Handcrafted wood beams and nautical artifacts adorn the room; outside, San Francisco Bay stretches off into the distance. It's almost enough to make you forget you're on land?and in Horatio's dining room. The waterfront restaurant describes itself as a tribute to "the romance and brilliance of the Royal Navy of some 200 years ago," and small touches, such as steering-wheel chandeliers and rustic ship's rigging, add to the space's timeless charm.
That classic atmosphere carries over into the menu as well. Here, diners find a selection of top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, and pasta dishes, all featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Options include rock-salt roasted prime rib, and seafood specialties such as etouffee?a chantey-like medley of prawns, mussels, scallops, clams, and andouille sausage served over cheese grits. Bites pair with sips of California wine, or specialty cocktails crafted with house-made syrups and fresh fruit and herbs.
Teppanyaki chefs twirl their knives and ignite towers of flame while cooking meals tableside inside Hana Japan Steak & Seafood. They slice new york steaks, chicken, and salmon and toss scallops onto the grill alongside chopped veggies and mounds of rice, all without ruffling their tomato-red toques. Each hibachi dinner comes with a shrimp appetizer, a bowl of soup, and a salad with organic Hana dressing imported from Japan.
At Bobby’s Krazy Krabs, the chefs embrace both Cajun and Filipino cuisines’ love of bold flavors and multitude of seafood options to create their eclectic menu. They specialize in pork and seafood dishes, serving up the entire fish for a meal for two to four patrons or one homesick shark looking for a light dinner. They season their freshly caught crawfish, deep-fried wings, and calamari in Cajun, lemon-pepper, or garlic-butter sauces, with the ability to alter the spice level. Channeling Filipino flavors, the chefs offer traditional entrees such as oxtail in a thickened peanut sauces and milkfish served with salted eggs and mango.
The walls at Currylicious exude the same orange and yellow hues as saffron and turmeric, which flavor its traditional Indian dishes. Appetizers include hearty veggie samosas and the kachumar salad, an intermingling of fresh garden veggies, herbs, and lime juice. Entrees such as chicken shahi korma and lamb karahi cool down spice with infusions of yogurt sauce and side helpings of naan. During pleasant weather, diners can sit outside, where they take in Oakland’s scenic landscape, or season their meals with crushed sunshine.
If you’re looking for classic American dining, Kincaid’s will not disappoint. They serve all-time favorites like oysters on the half shell, lobster, grilled sirloin steak or ribeye, and Alaskan Cod. Their signature dish is the prime rib, which is slow roasted under rock salt, giving it the perfect crust. Come in for a casual brunch or bring guests to their more formal dinner. Kincaid’s offers two dinner hours each evening where they serve delicious, but very different items. Your tasty meal can be accompanied by a favorite wine, cocktail or beer. They serve up about 30 red and white wines by the glass. Kincaid’s has three locations in California, one in Phoenix, one in Honolulu, and two in Minnesota, but they’re expanding so be sure to check their website to see if there’s a Kincaid’s in your neighborhood. You’ll love their Rewards Program, valet parking, and enjoy the best food in town.
A baby-blue "Bienvenidos" greets customers as they step into the warm yellows and oranges of El Sinaloense Mexican Restaurant. Vibrant portraits of south-of-the-border feasts and beaches embellish the sun-toned walls, between which the waitstaff frequently refills each table's bottomless bowl of housemade salsa. Diners chase chips with seafood specialties born on the shores of Sinaloa, such as the topolobampo, a fillet of grilled fish crowned with clams, prawns, and octopus. A more traditional Mexican plate, the Molcajete stars jalapeños, onions, and cheese next to chicken and shrimp simmered with nopales.