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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DK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LB
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
57 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
1 review
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
66 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
35 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!)

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 8th Christmas Eve dinner is n a row... as usual, great food, service and ambiance! Thanks for another memorable meal!!!

RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Christmas !

TB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It has a good view and we could see the Golden Gate Bridge from our table. The staff is friendly.

l
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Sorry, not a great experience. May not come back. Empty restaurant and they gave us a less than desirable seat. Waiter was a sweet heart but at 80?? maybe should not have been waiting? Food marginal. Super disappointed - this has been a go-to Christmas Eve spot for years. Must have changed ownership!?

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The crab was excellent; perfectly cooked with the right balance of herbs, garlic, and butter. Yummy 😋

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Alioto’s every time we’re in the city. Delicious food, the best service - everyone is warm and very friendly. A must stop if you’re near fisherman’s wharf.

KH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, fine food, served hot and timely. Amazing appetizers.
The service was superb, as always. We frequently recommend Alioto's whenever friends are visiting from out of town.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the place is beautiful.

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good. Food just OK. Clams were very salty and wine was not reduced. Very little flavor but vinegar and salt. Clam chowder was sub par and my least favorite of the 6 I tried while in the City.

GC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We booked late and were given a table overlooking the harbour. Service was attentive and food great - and well priced.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Horrible food. Clam chooser had a funky taste and smell. Never again.

m
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this restaurant is one of san Francisco's treasured landmarks. the view is absolutely stunning at sunset. there was a little rain at dinnertime however it didn't dampen our spirits. dinner was served and the exquisite food was hot. tasted great and more than enough to take the leftovers home for dinner the next day. the calamari was an excellent appetizer. we would definitely have dinner there again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration just wished waiters could’ve sung to my daughter as they did at another table

CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family vacation

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Great service and beautiful water view. Four of us ate and none of us liked our meal. The fish and steak were over-cooked, the seafood dish had a strange tasting red sauce, and the chicken was amateur. It was very expensive for the quality and quantity. Disappointing

FQ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

San Francisco gem that everyone should get a chance to experience.

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