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“Best Damn Crab Cioppino for Real!”

Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood
Ranked #37 of 5,946 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Reviewed November 22, 2011

My wife and I were fortunate enough to find this place on Trip Advisor and we definitely are going back. My wife had the Linguini and clams, I had the Crab Cioppino. It was excellent. there was only two of us so we sat at the bar, but it was fun watching everything prepared. The serving were enormous and we both failed to finish. We are collecting our kids and going back for a second shot.

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Reviewed November 20, 2011

So we were told this place was the best in San Fran. . .but the hostesses are a bit rude (which I think is part of their facade) and it looks like a diner and is very LOUD. We got reservations for 5, so we were stuck in their basement area - you want to wait for a table UPSTAIRS!!! And share your food! We got a bowl of cioppino for $35 which was large enough for at least 5 bowls. I got the sand dabs for $19 which had 6 huge fish filets. The salad was just lettuce and a cut tomato. The chowder was runny (not nice and thick) but had good flavor.

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Reviewed November 20, 2011

Another amazing meal! The hostess is delightful and friendly, so don't listen to the other reviews. However, if you don't have a reservation expect a wait on weekend nights...a looooooong wait. D yourself a favor and make a reservation. The food is simply wonderful. Don't even consider getting anything other than the cioppino or the sand dabs. Actually, do yourself a favor and get one of each and split it with your dinner companion. The cioppino is the best I have ever had and is brimming with perfectly cooked seafood. The sand dabs are simply pan cooked, but the taste is heavenly. They do not have dessert, but there are no shortage of great Italian bakeries in North Beach.
So, if you are heading to SF, you really owe it to yourself to eat here.

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Reviewed November 19, 2011

Booked on short notice when travelling on business in San Francisco and was not disappointed. Very busy restaurant with lots of character and artefacts everywhere. The service was outstanding and even when we were delayed by taxis the host was charming and welcoming. Great seafood loved the risotto!! would definitely recommend.

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Reviewed November 18, 2011

This place has it all--fun atmosphere, exceptionally friendly and welcoming staff, and incredible food (we had the cioppino, which is the specialty of the house). We sat at the counter behind the cooks, and were captivated by the passion they brought to their work. We were in SF for 5 days and ate at some good Italian restaurants, but this was definitely the highlight of our eating.

Thank MSUcouple
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