The Best Seafood Restaurants in San Francisco

With its diverse population, prime location and the cutting-edge tech economy, San Francisco stands out as one of the nation's most popular cities. The best seafood in San Francisco epitomizes the fine culinary tradition of 'Frisco. The city's proximity to the Pacific Ocean means unforgettable seafood dishes bursting with West Coast creativity. But where do the smartest, savviest diners go when looking for the best seafood in San Francisco? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We've gathered data from in-the-know diners to discover the Bay Area's greatest seafood restaurants. From regal downtown restaurants and lively pubs to quiet neighborhood seafood spots, the best seafood in San Francisco delivers the incredible taste of the Pacific. See what seafood the city has in store for you tonight!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Leo's Oyster Bar, Bar Crudo - Divisadero St, Seven Hills
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Oyster Bar, Seafood, Italian
Neighborhoods:Financial District / Embarcadero, North Panhandle / USF, Russian Hill
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Leo's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Financial District / Embarcadero
644 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Leo's is a Financial District favorite with a lush, upscale interior and always-bustling atmosphere. The classic vibes in the restaurant go well with it's straightforward, old-school menu of seafood f...

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Bar Crudo - Divisadero St

$$$$·Seafood·
North Panhandle / USF
1,214 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

Beer and seafood is an unbeatable combination. Bar Crudo is one of the top spots in San Francisco for excellent brews and top-notch seafood. This casual restaurant in the Panhandle district has some o...

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Seven Hills

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,704 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

This acclaimed Italian restaurant is one of the destination spots for diners in Russian Hill. With a candle-lit, rustic interior and an excellent menu of Italian-accented seafood, it's a lively, relax...

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Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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MKT Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Union Square
1,115 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion

The Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco is home to the upscale MKT Restaurant and Bar, and MKT is home to some of the best seafood in San Francisco. This downtown spot is excellent for people watching...

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Live Sushi Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
519 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

Live Sushi Bar puts a premium on fresh, creative seafood, and Japanese dishes. The long and unique menu features selections like albacore tataki, seared white tuna with special sauce and onions. The s...

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Ristorante Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,709 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies

This classic Italian-style trattoria features some of the best seafood in San Francisco. An old-world throwback spot, it's ideal for a date night or a romantic dinner in the heart of San Francisco. Fo...

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Capannina

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,964 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Head over to the Cow Hollow section of the city to grab a meal at this Southern Italian trattoria. Capannina is a charming and intimate location with a striking interior and a long menu of Italian fav...

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Z & Y Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
211 reviews

The scent of Z & Y's authentic Sichuan and Northern Chinese meals fills the air of this Chinatown favorite. This is one of San Francisco's most famous Chinese restaurants, and it features some of the ...

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5 people mentioned the Chili Oil
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Sanraku Metreon

$$$$·Sushi·
SOMA
386 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

This Union Square sushi restaurant has been a favorite of San Francisco diners for decades. Try to snag a spot at the Sanraku sushi counter and dine next to the restaurant's chefs. Start with the cucu...

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14 people mentioned the Bento Box
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Hayes Street Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
3,037 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre

The Hayes Street Grill is a prime place to go after visiting the nearby symphony, opera, or ballet. An ever-changing menu features a wide selection of creative seafood dishes. For an appetizer, go for...

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76 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Chili House

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
223 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Kid-friendly
  • Great for Lunch

This famous Chinese restaurant is a roller-coaster ride of flavor. The spicy, exciting dishes at the Chili House make for an immersive dining experience. Try the spicy clams or stir-fried prawns serve...

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15 people mentioned the Dumplings

Waterbar

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,690 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

San Francisco's Waterbar is one of the coolest dining experiences in the entire city. This acclaimed seafood restaurant features an incredible view of the Bay Bridge, along with the San Francisco skyl...

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Scenic View in San Francisco Bay Area
61 people mentioned the Fresh Seafood
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