Summer on Treasure Island:
A verdant oasis between San Francisco and Oakland, Yerba Buena Island features views of the Bay Bridge and the city skyline, presenting their majesty from a quiet distance. On the island, The Bristol residences appear to merge with the tree-lined hills and surrounding greenery, providing an island retreat where residents can bask in the feeling of well-being inspired by the elegant design and the use of the highest quality natural materials from Hart Howerton and Edmonds + Lee Architects. The adjoining Treasure Island—so named because of the potential for gold embedded in the bay soil it was made from—is also a treasure for Yerba Buena Island residents, those who want the best of San Francisco without the bustle and noise.
Unique places attract unique people, so it’s no surprise that Treasure Island boasts incredible restaurants and wineries—the dream projects of creative San Franciscans come to life. Looking across the bay to the city, the islands have an intimate yet remote feel where a staycation mentality can become a lifestyle.
Parke Ulrich and MeeSun Boice opened Mersea, a container-style restaurant on Treasure Island's Great Lawn, just as much to create community for the island as to feed it. The restaurant and bar, which was highlighted for the best views of San Francisco by the San Francisco Chronicle, serves American classics like double cheeseburgers, pizza, root beer floats, and haddock and bacon chowder. Made with the freshest possible local and seasonal ingredients and featuring elegant touches, you’ll find yourself adding truffle oil to your fries or espresso to your soft-serve ice cream.
Already famous for its croissant French toast, Aracely is the place to find, according to Thrillist, “an SF-caliber brunch without the lines, fog, or prices.” Complete with an outdoor garden, a fire pit, twinkling lights, and lounge-worthy furniture, the restaurant is an equally lovely spot for a relaxed dinner under the stars or a wedding. Along with the French toast—made from fresh croissants and served with rhubarb and dulce de leche cream cheese—the menu is full of inspired favorites refreshed with a creative twist, like ginger and polenta waffles served with oatmeal ice cream and toy box carrots with sorrel hummus.
In addition to being a foodie’s paradise, a plethora of wineries on the island is also burgeoning. Vie shows off French wines, while The Winery, which is set to reopen on December 31st, focuses on local wines in an elegant setting. If the combination of the gastronomic and the adventurous is an island staple, Treasure Island Wines is the place to find it in spades; here, you can taste varietals like Viognier, Grenache, Malbec, and Carignane, all made from California grapes in an ode to the spirit of travel right at home.
For those looking to enjoy a vibrant food and wine scene—all set against the exquisite backdrop of the bay—Treasure Island is ready for your culinary exploration.