Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Seafood

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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!
What 134 People Are Saying
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ML
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food ans great service! I would highly recommend!

MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to celebrate birthdays with good friends!

DI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time. Our servers were the best. Vey attentive and polite. Couldn't have had better service. We brought a birthday cake and they took right over, keeping it cool, and serving it at the riggt time.

We definitely will be back!

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

No need for reservations around 4 PM. Service was ok when you could get her. Server had too many tables of large groups. Had to ask for water, only returned once towards the end of our meal. Regular order of salmon was cut in half for early dinners. Had one drink, server never around to ask for another. Just a bad time of day to go as business was slow so service was also.

FA
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for everyone.

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was exceptional and the food was great. The environment was excellent.

5
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pier 29 has a great view. They also have some of the best Terriyaki dishes. I had the salmon this time and it was great.

CP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

If you are nostalgic for the 1960s this is your place. The menu looks like it had not changed for 50 years. It is quiet and I liked that, is easy to get to and easy to park.

AK
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waiter was horrible. He never came to check up in us and had to be called over when we needed anything. My wife was served raw scallops with her meal and when we told the waiter, he took the plate back, the tried to refire the raw scallops and added it to the already cold pasta. The scallops were still raw and now more chewy. They should have known that you can't reheat seafood. They did not offer a comp or discount. We had to throw out the food. Totally ruined our anniversary dinner. Poor experience. I chose this place for the views and the good reviews, but was disappointed with the meal. I would never get service like this in Texas.

a
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so pleased to be seated by a window with a wonderful view, and in a quiet spot so we could carry on conversation easily. Good variety of menu choices, and appreciated Early Bird prices very much!

S
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant. We were there on a rainy weekday so it was pretty quiet. There is patio seating which looked nice. But on a rainy day it wasn't an option.

We had clam chowder, fish and chips and a crab/shrimp Louie salad. Everything was excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant.

BN
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It took way too long to get the food out also way too expensive for the quality of food

G
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have fined at Pier 39 several times. We really like the food, wine list and great service. The view is amazing.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We took our family of seven to this restaurant for my adult daughter’s birthday. The service was very slow at first until we realized that the dining room was understaffed. Only two servers For the whole place plus a big luncheon going on. Our server was really nice and catered to us after that. The food was actually very good. I was a bit surprised but I would definitely recommend this place.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fresh crab Louie!!! With a lovely view too! Service was very good and accessibility for disabled is excellent! Care free experience with friends!!

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxing view of the bay and estuary. It was nice and quiet. The calarmarie was very good so was the prime rib. Service was very good. Parking was great.

SC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their food and drinks. The view was wonderful.

PL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent.

D
San Francisco
5 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!!

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

JM
San Francisco
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.

R
San Francisco
6 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.

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

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

MJ
San Francisco
14 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!

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

Ok. Nothing special.

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

Food was great and so was the service.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

H
San Francisco
6 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?

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.

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.

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

A friend from out of town was visiting.

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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