Restaurant needed near Pier 33
We are taking a family vacation for a week in SF and I am in charge of restaurant picks. The family will be taking a night tour of Alcatraz so we will need a place to dine before the tour(probably around 5:30 pm. We are a party of 9. We are totally open to all types of cuisines...as long as it is near the pier and walking distance ( our parents are 83....although they are fine with walking, the restaurant needs to be close to Pier 33) .Something moderately priced would be great too!
Thank you in advance
You are close to tourist hell, so finding a place that lives up to its pricing is a challenge. That said, Butterfly Restaurant is located inside Pier 33 and gets pretty good reviews in a convenient location.
Also, about a 2-1/2 block walk north (or a short ride on the F-Line) will get you to Fog City Diner for some upscale versions of American comfort food.
Fog City Diner
1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
You either need to find the guide on restaurants near the Piers which are less bad (Butterfly isn't bad), or you need to simply send off the older parties in a cab.
I would strongly recommend the latter. For $5 you can have access to Fog City, Slanted Door, La Mar, anything in 0.5 miles. Send off a young person with cell phone in the party, and have them settle in while the rest of the party is enjoying a gorgeous walk.
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111
If you want a place really close, you have Hillstone right across the street. It's a steakhouse with competent food and a very nice ambience. It's often packed so it seems to have a fairly broad appeal.