Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub

7.25 reviews
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Seafood, Bar
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1951 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 536-2050
http://www.quinnslighthouse.com/
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Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub serves high quality, eclectic food and drink in a cheerful, historic landmark lighthouse originally built in 1890. The building was rebuilt in 1903 by the U.S. ... Read more
Lighthouse Service as the Oakland Entrance Lighthouse.The building was moved to its current location in 1965.Quinn's, in its current form, was established in 1984, after a complete renovation of the building. Great care and respect was taken to preserve the structure and the historic features of the building. We hope to share this salty, rich history with all our patrons.

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Local from Oakland

Cool restaurant with a great view of the water. They give you peanuts instead of chips and you can just throw the shells on the floor when done. Lol. Drinks and food was pretty good.

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San Jose, California, USA

What a cute and cozy little place! The restaurant is very spacious and themed inside . My coworker took me here and we sat on the upper level where you can eat peanuts and throw the shells on the floor! There's an amazing view of the water and in the summer, you can sit out on the deck overlooking the dock. They have a full bar and a big selection of beers. Every Wednesday from 4-6pm there are beer specials! There's a good amount of people during lunch, but it wasn't too packed. The waiter got around to us a lot. Average prices, many menu options, and fast service. The fish and chips will definitely hit the spot if you're here. I love the sweet tangy brown vinaigrette concoction it came with mmmm...

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Local from Berkeley, California, USA

People often think of QL as a place to take visiting older relatives as it has a nice salty atmosphere, non-threatening cuisine, and isn't expensive, but while true, that limited perception sells the place short.

The upstairs bar is great, with a classic penut shell detritus floor, and friendly staff. The bar food is above average, my favorites include the club sandwich, the ribs, clam chowder, fried calimari, and the burgers.

More to the point, if you like sailing, nautical stuff, or just looking at sailboats while you eat, this is the place. Located right on the estuary, you can even cruise in on a dinghy and tie up at their dock, I think (I havent tried that yet).

Thursday nights have sea chanty sing alongs, complete with song sheets for the newbies, and various levels of costume for those who are up to arriving in an eye patch and striped shirt. it's fun, and unique.

I'm not a crowd person, so I like the quiet afternoon ambiance. A cocktail, a snack, and a view of the passing sailboats draw me here.

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Local from Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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Quinn's Lighthouse was easy enough to find among the cute little red cabins and the surrounding marina and boat repair facilities. The upstairs pub was a little too dark, crowded, and peanut-y for us, so we chose the lighter, brighter, and more roomy main floor for our late lunch.

My fish and chips order was just OK, but Gayle's cioppino (adult tomato soup) was excellent. Quinn's also has an extensive rose selection on their wine list, and our dry french selection went well with our menu choices. I would have normally chosen beer with a fish and chips order. However, I wasn't all that impressed with their draft beer selection, I really enjoy a good dry rose, and ordering a full bottle is a better value than paying for wine by the glass.

This is another one of those places that my Midwest parents would enjoy. The lighthouse structure is authentic, the the wood decor is appropriate (and complete with somewhat kitchy touches), the dining room is comfortable and with a good view of the water, the service is good (including being visible and invisible at the right times), it's easy to have a conversation, and the menu is diverse and overall, a pretty good value.

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Hartselle, Alabama
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