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Boss wants a reasonable great seafood place

TessCooks Sep 6, 2011 05:09 PM

Boss going to San Francisco next week and wants a reasonably priced great seafood place , He does not want to dress up and does not want to make reservations! He said he would love to be on the water and be able to hear sea lions!

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    budnball Sep 6, 2011 05:29 PM

    Sounds like a case for Pier 23. Funky casual, on the water(tho the view is a bit truncated by the angle of the pier). Good fresh fish dishes and fun atitude. A bit touristy but some people like that.

    Pier 23 Cafe
    The Embarcadero and Union St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. Eugene Park Sep 6, 2011 08:32 PM

      Great seafood and reasonably priced are mutually exclusive in most parts of the US. Good luck finding it in a high cost of living place like San Francisco. Where has this boss been in the US that he felt was reasonably priced and great? Would love to know.

      Pier 23 fits the parameters pretty well, although their seafood is more decent to good than great. Still a solid suggestion.

      Pier 23 Cafe
      The Embarcadero and Union St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. moto Sep 6, 2011 10:44 PM

        the seafood is pretty good , reasonable for the quality at Sotto Mare in North Beach, and it's very informal, with excellent service. not a hint of a view of the water. Fish in Sausalito is quite informal, on the water, excellent, fresh fare, and not expensive for the quality (considerably less than comparable food in a fancier setting). could take 30 min. or longer to reach by car from SF, depending on which part of the city is the departure point.

        Sotto Mare
        552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        1. re: moto
          jman1 Sep 6, 2011 11:32 PM

          One could take the ferry to Sausalito. Might be more fun.

          1. re: jman1
            artemis Sep 7, 2011 07:00 AM

            Having done it myself, I must warn that the walk from the ferry to Fish is pretty long, and not entirely scenic. Better to rent a bike.

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              jman1 Sep 7, 2011 12:58 PM

              Good to know. The ferry to Tiburon stops right down town. I haven't found a reason to go since Cottage Eatery closed. But, perhaps there is a seafood spot.

        2. mariacarmen Sep 6, 2011 11:22 PM

          Scoma's is not GREAT but it's decent and it's right by the sea lions. and it's totally old school. i don't know what your boss considers reasonable. i think you can get in without reservations.

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          1. re: mariacarmen
            nocharge Sep 6, 2011 11:55 PM

            Scoma's was one of the first places that came to my mind as well. They don't take reservations according to their website
            although the restaurant with the same name in Sausalito does. It's not inexpensive by any means, but if you absolutely want to be somewhat near the sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf, it's probably one of the better alternatives.

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            jman1 Sep 6, 2011 11:35 PM

            Haven't been in a long while, but I used to like Yabbies. No view, but it is casual and not too expensive. I don't know what the reservation situation is now. What day of the week. Maybe another poster can comment on a more recent experience there.

            Otherwise, perhaps something in the Ferry building. How about a seat at the bar at Hog Island?

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