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Civic Center
0.2 miles from San Francisco City Hall
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Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

Attended matinee at SFJAZZ and wanted to grab early dinner before driving back to South Bay. So booked 5:00 PM just when they open assuming we would be in an empty restaurant. Surprise we were in a line extending out the door and within a...half-hour every table in the dining room was filled. The ambience reminds me of mid-town Manhattan with VERY close tables and little elbow room. Definitely do not discuss any national secrets as many ears will be listening. Once over the tight quarters everything else was great. Came immediately with water and asked if we wanted bread (not automatic). Waitress was on top of our needs without being obtrusive even though she had a good number of tables to serve. Then the food - started with beet salad. The salad was was cold, the plates were cold and beets and fennel with walnuts and blue cheese were perfect. Judi had the big scallops served over a butternut squash purée; she raved. I had the best fried oysters ever; sweet, juicy in a deep fried golden brown breadcrumb coating. French fries were firm but not greasy. Only the coleslaw was a little weak but not awful; I am very fussy about my coleslaw so this isn’t a negative. Skipped desert but had a cappuccino that was very close to what one might expect in Rome or Florence. With two glasses of wine and a tip we dropped about $150: very reasonable for the quality.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed November 6, 2019

We went for an early dinner and had a terrific meal. The grilled calamari with butterbeans was great. My wife had scallops on a White Corn Succotash which was to die for and my sole with chanterelle mushrooms must be a signature dish. I you...go you MUST have the buttermilk pannacotta with meyer lemon gelee for desert.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 2, 2019 via mobile

Close to symphony so went after. Food was very good . Had the pre -fix dinner and every course was great!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 31, 2019

Although we were not in a rush like the pre-theater crowd, the service was curt and quicker than we wished for. The food was delicious, especially the sole. However the scallops, though tasty, left me with a mouth full of crunchy shells. Our server on...October 26th seemed to brush it aside. I never heard back, nor were we offered anything in return for my mouth full of broken shells. Will not return again.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 25, 2019 via mobile

Having been around for 41 years, they must be doing something right. And they are. Well prepared seafood is their specialty with a great and interesting wine list. We had grilled sardines on a delicious frisée salad and a good, but not great Paella. A...fantastic Rosso de Montalcino accompanied this meal. Great pre theater place for dinner.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

We came early, but at the last minute, during a very crowed time in SF but were seated immediately. The service was friendly and professional. The halibut was perfect as was the Paella.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 18, 2019 via mobile

While on holiday in San Fran we visited numerous restaurants and we came back to this one which says something. On both visits we had different fish courses and the quality and flavour was superb. The staff tell you that they lightly cook the fish...and hence if you prefer it cooked more you can. I always prefer my fish lightly cooked and hence this suited me perfectly; as requested, the Salmon was lovely and pink and the Halibut translucent. The scallops were also lovely, the sweet corn combination was a bit odd for me, but hey, it was still good. Wine selection was good, I recommend the Chablis. Tom was an excellent waiter on both our visits - thanks very much! Needless to say, I highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

Great location to the Symphony hall and good cocktails. Food was so so. My husband got the pork chop which was tasty and a nice portion size along with the sardines appetizer which was fresh. I got the cucumber salad with a nice spicy zest...to it followed by the seafood stew. The stew had a nice flavor, but 3 small shrimp and a handful of mussels and clams did not warrant the price point nor provide a filling dinner. When the portions are not adequate, our family rates dinners by the number of rolls or pieces of bread required to fill up. This was a 7 pieces of bread dinner for me. If we were to go back, I would try a fish entree which seemed to also provide nice portions based on what I saw at the other tables. As the restaurant got more crowded closer to show time, the service significantly slowed down, but in the beginning when we were practically the only ones there, they were attentive to our requests.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 23, 2019

This Classic fish house in Hayes Valley has been cooking good meals for over 40 years. White tablecloths, great, experienced wait staff and a really fun bar. Any of the seafood dishes, the fish and pork chop are all extremely fresh and well prepared. The...pan fried oysters cannot be beat. They have nice salads and french fries, along with an acceptable coleslaw, but could benefit from some good veggies with their entrees. The veggies always seem over done. Nice hot fudge sunday and good crisps in the summer. Hint: Do not go on a really hot day...not air-conditioning....More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

The pork chop dinner that they serve here is the best I have ever eaten anywhere in the United States. The flavor, the tenderness is beyond compare. I only wear that I could get the recipe or their Niman ranch pork chops so that I...could cook them at home. If you love pork chops, this is the be all, and all.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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I was there a week ago and they had scallops on the menu served over a celery purée :)
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