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“Good, but far from great.”

Tarantino's Restaurant
Ranked #357 of 5,839 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Description: Cracked Dungeness Crab, Clam Chowder, & Cioppino are among guest favorites. Seafood Fettuccine Tarantino, a crowd favorite, Scallops and prawns in a sauce of garlic, herbs, cream, and freshly grated parmesan cheese, is one example of the Italian flavor which is a hallmark of our seafood. For a quick bite, visit Tarantino's Sidewalk Cafe. Our Dungeness Crab are cooked, cracked, and wrapped to go--call in advance for curbside pickup. We strive to provide our customers with a consistently memorable fresh seafood dining experience with a unique San Francisco bay view. Banquet facilities available.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Good food and nice view of the wharf. Notice I said good, not great. A little overpriced for the quality, we had dinner there. It's would better serve for a lunch venue.

Thank Watsonx11
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We ended up here after a terrible experience at Scom's and I am glad we did! The Lazy Man's Chippino was fantastic! Lots of crab and prawns and fish in a slightly spicy tomato sauce, a must try if you are visiting San Francisco.

Thank Kelly D
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Four of us decided the day before to head to Fisherman's Wharf to watch the 4th of July fireworks. I called around the day before, and nearly all the restaurants in the area were completely booked. But Tarantino's had room.

The reviews on Yelp are underwhelming: mediocre food and often mentioned slow service. So I set my expectations accordingly & was just happy to have found a place to celebrate the holiday.

For appetizers we had the prawn cocktail and the crab cocktail. Unfortunately, the prawns had a bit of a previously-frozen rubbery texture. When just starting the crab cocktail, we remarked that it seemed fresh and was pretty nice. But we could only really taste the crab meat on the top part of the dish. The rest of the crab meat languished in the bowl of cocktail sauce that overwhelmed all other flavors.

When selecting our main entrees, the waiter pushed us pretty firmly towards the Lazy Man's Cioppino. You know when that happens, it usually means he is trying to steer you away from disappointment. So three of us went with his recommendation, and the fourth ordered the halibut. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed a cioppino that was flavorful and pretty well-balanced served with a tasty slice of garlic sourdough toast.

The halibut, on the other hand, was small, under-seasoned, and served with relatively bland vegetables. The three others of us ended up sharing our cioppino with the guy who had ordered the halibut.

Other notable observations from our experience are that the wine list was short and seemed random, the dining room carpets were pretty trashed, but the server was attentive & very kind, and our table at the window was a great location to watch the fireworks.

Overall, we had an enjoyable experience and happy to have gone.

Thank Knoxy-SF
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I had chowder t the take out section. It was ok, not super flavorful. The counter girl seemed irked that I did not want a bread owl. I would not return

Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is nothing special, but adequate. All the restaurants in the Wharf are tourist traps, but this one is a bit more upscale. The food is average but adequate, the fish is fresh, the prices are average for the area. The view from upstairs is great, so if you are in the area for lunch, by all means it is a good bet. I would nto go there for dinner, though, as the view may not be as good.

Thank QueenStreetLaw
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