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“A San Fransisco Gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood
552 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach / Telegraph Hill)
415 398 3181
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Ranked #7 of 4,523 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
London, United Kingdom
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“A San Fransisco Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was our first meal during our recent trip to California and we were delighted! It was a Friday evening and the place was very busy and is obviously a local favourite. The menu was great, the fish was fresh and my favourite dish was the Baccala starter which was divine. Accompanied by a lovely bottle of Prosecco. Friendly and efficient service,

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A must place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

When on vacation in San Francisco earlier this month we had a great experience eating at the Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood.

Our first reaction looking in through the doors of the restaurant was that it reminded us of some really good places we ate at while visiting Italy a couple of years ago. The place is small (very narrow and long) with an open kitchen on one side of the restaurant. We came in just before 6 and the place was almost full. An hour later it was packed with people waiting in line to get in.

The menu is small with a handful of specials (everything seafood). We were sitting at the bar facing the kitchen and had fun observing the preparation of the food. As with a lot of Northern Italian cuisine the preparation was really simple, but the freshness of seafood and the simplicity of preparation are the main two ingredients in some of the best recipes.

I ordered fried flounder and my husband ordered mixed seafood with linguine, both were excellent. We were really sorry that we had to leave San Francisco the next day because we didn't get a chance to try Sotto Mare's dungeon crab.

Sotto Mare doesn't have a desert menu but with the restaurant being located in the Little Italy it was not a problem because we just went around the corner for a cannoli and a cup of cappuccino.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Campinas, SP
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“Nice seafood on a rustique environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I was looking for some seafood in SF and this one came to my attention. The environment is not so pleasant, but food is great and well served. Deserves a visit.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Washington
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“Try it, you'll like it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

They claim to have the best cioppino in San Francisco. They're right. My friend and I had dinner there last night and we both agree that it was one of the best meals we have ever had. The food, the atmosphere, the service, all first rate. The seafood was cooked perfectly. I'll be back again.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“great flavours, great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Extra fresh seafood, informal, very friendly atmosphere.
the cioppino is superb, amazing value at $38 for two with plenty of lobster, fish, prawns, etc.
The freshly opened west coast oysters were also superb!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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