Alioto's

4.4
2186 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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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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
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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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was great! Foods are all sensational.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Very thoughtful service. Great birthday dinner! Bouillabaisse was amazing!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food ok, but nothing special...

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great birthday.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Alioto's. Wonderful table by the water, wonderful unpretentious service. The oysters Rockefeller were terrific, as were drinks. My ravioli were bleh -- supposedly lobster and shrimp but thin and I couldn't tell you what was inside. My friend said the crab Louie had good crab but otherwise no real flavor/enhancement as a dish. Both would have been a better value if more reasonably priced. Overall, I do recommend Alioto's because it is so enjoyable a location and the staff is great. I would not go back for the food, though. There might be better choices there...

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Server was friendly and professional. I’d go back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Awesome service, food, and view!!!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We enjoyed the view, the service, and the food. Such a classic place to eat!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Every time I come in town Alioto’s is a must. Tonight I tried Risotto Alioto and it was phenomenal. Highly recommend the plate and the service is always excellent. Cheers!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Excellent food preparation, service and ambiance. But for the fact that the chef was unwilling to fully shell the 1/2 cracked dungennes crab that my 90 year old friend from HI had ordered (even with my offer to compensate for the extra work in the de-shelling) I would have given this restaurant visit 5 stars.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

This was one of the best seafood restaurants we have ever been too.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

They forgot ... no celebration! I waited
And waited but nothing.
When I left I asked why and they said they missed it
They offered very nicely to do something something right there and then but our party had already split up and went their own ways
I was sad!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My wife and I went 20 years ago and we returned in 2018 with family and friends. Nothing has changed. Great food, great service, great vibe and fab location. You need to book at busy times or expect a long wait.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Wonderful dining experience. Food was excellent and the recommendations from the wait staff was right on the money. It was nice to see the Manager (Owner?) come by every table to see how we were enjoying the meal.
The only downside is the horde of tourists blocking the entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf and to the restaurant itself. Not the nicest people you want to encounter before a nice dining experience. Suggest that you may plan your visit at a quieter time of the year.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

It was very cold due to an airconditioning downdraft. When pointed out the waiter brought us napkins to drape over the shoulders of our children and the Mrs.

A second glass of wine that was ordered at the end of the appetizer was never received (although, just before the end of the entree I was asked “didn’t you order a second glass of wine?”

Finally, the waiter managed to ignore us for quite some time (he was helping the tables next to us continuously) and then he didn’t take the credit card. The whole process lasted around 20 minutes.

I wonder why then they are upset if you don’t give them the full gratuity?!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

This is a very good seafood restaurant on the warf.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Alioto has the best view in the Wharf of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The crab as is always fabulous!

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Food over all so so

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

A wonderful dining experience - Beautiful views across the wharf piers in a historical setting. Lovely to see the family pictures donning the walls and appreciate the family ambiance. The food was fantastic quality - professional, friendly, cosy service with comfort seafood to match. Calamari was very tasty and cooked perfectly, as were our fish trio and salmon kalbi mains.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Excellent service and friendly wait staff I had the East meets West meal. Crab and lobster. My meal was delicious and filling. We also had the shrimp cocktail appetizer, tossed salad, and creme brulee for dessert. All delicious. The creme brulee was the best I've ever had and I order it everywhere we go that it's on the menu. The bay shrimp cocktail was baby shrimp which we weren't expecting. I would suggest the prawns instead. Still filling and good just not what I'm used to. I highly recommend you try it out. The view is amazing as well!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Historic spot that still has great food in a classic setting. Time travel in a good way. Enjoyed a great meal in a calm oasis above the bustling waterfront area. Does not have the tourist crush of Pier 39 -- go there first, and then escape here to relax and enjoy a classic fine dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great food, ambiance and staff. Parking across the street is tricky, however. They validate for up to 3 hours on the weekend, but the lot is likely full.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent service, funny waiter, beautiful view. Food was good, nothing outstanding, lots of butter on the food, but not worth the price. Felt a little rushed because the food came out very fast. in and out of there within 45-60 minutes

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

It was a first date. We were seated right away. Table at the window harbor view. Are waiter was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent I had the three fish combo my date had the stuffed prawns and just raved about them. It was a great first date. Would recommend and will return again.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We came for the chowder and it was outstanding. We also had the crab legs...also outstanding!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Aliotos never disappoints! Friendly waiters who are personal and kind and delicious fish with welcoming service and delightful wharf views that make you glad to be in San Francisco!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Nice spot for dinner. Nice selection of food. Attentive service.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Booked following Rick Stein on UK tv. Food was superb. Staff bent over backwards to facilitate gluten free. Wine wa excellent. We will be back next time we are in SF.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Every visit to this wonderful restaurant has been simply amazing!
Excellent food, beautiful views of the bay and friendly staff, what more to ask for...

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great food great service
Great location
Seated early
No waiting

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Our family of 8 adults had been in wine country several days followed by a few days in SF. My previous experience at Alioto's was so good that I just had to share this treasure with them. Our reservation was in place a couple months prior to our visit. We were greeted promptly and led to their "Family Room" (it has a much fancier Italian name that I don't recall)... very private and quiet, but still with a great view (amazing).
Our server's name was Solomon (not sure of spelling)... gracious, attentive, no hovering, helpful with menu items, etc... he and his colleagues were simply wonderful at serving, removing, pouring (all those things that make you realize just how pleasant dining out can be). Each of us just loved our meals and the wine... they have the freshest seafood ever, and the wine was presented at the perfect temperature (yes, this is a big deal).
I highly recommend Alioto's and hope that I will again someday be able to return!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Amazing Food, wonder service

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Excellent meal, we were a group of 6 and everyone enjoyed the dinner. Highly recommend!!

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Completely outdated. Good decent but nothing unique.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We had the best experience on a work trip for ONEHOPE wine. Tim was our server and he was AWESOME. Great food!

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

excellent food and great service to match, sat at a table with a great view of the port and Golden Gate bridge

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Beautiful view in great location, but server was terrible. Paid $4 for soft drinks, but waiter rarely came around to give refills. Food was great once it was fixed properly and waiter came along to even check on us. Again. Food and atmosphere was fine, but sadly disappointed with service. Need more help for this cost of roughly $70/person with meal, drinks and appetizers.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Although Alioto’s has been one of my favorite restaurants in Fishermans Wharf, this current experience was not a good one. The Salmon Kalbi and Sicilian Seafood Stew we’re both salty and lacked taste. Same with rice pilaf.
Clam chowder was good. We had a charming view from our table and parking is validated for the nearby parking lot.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Overall food quality was pretty good but the service leaves a lot to be desired. The maître d’ was very helpful in getting us seated because we had made reservations which definitely helped. The lobster Thermidor was very good and the scallops were also nicely done.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent food and service. My favorite place when I’m in San Francisco

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