Sailor Jack’s 123 First St., (707) 746-8500.
Situated on the downtown waterfront and featuring a view of Carquinez Bridge, this restaurant operates inside a circa 1868 sea captain’s home and is named for author Jack London. Prime seating is upstairs in a large open room that also holds the full bar, but downstairs has many cozy smaller rooms plus outside seating on a back deck and on a patio in front. Do try to be on hand for the usually spectacular sunset. And though I wasn’t impressed with my colorful mai tai, I hear that the martinis are quite good and I’d like to give the blood-orange margarita a try. Seafood is especially popular and includes fresh petrale sole, fish & chips, and lobster tail, but lamb chops, baby back ribs, and steaks are also usually available. Appetizers include shrimp poppers and delicious crispy Brussels sprouts with aioli dipping sauce. Bacon and salmon are house-smoked.
|exterior of Sailor Jack's in Benicia, California|
|mai tai cocktail at Sailor Jack's in Benicia, California|
|Brussels sprouts at Sailor Jack's in Benicia, California|
|petrale sole at Sailor Jack's in Benicia, California|
|lamb chops at Sailor Jack's in Benicia, California|
|creme brulee at Sailor Jack's in Benicia, California|
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