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Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3920
415 398 3181
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dined here with my husband and 2 children (13 and 12). We ordered 2 orders of cracked crab and we all devoured it. Amazing. My husband and I ordered the cioppino to share and it was packed with seafood and enough for all 4 of us to eat. Kids loved that they gave us bibs to wear. Great dinner, friendly... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

During a recent 2 night stay in SF we ended up having both our dinners at Sotto Mare. We enjoyed the food and service (Carmen is wonderful) so much that we cancelled our reservation at Boulevard to come back. The oysters were delicious as was the cioppino. Also, had the halibut special) which was delightful. Carmen and the owners (Ritchie... More 

Thank LoveMyTravels8
Cranbury, New Jersey
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No tablecloths, no fancy wine list, just a roll of paper towels, bibs and fantastic seafood at a reasonable price. Place is routinely packed so make a reservation if you can (although I don't think you can make one for just 2 people). You won't be disappointed.

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Park City, Utah
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298 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My food was fantastic (seafood pasta) but I felt underwhelmed when one of our party commented that "hey all our dishes taste about the same (meaning the sauce) just with different seafood on it" such as linguini and clam sauce, the seafood pasta, the plain pasta, etc. He was right. Clam chowder was great. The crab and shrimp apps were... More 

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st. louis, mo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were referred to Sotto Mare while we were visiting San Francisco for a few days and after the first bite we came back everyday that we were there. The seafood fettuccine, the cioppino, the sauteed shrimps & scallops, the mussells were all excellent and worth the hour and a half wait time....We also met the owners who were beautiful... More 

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Vico Equense, Italy
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here for a dinner with my wife, hoping to find a real Italian seafood restaurant, considering the rate on Trip Advisor. Unfortunately we ate the worst seafood pasta ever: pasta was overcooked and lacking salt, there was a terrible milk cream as a base of every course we got. At a certain point, I had to stop myself... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant may be a little "rustic", but the food is outstanding. There can be long lines during peak dining periods so when I'm visiting the area I try to avoid the lines. Regardless of atmosphere and lines, I've always had an exceptional dining experience. The whole fish is delivered fresh every day and prepared in a variety of ways.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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87 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We recently had dinner at Sotto Mare, and it fully lived up to our expectations. Two of us had their signature fish chowder, Cioppino, and it was fabulous. They also happily uncorked a wine we brought with us Mendocino. The service was great, and the place bustled with energy. It's not fancy; shorts are fine, for example. But if you... More 

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UK for now !
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90 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited today for dinner, the restaurant was packed but luckily we only had to wait about ten minutes. My wife had smoked salmon pasta dish, I had seafood risotto, both dishes were amazing. Washed down with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, bill was about $75.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, I should advise you to book. We didn't and even though we arrived at 6:30 on a Monday we had to wait in the cold wind for 40 minutes. That said, they do have a really cool way of having you wait, as they give you a remote buzzer, in the shape of a crayfish, that works within a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
Italian, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415 398 3181

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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