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  • george Aug 23, 2001 11:22 PM
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visiting the bay area this weekend and will be staying downtown. Like to find good seafood not in the tourist area close to the wharf and western addition

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  1. Do you have any particular cusine preferences? For places away from the wharf and western addition, I'd suggest Great Eastern in Chinatown for Chinese seafood, Kabuto (high profile, busy and potentially pricey) or Murasaki (small, intimate and attentive) in the Richmond for sushi, Hayes Street Grill for simple but good grilled fish in Hayes Valley, Farallon just off Union Square for a swanky expensive cutting edge dishes.

    Other places that I haven't been to but have been recommended on this board (do a search) include Swan Oyster Depot on Polk and Alamo Square Seafood on Fillmore (OK - that might be a bit close to Western Addition).

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    1. re: Limster

      As usual, I can't help jumping in.

      First the negative: I don't recommend the Alamo Square Seafood Restaurant. The food is only zero to one star (out of 4), service is very rushed (and often a bit brusque if not rude), there's always a wait, and the prices are only $2-4 less than really great places like (now the positive): Delfina or 2223 Market.

      1. re: Syre

        Yes - Defina isn't a seafood place per se but I loved their grilled calamari salad.

        (What a coincidence - I was just chatting with a friend yesterday and it turned out that she had the same issues with their service.)

        BTW, has anyone been that place called Pacific or something like that out on Geary and 30-something?

        1. re: Limster
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          Caitlin McGrath

          Pacific Fresh, I believe. I haven't been in quite a few years, but I think there have been a few posts about it in the past year or so. Decor is sort of vintage-70s. In my experience (again, it's been a long time), fish and seafood were fresh and simply prepared--grilled and served with compound butter, that kind of thing. Sides were basic--sauteed veggies, rice, baked potatoes, etc. Prices rasonable. When I was last there, they poured free cheap chablis if you had to wait. This is not up-to-date info.

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            I've been to this restaurant several times with friends or acquaitances who raved about it. I've always been underwhelmed. To me, the flavors don't match my idea of deliciousness. I cannot pinpoint the reason. All the side dishes were in name appealing, but also of a substandard taste. I can enjoy simple food as well as food that has been fussed over, so I have no bias regarding style.

            1. re: elise h

              The problem with the food here is that the house style is to make everything slightly overdone, at least to my taste. By cooking too long they miss that sweet spot of fresh deliciousness that Cantonese chefs capture so well. I had several meals here in a prior relationship with a long-time regular. Finally I figured out to order my fish rare and to not try any cooked veggies.

          2. re: Limster

            Oops - left out something - my friend also had the same issues with service *at Alamo Sq*.

            Sorry about the mistake.