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“Great place to sit and watch the action by Fisherman's Wharf” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castagnola's Seafood Restaurant (Lolli's)

Castagnola's Seafood Restaurant (Lolli's)
286 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1179 (Fisherman's Wharf)
(415) 776-5015
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Ranked #2,403 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
Cross street: Jones
Transit: The northwest end of the "F" line trolley is located across the street from the restaurant.
Description: Castagnola's is a world class destination in the heart of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Known since 1916 for fine Italian Cuisine and locally caught seafood. Our specialties include Dungeness crab, lobster, prime rib, steaks and a full menu of sophisticated dining choices. From the bar, order your favorite cocktails or choose from a large selection of wines. Our lounge is a favorite wharf hangout for after work and during happy hour. We have live music daily.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great place to sit and watch the action by Fisherman's Wharf”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We found a great table in the sidewalk and spent a lunchtime watching the traffic. Good food and good service too.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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York, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Pretty poor all round”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We ate here as everywhere else was really busy, there was obviously a message we hadn't received.
The restaurant is fairly spacious, however quite dim, with lots of tables spread around. Our waiter initally got our drinks wrong, delivering Sangria instead of Cider.
The food arrived without hiccup, the fried brie followed by Fishcakes were OK, fairly standard fayre.
The waiter wasn't happy we'd left him a big enough tip, but if there service is poor why would you tip the same as if it's good?
I wouldn't bother going here again is it was pretty underwhelming considering the location and potential.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Springfield, Illinois
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Food needed more flavor!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Was able to get seated on short notice. Table next to window overlooking docking area with commercial boats. Atmosphere was very nice, tables a little close together, live music very good but perhaps a bit loud. Enjoyed fresh sourdough bread, which we'd been looking forward to since landing in San Francisco. I got blackened seared Mahi Mahi, which was plentiful but not particularly flavorful; vegetables were good but not cooked well enough even though I asked for them to be steamed very well. One friend got pasta, which she said was just o.k. and another got the crab cioppino, which she enjoyed very much. Although messy, there was a lot of crab in the bowl and she said the tomato-based broth was very tasty. Service was pretty good and if the food had been more flavorful, it would have been a very good dining experience overall.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Nice surprise.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We had a groupon for this restaurant so we wanted to use it when we were in town for Labor Day weekend. We had a reservation, but arrived early and they were happy to take us in. Drinks were a little pricey but were very good.
My husband hand the paella and loved it. He eats out a lot as he travels every week and said this was a memorable dish! The chef even came out before we received our meals and we had a nice conversation. He came out again after we had begun to eat to see if everything was good.....my. Husband told him how pleased he was and my sons also enjoyed their grilled lobster and lobster ravioli. However, I had told my husband that my lobster didn't taste quite right, and I wasn't going to say anything, but my husband mentioned it and the chef immediately took it and made me a new one....this second one was excellent! We had a great evening.....loved the chefs enthusiasm for his food and his passion for wanting his customers happy.
The restaurant is older and could use a bit of a facelift....but this did not damper our evening.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Notts
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Nice place to start a holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We had just arrived in SF and found Castagnola's on the Wharf - beckoned in by a guy on the door...

Food was very fresh and well served - I normally don't go for seafood but this was excellent.

Castagnola's is a busy place and has a great atmosphere - would go back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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