Alioto's

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2438 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening out! The food was wonderful and the service was excellent! The chowder is something you shouldn’t miss out on! We shared a bowl and it was perfect as a first course!

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MJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Dear Alioto's, I am sorry to say I would not come back or recommend your restaurant to anyone.

I have lived and dined in SF for the last 21 years and Alioto's would not survive outside the wharf and it's steady influx of tourists who will never return. We brought our daughter and a couple of her friends here with for a birthday celebration. Started out well, with the pleasant hostess providing us with a very nice table with ocean/sunset views. Thanks! From there it went down hill. Our server left us sitting for a while, forgot our drinks on more than one occasion and generally ignored us. Certainly was not what I was expecting from a family run establishment. Food was all over the map. Breaded calamari was good , Dungeness crab cocktail adequate, clam chowder was well seasoned and tasty. Do not order the Risotto. A pool of overcooked rice in a pool of liquid with seafood mixed in. Whatever it was, it wasn't risotto and was barely edible considering the cost ( we left half the dish, and I usually eat everything). The cioppinno was good not great. We ordered a half crab (that's was the reason to come to Alioto's, looking for a celebratory crab meal :) that was, well... steamed half crab. If reasonably fresh, pretty hard to mess up. So that's my take. Many other places to go... Sorry Alioto's we won't be seeing each other again.

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CM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Definitely a tourist spot, but was VERY disappointed at the service received. It was very apparent the waiter was attending to other guests a lot more than our table (we were a party of 2). Everything we had we had to stop someone to ask for (bread, drinks, order, check) while others were being asked over and over if they needed anything.

Have not experienced such bias in service in the Bay Area in a long time, but it was a good reminder that this type of behavior still exists. I will not ever patronize this restaurant again and will tell everyone I know to steer clear.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious the restaurant was beautiful and the manager was exceptionally nice. He took the time to find out where we are from and what were celebrating. Baran did an amazing job selection my entree by asking specific questions about my seafood preferences. It was a perfect ending to a awesome mother daughter birthday vacation. 🤗

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P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RICHARD, THE HOST, GREETED US WARMLY AND GAVE US A NICE TABLE BY THE WINDOW. THE SERVER WAS EFFICIENT AND POLITE. ALL OF US ENJOYED OUR MEALS, AND I MUST ADD THAT THE SOUR DOUGH BREAD WAS DELICIOUS AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND GOOD BREAD IN RESTAURANTS TODAY.

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DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a beautiful view of the sun setting while eating delicious cioppino.

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JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience every time! The oldest family owned and operated restaurant in San Francisco.

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MM
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, charming service, unbeatably San Francisco gem. If you shy away because you think it‘s just for tourists, please do yourself a service and check it out again. There are many of us San Franciscans who have rediscovered the place. You won‘t be sorry!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Manager, servers, bat tenders always great people.
manager Baron was great!!!!

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The place looked worn out and dirty
Without exception, the staff made us feel like we were a bother
2 meals were good. The fried oysters were not so good

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BT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my 56 birthday. Enjoyed everything.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat, THE best crab in sf, great views, great service!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view alone is worth it, add great fresh food and attentive service to seal the deal. While their non seafood choices are more limited they do have something for everyone. Once you eat here you'll never go back to one of the chain restaurants at Pier 39 again!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience, awesome view,awesome food!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great views, food was incredible, the martini was delicious! Perfect date spot. Our server was incredible also! Made us special items that weren’t on the menu. 100% will go back next time I am in the Bay Area.

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NK
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing!! Highly recommended!!!

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful views. Also very accompanying as we showed up with more friends. We live in SF & will come back.

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LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Alioto's. Excellent food, reasonable prices considering the view. We'll be back as soon as we can.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we wanted for our celebration of a special birthday!

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M
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boris our server was great!!! A true gentleman that knows how to accommodate his clients! Thank you for a wonderful experience!!! The Dungeness crab is a must! The best! Thanks Alioto!!!

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RA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food and service I have had in the last 25 years! Manager even came over for 25 minutes and joked around with us.

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LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was good. Much nicer than the restaurants around and seemed less touristy in a tourist center.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday weekend celebration

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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Service was very slow and not too attentive

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K
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great view and delicious food. Bread was Boudin sourdough. Only drawback was slow food from the kitchen, but the waiter was good at keeping us informed about the delays. They probably need more kitchen help.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, excellent service. Lovely view of sunset, as well.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at Fisherman’s Wharf after a long flight from New Zealand. We were hungry and in need of a good sleep. I did a cursory web search for a seafood restaurant close to the hotel, and thought Alioto’s looked good. Little did I know, it is way more than good! My wife declared the seafood risotto as one of the best meals ever! And, we have dined in Italy. We returned for another meal two nights later. Service is just as good as the food, and so is the view of the harbor and bridge.

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JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. Our service was impeccable!!

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DF
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for 4 decades and always a good meal with great service and amazing views.

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FD
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Top floor restaurant is much nicer. Still it is pretty expensive tourist fare.

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been a guest at Alioto's for 40+ years and this restaurant continues to offer a high level of hospitality and great food. The view of the sun setting over the Golden Gate Bridge and the wharf make this restaurant a must-see for tourists and locals alike.

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L
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at Alioto’s restaurant. Started off with the best clam chowder in San Francisco! I had the Bay scallop creole with saffron rice. My friend had the rockfish pan fried with nice crunchy French fries complemented with warm sour dough bread. This was our first time at this venue, we definitely will be back when we return to this beautiful city by the bay!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sweetest staff and owner ever‼️♥️ On a scale of 1-10, I would give them a 20.The food was amazing also. Obviously I would definitely recommend‼️

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l
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! Would definitely recommend!

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DM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a old style classic Italian seafood restaurant with bow tie clad waiters and white table cloth tables. They do such a volume business right at fishermen’s wharf that subtlety and presentation are not their forte. We had a nice view onto the bay which made the evening- food was secondary.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends were visiting from Argentina. Food was delicious, averaged priced, great service. Love the free parking.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend’s first visit to San Francisco and I wanted it to be a special night. The team at Alioto’s did not disappoint. The service was impeccable, friendly and efficient!

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, the service outstanding, however I couldn't get over the smell of fish that permeated the restaurant. I realize this is a seafood restaurant right by the pier, despite this I would return.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed Pavel, our server. He was entertaining, professional and very knowledgeable about the food choices. Our food was excellent and the view of the sunset over San Francisco Bay sublime.

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JA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always are happy when we go here!
Best calamari ever

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