Forbes Island is rated at one of Zagat's Most Bizarre Restaurants and for good reason. Forbes Island is a 7-room barge, with sand and palm trees, designed and built by self-made millionaire Forbes Thor Kiddoo. Kiddoo created the floating island between 1975 and 1980 and moored it in Sausalito until he was kicked out in 1991. He later relocated to the San Francisco Bay off Pier 39 and turned his floating home into a high-end restaurant.
The 100-foot long and 50-foot wide floating island is the only one of its kind in the world. The 100-seat underwater dining room comes equipped with portholes, a fake fireplace, full bar, wine cellar and a boudoir with a velvet bed that serves as the ladies' water closet. The inside of the ship is decorated with an 1800's sailing ship in mind, classic decor similar to a boat on Pirates of the Caribbean, with hanging swords and all.
Some highlights are the 40-foot lighthouse with amazing views, 35-foot real palm trees, a white sand patio, a full island bar overlooking the bay's sea lions, a wine cellar where Tony Bennett once sang, and a private banquet dining room on the north side of the island.
Forbes Island is truly a unique dining experience. From the moment you hop on the dinghy with Kiddoo himself, you know you are in for a treat. The food is delicious, although expensive. I recommend trying to come to Forbes Island during the Dine About Town special, as you can get a full 3-course meal for $35. It is a great restaurant for special occasions from engagements to birthdays. It's also a great place for a private party. Annually on the 4th of July, the restaurant is completely bought out for a private pirate party. So bust out your boat shoes and take a trip to Forbes Island.