Horatio's Bar

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Horatio's has become my favorite late-night (or late-evening - the restaurant and bar close at 11 PM on weekends) place to hang out. Whenever my friend Lola and I get together, we end up at Horatio's for dessert and drinks.

The bar area is attractive and relaxing. There are a number of tables next to large windows overlooking the San Francisco Bay. You can't see much at night, but it's light enough to see some of the sailboats and the darkness of the water. We always sit at one of these tables. Seating is also available upstairs, by the bar, and in one or two alcoves. The lights are very soft, and the place can be romantic, if you are in the mood (and a glass of champagne can help put you there) or relaxing, if you are with a friend.

Service is very good, the waitresses are attentive and cordial without being annoying. Every time we go, we are allowed to linger until past last call without being bothered.

We always go for the desserts (most $7) and Horatio's does desserts very well. Lola always orders the cheesecake, it's always a HUGE slice (she always takes home part of it) with a changing sauce. I usually order a chocolate cake with ice cream. It's sumptuous and very chocolatey. There are usually one or two special desserts, and last time (April 2004) they had a dessert sampler ($10) with mini versions of three of their staples the burnt cream, key lime pie and pear bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream. They were all very good. The bread pudding was warm and inviting, though perhaps it had too much fruit. It went quiet well with the cool ice cream, however. The key lime pie was creamy and not too sweet. The burnt cream, always one of my favorites (it was a favorite even when they charged $9 for it!) wasn't warm this time, but had a nice, thick sugar crust. The creme itself was a bit too runny, but it still tasted great.

60 San Leandro Marina
San Leandro
(510) 351-5556
M-Su - to 10 PM