San Francisco Seafood Restaurants: 14 Top Dining Recommendations

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: January 29, 2024

Located right on the water, it is easy to find great San Francisco seafood restaurants. You will find popular spots in Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and some of our more local neighborhoods.

They range from high-end spots to top of the line, but casual, sushi restaurants. My list of the top 15 offers a variety of options so you are sure to find one that works for you.

Seafood dishes from San Francisco Restaurants

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San Francisco Seafood Restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf

The largest concentration of seafood restaurants is near the Fisherman's Wharf district. They have both high-end and casual options with a variety of dishes to suit every visitor.

1. Scoma's

Scoma's Fish Plate SF

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. The food here is great and they offer everything from lobster bisque to locally caught Dungeness crab.

They are open daily for both lunch and dinner. Meals start at around $18 for their sandwiches and jump up to around $70 for their higher-end seafood dishes. However, most plates range at around $23 to $55 per person with a great kids' menu.

Al Scoma Way at Pier 47

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2. Fog Harbor Fish House

Fog Harbor Fish House on Pier 39

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.

Prices start at $12 and up to $70.

>> Learn more about visiting Pier 39

3. The Codmother Fish and Chips

Codmother's Fish and Chips

One of the best casual seafood spots in Fisherman's Wharf is The Codmother Fish and Chips. This small, outdoor food truck and restaurant serves up some of the best fish and chips in town.

I also love their Baja Tacos. The prices are great for this area and the food is amazing. The prices are great for this area and the food is amazing ranging from $8 to $18.

They are open for lunch starting at around 11:30 am and they close around 6 pm. They are closed all day on Wednesday.

2824 Jones Street

4. Boudin Bakery

Boudin Fried Shrimp

My list of the top seafood restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf would not be complete without Boudin Bakery. While they are a bakery, they serve up some of the best clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.

They turned this dish into one of the most talked about cool weather treats for visitors from around the world.

I eat here at least five or six times a year. Although their clam chowder is amazing, some of my other favorites here include their Crab and Corn Chowder in a bread bowl, the Dungeness Crab Louie Salad, and their French Dip Deluxe. I also love the dish in the picture above, which is their fried prawns with fries. 

They are open daily for both lunch and dinner.

Prices range from $10 to $35.

You can also head to their grab and go market to order breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can then either take this back to your hotel or eat in one of their open seating areas on the first floor.

160 Jefferson Street

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5. Fisherman's Wharf Chowder and Crab Sidewalk Stands

Lobster in San Francisco

A fun way to experience some of the fresh local San Francisco seafood is to stop by for a quick meal at the sidewalk stands near the famous Fisherman's Wharf sign.

You can pick up clam chowder, lobster, shrimp cocktail and a variety of other dishes.

You can either walk and eat or grab a seat near the waterfront. Prices are usually around $10.

Taylor at Jefferson

6. Buena Vista

Crab Cakes breakfast at Buena Vista

Another spot for tasty, local San Francisco seafood is at the world-famous Buena Vista Cafe. They have some of the best local Dungeness crab dishes.

Pair it with their popular Irish Coffee cocktail and you may not want to leave.

This is another place I eat at a few times a year. I like to make sure the quality is still good since I recommend them quite a bit. 

I love, love, love their crab cake benedict (as you can see from my picture above). For lunch, I usually try their Dungeness Crab Melt with fries. I also LOVE their Fried Chicken and Waffles dish.

$10 to $40 with lots of menu item around $20.

2765 Hyde Street

Fun Food Walking Tours Around San Francisco

Would you love to have a local guide show you some of the best places to eat around SF's top districts? You will find a number of top-rated food tours in North Beach, the Mission, and Chinatown

It's the perfect treat for food lovers wanting to sample a variety of dishes and learn more about each location.

Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour: This is one of the most popular food walking tours in SF. On this tour, you'll stroll through Chinatown, learn more about this city within a city, and sample several dishes from local restaurants. The tour price includes tastings. Find out more on GetYourGuide.

Secret Food Tours: This walking food tour takes you through the Mission District. You'll sample foods from Latin America. You'll also see some of the best murals around this district and learn about its eclectic history. Find out more about this tour on GetYourGuide.

San Francisco Seafood Restaurants in Union Square and Downtown

These are some of the best San Francisco seafood restaurants near the Union Square district.

7. Akiko's Sushi Bar

This nondescript place is another great option in Union Square. They serve up tasty sushi and Japanese dishes daily for both lunch (11 am to 2:45 pm) and dinner (4:15 pm to 10 pm).

They have some great sashimi which includes 5 pieces per order. This is one of my favorites here. 

If you prefer sushi rolls, I love their selection here.

At times, I also like to order their vegetarian rolls. they have some great options and many include seaweed, avocado, cucumbers and other tasty veggies. 

Prices range from $8 to $30 with a few larger dishes costing a bit more.

542A Mason Street

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8. John's Grill

John's Grill near Union Square

This classic steak and seafood restaurant is one of the best places to get seafood in San Francisco. It's a historic spot that opened in 1908. Some of my favorites on their menu include the Maine Lobster Ravioli, Jumbo Prawns Dijonnaise, and their Grilled Pacific Red Snapper.

You'll also find plenty of non-seafood items on their menu as well.

Oh...if you can, leave room for dessert!

63 Ellis Street

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9. Sam's Grill and Seafood Restaurant

Sam's Grill near Union Square

This great spot offers a variety of local and fresh seafood options. You'll find oysters on the half shell, grilled octopus, and crispy calamari. I also love the Sam's class cioppino and their fried Tempura Oysters and chips.

They also have Mesquite grilled fish dishes such as Petrale sole, Ora King salmon, and Yellowfin tuna steak with some yummy sides.

374 Bush Street.

Other Great San Francisco Seafood Restaurants

10. Swan Oyster Depot

This is not your typical San Francisco seafood restaurant, but it's one of the most popular with both locals and tourists. This lunch and early dinner spot has a few tables and the line starts the minute the doors open.

They offer fresh, locally caught seafood and dishes that do not disappoint. They are open Monday - Saturday from 8am to 5:30pm.

If you don't want to wait in line, you will find that 2:30pm to 4pm is usually their least busy time.

Nob Hill at 1517 Polk Street

11. Ozumo

Ozumo Embarcadero

If you are looking one of the higher-end San Francisco seafood restaurants, then I recommend you try Ozumo on the Embarcadero. They feature both sushi and Japanese dishes with a few seats offering amazing views of the San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge.

They aren't far from Union Square and offer a great option for a fun night out on the town.

161 Steuart Street

12. Pacific Catch

Pacific Catch in the Marina

Pacific Catch is another one of my favorite, casual San Francisco seafood restaurants. 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.

Their Marina location is at 2027 Chestnut Street.

13. Hog Island Oyster Company

Hog Island in the Ferry Building

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.

14. Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

Sotto Mare North Beach

Head over to North Beach for another one of the top San Francisco seafood restaurants. The menu here includes oysters, seafood cocktail dishes, clam chowder, sautéed fish + shellfish, and pasta dishes.

Prices are reasonable and they are open for lunch and dinner daily.

552 Green Street

Seafood restaurants in San Francisco

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