The Best Seafood Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

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!

Restaurants:Cala, Leo's Oyster Bar, Angler San Francisco
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Mexican, Seafood, American
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Financial District / Embarcadero

Cala

$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
934 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
This Mexican restaurant in the heart of the Hayes Valley area is an ideal spot for a meal after visiting City Hall or the nearby jazz venues of San Francisco. The airy, industrial-Read more
87% recommended
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Leo's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
643 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
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-schoRead more
95% recommended
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Angler San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
716 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
This high-end Embarcadero favorite has some of the best seafood in San Francisco and one of the best restaurant views in the city. Diners can relax in the upscale atmosphere of AngRead more
81% recommended
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August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,264 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
California cuisine and traditional Indian collide to make something special in this Civic Center neighborhood hot spot. The intriguing fusion menu combines the tastes of both landsRead more
86% recommended

Bar Crudo - Divisadero St

$$$$·Seafood·
North Panhandle / USF
1,231 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 PanhandleRead more
87% recommended
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Seven Hills

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,545 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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, Read more
97% recommended
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MKT Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Union Square
1,125 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
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 excellentRead more
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Live Sushi Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
519 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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 sauRead more
89% recommended
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Pesce e Riso

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
243 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
This Little Italy favorite serves up Italian classics with an intriguing Japanese-influenced flavor. The restaurant combines two of the Bay Area's biggest culinary influences to crRead more
100% recommended
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Ristorante Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,568 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
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 Read more
96% recommended

Capannina

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
2,005 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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 longRead more
100% recommended
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Z & Y Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
193 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 fRead more
82% recommended
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Sanraku Metreon

$$$$·Sushi·
SOMA
387 reviews
  • Casual
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch
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 chefsRead more
95% recommended
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Hayes Street Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,960 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
87% recommended
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Chili House

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
202 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
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 stiRead more
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Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Union Square
593 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
Sam's is a historic San Francisco gem. This local favorite opened in 1867 and has served generations of San Francisco diners. The menu reflects its long history with a wide range oRead more
92% recommended
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Waterbar

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,969 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • 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 thRead more
92% recommended
Scenic View in San Francisco Bay Area
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Anchor and Hope - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
SOMA
2,680 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
The ocean and sailing vibes are perfect for the accompanying seafood at this Minna Street seafood favorite. It's an ample, open space with plenty of nautical themes and a wide seleRead more
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MarketBar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,442 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
The famed MarketBar is one of the most relaxing spots for a meal in the entirety of San Francisco. Grab a patio seat in the middle of excellent California weather, sit back, and enRead more
87% recommended
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Farallon - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Union Square
5,795 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Any place with a “Jellyfish Lounge” must have some exceptional seafood. Head into this elegant part of the Farallon restaurant full of excellent people-watching and an upscale atmoRead more
89% recommended
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