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So your loved one is always complaining that you never go to fancy places anymore? Cruise over to this plush restaurant and bar for scrumptious food, great ambiance and fine wine. The soft hues, marine-themed artwork and aromatic candles at Bar Crudo will help rekindle your love life! Fresh seafood delights await your palate; try the seafood chowder, the chilled oysters, or the little neck clams. Pick your poison from the colossal drinks menu as you enjoy the soothing indie music. And if the bar setting is too chirpy to handle, just head to the dining room upstairs, which has a far more intimate atmosphere with just ten tables.
Imagine a sea of enormous, luminous, purple jellyfish magically floating above an elegantly dressed crowd of martini-sipping elite, and you will be in Farallon. People stand elbow-to-elbow in the bar at this Union Square destination, sipping on their pricey cocktails. The food, such as sea urchin gratin and black-truffled Dungeness crab, is delicious, beautiful and expensive. Overall, Farallon provides a whimsical, aquatic dining experience with service as exquisite as the glass sculptures that populate the ceiling.
Pull up a chair at the counter of Swan Oyster Depot and enjoy some of the best local Dungeness crab and Boston Clam Chowder you will ever taste. Besides clam chowder, most of the offerings on the menu board are served raw, cocktail-style. The Depot is also a fish market. You can buy a filet to cook up at home. The atmosphere is completely informal. Reservations are not accepted, but it is worth the wait.
This restaurant in the heart of the Castro serves some of the freshest seafood away from Fisherman's Wharf. The service and decor of the restaurant are simple. Diners order at the counter and seat themselves at small tin tables and chairs. All the seafood is fresh from the ocean, including the steamed crab and steamed mussels. There tends to be a large lunch contingent, so dining during off hours is recommended. You can also buy fresh seafood here to make your own culinary creations at home.
Roy Yamaguchi's commitment to fine food with his seafood-intensive menu saw the debut of Roy's Restaurant in Honolulu in 1988, and word quickly got around that this was the place for excellent food and service. In San Francisco, diners with discerning palates enjoy Roy's extraordinary menu with its daily variations. A nice way to start your meal is to select from the many tantalizing Ohana appetizers. The Ahi sushi roll has just enough bite to whet your appetite. Roy's canoe appetizer for two includes shrimp sticks, Szechuan baby ribs, lemongrass steak summer roll, crispy blue crab cake and lobster pot stickers. For entrees, charred Japanese misoyaki butterfish is as succulent as its name. The original blackened island ahi, bathed in spicy hot soy mustard butter is another favorite.
In a city where most restaurants have a lifespan of less than five years, it is heartening, if not surprising, to find such an old-timer. Politicians and business people have been coming here forever, buying each other martinis and waiting to be seated (no reservations are accepted). The seafood is fresh and fabulous and the decor is turn-of-the-last-century. The waitstaff is great, and it's not surprising--some of them have been here more than 30 years!
Eating seafood comes naturally when you see Waterbar's beautiful view of the bay and the Bay Bridge. Tanks display the fish available for eating and there is a large raw bar in the dining room. The seafood is sustainable for clear conscience eating. Try pressed lobster or whole oven-roasted petit local halibut. There is a full bar to complement your meal, and valet parking is also available.
Located in the Ferry Building Marketplace, a visit to Hog Island Oyster Bar is a great way to start off a San Francisco adventure. The restaurant is owned by the Hog Island Oyster Farm, who farms oysters in Tomales Bay. Established in 1983, today the company raises over three million oysters per year. The casual surroundings of the restaurant, located opposite a retail fish store, provide a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge. Stop in and grab a glass of wine and down as many oysters as you can. The menu also offers clams and salad, but the main attraction here is the oyster stew, the chowder and the grilled cheese sandwich! Check for the daily specials before ordering. The restaurant also offers a small quantity of live, unshucked oysters to take away, but will have to be ordered three days prior.
People of the Bay Area just love their seafood especially classic favorites such as Dungeness crab, cioppino, clam chowder and the sourdough garlic bread. Standing out in the line of restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf is Cioppino's - a lively restaurant that specializes in local seafood favorites, primarily Italian. Their menu offers the freshest catch from the Bay and features some of the much raved about dishes like their shrimp & pesto pizza, salmon fettuccine and the shellfish medley. The atmosphere is very inviting and relaxed, making it a perfect place to enjoy big meals with the whole family or large group of friends.
Old-fashioned charm is what you will find at this spot, that is unfussy, unpretentious, and as homey as your living room. Lots of old favorites are served up here, including, of course, about ten variations of clams. The Sweet Raw Clams get high praise and the Fried Clams are a crispier alternative. Fried seafood choices include oysters and calamari. Specialties of the house are seafood Provencal, Seafood Mescalanza and other shellfish mixes.
Scoma's prepares some of the best seafood dishes on Fisherman's Wharf, which is no small feat considering the competition. The traditional dining room lets the food do the talking. The menu focuses on fresh seafood that is either sauteed or broiled. Enjoy Dungeness crab, prawns, scallops, calamari, abalone, swordfish, salmon, oysters and clams. House specialties include a spicy cioppino (seafood stew) and a filet mignon and lobster tail combo. The wine list is adequate, featuring domestic and imported wines.