HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >


Best Seafood in SF

I am looking for a place with good seafood. Fish in particular. Something basic, not too fancy.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Non-Asian seafood places with relatively moderate prices:

    Alamo Square
    Bar Crudo
    Cafe Maritime
    Fish (Sausalito)
    Hog Island Oyster Bar
    La Ciccia (not strictly seafood)
    Marica (Oakland)
    Maritime East (Berkeley)
    North Beach Lobster Shack
    Plouf (for moules-frites; other stuff's not cheap)
    Sam's Grill
    Sea Salt (Berkeley)
    Swan Oyster Depot (don't order the canned chowder)

    2 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      What, no mention of Scoma's? Super fresh, basic seafood at a premium (read tourist's) price! With a view to boot...

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Per sfeater: North Beach Lobster Shack is Closed. Also the Napa location is Closed too.

        Sfeater's mention:

      2. I had a really nice dinner at Anchor and Hope; I even enjoyed the Unagi which I usually don't like but the waiter insisted.......

        The presentations were simple but very fresh

        1. Tadich Grill (240 California Street) is THE classic "old-school" SF seafood restaurant. It is a bit more expensive than some of the others listed above. While it gets plenty of tourists, there are way more locals who eat there on a regular basis. Either get the sand dabs or have whatever fish is fresh that day simply grilled. The cioppino is very tasty as well.

          6 Replies
          1. re: DavidT

            Sam's is pretty much Tadich without the lines and tourists.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Almost, but not quite! If nothing else, the cioppino at Tadich sets it apart from Sam's.

              1. re: DavidT

                Sam's doesn't have cioppino on the menu, but personally I'm in no hurry to eat Tadich's again either.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I have yet to write up the whole sh'bang, but I had lunch at Sam's last Friday that blew Tadich out of the water for me (no pun intended).

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Actually, Robert, there is another distiction...Sam's sand dabs are much smaller then Tadich, and if you don't mind them swimming in butter, tastier. I've just got to get in to Sam's.

              3. re: DavidT

                I'll second Tadich Grill. The mesquite grilled halibut steaks are incredible. Good portion sizes too.

              4. I may be a minority but I LOVE Pacific Cafe. My favorite thing is their salmon in a beurre blanc sauce. YUMMY! Making me hungry just thinking about it. The wait can be very long they give you free wine while you are waiting.

                1 Reply
                1. re: sflegs

                  We are old fans of Pacific too. Halibut parmesan, or basic grilled swordfish, ahi or wild salmon are always good. Good sand dabs as well when they have them.

                2. It's been awhile since we've gone there (too many other places to get to), but I remember enjoying Catch on Market near Castro.

                  2362 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: NoeMan

                    Agree with NoeMan. I also enjoy Catch and the patio seating is great for people watching in the Castro.

                  2. when i worked dt several years ago I used to lunch often at the bar at Tadich and my favorite dish was the Bombay seafood, a saute of fresh jumbo sea scallops and shrimp. A mild but flavorful and not too thick yellow curry sauce napped the seafood with garlic string beans, rice and mango chutney on the side. So good! Also liked the guilty pleasure/rich oysters R.--a meal all by themselves.

                    1. only what?, 7 months late, but we just had dinner at Bar Crudo...each had a cup of chowder, and we split a 4-piece sampler plate and a "San Sebastian" (tuna confit, roasted pepper, Manchego, the least-salty v. tasty olives of my experience, tomato bread) plus a Belgian beer each (no bread on table, no stodge...)superb...memorable...will talk about this one for a while...and all of <$80 for two including tip (one could of course go nuts ordering more or more exotically than we did).
                      here's a vote, while I"m around, for both Cafe Maritime and (even more) Pacific Cafe...PC is one of our go-to's for out of towners who like a scene.