This is reportedly the oldest restaurant in San Francisco; it dates back to the gold rush although it is not in its original location. The featured menu items are seafood of many types and prepared in a wide variety of ways. There are other menu choices as well. The restaurant is in a long and rather narrow wood paneled room. On the left side are alcoves with tables and on the right is a long counter (please note that despite this type of seating this is definitely not a diner). It is an attractive and very traditional type of setting. The Tadich is a bit unusual in that it does not accept reservations so you must give your name and wait for a table or you can stand behind the counter and wait until someone gets up. The wait for a table on some nights can be a bit long, e.g. 45 minutes, but the wait on the counter side is usually much shorter. So good strategy is to register your name for a table and then see if you can snag counter seats more quickly. Of course, for groups larger than two or three getting seats together at the counter is difficult, but sometimes the other diners can be induced to move and make room. The waiters who work behind the counter are friendly and very efficient. The food is always excellent. This is one of the top places to eat in the city.
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