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Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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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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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Being from out of state, WI in fact, we had a great dinner greeted by the owner. Very welcoming outstanding dining experience. Food was incredible! The staff was fantastic as well, and were really informative with recommendations.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
chris m
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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  • Local cuisine
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Sacramento, California
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150 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't get me wrong. The food is 5-star excellent and the prices are quite reasonable for San Francisco, CA. You cannot get better Italian style seafood, except maybe in Naples, Italy. However, the service is lacking. We came at the end of lunch rush, didn't have to wait in line on a Friday at 1:30 pm. Our favorite place to... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Being from out of state, WI in fact, we had a great dinner greeted by the owner. Very welcoming outstanding dining experience. Food was incredible! The staff was fantastic as well, and were really informative with recommendations.

Thank chris m
Plano, Texas, United States
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is so fun and good we ate there two nights in a row. Get a seat at the counter. The owner is lovely and conversation with other guests make the experience memorable.

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Chico, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

12 of my closest friends and I gave this place a try last time we were in SF. I always look for somewhere we haven't tried, focusing on places with good reviews and reasonable prices. Wow, did this place fit the bill. I shared the cioppino which was fantastic! Many had the sand dabs and others the petrale sole, both... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Friday night and had about a 30-45 minute wait to be seated, I assume this is pretty much any day of the week because the food was that incredible. They give you a beeper that you can take with you to any bar on the block and have a cocktail while you wait so that made... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to this restaurant over the Veterans Day weekend. Came recommended by a couple San Fran lovers. This restaurant doesn't look like much (like a diner, so if you are looking for a fancy place, this ain't it!). The prices were very reasonable and the food DELICIOUS. Was there with my mom and sister and we had the Cioppino and... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In San Francisco 3 or 4 times a year and go to Sotto Mare every time we're there. Not fancy...but the food and service is outstanding! It's true they have the "best damn cioppino" in town.

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Hope, BC
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had such an amazing dinner at this lovely restaurant! The cioppino was the best! Very nice atmosphere....quite lively, nice servers and wonderful hostess! I would go back in a heartbeat!

Thank HopeTraveler
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best dawn cioppino!...don't judge by the appearance. Best seafood ever. Don't leave San Francisco without eating here. To die for cioppino and risotto.

Thank gabriela g
Potomac, Maryland
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent 6 night in San Francisco and dine here 3 times!!! The wait is long but worth it. Great food, friendly staff. You will walk away very happy.

Thank Mr_M0

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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, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine


Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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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.
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