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“Just Right for the Occasion” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pier 23 Cafe

Pier 23 Cafe
1690 The embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Fisherman's Wharf)
415-362-5125
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Ranked #328 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Café
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
Cross street: Greenwhich
Transit: The Muni F-Line light rail stops directly in front of Pier 23 Cafe. We are a ten minute walk from the Ferry Building and ten minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf.
Description: Pier 23 Cafe is a unique waterfront restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, live music and beautiful views of San Francisco bay. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, Pier 23 Cafe captures the heart and soul of a city obsessed with food. The large bay side patio allows patrons to soak up the California sun while enjoying creative dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Night time dining in the heated tent is complimented by maritime activity and amazing views of Treasure Island and the Berkeley Hills. Come down and enjoy a true local favorite and experience some real waterfront history.
Lafayette, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Just Right for the Occasion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

A bright sunny day and the festivities at America’s Cup Park on the adjacent pier brought us to this typical mid-range San Francisco waterfront restaurant on the Embarcadero. The busy, but not too busy to be friendly and welcoming, hostess seated us, after a short wait, on the deck in the warmth of the sun. Although we had had to wait it was apparently not for a lack of tables but possibly wait staff. No matter, our server was warm, friendly, and in no way rushed or pushed. My wife ordered the Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado sandwich on a ciabatta roll whilst I had the crab and shrimp sandwich, also on a ciabatta roll (which our server substituted happily for the sourdough bread which is listed on the menu).

Our sannies came with crisp garlic fries which were absolutely delicious, thus matching the sannies themselves. Our server checked on us a couple times, made sure our water glasses were full, and thanked us warmly when we left. The prices were right and the quality high. Had there been a few more seafood items on the menu I would have given them a full five stars.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Great find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Awesome local spot - even better since americas cup activities surround. Great reasonable food- nice music- perfect location away from touristy section

  • Visited August 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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Stockton, CA
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“Crabby yum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The whole crab with that incredible sauce.... oy vey! I don't know what they put in that garlicky sauce, but it was good. The clam chowder was good, too. They also had an incredible view; now, they have front row seating for the America's Cup. Nice. But I bet their prices go up... I hope not too much.

Visited September 2012
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Wisconsin
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Checked this place out, after we heard all the reviews. It was great! The staff was friendly, service great and the food was delicious! This place gets very busy, so plan ahead!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Barrowford, United Kingdom
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“Big Bangs on 4th July”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We spent 4th July in this bar/restaurant after a recommendation from a tourism bureau. It was fantastic. Great food and service, we didnt feel rushed to leave our table and had the perfect view of the fire works from the pier at the back

Visited July 2013
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