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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (17)
Waterfront (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
See All
Casual (15)
Great for Lunch (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Live Music (12)
Fun (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Cozy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
People Watching (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Romantic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Business Meals (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Sort by
S
982 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Company party

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service1
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Cindy was great!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 23, 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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
·Dined on October 15, 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。

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience5
service1
value3

 
·Dined on October 14, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on October 1, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 30, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value2

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Nice place, they had a live band the night we were there, who were very good, nice bar and really nice bartenders. Food was really good and it sits right on the water. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Fish tacos were the star.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was ok. Nothing special but came with a large bill. Staff was good and views were nice. The chowder was pretty good.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

 
·Dined on September 14, 2017

This place has been a favorite for 20 years and is still great! They never disappoint.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Very disappointed. This was a special birthday celebration. Reservation was made weeks in advance. Received 4 phone calls that morning that the credit card machine was broken and I would have to pay in cash. Not a problem. I arrived to find a sign on the door that the restaurant was closed. I asked the hostess who said if I wanted to order right away, the kitchen was still open. We did. The appetizers, drinks, salads and entrees all came at the same time. Then the check. No dessert. Disappointed for a celebration. No apologizes from the management, nothing.

Tags: Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service1
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Nice views, friendly staff. Food was mediocre to bad. Very limited menu at lunch. Crab and shrimp and a couple of other lackluster items. The only fish on the menu is battered and fried. I was disappointed. It used to be a decent place to go.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service4
value2

 
·Dined on September 12, 2017

the shrimp and crab salad was excellent. 4 people in our group ordered this salad

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
·Dined on September 11, 2017

Enjoyed our lunch. Chowder could have been warmer but everything was very flavorful

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Hostess forgot I told her I had reservations I guess, they sat us at the bar because food service hadn't started yet. Once it did, she sat people who just walked in even though we were first people in restaurant. I had to approach her to be seated, She sat us away from water, another couple asked if they could sit closer to water and they were told it was for people with reservations. Disappointed for my nephew and fiance from back east.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Really love the seafood here. Food is delicious and like casual setting. We shared the mussels, baked oysters, and carnitas quesadilla with a bottle of whit wine. Perfect for a hot day and desserts were really good too. Service was prompt and friendly. Kids liked it too and they have a good kids menu that includes seafood. Only downside was it took a long time to get the check. Other than that was a fun time with delicious food and will go again. Craving those baked oysters.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Waterfront, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

 
·Dined on August 30, 2017

I always love eating at Pier 23. Consistently good service and such a lovely spot to relax. I had a whole crab and it was fabulous.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Pier 23 is always fun and the food is quality. In this pricey city the value is good

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Noise level depends on where you are sitting. Loud music inside piped out of doors. Killer Mai Tai! Mostly 20-somethings.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

 
·Dined on August 13, 2017

All our food choices were wonderful. Everyone ate happily and had plenty. Drinks were also yummy!A great choice before seeing Lady Gaga!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Portland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Ended up being the perfect fit for friends traveling into SF from different locations. Very fun.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Casual, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 8, 2017

I found the waitress seemed aloof and in a hurry some one other than her brought us our lunch and than someone else brought our check.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

My husband and I ordered the clam and haddock chowder bowl to share and then each got the fish and chips. Both incredibly delicious. We also sat outside on a table on the deck. Beautiful view of the ocean.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Scenic View, Casual, Comfort Food
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Ear splitting live music. Music good but way too loud and inappropriate for the venue size.

Food cold and undercooked. 2 dishes sent back including dangerously undercooked chicken and burger.

Venue probably more suitable as a bar finger food choice.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service3
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Always welcoming, I love Pier 23 Cafe. Their staff is efficient, warm, and helpful. Go with friends, family, or solo for a good time.

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

One of the BEST meals we've ever had in 40 years of dining in San Francisco! We will return!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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

Great place to take your family visiting from out of town. It is a fun, casual environment, right on the water.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Live Music, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on July 27, 2017

Delicious Garlic Crab, very tasty. The Fish & Chips were the best so far.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.