San Francisco fish suggestions, moderately priced?
- SteveTimko May 15, 2009 08:04 AM
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?
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.
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.
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
1200 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
2027 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Woodhouse Fish Company
1914 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
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.