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“Nothing beats this on a nice, or even not nice, day”
Review of Pier 23 Cafe

Pier 23 Cafe
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Owner description: This bar, featuring great music nightly, is always packed.
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nothing beats this on a nice, or even not nice, day”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is unique, special place. [I always have lunch there and I will limit this review to that] It is a welcome relief from the plastic,touritisy Fisherman's Wharf restaurants. It is beautifully located on the Embarcadero by the Bay on the way away from the tourist haunts to the Ferry Building. You may be surprised. There are no white table clothes, but the service and food are excellent, as is the price

Visited October 2012
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St. Catharines, Canada
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Get away from the Wharf!”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

This place is a gem with good food, and a fun atmosphere. It is a must see in San Fran. Get away from the hub bub of the Fisherman's Wharf area and enjoy a sunny afternoon on their outdoor patio on the water. i had the garlic crab, but I watched the other dishes that went by and you cannot go wrong.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Dennis T
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Incredibly rude bartender”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stopped in and asked about the Happy Hour specials they were advertising. The waitress told me she wasn't sure, so we stood at the bar and waited for the bartender. It seemed like the people around the bar were regulars and he didn't want to bother with us tourists. When he finally acknowledged us, we asked about the Happy Hour specials. Without so much as a word, he grabbed the same non-descript Happy Hour menu they had by the door, threw it at us and turned away. I've never felt so unwelcome. Needless to say, we walked right out.

We ended up going to Waterfront Restaurant a little farther down the wharf and were treated so well. Beautiful place with an awesome view and a fantastic Happy Hour from 3pm to 7pm ... we went back every day!

Visited August 2012
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Kansas City
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Might go back for lunch”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

We had a business dinner here. The food looks much more like lunch fare. The shrimp sandwiches were huge and people who ordered those seemed satisfied. The fish tacos didn't have much fish and had too much corn in them. The clam chowder tasted more like gravy for biscuits and gravy. All in all, I might go back for a lunch, but I wouldn't recommend for dinner.

Visited August 2012
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Thank KIntlTravel
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maine
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great views and Food is Better!”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

We saw a review of Pier 23 on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and marked it as a "must do" while in town - what a great plan! 6 of us went here for lunch and everyone had a superb meal - and to boot, Flor-i-da was in the house!

My wife had the dungeness crab; i had the mussels/clams - wonderful!! Can't go wrong with either. It simply is a great place to go to at least once while in San Fran....just do it!

Visited July 2012
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