Updated: Apr 5, 2019
By Vickie Lewis
One of the benefits of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is that the area resplendent with water views from so many vantage points. Some of my favorite dining experiences have been at restaurants in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Sausalito that offer beautiful views overlooking the bay waters. Dining at locations with water views seems to bring a feeling of tranquility that adds to the enjoyment of the dining experience. If you also enjoy dining at restaurants overlooking the water, you must visit The Dead Fish, a fine dining establishment located on San Pablo Avenue in Crockett, overlooking the Carquinez Strait and bridge.
While an eatery named “The Dead Fish” may not sound appealing to some, the name is derived from a heartwarming story shared by a former chef, Andrea Froncillo, about watching his Italian Nonna (grandma) cook fish when he was growing up as young boy in Italy. The Dead Fish opened in 2001 at the former location of Vera’s Villa Valona family-style Italian restaurant. The menu features a plentiful selection of seafood and fish options, and is also known for its top-quality Prime Rib, pastas, and a variety of other non-seafood creations. The Dead Fish also has a full bar and features an extensive list of fine wines and spirits to accompany any meal.
Located just off the I-80 freeway, The Dead Fish is easily accessible and features large parking areas on both sides of the restaurant. However, during peak periods, patrons may have to park along adjacent streets and walk across to the restaurant. Although it isn’t immediately apparent from the outside, the restaurant accommodates up to 400 guests at maximum capacity! To the left of the entrance of the restaurant, there is a large lounge area that features open seating and has a water view. The lounge has the perfect atmosphere for indulging in a cocktail or glass of wine and perhaps some appetizers; however, customers may also enjoy full meals in the lounge. There are two main dining rooms, the first of which is located on the same side of the restaurant as the lounge, also affording beautiful water and bridge views. This dining room includes a separate banquet area, The Nemo R