Alioto's

4.4
2308 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Italian, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
OPEN 11 AM UNTIL 10PM SUNDAY – THURSDAY
11 AM UNTIL 11PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY
SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
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Phone number
(415) 673-0183
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Private dining rooms for 18-55. Call 415-673-8300 Ext 1306.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jefferson & Taylor
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Parking details
FREE PARKING! 11 am-6 pm, 2 hours, 6pm until closing, 3 hours at lot across the street.
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Public transit
Cable Car, Muni
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Alioto's, the true San Francisco original in historic Fisherman's Wharf, is the perfect boutique location for your next Banquet Event. Two newly renovated spaces with breathtaking views of SF Harbor & the Golden Gate, can accommodate 10-55 guests for intimate occasions or corporate functions.

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Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. Enjoyed the location and the food in this classic San Francisco destination restaurant.

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must try the roasted crab. Ana omg place to go.

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TB
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice view and very comfortable but elegant atmosphere. Food was excellent! The fried calamari is one of the best I've ever had. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I made reservations that evening and were really pleased with the experience. The service was pleasant and very attentive. The food was really nice---the cioppino particularly impressed my husband to the point of having to get more of the delicious sour dough bread just to sop it up with! I enjoyed a blue cheese lettuce wedge and the clam chowder and enjoyed it tremendously.

Thank you for continuing to provide kind, friendly, service in a beautiful, romantic environment. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,
Linda Small

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HR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time Alioto’s has a beautiful view wonderful food fabulous stuff and one of the best restaurants and fisherman’s wharf

Ask for Baran or Ritchie or ask to hv Robert Deniro be your waiter

Tell them Heidi sent you
But mk sure you tip well if you mention my name. 😎They are lovely people long time family friends. Lots of good memories here❤️

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MD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We’ve been to Alioto’s many times (native San Franciscans) and have always been very pleased with everything. On this visit, the service was not as great as in the past. We think our waiter forgot to put in our order; consequently, we waited far too long for our food while tables around us with the same waiter were served in a much shorter time. Considering we had two small children and our 100 year old Nonni with us, the delay in service was a big issue. The food, when it arrived, was as good as always, but we half expected the waiter to apologize or comp our appetizer. Instead, he highlighted the tip chart at the bottom of our bill. Needless to say, we tipped accordingly.

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D
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views of bay. Food and service was excellent. Had the chefs famous petals sole. Would recommend. Clam chowder was also very good.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The best crabcakes!! But the halibut is a little dry and bland, it needs a sauce.

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PB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the staff from the the front reception to our waiter were great. Great views and right on the harbor

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you for allowing us to share our thanksgiving evening with you. Have never been to a restaurant for Thanksgiving before, and you made the experience very nice.

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GM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were visiting SF for Thanksgiving and this was one of the few places offering a regular menu and a traditional turkey option. It's an old school place, often overlooked, but they were jammed, and they handled it beautifully. Service was excellent, I was impressed.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 5 of us enjoyed our dinner! The crab was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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BH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service from an experienced waiter. The window seats gave a great view over Fishermans Wharf. Food was very tasty but beware of the sourdough bread with your soup....you will never be able to finish your main course.

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MH
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The halibut was not bad. The mashed potatoes were great and I liked the mushrooms and pearl onions surrounding it. The view from our table was very nice.

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K
San Francisco
359 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was happily surprised by my latest visit to SF's Fisherman's Wharf and Alioto's, a mainstay of that area for many years. Normally, I don't venture into that area as it's far too congested with tourists, etc., but since our smokey skies are pushing them out, and dungeness crab season just opened, I made my first visit in 25 years. It was great! Lots of fresh crab just waiting for me, along with oysters, shrimp and other goodies (including wonderful ice cream). I definitely will be back!

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RD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Alioto's is always special. The wait staff are professionals and although attentive, are not overbearing. The food is always excellent. The roasted Dungeness is done simply, yet perfectly. Nona's cioppino is the benchmark for me and always plenty for sharing with others at the table. I always feel happy and satisfied when I leave Alioto's.

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C
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a non-seafood eater at a iconic seafood restaurant, I had a great experience. The chicken picata I had was great! To me that says a lot when you can order the chicken at a seafood restaurant and have a great meal. Service was great, can't beat the view, my husband's crab was good. The chocolate cake was wonderful. Way better than I had hoped for overall.

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KS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my two kids with me for dinner and they really enjoyed both the food. The staff interacted with them very well and answered all of their endless questions about the restaurant and the wharf to their curiosity’s satisfaction. I had the dinner salad with crab and shrimp, along with a cup of crab bisque, which was delicious with the complimentary sourdough bread. It is a great place for a more upscale meal without having to dress up, especially after a busy day.

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H
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit slow start to service. But once started it was very good
Excellent well prepared food and good variety

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CD
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service staff, class act! Food fresh and delicious, classic menu you can count on and never be disappointed.

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiter really very kind, the food good, and the view beautiful

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!!

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KS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been here several times and have not been disappointed in the food. I am hoping to taste everything on the menu at some point. I love seafood and this menu has many options that hit the spot. The chicken and steak are also delicious, for those who don’t particularly like seafood or have shellfish allergies. The attention to detail is evident in the cocktails, dishes (love the extra seasonings and spices in the olive oil for the sourdough bread), and table settings, and the staff are genuinely friendly and personable. I enjoy coming here for both dinner and lunch. The view always takes my breath away, especially at sunset.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting our daughter

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TS
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with top notch food, drinks, and good service. Great place to enjoy the views, relax, and appreciate good food. PS: The booths are incredibly comfortable!

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food...
we ordered the caneloni for dessert and it was not good... the cream had no flavor and was grainy...
Other than that... great experience and very attentive staff.

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M
Omaha
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We booked a table at Alioto’s when passing through San Francisco. We were not disappointed!

We both had expertly prepared fish, and we were back walking on Fisherman’s Wharf in about 1.5 hours. The dishes we had were light enough and very tasty. We recommend the calimari- both Italian and fried.

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EP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner here with great views of the San Fran sunset. We shared the calamari appetizer and a clam chowder to start- amazing. I had the crab stuffed sole, which was absolutely delicious. My husband had fish and chips with truffle fries which he said he enjoyed! Would definitely recommend

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good casual restaurant

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Italian Seafood with authentic San Fran flair

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food and impeccable service overlooking the wharf. It’s easy to see why this place has been in business for 100yrs. Home style good, fresh seafood right from the boats! We tried their calamari special which was tender & delicious. All the fish was expertly prepared.

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j
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true seafood lover, my mother wanted to go to Alioto’s to celebrate her 99th birthday and Alioto’s did not disappoint. We were seated at a lovely window table, and the entire staff treated us (and especially my mother) like royalty. She asked for a martini mixed as she preferred and remarked it was one of the best that she could remember. The excellence continued with the menu items she selected, she took her time to savor every bite. The entire staff at Alioto’s made every effort to make certain that my mother’s dining experience to celebrate her 99th birthday was a delicious and warm experience to remember.

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MA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Alioto's. The sunset view of the wharf, the ambiance, service and wonderful food made this dining experience one to remember.

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CK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up in and around San Francisco . My parents did not have a lot of money to spare when we were growing up but I do recall, on a couple of very special occasions the whole family got dressed up in our Sunday best and gathered at Alioto's. I was pretty young at the time but I still recall the view of the wharf, the delicious New England Clam Chowder and my sister, brother and I fighting over the bowls of oyster crackers! It's been many years since those cracker wars. We moved away from the Bay Area and I raised my own family. Friday was the first time I have been back at Alioto's #8 since the early 1970's. All of the magic I remember from back when I was a kid is still present in this classic, elegant restaurant, from the perfectly prepared dishes to the exceptional service. It's as close as you're going to get to stepping in to a time machine. There is something special about the way the wait staff takes care of you that you are only going to get in an old school San Francisco restaurant like Alioto's. It's exactly as I remember! They don't miss a trick! The only difference is that you do not have to get dressed up any more, unless of course, you want to! Alioto's is a bit above our general price range but for the quality of the dining experience and the level of service, it is well worth the price. I can't wait for the next very special occasion!

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RB
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been an occasional guest (when visiting San Francisco) since I was a child, some 50 years! The family has kept the heart of what is great about seafoods and Italian cuisine in Central California. A lot of traditional touches that are consistent over the years. Great dishes, from simple elegant fish to wonderful pastas and salads. Most of the servers have been here for years, and they know their craft. Book ahead to make sure you have the best tables available. If you are in a hurry remember this is a restaurant...they have takeaway and a faster, simpler space downstairs.

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TP
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice view of harbor and Golden Gate bridge at sunset.

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TF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. The service was very good. Servers are obviously people who have been in the business for a while. Great view of the harbor and Fisherman's wharf area.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been many years since I've been to Fisherman's Wharf because I thought it was too touristy, but I was pleasantly surprised. Wonderful food and cocktails, lovely view, friendly waiters and FREE PARKING!

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WM
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent but interior is tired and needs to be cleaned and updated esp the restrooms . I love the place but it needs a fresh face and clean up

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