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Mar 13, 2014 09:40 AM

Best "Local" Seafood Restaurants in Bay Area? Coming from a distance and need FIX!

I'm completely deprived of my first love—fresh seafood—while living in the midwest.

Looking for any "local" eateries which provide any of the following: delicious oysters, muscles, crab, clam, abalone, scallops, geoduck, squid, octopus, etc. What am I missing?

As long as it's fresh and consistent, I'm all ears for suggestions...

"Dives" are fine, general stores are fine, low, medium, high end restaurants are fine, food trucks are fine. Want to avoid fried. Even a groceries/markets American or ethnic are fine as I may have kitchen facilities.

Thoughts? Please provide name and location. All advice appreciated.

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  1. Hog island if it isn't still closed when you come.

    Hog & Rocks

    Bar Crudo (though can be inconsistent)

    Skool (slow service)

    1760 had a good a mount of seafood on their menu.

    Sf actually isn't a huge seafood town. Not sure if it's sustainability reasons or there just isn't that many true local species.

    3 Replies
    1. re: goldangl95

      Passionfish in Pacific Grove would fit the sustainability bill. Good choice of Skool. We think of Koi Palace as a seafood house.

      1. re: BoneAppetite

        Passionfish is 120 miles from San Francisco.

      2. re: goldangl95

        the locally caught seafood varies with the season of course, and many SF restaurants that feature seafood have a significant part of their menu based on stuff that's flown in [on an oyster selection for example, one or two varieties offered will be local, several won't be]. wild abalone is local enough, but so rarely seen in licensed eateries it isn't realistically worth considering. one place that consistently has a number of choices that are locally sourced (and explicitly noted on its menu) is Fish in Sausalito. generally speaking for the present, the Dungeness crab with the season waning might not even be very local now, but the petrale sole or sand dabs will be (herring or sardines are often a good bet as well). other stuff will be dependent on getting accurate info on the source from the restaurant.

      3. Anchor Oyster Bar
        Bar Crudo
        Hayes St. Grill
        Hog Island Oyster Bar (closed for remodeling?)
        Sotto Mare
        Yank Sing (dim sum, lunch only)

        1. Should you go up to visit Sonoma Cty, Bravas Tapas in Healdsburg makes a terrific octopus dish, lightly dusted with Ceylon cinnamon. We eat octopus often and theirs is so far the best we've had. Amazing concept/execution.
          Bravas Tapas
          420 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
          (707) 433-7700/also OpenTable

          One of my niece's favs is:
          La Mar Cebicheria
          Pier 1 ½, the Embarcadero, SF.
          Website & menu:

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          1. re: jaiko

            if you're trekking as far as Healdsburg, Mateo Granados gets his seafood directly from fishermen/gatherers and boats he supports.

            1. re: moto

              Heck, if going north then fresh & bbq'd oysters along the Marin coast are a must.


          2. Plouf (on Belden Alley, SF) specializes in mussels, serving them with a variety of sauces.


            Tadich Grill and Sam's Grill (both in the Financial District) are SF's two "old-school" seafood houses. Your best bet at either is to have the sand dabs or have the fresh fish of the day simply grilled.

            1. Fish in Sausalito (recent thread here:


              They do it about as local as it gets around here, which means sourcing from individual fishing vessels along the West Coast and only serving sustainably-caught species. The quality is first-rate.