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Where to Eat, Drink, and Watch America's Cup

The first regatta of the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) 2012–13 kicks off tomorrow and lasts until August 26. The route goes from Piers 27 and 29 to the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes, the America's Cup Village is opening tomorrow and there will be good watching from the Marina Green (with bleachers for 1,200 people). These seats are free of charge tomorrow only. But we suggest something that comes with tableside service. While the sailors sweat, sit back, have a cocktail, and enjoy the yachting action from one of these cushy vantage points.

La Mar Cebichería Peruana
Snag a seat outside on the 3,000 feet of open patio (actually a floating deck).
What to order: Lomo saltado and a pisco sour
Pier 1.5 (near Washington St.), 415-397-8880

Before you go watch the racers head under the Bay Bridge, check out the patio cam on the restaurant’s website, which lets you see the weather conditions in real time.
What to order: Champagne and oysters on the half shell
399 the Embarcadero South (near Rincon Park), 415-284-9922

Yes, it’s touristy, but it’s also located on its very own pier. The view is almost 360 and there’s seating both indoors and out.
What to order: Sole stuffed with Dungeness crab and bay shrimp
588 Bridgeway (at Princess St.), Sausalito, 415-332-9551

Top of the Mark

Fancy a drink? Grab a spot by the window and enjoy panoramic views of the city and one of their 100 different martinis.
What to order: Their signature Top of the Mark martini.
1 Nob Hill (at California St.), San Francisco, 415-616-6916