4 Fisherman's Wharf Restaurants Foodies Love
Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco is a very popular tourist area. Here are some of our suggestions of restaurants that foodies will love!
Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco. There is so much to see and do including the famous Ghirardelli Square, Aquarium of the Bay, and Alcatraz Island. It is also still very much a working harbor, and you can watch the fisherman bring in their fresh catch.
There are many restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf, and it can be difficult to choose which are the best ones if you are not familiar with the area. There are many places catering to tourists, but these are not necessarily good choices if you are looking for high quality dining experiences. The key is to find out where the locals recommend! Here are our suggestions for Fisherman's Wharf restaurants which we think will satisfy even the most discerning of the foodies out there!
Fog Harbor Fish House
Fog Harbor Fish House is one of the restaurants that you simply have to experience when you are visiting Fisherman's Wharf. It is a family-owned restaurant which serves 100 per cent sustainable seafood. The location of the restaurant could not be any better, as it is on the second floor of Pier 39. The views of the San Francisco Bay are spectacular. The combination of the best oysters in the city, and the fabulous view, makes this the restaurant that you really must experience in Fisherman's Wharf.
The restaurant dining room has huge windows so that diners can take in that amazing view. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. The design is modern with plenty of tables and booths available.
If you dine here you really have to try the Clam Chowder. This is San Francisco! Of course there are many different opinions of where to go to find the very best clam chowder, but Fog Harbor Fish House definitely has to be on your list of places to try this classic dish. A cup is available for $6 and the bowl is $8.
As you would expect, most of the items on the menu are seafood based. It is probably wise not to bring your vegetarian friends here, or they will be eating the House Salad and looking at the view! Fog Harbor Fish House offers a good selection of starters including Dungeness Crab Cakes for $16, Steamed Clams for $16, and Crispy Bay Scallops for $13.
The Fog House also has an interesting selection of seafood cocktails and shellfish. Choices include Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail priced at $13, Baked Oysters for $15 and the Garlic Roasted Crab is $20.
All of the seafood selections are from sustainable fishing sources, and include Salmon which is priced at $29, Swordfish for $26, Pacific Sole for $23, and the delicious Lobster Tail at $38.
Fish and Chips is a house specialty and priced at a reasonable $18 when you consider the quality and the location of the restaurant. Live Whole Maine Lobster is also available, and priced at market rate.
For Harbor Fish House has a small selection of meat dishes including New York Steak, which is priced at $33, and Filet Mignon for $37.
If you still have an appetite there are some very tempting desserts. Which will you choose? Chocolate Banana Pudding, Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake, Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, or Tiramisu? All are priced at $8.50 and there is enough to share.
You will also be very tempted by the cocktails including Lipstick Lemondrop, Pumpkin Pie Martini, Alcatraz Escape, and the Ultimate Dirty Martini.
Fog Harbor Fish House
Phone number (415) 421-2442
Hog Island Oyster Co
Hog Island Oyster Co is the place to be if you want to taste the best oysters in the city. As an interesting twist on the farm to table concept, this restaurant has a Bay to Bar ideology. They have been farming their own oysters for over thirty years. They also use fresh vegetable ingredients grown on their local farm. This is most definitely an experience that all foodies will enjoy. Fresh, high quality ingredients which are expertly prepared for diners to enjoy.
The Hog Island Oyster Co restaurant is located right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. It has an amazing view of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The decor is modern and very welcoming. A particularly nice feature is the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work.
Hog Island Oyster Co is very popular and reservations are not taken. It seems that there is always a line, but it does move quite quickly. To make the wait even more palatable you can order drinks from the bar whilst you are in line. They have taken over a bigger space, but it is still crowded and the tables are a little close together. Most diners feel that it is worth the wait to experience the high quality of the food.
The menu is seasonal, as only the freshest ingredients are used. Most diners go to Hog Island for the oysters. The menu has seven different types of oyster including Hog Island Sweetwater, and Hog Island Atlantic. Prices start at $18 for six oysters. They really are some of the best oysters that you will find in San Francisco, and for miles around.
Grilled oysters are also available including Bernaise, Rockerfeller, and Opal Basil Pesto. Each is priced at for $13 for four oysters.
Another very popular dish is the Chowder with Manila Clams with aromatic vegetables, bacon, potatoes and cream for $14. Many would argue that there simply isn't any better chowder available anywhere in Fisherman's Wharf.
Hog Island also serves excellent fresh seafood dishes. Selections may include White Seabass and Raw Albacore Salad. The menu changes according to which ingredients are readily available and in season.
Hog Island Oyster Co
1 Ferry Bldg
Phone number (415) 391-7117
Hog Island Oyster Co. provides incredible sustainable oysters and seafood to San Francisco and Napa, California.
Scoma’s Restaurant is another excellent restaurant choice for visitors to Fisherman's Wharf. The history of this restaurant goes right back to 1965 when brothers Al and Joe Scoma bought a small space on Pier 47 to serve the fisherman breakfast when they came back from fishing. Fifty years later, this restaurant has expanded, and is one of the very best on the Wharf.
This is a very popular place, and it is definitely a good idea to make reservations ahead of time.
No Fisherman's Wharf restaurant would be complete without a Clam Chowder on the menu. Scoma's version is $9 for a cup and $11 for a bowl.
A good choice as an appetizer is the Hot Sampler for Two which includes Calamari Fritti, Hobb’s Bacon Wrapped Scallops, and Crabcakes for $28. You can also order a Mixed Shellfish Platter for Two. This has Clams, Oysters, Crab Legs, and Shrimp and is priced at $29.
Classic items on the menu include Shrimp Louis Salad for $30, Shrimp and Scallops Alla Gannon is $38, and Scoma's Shellfish Saute Sec. is available for $40.
The restaurant is very family friendly ,and there is a separate menu for the kids. Favorites include Fish and Chips, Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Fried Prawns Plate, and Hot Dog with Fries.
The dessert menu is very much based in the restaurant's Italian roots. It offers such Italian classics as Tiramius, Gelato, Cannoli All Sicilaina, and Torta Setteveli.
There is a good selection on the wine list. Cocktails and beer are also available.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone number (415) 771-4383
Scoma’s is a traditional seafood restaurant in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s known for friendly service, family traditions & fresh Italian seafood.
If you are looking for a very unique venue to dine, you have to put Forbes Island restaurant on the very top of your list. This is the only place in the United States where you can dine in a privately built lighthouse! It is 40 foot tall and is really an elaborate houseboat built by a millionaire in 1975. You have to get a ferry from Pier 39 to take you to this very quirky dining experience. You can climb up the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse to take in the amazing views of the San Francisco Bay.
A highly unique feature is that you dine underwater. This is a boat and you will be dining in the hull, with porthole windows, and views underwater. You do have to be careful if you are prone to sea sickness. This restaurant actually does move on the water.
There is also a separate building on land which is available for private dining for up to twenty eight guests. Outside there is a sandy beach and palm trees! This really is a very unique dining venue.
The restaurant opens at 5pm every day, and you have to have reservations. There are no walk ins available, so you do have to plan ahead if you want to dine in this very unusual restaurant.
Forbes Island serves a four course menu for $75 per person. Appetizer choices include Wild Mushroom Ragout, Dungeness Crab, Avocado and Bay Scallop Salad, and Seafood Chowder of the Day. Entree selections include Lamb Lollipops, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Organic Canadian Salmon, and Classic Filet Mignon. The dessert choices are equally tempting with Chocolate Mousse, Berry Napolean, Apple Tarte Tatin, and Creme Brulle on the menu.
Phone number (415) 951-4900
So there you have our recommendations for our favorites in Fisherman's Wharf. Whichever one that you choose, we hope that you enjoy your experience. If you go to more than one you can join in the debate of which one serves the very best clam chowder!
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