakland, CA 94606
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Sun. to Thurs.11:30am - 9:00pm Fri. to Sat. 11:30am - 10:00pm Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm Our upper dinning room is always available for seating, if there is difficulty reserving table. OUR FULL MENU IS SERVED IN THE UPSTAIRS PUB ALL DAY EVERY DAY FROM 11:30 AM TO 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
Livingston

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 536-2050

Website:
http://www.quinnslighthouse.com/

Entertainment:
" P I R A T E S NI G H T" IN THE UPSTAIRS "PUB AT THE LIGHTHOUSE" EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT STARTING

Parking Details:
There is on street parking as well as a large private lot across the street at no charge.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
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Sunday Lunch (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2011

Enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner with my dining companion... her prime rib was cooked to order, generous cut, juicy and flavorful. My seafood newburg was excellent, with lots of large shrimp, many bay scallops and a very generous helping of shredded crabmeat. Our salads that came with the meal were portion-generous, greens were fresh and crisp (mixed baby field greens), with halved grape tomatoes and halved red grapes, long, thin carrot shreds, and good dressings on the side. The crabcakes (2) appetizers were large and thick, lightly breaded and not deep-fried, great for waist-watchers, and presented nicely with greens, capers and a special hot balsamic thick sauce for the cakes.

All in all, a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2011

We went on Christmas Day and were pleasantly surprised that after living in the bay area we had never heard of this great resturaunt! The food was great, I had the lobster pasta, to die for! The waitress was not very inviting considering it was Christmas and she rarely came back to check up on us. But everything else was perfect. As we walked out a cute old couple asked how it was and told us they have been going there every Christmas for the last 15 years! It will be a new tradition for my family too!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2011

There were twelve of us for Christmas Eve dinner, four kids and eight adults--all picky eaters. Everyone found something on the menu to enjoy and the service was excellent! Looking forward to bringing the family back for brunch.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2011

Nice table with a great view of a nice sunset. Food is certainly not cutting-edge cuisine, not bad, not great. Very good server, OK prices. Next time we might try the pub for a change and see what happens up there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2011

They offer 2 levels with different ambiance. If you're feeling snotty, dine downstairs w/ white table cloths. Feeling bummy? Eat upstairs where you can throw your peanut shells on the floor & soak in ESPN in 4 different tubes. Food is always delicious, portions are just right and price that won't break your wallet. Service is a crap shoot, but well worth the view.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2011

Great !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2011

For a restaurant right on the water about 2 miles from SF bay, they appeared to have no fresh seafood on the menu. I had a crab sandwich which, if it was not "krab", then most probably came from a can (and SF crab season opened 4 days ago)and the fish and chips was made with "wite" fish whatever that is. This place is extremely quaint in a quichy kind of way and that is the real waste. I would come any time to drink beer and eat bar food just for the view but the restaurant is not much different from the bar in terms of expectation. It's one of those places that I would really like to like but I just can't.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2011

Quinn's offers a variety of really good dishes at very reasonable prices. I had prawns and my wife had fish and both featured crisp, perfect vegetables. Mine was a variety with rice and beans while hers was tender asparagus. The dessert was also good, key lime pie. The prices were terrific.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2011

We had the thanksgiving meal and found it to be bland. I'll cook next year.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2011

Excellent, as usual. We've enjoyed this restaurant on a regular basis, for more than 20 years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2011

The restaurant is not open all day long. We had reservations for dinner and dining room was still closed at 4:50p, so we decided to hang out at the bar. Given we were the only customers at the bar when we arrived, service was pretty friendly. We got to chuck peanut shells onto the floor and who wouldn't love to make a mess and it would be ok? I had mussels and clams in white wine and butter sauce, pretty good, needed a little more seasoning and I could have used more clam than empty clam shells, mussels were a tad over-cooked. For my entree, had the crab stuffed salmon, again could have been ok with a bit more seasoning, red potatoes were cooked just right and had really good seasoning. Experience was fair, I would give it another go.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2011

A personal favorite. We come for romantic dinners, leisurely lunches, and sometimes special occasions like an anniversay or Valentine's Day. Love the lobster chowder!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2011

My wife, son and I had a very enjoyable brunch here on a warm October Sunday. The omelets were well-prepared and delicious, the service was attentive and the views of the estuary and passing boats reminded us of Europe!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Great service and reliable food. Always feel very welcome. They are very accommodating to families.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2011

Good food, no dissapointments, Peanuts are a nice touch upstairs, good view, pleasant atmosphere and great service from the waiter, forgot his name :( We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2011

Made a reservation here for a brief stay in Oakland in mid-September. The building itself is interesting with a colorful history, having been a working lighthouse at one time and subsequently relocated to its present location some years ago. The food and drinks were not bad, but the service was weak and offensively casual. There are other waterfront restaurants in Oakland that far eclipse this one. Most OpenTable diners will find this place rather weak. Keep searching.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2011

A great pleasure, nice view, great food, easy parking a real good plasce!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2011

We first went to Quinns in the early 1970’s. However, our recent visit was the first time in years. The Paella I ordered was the worst I've ever had. The fish and chicken were overcooked. It was very bland. I couldn't detect even a hint of saffron, the main seasoning in Paella. The seafood Newburg that my girlfriend ordered wasn't the traditional rich Newburg sauce and wasn't much better. The sampler appetizer was better and the salad was fine. You get lots of food for you money, though. I imagine simple dishes are the best bet here. The wine list was short and not very good. Service was good. The main reason for going to this restaurant is for the view.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2011

Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant was pretty mediocre as far as food was concerned. I had the lobster pasta which was chocked full of rubbery lobster and absolutely drowning in sauce. My fiance had lobster pasta which looked like a much better choice although I can't account for the taste. We had crab cakes as a started and I wish I would have stopped there because they were quite delicious. I had a root beer float to top it off which is most likely the best choice I made all night. The mood of the place was fantastic. We went around 7pm and the dimming sunlight and water set the air of the nautical themed environment. The service was nothing to write home about. It was neither amazing or terrible. Overall, a mediocre experience at best.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2011

Excellent view of the Bay and boating harbor, our waiter was very accommodating, the food and service was excellent! We celebrated our wedding anniversary here and we will be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2011

This is a fun place in a great location with pretty good food. Part of the charm is in the history. The place really was a lighthouse, built in the 1890's and was moved--by barge--down the estuary to its present location around 50 years ago. It maintains the nautical look and is surrounded by water on three sides, making for some pretty nice views.

I think they do a good job on most dishes. I enjoyed a fabulous fresh crab salad for lunch: and the crab was plentiful, not the two tablespoons I got in SF at a chi-chi place, but a generous portion. It's a great place for hamburgers and the like. I think they are just too ambitious with the menu, offering too many different dishes. So, naturally, some will be better than others.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2011

Sat outside on deck and loved the food and service, went on a busy night and bar was loud. I will return on a weeknight when it isn't as noisey Dennis

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 23, 2011

crab louis was great as was the clam chowder. The Tri tip on the combination plate was very good but the shrimp was overcooked and the ribs were just average. But, a great place - one of our favorites

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2011

The service was fast and cordial. The view of the Oakland estuary was fantastic. I particularly loved the very low noise level. The food, however, was not up to par with the quality of most restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2011

Fish and Chips very good. Dinner salad generous

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2011

Quinn's sits right on the Oakland Estuary and we were able to see an awesome sunset. The service was excellent - the waitress really engaged us. There was a group of about 12 people (3 -4 children)that came in right before we were getting ready to leave and it seemed like they would have been a loud group. the food was very good especially for the price and we left very stuffed and satisfied.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2011

I've been going to QLH for years! I usually sit upstairs in the pub as that's where the outdoor seating is if it's nice out and also it's more casual/fun than downstairs. On this day, I was taking my Mom to lunch and she hadn't been there in YEARS and wanted to try it and we sat downstairs in the dining room at a window table - very nice ambiance.

We started with the Quinn's signature appetizer, two large beefsteak tomato slices with pesto and very generous mounds of bay shrimp on top, which for $8.50 was a real deal! Mom had the clam pasta and really liked it, I had the Cobb salad which was very good too!

All in all, it's a great neighborhood spot for lunch, dinner or drinks with friends!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2011

A real lighthouse that has been transported to this yacht harbor location. Superb views of the boats with Oakland skyline in the distance. Large menu is reasonably priced. Casual atmosphere (peanut shells on floor) makes it great for kids. Specify a table "on the deck!"

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2011

Would have been a great place to eat on the deck if the weather had not turned cold from the week before when we decided to make reservations. Waiter was nice about changing our outdoor table to a nice corner window one. We were not pressured to leave the table and we were able to enjoy a lengthy visit with old family friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2011

Great dinner, fantastic service, excellent view. I had the blackened white fish, huge portion, perfectly cooked; the Lobster soup was off the hook. Fun bar upstairs so the noise level was comfortable at our table on the main floor

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2011

The food was good, the view is quite nice, and our server was a great balance of personable and fun without being overbearing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2011

The food here at Quinn's Lighthouse hit the spot for our seafood craving. The mussels steamed new england style were fantastic! We will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 25, 2011

Very Nice Family Syle Resturant. A Big Surprise Hidden and on the Oakland Esturary

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2011

We celebrated our father's birthday at Quinn's Lighthouse and had a wonderful time. The food was well prepared if not avant garde. Servings were sizeable. We had the following dishes: Jumping Prawn Boogaloo, Cioppino, Salmon Doodaa (the salmon was perfectly prepared), Marco Polo Pasta, and Seafood Newburg. The only one who didn't love their dish was the person who had the Newburg, and was hoping it would be creamier. We also started with the mussels, which were very tasty and plentiful. Upstairs is a completely different animal, with peanuts and beer and pirates. We peeked in to grab some roasted peanuts and enjoy the music. It was fun.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2011

I finally went back to Quinns after about 30 years. The location is great with some nice views. The service was friendly and timely. The food for me was only okay. I ordered the Seafood Newburg but it must have been a different version of a Seafood Newburg. The sauce was different from other Newburgs that I have had. It was okay but not what I was expecting. Other than that, it was a pleasant experience. I will probably come back before 30 years go by but will try other dishes on the menu.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2011

Great Menu! We went on Father's Day and had a full run at the menu. Everyone was happy with their choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2011

The food was fresh and perfectly prepared. Portions and prices were excellent. The menu has something for everyone! (I'm vegan) There is also a notable selection of great beers. :-)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2011

Everyone at the table had good food, but mine was not that great, it was cold & my toast was barely done-service was not that great either, but I'm willing to give it another try because of the ambiance & we will try the pub upstairs next time also. Hopefully the server will be better & I will order something different.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2011

We did not like the food but like the place. Need a better cook.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2011

As reported by Yelp, mussels were very good, and otherwise other entrees were nicely value priced. Our three-generation (2, 4, 7, 38, 40, 68, and 70 yr olds) after-sailing dinner at a spacious table in a corner view of the estuary was perfect.

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