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Pier 23 Cafe

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Neighborhood: The Embarcadero
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Address: On the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415.362.5125
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am

This bar, featuring great music nightly, is always packed.

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Lunch before Alcatraz

Walking distance from where the Alcatraz Tour leaves from. Found street parking, and the meter allowed for over 4 hours. Location is awesome! We sat outside overlooking the bay... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 21, 2016
Bill M
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San Francisco, CA
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33 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Pros: -The main reason to come here is location and view. Right off the Embarcadero and on a sunny day, spectacular views of the Bay -Decent friendly service -Casual atmosphere and good for large groups -There's indoor and outdoor seating if the weather doesn't cooperate Cons -The food is OK. Basic pub style food but pretty expensive for what you... More 

Thank mwleejr
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Walking distance from where the Alcatraz Tour leaves from. Found street parking, and the meter allowed for over 4 hours. Location is awesome! We sat outside overlooking the bay. There were seals swimming around below us! Fish & Chips were great, and a massive portion. Fries were homemade. Always a plus. Chowder and Bacon Mac & Cheese were great as... More 

Thank Bill M
Los Lunas, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Get there early, or make reservations. Will definitely go back on our next visit. I was a little unimpressed with the crab/shrimp sandwich... But We all liked the kale salad, peel and eat shrimp, mussles/clams (get some extra bread for dipping), and calamari (sauce was good, but we like cocktail). It was a sharing meal.

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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this place on our way to another destination. We decided we liked the allure of the 70s/80s music playing into the street so we grabbed a few beers and sat on the patio to take in the atmosphere. Was a fun location, can't speak to the food however staff seemed friendly and helpful.

Thank Renae M
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

This place always has a good crowd. Be patient and you'll be taken care of but you shouldn't be in a rush. Calamari & burgers are really good. Portions are large and definitely can be shared. Location is awesome- on the water but away from the busy area of pier 39.

Thank Heather O
Northbrook, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

When visiting SF, I have always enjoyed eating at Pier 23. Yes - it's along the touristy area, but the food and ambiance is worth it. The seafood selection is usually quite nice. And if you show up without a hat and are seated in a sunny area, they have brimmed hats you can borrow while you are there.

Thank Nbkgman
Troy, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

This restaurant was recommended by a local. Bad Call. The selection was very small. I really wanted good fresh shrimp. I had to settle for a crab and shrimp sandwich because the only shrimp dish they was some sort of thai shrimp. The sandwich was bland and very dry. My husband ordered the catch of the day - mahi mahi.... More 

Thank Shana A
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Had been walking around SF all day and had seen this bar as we passed through so decided to go in for a quick drink. Service was fast and beers reasonably priced. Definitely worth stopping by as there is a beer garden with decent views!

Thank Moshman77
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I came here for Valentine's dinner. The food was okay. We started with the cheese plate and then I had the clam chowder. The service was slow and there wasn't a very hip or romantic vibe. There was a great band in the bar that we were looking forward to listening to and dancing to after dinner,... More 

Thank A B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2016

The cafe is ideally located in the tourist zone of San Francisco on Emarcadero. It takes just a few minutes to walk to the cafe from the famous Pier 39 with its hundreds of sea lions sunbathing in front of spectators or from the ferry station. There are indoor dining halls in this cafe, as well as an open terrace... More 

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