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Alioto's
Alioto's

Alioto's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aliotos.com
  • Email: aliotofish@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (415) 673-0183
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: John Nunez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Alioto's has private rooms that can accommodate 16-50 people. The rooms all have a view of the fishing fleet and the Bay. The cuisine is distinctive Sicilian dishes and traditional seafood specialties.
  • Private Party Contact: Francesca Anderlini (415) 382-8227

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson & Taylor
  • Public Transit: Cable Car, Muni
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: FREE PARKING! 11 am-6 pm, 2 hours, 6pm until closing, 3 hours at lot across the street.
A word from Alioto's
Alioto's Italian Seafood Restaurant is located in the heart of San Francisco's famed Fisherman's Wharf overlooking the historic fishing fleet and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Alioto family has been serving local seafood at the same location for the past 85 years. The recently remodeled restaurant features a warm ambiance with a 3-tiered dining room offering every guest stunning views of San Francisco Bay. Classic menu. Don't forget to try our world-famous cioppino and Dungeness crab, always fresh. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Salad had real dressing from scratch. You can taste anchovies. The grilled salmon on top was perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. I give 4 stars because I love steak and there was only 2 choices. But, this is a seafood Italian restaurant and very good. You can dress up or go casual jeans. Classy enough to not wear shorts. Reserve in advance to get a harborside view window."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Alioto's was one of the best places to eat seafood in San Francisco. The food is delicious and tasty. The service was very good as well. Everybody that accompanied me loved the food and service as well."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Great view and location. My Louie Combo was uninspired. My husbands swordfish was over cooked and and heavy with butter."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This is dependable place at Fisherman's wharf. The food is good and the service is great and professional."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Restaurants food is definitely good, but you go back for the location. We had a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge from our window table. Overall the menu is very extensive (making it difficult to decide) but considerably higher priced than a similar restaurant off the wharf....so you're paying for the location and the name. I would recommend site seeing in the area and picking a restaurant off the wharf."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The restaurant is venerable but not tired. I hope they continue to revive and renew."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Grey Goose Martinis: rough finish Triple Seafood Louis: crab and shrimp tasteless Fish and Chips: super greasy, attempted to send back, but waiter said they would come out the same. Grilled Cod: OK Lobster Bisque: average Chocolate Cake: average Crème Broulee: good A better choice would have been to buy the street seafood on the grotto and take it back to the hotel room."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "After living in the Bay Area for 28 years & hearing about Alioto's-I finally made it there with our best friends, visiting from out of town. Making a reservation does not indicate that you will be treated well. We actually felt treated with distain. At the least, with a loss of grace and courtesy. Our meal was ok, until I took the third or fourth bite, whereupon I suddenly had a hair laced bite of my Combo Louis Salad. I took it from my mouth in some horror, and laid it on the table. When pointed out to our server he said, "No one in the kitchen has hair that long, & they all wear hair nets." When dessert arrived, he placed a small plate of cookies on the table and said, "for your trouble-the hair" Return? Never."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is in the tourist district and was hoping for a little more but knew better. Fantastic view. "Good" food but not great. No complaints really ... the view made up for it all."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'm a Bay Area native, yet had never been to Alioto's. I highly recommend it; we had a great table with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. Pretty hard to beat. Both the food and the service were firve-star. I highly recommend Alioto's; one trip and you will understand why it's a San Francisco legend."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great service. Excellent food. Amazing view of the sun setting over the Golden Gate Bridge during dinner."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had dinner at Alioto's Tuesday evening. The food is not quite what I remembered but not bad. Window tables have great views of fishing boats and water and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Crab bisque was good with lots of crab added. Poached halibut with hollandaise was very good. My friends sole would have been tasty but wasn't boned well so hard to eat. Strange vegetable combo - asparagus egg sort of souffle/frittata with tomato sauce was just odd and not very tasty. Desert of a yellow cake with Sabayon sauce was excellent and very light. Dinner for 2 with appetizers, 2 drinks and 1 desert came to approximately $100 before tip. Not bad for a nice sit down meal in a tourist area but not really much above average."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in the staff were very cordial and were there for any needs. The atmosphere was beautiful and the food was so good i could have eaten all day!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Business Lunch- Was a great place to have a bite and get some business done! I would go back and refer to a friend. Thanks"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Excellent place for a weekend lunch for a special occasion. Food was excellent and service was superb!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Spent the week in San Francisco eating at notable restaurants all week long. This one was absolutely the best of the bunch. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Don't pass this one up!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Alan was our server and he made it a great experience for us- suggesting a fantastic meal....calamari and the dugeness crabs (1/2 steamed regular and 1/2 garlic and he picked awesome wine!!!!...YUMMY This was our last night in SFO and this dinner made it spectacular. This is on our list for every visit to the area."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food was great and the atmosphere was wonderful. Had a great view of Fisherman's wharf."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Alioto's seemed to have the best reviews overall, so we chose it for our only night in the city. Wish we could have gone earlier, before dark, for more of a view. All we got to see from our raised booth was the lights from other restaurants. The Wharf is pretty seedy at night and reminded us of Bourbon Street, which we also avoid at night. Alioto's service was efficient, but the food -- we ordered raw oysters and various seafood dishes including the signature cioppino -- was just average. Cioppino had a couple of shrimp, very little fish, and chunks of crab in the shell, which was messy, hard work for little payoff. The cioppino sauce (or "gravy"), however, is outstanding. They should serve it -- minus the crab -- over pasta."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We chose Aliota's after reading a number of different reviews, and they certainly didn't steer us wrong. It was fabulous. A little pricey but the quality of food, the selections of the wine and food menu and the service from the staff were all first rate. Definitely a place for your special occassion"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Wonderful ambiance for our date night with great food and service. Thanks so much!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The first adjective that might come to mind would be "touristy" and that would be fair enough - but there's a surprise in store: the food is very good, the service is excellent, the noise level allows civilized conversation, and the view is breathtaking. We all had sole (from the Bering Straits): superb. Salads, desserts and sides were quite good, and the house bread was bliss for those who crave the perfect crust. Back to the fish - obviously one entree is not representative, but ours were grilled expertly - flavor and presentation were flawless. Pricey but considering the real estate, with its spectacular views, and given the pampering, it was a fair. There's a hint of bygone San Francisco, adding to its charm. Enjoyable and memorable."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Once again, another outstanding experience! Alioto's has been a tradition of mine for 30 years, that's how much I enjoy it. The service is always excellent, the view's everything from exciting to romantic but the food is really what hooked me all those years ago."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We found ourselves back in San Francisco after 30+ years and decided to go upstairs to a Alioto's for dinner. I had fond memories of going there years ago and to my surprise it was even better than I remembered. I had the Risotto Alioto and it was delicious!!! We enjoyed the restaurant so much that in our four day stay we found ourselves back there three times."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Many years ago, my husband & I "found" Alioto's by mere chance! We were impressed back then & continue to be pressed today by their excellent food, service and ambiance. We don't visit San Francisco as frequently as we'd like to but when we do, we always make it a point to dine at Alioto's! Thank you for continuing to make our dining experience memorable ones!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I always bring out of town guests to Alioto's! It's the best service and food. Our waiter was fantastic - offering suggestions (which we all took) and LOVED every bite."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Food was pretty quick, but service was just OK. Gnocchi was homemade and was really nice with the pesto sauce. Bread was fresh."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The fish was great, but my Caesar salad was mediocre. They used old lettuce and too much oil in the dressing. Service felt rushed although the dining room wasn't packed. You definitely pay for the view which is great."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "First off, the ambience is very good to include the view from the window. The food (seafood) does NOT live up to the price on the menu. Dr. Savage has recommended this place which is why I went. I felt the same way the first time I went but decided to give it one more shot. The bread was cold, the food was fair, and the quality was fair. I have ate at many fine establishments where the bread is served with pride. I will most likely not return to Alioto's as there is no value offered based on price and quality. I can find a small inexpensive cafe in the area where I will not feel the buyers remorse I do at Alioto's."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Whenever we visit San Francisco, Alioto's is always our destination for great food and ambiance. But this visit has convinced us to move on. Despite making Open Table reservations a month in advance, we were given a table with very little view. The waiter paid no attention to our needs and pressed us to order our food the moment we sat down. The "prawn" cocktail turned out to be five small shrimp. The salad was just a Costco mix thrown on the plate with canned dressing. The entrees (both seafood) were something one would get at a coffee shop -- tasteless, no seasoning. Dessert was equally unappetizing. How can one ruin a cannoli? Adding insult to injury, they marked our reservation as "no show" -- but luckily, Open Table fixed our account."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Definitely caters to tourists. In other places in the country, the food a service would be considered excellent, but here in San Francisco, it was simply OK. Despite our 7:00 PM reservation, we did not get seated until 7:30. When served my cioppino dinner, the server forgot to bring a spoon, bib, bowl for shells, etc. The crab bisque was good, but the server spilled it onto the dish while carrying it and did not bother to wipe up the mess."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was hoping for a fantastic dinner but just got ok. I do not mind paying for a great meal but this was over priced for the quality we received. Great view of the wharf and a fairly nice setting. The prices were just too high for the quality we received. I would not go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As a San Franciscan, the thought of going to Fisherman's Warf for dinner seemed always foreign. I brought my parents there to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary and I left thinking I wish we had gone there sooner. The food was delicious and the view of the fishing boats and Golden Gate Bridge were stunning. I highly recommend the Bouillabaisse, which was very flavorful. My dad had the Cioppinno and he loved every bite. My mom, who rarely cleans a plate, really enjoyed the Salmon Sicilian. We would go back, without a doubt."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "San Fran is full of great new restaurants, but Alioto's is a gem from my childhood that still has the best seafood, a perfect view of the Golden Gate and the fishing boats (every table seems to have a view), and a interesting wine list. Our service was exceptional, the shrimp, scallops and petrale sole were fresh off the boat, and our skeptical friends were convinced we were right to invite them. We come back every year to San Francisco from Montana, and Alioto's is one of the reasons."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food is just ok- tried to get plain grilled salmon and declined the item as waiter informed us that they soak everything in salt. Got dun dungeoness crab instead only to taste some odd spice in what was supposed to be a plain steamed crab. Waiter forgot us on water and a few other items You are better off to buy one in the street where the vendors boil right in front of you. Used to always come here- this will be my last visit"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Alioto's was recommended by the Ritz Carlton for wharf dinning and it was really nice. Good great, service was outstanding. We are seated immediately at our Open Table reservation time. Over all great experience"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great meal with wonderful and attentive staff. Nice variety on the menu and our waiter was able to explain the various preparations with ease. I did find it a bit difficult to hear some of the conversations at our table due to the noise level when the dining room was full."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Any time I get to San Francisco I hit Alitotos - it is Awesome"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Went to Alioto's upstairs for first time ever despite having lived in Bay Area for over 30 years. Got there right when they opened, at 11 on a Saturday. Loved old-timey East Coast ambience going up stairs to dining room and got great table right by window with wonderful view. Started out with great bread (probably from nearby Boudin bakery). But it went downhill from there. My husband got the fried oyster appetizer; they were gigantic (not good in an oyster) and greasy. Really gross. We split a dinner salad that was OK but had gelatinous dressing. His crab sandwich was practically empty and had no flavor. My veal saltimbocca was way overcooked and dry and tasted of nothing but sage. Waiter was pretty nice though. Awful food. Never go back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Visiting SF and made a last minute reservation for a landmark place to get fresh local seafood. My wife and I were not disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere were great!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014