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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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94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is always full and the food just great. To start we had raw oysters, east coast, delicious and a must is the Benita's Bacalad made from dried cod and an old Italian family's recipe, the Perone beer goes so well with this. The special of the day was the sea bass and the black cod. We tried them... More 

Thank Olga B
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stumbled upon this place while walking around the North Beach section of SF. On a Tue night, it was the only place with a wait, but definitely worth it. The place is very small and the best seat is at the counter (not bar). It reminds me of an old fashioned Ice Cream shop. But this is where all... More 

Thank Kski1961
Myrtle Beach, sc
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We flew into San Francisco with the intent on finding some great places to visit and one of the programs being played on the plane was "bizarre foods" destinations. They featured Sotto Mare and their Cioppino and fresh seafood. We were not disappointed by the service nor the food and we truly enjoyed the fresh Clam Chowder and a huge... More 

Thank Freestylefoodie
Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fun, quirky place with short menu of excellent fish and seafood. You can't have coffee or dessert and they barely serve vegetables- the focus is close to 100% on the excellent seafood. Service is very friendly too. It's a tiny place, so if you want to avoid a wait go at off peak times. We had a large breakfast and... More 

Thank SAJAToronto_Canada
Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had dinner here (recommended by a friend). Arrived before 6.30pm and there was already a queue outside the restaurant! Placed our names on the wait list and was informed of a 20-30min wait. *some heaters would be much appreciated at the outside/alfresco area would make the wait a lot more pleasant! Ordered the cioppino to share and it was delicious!... More 

Thank jasther
Makawao, Hawaii
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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Craved ciopinno and found this place in North Beach. At first, I wasnʻt sure that I wanted to pay $40 for a serving for two but it was totally worth it. Awesomely delicious ciopinno base with scallops, crap, shrimp, mussels, just as pictured in other reviews. Served with a side of bread. Had a nice glass of chianti. Hubby had... More 

Thank Moowahine66
Concord, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A small but fabulous Italian seafood bistro known for its yummy crab ciopinno! Call ahead and ask for a table upstairs or outside in good weather. Avoid the downstairs. The staff is fun and friendly and you are led to think they have worked there for years and have loved every minute. Order what they recommend, its that kind of... More 

Thank traynorv
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went there for lunch. Split the cioppino, best I ever had. Sat outside and enjoyed the quiet setting

Thank Dsvacc
New York City, New York
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

THE “BEST DAMN CRAB CIOPPINO” is what they call it... and I have to say they may not be lying. First of all sit at the counter if you can. There's always a wait, and a line, but it moves fairly quickly. Made to look like an early-mid 20th century seafood house that's been there for 100 years it is... More 

Thank DukeofNewYork1
Fort Worth, Texas
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed oysters and cioppino. The hostess was very capable and kind. The man also working at the front was nice and suggested we take our buzzer next door to Gino and Carlos, and we had fun while we waited for our table. It is a small and extremely busy restaurant, and the servers are overworked and frazzled. However, the experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Italian, Seafood, European, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
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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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
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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