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Unlimited budget: top-notch food with an oceanfront view?

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Unlimited budget: top-notch food with an oceanfront view?

foodwithaview | Nov 8, 2010 04:49 PM

(first-time caller, long-time reader)

This may be an impossible request, but: I'm looking for near-Michelin-caliber cuisine with an oceanfront view anywhere in the Bay Area. I've been researching carefully, and have only found a handful of options which come close to the level I'm hoping for.

I've followed this board's recommendation for years, and haven't seen a thread which really provides a good solution. Maybe there isn't one. Of course, most small town restaurants naturally tend to feature old-fashioned menus, and living in San Francisco spoils us all. But surely there must be some option, somewhere?

My wish list:

-- directly on the ocean or an oceanfront bluff, not a bay
-- patio or terrace for outdoor dining
-- locally sourced seasonal ingredients, line-caught fish, grass-fed beef, lots of fresh produce, etc.

An example of a contender might be La Costa Nera, which won a Bib Gourmand rating this year. I haven't been personally. Perhaps the Ritz in Halfmoon Bay, as well as the Olema Inn (which I thought was solid, but isn't strictly waterfront of course).

Non-contenders include places like the Moss Beach Distillery: costs notwithstanding, the menu is pretty dull and I walked away from our table after reading it last year.

Any advice or ideas, other than to give up? Have I missed any gems? I've also asked this question on the larger California board, with reference to non-SF locations.

Thanks in advance!

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Olema Inn
10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Olema, CA 94946

Moss Beach Distillery Restaurant
140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, CA 94038

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