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Pier 23 Cafe

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: On the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415.362.5125
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Activities: Nightlife, Dancing, Drinking
Description: This bar, featuring great music nightly, is always packed.

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Bay bridge to Fishermans Wharf Lunch Spot

Great place to stop for lunch if doing a walk from Bay Bridge/ Market St to fishermen's wharf area. Pleasant walk on a sunny day. Good seafood sandwiches and chicken wings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Great place to stop for lunch if doing a walk from Bay Bridge/ Market St to fishermen's wharf area. Pleasant walk on a sunny day. Good seafood sandwiches and chicken wings.

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Ahmedabad, India
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The walk down the pier and seeing the musicians dancers along the pier is wonderful.Take a boat cruise from here and see the sealions ...The pier holds a lot of shopping area and restaurants.

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Seattle, Washington
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They have happy hour which includes the whole restaurant M-Th from 5-7 and Friday I think 6-8pm. The peel and eat shrimp are great as is everything on the happy hour menu and regular menu. They also have live music in the bar. When I was there, it was a piano player. Great views.

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
58 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Part of a Cosmos/Globus tour. Our bus stopped here on our 1 night stay in San Fran. ALot of spud vendors ! So, eventually got myself one, as there wasn't much of anything else worth buying to eat there ! A very busy Pier. Not realy worth going here again, but a first time is a must. There was a... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was my third and last time. The previous two were decent, saw them on DDD. I did have a seat at a bench/table outside so the ambience was decent. My server was nice however the food was terrible. The Crab bisque had little flavor. The Crab Shrimp Crab Louie Salad for $20 was ridiculous. The "lettuce" was the same... More 

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Boulder City, Nevada
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This place is full of it. It's our second time here. None of the stuff they made for Guy Fieri is on the menu or ever was. They don't want to be bothered with tourists - despite being a tourist trap, but I'm sure they can't afford their shack without them, so they compromise by being snotty. I have, in... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

Saw this spot on Guy Fieri show on our way to San Francisco, so planned it into our trip. The clam chowder was meh ok. It was on the thin side and lacking flavor. I forgot what the other 2 in my party..I forgot what they had but they also gave it mediocre rating. If you can't remember it...it's not... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
33 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

I was taken here by friends and had the clam and mussels which were very tasty, would return in the day time as great location

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Rush county
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I was looking forward to eating here because my husband saw Pier 23 on DDD. We arrived around 11:20. They open @ 11:30. We waited at the bar. Felt a little awkward since we didn't want a drink. The view was great when we got seated. Our waitress acted like she didn't want to be there. The food was fine.... More 

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Great seafood and a beautiful spot to spend a sunny afternoon. They sometimes have bands in the evenings, but my favorite is to sit out back and borrow a straw hat on a sunny day.

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The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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