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Sea Lion Cafe

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39 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94133-1006
415-434-2260
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
for the budget conscious

This place is for the budget conscious being in a tourist spot..this place serves cheap food and quality is not too bad..get the bread bowl chowder the best in the area!! :)

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2014
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Sosua, Dominican Republic
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you are wandering around SF - checking the shops at Pier 39 this is a great place for a quick bite to keep your tourist energy up.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We read the reviews and thought this would be the perfect place to unwind after our Alcatraz trip. But after spending fifteen minutes searching Pier 39, we couldn't locate the restaurant (we did see signs where it was supposed to be). I'm not sure if it's relocated or closed, but we were disappointed to miss out.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This place is for the budget conscious being in a tourist spot..this place serves cheap food and quality is not too bad..get the bread bowl chowder the best in the area!! :)

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Top Contributor
327 reviews 327 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Nice place. Friendly staff and owner. Prices fair. And you get to watch the sea lions!! Hard to beat that. Those who comment that places on the wharf are tourists trap - uh yeah, so what were you expecting?

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Fraser Coast
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126 reviews 126 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Let’s not pretend that this isn’t anything but a tourist trap within a tourist trap. You have a meal here for the view, and anything else is a bonus. So, we were pleasantly surprised by the food which was quite ok (and as with a lot of places in the US, there was lots of it). Seriously, just for a... More 

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New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had lunch today, and the food was great. The views were amazing, loved being able to watch the sea lions. The service was really good, no issues with anything. Overall, good. I’m a vegetarian, and I would like to say, it would be wonderful if American restaurants marked on their menus the meals that are suitable for vegetarians to... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

beautiful scenery and view over Alcatraz, but generally that's all. They charged $10 for every jug of water (probably tap water by the taste), and $30 for grilled salmon which was okay but nothing further. The rice (side dish) was recycled (reheated) at least three times by the (literally) plastic feeling. Other meals were very small. Disgraceful.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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107 reviews 107 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Great view of the bay, the sea lions, Alcatraz. We had fish and chips and a burger - good, tasty food. The fried potato chips ere really good.

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Sacramento
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Pier 39- Wonderful view of the Bay and sea lions on platforms. Food was average and overpriced. Service was very good. We went for lunch. I had a salad with salmon- No bread or cracker was served with it. Portion size was good. Flavor good but not worth $14. My sister had fish and chips. The fish was heavily breaded... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stopped by while touring the pier. It has a fantastic view of the bay and sea lions. The time of our visit was 3 pm, so it was relatively empty. The staff was attentive and friendly. We had a baby with us so we especially appreciate that. Drinks were always full. I ordered the fish and chips. The fish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 39 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94133-1006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: 415-434-2260

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Fisherman’s Wharf

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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