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The Best Seafood Restaurants at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

September 21, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu San Francisco 0 Comments

The culinary delights in San Francisco’s famed Fisherman’s Wharf run the range from coffee and doughnuts to pasta to seafood. Tucked away in a northeast corner of San Francisco facing the San Francisco Bay, many tourists and residents take an afternoon or evening trip to this area to enjoy the scenery and the food. If you like seafood, here are five Fisherman Wharf restaurants not to miss.

Capurro's Restaurant & Bar

Crab, shrimp, calamari, and oysters prepared in just about every way you can imagine by their talented chef. In San Francisco, you haven’t eaten until you have visited Capurro’s, a long-time restaurant here in Fisherman’s Wharf. Offering live music in the evenings and an extensive wine and cocktail menu, many diners make it a night here at Capurro’s.

North Beach Lobster Shack

North Beach Lobster Shack—often just called NBLS—is a casual hang out and an excellent spot for lunch. Diners enjoy lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster tail, and other lobster dishes from this quaint San Francisco staple. While the lobster may not be local, it is high-quality and prices are very reasonable. Customers rave about the Shack’s resemblance to East Coast equivalents and the generous portions of seafood in the chowders and other dishes.


Those familiar with small plate meals, or tapas, will enjoy a visit to Pesce in Fisherman’s Wharf. The San Francisco chef here knows how to create unique seafood dishes. The food and ambiance is unlike what you will find elsewhere in the city, but yet it still maintains a strong Italian theme that is certainly familiar. Visitors enthusiastically describe dishes such as orzo, octopus, and oysters recommending that each is worth a try.

Sabella & La Torre

This small, family owned establishment is a local favorite. Somewhat hidden from the rush of passersby, Sabella offers great seafood and validated parking. The ambiance is described as “old fashioned” but the menu is anything but old fashioned. Try this San Francisco chef’s red snapper siciliano with garlic for a meal you won’t forget.

Scoma’s Fisherman Wharf

Scoma’s may be a bit on the touristy side, but it serves excellent seafood in one of the most active areas of the city. After a long day of sightseeing there is no better way to relax and enjoy the view than by trying the delicacies created by this San Francisco chef. The menu is extensive including a variety of seafood options for every course. Most visitors compliment the restaurant’s location at the end of a pier with gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay.

Of course there are dozens more restaurants in Fisherman’s Wharf and in San Francisco that serve delicious seafood dishes and other cuisine. But if you are looking for the full San Francisco experience, then seafood at one of these five Fisherman’s Wharf restaurants can’t be beat.


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