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Looking for a restaurant with terrific fish in SF for small (6) group of foodies. Price is not a problem, nor is location.

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  1. The Tadich Grill and Sam's Grill are SF's two "old-school" seafood houses.

    Tadich is the larger of the two and attracts more tourists, but plenty of locals eat there regularly. Sam's is more of a locals' place. Both have been in business a very long time.

    I don't think either takes reservations. If it matters to you one way or another, Tadich has been featured in both Anthony Bourdain's and Emeril's TV shows.

    Your best bet at both places is to ask what fish is fresh and have it prepared either grilled or sauteed.

    If you go to the upper right-hand corner of this page and do a search, you will find a good number of past threads about both places.

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    1. re: DavidT

      Sam;s does, Tadich doesn't
      Sam's
      Hours:
      Mon-Fri 11 am - 9 pm
      Takes Reservations: Yes
      Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

        1. re: DavidT

          Tadich is old-school in both good and bad ways. It's easy to order badly and have a lousy meal, and even if you order the right dish they might overcook it. Same goes for Sam's though the current owner has maybe made some improvements.

        2. I am not a big fan of the old-school format, so for me I'd go to either Skool, Bar Crudo or Anchor & Hope. Skool had awesome food, though there was long waits between dishes (I'd say about 30 minutes between each dish). It sounds like that may not be normal.

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          1. re: goldangl95

            I remember when Jim Leff said Chowhound was for people who are the anthesis of "foodies"

            1. re: jason carey

              Ha! I think the term "foodies" has some different connotations now than back then. But fair point:

              Skool and Bar Crudo both have good food and are food trendy so they will satisfy either chowhounds or foodies (though Bar Crudo has slipped for me lately).

              Anchor & Hope is more food trendy - the food is fine but it's more of a I want oysters and a good beer list and there's a reservation available! It's not quite chow worthy.

              Sam's and Tadich are institutions. For some - that's a turn on- and for others - that's a turn off. Whether that's more true of chowhounds or foodies I don't know.

              1. Waterbar

                Kokkari (greek) does nice fish.