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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Dallas
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great location on Fisherman's Wharf, but as with most places their the food is overpriced, decent but not great, and ambiance feels like something last updated 25 years ago. Nothing really stood out as better or worse than the other places on the Wharf.

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LM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

This is a classic tourist trap and what a shame. The food is miserable. bland and expensive. For example, a cup of “clam chowder”, that would taste better out of a can, cost $7.50. The $18.00 shrimp Louie had perhaps a quarter cup of shrimp , 1/2 of a hard boiled egg, a slice of underripe tomato, 2 pieces of canned hearts of palm, 2 large lemons, overly sweet dressing and an abundance of lettuce. The service is old school. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge and harbor is spectacular. But the food is its downfall. Never again.

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

We had a great time! We got there early (our res was at 8:30) and they asked us if we wanted to a window seat. We said yes and they said it’d be a little longer wait than a non window seat. We got some drinks from the bar and we were actually seated quite quickly!
the service was great. A very helpful waiter who was quite the jokester as well. The food was awesome too. We got the shrimp cups for the appetizer and then we had the lobster ravioli and linguine with clams and oysters. For dessert we had the tiramisu which was the best cake we’ve ever had!! Huge selection of wines! Try the Moscow mule!

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JF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best restaurant and service in the city! The alioto risotto is one of their best dishes.

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CS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Even we were an hour late (we called) they still sat us within 5 minutes. Crazy crowded for Valentine's day. Great service! Delicious food. Took my girlfriend now my wife there 35 years ago. See you next year!

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great place for special occasions.

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BE
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived at the airport on a visit and the 1st place we went was Alioto’s!!! We had a little of everything because we remembered everything tasting soooooo good. We were very pleased and will come back again on our next visit. Never disappoints!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time , very positive from the moment we met the hostess , smiley , welcoming , cheerful , Tim was our server, great service like usual , great food like always , great ambiance, good recommendations from Tim, very knowledgeable, friendly, genuine, and welcoming . Thank you

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San Joaquin
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!!! Great service, food and cozy inside while it rained outside!
Pavel was very attentive and humorous!

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and the food was delicious. Will definitely come back again.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our evening and we will be back. Old time San Francisco spot. Great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, as was the service and atmosphere. Great as usual

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Went for a special occasion with 1st time visitors to the city. I was VERY disappointed. My Sicilian guest were VERY unhappy with their meals as was I! I cannot understand how this place is still in business

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RK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was way off for class of restaurant claimed, food was 1-2 star at best. Salmon was very mushy, crab soup tasted like corn starch, herb rice wasn't edible. Booked only because of 4.5 star rating.
Disappointing compared to other wharf restaurants that we ate at during our trip.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great view over the wharf and excellent food and service.

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Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good Food. Service mediocre. Our waiter practically accused us of trying to get away with not paying a bar bill, and made comments about soon there would be no more seafood in the ocean!! The resto did end up picking up the bill. Good food. Average experience.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and the location is great - I can imagine that during the day - it would be even better to have a perfect view of the GG bridge.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I’ve never been here and I used the Open Table from their site. I arrived a little bit early and we were seated promptly. The staff are amazing, the view is incredible, and the food was spot on

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Waiter was rude. Was not able to really tell us where the fish came from. New England Clam Chowder was terrible. Our main course was late and not hot or fresh. Overpriced for the service and quality.

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DM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Server was amazing. Limited food selection & not very good. Expensive for less than average food. Sorry.

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GF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was really not that good. Heard it was the place to go. But the Crab was dry and overpriced for what you get. Hate to give a bad review. Need to improve..

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SL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was outstanding!

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CN
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alioto's never disappoints! I live out of state and ALWAYS go to Alioto's when I am in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very like the foods.
Clam and crab were excellent.
Much more appreciated if they told me how long should I have for crab(crab comes after 40 minutes which is reasonable but hard to understand at the first time)

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Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular dining experience. The ambiance was exactly what we expected from a SF icon such as this. The service was top notch and our meals left nothing to be desired.

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AR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood tower was so fresh and the seafood ice cold! What made the experience outstanding was the gracious service especially Robert, our waiter. He was terrific, made us feel at home and we had some great conversations. Very special, indeed! Thanks Alioto’s for a memorable lunch! Excellent views of the harbor are a bonus!

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LF
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I had been here before years ago and loved it. The view, the service, the food - everything. This visit the view and service were spot on, but the food was just ok. Roxanne, our server, was excellent. My fish entree was not cooked properly, and she took it back to have it cooked until done but went out of her way to accommodate us. The others had chicken marsala and chicken parm, which were good, but nothing to rave about. Will give it another try.

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B
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My waiter Tim provided outstanding service. Good place for reliably good food at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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MW
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alioto's never disappoints. Fantastic service, excellent food, and a view that can't be beat.

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New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet lunch with good food and great service. I had the spaghetti bay scallops, and it was a hefty portion, even for lunch! The staff was very attentive and friendly. Quality food and quality service with a waterfront view. Would certainly return.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! I would come back if I’m in town again.

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BB
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view, terrific service and very good food. Really enjoyed the experience

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SL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is very nice, our Filot mignon was good but the lobster was small. Reason for the bad score was the cost was no where near the quality of food. Can get same tasting meal for half the price. Tourist trap

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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good views and friendly wait staff.

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding. He was very kind - we walkedout and didn’t realized we didn’t pay. I had my credit card out and I thought he had charged it since I had a copy of white and yellow receipt. Thank God he found us walking out of the ladies room. He’s an excellent waiter

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SR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, great view of the bayfront. If you have to wait for a table closer to the window it's worth it, especially on the side of the restaurant facing the Golden Gate Bridge. Risotto Alioto was delicious (if you like shrimp and scallops).

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JP
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian/seafood on historic Fisherman's Wharf. We have eaten here a number of times and never disappointed. Wait staff are friendly and attentive. Excellent harbor views. A little pricey but what can you do....it's a tourist area
With exceptional food service and ambiance, you cant go wrong....

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is horrid. We arrived for a 7 pm reservation didn't get food until quarter of 9. Cold food no flavor. It use to be a fun place to take friends when visiting the city but not any more. The manager said it was unacceptable but did nothing but offer a coupon for a return trip.

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NG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We got a window table, with view over the fishing port (and the Golden gate far away), which was great ! Delicious entrees (sole); good dessert (canolli) but really small and not excatly the sicilian taste. Wine and cocktails quite agreeable. We appreciated also the relatively calm atmosphere. All in all, a nice dinner !

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