Oakland >Arts & Entertainment > Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub
51 Embarcadero Cv, Oakland, CA | Directions 9460637.781408 -122.243082
Neighborhoods: East Peralta, Coliseum North
Lover of Light Houses – I’m a big fan of Light Houses so when I saw this place I could hardly control myself!
It’s a good place to bring the kids too so don’t worry if you have younger ones they have some great plates on the menu for the kids!
The place is very nice inside with lots of windows. Employees are very nice and the food didn’t take long to get to us.
The prices are very fair! I would have thought it to be more expensive but I was wrong!
Great food – You definitely want to go to their dining room and not their pub. Made that mistake once, not making it again. The food itself is great and the prices are reasonable.
OMG!!! I love this place!! – I have got to say that Quinns is one of my favorite local getaways. I usually can't escape the call of the Cajun clams in a bucket. The sauce is so amazing I have tried their Jumbalaya and it's pretty good, not as good as mine, but Good for sure. I have had the Fish and Chips, and YES another hit. Their Burgers are delish too....The salalds are wonderful and my daughter loved the Dinky Do Seafood stew.
As for those on here commenting on steak, I would reccomend that you try the seafood YOU WONT HAVE ANY MORE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT
Quinn's Lighthouse dinning by the Marina – Saturday (7/18/09) dinning with the view of the marina for a surprise 60th birthday celebration for a friend of the family...none other than Quinn's Lighthouse in Oakland.
LOCATION: Off of Embarcadero with plenty of street parking else park in the lot across the street for some business (not gated & pretty open parking on wkends). Note there is 1-flight of stairs into restaurant (like 7 steps), & I can't say I notice a ramp. Bar area upon entrance then dinning area directly to the left & more restaurant space upstairs to the right. All wooden chair seats seem to have arm rests, so not ideal for a man/woman that's a 4X or larger, but then again I didn't ask if they had armless chairs. I wouldn't say really handicap, or elderly friendly overall, but a good location for families, kids, couples, & groups.
CUST SVC: Overall service for this birthday celebration was great! About 2-3 staff members waited on party of about 17-18 people; all patient with taking orders, prompt service upon request for this or that, & thorough w/ check-up throughout the entire meal w/ drinks & clean-up. Keep up the good work team ;-)
DRINKS & FOOD: Birthday dinner celebration had a preset menu that was selected by birthday lady's son & daughter in law. Their (unsweetened) Iced Tea & Sparkling Pink Cranberry Lemonade were tasty, both get recommendations. House Pear Salad was just "'ok" & so was their Clam Chowder. BF-Jayson & I were hoping to be "awwwed" w/ the Chowder, but felt it was canned so lines up there w/ Progresso (& sure Progresso likely cheaper)..cute how they made the croissant-fish tho. Dinner entrees on our preset menu included: Seafood Pasta Linguine, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, Chicken Tuscany, & Stuffed Salmon. BF-Jayson had the Chkn Tuscany...we couldn't fig out what to do w/ the avocado that was placed on top of chkn (as if last min on Iron Chef or something)...didn't really compliment the dish, but dish was good. I had the Stuffed Salmon, which I really did enjoy..the mushrooms, bay shrimp & lemon butter sauce all came together very nicely. My sis-Estella had the BBQ Pork Ribs...the ribs were cooked tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone good, but still a great bite. Collectively we all thought the string beans were "blah"...crunchy, no seasoning, & just cooked really.
DESSERT: Chocolate Cake was more dense/dry than moist. Their choc cake makes the perfect promo for "Got Milk" commercials 'cuz U reeeally need some milk after 1-2 bites of this...unfortunate, they don't serve milk (no even for kids *bummer*). Now the Lemon Cake a la Mode, SCRUM-DIDLY-UMPTOUS! Moist lemon cake w/ a scoop of creamy vanilla bean ice cream was awesome...5 stars for this & a definite recommendation!
END OF DINNER: The birthday lady had a great dinner ringing in her 60th w/ family & friends, & all guests enjoyed the food, drinks, & service here. We'll see the next time "Mary & Jayson" visit, but I'd recommend this place & would come back ;-)
Good seafood, atmoshpere – The seafood dishes here taste fresh and normally come in very good portions. The atmosphere is very laid-back and it's a nice place to have a comfortable meal and a few beers in the East Bay. I recommend the jambalaya, very good assortment of seafood though could use a little more spice. Can be a tad pricey, so this isn't really a "cheap eats" find, but prices are still very reasonable and the food and atmosphere are worth it.
Fun, inviting, warm place for a meal! – This restaurant has it all! Lovely dining room downstairs and fun, "peanuts on the floor" Pub upstairs. Both serve the same menu so no matter where you sit, same great food. Their menu has a huge variety of eats, so there's something for everyone. Staff is friendly and laid-back. Pub offers great music too. All this in a historic landmark Lighthouse! Great views of the estuary, especially on the Pub deck. Check this place out, you won't be disappointed!
Too expensive and tasteless – I came here and even had table reservations for two people. The restaurant looks nice and has a nice view of the Bay - I'm assuming this is why people tend to go here. People who work there are really pleasant however the food is a real disapppointment. We ordered two different steaks and both were supposed to have specific flavors(garlic etc) but they didn't! I have tasted steaks in quite many restaurants before and this restaurant fails below normal to please my tastebuds. Their rice was plain as well. Overall their food is very bland.
Also unfortunately the prices here are very high! You're simply not getting your money's worth. Perhaps their seafood is not bad, maybe worth a try (as I myself have not tried it). But honestly with these high prices and such a huge disappointment when it comes to their steaks - I won't be coming back here. Just not worth it!
Great service and food, supurb clam chowder – This restaurant has a great atmosphere, spectacular service, and the food is pretty good. The food is nothing to write to gourmet magazine about but its all done quite well, one exception the clam chowder is to die for (a must have). Would recommend to all looking for a nice seafood place in the oakland wharf area.
Editorial Review – Seafood and steaks, plus hamburgers, pasta, chicken and more. Bar serves draft beers and more than 50 bottled beers.
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