What are the most unusual dining experiences in San Francisco?

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Kimberley Lovato

For an unusaul experience, head to Forbes Island.  Don't get excited Gilligan, this isn't a sandy, palm-fringed island in the middle of the bay, but rather a manmade floating island located onPier 41. But you have to hop on a boat from Pier 39 to access the restaurant, and there are some palm trees to give it that island vibe. There's also a 40-foot lighthouse, which you can climb up for stellar views of the bay and San Francisco. Or, try Opaque.  Don't worry about what you wear because you'll be blindfolded in this multi-sensory, dining in the dark experience. Each prix fixe menu consists of an appetizer, entree, and dessert, and you have a choice among the courses. The excitement of the unknown is free.

Maria Hunt

Unusual is in the eye of the beholder, but San Francisco Bay Area at large offers a range of dining experiences that go beyond white tablecloth dining for two.  One of my most memorable and unusual San Francisco dining experiences was at Atelier Crenn, the intimate Cow Hollow restaurant run by former Top Chef contestant Dominique Crenn. From the personal verse on the menu, to the unusual presentations that resembled tiny root vegetables peeping through the snow to the dry ice that highlighted another presentation. They say that people eat with their eyes first, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine guided only by your senses of taste, smell and touch? Adventurous diners find out regularly with Opaque Dining in the Dark, a prix fixe dining experience in Hayes Valley. For another kind of dining escapade, hop onto a taxi-boat at San Francisco’s Pier 41 over to Forbes Island. The floating island in San Francisco Bay offers a fine-dining-meets-theme-park evening. Diners start arriving at 5 p.m. nightly for steaks and seafood in underwater dining rooms and wonderful views.

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