The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

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The Sea By Alexander's Steakhouse is the bay area's premier seafood dining destination. The restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. Chef Yu Min Lin blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea's menu into the extraordinary. Experience The Sea at its best.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server - I believe her name is Joana - MADE the evening!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Great service. Everything else was not even passable. The room looks like a convention center. Food was probably exciting at some point but the preparations are super dated, doused in fake truffle oil (fake truffle oil on sashimi is a bad idea), and generally very poorly executed. Out soft shell crab was completely raw in the middle. They comped it and brought us some truffle fries, but they had so much of that nasty truffle oil on them it smelled like a gas station. Not what you want to be smelling when eating black cod, even if the black cod is mushy and not broiled properly. Amuse bouche was some unrecognizable cold fried lump. Clam chowder tasted like heavy cream reduced with bacon. The “fried clams” may as well have been clumps of fried panko as the clam completely disappeared into the heavy breading.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and service. We will be back...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

SM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is our fifth special occasion celebration at the restaurant. We liked the variety of appetizers served and it changes from time to time. Food was fresh and taste quality is good.
This time we felt service was sub-par. We have ordered variety of appetizers and entree to share. On all our previous occasion, we have the entree split for us. This time we did not. I felt the dining experience was rushed. We noticed other tables were offered complimentary drinks for special occasion celebration but we were not. This was disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. The food, the staff and the cocktails were amazing. If you don’t find something on the menu just ask they may have it. The bar staff is also very knowledgeable about all their offerings.

PF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, presentation, and service was outstanding! Particularly our server, Maria. Not only does she know the food and can speak knowleably and passionately about it, she remembers all my preferences. The Hamachi shots are always my favorite. The only negative is the side room has a lot of hard surfaces, and if you get a loud party of people in there, it's hard to converse over the noise. Pricey, but worth it if you appreciate good food and excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They asked "Is everything ok?" too many times, which kind of interrupted date conversion

L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was recommended to us by a friend and we decided to go for our wedding anniversary. The restaurant setting is modern and very pleasant. We settled on the tasting menu which includes a good variety of dishes. The service is impeccable and our server was very patient in explaining the items on the menu. The food was excellent and quite well prepared. The presentation is worthy a top rated restaurant. We stayed there a long time because of the tasting menu, but we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We definitely will come back to try the standard menu items, especially some very intrigue seafood dishes.

SF
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal as always. Upped the game this time with providing our party a private room. And of course the Tomahawk was just unreal!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was wonderful...

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It took 15 min after we were seated for our server to appear and another 5-10 min to order our cocktail. After that delay we had great service on great food.

c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants I've been to in a long time! Delicious food, well presented!

CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Must try hamachi shots and lobster rocks!

c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

For fairly high-end price, even for Bay Area, the food is the only thing that measures up to the name. Sad because it used to be my favorite place to take customers there.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The big eye tuna was fantastic! Everyone in our party was extremely pleased with the entire experience.

Y
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to celebrate my 2 yr wedding anniversary! I would come back in a heartbeat!

MS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Food is WAAAAY overpriced for what it is. $100 steak came out warm and looked like a supermarket cut.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

This time I felt quite disappointed. I don't know if it is because it is too late and chef has gone. Or some other reasons, the food is not as good as I had before.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was just sub par, for 2 people we went with the tasting menu and wine pairing, total was $538. I wouldn’t mind paying this much if the food was great but it really wasn’t great, out of the 5 course menu (1 desert included), only 1 was good which was the wagyu and was served last, because of the wine I was so full that I only ate half of it. The rest of the meals were either not good tasting, it was cold, didn’t look/ taste fresh.. I would recommend going with the ala carte - they might me doing a better job of cooking everything fresh.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the white and clean interior of the restaurant. The servers where all very attentive and informed us well about all our dishes as well as the wine. Every dish was so delicious and well executed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding!

WL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is attentive; both food and wine taste great; presentation is wonderful too.

LY
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb service and a yummy meal!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday gift to ourselves!

HM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were superb. I had the tuna tartare and my wife had the soft shell crab. I had the black rock cod for dinner with a side of green beans. The piece of fish on top were nicely cooked, however the piece at the bottom was over cooked. My wife had the salmon and enjoyed the dish. Fortunately, the portions were good and we didn’t have room for dessert.

R
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time we celebrated our wedding anniversary, the food (my wife had the Black Sea Bass and I had the Wagyu Ribeye) was super delicious and the service was exceptional as usual.

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s pricey but worth it. We were celebrating a birthday so it started with a happy birthday card and free half glasses of champagne. Then two free sushi bites. The bread was amazing. Had lobster and I was stuffed after this meal. Perfectly prepared vegetables. Free cotton candy and a small brownie dessert also free for the birthday girl. Bill was $167 for 2 with no salads or appetizers but it felt like a celebration.

DR
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great experience at The Sea. Tonight the service was just outstanding for my parents’ anniversary dinner. The people make all the difference and The Sea continues to prove that.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The best steak I've ever eaten ... Also the most expensive. Great for a special occasion, just save some money before you go.

A
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. The tasting menu was excellent and chef was will to accommodate for substitution. Friendly and attentive service.

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, beautiful restaurant,impeccable service... but prices
were over the top ridiculous. Most likely would not eat here again

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Really expensive

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great & abundant choices. Somewhat overpriced. Service above average.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

It was warmer inside than it was outside. We were all sweating

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered fish and steak with two appetizers and dessert, but eventually realized the $135 per person tasting menu would have saved us some money! I’d recommend the tasting menu if you want everything!

The steak is larger than I imagined =]

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dinner we’ve ever had. We came here for a birthday and the food was amazing and the service was top-notch. We ordered the black miso card, bigeye tuna, hamachi shots, the shrimp scampi, and a few drinks. We were given complementary champagne and dessert for the birthday. I highly recommend this place I will be coming back again.

D
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

If you have the $ than The Sea is great. For three of us with two not drinking alcohol it came to $400. Service was outstanding, food was great and the drinks fantastic. Just wish it wasn't quite so expensive because we would visit more often.

JO
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My experience was good.They check all of the boxes as a high end restaurant. The Hamachi shooters come six to an order and it is a bit overwhelming for one person.
Perhaps they should make each of the shooters different

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