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Whole Fish in San Francisco

Frijol May 20, 2007 10:15 AM

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.

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  1. Morton the Mousse RE: Frijol May 20, 2007 10:21 AM

    Incanto has an excellent whole fish-of-the-day as a standard on the menu.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: Frijol May 20, 2007 10:31 AM

      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. Robert Lauriston RE: buffalo May 20, 2007 01:32 PM

        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.

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          walker RE: Frijol May 20, 2007 12:52 PM

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

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            DCarbonaro RE: walker Feb 10, 2010 09:17 AM

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

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              nicedragonboy RE: walker Feb 10, 2010 03:36 PM

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

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              whiner RE: Frijol May 21, 2007 12:20 AM

              Slanted Door makes a good whole fish.

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                DezzerSF RE: whiner May 21, 2007 07:07 AM

                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.

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                jessciasf RE: Frijol Feb 9, 2010 10:42 AM

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

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                  toitoi RE: jessciasf Feb 9, 2010 04:30 PM

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

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                    sfpizzalover RE: toitoi Feb 10, 2010 02:22 PM

                    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!

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                      DezzerSF RE: sfpizzalover Feb 17, 2010 09:23 AM

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

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                        Civil Bear RE: DezzerSF Feb 17, 2010 10:47 AM

                        Ditto! Tilapia = blech!

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