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Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

552 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Telegraph Hill)
415 398 3181
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Ranked #4 of 4,938 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Native American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: Telegraph Hill
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92% Recommend
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Based on all the positive TA reviews, we had my birthday lunch at Sotto Mare yesterday. SF is the land of "Best Sourdough Bread in the Universe." but Sotto Mare served a bland, over-processed bread that I couldn't eat. We ordered the Cioppino -- the top billing entree on the menu. At first it tasted Ok but half way through,... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We're in SF several times a year, and during this trip decided to go based on a review in local media. They advertise the "best damn cioppino" in SF, so we had to give it a try. Sat at the counter in front of the cooks so we had a bird's eye view of the prep. Had great tasting oyster... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I had an excellent experience at Sotto Mare. They do not take reservations for 2 people but we put our name in and had a glass of wine at the restaurant across the street. 45 minutes later we had two counter seats in front of the action in the kitchen. The cioppino for two was excellent and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Hi, foodies! If you are interested in superb "cuisine", top seafood quality, efficient and fast service, warm welcome and informal atmosphere ... Then SOTTO MARE will become one of your favourite restaurants in the western coast of USA. Prices are not low but when you pay you bill you realize that it's not expensive for a UNIC GASTRONOMICAL EXPERIENCE!!! ....... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We have just spent five days in San Francisco and this was the very best meal we had.The seafood was simply delicious,and I just wish we could get the same such tasty seafood dishes in the UK.If you are visiting,this is definitely the place to eat seafood...The Cioppino was so delicious!So flavoursome,the depth of flavour in the stock was the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I made a night out of coming here and so glad I did. I was solo so I wanted to choose the best food experience I could. I know many of the other popular spots in the city but hadnt tried this one yet...and I am glad I did. Best seafood in the city. It was all so fresh but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Well what can I say, my wife and I shared the cioppino and left nothing behind. We sopped up up with bread to the last drop. It was filled with various seafood but the stew is the king. An outstanding flavorful seafood stew that manages all the flavor balances perfectly. the place is small and fills up quick so we... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What a delightful meal we had....we sat at the counter and had the cioppino...plenty to share for two but so delicious you almost want your own. Don't look for atmosphere.....very informal, tiny space, but who cares with food like this served by a hardworking friendly staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We enjoyed great italian seafood in this restaurant. Loved the soup, spaghetti, grilled prawns, and risotto. Salad was probably only "ok" though.

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burbank, ca
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121 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Now, this is what an old, authentic seafood restaurant should look like....walls plastered with photos, marble tables, a narrow room, noise...a San Francisco treat. We started with succulent oysters on the half shell. Shared a huge bowl of cioppino and it lived up to its billing.."the best damned crab cioppino." An assortment of seafood in a perfect broth brought gastronomic... More

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