Lou's Fish Shack

(415) 771-5687 | View Website

300 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94133

37.808063 -122.417807

Open Hours

Winter Hours

Mon-Fri, Sun 11am to 10pm

Sat 11am to 11pm

 
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Neighborhoods: Fisherman's Wharf, Northeast, Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront)

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Lou's Fish Shack
Lou's Fish Shack
Lou's Fish Shack

Reviews for Lou's Fish Shack

Doesn't Recommend
10 months ago

the restaurant was half empty and the waiter tried to put us on a small table at the bottom of the stairs - looked like an overflow table, only used if they very very busy. we asked to be moved and a ordered starter and a main. We were not long eating our starters when the main course was shoved on the table as well. After looking around the room, we noticed that we were not the only ones to have this issue. Cold pasta with seafood is not good to eat. Would not recomend this place at all.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

RODENTS IN RESTAURANT!!! – NOT SURE WHY WHEN I TRIED TO WRITE AND PUBLISH THIS REVIEW THE FIRST TIME I COULD NOT BECAUSE I NAMED WHAT THE RODENTS WERE.I GUESS YOU CANNOT USE THE M WORD ON HERE.NEEDLESS TO SAY, WE SAW TWO OF THE RODENTS SCURRY FROM UNDER THE BAR OVER TO THE SIDE OF OUR TODDLERS HIGH CHAIR AND SNATCH THE CRACKERS SHE DROPPED AND SCURRY BACK UNDER THE BAR PROBABLY TO SHARE WITH THE OTHER HUNDREDS OF RODENTS UNDER THERE.THIS PLACE LOOKED DIRTY WHEN WE WALKED IN, BUT IT WAS THE ONLY PLACE WITH NO WAIT (GEE NOW I KNOW WHY), BUT I NEVER EXPECTED TO SEE RODENTS WHILE WE WERE EATING.WE WERE ABOUT HALF WAY DONE WITH OUR MEAL WHEN WE SAW THEM.MY KIDS DID NOT LIKE THE FISH AND CHIPS SO THEY HARDLY TOUCHED THEIR FOOD, THANK GOD. WHEN I TOLD THE WAITRESS SHE JUST SHRUGGED IT OFF AND DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING REALLY.I TOLD HER TO GET THE MANAGER, BUT SHE ONLY BROUGHT OUR CHECK AND SAID THAT ALL THE MANAGER COULD DO WAS GIVE A 25% DISCOUNT.FOUR HOURS LATER I WAS SICK. I WAS SICK FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS.GUESS RODENT FECES DOES NOT AGREE WITH ME. I CANNOT BELIEVE THEY DIDN'T EVEN OFFER AN APOLOGY. I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE EAT AT THIS PLACE UNLESS YOU'RE OK WITH THE RODENT THING AND YOU LIKE OVER PRICED FOOD THAT IS NOT EVEN MEDIOCRE TASTING.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE FOOD; Great Music – The service is slow, the waiter is well... red-eyed. Which is alright except that the food is absolutely the worst we have experienced and not inexpensive. So, after watching our waiter go around the corner into the alley several times, the food did finally arrive - and well I wish it wouldn't have. Between the two of us we tried several items from the menu and with the exception of the salmon cake were more then disappointed with everything. The calamari appetizer was tough, chewy and tasteless, the buffalo wings minimally average. The blackened fish was absolutely awful as was the jamaicanj-erk chicken. The fish was just bad, and left a sewer type taste after one small bite, the chicken was also tasteless, no spice here - in fact we added the chicken wing sauce in attempt at flavor) additionally, this was the most pathetic looking chicken breast I have seen served anywhere. (I would have tried to send both back, but just try to find the waiter.) If you enjoy good blues this may be the place to go relax and have a drink, but after the worst meal I have ever had to pay for I don't believe I will return.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Bad Service – The food is average, watch the clams, their not cleaned well. The only real problem with this restaurant is the service. Part of the problem is an automatic 16 percent gratuity added to orders of $50. and above. I normally tip between 20-25%. I did not leave any extra for this waitress, she was very inattentive. Most of her time was spent at the door, gazing at the pedestrians. Why would she do anything else? She gets tipped, good or bad. The blues music updtairs sets a mood rarely found anywhere else. There's a good mix of locals and tourist's. You know if the locals are there its good. If your looking for atmosphere...head upstairs for the live music. In their defense, there was another waitress that came to our rescue, I put a tip in her hand, not left at the table for the gazing gal.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Avoid if you can – We were a party of four and had the specials. Mine was not tasty if you like eating sand. I had the seafood pasta 2 out of 5 muscles were empty, and over all gritty. Service was bad. Tried to get our waitresses several times even with eye contact but got no help. Why should she? She gets an automatic $14 tip added to the bill without earning it. We spent $89 for dinner and the restaurant only had 12 people in it. I could hear the music from the upstairs bar. It was nice and if I ever returned, it would be for drinks, after I win the lotto. At $10 for a glass of the daily wine special it was a bit expensive for me. Good luck.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

NOt what we expected.... – Ok we've given this place a try 5x already... we really hoped to hear some of the older blues greats given that SF has such able talent, but generally I'd say the music isn't quite up to par (with the odd exception of course) The food -- down the middle, drinks well they were actually good every time and the bartender was quite accomodating. It feels a bit divey, maybe they need to update the digs a little? The place can hold a fair amount of people, so I'd suggest getting in some other bigger name acts (enough with all the regulars) Take the risk,it would be worth it given the great setting!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

For an awesome, quick lunch on the Wharf? Lou's. – After a busy morning we stopped in for lunch at Lou's on the west-end of the Wharf. It's right at the entrance to Scoma's (down the alley to the pier). The service was great, as well as our orders, a brisket sandwich and crab cake sandwich... The complimentary clam chowder was some of the best I've had. Lou's is a quality, authentic, and affordable, place that is right on the Wharf. I highly recommend it.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

I LOVE LOU'S!! – A place like San Francisco NEEDS a place like Lou's... Lou's is in my opinion the single best place to see regular, live blues by local artists.

Recommends
over a year ago

Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Blues club features live bands daily alongside Cajun seafood cuisine. Outdoor dining available to view the bustle of Fisherman's Wharf.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Drinks, awesome music – I have visited this club several different times and love this place!! It is a great melting pot of different types of people any given night, and the service is amazing. The bartender is always busy but still makes great drinks in a timely manner. The bands range from good to great, but some of the better ones to catch are the mofo party band, daniel castro, annie sampson, and marvin banks!

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