By Natalie Souza-Rapp
Since opening in 1991, Humphrey’s delicious food and beautiful atmosphere has made it one of the most attractive dining establishments in Antioch. This well renowned restaurant sits in a perfect area on the water near the Antioch Marina in historic downtown.
Since the early part of this year, Antioch opened its new boat ramp, making Humphrey’s an even more popular dining spot for boaters.
When first entering Humphrey’s, one cannot miss learning how the restaurant came to be, a beautiful story of a humpback whale that entered the San Francisco Bay and made his way up the Sacramento River and Delta in 1985. Everyone watched as this whale made headlines and a successful rescue mission made it possible for the whale to find his way back to the Pacific Ocean.
Whether one is sitting in the lounge or in the dining room, there are many fantastic views of the river. It is truly relaxing watching the boats going up and down the waterway. Ms. Eva Romero, owner and manager since 1995, is excited to introduce their new menu due out August or September. You will still find popular dishes on the new menu; these include fresh Salmon, Halibut, Sea Bass, Seafood Newburg, Seafood Pasta, Cioppino, and Captain’s Platter which includes calamari, jumbo prawns, scallops, and cod. On Sundays, one has the option of ordering off the lunch or brunch menu.
Having owned and sold La Plaza Restaurant in 2004, Mrs. Romero says in 2011, they “brought over our popular dishes from the La Plaza menu.” When asked about blending a menu at Humphrey’s with a Mexican restaurant menu, she replied “these dishes were La Plaza specialties and they do well”. The dishes are the beef, chicken, and shrimp fajitas, and Camarones a La Plaza. They also offer Taco Tuesdays with a car show from 5 p.m. until close.
They have a large banquet facility that can hold seated meals for up to 300 people, as well as the Harbor Room with seating for up to 25.
There’s live music every Friday night starting at 9:30 p.m., and they feature the local, popular band PhD’s on the last Friday of the month. People can dance the night away on the large dance floor. The cover charge is just $5.00.
On Sunday afternoons, from 3pm-6pm, there is live music on the deck, overlooking the marina, performed by the Latin jazz band, Point of No Return.
Humphrey’s dining hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm with the lounge open until 1:30am. On Saturdays you will find events ranging from wedding receptions to birthday parties taking place in the large banquet room.
Since first opening, Humphrey’s has remained one of Antioch’s top restaurants for a great menu, superb service and gorgeous views. They are located at 1 Marina Plaza, at the end of L Street. For reservations call 778-5800 and for more information visit their website at www.humphreysonthedelta.com.