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.View Private Dining Details
Special dinner out for our weekend in San Francisco. Location was good, right on the water and a quick walk from our hotel. It started out great being cheerfully greeted and escorted to a really nice window table. Downhill from there. The server did not seem fully aware of the menu. Appetizer was ordered, fried calamari, which when they arrived were quite good. The bread basket arrived around the time of the appetizer and no butter was included.
I ordered the "surf & turf" with vegetables. The prawns were excellent. The vegetables were an indeterminate mushy pile with zero flavor. The filet lacked any seasoning and had a grainy texture. It was only palatable when dipped in the clarified butter served with the prawns.
The service was sorely lacking.
Take away. The seafood portions of our meal were great, everything else was lackluster at best.
Service was 5- star. Avocado salad was overpriced for what it was. Bread was fine. Sauted scallops were very salty. Service was attentive, quick and respectful. Atmosphere is VERY FAMILY FRIENDLY. If you want a quiet evening, this is not the place. If you have a bunch of kids at the Wharf - then this is a great place. A bit pricey but you pay for the view and location. Overall it was fine. Nothing too special but nothing off putting.
Tim our waiter was a rock star! Good food!
We had a good time
our waiter was very pleasant and friendly wanting to know about our trip to CA! Food was delicious! Very filling though...we had soup and an entree and stuffed to the brim!
Poor food quality. We got the crab and lobster combo and everything was chewy, stringy and greasy. The clam chowder was tasteless. The service is good but the food is definitely not worth the price. Probably it targets tourists interested in the view more than discerning customers.
The people serving us were very alert to our needs and extremely helpful. They were also very friendly to both of us. Would recommend this restaurant to my friends.
Three elements of this restaurant that are outstanding. 1) the views over the quay filled with small fishing boats to the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. If you time your trip you’ll see the sunset over the bridge. 2) the food. We had the truffle halibut which was outstanding but the baked Dungeness crab was the best crab I’ve ever had. 3) the service is very warm and friendly. From the Bartender where we sat and had a pre-dinner drink to the waiter, the bus boy who dried my phone when some wine spilled on it and I had dirty hands from dealing with the crab, to the managers who came around to make sure everything was going well and ask about our vacation giving recommendations on further places to eat. Just a really great restaurant. I’d go out of my way to visit again.
Last night of vacation and wanted somewhere causal but special. Great ambiance and view at windows for kids. We weren’t super hungry but wanted something. My salad and clam chowder were both delicious. Bread and dipping oil on table were great! Kids loved their kids meals. Husband and I both not impressed with his linguini and clams. The clams were grilled (we think) and then put in pasta which gave it all a burnt/odd taste. And there was no white wine sauce in it like expected when ordered (red sauce or white wine is the choice). Something tasted off in it so we didn’t eat it. We had the creme brûlée which was good. Service was good.
My favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Had a great meal, the best calamari I have had and the Tuna is still as good as the first time I tried it 20 years ago. I highly recommend this to anyone going to Bay Area. It is the same price as any other restaurant on the Wharf - so a bit pricely, but worth it.
Food and service were good. View and ambiance were outstanding. Host was great and very friendly. Disappointed that restaurant reported to Open Table that our party was a no show. Untrue.
great food lovely setting best we had on our vacation expensive but worth it ,
Nice view of the bay
The fact that Aliotos has become a tourist trap has not improved the quality of the food, the lobster thermidor was watery, not creamy as before, the quantity of lobster was inadequate given the price and the toppings, mushrooms etc. did not contribute to the expectation. I would not recommend Alioto's in the future and was VERY unhappy with a dish I expressly came with the anticipation of enjoying. Not worth the money and vastly disappointing.
My sons and I really enjoyed our dinner while we watched the sunset. Excellent service, delicious food although be prepared to pay and a great view.
Very good, a little noisy (at least where we were sitting - which was near the bar), might have been quieter on other side, but food was Yummy!
It was my first dining experience at Alioto's and a return trip for my husband. We had a knowledgeable and attentive waiter and the entrees were fresh and delicious. The only item we had that was not fresh, an appetizer of Sicilian-style calamari, was indistinguishable as previously frozen through the perfect cooking and the spicy and delicious sauce. Honestly, I think this was my very favorite part of the meal with the amazing sauce. We will visit again
The manicotti was phenomenal; Very friendly staff.
The food and service was awesome, definitely be back
Wonderful staff - an incredible experience at fisherman's wharf!
Took the family here and got a fantastic view of the sunset from our table. The service was a little slow however despite it not being a full restaurant. Our appetizers came before the bread and the shell and water bowls came well after we received the Cioppino. The food was great and worth the money, just needed better service.
Old school kind of snobby, service was just ok. No idea how t
Food was great except the dry choc cake.
Loved half n half calamari
Was just loving the sauté when it was all gone
Only one refill of my ice tea
I really wanted to like this place as we were referred by some friends that told of the wonderful history to this place. It has a beautiful view and good restaurant atmosphere.
We were seated by the widow overlooking the harbor and this is where it goes down hill - ugh!.
We ordered a few apps and some drinks - after a bit only half of the apps came, waiter forgot to order the other one, as well he forgot any drinks - did finally bring water. We had to repeatedly ask our waiter (Bill) several times to refill our water and drinks - they would sit empty leaving us with nothing to drink.
Our meal final came out and just looked - eh! I ordered the steamed lobster and it was awful - rubbery and covered in tomalley, other entrees were very average in taste and presentation- with ok for taste. Ravioli tasted like canned sauce and mushroom risotto was undercooked and seasoned.
The original owner (Frank) must be very disappointed in the condition and service coming from the establishment currently - go elsewhere as this is below average at above average pricing.
Disclaimer there were several other wait personnel that appeared much better with their service - although this would not help the food coming from the kitchen.
I've ate here before and had an absolute blast. However this time I was not so fortunate. It was my fiancés birthday, and we were so aggravated we almost left. We made a reservation but when we got there we waited almost 30 minutes to talk to the hostess. Then my fiancé ordered a bottle of wine, and the waiter would not bring the bottle because I did not have an ID on me. My fiancé had just turned 24, and showed his ID but this apparently did not matter. The waiter continued to bring up the fact that I had forgotten my ID, and I was simply embarrassed the entire time we were eating. We then waiting almost 45 minutes for our food, soup and a crab entre. We did not have water at our table for over 20 minutes. I will never go back to Alioto's. Truly terrible experience
Very nice place!! Very good food!
The food was served cold, saturated with butter and with little to no flavor. Drinks where fizzled out. Alcoholic beverage lacked proper ingredients as well as liquor. Service was great, but dining experience was expensive and horrible!
Great meal! The wait staff was knowledgeable, attentive, and provided great service. Alioto's will continue to be great destination for dinner!
Claudia was a gracious hostess and our waiter, John, was friendly, fun and attentive. Great experience.
Excellent dining experience, with great food and great service.
This is a traditional SFO harborside restaurant. I’ve eaten here many times over more than forty years. The room is lovely and the service perfect. The menu seemed a bit limited this time hence the four star rating. The Tuna I had was good. The chowder excellent and the crab and dessert excellent. Nice wine list at ok prices. Sitting at the window watching the sun go down over the harbor is always a treat. Stick to the basics and local dishes and you will be delighted.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal and our waiter was attentive and causal, kind of the way we prefer it. The filet my wife ordered was cooked to perfection and the cut was tender. My shrimp pots were MOUTH-watering. The risotto excellent if not a little heavy.
The location is a little tired, could use a little renovations and cleaning. The views of the bay are marvelous, but this can be found all along the wharf.
The only true complaint I have, and which is not just at this restaurant, is the “SF HEALTH TAX”. In a nutshell, the restaurant charges a surcharge because they are charged a fee by the city for not providing healthcare for employees (so employees receive health insurance through a state plan, I’m assuming this is an ACA type of plan). First, it’s not apparent that you will be charged this in the bill. I for one think it should be the restaurant paying for healthcare for their employees, you can’t keep the whole pie for yourself. Taxing me as if to place the blame on the city is absurd. I guess an argument could be made that you can lower the tip some since technically you are now paying for the employees health insurance, but we still left 20% this time around.
At the end of the day, this should be posted front and center in the menu, and explain why we are charged. The city should regulate the wording, so it doesn’t seem like just another city tax.
I have never had such terrible service! It seemed like we were simply forgotten but the restaurant was nearly empty so I am not sure how that is possible. 30 minutes past being seated we finally flagged someone down for our appetizer order and drinks. It took another 40 minutes for us to put in our order, finally having to literally wave our hands in the air to get someone to come over. Once ordering we said we were on a time limit as we had to meet with our students at the pier. We were told no problem, however an additional 40 minutes later I had to request my food be put in a box to go before It ever arrived so I could meet up with the kids. We had a leisurely 2 hours to eat dinner here and It couldn’t be accomplished. The food was decent, when I ate It in a bench with my students at the pier but that never should of been the case.
There was never even an apology from the staff concerning the lack of service. It just seemed like no one cared. The view is not that great to put up with service that terrible.
They couldn’t find the reservation so they didn’t know it was for our anniversary and they didn’t ask.
Very good all around ... great seafood & waterfront view.
Dinner tonight was outstanding from salad, through fresh fish and vegetables to dessert of cheesecake and strawberries, closed out by espresso. Our waiter, Solomon from Ethiopia was just amazing. Bravo my friend. I hope to be in your good country within the year.
After years of seeing Alioto's decline in both quality and service, we are done. From the time you enter the door and smell years of rancid seafood in the worn carpet to the reception desk where a staff member is lolling on a couch fast asleep and snoring, you get the impression they simply have stopped caring. Getting a service set up for three (not 2) was remarkably hard. Ordering appetizers/salad clearly triggered the reheating of previously prepared dishes because shortly after soup and salad were served, the entrees showed up. The waiter whisked them away when he saw what was going on but they must have spent 20 minutes under a heat lamp because they reappeared the worse for wear. Sensing the risks of ordering an actual entree, I just ordered a crabcake. It was a tired little pancake of crabmeat (no lump, all picked over) drowned in lukewarm butter (or butter flavored topping: I couldn't tell). No dessert seemed enticing enough to keep us there.
RIP, Alioto's. You can't survive on the few tourists who stumble in the door or those long-timers like us who remember the days when your restaurant was a San Francisco institution.
In the City for the weekend with my honey and went to lunch at Alioto's. Been there many times and love the grilled salmon. My wife had the chicken and she loved it. The only reason why the service got 4 stars and not 5 stars was because the waiter forgot to bring me the clam chowder that i had ordered, but i was not billed for it so no big deal. I was full from my lunch anyway. Great food and nice ambiance.
We got a window seat looking out onto the water. Our waitress was very friendly, but at the same time left us alone to talk. It was a great experience.
Nona's Cioppino is a must, here! So fresh and tasty. Crab, mussels and clams cooked to perfection - cannoli and cappuccino was the perfect ending. Love the view and friendly service.