What are the best seafood restaurants in San Francisco?

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Marianne Wong
  • Marianne Wong

  • Concierge, Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

  • San Francisco, California

San Francisco is full of good seafood restaurants but like a local, I tend to steer away from the Wharf for my recommendations.  For traditional seafood, try Tadich Grill in the financial district, it's one of the oldest restaurants in San Francisco, no reservations taken but the dining counter moves quickly.  Swan Oyster, another institution in San Francisco, serves up the freshest oysters and other chilled seafood dishes such as cracked Dungeness crab  and shrimp cocktail.  It's only one counter so be prepared to wait.  Anchor Oyster Depot in the Castro is another favorite, one of the best Cioppino's in the region.  Cioppino is a tomato based soup/stew loaded with seafood, wards off the chill in this foggy city.

Kimberley Lovato

San Francisco is known for its food, and seafood is top notch in our city surrouned by water.

Speaking of Water, Waterbar is a seafood-centric restaurant located on the waterfront with spectacular views of  the Bay Bridge and city skyline. The menu bursts with the freshest sustainable fish and seafood. Also on the waterfront, La Mar Cebicheria specializes in ceviche ( or cebiche) at Pier 1 1/2 on the Embarcadero, and serves beautiful dishes with an ecclectic and colorful mix of fresh flavors, and a Peruvian bent. Head to the Ferry Builidng and to Hog Island Oyster Company, the oyster bar and retail outlet for the Tomales Bay oyster farm of the same name. The seating is causual---belly up to a U-shaped bar, and enjoy more great water views out on to the San Francisco Bay. Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco, and many go to the plethora of seafood restaurants, like the landmark Alioto's, the oldest on the wharf..  I prefer to grab a sourdough bowl of clam chowder or some fresh crab and eat it on a near by bench. Venture across the bay to Sausaliton and Fish. The name says it all, and it's all they do here at this order at the counter casual eatery.  It's all fresh, all local, and all sustainable. The place is usually packed, so be prepared to queue up. But it's worth it!

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