Treasure Island
Treasure Island
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  • SFOluv
    San Francisco, California5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasure Island-water taxi/restaurant/museum trip
    Saturday morning 5 of us took the somewhat new Treasure Island Taxi from the Ferry Building, leaving at 11:20 (after checking out the Farmer's market.) There was plenty of space, a short 10 minutes. Great short trip, friendly staff. We walked to Mersea Restaurant, about 1/2 mile. Currently a little longer walk due to construction, but found our way. There is a large open parking lot at the restaurant, with outside and inside seating. Lots of dogs, great mix of people, music in the outside courtyard. The menu is varied, lots of choices, tacos/fish and chips/hamburgers/large salads. The large half salted caramel/vanilla ice cream dessert was outstanding--worth the trip in itself! The owner/Manger was gracious, offered to take our phots, and was available to answer questions. WE returned to the free Treasure Island Museum, directly across from the water taxi pier. It opens at noon on Sat, and had lots of parking. A fabulous old building, art deco statues at the entrance, Treasure Island, Clippers and Navy history. The single staff member was interesting and shared local stories. A large whisky bar (which wasn't open) is in the lobby as well as a member club. They have more items in storage, waiting building repair decisions. It became extremely windy, so the 3:20 taxi return was cancelled. Uber back to the city was quick and easy. A great way to spend the day!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,478 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views, Lots of Construction
    Come here for great views of downtown San Francisco across the Bay, and also some of the hills. This island is land fill that was created for the 1939 Exposition. Some of the Exposition buildings are still here. But these days you will find a lot of construction of new apartments. So someday this will be a city itself.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 December 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very overlooked attraction - the absolute best views of SF
    I am surprised Treasure Island is so low on TA list. It's located in the middle of SF bay, right beneath the Bay bridge and directly across downtown. It offers the absolute best views of SF - better than Twin Peaks which is behind downtown offering back views, and better than Alcatraz which offers side views. This was my third time in SF and second time here. This time there's a construction work at the closer spot I was few years ago and you cannot approach it. So, drive further to the residential area at the end and you have unparalleled views of one of top three US cities. I agree with fellow traveler below, be careful - very few people there. Last time few years ago I was there at night time and didn't feel pleasant being all alone with my family, but nothing happened. This time, we were in the morning with people jogging there and seeing neighbors and had no issues.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 June 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt515 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Unlike the name denotes, it doesn’t look like a treasure island. Nothing was impressive there. It can be visited through Oakland Bay Bridge. A quick tour via a car revealed that it was not worthwhile.
Written 13 June 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I am surprised Treasure Island is so low on TA list.
It's located in the middle of SF bay, right beneath the Bay bridge and directly across downtown.
It offers the absolute best views of SF - better than Twin Peaks which is behind downtown offering back views, and better than Alcatraz which offers side views.
This was my third time in SF and second time here. This time there's a construction work at the closer spot I was few years ago and you cannot approach it. So, drive further to the residential area at the end and you have unparalleled views of one of top three US cities.
I agree with fellow traveler below, be careful - very few people there. Last time few years ago I was there at night time and didn't feel pleasant being all alone with my family, but nothing happened.
This time, we were in the morning with people jogging there and seeing neighbors and had no issues.
Written 8 June 2024
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S-R-AME
USA29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Truly beautiful and photogenic spot of SF bay view to take pictures.
BUT not safe at all. My teenager son was almost attacked by a young (20s maybe) individual when he was taking pictures. Out of nowhere he walked up and almost kicked my son into the water.
The streets are so quiet and empty so if you’re alone, you are defenseless and no one would know you were there.
So if you go there at sunset or later, go with someone, pay attention to who’s there and who’s coming, or be ready for anything.
The island is full of construction places and your GPS map doesn’t help very much :(
The island’s museum seems interesting and its bar seemed very nice but I don’t think I’d go back there.
Written 6 January 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,478 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Come here for great views of downtown San Francisco across the Bay, and also some of the hills. This island is land fill that was created for the 1939 Exposition. Some of the Exposition buildings are still here. But these days you will find a lot of construction of new apartments. So someday this will be a city itself.
Written 26 December 2023
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Nick Schwartz
Bloomington, MN381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Visited some close friends who worked in the area. Beautiful views and interesting stories. had fun seeing everything.
Written 10 September 2023
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Clive S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This was a nice place. However the San Francisco building department seems to have gone wild. They take paradise and put up tall buildings, blocking the Golden Gate view of people in the East Bay, but we don't have a vote. Creating further gridlock on the Bay Bridge. I used to like to go to downtown San Francisco for shopping, Giants ballpark, whatever, now it is difficult. I guess there are people with lots of money who will buy these places and pay for the view. However for all of us who already live here and like our Golden Gate View this is a nightmare.
Written 17 July 2023
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SFOluv
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Saturday morning 5 of us took the somewhat new Treasure Island Taxi from the Ferry Building, leaving at 11:20 (after checking out the Farmer's market.) There was plenty of space, a short 10 minutes. Great short trip, friendly staff.

We walked to Mersea Restaurant, about 1/2 mile. Currently a little longer walk due to construction, but found our way. There is a large open parking lot at the restaurant, with outside and inside seating. Lots of dogs, great mix of people, music in the outside courtyard.

The menu is varied, lots of choices, tacos/fish and chips/hamburgers/large salads.
The large half salted caramel/vanilla ice cream dessert was outstanding--worth the trip in itself!

The owner/Manger was gracious, offered to take our phots, and was available to answer questions.

WE returned to the free Treasure Island Museum, directly across from the water taxi pier. It opens at noon on Sat, and had lots of parking. A fabulous old building, art deco statues at the entrance, Treasure Island, Clippers and Navy history. The single staff member was interesting and shared local stories. A large whisky bar (which wasn't open) is in the lobby as well as a member club. They have more items in storage, waiting building repair decisions.

It became extremely windy, so the 3:20 taxi return was cancelled. Uber back to the city was quick and easy. A great way to spend the day!
Written 9 July 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,478 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This landfill island is in transition as so many new projects are under construction or planned. You can have a wonderful view of downtown SF from the water front. You have to drive off and on the bridge, so traffic is an issue. There is some limited bus service from SF
Written 21 December 2022
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RAVVLA
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
there is something so magical and otherworldly about this place. we need to help those that are inhabiting the island and being taken advantage of. before they destroy the whole place.
Written 20 June 2022
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Steve P
Citrus Heights, CA159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Despite the industrial nature of Treasure Island and all the new construction and detours on the island, its still easy to navigate and catch some fantastic views.

Start your visit with dining at Aracely Cafe which has a lovely patio dining area on good weather days.

Followup your meal, was a quick walk along the perimeter trail of the island and soak in the great views. You'll be able to get great shots of everything from the East Bay, to Angel Island, to Alcatraz and the whole cityscape.
Written 6 September 2021
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