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“Lovely little family restaurant, but loud”

Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood
Ranked #17 of 5,775 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We made a reservation (a must if you can swing it), and we were glad we did because the restaurant was packed. The food was wonderful, and our server was fantastic. We'd definitely go back again. As an aside, just be aware the restaurant is not large (so not particularly good for large groups) and loud (so not the place for an intimate dinner). Nevertheless, fun and tasty.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

My friend and I stopped by here for lunch yesterday while walking around North beach and we both had the combination seafood salad with shrimp and fresh crab meat. There was no wait to be seated. We sat at the counter. The service was friendly and promp and the food was delicious! Generous portions. Good menu choices. They are well known for the Cioppino for two but there was no way we could eat that much! Great atmosphere and outdoor seating in a great neighborhood. Great day trip to the city.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

This is clearly a place frequented by locals. While waiting for a table I chatted with people who go there every week.
It is a good idea to arrive early as seating is limited but definitely worth the wait!
I enviously eyed the Cioppino as it was being served but definitely needs 2 people who want to eat a lot.
They only take reservations for parties of 3 or more.

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1  Thank cwalts
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We had to wait for 45 minutes to get in, as most peole do, then got a spot at the counter. It's a busy restaurant that's full of life and good food.

We shared the Cioppino between two, and as the menu says - its more than big enough for two. It was deliscious and full of a variety of fish and seafood.

We washed this down with wine and a beer and the lovely bread they give you to mop it all up.

A great, lively place that serves good food without pretention. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Keelly
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

There are already numerous reviews touting the delicious cioppino and describing the fun waiting in line with the crowd while enjoying a glass of wine. This review will highlight lesser praised food choices and cite the advantages of going at an "off" time when NO ONE is there. Having left a daytime Giants game and riding the Muni to avoid traffic and parking costs, it was a perfect opportunity to leave AT&T Park congestion and head to North Beach to beat the crowds. At 5pm there were few people in the restaurant and NO line. Starting at this early hour you get immediate service and a more relaxed chance to "schmooze," if you choose. Sitting at the counter you get a great view of the range as each delectable dish is fired. I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh oysters (only $1.50 per for West Coast, less expensive than the Wharf or Embarcadero dining options) and marveled at the succulent scallops in my pasta dish--translucent and cooked perfectly! Can't wait to return to sample more items. . maybe next time to stand in line with a lot of "new friends."

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