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Going to be in SF for a few days and wonder what the must eat places are. I love seafood and can't get great stuff back home so looking to eat lots while in SF. What are some of the best and not overly expensive places to eat in the area?

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    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970728

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    1. re: wolfe

      Thanks. I might be heading in that direction today too.

    2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/815447
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/783426
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715980

      1. Quality seafood is rarely inexpensive.

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        1. re: DavidT

          Strictly speaking that's true, but there's a very wide price range for seafood at restaurants in SF, so there's plenty of useful advice in the topics I linked to.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I guess I shouldn't have said "inexpensive" I just meant, decently priced. I know quality comes at a higher price, but you also find little random places that do things well and don't want all your money.

          2. re: DavidT

            Looks like the OP is from Minnesota, and if Minnesota seafood is anything like Michigan seafood, Woodhouse Fish Co. will seem amazing. Haven't been there in a minute, but the last time I was there, it was a decent balance between value and flavor.

            That said, I don't know what qualifies as "inexpensive" to an out-of-towner (unless said out-of-towner is from NY, London, Moscow, Tokyo...). Woodhouse, though a bargain compared to a place like Waterbar, is not exactly a cheap meal.

            1. re: dunstable

              I think Woodhouse is great! I go to the one on Fillmore near Bush. Perfect clam chowder, fried clams, fish n chips, fresh broiled fish. Perfect tartar sauce.

              Since they don't take reservations, go late lunch or earlier dinner if you don't want to wait to get in.

              I don't think you can pay less than they charge and manage to get a decent meal.

              1. re: walker

                Yes, Woodhouse on Fillmore is a good option. The only criticism would be that the menu is rather limited.

                http://www.woodhousefish.com/

          3. Go to Bar Crudo for the happy hour (but don't stray from the happy hour menu if you're on a budget). I don't generally think Bar Crudo is worth it, but that seafood chowder is pretty great, and the happy hour price makes it a steal.

            1. Was in SF last week. On the advice of c oliver, I canceled our reservation at Farallon, and made one at Local's Corner. Good call. The two of us enjoyed

              1 dozen oysters ($24)

              Baby Abalone, Seaweed, Fermented Green Onion ($9)

              Cured Halibut, Nasturtium, Asian Pear, Cress ($13)

              Smelt, Shizo, Burnt Lemon Aioli ($12) (my favorite)

              Great bread, too.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                Oh whew, I'm so relieved :) Even though it was Bauer's rec I know you were holding me personally responsible!

                1. re: c oliver

                  I was, indeed, but you are off the hook.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Goody gumdrops!

                2. re: pikawicca

                  definitely NOT inexpensive.
                  but I had a great meal last nite.
                  the cured halibut was extraordinary. As were the smelt.

                3. The Pacific Cafe on Geary in the Richmond District has been regarded for many years as an option for reasonably priced seafood.

                  http://www.pacificcafesf.com/site/Men...

                  Please note I have not eaten there in at least a decade.

                  1. Sotto Mare in North Beach - try the sand dabs. Try to avoid peak times as this place has been discovered by the various guidebooks and the lines can be ridiculous.

                    If you find yourself at lunchtime in Fisherman's wharf, I always enjoy McCormick and Kuletos. Every seat has a view of the bay and they do great cocktails and they have a large selection. Lunch time prices for fish sandwiches etc are quite reasonable.