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Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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552 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
415 398 3181
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 59
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  • 16
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  • 21
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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
Best Clam Chowder in SF and Great Seafood!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
ginri
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant managed to fit us in on our last evening of visiting San Fran. It's superb and reasonably priced I had 2 x East coast oysters for starts and Prawn and Scallop combo for main so tasty. The wife had chowder for starts and then the sea food resotto. Great restaurant and Front of house staff. 2 courses each... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

There is a definite reason why Sotto Mare is rated #6 restaurant in San Francisco: it's amazing seafood. It should be rated #1 when it comes to that! I went here for my first time and immediately took an oyster shooter with an IPA on the side. Good god those were delicious. Do yourself a favor and order the cioppino,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went there based on TripAdvisor reviews, and, like the title says, good, but I've had better. My wife had the prawns and scallops, and I've got to say, the scallops were cooked very well. Seared, but not overcooked, as often happens. My seafood risotto was good, but just didn't have that wow factor that i was hoping for. This seems... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Do not miss out on an opportunity to experience this phenomial restaurant. The seafood linguinie was just divine and I'm saddened that I'm not a local to make this restaurant my favorite place to dine! Totally impressed - highly recommended! The food came out super quick and we watched the chefs prepare everything fresh! A MUST try in San Fran!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

So glad we read up on Trip Advisor for places to eat while in San Fran. We would have completely overlooked this gem in the Italian district. It was so good. Quaint and loaded with charm. Not one of those touristy places on the wharf. Food: To begin with the sour dough is hard to resist. We began our meal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Dinner out with family before a night of laughter and fun. I enjoyed the Prawns Saute so much I felt like licking me sauce right off my plate. The sauce consisted of garlic, garlic, and herbs. The prawns were large and sweet. My cousin enjoyed the lobster ravioli so much, she ate the whole thing except one ravioli which she... More 

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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

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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.
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