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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.
Oakland, CA 94606
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
" P I R A T E S NI G H T" IN THE UPSTAIRS "PUB AT THE LIGHTHOUSE" EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT STARTING
There is on street parking as well as a large private lot across the street at no charge.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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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