The Grotto

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Classic San Francisco favorites served by friendly staff with incredible harbor and bay views. The Grotto has been warming the bellies of Fishermen since 1935. It was the first sit down restaurant established in the neighborhood before Fishermen’s Wharf existed. Come experience our newly renovated restaurant, oyster bar, and lounge. We look forward to having you.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After going to the Grotto 9 for nearly 20yrs this was first time since new owner and remodel - and was very impressed on the new touch ups that both kept the original feel of Grotto 9 and also stepped it up to a bonus level of fine dining that only a true icon of SF wharf can reach landmark status!

K
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the first time that we had visited The Grotto since the renovation was completed. We were very pleased! The interior of the building had been repainted, hardwood floors had been added, and the carpet was new, along with the furniture. All of the same great window views were still available. The food was excellent, and the staff was both friendly and punctual. We will definitely be going back!

y
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

However, they don’t take reservations through Opentable anymore.

SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was pretty good but the service was a bit lacking. Also portions were a bit small for the price. I could tell our server was swamped and didn’t really have much back up support. After the food arrived we didn’t get checked on much. Drinks went dry and never got refilled before the check came. Probably won’t be back.

G
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the only bad thing is that they only have one round of the most famous beer in San Francisco , really?

L
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom celebrated her 84th birthday & the staff was fabulous!!!!

JL
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last evening was topped off by a very enjoyable seafood dinner, on 2nd level, watching the sun set over the golden gate bridge.! Thank you to all the servers, waitresses and bartenders for your excellent service! We also enjoyed the versatile piano player!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing. very good service and foid!!

DO
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nothing like the websight looks. Somewhat old, run down and not very clean. Food was good and service was good.

OT
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great crab Louis. Great views of wharf and bay.

K
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a late reservation. Near closing time. Restaurant was quite empty. Food and staff were still great. We were hoping for a better view across the Bay, as we were seated at a great window table. However, it was quite overcast or foggy. We didn’t get to see much into a distance. This has been my favourite stops in SAN FRANCISCO and will likely continue whenever I’m in town. Love it here.

I
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weekend seafood brunch was really limited for choices. Ate the doughnuts, instead.

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we could tell it was going to be a great experience. We were greeted with smiles. The hostess was lovely & super patient with our large party. The manager Jordan & our waitress Nicole & the woman bussing our table were very attentive & so accommodating. We were celebrating a birthday & they made it very special. The clam chowder was a party in my mouth so delicious!!! The fish was out of this world hands down to the chef. I will definitely be back with my family & recommend it to all my friends oh & I can’t forget the live entertainment it was a perfect evening. Thank you!

RT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my birthday lunch and the food was great the service was great. My family had a great time I would come back here next time I’m in SF.

KL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is located in an old establishment in Fisherman’s wharf of San Francisco. The food is excellent especially seafood linguine. I like the pasta sauce a lot. I would go back there just for that.

S
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Amazing views, but the freshness of the seafood was disappointing considering the access available in San Francisco.

Service was attentive and friendly.

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and delicious food. This is a great place for a large group or a romantic date.

SM
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice location with a wonderful view but not the freshest food. We had chowder, crab cakes, fish and chips, and petrale sole. Crab cakes tasted like they were just cooked up from frozen patties; sole, and fish and chips were pretty average. Server was super nice and attentive, but that doesn’t make up for the food. Find a different spot if you want to be wowed by the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is great. Food is good. Worth the price.

p
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Amazing view. Not so amazing food. Cioppino was flavorless. I wish I had better things to say, but every dish at our table was bland. The specials were lobster from Maine and pork from who knows where. We were do disappointed that there were no local specials.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an excellent place to have a wonderful meal, coming off of the bustling Fishermans Warf and given the option of eating upstairs or on the side of the street, we chose upstairs. It changed from a noisy atmosphere of people running around to a very relaxed quiet place sitting above the pier used by fishermans to house their boats. It gave a more authentic feel. The waiter was distinguished, he knew the menu, answered our questions, and was ample on checking our table.

The food was delightful, excellent serving sizes and prepared with care. We loved this place and would highly recommend to anyone visiting the Warf.

c
Sacramento
76 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old established San Francisco restaurant in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf with great views and excellent seafood.

TS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We made a reservation on Jul 4. We got in quickly and were seated at a window seat overlooking the Bay. Food and service were excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

4th of July. Service was amazing. Food was great. View was stunning. Will visit again!

JR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

The Crab was awful- it was very dry and had absolute none of that sweet Dungeness flavor.

OT
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for fresh seafood for locals and tourists alike!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over a dozen times here. Always magical. Go for the sunset!

BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was room temp

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Never got my beer orders right z and then disappears

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful seafood, and fabulous service. Kristina is a superb waitress.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and waiter was the best!

KS
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for dinner. Great view of the bay.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice views and great clam chowder. Disappointed with not being able to order an Lobster tail.

RA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice environment and ambience. A little too pricey.

NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we have been here since the remodel. It looks beautiful and the service and food are both stellar.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, beautiful view!!

MV
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great views, nice place, average food at best, expensive as they are catering to tourists.

GP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time my mum comes visiting from Italy we go to the Grotto and eat the garlic crab! This is the first time we went since it has reopened and is the same amazing food we remembered!

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, friendly staff, scenic

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a view!!

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