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Sea Lion Cafe

39 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94133-1006 (Fisherman's Wharf)
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Ranked #2,349 of 4,936 restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: Café
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
Most recent review
- May 15, 2014
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
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51 reviews from our community

45% Recommend
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English first
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71 reviews 71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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Miami, Florida
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374 reviews 374 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I was visiting San Francisco and wanted to take my brother and sister-in-law to a nice place on Pier 39. This was the wrong choice. I will state the good first. The view is spectacular! Couldn't be better. It's a beautiful view of the Bay, and all the sea lions. And, it was clean. That's all for the good part.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We always come back to this place! My uncle lives in SF and I often visit with my family. Whenever we head down to Pier 39 (which is most visits) we always eat here. We came upon once several years ago after strolling around because it is all the way at the end of the pier, and found it had... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I had a good seafood soup in bread , very filling. We went to fisher mans wharf after the Alcatraz trip. Don't make a special trip to this area unless you like cheapo tacky shops and fast food

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