Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant

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115 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant has been established as a reputable local eatery for over 18 years. It has a history for good food, friendly service, and comfortable atmosphere on the waterfront. The restaurant is conveniently located in Alameda nestled between the Ballena Bay Yatch Harbor and the panoramic San Francisco Bay with plenty of free parking. Every table has a view of the water.


The "Piers" extensive menu has something for everyone using the freshest ingredients. There's Angus Prime Rib, steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta, lamb shanks, juicy hamburgers, pork chops, sandwiches, salads, fresh oysters, our own famous clam chowder and much much more! There's even a separate menu just for the kids too!
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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed going to Pier 29. The food is always great!!! The views are perfect!! The service is wonderful!!

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great food for the price. Gorgeous views. Fantastic staff. Well set up bzr

Great place for family dinners

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The cocktails (especially the pomegranate martini) were delicious. Not too sweet with a nice amount of alcohol. The food was bland. Our waitress was attentive, but our water was never refilled.

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and quiet and with excellent view of the bay and San Francisco. Our servers are excellent and very helpful. We had a very enjoyable birthday dinner for my sister.

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DD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love eating here good food good service and the price is right.

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MJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were returning to the Tri-Valley from San Francisco and wanted a restaurant with a water view. We chose Pier 29 from the OpenTable map because of its location and were very pleasantly surprised. We arrived at 5:30 so were able to order from the "Early Bird" menu which is a bargain. Meals come with soup or salad and dessert and are under $20. My filet of sole was perfectly cooked as were the vegetables. As an added bonus, the view of San Francisco from the front of the restaurant is outstanding!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Ok. Nothing special.

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DD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was the service.

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LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Do not go. Service was horrendous. Food mediocre. Nothing positive to say.

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PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First we we were surprised to even get a reservation. Once we arrived, we received a table by the window. A plus. Then the service, food, and price was icing in the cake. A wonderful Valentine’s Day Dining experience. Thank you Pier 29 restaurant and staff.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Before 7PM on Valentine’s Day, they ran out of one of their specials for the day.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best food I've ever try very classy very delicious had a variety of choices on the menu I enjoyed my complete meal from the beginning to the end and still was able to eat my dessert the value is a good price I would definitely go there again

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R
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We dined on a Monday evening in January, after the sun had set so were unable to enjoy the view. The restaurant had very few people in it. It is a nice place and will return someday.

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We waited for menus, waited to have our orders taken and waited for the food to arrive, well over an hour. We were there over two hours! No explanation given and no attention by the waitress.

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DW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu options of steaks, chops, seafood including scallops. Super friendly helpful waitress experience. Cool to see the aquariums with variety of fish and coral. Early dinner experience available at lower $ too.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Needs updating big time. Such a fabulous location. The wine list looks like it came from Nebraska with white Zinfandel another choice wines that are hard to believe

Wish they would put money into it as the food is actually good as it is the service but it’s so dated like it came from the 70s

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M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Nice location. Expected more from other reviews. Short on staff nothing special as expected. Will not return.

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F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Several years ago I remembered how good the chicken fried steak tasted. I ordered this again and was so disappointed. The gravy tasted like it was made with margarine...
Otherwise, the restaurant is clean and the wait staff friendly. Other members of our party ordered fried chicken and thought it was good. Just do something to improve your chicken fried steak gravy...use butter instead of margarine?

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very good, with an extensive menu, the service is always excellent, and prices are moderate. The setting by the marina is pleasant. The view of San Francisco from the front of the restaurant is one of the best. Parking is easy.

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoy this restaurant very much. Good is good and service is excellent. Will definitely recommend.

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PL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend from out of town was visiting.

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great as always, however, they did not receive my Open Table Reservation. It was not a problem, since they had tables available. Thanks

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S
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing view of the harbor. Our server thoughly knew the menu and she was delightful.
My wife had the sole with shrimp and crab and I had salmon. Both great. Nice spring salad also.
Definitely will be back.

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BW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Service could have been better. One salad had some brown lettuce but everything else was great. Thank you

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j
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Eggs Benedict had hard yoke.
All food average.
Nice staff, great biew

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5
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have eaten at Pier 29 many times. It has a great view and very extensive menu. The Teriaki Pork Loin is excellent.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Bar service for Oysters and a drink before dinner was great. Service at dinner was poor at best, I am assuming not enough servers. Ordered the steamed clams (house specialty). The flavor was terrible, and the clams rubbery. I ate one and put them aside, 15 min later the waiter came back to the table. I told him about the clams, he said ok and cleared the table and dropped off the bill. What a joke. Great business model. I am guessing no one other than the waiter knows, or knew I was unhappy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Servers were very nice. I tried sand dabs for the first time (would not recommend). It was a really beautiful place and after the sun sets the view of the bay is amazing. I would highly recommend this place for those that love seafood as everyone (other than myself) loved their meals, and from the taste they shared I understood why.

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BD
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Sunday night and it was not at all crowded. Excellent service.

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T
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was so slow it was remarkable. Food was alright but not a knockout. I guess I just expected too much from such a pretty location.

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R
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Based on the descriptions on OpenTable, we had anticipated a more upscale environment and cuisine. It turned out to be a nice family-level restaurant that caters to locals and boasts great views of the Marina. The menu is expansive and provides a wide range of items. It is not a fine-dining destination
: our entrees were rather ordinary, but everyone we saw there seemed to be enjoying their food and experience.

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience for taking both my Mother and Granddaughter out for a Girls Night Out. Thank you

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CC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I have been wanting to come here for a while since the view and location look ideal. I also love looking for brunch places on the island that take reservations. Well now I know why they do, because it's super empty. We went for Saturday brunch and sat outside. The best part about the restaurant is it's location on the Pier. That's where it ends. The food was bad (we ordered omelets, scramble and chicken fried steak), it was dry and super plain. The service was subpar. They were either understaffed (if I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt) or just super slow. My meal came out wrong, but since we had already waited so long, I had to keep it because we had to leave for another appointment. When the check came I asked if he would take off my drink least since my meal was not what I ordered, and he did. We will not be back unless they have a new chef or menu, which is a shame because sitting outside looking at the pier was very lovely.

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J
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food are great plenty of parking awesome view. service was good very attentive

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect

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J
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

We were excited to try the restaurant. But from the moment we stepped in we were disappointed. They were not busy even though it was a weekend eve, yet it took several minutes before anyone acknowledged us and even longer to get seated although there were tables open. The gentleman who sat us, owner maybe?, didn’t even provide us with menus to peruse, but himself sat down at a table near us to chat with other customers. A full 20 minutes later a young man with a sour expression and who also didn’t speak to us, came with water with scant ice, and a very small portion of fairly bland bread with nearly frozen butter packs. We finally went back to the front and got our own menus! Our waitress was scampering all over the floor and I believe she may have been the only one for the entire restaurant as we saw no one else taking care of the diners and no one helping her. Once she was finally able to get to us, nearly 45 minutes in restaurant at this time, she was extremely sweet and caring and was indeed the only pleasant aspect of the entire night. Our drink order was taken and then delivered. The mojito was full of chopped mint vs a sprig of muddled mint and was undrinkable. Appetizers were good but not at value. The bay shrimp are bought frozen then thawed! The clam chowder was tasty but the first round had hair in it and none of the bowls had even one piece of clam! I ordered the prime rib, which is the main reason we came, rare and the fattier the better. What I got was obviously a piece of meat that had been pre cut then warmed at some point. It arrived to me cold, grayish pink and juiceless. A proper slab of prime rib should be warm, cooked around the perimeter, red in the center and gushing juices. Such a disappointment. A $30 cut of meat that was barely fit to eat. They served a cream horseradish sauce vs real horseradish that was bland and old. Throughout the two hour plus stay our waitress remained a true delight and will be the only reason I would ever return.

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DS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food server was efficient but was rushing around, restaurant looked short handed and hat evening. Table behind us waited at least ten minutes for menus and left.

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SW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Beautiful view, decent dining experience. All tables provide a waterfront view. Service was slow despite the restaurant not seeming to be very busy. The menu was expansive and our food was good, but not extraordinary.

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E
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service - the waitress was slow, didn’t refill drinks, etc

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good and the water views are beautiful. The service was excellent - friendly and helpful.

The space could use a little "refresh" as it is very dated. Also, when you are paying these kinds of prices, one would expect that you wouldn't have paper place-mats and little plastic "to-go" type containers that you serve ketchup, cocktail sauce, or aoili in.

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