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“Good food, dated decor” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tarantino's Restaurant

Tarantino's Restaurant
206 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
(415) 775-5600
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Ranked #798 of 5,014 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Chowder
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
Sacramento, California, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good food, dated decor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The gals and I were hungry and looking for a good seafood meal after our day of adventure around Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and we really didn't want to eat in a "chain" restaurant so we chose one of the original restaurants on the Wharf. I was somewhat concerned about being able to be seated without reservations as that's been a problem in years past; however, that wasn't a problem on this Saturday evening. The dining room and cocktail lounge were upstairs. The first thing noticed was that the decor was a bit outdated although it seemed well-maintained. We were seated at a window table which provided a nice view of a boat harbor, other Wharf restaurants, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands. Our server was prompt and efficient. Each of us had a seafood dish; a pasta with a variety of different seafood and sauces. I had an unadvertised special recommended by the server. It was similar to cioppino but was served with pasta instead of as a soup and included salmon, mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops. It was heavenly. The pasta dinners do come with nice SF sourdough bread but no salad. I also thought it was interesting that, although we were offered coffee following dinner, dessert was not offered. No worries; we later had ice cream at another establishment down the Wharf.

Visited August 2013
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

The great view and relaxing atmosphere were the good points. The food was a big disappointment. I ordered the crab cakes and received three flat, mushy cakes with little to no flavor; made me wonder if there was any crab involved at all. My husband, who loves fish & chips reported to me that this dish at Tarantino's reminded him of fish sticks (various types of minced fish). The service was just OK...nothing outstanding. We left wishing that we had taken our concierge's advice and gone to another restaurant, a bit farther away.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Wonderful view OK otherwise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The view over the water from upstairs is lovely. This is a spot well worth stopping at for a drink at the end of the day. It's not too noisy so if you've spent the day as a tourist and need a quiet break it would be a good choice. We had a glass of wine and oysters. As other reviewers have said, service was slow but we were not in a hurry. The oysters were large which is typically west coast, I think - without the fresh sea taste of the smaller ones - but nonetheless good.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Raw pleasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Had shrimp/crab cocktails there. And by cocktail there, you get a bowl of crab and shrimp meat. This place is unbelievable and a great value. Will be coming there next time in San Fran.

Visited July 2013
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Texas
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28 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful View from Tarantino's”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

A friend told us to visit Tarantino's in San Francisco. We ate at many fish places in SF and Tarantino's was good but I would not say out of the ordinary. The view from the restaurant was wonderful with a real fisherman's feel to it! The waiter was polite, but average and the restaurant was not busy to take him away from our table. The food was delicious but nothing special. I would probably chose another fish restaurant next time if it were me.

Visited June 2013
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