In case you haven’t heard, Fleet Week is back and so are the US Navy Blue Angels. Last year, government cutbacks robbed us of this annual opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces. Love them for the impressive thrills they provide or hate them for the noise they create. You can catch the Blue Angels practice Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. But the real show happens Saturday and Sunday when air shows take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m., followed by the Blue Angels from 3 to 4 p.m. Here are five haute places to enjoy the excitement.
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Go sipping and soaring on the 40th floor Sky Deck of this luxurious hotel during the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s Blue Angels’ Viewing Party on Sat., Oct. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The proximity to these powerful jet planes is breathtaking. Enjoy a walk-around wine tasting with local wineries from Napa, Sonoma, and Alexander Valley including MacRostie Winery, Medlock Ames, Swanson Vineyards, Elizabeth Spencer Wines, and Ancient Peaks Winery. An assortment of delicious canapés will also be served. $45 per person.
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Soak up the action from Pat Kuleto’s prime spot on the waterfront of the Embarcadero and enjoy sensational food at the same time. Regarded as San Francisco’s foremost seafood restaurant, Waterbar offers a daily menu of fresh-caught, sustainably raised fish as well as the most expansive selection of oysters on the West Coast, served sparklingly fresh from the famed oyster beds of California, Washington, British Columbia, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.
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For the best viewing of the Blue Angels, you’ll want to park yourself under an umbrella on the patio of Epic Roasthouse, which utilizes the same executive chef as its sister restaurant Waterbar, Parke Ulrich, and boasts scenic waterfront views.
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At Bistro Boudin on Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll enjoy a thrilling lunch with a captivating front-row view of the San Francisco Bay, while delighting your palate with one of its signature dishes, prepared beautifully by Executive Chef Misael Reyes. Enjoy beloved classics like a Boudin Sourdough Breadbowl and Sourdough Baguette Burger, or choose from an array of innovative dishes featuring Boudin’s famous San Francisco sourdough, such as Sourdough Gnocchi al Pesto with Lobster, and the Sourdough Tortilla Tacos with grilled rock cod, spicy grilled shrimp and Dungeness crab.
Fog Harbor Fish House
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Located on the second level of Pier 39, every table at Fog Harbor Fish House offers spectacular San Francisco Bay views. The restaurant also has the distinction of being the first restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf to serve a 100% sustainable seafood menu that has been approved by Aquarium of the Bay and meets the standards of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.