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Swim2win75 Oct 9, 2013 07:36 AM

We are visiting the SF area and looking for a good seafood restaurant with fresh local seafood. Any suggestions for restaurants that are not in the touristy area of the wharf?

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    Swim2win75 Oct 9, 2013 09:18 PM

    Thank you for all of the great suggestions!

    1. chefj Oct 9, 2013 01:02 PM

      At the upper end
      Anchor Oyster Bar

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      1. re: chefj
        little big al Oct 9, 2013 01:31 PM

        At the lower end (that's more my end) Yuet Lee or Sotto Mare. But keep in mind that this time of year not much will be local. Aside from crab and salmon there isn't a huge local fish harvest from our bay and ocean. Try the sand dabs.

        1. re: little big al
          chefj Oct 9, 2013 02:47 PM

          There is Yellow tail, Black Cod, Sea Urchin, Squid, White Sea Bass, Albacore,Sword Fish etc......
          Salmon is now coming from more northern points than CA now.
          Dungeness Crab season is closed right now.

          1. re: chefj
            Melanie Wong Oct 9, 2013 03:14 PM

            Yes to all those. I've been posting about the weekly delivery from my community supported fishery, Local Catch Monterey Bay, which sources fish mostly from Monterey Bay but also from as far south as Santa Barbara and up to Eureka. If you look at the collapsed view of the thread, it's easy to scan the first line which states the catch each week.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              chefj Oct 9, 2013 03:17 PM

              Very cool.
              Luckily I get weekly list from my suppliers that keep me abreast of what s from where.

            2. re: chefj
              Civil Bear Oct 9, 2013 05:41 PM

              I don't think Yellow Tail or Swordfish are local. They like warmer waters. Are local boats going down south to get them?

              I would add Halibut and Striped Bass to the local scene.

              1. re: Civil Bear
                Melanie Wong Oct 9, 2013 05:52 PM

                It's unusual, but I've definitely had swordfish caught off Monterey the last couple years.

                I made my fishmonger swear on a stack of bibles that the catch was local!

                1. re: Civil Bear
                  chefj Oct 9, 2013 05:52 PM

                  Local as California. Have not seen any CA Halibut for at least a week.

                  1. re: chefj
                    Melanie Wong Oct 9, 2013 05:55 PM

                    I'm pretty sure there's no commercial fishery for striped bass. Only farmed.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      chefj Oct 9, 2013 06:04 PM

                      I did not say there was, but the farmed stuff is awful, muddy tasting.. I grew up near the Chesapeake and the farmed stuff does not taste like Wild Striper at all.

                      1. re: chefj
                        moto Oct 10, 2013 02:02 AM

                        the farmed striped bass isn't really the same species as the wild. they're both related to perches, but the farmed variety is a perch hybrid. you can see a subtle difference in the shape of the heads between the two species.

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                          chefj Oct 10, 2013 03:55 PM


                      2. re: Melanie Wong
                        wally Oct 9, 2013 06:04 PM

                        Striped Bass are a transplant here and really good, but no commercial fishing.

                    2. re: Civil Bear
                      Robert Lauriston Oct 9, 2013 06:11 PM

                      California yellowtail amberjack (not to be confused with Japanese amberjack = hamachi) is one of the most delicious local fish available commercially.

                      California swordfish is on the Seafood Watch "Best Alternative" list.

                      Any local striped bass would be farmed. Wild would be Atlantic.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston
                        Civil Bear Oct 9, 2013 10:09 PM

                        Not saying it's never been done, but I have never heard of yellowtail being caught locally. I have caught plenty of wild stripers though.

                        1. re: Civil Bear
                          Robert Lauriston Oct 10, 2013 10:36 AM

                          I'm talking about commercial fish.

                          Whether yellowtail is local depends on how you define local.


                        2. re: Robert Lauriston
                          vincentlo Oct 10, 2013 12:00 PM

                          I always thought Japanese amberjack = kanpachi. No?

                          1. re: vincentlo
                            Robert Lauriston Oct 10, 2013 12:39 PM

                            The Japanese name for California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) is hiramasa.

                    3. re: little big al
                      Robert Lauriston Oct 9, 2013 03:06 PM

                      Monterey Market's twit feed is a good source of information on what local fish are currently available:


                      So is Ports Seafood's daily list (though it has a lot of other stuff too):


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                    goldangl95 Oct 9, 2013 11:34 AM

                    Not necessarily local seafood but Skool. Maybe Bar Crudo. Hog Island if all you want is oysters.

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                      Dustin_E Oct 9, 2013 10:22 AM

                      hayes st. grill has great local seafood, and isn't at all touristy.

                      perhaps a bit nursing-home feeling, but in a good way.

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                      1. re: Dustin_E
                        DavidT Oct 9, 2013 10:43 AM

                        Hayes Street Grill is certainly in the mode of Tadich & Sam's. It has now been open long enough to be considered "semi-old school!"

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                        DavidT Oct 9, 2013 09:35 AM

                        This has been discussed here often before. The Tadich Grill and Sam's Grill are the two "old-school" SF seafood houses. Both are in the Financial District, away from the wharf.

                        Tadich is the bigger of the two and likely attracts more tourists. But plenty of locals eat there as well. If you use the Search feature in the upper right-hand corner of this page, you will be able to find a good number of comments on both places.

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                        1. re: DavidT
                          DavidT Oct 9, 2013 09:37 AM

                          Here is a recent discussion on other seafood places:


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