Pier 23 Cafe
Family owned for nearly 35 years, Pier 23 Cafe takes an innovative approach to San Francisco’s traditional seafood dishes. It’s a tried and true establishment that captures the essence of the City and its waterfront history in food, service, and picturesque waterside setting.
Soak up the California sun and the beautiful San Francisco Bay views from our Beer Garden & Waterside patio or city views of Telegraph Hill and the Embarcadero from our sidewalk tables.
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artichoke, spinach, lemon & parmesan topping
romaine, kale, garlic croutons, white anchovy
Fish & Chips
beer battered haddock, pineapple slaw, creamy jalapeno dressing, garlic fries
Sure was nice to have a perfect lunch at Pier 23 with my sisters! Great weather, amazing views, delicious food, great service, and excellent adherence to Covid safety protocols. Cannot wait to go back!
The food and service were excellent. A great San Francisco destination to enjoy with friends or family. Plus they are very dog friendly not to mention a fantastic view of the Bay.
Such a great place to have a fine meal in the most beautiful city in California.
Service was not rushed and the food was delicious.
Great weather and friendly, cautious staff. Food was quite good. View was amazing!
Stopped for lunch while on vacation and waiting for Alcatraz tour with kids. Nice outdoor area on the water. Food was quite good. Service a little harried but not bad.
I love this place! Great location, friendly staff and reasonable prices
a great waterfront dive bar cafe. food is good enough. everything else about ot is pretty much perfect.
The servers were very helpful and let our late lunch group enjoy our visit without pressing us to move along as we were obviously enjoying a reunion. A lovely sunny day makes this a perfect outdoor dining spot.
My family took my mother here for a late lunch early dinner for her birthday. Given the current pandemic she really wanted to get out of the house & see the ocean. After a day of walking around the pier & our usual sight seeing points we came here. The outdoor seating on the patio overlooked the water and was great given the weather that day. Great views, and a relaxing environment with such a nice hostess who helped us. The liquor and beer selections were amazing, and my parents thoroughly enjoyed their “sea breeze” cocktail. My family loved their meals but I only had a side of garlic fries since I wasn’t very hungry. Overall great place & will be back.
Pier 23 was excellent - the food, the service, the atmosphere & all the staff are awesome. Especially during a pandemic, the accommodations they have adapted are exemplary - what a wonderful experience. Thank You!!
Very friendly and accommodating on the phone, on arrival and during our meal.
Fun place but service is way too slow, food is overpriced for quality and portion.
Hello Kellie, Thank you for bringing your group in and taking the time to let us know about your experience. I would love the opportunity to discuss with you over phone or email what we can do better. Specifically where we let you down in terms of food and expedience of service. Drop me a line (tony@pier23cafe.C0M) or (415) 362-5125 and ask for Tony.
We always eat lunch here when we come to the city. Great food and service
We made reservations but they reserved the table closest to the kitchen. It appeared that walkins had better seating than we did.
Thank you for informing us of your experience today. I see your reservation was made at 11:22am this morning for 11:45am. It is difficult to guarantee specific seating. Weather can be limiting and only certain tables can fit a high chair. We had 20 minutes to find a table amongst other reservations. Only a few were available. Still, it is unacceptable to have let you down. I will discuss solutions with my staff. I invite you to join us again. Contact me and I will save you a great table.
Great Food! Look all the food. Very fresh Dungeness Crab, fish and chip, chicken wing and waffle, chowder soup, bake broccoli and cauliflower. All are delicious!
Not as good as it used to be. Fish and chips was undercooked, had to send it back. Clam chowder was bland. Shrimp and crab sandwich was good, but the salad with it was hard to eat.
We wanted to like this place...the service was good, however the restaurant was very hot inside, and the food was bland. My wife and I both had the fish and chips, and I had a bowl of clam chowder. The chowder was blah...no seasoning whatsoever...a little salt and pepper would have helped but there was none on the table. It literally had one potato in it. The garlic fries were okay, but under seasoned, the fish was not done in the middle and was just bland...put some salt or seasoning in your batter. My wife had the espresso ice cream for dessert and loved it. That said they got us in quick and the service was good. The food was not worth the cost sadly.
Good food, very casual. Most of the seating is under a tent. Good value if you are somewhat on a budget. Caution, their shirts they wear show naked women's back side...if you bring the kids.
Casual fun spot. Not sure it would make it if you removed it from the waterfront. Food and beverage is just average. Would go here more if they put a little more effort into what they are doing.
We loved eating on the water, enjoyed the chowder, salad and sausage. The best part was the live music. Jinx Jones was playing the night we were there, great rockabilly music in the bar, and we could easily hear him while we were sitting out on the dock.
Fantastic mussels and clams made perfectly with very interesting herbs and spices. Delicious chared bread. Awesome service great cocktails. And is the Irish say great craic!! Well done.
Service depends on the server. So one time a server is great, the second time not so good
Music was great as was the service. The crab quesadilla didn't have any crab to speak of in it, but all the other dishes were spot on!
William, Thanks for the nice review, I will pass your commendation along to Sean, your server. I am disappointed to hear the crab quesadilla wasn't what you were expecting. I will take a look at it with the culinary team today. Let me know when you plan to return, and we will have it tasting delicious for you!
My table was waiting with my reservation on it upon arrival. The service was efficient professional. The food and cocktails were very good as always. Keep up the great work...
The customer service was excellent! The view of the ocean was spectacular and it was wonderful to be able to eat "outside" in January due to the clear tent that covered the entire outdoor dining area. Overall, it was a fabulous experience and we will be going to Pier 23 again!
Thank you for coming in and leaving an excellent review. I would love to know more about who helped you out so I can pass on the commendation. Regardless, we look forward to hosting you again!
Great lunch. Halibut special was superb. Nice server, overall was fine. A little noisy for us, as we are hard of hearing, but we came at 1 pm to see if there would be fewer people. After awhile there were. Live nearby, and plan to return soon. Glad you take reservations.
John, Thank you for taking the time to visit us and write such a stellar review. The Halibut is locally sourced and very tasty indeed! I let the team know you really enjoyed your visit. Come say hello next time you stop in, would love to meet you. Tony Lubrano Pier 23 Carfe
It's awesome to look forward to eating at a place and to have that place produce food that is even better than you remembered. That's what happened at Pier 23. Their Crab and shrimp salad sandwich is one of my all time favorites, so when I am in the City I try to make it by. The one I had the other day was absolutely amazing. My wife had their burger that came with fries coated in a garlic oil that were perfect. For an appetizer we had the shrimp ceviche, which was different enough but still amazing. Food and service like this will keep me coming back. Great job Pier 23 cafe.
Peter, Reviews like yours keep a smile on our face. You made my day and I will pass on the good vibes to our staff. Please, say hi the next time you are in or contact me for your next reservation and I will have something special waiting for you.
Great crab cakes!
Lovely view, great menu
Will come back again
recommend having a reservation
So glad you enjoyed the morning after your wedding. Congratulations and we look forward to hosting you again soon.
Host and waitstaff are always very friendly, and the crab and shrimp Louie salad is never a miss.
Thanks for the great review, Evan. The Louie salad has remained a staple here for many years. Come say hi next time and I'll buy you a beer. -Tony Lubrano
Just an awesome fun place in the city to go to! The food is very good * our service was excellent * love the ambience of this old SF haunt.
Thanks so much for the glowing review! I would love to know who helped you out during your visit so I can give them a high-five. Let me know when you intend to return and I will have something special waiting for you.
We enjoyed our food, however the service was hit and miss. The restaurant had a number of tables with children, yet the table near us without children was loud and often used profanity. We've eaten at Pier 23 multiple times in the past and did not experience raunchy dinner guests in the past and the service was better.
Love the atmosphere and friendly staff..
too cramped and needs cleanup. Great staff, pleasant and attentive.... overpriced for the quality of food.... disappointed and will not be on the list again...
Joey, the Exec Chef, did a spectacular job. He asked us personally how we enjoyed brunch. Great meal and service!
Great! Enjoyed the view and service.
Fun bar on the waterfront. Mostly fish dishes, but finally they’ve added a few options for us vegetarians!
We like to pend time with Mike at the bar when we visit the city.
The food was wonderful. We had the crab cakes, chowder and the shrimp ceviche and the flavors were outstanding. The chef came and even checked on us and the food quality.
Highly recommended by us!!
Pier 23 Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 362-5125.
Pier 23 Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 1292 OpenTable diners.
Pier 23 Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/pier-23-cafe-san-fran/.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.