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Permanently Closed - Il Pescatore Restaurant

3.8
183 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Il Pescatore was founded in 1980 by three partners all of whom were of Tuscan origin. The original menu included classic Tuscan dishes, which are still on the menu today, such as Pasta della Casa, Veal Scallopine with mushrooms, and our signature Veal T-Bone with Rosemary (Lombata de Vitello al Rosmarino).

With the explosion of the Italian food and wine scene in the 1980’s, the menu expanded to represent dishes from numerous regions of the Italian peninsula. Risotto con funghi (Piemonte), Cannelloni alla Romana (Roma), Eggplant Parmigiana (Sicilia), and Fresh Fish Picatta (Napoli) are but a few of the regional dishes on our menu.

Our menu has been continuously evolving, and this year we introduced our own homemade Gelato and Sorbet.


Il Pescatore has been proudly serving the community of Oakland for over 32 years at Jack London Square and we have been blessed with many loyal customers over the years.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Tue-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm

Dinner: Monday 5:00pm-9:30pm

Dinner: Tu-W 3:00pm-9:30pm

Dinner: Th-Sa 3:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner: Sunday 3:00pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 465-2188
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
German Zepeda
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Webster and Embarcadero West
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Parking details
Public, street, underground and valet parking. Port public parking is validated for discount
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Public transit
BART
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Entertainment
Full bar, bar seating and big screen TV for sports events.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
2.9
value
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 19, 2017

It was closed when I got there and there was no explanatory note on the door.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

Just awful food. Kinda sad, great venue but the food was just dismal. Pity....

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Shella (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

This was a great place for my siblings and I. The waiter was great paid attention to all of us. Made us feel at home. Gave us great pointer on the menu. We was having a mini family reunion

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JMIV (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

The staff and service was great
Naser provided outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

It was New Year's Eve, and Kendal was our waiter, he was very attentive, funny, and nice!! It was a slow evening at the restaurant.
Food was very good, truly enjoyed my meal.

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catbiker (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

Not as good as I remember. Visited Thursday before New Year's, hardly anyone there, so we easily got a Window table. One server, who took calls, seated you, made and served drinks besides taking your order. One very attentive busboy.

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MarinaBayResident (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 28, 2016

This is the worst possible example of a tourist restaurant phoning in the food. Extremely overpriced, dirty, and cluttered.

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viprosie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 4, 2016

I have been to the restaurant in the past however I've found the prices to be quite high for the quality of the cuisine. The setting is lovely however so i would go back for drinks and appetizers.

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vipsunydai (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

View was lovely, restaurant ambience very pleasant. Service with a smile and great personality on the waiter… Too bad the food was just fair.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

We celebrated my mom"s 80th birthday and the staff decorated the table, sat us at a perfect table next to the water and treated us like kings and queens. The pasta dishes and salmon were the best dishes. Our veal was fantastic, tender and tasty but slightly cold. The desserts were amazing and we tried all of them. Tiramisu was the best I've ever tasted!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2016

The restaurant was nearly empty at 815pm on a Friday night. The cocktails were very good and the food was excellent. The décor is a dated and service is friendly and old fashioned. For a restaurant named for fish, there were relatively few seafood dishes but the filet of sole is always one of my favorites.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on November 15, 2016

My wife and I showed up and they had cancelled our Open table reservation

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vipOkR8r (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2016

What a hidden gem. With all of the new restaurants in JLSq, this veteran one continues to compete well. The outside looks a little tired, but the food and drinks (especially Cadillac Margaritas) inside are incredible. The service is wonderful, the food is delicious, the environment is comfortable, and the prices are just right. And, because it's JLSq's hidden little secret, it's usually easy to get in. If you're looking for the latest foo-foo, this is not your place. But if you want good tasting Italian food, prepared right, come to Pescatore's.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2016

From the minute you walk in, you can tell this is the real deal - not some corporate clone trendy eatery. Classic menu with impeccable service - with a view to boot!

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Mike1 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

I was not happy. We were there to celebrate mybirthday and the
waiter did not acknowledge this not only was he rude he had the nerve to follow us after we paid the bill looking for more tip that is ilegal!! I would not recommend anyone to go there!!

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Bruce (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 20, 2016

I've been to this restaurant many times in the past and was extremely disappointed with this visit. Granted, I had a late reservation and is was a Thursday night. However, it was the most disappointing $150 dinner for two I've ever had in my dining experience. I would probably go back again sometime in the future, but I would NEVER recommend this restaurant to friend because of this last experience.

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vipMaya (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2016

The food was so-so. My dish (smoked salmon with pasta) was good, but my husband's was bland (sole). The crustini had mexican salsa on it, rather than traditional italian tomato/basil. The service was not good. The host was very nice and attentive, but our waiter was a crusty older man that was more interested in watching the ball game and chit chatting with the bartender, than serving us. The restaurant is a diamond in the rough and could use a refresh--the led lights are horrible--if you use led lighting, you should at least get warm tones, than cool tones--as cool tones makes your food look unappetizing.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

The people were the nicest EVER---LOVED THEM!!! The food unfortunately was not to my liking i am part Italian and this food seriously missed the mark.

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SFVisitor (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2016

One of our all time favorite places to eat in Jack London Square. The staff are friendly and professional. The food is outstanding and the portions are hearty. The atmosphere is lovely and the view of the water is great. Forget the rest, enjoy the best.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

We had a wonderful experience at Il Pescatore! The maitre d' made us feel welcome & important, seating us by a window overlooking the bay. Food was remarkable - authentic Italian delicacies - and service was marvelously attentive. They even split (and added to) a caesar salad for us to split. This is not a cheap place - a salad, 2 entrees, & coffee added up to about $75 without the tip - but it was a delightful date for my lovely wife and me. We will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on September 21, 2016

I use to come to this place often in the late 90s and early 2000s when travelling in the bay area for their authentic Italian cuisine and ambiance on the water. Sadly, everything we ordered was mediocre at best. The bruschetta lacked the vibrant flavors of freshness, the salads were okay and our shrimp on the pasta entree was way overcooked and chewy. I did not want to be disappointed with dessert. Service and ambiance was on point , but sadly we will not be returning here.

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foodie4eva (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

Our waiter was very attentive. The view is excellent. We ordered the calamari, penne al arrabbiata and the Salmon with tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms. The best dish was the arrabbiata. We thought both seafood dishes with a bit over cooked. But the pasta, fresh bread and wine were excellent. We'll be back for another special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 11, 2016

With all of the amazing food here in the Bay Area, this was probably some of the worst Italian food i've had. Not sure why. Shrimp with mushrooms had been sitting the the sauce overcooking for a while. Pasta, marinara and veggies all lacked any seasoning. As other people have commented, service is good. Ambiance is nice. But they should get new menu, new cooks asap.

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Christine (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 6, 2016

Pasta is very hard and undercooked. Not tasty at all. Price is very high. You can get better food at less than half the price. Not worth to return again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Food was good, great window seat, joint anniversary celebration, unrushed

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Good (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

The staff was great The crabcakes and key lime pie was delicious! Definitely a must try

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CAJOREGMO (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

Very quiet, lovely restaurant. Best for business lunches as you can talk without distractions

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vipjose (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

I really like this restaurant but it needs so much to take off. The food has been consistently good over decades but the decor is so tired and wanting. Beyond that it needs a "new" focus and menu. Staff is great, location is great, it just needs rejuvenation to become a roaring success.

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vipGastronome (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

I took our Thanksgiving family members to Jack London Square at one of my favorite haunts. The ambiance was warm and inviting. The service was over the top. The waiter's menu suggestions and helpfulness in answering diners' questions greatly helped in the ordering process. Moderately priced wines were excellent. Save room for their Tirramasu.

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Debbie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

I have been going here for many years. Great location, good food and fabulous atmosphere. Waiters are very personalble, not mention genuine, not just because they have to be. Prices are a little expensive but given the quality of food and the location sometime play a factor in that.

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