About Pier 23 Cafe

Pier 23 Cafe is a unique waterfront restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, live music and beautiful views of San Francisco bay. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, Pier 23 Cafe captures the heart and soul of a city obsessed with food. The large bay side patio allows patrons to soak up the California sun while enjoying creative dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Night time dining in the heated tent is complimented by maritime activity and amazing views of Treasure Island and the Berkeley Hills. Come down and enjoy a true local favorite and experience some real waterfront history.

Pier 23, On The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Dinner : Daily: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
Greenwhich

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 362-5125

Website:
http://www.pier23cafe.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music Nightly

Catering:
Party platters available for pick-up for events off site.

Parking Details:
There are several public lots within walking distance of the restaurant. Some public parking lots close early so check the signs.

Public Transit:
The Muni F-Line light rail stops directly in front of Pier 23 Cafe. We are a ten minute walk from the Ferry Building and ten minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Executive Chef:
Seamus Gibney

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pier 23 Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (19)
Casual (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
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Scenic View (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Fun (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Live Music (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Cozy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Live Sports (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect sunny day, great food and drink. Already planning our next visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We’re new to the Bay Area but have been to this restaurant a few times and it has never disappointed! I whole heartedly recommend the lobster Mac n cheese! It’s AMAZING! And the fish and chips taste like the fish was freshly caught an hour ago! Cannot reccomended this place enough!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful setting with impeccable ambiance. The back porch at Pier 23 is a special treat. Food is very good and reasonably priced considering the venue. Very peaceful. A must visit for a lunch on a sunny San Francisco day.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Pier 23 - fun bar, live music, shared two appetizers and soup- plenty and tasty!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We go to this restaurant monthly. I was horrified at the delay in getting our food. I understand they were short staffed and didn't have a specials menu, only the brunch menu. That was OK. But for a party of 8, one person's food order was wrong. It took 45 minutes to redo a plain chicken sandwich with cheese. When we asked to speak to the chef, I was shocked that he disagreed with us. We looked at our watches. The 7 other people finished their meal and still the sandwich had not arrived. And they had the nerve to put it on the bill! As we frequent this place a lot, I've never had that experience, but it happens. But the chef's behavior and attitude was completely unprofessional and ridiculous.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Visiting from Phoenix. Mac & cheese was amazing. So was the shrimp sandwich. Excellent food!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Went there to listen to some great music, and was served a creative, flavorful broth full of shellfish. My server was blessed with good hearing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Always very slow and inattentive service. The food is okay. You are paying to sit out near the water. Other than that not much to recommend here. I work nearby and there aren't very many options in the neighborhood.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

My table was waiting for me upon arrival with my name printed on the reservation tag . The staff was very welcoming and professional and efficient as usual.
Keep up the great work !!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great restaurant for the best fish and chips!! Also, pets are allowed on the patio section of the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very fresh fish and chips. Bloody Mary’s and fresh sour dough bread. Nice casual lunch

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We always enjoy a lunch at Pier 23 when we visit San Francisco. I love the crab and shrimp salad and have ordered it each time we've gone. My husband has tried several other entrees and they have all been wonderful. The service can be a little slow for refilling drinks, but the food always comes out pretty fast.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had crabcakes, Chowder, fish & chips, and mussel & clams. They are all delicious. For a casual place the service is like a formal establishment. Would recommend for sure.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Love to make sure I make a stop at Pier 23 Café each time I am in SF. Staff is always awesome, great music and consistently good food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The main attraction of Pier 23 is location-view-ambiance with decent comfort food and service. They could improve their menu with the following (1) more options for vegetarians (there are practically none; (2) drop the pizza , its awful and this establishment does not have the facility for making decent pizzas.

We started coming to Pier 23 30 years ago when they had some great local musicians. The live music is not so great now and not the attraction for coming.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This seems to be an off the beaten path spot in the perfect location. Just West of the Ferry Building, but quieter with tremendous old San Francisco charm. Our server, Dean, was friendly and efficient. The food, especially the chowder, was scrumptious. The patio, with transparent walls, made for perfect enjoyment of the boats and ships of San Francisco Bay. Very high quality food and charming environment for a reasonable price. I love this place!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is usually a favorite of ours and we go specifically for the whole roasted Dungeness every year for my birthday. However, this has been the third year in a row that there hasn't been whole roasted crab. The season is in full swing yet they didn't have it. I have now learned to call before we go, as we drive two hours to get there! It was a real disappointment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I wasn’t expecting the live Honky Tonk music and that made it an adventure. Service was fast, friendly. I gave 4 stars because the guacamole sucked (sorry Pier 23), but everything else amazing. Baked Hawaii was amazing (I think they put crack in it), the sole special with zucchini noodles sooo good. The shrimp and crab sandwich should have had the bread toasted and buttered - c’mon it was cheat night and i thought it was like a crab and shrimp roll. Fish n chips - delish, and the tuna (not quite poke) bowl was tasty as well. I recommend for drop-in. I was there with out towner’s fiends and they said, weird set up but great food and service is excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The service was fine but the food was pretty mediocre and overpriced for what you got.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Pier 23 is consistently great all areas - food, service, good time. We make it a point to enjoy weekend brunch or lunch during Giants season and crab season.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great place for lunch. On a clear day view is awesome. Fresh ingredients. Love the shrimp/crab Louis salad and the clams/mussels in flavorful broth. An Embarcadero fave!

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Company party

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Second time we've there; brought friends this visit and they enjoyed food and atmosphere too! Would definitly come again!!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I absolutely love Pier 23. My go-to casual lunch spot near my office. Neighborhood institution and gem. Don’t change a thing!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Myself table was waiting for me upon with my reservation on it upon my arrival. The food was good as us always. Dean was a very welcoming and professional waiter.

Tags: Live Sports, Scenic View, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Possibly the best fish & chips and fish tacos we have ever had! However service was slow, the sparkling wine was flat and served in a plastic cup, and the decor was cheap. Would return again only for the food, not the experience!

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

My table was awaiting for me upon my arrival.The food was delicious and service very efficient and professional.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Spicy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was good first bowl of chowder wasn’t very hot but they returned with a hot bowl .

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

My table was was ready up arrival with my name on it as requested . Antonio was our waiter and the service was great as usual.We the quality found the food very good as usual. Keep up the great work...

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was delicious, service good, only problem was our view was blocked by a huge cruise ship that was in port.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Cindy was great!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very loud music, but was OK outside. Nice, though limited, menu. Had a great time with friends. Great service at the bar. I'd recommend the place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

生ジャズ演奏が素晴らしい。
オーダー聞きに来ないし、自分で呼びに行かなきゃダメ。
シーフードは美味しいが、その他がNG。

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My 60th birthday was special.i love this place.lobstermac shrimp mussels oysters.man it was great.also my girls paid.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The hostess was amazing we had a reservation and arrive very early and the place was packed because the blue Angels air show was going on. But they seated us very quickly the bars fun and engaging in services good and the chowder is amazing

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Live Music
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great fish and chips, and crab and shrimp sandwich!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I was looking for a memorable dining experience neat AT&T park that would be fun and romantic. I was sold on the fish and chips review of another and wasn't disappointed. The batter was perfect and the fish just melted in your mouth. Was hoping to sample the legendary octopus tacos, but that was not on the menu. Staff was very friendly. Made reservation on Open Table and was seated immediately on time which was very nice. Heard service could be slow, but the garlic fries appetizer came out quick and was perfect to munch on until the entree arrived. LOVE this place. Will be coming back to check out the local music scene.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had a great time, bar was excellent/whiskey sours. Food was very good. Service was great,friendly and attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Live Music, Fun, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The Pier 23 Cafe has always been most professionally managed. The ambiance of the music, Food and staff has been outstanding...

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Live Music, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

They were out of crab and that was the whole purpose of going here. Staff was casual, nice but service was slow. Umbrellas on outdoor patio kept blowing over on guests and the staff never came to assist.

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