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Pier 23 Cafe
Pier 23 Cafe
  • Address:
    Pier 23, On The Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Seafood
    Price: $30 and under

Pier 23 Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pier23cafe.com
  • Phone: (415) 362-5125
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Dinner : Daily: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Party platters available for pick-up for events off site.
  • Private Party Facilities: Small alcove available for parties of up to 10. Heated tent with bay views available for groups of up to 60.
  • Private Party Contact: Lara Mitchell (415) 362-5125

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenwhich
  • Public Transit: The Muni F-Line light rail stops directly in front of Pier 23 Cafe. We are a ten minute walk from the Ferry Building and ten minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are several public lots within walking distance of the restaurant. Some public parking lots close early so check the signs.
A word from Pier 23 Cafe
Pier 23 Cafe is a unique waterfront restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, live music and beautiful views of San Francisco bay. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, Pier 23 Cafe captures the heart and soul of a city obsessed with food. The large bay side patio allows patrons to soak up the California sun while enjoying creative dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Night time dining in the heated tent is complimented by maritime activity and amazing views of Treasure Island and the Berkeley Hills. Come down and enjoy a true local favorite and experience some real waterfront history.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to pier 23 4th of July weekend and sat out side for lunch. The food was wonderful. My husband had the crab/shrimp sandwich and I had fish and chips, both of which were mouth wateringly good. We would definitely recommend it and plan on going again next time we are in town from Atlanta! I would also recommend sitting outside as the view of the bay is breathtaking (we even had a seal hang out in the water as we ate). Good food, good atmosphere, no complaints."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The fabulous Josh Jones Jazz was playing inside with two tables within 2 feet of the band and no food service so we took a table outside. The service was terrible and disorganized. We had 4 or 5 servers and no one clearly in charge. The food was worse! We were 3 in our party. We ordered steamed shellfish as a starter and another server literally threw down 2 bowls and 2 small forks and walked away. Finally after flagging another guy someone else showed up with a big size fork, no bowl, slammed it down on the table well out of reach of the person who needed it and left. I had to flag down someone else again to ask for bread. Other servers brought duplicates of our drink orders and bread and no one had yet taken our order for entrees."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food and the service were excellent. We would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Overall this was a great place to reconnect with a few friends and enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors. Hostesses appear to need additional training. I had a reservation through open table, but at check in they didn't ask, in fact I felt a little ignored. I had to flag the host as a few people came in after me and we're seated before me. I was told to choose a seat anywhere, but when I pointed to a table nearest the water, I was told the table was closed. Then after I was situated, minutes later someone was seated in the "closed" table. fortunately that was the end of any challenges! The food server was fantastic and attentive. Limited menu but a Ford able and tasty options for a perfect coastal casual meal with great ambiance."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Outstanding seafood sandwich and salads! Service was attentive and we were seated promptly at 1 for lunch with a reservation.With so many choices pier 23 was recommended from a friend. Grateful for that. The noise level was hi due to construction"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Peek in and you'll be hooked! The staff and ambience are awesome and the sea food is incredible! Also, you might consider the tee shirt, very unique."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Our dinning experience was very enjoyable as my family and I celebrated my birthday. We remembered seeing the cafe on Tripple "D" and wanted to try it out. We were not disappointed. The men had the Shrimp&Crab sandwiches, while the ladies had the Fish Tacos and the Clams & Mussels with spaghetti."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I make it a point to take out of town guests here and we always have a great time and meal!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was great and view of the water were great. We sat outside for dinner. It was a bit windy and cold. They only had two heaters outside. They customers would really benefit from more of them. Other them being cold, we loved this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our lunch experience was great from service, to views to food! Great place, we will return!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Ambience not great but the food and service was a real find. Considering location and tourist revenue, cost was very reasonable. Not upscale but definitely recommendable."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "If your visiting S.F. it's worth the visit. Beer selection is good and seafood is excellent"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were able to reserve a table for 8 on Father's Day only a few days before. There server was attentive and patient with our indecisive group. I had the crab & shrimp sandwich with crab only & I am still thinking about it! I plan to return on my next SF trip."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Yummy food, good cocktails, great views!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Pier 23 for lunch. Food was awful. Service was sketchy. No fun and a waste of $100.00!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Many thanks to the chef, the food was fabulous and drinks were perfect. We had a great view of both the bay and the band. If I could give some constructive criticism, once the band begins to play, turn off the regular overhea music and pipe in the speakeasy music. Thanks for making our time so enjoyable, we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We've walked by this place many times and finally stopped for dinner. Wow, this was a lot of fun - the food was good, atmosphere was great and the service was outstanding. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant because we say it on Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives. The place was completely PACKED so make sure to make a reservation if you want to eat there! Thankfully, because we had done so, we were able to get in relatively quickly. The customer service was okay; the waitress came back a couple of times, but not as often as I've seen at other places. The view is fantastic, especially outside with a beautiful view of the bay. The only problem was that we went a bit later and it got pretty chilly as the sun started going down. The food was great, but not quite as good as we were expecting. Overall, a good place to check out in San Francisco, but very busy!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I had my 5 month old with me and a friend/business associate from out of town who wanted to eat somewhere with a nice view and outside seating. Pier 23 was all that and more. We had a great lunch with fantastic, friendly service and wonderful food (the fish tacos were nicely spicy and the crab & shrimp sandwich was big and delicious). And nearby street parking was super easy as well, which is a big plus. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had lunch before Giants game . Perfect outside and had the Belmont Race on. Great drinks and nice spot. Make a res. It is busy :)"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food is great, service is great, atmosphere is great....what more is there to say."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Invited my out of town in laws for lunch. They're from the bayous of Louisiana. They are still talking about their meal. My brother in law, who doesn't usually eat fish tried the fish n chips!!! He said it's the best fish he's ever eaten, light n fluffy!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Enjoy the atmosphere, outdoor dining is a must! The café provides straw hats for those exceptionally sunny days. The food is great! I dine here at least twice a month."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Get it. Believe me. Also, outdoor dining is right on the water at Pier 23 Cafe. Fantastic lunch spot."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great Scenic View with good food ! Fish and Chips were awesome !"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Popped into this spot on the Embarcadero for a dinner with a few friends. Having heard that it was one Diners, Drive-ins and Dives I was keen to sample their goods. I had the fish tacos and they were great. Others that had seafood dishes were suitably satisfied also, one who ordered the ribs said they were good without being great. We sat outside which was great when the sun was out, but soon got frigid with the wind on the Bay. Round the side out of the wind in front of the beer garden was the best spot. Staff are fun and friendly but can sometimes be hard to summons when needed."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Calamari appetizer, fish & chips, & seared Ahi sandwich were all fresh and fantastic. The Ahi has a siracha aioli that has a little kick; just the right spicey addition. Our server was very helpful with helping us decide. The menu may seem like everyday eats and not all that special but the freshness of the seafood combined with tasty seasoning equals mouthwatering flavor. Service was a bit slow but honestly for a busy Memorial Day weekend, they were obviously doing their best."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "What? Minimum characters... My review of that big brother move is, wait for it.... Thumbs down!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great go-to place for lunch. Especially when it's gorgeous outside!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "It was my first time going to Pier 23. I found it on OpenTable and liked the description. It is definitely a joint. I mean that in the best possible way. I prefer them over fancy places. It was clean, friendly, noisy and fun. Great view and food. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is the place to be on a sunny day in San Francisco. The food is good, the service relaxed, and the views of the bay are awesome."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Being big fans of Guy Fieri's Diners Drive-ins and Dives television show, we chose Pier 23 Cafe as the place to meet our daughter and her family for lunch in the city. It was a beautiful day and we were able to get a wonderful table outside. The hostess was friendly and welcoming. Service was excellent- checking on us without hovering. Food was also very good. My husband and grandson both had the fish and chips, which my husband said was exceptional. The only negative was the cost for crab was $45. Since that was one of the dishes featured on Triple D, we had planned on trying that but $45 was excessive imo, especially knowing we could get it for less than $20 on the wharf. But that aside it was definitely a great experience."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "What a fun place to be on a gorgeous day in SF. You can't beat the view and being directly on the water. The food is great, plenty of it and priced right!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great view. The food is fresh, hot and presented well. The service was great. My favorite is the cheese plate and the fish n' chips are divine. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Caesar salad was dry and tasteless. I've had it before and it was much better."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Fish and chips batter was so salty we had to pick it off. Sat on side garden due to our dog. Made service slow"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This is the place you would normally walk by. Stop and try it, everyone is friendly and helpful. The food was fresh and very tasty. It was a team event and I plan to return with my family. Wonderful spot and price was perfect!!! Make reservations, they get busy. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Beautiful outside patio on the water. Good basic food. Really nice"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food was good, as was the service & ambience. Nice water views. Shame that the outdoor seating is ruined by a lack of shade. There should be umbrellas or some form of shade. The restaurant did provide straw hats, but not everyone wants to wear a silly hat, especially if you were dining with business acquaintances or a date, etc! I went there on a very nice, sunny day, but unfortunately the experience was marred by the heat and blinding sun being reflected off the water and concrete. I got sunburnt and would think twice before going there for an outdoor lunch again!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have been to Pier 23 four times in the past year. We love coming here on a date. It isn't cheap, but the food is so delicious, especially the snapper fish tacos. They are a must have! We have tried the whole crab, the crab & shrimp sandwich, the bisque and the mussels & clams with garlic wine sauce. Pass on the sandwich but the rest was very yummy. Remember ... nothing beats the fish tacos. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014