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Looking for a restaurant with super fresh fish and reasonable prices in San Francisco. Any suggestions?

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  1. Go to the Tadich Grill on California. It's old SF but has some of the freshish seafood in the city. No reservations taken. The sand dabs are outstanding as is the petrale sole.

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    1. re: rtmonty

      I second this! Due to Downtown errands, we've had lunch the past two weeeknds in a row. Love the clam chowder, as well as the dinner salad with crab and shrimp and louie dressing on the side. For mains, two weekends ago we had a great sea bass with corn salsa (from the daily specials) and lobster thermidor last time (James was feeling very continental.) I also love the petrale sole and sand dabs and would add a vote for poached salmon with egg sauce. YUM. The portion on the salmon was enough to bring half home.

    2. You can get a live fish at Yuet Lee to complement your pepper salt squid.

      1. I would have to disagree about Tadich Grill. When Sand dabs are in season they would be fresh but I thought the other fish options were plain and not necessarily fresh.

        At Incanto they seem to be fond of serving a whole Branzino which can be amazing. There is also a seasood restaurant in the Ferry Building, across from the delicious Hog Island Oyster Co.

        I'm a fan of eating at Yum Yum fish which is a fish market and also a little Japanese "restaurant." The fish is very fresh here!

        1. Go to either Sam's or Tadich--both are old-time SF places that specialize in very fresh fish, simply prepared, and served by waiters that came with the building.

          1. I'm a big fan of Pacific Cafe, a neighborhood fish house in Outer Richmond. At 34th and Geary, it is a cab ride from downtown, but worth it if you are looking for casual, reasonably-priced, fresh seafood and a real San Francisco experience.

            Pacific Cafe has been around since the 1970s and hasn't changed. They open every night at 5. They don't take reservations, but while you wait for up to an hour on the sidewalk outside, the crowd is chatty and friendly (mostly regulars) and the waiters circle with free wine (white, but they'll bring red if you ask). The wine isn't good, but the atmosphere is great.

            If the wait is 45 - 60 minutes, you also have time to go around the corner to 32d and Lincoln for a drink at the Tee Off -- a fun neighborhood bar with a super, eclectic jukebox.

            Once inside, there is a list of the fresh seafood on a chalk board and the waiter can provide guidance and details. Nothing is fancy or complicated, but it is tasty.

            It reminds me of a low-key version of Jake's Grill in Portland,if you've ever been there.

            Please report back on where you end up.

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            1. re: ggchickapee

              We went the Pacific Cafe last week (before I posted this query) and really enjoyed ourselves! There wasn't a wait (phew!), they greeted us with white wine when we walked in the door, the staff was very friendly, and we were pleased with our meals (tuna w/ wasabi, shrimp scampi, and baked halibut). I thought their potato wedges were quite bland, but the seafood entrees were really quite delicious!