The Bay Area isn’t just known for its Golden Gate Bridge and scenic photo ops. It is home to the delicious Italian-American fish stew, cippino, and is famous for Dungeness crabs and local oysters. If you love seafood, you will love these top five best seafood restaurants in San Francisco!
1. Fog Harbor Fish House
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Address: 39 pier, San Francisco, California, United States
Phone Number: (415) 969-2010
Hours: Open daily from 11:00AM to 9:00PM
Not only does Fog Harbor Fish House rank as one of the “Top 5 Best Restaurants in San Francisco” on Yelp, it is voted as one of the best views in San Francisco!
Clam Chowder in fresh, house-baked sourdough bread bowl.
Seafood Penne left; Hibiscus Brut & Love Potion right.
Located by the waterfront at Pier 39, this family-owned restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Bay while serving up 100% sustainable seafood. Its award-winning clam chowder is to die for and you absolutely cannot leave Bay Area without trying cioppino.
2. Crab House at Pier 39
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Address: 203 C Pier 39, San Francisco, California, United States
Phone Number: (415) 651-2574
Hours: Open daily from 11:30AM to 9:00PM
Like Fog Harbor Fish House, Crab House at Pier 39 is also owned by the Simmons family, who created and developed Pier 39. While Fog Harbor’s atmosphere is a little more upscale, Crab House exudes a more relaxed, casual vibe perfect for a lunch date.
Crab Chowder and Salad Combo with house salad.
Crispy Calamari left; Crab Topped NY Steak right.
In case you couldn’t already tell from its name, Crab House specializes in Dungeness crab served on a hot iron skillet. If you love shellfish, I highly recommend the Killer Combo, which comes with Dungeness crab along with shrimps and mussels. Their Crab Chowder is also a delicious variation of the classic clam chowder. Be sure to give it a try!
3. Sotto Mare
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Address: 552 Green St, San Francisco, California, United States
Phone Number: (415) 398-3181
Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11:30AM to 9:00PM; Friday & Saturday from 11:30AM to 10:00PM
Don’t be fooled by its look… This old-school Italian restaurant may be small and inconspicuous, but they are quite literally known for the “best damn cioppino” in San Francisco. It’s a favorite amongst tourists and locals alike, and you can expect long lines during lunch/dinner rush.
4. Scoma’s Restaurant
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Address: 1965 Al Scoma Way, San Francisco, California, United States
Phone Number: (415) 771-4383
Hours: Sunday & Monday from 11:30AM to 9:00PM; Tuesday & Wednesday from 3:00PM to 9:00PM; Thursday to Saturday from 11:30AM to 9:30PM
Scoma’s Restaurant is yet another San Francisco classic. In fact, it is one of the only restaurants with its very own fish receiving station at the pier. Every morning, local fishermen drop off their catch from the Pacific. It certainly doesn’t get any fresher than that!
5. Hog Island Oyster Co.
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Address: Ferry Building, One, #11, San Francisco, California, United States
Phone Number: (415) 391-7117
Hours: Open daily from 11:00AM to 8:00PM except Wednesdays
Last but not least on this best seafood restaurants in San Francisco list, we have Hog Island Oyster Co. Even though this oyster farm is a major supplier of local star restaurants around town, they also have their very own seafood restaurant in the Ferry Building. Be sure to order a dozen of their sweetwater oysters and if you’re feeling extra hungry, go for the clam chowder and a grilled cheese sandwich.