Best Seafood in SF
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.
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.
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.
Non-Asian seafood places with relatively moderate prices:
Hog Island Oyster Bar
La Ciccia (not strictly seafood)
Maritime East (Berkeley)
North Beach Lobster Shack
Plouf (for moules-frites; other stuff's not cheap)
Sea Salt (Berkeley)
Swan Oyster Depot (don't order the canned chowder)