The Grotto

4.2
132 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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HSL59
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

We have been coming here off and on for several decades. We loved their Chef Combo Loui Salad, New England Clam Chowder and their Crusty Sour Dough Bread. Normall the place is full and you are greeted by a hostess. This trip we went up stairs and had to ask a server where to sit. He cleaned an empty table by the window for us in an almost empty restaurant. The Chef Combo Loui which had shrimp, crab and lobster...is no longer Combo. It was just shrimp. We asked about the change and the waiter said it is different ownership and that the Chef Combo Loui is no longer offered. When I just checked on their menu on-line...it says it is offered?! The bread was not typical SF Sourdough either. The food was decent but not what it used to be and the service has gone way down hill.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

When I arrived I realized I did not need to make a reservation- it was EMPTY! I was taken a back because the views and overall space was beautiful!! I was nervous about the food due to the lack of people , but the entree was not too bad. The bread and butter were bad, but the entree not too bad. I think they do need to get more people in, I would go back, but it would not be my first choice.

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ParrisP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated Valentines Day at The Grotto. Excellent experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was very clean and fancy. When I went there was a pianist playing live which set the mood. Also the food was very delicious

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vipJannB
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentines dinner. The view is wonderful, eating lobster while looking at the Golden Gate Bridge with my love on Valentine’s Day. The place wasn’t packed and we had a great seat. Our waiter was attentive and personable. And the food was good well, maybe nothing exceptional but our steak came the way we ordered it and the lobster was not over cooked. Overall, would go back

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vipRonG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Grotto has been around forever, but recently updated to not feel old while still very San Francisco. Is it touristy? Sure, to a degree. But to be honest, I have brought many first time visitors here and they are always very happy with the location, view, and food.

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13pgm
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The food was just mediocre. Nothing special. Overpriced for what it was. Better seafood other places in Fisherman’s Wharf. Service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service and drinks were excellent, but the food was far from good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Vet attentive waitstaff but the food was marginal at best and we were disappointed for sure. Not a good value for the money. All four of us dining said we would never come back. Lesson learned.

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mackanna
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place impresses me every time. The very open and spacious seating that is modern updated in addition to the excellent waitstaff and very good food, how could you want more? I’ve been here several times and it’s good every time and I’m proud to bring people here who have never done it before.

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Coastrider
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fresh crab was delicious. We started with baby popcorn scallops, then on to the fresh cracked crab in garlic butter and New York steak with warm sour dough rolls....Yum! We planned our trip to be there on a Tuesday night so we could hear Terry Disley play. He is a consummate professional and true artist on the piano. His music creates a perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner or friendly gathering. We usually catch Terry at the Miramar Beach Restaurant in Half Moon Bay, but decided to catch his show at the Grotto. It was well worth a trip to the city.

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RenelleJ
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was my birthday and we received special treatment. It was wonderful! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was oddly empty. Kind of sad actually. This used to be the epitome of fancy dining in the past. Highly trained waiters and bus boys , coat check etc. Now waiters reach over you, serve you from across the table, bring entrees when you are still eating your salad. Just another mediocre restaurant with a fabulous location.

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iSaacc
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have the Cioppino!!! Servers were kind and knowledgeable. The ambiance was fantastic. The view at sunset was unforgettable. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table for 14, goods food, prompt service, great view

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipKirk
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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yellowmusicpaper
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SibleyRob
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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Gustavo
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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Lala
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing. very good service and foid!!

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DanO
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great crab Louis. Great views of wharf and bay.

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Knwbuddy
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipIlona
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CynCity
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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RThompson
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipKelL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipSinclair
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

Service was attentive and friendly.

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Jack
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSeattleMama
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipplnodnr
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

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.

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KalynnC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipchaslin
Sacramento
95 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTimS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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The Grotto is rated 4.2 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.