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May 15, 2009 08:04 AM

San Francisco fish suggestions, moderately priced?

I'll be traveling in a few weeks to San Francisco with a person described as a fussy eater who likes fish.
I'm not sure but I believe that rules out most ethnic cuisine and probably sushi.
Can people suggest places that have good fish with entress less than $20?

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    1. re: DavidT

      I've eaten at Alamo Square Seafood grill before and loved it. I totally spaced that one. Thanks for reminding me.
      The one time I ate at Scoma's the line was ridiculously long, especially for the quality. Maybe I should try Spenger's again. I haven't been there since the kids reopened it, mainly because I haven't heard good things. It was a long-time favorite though.

      1. re: SteveTimko

        The most of the daily lunch specials at Sam's Grill (Bush Street, SF) are usually under $20.

        1. re: SteveTimko

          Are the Spenger kid's really involved or is it just a name front for McCormick and Schmick’s?

          1. re: wolfe

            The last I heard it was the Spenger kids. That may have changed. Union issues and stuff Chowhound probably doesn't want us to go into.

          2. re: SteveTimko

            I see a lot of bad reviews for Alamo Square Grill on another Web Site. Has anyone eaten there recently?

        2. The locals will likely have more info, but as a frequent visitor I've got a few suggestions...

          Woodhouse Fish in Pacific Heights is a casual, neighborhoody place. The halibut are biting in the bay at the moment, and they do it simply and well.

          Bar Crudo should be re-opened by now. Fantastic fish, brilliantly presented. They serve small plates that cost $12-15, so it's a relatively economical place to have a light dinner, but you can do some serious damage to the budget if you show up with a big appetite. And although they have chowder and cooked dishes, the focus on raw fish might be offputting to a fussy eater.

          For something really safe, you might consider the prix fixe lunch at Scoma's. Yes, I know, it's on Fisherman's Wharf. Cringe. But they do a good job with simply-prepared locally-sourced fish (they have their own boats). And you can't complain about a cup of chowder, the catch of the day, and a dessert for $25, especially when valet parking is included.

          1. I'l 2nd the Woodhouse Fish recommendation and note they also have a Market Street location that is convenient to transit.

            Another place to consider is Pacific Catch. Some specials may push the $20 envelope, but most of the menu is well below that. They also have two locations.

            Does fussy/no-ethnic rule out all Asian options? There are a number of pretty straight-up Asian seafood options that work for my fussy eaters.

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

            Pacific Catch
            1200 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

            Pacific Catch
            2027 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

            Woodhouse Fish Company
            1914 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

            1. I'll third the Woodhouse Fish rec.

              1. Another vote for Alamo Square. I used to visit pretty regularly (not for a while tho') and was always delighted with the food and prices. It is one of my husband's favorite resto's. Careful preparation, quality ingredients, good sized portions and a good looking space.