A Divine San Francisco Dive


If you find yourself looking for a place to dine al fresco on a hot, sunny day in San Francisco, I have a little tip for you. Head over to The Ramp Restaurant on the waterfront in Mission Bay and be prepared to soak up the sun and its funky charm.

Originally a bait shop in the 50s, the ramp has morphed into a fun and popular destination for drinks, dining and salsa or Latin dancing. Be sure to check out their summer dance calendar.

Perched on the edge of a wharf, you sit at tables overlooking docked boats, a gentle slice of the bay and one of the largest dry docks on the west coast. It’s par for the course at The Ramp, a living relic of San Francisco’s maritime history. In the 50’s there wasn’t much down in this neighborhood, except for fishing.  People would launch their boats off of the ramp, giving the restaurant its name.

Bucking the trend for cool pop ups and hipster food joints, The Ramp is the real deal with solid food and an open and inviting atmosphere.  The biggest draw is weekend brunch, which is followed by live music that turns the patio into more of a dance club.

Now let’s get down to the good stuff – food. We feasted on oysters, Dungeness crab, cobb-salad with shrimp and a stand out hamburger with fries. I was particularly impressed with the freshness of the seafood.


What I particularly appreciate is that the outside restaurant is extremely dog friendly, so you don’t have to leave your best friend at home alone.

Then there’s the diversity of the clientele, which is probably why it’s still going strong today. If you come for lunch on a Monday, you’ll see business people, next to boat workers, next to young people, who have just moved into the burgeoning neighborhood.

See you next time at The Ramp.








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  • Sookie
    June 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Can’t wait to visit the Ramp! Great recommendation! xxx

  • Ana De- Jesus
    June 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Sometimes that is why I will go to a particular restaurant and that is to see the diversity of the clientele, it fascinates me to see people from different walks of life and the ramp restaurant looks like it can do just the trick.

  • Dreammerin
    June 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Great photos and just an awesome post! I was in San Francisco in May! 😉 Missing this place!!!

  • Jolina
    June 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Ah I wish I saw this before my trip to San Francisco! We didn’t go to this area. Looks like a lot of fun.

  • Liz Mays
    June 10, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Oh boy, I’m loving what they serve. That all looks so fresh and flavorful. I need to hit it up!

  • Anna
    June 10, 2016 at 1:38 am

    This looks like such a fun place to spend the afternoon! The food looks amazing as does the view! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  • Karla
    June 10, 2016 at 6:07 am

    I’ve heard that San Francisco is a great vacation spot Your photos confirm that!

  • Carrie
    June 10, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Great photos! This places looks amazing and that food looks incredible! It really makes me want to go on Vacation.

  • Subhadrika Sen
    June 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I havnt been to the US. But San Francisco is on my list if and when I do go. 🙂

  • Jim McNabb
    June 10, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I want to see San Francisco with you!

  • Jessica
    June 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Great food with a pefect spot to enoy it. How I miss oysters! 🙂

  • Celeste SunDragonLady Choi
    June 11, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Now, this post made me feel a little nostalgic about Cali. Thanks for sharing the Wharf. The good ole Tiki Ba, Good Times Were Definitely Had There. Thanks a ton for your post on Frisco.

  • CourtneyLynne
    June 12, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Ooooo this sounds like a lovely place to dine!!!! I’m all about eating at random places. I feel those are always the best spots!

  • Louisa
    June 13, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I imagine spending an early Saturday or Sunday morning here. Fresh catch, great conversation and wonderful company to go with it.

  • TheGracefulMist
    June 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

    It must be nice to eat outside with the sun and fresh air beside the water.

  • Bernadette Callahan
    June 16, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Seafood and sun, thats enough for me. Looks like a great atmosphere.