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Hidden Jewel: Mersea on Treasure Island

With a putting green, bocce ball, tasty food, outstanding views, and a cool upcycled container vibe, you and your kids will find many reasons to enjoy Mersea on Treasure Island.

It can be a pain to traverse the Bay Area with kids in tow, so we decided to meet some of our City friends in the middle at a hidden gem on Treasure Island, Mersea. Mersea means “Island Oasis” in Old English, and it is just that.

Dine inside a real shipping container at Mersea
Dine inside a real shipping container at Mersea | Photo: Kiki F via Foursquare
tiny putting mersea porch yelp
Tiny putting green in the back of Mersea Treasure Island | Photo: Porch G via Yelp

Mersea back patio is family friendly
Mersea’s back patio is family-friendly with cornhole, bocce, and room to wiggle | Photo: Tim L
Giant Jenga in the back patio area of Mersea
Giant Jenga in the back patio area of Mersea | Photo: Joanna via Yelp

Come for the brunch, stay for the views! We enjoyed the walking paths along the coast, bocce ball courts, bean bag toss, mini putting green, giant Jenga, a playground across the street, and the live DJ on the weekends. The location has been created by recycled shipping containers and painted with caring and whimsical touches.

The staff were incredible and brought my three-year-old aspiring chef into their navy-barracks kitchen to watch them work. It’s truly a hidden gem– tell your kids that you’re on a hunt in Treasure Island.

Mersea on Treasure Island
Mersea Restaurant interior before it fills up with families and cool people| Photo: Soni Bedi

Parent-to-parent tips for a visit to Mersea:

  1. The huge parking lot means easy parking, but you’ll want to head over early to avoid Bay Bridge traffic
  2. Dress in many layers, as the Island gets the worst of the wind tunnel
  3. Since it’s a small shipping container restaurant, try to snag the corner table or if it is warm enough outside, they have huge picnic tables for bigger parties

Plan your visit to Treasure Island’s Mersea Restaurant

699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA
(415) 851-8118
Hours: Closed Mon & Tues | Wed & Sun: 11am-4pm | Thurs-Sat: 11am-6pm

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