Alioto's

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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 since 1925 making Alioto's SF's oldest family owned and run restaurant. The 3-tiered dining room offers every guest stunning views of San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge or the Wharf. Alioto's menu features classics handed down through the generations. Try Matriarch Nonna Rose's world-famous cioppino, and Dungeness crab, always fresh. Also try San Francisco's Finest Calamari either light and crispy or our Sicilian style a family favorite.
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DW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Count this as one of the finest dining experiences we have had. There were a few factors in our favour... it was off season so we had a great table with sea side views, a smaller crowd so our waiter was able to spend more time with us and ultimately the food stood out, as it would any time, as outstanding.

AP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Crab cakes... best we’ve had anywhere. So much crab and well seasoned. Not cluttered with fillers like other restaurants. Glad their recipe has remained the same for decades.

Calamari... Fried and Sicilian Style... nothing over the top. Just done well.

Seafood Risotto... outstanding flavor. Fresh scallops and shrimp. Slightly over seasoned but flavorful nonetheless.

Bouillabaisse... Nice healthy bits of fish, clams, calamari, and mussels. Broth tasted clean and simple with the essence of seafood.

Wait staff was very attentive and cheery. Would recommend.

PP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The halibut was excellent. However, the portion of the veggies was a disappointment. The service was fine considering it was Valentine's day.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Nice restaurant with bay view , excellent service , waiters very professional. Food halibut was average, lobster ravioli was good. Wine very good and reasonable.

Keith D

DH
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The cioppino was delicious

MA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alioto’s is a fine and beautiful restaurant. The service was perfect and friendly! The food was delectable !

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Birthday and Valentines

MM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely place. Great service, good food, and view. Looking forward to going back ♥️

JM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Alioto's is the classic white table cloth fish restaurant on the Wharf. It always was and still is.

HH
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What JOY Alioto’s is! Fantastic Italian food, with a glorious view. Outstanding server named John brings such fun and welcome with terrific professionalism and wit. Alioto’s is the greatness of old-school San Francisco restaurant class and warmth of hospitality. Enjoy!!

L
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was not fresh poor presentation

GA
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were only in SF for one day and though we weren’t very hungry, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have the best clam chowder and crab cocktails! Delicious, the right amount of attention from our server and a lovely sunset made for a perfect experience

DB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had made reservations for 6:45, but after skipping lunch and walking around the Fisherman's Wharf, we found ourselves hungry and outside Alioto's at 3:15. We asked if we could move our reservation up, which they were happy to do for us. We had a wonderful meal, great service, and window-side seats (which might not have been available at our original time), and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our dinner. The only glitch was that the wine my wife ordered was listed as $8 on the menu, but wound up charged at $11 on the bill. We decided to let it go, and we would definitely eat at Alioto's again. Be sure to see the menu from 1945 that's posted in the stairwell near the bathrooms: $1.50 for a steak dinner! But they're doing something right if they're still going strong 75 years later!

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day! We made a lunch reservation midweek. Tables were available...we were escorted immediately to our table next to a window. No matter where you are seated you will have a beautiful view. Our waiter was so attentive and cordial. All entrees were enjoyed. It is one of my favorite places ... especially for crab & seafood!

LD
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I would definitely recommend my friends to Alioto’s restaurant. We have gone there many times. The service and food is excellent, with an interesting and beautiful view. Yesterday we went to Alioto’s for our 45th wedding anniversary And enjoyed it tremendously.

d
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chowder, caesar salad and the Risotto Alioto's was amazing!

DK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly delicious food, excellent wait staff and gorgeous view of the bay.

LB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Love all the attention from the staff. The ambience is happy, friendly, casual, while sophisticated luxury at the same time.

PT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my third or fourth time eating at Alioto's, over the past six years, and the food and service are consistently excellent.

WW
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual visit to San Francisco and looking for a nice seafood dinner. Thought it would be nice to try the Fisherman’s Wharf area. Excellent swordfish and fish trio dishes. The Sicilian calamari was prepared as we remembered from a trip to Sicily. Window seating to see the water was great. Would go there again.

S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alioto’s never disappoints. Go for the sunset. Order chowder, shrimp cocktail, and half-and-half calamari. It doesn’t have to be expensive. And it’s sooo nice!

SL
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was top notch. Great experience and friendly staff.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful & fresh. The waiter was friendly & made wonderful suggestions, particularly for a member of our party seeking low-carb alternatives.

DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the view are amazing, and the staff makes the experience personal and exceptional.

R
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for the crab, but it turned out that the clam chowder was the best part of the meal! It was delicious and had big chunks of clam. The crab just wasn’t as sweet as it usually is, but that’s not Alioto’s fault. We had a window table with a great view of the harbor, service was excellent and Sinatra was playing softly in the background. What more could you ask?

LW
East Texas
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughy enjoyed lunch...great, reasonably priced lunch menu with several selections. It was a great respite from the Wharf holiday crowd. Enjoyed the great picture window overlooking the water. Servers were helpful and attentive. The bread with seasoned olive oil was wonderful. Our favorite part of the day!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great for new year’s eve

SZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always eat at Alioto's for my New Year's Eve dinner .. It's Friendly and Welcoming .. Food is Delicious ... Service is attentive ... View of the Bay and GG Bridge and Russian Hill and Fisherman's Warf at sunset is FANTASTIC ...

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of the wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge! Perfect stop to try authentic cioppino for tourists

b
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing clam chowder and crab. Bolognese for my meat eating kid and vegetarian manicotti for my vegetarian kid. Beautiful views. Great San Francisco sourdough. Great visit to San Francisco.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and food. My husband and I had been before but we wanted to take our now adult children for the experience. It did not disappoint

F
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was in the mood for Linguine and Clams.. received a bowl of pasta, with a very bland sauce at the bottom, and a pile of empty clam shells on the top.. There were 10 very tiny clams at the bottom of my dish. I asked for more, and eventually a few more arrived. The dish was poorly done.. no parsley, garlic or tomatoes.. just a bowl of pasta with a few clams..$27..The bread, served to the table was delicious.

CA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was really good & they seated us by the window. Staff was attentive & courteous. Would love to go back again. Really liked the free validated parking right on the wharf.

PD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My family went here recently for my mother's 81st birthday, and we were *very* happy with our evening at Alioto's! We made reservations for 6, and upon arrival were immediately sat at one of the best tables with a night-time view of the street outside. The food was excellent (three of us had the house sole), the wine was both good and reasonable, and our waiter was great with his advice (we could tell he had been there for some time). My mother *says* she doesn't like being sung to by the staff in public, but I think being called "Miss America" was perfect. ;) If you're looking for a nice meal at a San Francisco institution, give Alioto's a try!

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best part of this restaurant is the bread that is served it has a hard crust with a soft center sourdough that is to die for.

Y
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food excellent/waiter not
attentive/ atmosphere good.

J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although everything I have seen served there looks delicious, I come to Alioto’s for Nonna Rose’s Crab Cioppino. Since my first visit many years ago, when I tried it simply because I had never had cioppino, it has never disappointed. I’ve tried it in other restaurants since then, and nothing has come close. The sourdough bread is the perfect match for the cioppino. The service is cheerful and professional. It is usually crowded, especially during holidays, so reservations are recommended, but even a full house doesn’t slow the service or mar the friendly and helpful demeanor of the staff.

LW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and great food and service!

MD
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere. A great way to end the holiday with my mom who was visiting!

l
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fortunately we had a reservation so we had no wait (thank you Opentable!)

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