47 Pier, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.809011 -122.414787
Mon-Thu 1130am-10pm, Fri, Sat 1130am-1030pm; Sun 1130a-10p
Neighborhoods: Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront), Fisherman's Wharf, Northeast
One of our favorite places – The food is always predictably good, it is a very nice ambience, and one of our top five for seafood. We like to go mid afternoon when there is no line or wait, enjoy the waterfront atmosphere, and get the right combination of seafood with an Italian accent. The bread is great and keeps coming with fresh butter. I always like a pasta side. I have had an excellent steak here as well, but we go for the seafood. There is an excellent variety from which to choose, and we have never had a bad meal here.
The Best – this was our favorite restaurant in California. The service by Kevin couldn't have been better and the food was outstanding. LOved everything about it.
You HAVE to try the Crab! A whole freaking crab that even I couldn't finish! – So, we get to Scoma's and sit in the lounge. Its crazy busy on this Sunday evening, but all the staff is happy and friendly, like they want us to come in and enjoy. We try the Anchor Steam, a local beer, but it wasn't to my Mom's liking. They happily gave her a free glass of wine at our table, which we didn't even ask for. Then, John B, our waiter, eloquently and efficiently helped us with our orders, and promptly brought us some sourdough bread from right down the street. That's right. THE SAN FRAN SOURDOUGH. Then, without a long wait at all, our salads arrived, an even though it was a starter salad, I could barely finish it. As the waiter brought entrees to the next table, he mentioned that they were smaller portions, as requested, and OMG! They were huge! And then it was our turn.
The plates arrived, and WOW! The presentation was pure and simple. The 6 inch high filet mignon spoke for itself, and the whole, 2 Lbs. Roasted Dungeonous crab smelled so good......I could go on. The crab was roasted with garlic and other herbs that didn't over power the crab, but definately raised the bar. I LOVE steamed crab, but I'm not sure I could ever go back! (Don't worry, there's always room for crab!)
I recommend that you come here. If you want to dress up, dress up, if you want to dress down, dress down. But be prepared for a world class dining experience that can appeal to everyone!
Dining On The Pier, Today's Catch! Where Is Frank Sinatra, Dino, and Joe? – This past summer on vacation in S.F., we were still looking for that great seafood meal. Of course we headed to Pier 47, and all the locals, said go to Scoma's. We found it, a rough looking fish boat, and in we went. Around the hostess stand, were photo's of Tony Bennet, Sinatra, Dino, and DiMaggio. Well if it was good enough for them, it certainly was for this little Jewish boy from Atlanta. Hostess sat us right in the window, overlooking the bay. The menu was a total delight. I did not know where to begin, but the Clam Chowder was calling my name. The best I've ever had, even in New England. I ordered the $29.00, yes that's correct, Seafood Salad. It was all chilled fresh seafood caught that morning, by Scoma's Fishing Boat. I will always remember this lunch. And will remember San Francico, and why Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe, just a couple of blocks away, in North Beach. One of my all-time best dining experiences in the U.S. Oh, please don't be put off because it looks old and worn, with wood paneling, it is! Who cares, with great seafood like this, and it's not just for us tourists, plenty of local businessmen, ladies who lunch, and just people who enjoy great food!
We Should've Gone Elsewhere – On our last night in SF, my husband & I decided to take a friend's recommendation and dine at Scoma's, which was within walking distance of our hotel. We were hoping for better. The crab cake sandwich and lobster ravioli were mediocre at best and the decor is downright pedestrian. (Picture wood paneling 1970's style basement.) Our server was very nice, though a bit chatty - I guess the tourists like that kind of behavior. We should've sought out something in my husband's old 'hood where the food would've been better and the atmosphere more interesting. Next time. . .
A pleasant meal by the water – Went on a Friday night. Waited about 5 minutes for a table. You sit pretty close to your neighbors, but this lets you see what you might want to order. Wine list is fair. If you are into seafood, make sure you check out the catches of the day. My only complaint was that Sand Dabs were on the menu, I heard another diner order them, but our waiter said they were out. It appeared that he made an attempt to check this out for sure, but I still had to settle for something else. Food was good, and service was quiet and efficient. Not a bad experience and would probably dine here again.
Great Halibut – No reservation - waited about 30 minutes for 5 of us at around 7:30 on a Tuesday.
The restaurant was a little crowded, but the food and service were excellent.
Highly recommended – I highly recommend Scoma restaurant. You may have to wait 45 minutes because it is always slammed, but it's worth the wait. Portions are huge and the seafood is always fresh
Definitive San Francisco tourist trap serves incredibly bland seafood – Few restaurants in the world can take fresh-of-the-boat fish and turn it into the blandness this place specializes in. And, don't be fooled if anyone tells you this place is a hidden secret. Every hotel concierge directs guests to this place because of its theme-park clapboard fishing-shack-by-the-water ambience. Lines waiting for tables are long, even with reservations. Waitstaff are hayseed but endearing. Prices are expensive!
Great seafood at the wharf – Yummy seafood and valet parking!!! Make sure you are hungry when you go to Scoma's because the portions are huge and the food is excellent!!! It's a gem among many "tourist trap" restaurants!!!
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