Science Plus Food in a Gorgeous Bayside Location at the Exploratorium


The bar at Seaglass. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


Saline clouds in the bar at Seaglass. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


The seating and view at Seaglass. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©

In case you live under a rock (or just love the molecular makeup of rocks), the Exploratorium has reopened in its new digs on Pier 15. A lot has been written about the move, including an article in The New York Times, but we’re here to tell you all about the eating and drinking that can be done in the mecca to all things science.

For your consideration: ~SEAGLASS RESTAURANT~, which, like the rest of the food at the museum, comes from local chef Loretta Keller and her partner, Clay Reynolds, of COCO500. The food is approachable and family-friendly, as is to be expected, but includes some great touches that adults can enjoy too. The space is situated in the back of the museum space, right on the water, and has pretty fantastic bay views. There is a long raw bar where you can slurp down some oysters, plus a cocktail or two, and the bar itself contains a watery exhibit you should definitely check out.

In the food department, there are a variety of sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, and tacos made with seasonally changing ingredients, plus Keller’s fried green beans and “living foods” like kimchi, sauerkraut, and Japanese pickles will make for scientifically interesting accompaniments. The restaurant has the same hours as the museum: Fri-Tue 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-10pm, Thu 10am-5pm and 6pm-10pm.