Alamo Square Seafood Grill

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We specialize in fresh seafood in generous portions. Come and visit us on Wednesday evening when you can "Bring Your Own Wine" and corkage fees are waived. In the last nineteen years, we have become a neighborhood favorite for a delicious meal at a great price. When Michael Bauer reviewed us he said, "Good seafood value at Alamo Square." and "The owners of Alamo are veterans at offering good food at great value." as well as "Snapper, salmon, tuna, swordfish, and petrale sole are all priced at $15.50 for a generous half-pound portion. Even with nothing else on the plate, it would be a good deal, but when you add the myriad side dishes, it's astounding."
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J
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 7pm on a Friday night. We arrived by 6:55. The place was full. Fortunately a table cleared around 7:10. Service was slow to begin, as the place was full. There was 1 server and the owner, and a woman who cleared tables. After the place cleared, service was much better.
The food is outstanding, that's the real star of this place. We paid the regular price for our meal, not the prix fixe and it was not too much for such a great fish cooked to perfection.
I'd avoid this place on a Friday night and will try to go sometime during the week and try the prix fixe. That looks like a super deal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

They squeezed way too many people in for Valentine's dinner. We were stuck in a corner and because of that couldn't face each other and the waitress kept bumping into the people next to us. They sped through our dinner and forgot my date's dessert, I had to remind them when they brought the check that she had never gotten it. They clearly were not equipped to handle that many people. Although the portions were small for the price, the food was good.

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value. Tasty food. Not sure why there are so many negative reviews about service. Ours was fabulous. We went for Valentine’s Day and really enjoyed ourselves.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very pleasant dining experience with delicious food, nice ambiance and great service at the Alamo Square Seafood Grill. Out waitress, Suzie, was very attentive to our schedule as we had a show to catch, yet she was not hovering or disruptive. Timing was perfect, our appetizers, seafood entrees and creme brulee for desert were all scrumptious. A truly enjoyable meal.

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PO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After several years away I have returned to favorite place of twenty years ago.
Interesting selection of sauces and cooking styles.
Tasteful, unpretentious sophistication.
Andre knows what he’s doing.

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FM
Berlin
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely astonishing. One of the most cozy and nice places in the city.

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Excellent service. Will be back

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JP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed out visit to the Alamo Square Seafood Grill. We had the chief special, a chicken dish and the crabcake platter. All three were excellent. Will return when we visit San Francisco again.

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 . . . Arrived promptly for 6:15 reservation. 6:50 and we had not even been presented a glass of water. Finally went to bus boy and asked for water and some bread to nibble on. Explained we had 8:00 ballet tickets. Bus boy took our order and served food. After 7 pm at this point. Only has time to order and eat entree; skipped appetizer, salad and dessert due to time constraints. The fish stew was delicious; seared ahi tuna over cooked; and seafood pasta dry. Good value based on entree and wine pricing.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Alamo Square Seafood Grill, and we will most definitely return! Excellent options of food - even for someone with several allergies! Food was fresh and flavorful, and portion size was generous!

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been to Alamo Square many times and may well go back. When the mussels are good, they are excellent. But the quality can vary with the visit. And the service is less than perfect--mussels and fries don't arrive at the same time, nor is the empty shell dish brought out at the same time. Much of this probably reflects mussels coming from East Coast and general problems of staffing in current San Francisco labor market.

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SE
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were fantastic. great selection of wine. for a group of 8 they were very accommodating on folks strolling in and still got us served and out in time for our event at the Herbst Theater - nice walk after dinner. Location is away from busy SF

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed or surprised. It’s always just right!

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CS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best deals in SF. Great food, nice wait staff, good prices.

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l
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely neighborhood spot still serving up healthy, delicious dinners with, it seemed to me, a French inspired simple menu with lots of fish/seafood options, plus the obligatory couple of beef and chicken selections. Everything is fresh and the wine list was varied and reasonable. Also learned they do prix fixe Weds-Sun and wine specials of various sorts on Mon-Weds (call or check the posted menu). Will definitely return soon.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The server was lovely but whoever was cooking the food was either incompetent or not paying attention. Pretty much everything was over-cooked: dry and hard. Maybe it was the Monday night chef and the regular chef was off? It's a shame, because it's a cute, homey place, and I've had good meals here in the past, which is why I chose it for our anniversary dinner. ...

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food wasn’t as good as usual

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A
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is my second visit to Alamo Square. The food quality is impeccable and the daily menu and prix fix menu are delightful. However, the beer selection is limited and often out of stock, the service was very slow on a weekday, although the waitress was very pleasant. It is a very homey setting and I will definitely be back more often.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food at an excellent value! Loved it!

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b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here a few times a year when I go into the city for theatre. I love it. Great food great value!!!

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE 2019 prix fixe menu was delicious. Owner and lead server was fun and gracious and a joy to share our New Years with. We will be back fo' sure.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Relaxed setting with excellent food and thoughtful service. Just a short walk from Davies Symphony Hall.

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a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time visitor - came for New Year's Eve dinner. Cute neighborhood place, tasty food and nice ambiance, even sparkly NYE hats for those interested. The one small miss for us was that no one asked whether we'd like any wine with our meal. Had to look around to see if wine was indeed served as nothing was noted on the specially printed NYE menu we were handed once seated. I suppose they are used to people seeing that wine is an option on the regular menu and forgot to mention anything to us.
After we asked, we were handed a wine menu and quickly served our glass. Server checked regularly on whether we needed anything and otherwise, service was prompt.

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DH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the Prix Fixe dinner, with sole in a butter-wine sauce. Small servings, food was good but no more. The included soup was an excellent butternut squash; green salad was okay. The included dessert was a light pudding floating in a sauce with strawberries, quite good. The ambience was quite nice, with just the right amount of light. Two-thirds full, the restaurant had a pleasant background of talk and soft music. Pleasant service, if sometimes a bit slow.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting in a quiet residential area, I didn’t notice the place until the day we visited for my birthday. We had the prix fix dinner (5:30-7pm), 3 courses for 17.95. We had cauliflower soup, blackened salmon and floating ice as dessert. The others had the seafood pasta, scallops on risotto and chicken, with appetizers:escargot, calamari and tuna and a flourless chocolate cake desser —all were well made and very delicious.

We will definitely be back again very soon!

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We always enjoy this restaurant. The manager and owner was not there the night we were there as he always makes the experience that much better. The Wednesday night no corkage charge makes the experience that much better. I will always go here on a Wednesday night. A very charming experience. By the way the muscles with the cream sauce is the best anywhere.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The price fixe dinner is the best deal in town

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Authentic French Bistro food. Reminds me of dining in Paris.

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CT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Good was amazing, but service was so incredibly slow that we had to have our food boxed and eat it after our 7:00 show. Our reservations were for 5:15, and by 6:50 we still didn’t have our food so asked the waiter to have the chef box it. It’s also a very small and crowded dining space. The food was wonderful, but not worth the headache!

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit slow maybe due to the short staff or the amount of folks dining out.

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l
Singapore
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The true "neighborhood gem", delicious food and fun!

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived on time for a 6:00pm reservation (for 4) only to find that there was a line with other people waiting. After asking two different servers and being told we have to talk to the manager, we learned that they seated two large parties and it would be about 30 min. That was a lie as neither of the two large parties had even ordered their food (menus were still on both large tables)

Again they open at 5:30, our reservation was at 6:00, so this is not a case of people spending long time to finish. It is that the restaurant does not care about Open Table made reservations.

If that was not bad enough, we were told that there was one party ahead of us !!

Ridiculous -- we had confirmed reservation via Open table and it is clear the restaurant did not care. Why bother making reservations at this place and Open Table should drop this restaurant.

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DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved our experience at this restaurant. The fish was very fresh and delicious and we got both specials from the board and a choice from their fresh fish. Two of the guest took advantage of the prix fixe option and thoroughly enjoyed it, and what a great value it is. I love the neighborhood feel to the restaurant.

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BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class food, service and ambiance.

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g
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Walking distance to Painted Ladies. Food was excellent and highly specials complemented the otherwise full menu. Prices were appropriate, service was excellent, nice neighborhood bistro. I look forward to going back.

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SO
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love fresh fish served simply: your choice of fish, how it is prepared, which sauce. The seafood stew was awesome. We were 8 people and everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was good, no nonsense, on point. The wines were nice too. Overall, a great neighborhood restaurant.

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M
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

7 of us met for a pre-show dinner. 6 of us ordered at the same time and there was a ten minute wait for our last 2 friends to be served. My food was ok. The server only seemed interested in us when our 7th guest came, she was young and beautiful. Food was priced fairly. Dessert was not that great. Coffee was ghastly. Nice atmosphere.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had dinner with 7 other friends and it was a great atmosphere. We made a reservation ahead of time and was seated right away. The servicer was engaging and attentive. I had escargot, crab cake appetizer and snapper dinner plate. My group also bought a few bottles of wine. I would say that the crab cakes (came in a pair) were the best thing I tried. The snapper was a good portion but a bit bland. All in all it was a good time. I would be open to coming here again!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebration

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot to catch a nice meal before the symphony, opera or ballet.

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