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Apr 1, 2008 09:46 AM

Seafood on Fisherman's Wharf

We are coming to SF this weekend and our daughter has requested seafood for dinner Friday night.

Unfortunately we will be staying in Fisherman’s Wharf so our dining options are limited.
I’ve looked over the previous posts and while I know there are not any great choices, I’ve narrowed it down to Capurro’s and Tarantino’s. Unfortunately most of the posts are somewhat old.

Has anyone been to either of these places recently and can help me make the best choice?


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  1. Why would your choices be limited to Fisherman's Wharf? SF is very easy to navigate via public transportation or taxi. You're going to be no more than five or ten minutes from some of the best restaurants in the world.

    1. Rose Pistola's not far away and has great seafood.

      Maybe you missed the recent posts on Bistro Boudin (upstairs, not the bakery) and Scoma's (still operates its own fishing boat)?



      most comprehensive overall discussion of the Wharf Desert:

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I have to say as touristy as Scoma's is I still love it... they do the traditional stuff so well.. and if you have to eat at Pier 39 French Louis is pretty good and fairly reasonable. I happen to think they have an excellent clam chowder.

        but you could catch the cable car over the hill and go to Farallone or Aqua for amazing seafood.

        Ride the street car up to the Castro and go to the Woodhouse Fish Company or the Anchor Oyster bar


        1. re: sarafinadh

          I'm not an expert on SF restaurants, but I recommend strongly against Farralon. It was one of the most disappointing meals we ever ate. Radically unimpressive food for the price.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Thanks, all.

              I guess I should have mentioned we're having dinner at Boudin Bistro Saturday night. Also, since we'll be having dinner at 7:00pm, I'm not too comfortable getting out at 10:00pm or so and having to depend on public transportation (I'm from LA, and public transportation is a concept I can't grasp).

              We're coming in Friday from two different areas and want to avoid the parking hassles of taking the car out again.

              I'll look at the links you posted and see if something like Rose Pistola's can be a short taxi cab ride.

              Thanks again, everyone.

              1. re: LesThePress

                The historic streetcars (F line) along the Embarcadero run every 15 minutes until after midnight. You could take them to Butterfly, Pier 23, the Waterfront, Slanted Door, or Boulevard.

                Rose Pistola's a short cab ride up Columbus. The walk back is downhill along streets that are lively on Friday night.

                1. re: LesThePress

                  Public trans in SF is pretty impressive, IMO. And there is no unusual danger in any of the neighborhoods you would probably wind up in. Walking around SF after dark is an incredibly lovely experience.

                  Relax, get out and enjoy the city. Fisherman's Wharf is a blight to be avoided at all cost.

              2. re: sarafinadh

                Here are some places links so you can see where they are:

                Rose Pistola
                532 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802

                Woodhouse Fish Company
                2073 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

            2. Butterfly sounds perfect. Not too far, great view and good seafood.

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              1. re: rabaja

                Thanks, we went to Butterfly last time up and it was not a good experience.

                The Maître D' was rude, condescending and put us at the worst table possible. He said the table we requested wasn’t available and sat the next couple who came in the door there! The service was okay, the food average, and the view (if we were at a table where we could see it) fantastic. We will not be going back.
                I’ll figure out where we’ll go, but being public transit shy, we’ll probably take a cab. Does Rose Pistola’s have good seafood?

                1. re: LesThePress

                  Yes, Rose Pistola's not exactly a seafood restaurant but the menu's dominated by seafood. It has had its ups and downs but I had a good dinner there last summer.


              2. You might want to consider Fog City Diner. I took some visitors there with good success about a month ago. It's less than a mile from Pier 39 and walkable.

                Fog City Diner
                1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Halibut was decent, caesar was goodish. Chicken schnitzel was the favorite among the group. I had the hangar steak, which was fine. I never go there under normal circumstances, but I've had success with it for guests with limitations (ie., location, picky eaters, don't want to wait, want a full bar, have kids, etc.)

                    1. re: Fig Newton

                      They took the "no crybabies" sign off the door?

                1. Well Les. Though born in the City I was dragged away kicking and screaming at the ripe old age of 6 months by my parents. Having cousins there my wife and I have returned probably twenty times over the past thirty-five years though. We park the car at the hotel, always staying down near the bottom of Columbus, and never touch it again till we have to leave a few days later. Have ridden the buses and taken cabs there for years and never had the slightest problem. I am sure your family would have a much better time up at North Beach than one of the touristy stops at the wharf. Rose Pistola has excellent seafood. We generally do a progessive dinner hitting three or four of the North Beach Italian places each time we come and it never fails to both fill and entertain us. Breaks my heart that Moose's is closing as it used to be our last stop for dessert and a nightcap. Try to make it back up the hill for breakfast one morning at Mama's also. Well worth the cab fare indeed.

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                  1. re: AzDumpling

                    had some awesome grilled octopus at Rose's once