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Aug 30, 2001 03:07 AM

any good seafood place in pier 39 ?

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We are planning a visit to pier 39 and would like to try a good seafood restaurant there. Any suggestions ?

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  1. Pier 39 doesn't offer really anything great for high expection chowhounds. Nothing but "tourist" seafood, everything fried. If you want to go just for the sake of going to Fisherman's Wharf then try the seafood stands. At least this way you can play the part of the tourist and enjoy that aspects of things.

    Of course I can be wrong, maybe other hounds know of hidden treasure...

    6 Replies
    1. re: Wendy Lai

      Well, now, I wouldn't dismiss the restaurants out there as "everything fried."

      There are quite a few restaurants on Pier 39, some of them with more sophisticated menus. I haven't eaten out there in years (I worked there many years ago, not in a restaurant), and I won't even try to vouch for the current state of the food, but I think mostly the restaurants fall under the category of decent but unspectacular white-table cloth seafood.

      Pier 39 is not a chowhound kind of place, but the views from some of the restaurants are spectacular.

      1. re: Wendy Lai

        I can't think of any seafood there worth eating either.

        Where I would send someone to get away from the uber-tourist atmosphere of Pier 39 is to Eagle Cafe. I was last there a couple years ago for breakfast before catching the ferry to Alameda for a visit to Rosenblum Cellars. Still some of its working class atmosphere remains, a couple of longshoremen were hoisting Anchor Steams for a morning break.


        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Good to know the Eagle Cafe has remained true to itself.

          As a young, hungry and broke retail clerk, I followed up many a night of drinking with an early lunch of a plate-sized slab of roast beef served with a side of spaghetti at the Eagle.

          I had assumed in the (gulp) 20+ years since then it had gradually become touristified.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Plenty of tourists in there looking for a muffin, but it didn't seem to keep the working men away. With so few longshoremen in SF as it is, I almost wondered whether these were actors hired by Pier 39 management... (g)

        2. re: Wendy Lai

          avoid neptune if you're looking for good food. it proabaly has the best view of them all with a price.

          but the little place next to it offers excellent oysters when i try them several years ago. it's next to the docks where the sea lions are. i hope it has not changed.

          1. re: Wendy Lai

            tried the seafood stands last year. the(steamed ?) crabs were very good with the sauce.

          2. The only thing I can recommend is the cracked crab at various counters in the Fisherman's Wharf area, which really is worth trying.

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              Burke and Wells

              Once, Burke and I were trapped at Pier 39, or thereabouts, and we took dinner refuge in a place called "Alioto's" (I hope that's the name).

              This was two years ago, easy, and I remember the prices being far too high, but at least the food was allright. I recall the service being very friendly. I daren't call this a review, the meal was far too long ago. I don't even recall what we ate. Still, it's the only Pier 39 experience we have, so I thought I'd mention Alioto's.



              1. I would venture down the Embarcadero a little ways and eat at the Waterfront Restaurant. I've had very good meals there although it is a bit pricey.