We had time to kill before our flight back home to Australia so decided to treat ourselves to a nice lunch away from the busy Pier 39 / Fisherman's Wharf tourist area. This turned out to be a huge restaurant with different rooms and levels stretching along the pier. We were promptly greeted and shown to a window seat and given water and a bread basket. Having experienced the massive portions served in US restaurants, we opted for the three (small) course fixed priced lunch (24.95) which is offered until 3.30pm each day. We arrived around 2pm so the lunch crowd was dispersing and the restaurant was reasonably quiet. Our server, Kathleen, was dressed in a smart uniform of starched white jacket and black pants. The linen at our table was also crisp white to match but the decor was tired 70's and in need of an upgrade.
My chowder and risotto were perfect. Hubby complained that his crab and shrimp salad was a bit bland and lacking in flavour but then he's an Aussie Boy raised on our high quality seafood and critical of everyone else's. There was no choice for dessert but the chocolate gateau which arrived was delicious. Overall, good value and a pleasant atmosphere. A seal popped his head out of the water during our visit which "made my day". Nice to be served by mature-age staff who knew their menu and were polite, efficient and worth tipping. Tipping really should be reserved for rewarding exceeding your expectations and not as a matter of course for mediocre service like in some establishments we ate at in San Francisco and New York.
Yes, I'd recommend Scoma's but go at a quiet time, mid-week if you don't like noise and crowds.
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