We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
As featured in 9 days in San Francisco
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
552 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
415 398 3181
Website
Sunday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,240 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 873
    Excellent
  • 270
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Superb meal and atmosphere

An excellent dining experience. Fantastic local seafood served in a quaint cosy setting with an abundance of atmosphere. The seafood risotto was outstanding. The clam chowder a must to start. Booking is advisable however we were given a funky lobster shaped buzzer and had a couple of drinks in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Scott J
,
London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

1,240 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

An excellent dining experience. Fantastic local seafood served in a quaint cosy setting with an abundance of atmosphere. The seafood risotto was outstanding. The clam chowder a must to start. Booking is advisable however we were given a funky lobster shaped buzzer and had a couple of drinks in the bar next door prior. Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salt Lake City, UT
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Great chowder- even our young kids loved it. Best dish at our table was the scallops- so many scallops and cooked perfectly! Risotto was done well with plenty of seafood. Got in at 4pm on a Friday without a reservation or a wait. Service was good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lafayette, California, United States
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I can understand why this restaurant is so popular. It's location in North Beach is quaint and in the heart of the tourist zone; the interior, with its taxidermy fish and kitschy decor, not only feels authentic but is authentic; and the restaurant serves seafood specialties that can only be found in San Francisco. Too bad, then, that most of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Well established, busy Italian seafood restaurant in Little Italy. It gets packed, so you may need to wait. The people who worked here were very friendly and very accommodating. To die for Cioppino... recommend! You can only get it for two though ($41) or for leftovers. I was actually craving Cioppino that night, and it definitely hit the spot. Decent... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sao Paulo, SP
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My family and I went to this restaurant because of the reviews but it was much less than what we expected. First of all, the ambience was not at all nice. Restaurant seemed dirty and not well taken care of. Second, our waiter seemed not to be in the mood for attending us. The service was very poor... I could... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Grass Valley, California
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had a belated Xmas trip to San Francisco and chose to have dinner here. It is our third time back and the food is wonderful and the price is right! The delicious seafood risotto serving was large enough to be shared with another person. The bleu cheese salad was also shared by the table. Would definitely comeback for a fourth... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Location: North Beach Parking: pay for street parking Atmosphere: causal, fish-kitschy Staff: fair Menu: 90% seafood, 10% Italian Meal: average Prices: ok Visit Again: no Recommend To Friends: maybe Con: don't serve meat or ranch salad dressing

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We went to Sottto Mare based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. We made reservations since we read that there is usually a long waiting time and are glad that we did because it was packed when we went for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Although the restaurant is a little dated, it has that old-style Italian... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lake Country, Canada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

we had such a great meal here,small place but busy,get there early or make a reservation,you won't be disappointed,watch as they prepare your meal,as we did right in front of us,enjoy a glass of Cianti, Little Italy is where its at.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We spent an hour researching restaurants in SF since we live in Chicago and wanted to eat one really nice seafood meal which here for the weekend. We read the reviews that said the line was long so come a little later. We tried to call and make reservations but no one answers the phone. It is an answering machine... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4

Travelers who viewed Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood also viewed

 

Been to Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 552 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415 398 3181

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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.
Explore this neighborhood