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Fish Markets (and Restaurants) with Sustainable Seafood

ChowHoundGal Apr 13, 2010 08:07 PM

I'm eating more and more fish and seafood at home and while out, but feel I haven't paid enough attention to eco-friendliness of the fish I'm eating. Yes, I know I can bring a Monterey Bay Aquarium fish guide with me, but often the source of the fish makes all the difference, and many fishmongers don't provide that type of information to consumers.

So, I was wondering if anyone knew of fish markets (or restaurants) that make a point of selling only sustainable seafood. I'm especially interested in those located in the East Bay, where I live.

Thank you.

  1. achefsbest Oct 1, 2010 02:17 PM

    I agree, Monterey Fish. Also Fish restaurant in Sausalito sells sustainable fish in their market inside the restaurant.

    1. Robert Lauriston Apr 21, 2010 10:18 AM

      Tataki was supposedly the first sustainable sushi bar and might still be the only one.

      fish2fork.com has a few ratings. It's pretty new so not comprehensive at all.

      Pretty much all of the Chez Panisse-school places buy only sustainable fish.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Melanie Wong Apr 27, 2010 10:48 PM

        Some say Sebo.

        517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          cookieyumyum Oct 1, 2010 11:09 AM

          Has anyone tried "I love Blue Sea" ?

          I was curious since you can pick up at 18th and Illinois or they possibly do office deliveries in the Bay Area.

          You can order the seafood online and its all sustainable.

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        ola Apr 20, 2010 05:36 PM

        Yankee Pier - Lafayette

        1. JasmineG Apr 20, 2010 05:34 PM

          I haven't been to Andronicos recently, but the last time I was there they had a big sign up at the fish counter with the green/yellow/red info from the Monterey Fish Guide, and each kind of fish was labeled with the color. I was so impressed that I emailed them about how much I liked it. They still sold the "red" fish, but it was labeled so that you knew what you were buying.

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            ChowHoundGal Apr 20, 2010 05:13 PM

            Thanks everyone!

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              indigirl Apr 15, 2010 04:32 PM

              Edited: it's in San Francisco.

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              1. re: indigirl
                wolfe Apr 15, 2010 05:04 PM

                What's in San Francisco?
                Who's on first?

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                  indigirl Aug 15, 2010 11:15 PM

                  Oh dear, I only just now saw this. Sorry! I must have been talking about Tataki! I love it.

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                mochimunchie Apr 15, 2010 02:25 PM

                Hapuku in Rockridge at Market Hall.

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                  eugevon Apr 15, 2010 03:01 AM

                  Gather in Berkeley sources seafood from Monterey Fish.


                  They have a list of their vendors and a detailed sourcebook in the restaurant. Their pizza is supertasty too.

                  1. Cicely Apr 15, 2010 01:11 AM

                    Whole Foods is a good place to buy fish, and they get a good rating from Greenpeace on sustainable seafood.

                    1. Glencora Apr 14, 2010 07:03 AM

                      Sea Salt in Berkeley.

                      Sea Salt
                      2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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                        Rapini Apr 14, 2010 06:45 AM

                        Not the East Bay, but I understand that the Hayes Street Grille made a commitment several years ago to use sustainable and non-endangered fish...

                        1. wolfe Apr 14, 2010 02:28 AM

                          Try Monterey Fish on Hopkins in Berkeley. I don't think you need to bring your guide with you as I believe they have a supply at the store.

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                            nocharge Apr 14, 2010 02:16 AM

                            It's not in the East Bay, but Georges is a relatively new restaurant in SF, easily accessible by BART, that is devoted to sustainable seafood. Basically, Mediterranean with simple preparations of good ingredients. Not super fancy, but not exactly a hole in the wall either. Only been once, but we liked our dinner there -- nothing overly sophisticated but quite tasty.

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