Located right on the water, it is easy to find great San Francisco seafood restaurants. However, there are also a large number of great options to choose from here.
Below you will find information on some of my favorite restaurants in SF for seafood. Each one is a little different to give you a range of options.
Let's start with a San Francisco seafood option that is very popular with both locals and visitors. The Swan Oyster Depot is not your typical seafood restaurant. It is a little bit of a dive, but it is clean and the food is fresh and amazing.
The Swan Depot is only open for lunch. It is located at 1517 Polk Street. You will find it in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco between California and Sacramento Streets.
If you have access to a kitchen to make your own seafood, this place also has a market. You will see the fresh fish and oysters for take out located in the front windows of the restaurant.
The easiest way for you to get here from Union Square is to take the 1 California up and over the hill. Get off at the Polk Street stop. You can also take the Hyde Powell cable car and get off at the Hyde Jackson stop. From there, walk down the hill and take a left on Polk Street.
From Fisherman's Wharf, the best route is by using the Hyde Powell cable car. You will also get off at the Hyde Jackson stop, walk down the hill and south about three blocks.
Average Price: $10 to $45 per dish
Address: 1517 Polk Street
District: Nob Hill
This popular San Francisco seafood restaurant is in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. It is located right along the water at Pier 47 on Al Scoma Way.
You will enjoy this place because of the great food, friendly atmosphere and convenient location. Entrees range from around $20 to $50 and they have a large selection of seafood options.
One of my favorite parts is the extensive wine list. You can choose from a list of wines from around the world. Since they have such a great list, I recommend trying them out for dinner, although they are also open for lunch every day of the week.
Average Price: $9 to $55 per dish
Address: Al Scoma Way
District: Fishermans Wharf
Pacific Catch is another one of my favorite, casual San Francisco seafood restaurants. It is very popular and has a couple of locations in the city. It is a great option because prices are reasonable and the service is usually fast.
They are open for both lunch and dinner. The seafood dishes here have Pacific Rim influences including dishes such as Cabo Calamari, Thai Coconut Shrimp and California Salmon.
The best location is the one in the Marina District near Crissy Field, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge at 2027 Chestnut Street. There is another location, but it is quite a bit further out in the city and harder to reach.
Take the 30 bus from Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf. Get off at the Chestnut and Fillmore stop. The restaurant is on the south side of the street next to Wells Fargo Bank.
Average Price: $6 to $16 per plate
Address: 2027 Chestnut Street
District: Marina District
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If you are looking one of the higher end San Francisco seafood restaurants, then I recommend you try Ozumo on the Embarcadero. The food here is amazing and if you are lucky enough, you can get a great view of the San Francisco bay and bay bridge.
It is also great because it has both sushi and other Japanese dishes. I usually head straight for the sushi rolls.
I recommend trying their Sumo roll, a slight twist to the standard California roll. I also recommend their Spider roll.
You can easily get to Ozumo from Union Square by either walking or taking one of the many Muni options down Market Street. You can also take a cab down to the Embarcadero for about $10.
Average Price: $15 to $45 a plate
Address: 161 Steuart Street
Farallon is a high-end seafood restaurant that has been around for years. The classy décor looks like an underwater fantasy with warm and colorful touches. The dishes are fresh and creative.
Farallon offers a variety of cold and hot appetizers including oysters on the half shell, tuna tartare, and seared scallops. They offer a small, but wonderful, selection of main dishes from halibut to prawns. They also have just a few non-seafood dishes if you are in the mood for something else.
This is the perfect place for a romantic night out on the town or for any other special occasion dinner.
Average Price: Oysters on the half shell run from $3.75 to $4.75 each, their main dishes are around $30 to $55 each
Address: 450 Post Street
District: Union Square
The Fog Harbor Fish House is perfect for seafood lovers who are spending most of their time in Fisherman’s Wharf. This cute restaurant is located on Pier 39 and is a great place for either lunch or dinner.
I love their Dungeness crab cakes and also their award winning clam chowder. Other favorites include their ahi tuna dish and their fish and chips.
The food here is great and the restaurant also has some amazing views of SF Bay.
Average Price: $12 to $68, they have a large menu and most items are in the $15 to $25 range
Address: Pier 39
District: Fisherman’s Wharf
The Hog Island Oyster Company is an oyster bar in SF’s Ferry Building. They offer fresh oysters from their farm just north of San Francisco. They also serve oysters from small farmers from several other local locations.
For non-oyster fans, they also have some of the best clam chowder in San Francisco. You will also get some great views of the Bay Bridge and the SF waterfront.
Average Price: A plate of six mixed oysters is around $20
Address: Ferry Building
8.The Codmother Fish and Chips: Fisherman's Wharf, 2824 Jones Street, $9.95 for the fish and chips, $5.95 for the Baja Tacos
9. Fresca: Pacific Heights, 2114 Fillmore Street, $10 to $35 a plate
10. Bar Crudo: NoPa/Alamo Square, 655 Divisadero, $13 to $45 a plate