Pier 23 Cafe

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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 30 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.
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J
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 5 days ago

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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P
Sacramento
9 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great crab cakes!

EC
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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E
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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LA
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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Z
San Francisco
10 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.

g
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and friendly staff..

m
San Francisco
1 review
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...

FB
San Francisco
1 review
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!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great! Enjoyed the view and service.

I
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!

DW
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

LD
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!!

P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had the Caesar Salad $10 with added Chicken $8- the chicken was dry... very dry, which I only ate one piece. It was a very expensive $18 salad, enuff said...

l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The clam chowder was delish ! The mussels and clams were great, with a great broth, the fish and chips were really good , ceviche was spicy but very good , great sitting outside!!!

HM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Crab cakes benedict were excellent! Service was a little slow and it was very noisy.

T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience sitting on the patio at night. Plenty of warmth out there with the tent set up. Definitely would go back.

S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

It was a bit noisy the food was good but the corn special was cold it should have been hot service was ok

TJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband had the Dungeness crab and LOVED it! My chicken sandwich was so-so but it’s a nice, neighborhood place.

y
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place on a warm day! It's not anything fancy but it's good food, vibes and service!

JW
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My table was waiting for me with my reservation on it as usual. The staff was very welcoming and professional. The food was great as always. Keep up the great work‼️

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 6 for brunch & had a great time!

h
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

On a Saturday noon we met up with two friends for an informal yet a most scenic spot for lunch on the Embarcaderro waterfront. We have walked passed Pier 23 many times and this was our first venture inside of the building to try the restaurant's offerings. We were all happy that we finally walked through the threshold.
The food was quite good. The preparation of the grilled halibut was near perfection. The shrimp and grits was very tasty. The entree shrimp and crab salad was large enough to share and my friend said that the sea food salad was one of the best he has tasted. The cup of clam chowder I had was a little on the bland side.
Service was efficient and I must say very rapid. No sooner did we barely get seated and picked up our menus when our server came by and asked if we were ready to make our drink selection and when he returned in a few minutes to actually get our drink orders he requested our food orders. Our server seemed to be in some sort of a hurry - although, I must say, he was very pleasant. Finally, on about his third attempt we were ready to order. The food came very quickly. As stated we enjoyed the preparation and flavors. As each diner finished his or her plate there was someone there to quickly whisk the empty plate away barely before a utensil could be put down. Desert was offered to us before all of the entrees were finished and the check came before all of the entrees were finished. Our server did say, "no hurry" when the check was put down on the table. We took him at his word and we had a nice conversation before credits cards were produced.
For the view, the food and yes even part of the service we would return to Pier 23. But unless you are in a rush to catch a ferry boat or something I would suggest to the staff to just chill a little bit.

PG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Would have liked the sourdough on the crab sandwich toasted. Otherwise very good.

l
Sacramento
265 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Shrimp and crab sandwich is always good, but there seems to be more shrimp and crab these days. Also would be better if they buttered and toasted the bread.

TM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took friends from out of town and they loved it. Food was great and got to sit outside on a beautiful day.

DE
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the Shrimp & Grits! Truly a hit!

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on October 4, 2019

Hi Deb, Glad you liked our Shrimp & Grits! - Chef Joey Altman

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Quite possibly the best corned beef hash I have ever had. Great location and service too. With the reasonable price and overachieving on the food this is an easy 5 star rating.

g
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We met family members traveling from Vancouver to Ft Lauderdale on a HollandAmerica ship. We chose Pier 23 because of its proximity to the ship’s dock. What a wonderful choice! Our server, a lovely young woman from Connecticut, was fun, efficient, friendly, and totally charming. I’m so sorry that I can’t recall her name; but all 5 of us loved her!
Ambiance, menu, location, seating choices are all the best! Thank you.

LL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had a bad meal here! Brought a friend from out of town and she raved about the clam chowder (which is really clams + tons of other fish). The fish & chips were absolutely perfect with a huge chunk of flaky cod surrounded in a light, crunchy batter. The pineapple/jalapeno slaw on the side was a great compliment to the fried food! Great wine and cocktails rounded out the meal. Special shout out to the staff for holding our reservation (Giants traffic!) and the wait staff for being so attentive.

Pier 23 Cafe
Responded on October 4, 2019

Hi Loren & Lisa, Thank you so much for the great shout out! We are all thrilled to read that you had a great experience. - Chef Joey Altman

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun evening out on the outdoor deck on one of SF’s hottest nights. Attentive staff, great local food choices & drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were a large group so perhaps we suffered from poor service as a result. Server never came by to ask if we wanted more drinks. Appetizers we're good, main entrees were mediocre except for the salads (they were good).

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

I take most of my out of town friends here! The view is incredible and the ambience is casual and relaxing. The food isn't the reason why I come, nor is the service. It's a busy place and there's usually only one bartender so drinks take a really long time. However, it won't stop me from coming here. The wings and seafood options are good!

RE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and we loved eating right next to the water. We saw our first sea lion of the trip!

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

My food was 5-10 mins later after everyone in the party got there's. Delay was awaiting fries to be cooked. Also had to ask 3x for side of Mayo.

PY
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a fun time! The food is quite acceptable, fresh, beautiful setting with water views....the sombreros are a fun touch!

PH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really fun evening....Always a great time sitting outside, music playing in the bar area and great food.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Service was not great . Food was average, our food was missing parts and they did not seem to care much. Overall good for view but food or service not recommended

CP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Everything was great except our extremely rude uninterested first waitress. Thank goodness we got someone else about 15 minutes in. I have never had such poor rude like we bothered her by being there . Love this place and tell all my friends all the time but this was a little much. Even though your a hot spot service is key

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