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$20 - $25
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came with a reservation but had to wait 50 minutes. Being understaffed, I waited 25 minutes longer for a wait person to take our order who then promptly brought the food. The crab salad was only crab snd lettuce but good. Not like our...local Dungeness crab, however. The other two had scallops and they were presented with vegetables in the side and were quite good. I doubt I’ll ever return because the front of house person rudely told me she squeezed me in and I should be grateful. Well, I didn’t realize waiting for long was supposed to be understood. We have lots of great seafood restaurants throughout San Francisco and I’ll look elsewhere to take our grandson.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool little patio seating restaurant that we stumbled upon and enjoyed some crab and wine and talked with several patrons enjoying the weather and atmosphere. I forgot my jacket and they were kind enough to hold it for pick up the next day. Enjoyed the...service as well.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an interesting dinner at Sotto Mare in San Francisco. The food was excellent s famousand we all had Cioppino, which is what the restaurant is famous for. It was delicious. The hostess and server were not professional. The scene was out of control....We had to wait 45 minutes for out 7.30pm reservation. The restaurant is in a very crowded area, which is difficultMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were recommended this place and we were not let down. It was extremely busy however we were given a buzzer and went into the next door bar until we could get in. We were seated at the bar watching the chefs...in the open kitchen cook many different dishes which was a great experience in itself. We ordered the Cioppino which is a massive bowl filled with various types of shellfish with pasta covered in the most amazing fish broth, more than enough for two of us sharing. The staff are also amazingly friendly and work at an extremely fast pace with a smile on their face. They are all an absolute credit to the owners. We enjoyed it so much that we returned the following night for the same dish and again had the same amazing experience. I can't recommend this place highly enough and would go back again and again if I could.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for reliable seafood in a decent neighborhood and were not disappointed! Everything we wanted - local and fresh seafood. Just wanted some fresh shrimp/clams/pasta etc and a decent glass of wine or two. Fun vide, very friendly service and fun 70’s play...mix in the background. Very fresh and reasonably priced.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re after amazing food and even better service, this restaurant needs to be on your “go to” list while in San Francisco. Everything was delicious. I can’t rate this restaurant highly enough. A tip though - make a reservation - otherwise you’re in for...quite a long wait for a table - that’s how fantastic and popular this restaurant is. Our server Fadi was fabulous. Such a huge personality and nothing was too much trouble. She was an absolute delight and made our visit that much more enjoyable. Fadi you’re the best!!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

I can’t in all honesty say that Sotto Mare’s is the best cioppino in San Francisco because I haven’t had cioppino in any other San Francisco restaurant. But I have had similar dishes on the east coast, in France and in Italy, and can say...without qualm that Sotto Mare’s ranks among the best. It’s loaded with seafood — snow crab instead of Dungeness but we didn’t think that mattered — crammed into a broth that is too die for. With a carafe of wine, tax and tip the meal amounted to $100 well-spent. If you’re just a couple either go early or be prepared to wait. Reservations for 3 or more only.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 4, 2022

The cioppino was fantastic. This is a really small place. An inner city diner-type atmosphere with really good food. We had to wait quite a while to get a table on a Sunday night so plan accordingly.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 29, 2022 via mobile

This restaurant gets extremely busy which is great as it adds to the bustling atmosphere. Portions are large especially the shrimp Louis salad and the cioppino is superb! We sat at the end of the bar where the chefs were cooking and it was great...to see them at work and made it look so easy. Waitress service is also very tentative. Highly recommended if you love seafood.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 26, 2022

Very good, but Cioppino was just a notch below the previous visits. Sand Dabs were sweet and fresh. More seating available outside as they have taken over the parking with tables and a covered shelter.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 19, 2022 via mobile

This is a favorite of ours and a return visit. The fish is the freshest and the portions are quite large. Husband ordered the swordfish-good perfectly and topped with a lemon caper sauce. The vegetarian options are pasta with a choice of 4 sauces-I had...the aioli-olio-pepperocini that was quite spicy and very good. The portion Was quite large-consider a half order for lunch time. The house salad is iceberg lettuce and tomatoes with a yummy thousand island dressing. The wine list is limited but for my money, a carafe of the house wine and you are transported from North Beach to you favorite spot in Italy! Outdoor dining is available-reservations for small parties are not.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022

We went for dinner, had to wait about 30 minutes, so worth it! I'm still thinking about it a week later. My husband had lobster ravioli, very good!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

Didn't have a reservation, but still were able to sit at the bar on a busy Thursday night. Everything we tried was fresh and seasoned just right: as appetizers East Coast/West Coast oysters and the Octopus Salad were our elections and we split the Cioppino,...which was amazing. A messy meal, but well worth itMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 14, 2022 via mobile

Don’t judge the book by the cover! Very fresh and delicious, Italian inspired seafood restaurant. Had the prawn/scallop sauté. Fantastic. This place gets busy, so have your reservation ready. Walk up will be tough to get a spot.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022

We’re spending 2 nights in the Bay area and In-N-Out Burgers is a given for one of them (not available on the east coast) and Cioppino for the other night. Sadly our cioppino go-to place in San Francisco, Alioto’s, has shuttered, so time to research....We decided on Sotto Mare which advertises “the best damn cioppino in San Francisco”. It was mid-afternoon and amazingly we found a parking place right across the street from the restaurant. We ordered the cioppino, “enough for two” and indeed it was, reasonably priced at just under $50. Sitting outside at a restaurant in the North Beach area on a nice warm San Francisco day digging into a tureen filled with local seafood swimming in a delicious tomato/wine sauce with a fresh sourdough bread for dipping. Life is good.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Response from Watsson | Reviewed this property |
Sand dabs yes. Sole???
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Response from ChicagoTraveler26 | Reviewed this property |
We went there and put our name in, they gave us a pager. You can go next door with it and have a drink while you wait.
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They make reservations for the outside tables. We ate a late lunch, 3-ish, and walked right in. I think your grandm
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