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.