Fishermen's Grotto #9
Fishermen's Grotto #9

Fishermen's Grotto #9

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishermensgrotto.com/
  • Phone: 4156737025
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: F- Line Jefferson & Taylor
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is 3 hour validation in the parking lot acroos the street.
A word from Fishermen's Grotto #9
Opened in 1935 as the first sit down restaurant on San Francisco's world famous Fisherman's Wharf. Started by Mike Geraldi, an immigrant fisherman from Sicily as an avenue to deliver his fresh catch to the local population. Owned and Operated by The Geraldi Family for over 70 years. Features Inside and Outside Dining, views of the Golden Gate, Russian Hill and the Fishing Fleet.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Fishermen's Grotto #9 reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
57% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (17)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (8)special occasion (8)fit for foodies (5)romantic (5)great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Suzanne
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great shrimp and crab salad . . .and excellent service. thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Iconic Fishermans Wharf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The entire experience at Number Nine Fishermans Grotto is classic, old time Fishermans Wharf. We grew up in the Bay Area, but recently took some folks there who had never been to California, or San Francisco. Fishermens Grotto was the perfect introduction to the entire San Francisco experience. The food was very good, the setting and service were exceptional. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Costly, low quality
    Waldo
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The server was unaware as to how to answer the questions about food. The food was served but the crab cakes were very poor and there was a lack of crab in the crab cakes. Less than 6 bites of of crab meat in e two combines cakes. They were mostly filler. The ambiance was lacking and the place did not appear clean.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • missed opportunity
    rick
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Old, worn-out restaurant in a prime location. Looks like it could fit the bill for beers, pizza, lobstahs and chowdah...but not plated seafood dishes. If they gutted this place and turned it into a Boston style bar with style and a new menu, it would be great. Candidate for Bar makeover.
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  • Great bread and view
    RandomPantry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Yes, the wharf is as touristy as ever, but sometimes you gotta do it! This restaurant had the most beautiful views of the golden gate bridge, hillside homes and great people watching. It had a 1980's decor with a 1940's soundtrack. The sourdough bread was to DIE FOR. Our server was prompt, attentive and kind. The food was mediocre. The chowder, claiming to be the best, did have a ton of clams but was way, way, way too thick. My salad was fresh and crisp. My husband had crab cakes that were full of great crab. But overall is was a C meal with an A view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unorganised
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We made reservation with you for a party of 6. We called direct to the restaurant that afternoon increase to 7. Table wasn't ready when we arrive. The lady did not check their reservation book but let us wait while they scrambled to put 2 tables together where there are 2 empty tables next to each other. First at a dead end corner then moved to a better location. Food was OK. I enjoyed my veal and our friends like their shrimp Louie, sole and halibut. We did not order appetizer cause we just had our afternoon tea at Ritz Carlton. We like the view. From dust to dark with city lights. Its beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our Server and host were very nice and very attentive. Great service and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fisherman's Grotto # 9 Take 23
    food4kdb
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Large family reunion (most from New York) for a wedding, one year wedding anniversay and my mother's 81st birthday celebration in Santa Cruz. We all drove up to SF and Fisherman's Grotto reserves via Open Table was a breeze. I had reservations for 18 in a snap and the food, ambience and waitstaff were extraordinary!! LOVE LOVE LOVE Fisherman's Grotto!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bust
    briwayVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    typically trust open table's ratings but this was a bust. Then again maybe the selection is limited for the area.
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  • typical tourist trap
    bourbonita
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Tons of chaos and confusion to get people seated, with or without reservations. No service at the bar and extremely inattentive service for dinner. The food was tasty, if overpriced. The room was noisy. The restrooms were flithy and out of all paper and soap products. The views, however, were fabulous. Overall, there are much better spots nearby so go ahead and skip this tourist trap.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wife and I flew in just to eat here
    Brian
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    For our 5th anniversary, I surprised my beautiful wife with a quick trip to SF to eat here. We were not disappointed! The staff was great. After talking to a few of the waiters, we were surprised to find out that many of the staff have worked there 30 or 40 years! We recognized some of them from the last time we were there. We are some yummy seafood and enjoyed the views. I'll take my wife back there in another years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 198 reviews are from the Fishermen's Grotto #9 reviews archive.
  • Excellent view!
    eliseVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We came here at the recommendation of a local for a spot at fisherman's wharf. The view was amazing, the clam chowder was excellent, and the waiter was fantastic. They had an awesome bar up front that looked like a lounge from the 50's. Very cool!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food - waiter
    Tito
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I don't know which was best, the food that was served to us or the waiter that served (Tito) the food to us. They were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really enjoy
    Henry
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Recommeded by my friend it's a MUST try in SF. The lobster and crab is impressive. The service and view is really good and I'm very satisfied about the service and food. Will recommend to my friend and enjoy next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fish as old as the restaurant
    Howcrab
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Soggy batter and old dry fish made the fish and chips an unpleasant experience. My swordfish was way overcooked. The halibut special was nothing special. We won't be back.
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  • It's 1975 at the Grotto
    TheDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    If not for the spectacular view and location this restaurant would surely be gone. The carpet, with the raincoated fisherman is amazing but so old it looks like he could jump up out of it and run. The food is decent if not a bit bloated. If you'd like to go to a place your mom might have gone to on her first date, this is the place. Time for a big update at the Grotto.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old time SF spot that's kept up
    localbayareaguy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Fishermen's Grotto opened in 1935 as the first sit down restaurant on San Francisco's world famous Fisherman's Wharf. My parents have gone there since the early 60's and still to this day they continue to provide a woderful place to dine. My parents came back to visit on Mother's day and we had a ball! It's may not be the latest greatest hot scene for trendy food, but they provide a great meal with a great view of the wharf, Bay view, and Ghirardelli square. Love going there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good!!!
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Great location. Dungeness crab sandwich and the clam chowder are outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closed
    Sondance
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    When we went to the restaraunt it was closed. A person near the front saID THERE HAd been a fire upstairs.
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  • Great Dining Experience
    TheTraveler
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was great and the service was exceptional! We had a large group and dined upstairs, but you also have the option to dine outside or in the cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    DineTownVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    our server was way too slow and mixed up the orders.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist spot
    sfmmr
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Spent President's Day playing Tourists-in-Our-Own-Town. Took four adolescent boys to see the ships, played at Musee Mechanique, and reserved lunch with a great view at Fishermans Grotto. Pricey wharf food but the boys were impressed with the "fancy " service and fabulous view fromour upstairs table. My son wanted crab and was not disappointed. Bib and garlic butter for dipping all contributed to a satisfying respite. My sole was a good lunch deal. Excellent service and great sourdough bread.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If Not for the View...
    AnzermoVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Not the best service, but good food and a stunning view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Ok
    DuMax
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had reservations for 8:15 and weren't seated till after 8:30. The food was mediocre and somewhat small portioned. They appeared to be understaffed and service was inattentive and slow. You can definitely do better in that area for the price
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ehhh
    Robin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The front door person got us seated right away. Our waiter was quick to order but we didn't get our food until a hour and a half later. We had to ask to speak with the manager after the waiter took his time. It was busy but every table should be accounted for. I won't be going back cause I felt like our complaint didn't even matter.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night in San Francisco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    We really enjoyed Fishermen's Grotto, always good and this evening was excellent. We had Dungeness Crab AuGratin and Sole stuffed with Crab, both delicious, and so was the salad, dessert, and capuccino. We had a table by the water, we arrived at 8 p.m., and it wasn't crowded. The best part was our waiter, Tito, who provided excellent, professional and friendly service, and took a real interest in us and our situation, sharing stories of his own similar experiences (we have a seriously ill family member right now), not pushy or a problem and didn't talk to us on a personal level until we initiated the conversation. Tito has been at the restaurant for 30 years, and I'd highly recommend that you ask for him when you arrive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old style San Francisco
    Steve
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Classic SF seafood restaurant, good cocktails. We had to ask for a better table, but once seated was a great wrap around view of Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, and the SF Bay. Interior is dated, but OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fisherman's Wharf Must
    Momo
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    My wife and I dine here every time we visit to San Fran. This last visit, for our anniversary, with a bunch of friends and family, was no exception. The service is excellent. The wait staff exceeds the expectations of the area. Always very friendly. Food is amazing. We have never had a bad item off of their menu. I would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is the second time I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This is the second time I have visited this restaurant, and the food is still excellent as well as the service. Worth the money paid to eat there. The restaurant has rustic feel and my personal opinion is the management will eventually need to update restaurant so it is not so dark and to take advantage of their window views.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had reservations for a romantic
    MsZeeVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Had reservations for a romantic dinner, but when i arrived i was told their elevator was broken and of course the main restaurant was upstairs, a lot of stairs! was a little disappointed but they served us in the downstairs dining area which was much more casual. Service and food was great!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a little bit aged
    HappyHungerVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    But the service was spectacular !! The food was very good, as well. Would return and would recommend
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's
    will
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My hat is off to the Fishermen's Grotto. They not only catered to families with children (like us), but I noticed they tucked away couples whispering sweet nothings over Boston Creme Pie. The waitstaff is very professional. If you don't see it on the menu, just ask and they prepare it the way you like it. Love this place and will return again and again. Oh did I mention the scenery? Just perfect!. They move tables and chairs to accommodate the GG Bridge or the streets of Fisherman's Wharf
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trap on the wharf
    StacybotVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    A typical tourist trap. If it looks like it, if it smells like it....it is it. A typical trap for tourists. The food is edible but nothing more. Prices are a bit high but it's an old time stale restaurant with plain in imaginative food. Most items are fried and not of the fresh variety. So many better restaurants in San Francisco. Pass on this one.
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  • No Parking
    BigRed
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Unable to find parking within a reasonable distance to locale. Really disappointed, was looking forward to dining here.Perhaps the city could do something to increase parking in this area, or shuttle from a remote location?
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve Dinner
    OTLJ
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    It was busy so, even with reservations, the wait was a bit long. Apparently one of the bartenders didn't show up, so a manager was behind the bar attempting to mix drinks, but he was up-front and said he didn't know what he was doing (we opted for wine), and the service was a bit slow (expected on Christmas Eve), but the food was great, we were sat next to a window, and our server was friendly and informative. We would return, just more likely not on a holiday evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in S.F.
    RichVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Fisherman's Grotto #9 has always been a favorite of mine. It is getting a little tired in their decor, but for Christmas Eve dining it was very nice. We had reservations but still had to wait almost a half hour to be seated. The waiter was good; the food was even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, great food
    Traveler34
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Had to wait about 15 min for our table although we made a reservation but once seated, the service was great. Friendly wait staff and tasty food. It was also very quiet with a nice view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fisherman's Grotto # 9 Take 22
    food4kdb
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We have dined at Fisherman's Grotto many, many times! Fabulous food and great service - our go to restaurant in SF. A waiter has been serving us for approximately 22 years - thus the Take 22! View of Fisherman's wharf is incredible! LOOOOVVVEEE IT!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great As Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    It was wonderful to dine at such a historical place. It is a part of my California history and the food was great.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grotto's is a great catch!
    Megooters
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I bring friends and family from out of town to the Wharf often... Decided to try something new for a group of 6 that requested seafood. We are the type of group that shares everything so we all got to try a bit of each dish. Fishermen's Grotto had awesome lobster tail, crab, cod, oysters and steak! I must say... I WAS IMPRESSED. The space is large and great for big groups, but I could see a nice cozy dinner for 2 here too. The service was delightful. Our waiter was lively and on point! I will definitely be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.