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Pier 23 Cafe

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Northern Waterfront, San Francisco
  • The folks at Food Network and SFist like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Andrea F.
    "Try the crab and shrimp sandwich- amazing!"(4 Tips)
    Christian L.
    "Super friendly staff, sitting "on the bay" with a great view."(19 Tips)
    Cale J.
    "Mussels + clams with pasta and fish tacos were excellent"(7 Tips)
    A B.
    "Enjoy crab cake sliders under the powerful back patio heaters."(12 Tips)
145 Tips and reviews
  • crab
  • scenic views
  • outdoor seating
  • lively
  • happy hour
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  • Filip E.
    Nice location, great view and an ok burger. Not to die for though!
  • Scott V.
    Scott VernonSeptember 3
    Fish tacos were delicious! Right by the ocean and great atmosphere!
  • Jimmy D.
    Jimmy DouglasAugust 20
    The view is their value prop. Food is mediocre and not inexpensive. I ordered the muscles and clams which tasted microwaved based on the hot and cold patches I encountered in the broth.
  • Peter I.
    Peter IkladiousDecember 21, 2016
    Overall, the food was mediocre but great view. The fish and chips was ok, tacos were soggy, sausage and pretzels were flavourless. Service was slow and acted like they didn't want you to be there
  • Milli P.
    Milli ParkusNovember 28, 2016
    Location was good, food is over rated and just ok😔
  • Adriana D.
    Adriana DominguezNovember 12, 2016
    Moscow Mule's would be better in copper cups
  • Rahn S.
    Rahn SibleyOctober 24, 2016
    Calamari is off the menu
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolOctober 15, 2016
    Lunch outside ( avoid 1.00pm ). Crab cakes. Mussels and clams. Draught local beer. Music. Enjoy !
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokSeptember 25, 2016
    When you are on the patio you feel like you are a little bit removed from the tourists. The starters were good and served us well as lunch.
  • Jesse
    JesseSeptember 11, 2016
    The view, service, and food were all incredible! The crab and shrimp salad, Korean shirt rib, guacamole and pico are all amazing!! Avi was our server and was the best! Highly recommend it all!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BAugust 13, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit outside! Hats available to block the sun you didn't expect.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MAugust 2, 2016
    Great place for a birthday lunch!! There's something for everyone on the menu and you can hang out in the beer garden after!
  • SFist
    SFistJuly 22, 2016
    You come here to drink, or perhaps to have a hangover brunch, and you come here when it's sunny out. Because if the conditions are right, this is a prime spot with plenty of space to move around. Read more
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGJune 5, 2016
    Good drink menu and waterfront location. Enjoy a drink outside
  • Alp Can U.
    Alp Can UtkuMay 29, 2016
    Crab and shrimp sandwich.. astonishing...
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeisMay 13, 2016
    nice outdoor deck on the bay, and right where the cruise liners dock
  • Katie C.
    Katie CongletonApril 27, 2016
    Parmesan baked oysters were huge mouthfuls of crunchy, salty and slight spicy deliciousness!
  • Dayyan L.
    Dayyan LordApril 6, 2016
    Fish and chips are very greasy. Avoid.
  • Holly w.
    Holly wMarch 20, 2016
    Our chowder was fishy. We couldn't eat it.
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerMarch 15, 2016
    Perfect spot to enjoy the Embarcadero. Grab your freinds and sit outside with a beer.
  • Danny P.
    Danny PayneFebruary 19, 2016
    Great patio, great view of the bay.
  • Jan U.
    Jan UtterbackJanuary 23, 2016
    Love this place. Look at the bay and eat the shrimp.
  • Lren & JJ P.
    Lren & JJ PopnfreshJanuary 3, 2016
    Great music! Butts.
  • Andres H.
    Andres HurtadoDecember 28, 2015
    Awesome fish tacos! Great place to hang with friends by the bay and grab some drinks.
  • Crystal R.
    Crystal RighettiDecember 1, 2015
    Outdoor seating is the best, beautiful view out over the bay.
  • Cam B.
    Cam ByrdNovember 29, 2015
    Interesting bar and patrons from locals to visitors. Expansive outdoor seating.
  • Marquetta S.
    Marquetta SarsourSeptember 27, 2015
    We almost got kicked out because we were having a good time. I think the manager was jealous. Our server was amazing and wants to party with us in the future.
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SmithSeptember 22, 2015
    Not bad neighborhood bar in a touristy area.
  • Clare
    ClareAugust 24, 2015
    Touristey but delicious
  • Arianna B.
    Arianna BermanAugust 13, 2015
    Chips and guac recommended. Great views of the water.
  • Jaemie
    JaemieAugust 3, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome chowder and cocktails
  • Gestina
    GestinaAugust 2, 2015
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting. The ocean view was pretty amazing too. ❤️
  • Sri Himesh B.
    Sri Himesh BobbiliJuly 18, 2015
    Pan seared tuna sandwich
  • Gilda J.
    Gilda JaimeJuly 11, 2015
    Every nice place.
  • Maxine L.
    Maxine LevineJuly 1, 2015
    Great place on the pier, great patio with water views. About a 10 minute walk from pier 39. Try the fish tacos!
  • خورخ دانيال م.
    It's a Pier so you can see all the bay so scenic view. The food was OK.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HunwickApril 5, 2015
    Great vibe, atmosphere and always nice to be in the sun and see water. Fish and chips were pretty average.
  • Michael
    MichaelMarch 25, 2015
    Fun quick place to eat
  • Alex S.
    Alex ShestakovMarch 4, 2015
    Amazingly juicy crab, go for it!
  • Yaron Z.
    Yaron Zakai-OrFebruary 15, 2015
    Excellent crab cakes Benedict
  • Michael G.
    Michael GuarnieriJanuary 24, 2015
    I recommend a cappuccino & the delicious Flourless Chocolate Cale!! Yum!!
  • Bruno G.
    Bruno GielJanuary 19, 2015
    Fish fucking tacos!
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithDecember 21, 2014
    Darn good food and the 175 (a drink) is incredible! Just don't drink too many....way to easy to break the champagne flute it comes in:-)
  • Turan Y.
    Turan YurdakulDecember 4, 2014
    Crab & shrimp sandwich is on average, but calamari is really good.
  • Ingrid K.
    Ingrid KongOctober 1, 2014
    They have hats to borrow on sunny days!
  • Marc R.
    Marc R?erSeptember 22, 2014
    Great for an afternoon beer and cocktail, French fires are good as well, enjoy the view at a sunny day
  • Turan Y.
    Turan YurdakulSeptember 21, 2014
    Perfect location, cute place.
  • Pamela E.
    Pamela EcheniqueSeptember 19, 2014
    The food here is GREAT and the fries are to die for!!!
  • Catherine L.
    Catherine LeeSeptember 7, 2014
    Rockefeller oysters and tuna tostada = grand
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Pier 23 Cafe as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Cale J.
    Cale JrAugust 20, 2014
    Mussels + clams with pasta and fish tacos were excellent
  • Sean S.
    Sean SheppardAugust 15, 2014
    The crab is outstanding and the bar is very laid back. Oh and $$$$ views at $$ prices.
  • Sofie G.
    Sofie GrahamAugust 9, 2014
    The music is too loud sometimes, but on a sunny day sitting out in the beer garden sharing calamari with friends, there's no place I'd rather be.
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HillAugust 9, 2014
    Protip: they have cowboy hats for you and the rest of your raucous friends on the deck outside. Enjoy.
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HattabaughAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The seared tuna sandwich is my jam!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy says if you're looking for live music, fresh delicious seafood, a huge patio and good times, you've got to head to Pier 23. Many come for the legendary NorCal oven-roasted Dungeness crab Read more
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PetermanJune 28, 2014
    Amazing!!! Great crab cakes and Mac and cheese
  • Kali-Star H.
    Kali-Star HuggerJune 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    There are 2 Patricks and 2 Ryan's ransoming booze behind the bar. Come Thursday-Saturday nights for the patented Patrick proof perfection!
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithJune 4, 2014
    Definitely try the steamed shellfish...delicious
  • Rogier d.
    Rogier de HaasMay 18, 2014
    One if the few places in the city where you can drink and dine on the water. The muscles are to die for!!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoMay 14, 2014
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoMay 14, 2014
    Bad service and food, good view.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamMay 10, 2014
    Great to go to on a beautiful warm day
  • Rach B.
    Rach BApril 24, 2014
    Oysters and beer on the outside patio...need I say more? Beer garden is a great outdoor option if you just want drinks.
  • Andy C.
    Andy CooperApril 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    WiFi Password: chowder23
  • Shane B.
    Shane BennettApril 17, 2014
    The fish tacos are awesome!
  • Mike S.
    Mike ShawApril 7, 2014
    The crab bisque is fantastic!
  • Mitzy P.
    Mitzy PercivalApril 7, 2014
    Seared tuna sandwich and arugula salad are a must !
  • Igor A.
    Igor AbramovJanuary 2, 2014
    Probably the best pier 23 in SF
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FazDecember 31, 2013
    Try the crab and shrimp sandwich- amazing!
  • Melissa O.
    Melissa OlundDecember 27, 2013
    Get the crab and shrimp sandwich, open it up and dose it with lemon juice and a dash of Tabasco. Perfection.
  • A B.
    A BallesterosNovember 3, 2013
    Enjoy crab cake sliders under the powerful back patio heaters.
  • Olessya K.
    Olessya KuzOctober 4, 2013
    Outstanding ahi tuna and watermelon appetizer. Also recommend peel and eat shrimp.
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy McDanielSeptember 29, 2013
    The beef brisket sandwich is incredible, with its decadent BBQ sauce and thick cheddar cheese. Pair with an Anchor Steam draft and a table on the back patio along the Bay for a great evening! ;)
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MillsSeptember 11, 2013
    Save your time and money. Food was decent at best, but EXTREMELY overpriced. Only the clam chowder satisfied our taste buds. Almost anywhere else in the Wharf will be better.
  • Helen T.
    Helen TamSeptember 4, 2013
    Great view great service and great food! Had the sf crab and shrimp sandwich. Really really good! Big portion, had to get a box for the other half of the sandwich.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GSeptember 3, 2013
    Try the shrimp and crab sandwich on toasted sourdough - delish!
  • Jose R.
    Jose RecueroSeptember 1, 2013
    Happy hour 5-7pm
  • Maurice W.
    Maurice WilliamsAugust 25, 2013
    food is average, but the service was good. and it's always great to have lunch while looking out into the bay.
  • Julian Gutierrez
    Julian GutierrezAugust 22, 2013
    Save yourself some stress and frustration. Don't try to come down to try the crustacean. By far, worst place in the nation.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly ArbuckleAugust 19, 2013
    Typical crowd considering the location. But right on the water. Great place to watch Americas Cup.
  • Woody H.
    Woody HoebelAugust 11, 2013
    Outdoor patio a great place to watch America' Cup race.
  • Kimberly J.
    Kimberly JAugust 2, 2013
    Clam chowder was bland. Fish & chips greasy. We really loved the calamari...bacon Mac n cheese & shrimp /crab sand. Service- short handed.
  • SMTizzy
    SMTizzyJuly 23, 2013
    Service is horrible and food is just okay.
  • Michael
    MichaelJuly 20, 2013
    Friend and legends = awesome jazz bane.
  • heat
    heatJuly 19, 2013
    Known for it’s prime outdoor deck, Pier 23 is a happy hour staple for the Northeast corner of SF. Get a bucket of Coronas and some apps. I like the Burrata Plate (not on the menu!) and the Sliders.
  • Jade U.
    Jade UlrichJuly 15, 2013
    Fun to be down right by the water and in the sunshine but our drinks took forever. We finished our appetizer before they came. Service could be better!
  • Mike Z.
    Mike ZarembaJuly 11, 2013
    We received 2 different menus. They had different prices on each. The bill came and I was charged more on one item than was on either of the menus. Would not recommend this place.
  • Alison L.
    Alison LuJune 22, 2013
    Service is so slow it's painful
  • Kimi T.
    Kimi ThorntonJune 4, 2013
    The food's decent, but this is really the spot to go on a sunny day for some drinks on the patio overlooking the water. Sweet potato fries here rock.
  • Jed S.
    Jed SingerJune 2, 2013
    Fish. Tacos.
  • Fernanda H.
    Fernanda HusseinMay 10, 2013
    The service at the bar is terrible. Don't know about tables, but bartenders couldn't care less about you. Fried calamari was tasty, but I have to agree with the review that said they are too greasy.
  • Krispin M.
    Krispin MillerApril 21, 2013
    ...have a kick ass margarita
  • John P.
    John PomeroyMarch 15, 2013
    Purity Vodka on the rocks with a splash of water. Pur-fection.
  • Jim Techfrog A.
    Jim Techfrog AldenFebruary 9, 2013
    Clam Chowder!
  • Jaemie
    JaemieJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great food ! Don't be fooled by the historic dive look. Chef is trained and all product local and fresh !
  • Christian L.
    Christian LeaJanuary 13, 2013
    This is probably the hottest Bloody Mary I ever's delicious though and so is the fish&chips. Super friendly staff, sitting "on the bay" with a great view.
  • Eamonn F.
    Eamonn FitzmauriceSeptember 1, 2012
    Baby Carrot!
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Plenty of windows make the interior of the cafe seem bigger than it is, and offer a chance to spend those bright cold days along the Embarcadero away from the wind.
  • Drew O.
    Drew OlanoffJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit outside. Definitely get the Nachos.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SmithJuly 2, 2012
    Good view, that's about it. Defiantly try somewhere else
  • Block122
    Block122June 29, 2012
    This is not a tourist trap. Doesn't look like much from the outside but go in. Grab a table in the back on the water and order anything. You'll be happy.
  • Scott S.
    Scott StaufferMay 29, 2012
    SKIP THIS PLACE! Awful service. Nothing special in the food. They are just riding on the coat tail of the Food Network help. Would never recommend to anyone.
  • Angelos N.
    Angelos NMay 20, 2012
    FAVORITE place. Try the calamari!
  • joe c.
    joe chickosApril 12, 2012
    New Belgium beer launch of shift beer
  • Kanella G.
    Kanella GloverApril 3, 2012
    Splurge a little and have the chorizo firecrackers. They're frickin awesome!
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RasmussenMarch 18, 2012
    Horrible service, food is a tad above edible. Asked for vodka up and there was vermouth in it… Plus, Triple D said there were duck poppers- um, no… boooo. Check please, thanks!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarnerMarch 7, 2012
    Best fish and chips I've ever had. Seriously, get it.
  • MetroWize
    MetroWizeMarch 1, 2012
    Along with its cocktails from the full-bar, Pier 23's kitchen offers a selection of seafood favorites such as their grilled fish tacos, steamed mussels, salmon fritters, and lots more. Read more
  • Sara M.
    Sara MorenoJanuary 28, 2012
    Love the house cheese--mozzarella stuffed with ricotta!!!
  • Trevor W.
    Trevor WoodwardDecember 21, 2011
    Hi Nicole!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 9, 2011
    A local hangout with a great view of the bay! As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.
  • Clayton P.
    Clayton PetersNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They took the chicken wings off the menu, the horror!!
  • Robert S.
    Robert SnowOctober 15, 2011
    Awesome Sunday Brunch with a view of the Bay.
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzOctober 8, 2011
    Bloody Mary's from scratch
  • Robert L.
    Robert LeeSeptember 6, 2011
    All the food is good here! Chef Matt Garcia is the bomb! Great place for happy hour after work!
  • Carl S.
    Carl SandersAugust 7, 2011
    Crab and Shrimp Louie!!!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MirelesJuly 17, 2011
    Get the oysters! They're delicious and huge to boot!
  • Monica
    MonicaJuly 10, 2011
    Wear a poncho
  • Courtney J.
    Courtney JamesMay 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Came around 4. Bartender couldn't be less interested. I know it's slow but..
  • Robert H.
    Robert HickenMay 2, 2011
    Try the Fernet!
  • Staci B.
    Staci BrownApril 11, 2011
    They charge at the door even if you plan on eating dinner. The food isn't worth it. Get a hot dog up the street and listen to the music from outside.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew ShelleyApril 9, 2011
    Bucket of coronas is good make them uncle Charlies an it's even better
  • Carla O.
    Carla OApril 4, 2011
    Its ok..nice to eat outside on a hot day..but nothing to write home about. But still enjoyed myself :)
  • Rio
    RioMarch 14, 2011
    Try the fried calamari and the mac & cheese! Yummm
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan StackMarch 7, 2011
    The lemon tea they bring you on the house after you eat crab is delicious. Yum! I drank 2!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MillerOctober 9, 2010
    I meant friendly! Spelled correctly.
  • Tricia R.
    Tricia R.October 9, 2010
    On a sunny day, ask your server for a straw hat or some sunblock. Our server Max took great care of us and the bloodies are spicy! Great neighborhood joint!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MillerOctober 9, 2010
    Bartender is fast and freindly. Server Max goes above and beyond. Could not have been any better.
  • Erin
    ErinAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Head here early if it's going to be a warm, sunny day.
  • KaRiM O.
    KaRiM OnTheGoJuly 26, 2010
    The music is always good, drinks are always cold...always a good time!!
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 18, 2010
    Live music, cold Coronas & fresh seafood. When the sun is shining, good moods are abundant & tables are hard to come by but standing amidst the sea of fellow bar-goers is just as fun. - Jill
  • Jon P.
    Jon PappasMay 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best with live music
  • Bill H.
    Bill HaskinApril 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    RIGHT Gin and Juice
  • Ted C.
    Ted ConnMarch 20, 2010
    Food is just OK... fried calamari is way too greasy
  • Robbie W.
    Robbie WhitingFebruary 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It's a nice a pier.
  • Aneel R.
    Aneel RanadiveNovember 30, 2009
    try the fish tacos
  • Matt F.
    Matt FoleySeptember 2, 2009
    to capture the most sun in the afternoon grab a table at the far outside point.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FoleySeptember 2, 2009
    avoid margarita with too much sweet and sour. Calamari is excellent!
  • José L.
    José LeosAugust 15, 2009
    get a margarita
  • francine h.
    francine hardawayJune 11, 2009
    Dive bar with great view
  • Sema
    SemaDecember 14, 2014
    Bira patates 👏👍👏👍 tatlilarda iyi bence burdaki guleryuzlu personel ve guzel konum herseyden ayri tat almamizi saglar 👏👍❤️
  • Sema
    SemaDecember 14, 2014
    Son gunumde tanistigim, hayran kaldigim orada yedigim patatesi hicbiyerde yemedigim , ortama , calisanlara hayran kaldigim , manageriyla tanistigim , efes pilseni tanittigim , super bi yer , 👏👍🇺🇸❤
  • Richard R.
    Richard RiveraMarch 9, 2014
    Huevos rancheros
  • Fatih K.
    Fatih KuranFebruary 5, 2014
    Deniz kıyısında mükemmel bir yerde çok şirin bir yer. A cosy restaurant at the perfect location by the sea
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