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Pier 23 Cafe

1006 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Waterfront (19)
  • Casual (18)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, American
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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
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Phone number
(415) 362-5125
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Seamus Gibney
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Party platters available for pick-up for events off site.
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Cross street
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Parking details
There are several public lots within walking distance of the restaurant. Some public parking lots close early so check the signs.
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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.
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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
What 1006 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

GarethR (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 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!

Garp (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipBzerkeley (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

vipJackW (San Francisco)
5.0  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 !!!

Francesca (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

vipAloha (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Disappointed (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

TrishRiddle (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

BobW (San Francisco)
4.0  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.