So Much San Francisco Seafood, So Little Time

Although it was the promise of gold that lured people to the San Francisco Bay Area, it was the beauty and natural abundance of nature that convinced people to stay. The nearby Central Valley was tilled and soon yielded one of the greatest crops of fruit and vegetables in the world.

The Pacific didn't need any tilling - it was brimming with fresh fish. Although the recent drought has put pressure on salmon and other fish, solid management has kept most of the wonderful seafood that California has to offer on the menu. Whether its crab, clams, oysters or fish, you really haven't tasted San Francisco until you've tasted the amazing variety of seafood this area has to offer.

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result.

San Francisco has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Tadich Grill or at Farallon, a major player in the field.

Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!



Rarity only adds value, which makes the yummy dishes from the weekly pop-up appearances of this fantastic restaurant even more valuable. The San Francisco Lox sandwich is the featured attraction on this simple menu, but it's alone worth a trip...  Read More

Thahn Long


Thahn Long is a trek, but it's Colossal Royal Tiger Prawns and famous Roast Crab are worth the long ride on the N-Judah train to the foggy Sunset. You'll be blocks from Ocean Beach as you enjoy some of the finest Vietnamese food the city has to...  Read More

Tadich Grill


Seafood is the standard, prepared a variety of ways (mesquite-grilled, baked in a casserole) and always impeccable in quality. Among its mainstays are lobster Thermidor, oyster stew, clam chowder, Dungeness crab, calamari steak, and petrale...  Read More



An undersea fantasy world reigns at Farallon, one of undulating curves, glimmering details, and sea-creature accents. It's home to perhaps San Francisco's most famous seafood restaurant, led by chef Mark Franz and specializing in "coastal...  Read More



For generations, this small eatery has been delighting seafood lovers from all over the city. Distinguished by a marble counter and pull-up stools, the place puts all its attention on fresh shellfish, especially just-shucked oysters. You can...  Read More



Location location, location works for this simple but popular seafood restaurant. If you're looking for fancy atmosphere, The Codmother is not your place, since you might have to fight off hungry seagulls while sitting at their modest patio...  Read More



The name says it all: this place is serious about serving fresh, local fish. Sausalito is almost always sunny, so you can take advantage of Fish's ample outdoor seating, too. What separates Fish from other seafood restaurants is this: where...  Read More

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What began in 1965 as a small coffee shop has evolved into an oft-frequented, family-run restaurant. It's also the only place amid Fisherman's Wharf's touristy eateries that locals recommend for quality of food and generous portions. Celebrity...  Read More

Anchor Oyster Bar


Distinguished from other Bay Area oyster bars by its tiny yet undeniably charming setting, Anchor Oyster Bar makes up for its intimate size with out-of-this world eats, including a fresh, daily changing oyster selection. Diners particularly love...  Read More



Established in 1925, Alioto's has been a reliable seafood restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf for years. Visitors to Fisherman's Wharf can be easily overwhelmed by the number of restaurants and activities in this tourist of mecca of San Francisco....  Read More


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