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Pier 23 Cafe, San Francisco, CA
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Pier 23 Cafe

4.8
4.8
1253 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar, a historic wharf restaurant and bar, continues to serves fresh seafood and good drinks to locals and visitors alike.

Family owned for nearly 35 years, Pier 23 Cafe takes an innovative approach to San Francisco’s traditional seafood dishes. It’s a tried and true establishment that captures the essence of the City and its waterfront history in food, service, and picturesque waterside setting.

Soak up the California sun and the beautiful San Francisco Bay views from our Beer Garden & Waterside patio or city views of Telegraph Hill and the Embarcadero from our sidewalk tables.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–6:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 362-5125

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bryan Baker

  • Catering

    For events off site, pickup a party platter! Choose from a selection of some of our favorite dishes: • Mini Dungeness Crab Cakes with Avocado Crema • Caesar Salad • Jumbo Prawns with Traditional Cocktail Sauce • Baby Back Ribs with Ginger Hoisin BBQ • Deviled Eggs with Salmon Caviar • Beef + Pulled Pork Sliders

  • Private party facilities

    Pier 23 Cafe located right on the waterfront is a perfect place for hosting a work Happy Hour, birthday party, family or business dinner. Our excellent service, fresh delicious food, and dedication to sustaining San Francisco's rich waterfront history, provide a memorable experience for every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Team: (855) 398-9692

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Greenwhich

  • Parking details

    There are several public lots within walking distance of the restaurant. Some public parking lots close early so check the signs.

  • Public transit

    The Muni F-Line light rail service that stops directly in front of Pier 23 Cafe is currently suspended. We are a ten minute walk from the Ferry Building and ten minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Nightly

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for brunch

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Kid-friendly

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Hot spot

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Francisco

    Great for brunch

  • San Francisco

    Kid-friendly

  • San Francisco

    Hot spot

  • San Francisco

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Francisco

    Great for scenic views

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

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  1. Y

    Yves

    Montreal

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    There was availability and we were very welcome. The service is personalized and friendlly. The food was very good. The building is old, but clean. We would go back for sure. Thanks to the staff.
  2. KM

    KristiM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Black cod was a special this day prepared perfectly with small vegetables underneath, very delicious. Servers were very attentive. We sat on the patio semi enclosed by the plastic sheeting. Those seated outside the plastic had wonderful views, but I'm not sure there were heat lamps out there. They were open on New Year's Day! I'm looking forward to going back again and again as the weather warms to sit on their deck.
  3. D

    Debduende

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven’t been to this restaurant before we chose it because we continue with outdoor dining due to Covid. From the first moment we arrived, everyone and everything was just wonderful. We had a wonderful table on the patio, and there was just great energy from other people that were dining and the staff were great . Highly recommend.
  4. NA

    NotATennisPlayer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was great - but it was 40 minutes before we received our order
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent and service was too. Loved it!!
  6. KC

    KevinC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Fun to sit by the bay for an afternoon lunch!
  7. SF

    SFlongtimer

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pier 23's setting is likely unique, many of its tables being either outside under a canopy shielded from the breeze, or on a sliver of the pier with a nice view of the Bay. On a warm day when the wind's gentle, it's hard to beat. The menu features interesting versions of familiar fare, and some innovations. The beer and wine list is nicely chosen, and the waitstaff are always pleasant and polite.
  8. TC

    TinaC

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an iconic location and restaurant. My pulled pork sandwich was so delish! It had crispy bits and a great kimchi relish. The drinks were great as well. I had a Paloma and the Mai Tai. I highly recommend Pier 23.
  9. m

    marilync

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I've been there many times. This time, the fish tacos were very small and hardly filled. We asked for water about 4 times before getting it. Maybe just an off day, but not up to its usual standards.
  10. C

    Chipster

    San Francisco

    202 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    202 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our party of 6 had a super fun time here for lunch before an Alcatraz cruise. We had a mix of salads, fish, and chicken, along with cocktails and beer. Nice location, good eats/drinks, and friendly service. Definitely recommend this fun establishment.
  11. JR

    JodiR

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great location to dine on pier. Good food. Would return.
  12. SH

    ShaneaH

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and excellent service. A few more items for non-seafood eating patrons would be a good addition.
  13. T

    Tahoebp

    Tahoe

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Some things you can't recreate after some years have gone by. This is one. Looking forward to their sourdough shrimp salad sandwich. Forget it! Two pieces of toasted bread with microscopic shrimp and cheese...a steal for $24.🤣 Miso soup was just as bad. A cup of zucchini, kale, with a weird tasting broth. What happened to the sourdough roll packed with shrimp salad? Drove from Lake Tahoe for this! NO WAY! Where's their spokesman Guy Fiera? DEFINATELY screwed up on this endorsement. 🤤
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect ! Everything’s was great!
  15. BS

    BobS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took relatives from out of state. Upon his first bite, our 15 year old grandson said, "this is the best sandwich I have ever had in my life". We all liked our orders, and the portions were very generous. The service and outdoor bay view dining are A+.
  16. SM

    ShanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is terrific, the service is always perfect, and their menu is unique and exciting. Love this place!
  17. SS

    StephanieS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Book club group discussion
  18. JZ

    JZjz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Now I wish I had seen this earlier. I think our waitress's name was Rebecca. She and the hostess were extremely pleasant. All of the staff was. How wonderful for us as guests. I brought 4 seniors with me and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch outdoors under the sun. Everyone was very accommodating. I hope you appreciate your staff as much as we did. Thank you.
  19. LP

    LindaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have been coming here for over 30 years. Always lots of tasty options on the menu - and you can't go wrong if you are looking for a casual place to dine by the water in San Francisco.
  20. MA

    MikeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good time, good food and wonderful views.
  21. S

    Sunny

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Tired, dirty place with sub par food. Everything is overpriced because of the location but even that is not worth it. And seeing staff wearing tacky t-shirts, really? Would not go back for anything.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing scenery on the water. The food was incredible especially the fish tacos, banana bread, fish dip and shrimp melt!!!!! Lovely experience!!
  23. t

    traveler1t

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Pier 23 is an old school San Francisco cafe and bar on the bay with some "dive bar" ambiance. You could easily be sitting at the bar in 1950. The food was good with generous portions at a reasonable price. The shrimp melt was a delicious diet-buster. The staff was very friendly and helpful. If you want high-end glitz, this is not your place. If you want a warm and friendly spot to enjoy an Irish coffee in the afternoon watching seagulls, this is it.
  24. MS

    MichelleS

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was meh. The service was wonderful and the view beautiful
  25. FC

    FrancineC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They made it through the pandemic. Hours are shorter and the menu is smaller but the food and service are still outstanding.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place after visiting the exploratorium.
  27. F

    Farrah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun & affordable options - comfortable patio set up & excellent service
  28. N

    Nosher

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Pier 23. We have eaten here many times and never been disappointed. Nice ambience, on the water, and fun atmosphere.
  29. b

    b100

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've had Pier 23 on our list for a while and finally made it for a lunch with some friends this week. We loved the place. They've done a nice job with the seating and almost every table gives you a San Francisco Bay View. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed their meal. The staff was wonderful. Great service and even better personalities. Nice people work here. We highly recommend it and will be back very soon.
  30. C

    Cathym

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The view from the patio is outstanding. The food is really good and they give you large portions. In the past, the service has been spot on but this time it was lacking quite a bit. Still totally worth it.
  31. J

    Jack

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Mediocre food - service was ok ... nothing over the top. Expensive for what you get.
  32. B

    Bcon

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive service. The food is excellent.
  33. TD

    TotalDisappointment

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful brunch outside on the deck. It was absolutely beautiful and the food was quite good. We highly recommend Pier 23!!
  34. RS

    RitaS

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Not the level of restaurant that Open Table usually lists. Not a great dining experience - staff was very nice though.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Staff was kind and patient. Food was good.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and location
  37. TF

    TimF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While visiting San Francisco my husband wanted to eat at this establishment because of Guy Fieri’s recommendations on his show. We felt the food was very good and the customer service was nice.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I’ve been to this restaurant so many times n I was disappointed this time. I know this is Covid time when food and food quality and choices have diminished. I love this restaurant n I hope it will come back to its heyday.
  39. J

    Jopat

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always good here. And service is friendly, yet professional. Our waitress was fun. We ate outdoors and it was a lovely day. Thank you.
  40. T

    Terecita

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pier 23 is a unique waterfront restaurant with a cool and relaxed atmosphere (you can sit right outside and watch the sailboats). Their music is on pause right now, yet when it comes back, know that it has been a long time San Francisco favorite. The food and drinks are great. Don't miss this hidden treasure, with a genuine San Francisco vibe.

FAQs

Pier 23 Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 362-5125.

Pier 23 Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 1253 OpenTable diners.

Pier 23 Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Pier 23 Cafe

Pier 23, On The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Greenwhich

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–6:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are several public lots within walking distance of the restaurant. Some public parking lots close early so check the signs.

  • Public transit

    The Muni F-Line light rail service that stops directly in front of Pier 23 Cafe is currently suspended. We are a ten minute walk from the Ferry Building and ten minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bryan Baker

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Nightly

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 362-5125

  • Catering

    For events off site, pickup a party platter! Choose from a selection of some of our favorite dishes: • Mini Dungeness Crab Cakes with Avocado Crema • Caesar Salad • Jumbo Prawns with Traditional Cocktail Sauce • Baby Back Ribs with Ginger Hoisin BBQ • Deviled Eggs with Salmon Caviar • Beef + Pulled Pork Sliders

  • Private party facilities

    Pier 23 Cafe located right on the waterfront is a perfect place for hosting a work Happy Hour, birthday party, family or business dinner. Our excellent service, fresh delicious food, and dedication to sustaining San Francisco's rich waterfront history, provide a memorable experience for every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Team: (855) 398-9692

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