Pier 23 Cafe

4.4
1292 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar, a historic wharf restaurant and bar, continues to serves fresh seafood and good drinks to locals and visitors alike.

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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vipLaura
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AlexandraF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great weather and friendly, cautious staff. Food was quite good. View was amazing!

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DeniseH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great location, friendly staff and reasonable prices

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JohnP
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

a great waterfront dive bar cafe. food is good enough. everything else about ot is pretty much perfect.

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Bridget123
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

Thank you.

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AricaM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipGlobetrotter
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very friendly and accommodating on the phone, on arrival and during our meal.

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vipKellieD
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Fun place but service is way too slow, food is overpriced for quality and portion.

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on March 5, 2020

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.

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JimK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat lunch here when we come to the city. Great food and service

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Mabe
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We made reservations but they reserved the table closest to the kitchen. It appeared that walkins had better seating than we did.

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on February 23, 2020

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.

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vipCheriH
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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.

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Nieuwendyk25
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious!!

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MichaelD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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.

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vipRestaurantOwner
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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Lindy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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StephenT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience5

Service depends on the server. So one time a server is great, the second time not so good

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WilliamM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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!

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on January 23, 2020

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!

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vipJackW
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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...

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dkhens
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on January 26, 2020

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!

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John
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on January 17, 2020

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

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Peter
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2020

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great crab cakes!

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EvelynC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view, great menu
Will come back again
recommend having a reservation

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on January 14, 2020

So glad you enjoyed the morning after your wedding. Congratulations and we look forward to hosting you again soon.

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vipEvan
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Host and waitstaff are always very friendly, and the crab and shrimp Louie salad is never a miss.

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on January 14, 2020

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

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LAURIEM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on January 9, 2020

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.

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Zenerbop
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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.

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vipgreenwithenvy
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and friendly staff..

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michaelh
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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...

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FrankBullitt1968
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joey, the Exec Chef, did a spectacular job. He asked us personally how we enjoyed brunch. Great meal and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great! Enjoyed the view and service.

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Igor
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fun bar on the waterfront. Mostly fish dishes, but finally they’ve added a few options for us vegetarians!

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DennisW
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We like to pend time with Mike at the bar when we visit the city.

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LeslieD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

FAQs

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.

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