HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >


Whole Fish in San Francisco

Looking for a restaurant in the city with a great whole fish preparation. Style, ethnicity and price do not matter for I just want a tasty fish.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Incanto has an excellent whole fish-of-the-day as a standard on the menu.

    1. Lots of Hong Kong Chinese places, e.g. Best Panda.

      Rose Pistola always has a couple of whole fish roasted in the wood oven.

      I think Lulu always has one as well.

      Incanto always has a fish entree, but it's not usually a whole fish.


      1. Not on their current sample menu. I think La Ciccia's like Incanto, sometimes they have whole roasted small fish, other times they have filets or soups/stews of larger fish.

        1. Kokkari's has it and it's a wonderful restaurant.

          2 Replies
          1. re: walker

            Had a whole branzino two weeks ago at Kokkari. (Still) Highly recommended.

            1. re: walker

              Ditto, I had the whole bass wood roasted a few weeks ago at Kokkari and it was great.

            2. Slanted Door makes a good whole fish.

              1 Reply
              1. re: whiner

                I had it once and while the fish was nicely fried, I didn't really like the thick, clear sauce served with it. Not sure if this is the same version you had though.

              2. Nombe in the Mission has a fantastic (!) whole fried fish. We picked the bones clean last time we were there.

                4 Replies
                1. re: jessciasf

                  Although this thread originally began in 2007, I'll second The Slanted Door. Always have the roasted fish, never, ever, been disappointed.

                  1. re: toitoi

                    Lers Ros has a sensational crispy whole fish with mango on their menu. Very reasonable (under $12, I think), and the bones are so crunchy you eat them too!

                    1. re: sfpizzalover

                      I like the fried trout much better than the fried tilapia or the steamed fish at Lers Ros.