about hours & directions


The Boathouse & American Bistro is in the center of Silicon Valley and easily reached by car, bike, or public transportation.

The Boathouse is now open.

The Bistro is now open. Indoor and outdoor dining are available in addition to takeout.

Current Bistro Hours

  • Please note the temporary changes to our hours.
  • Monday-Friday - 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Weekends - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Current Boathouse Hours

  • Weekdays - 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Weekends - 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • (last rentals start one hour before closing)

Public Transportation

For real-time, Bay Area-wide, and multi-system public transit info, and for help with planning your trip, check out 511.org or its mobile counterpart (m.551.org).

Overall, we suggest taking a taxi or CalTrain to the San Antonio station (For current CalTrain rates on one-way travel and day passes, please refer to the CalTrain Fare Chart and System Zone Map.).

From San Antonio station, walk southwest on Pacchetti Way a few blocks to the bus station on California Street (See Route Map and Fare info for additional details). Catch the Santa Clara VTA Bus 40/La Avenida. The VTA also has a Real-Time info page if you need it.

Disembark at Charleston and Amphitheatre Parkway (The walk to Shoreline Lake from the bus stop is less than a mile.).

Walk south on Amphitheatre Parkway towards the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Pass the soccer field on your left and look for the trail that borders Permanente Creek. Follow this trail through the golf course to the Shoreline Golf Links parking lot, and take the footbridge to your left. After passing the historic Rengstorff House, look for the Boathouse and American Bistro on the edge of Shoreline Lake.

Free Parking

Parking is ample and there are designated spots for trailers and for the unloading of windsurfing equipment.

Launch Fees

There is a daily launch fee of $5 ($6 for sailboats) per vessel for anyone using their own equipment on the lake. Fee must be paid at the Boathouse before launching. An annual pass is also available. PFDs are required for all lake users; if you don't have your own PFD you may rent them for $5 each.