great food. this is very cool place, food is fantastic, people are very nice , remember to ask when ordering shrimp , as prawns are the big shrimp and shrimp are the small baby ones. I LOVE THIS PLACE
I love the Fisherman's Grotto- I will tell you why!. I grew up in San Francisco and live on Telegraph Hill a few blocks away from #9. My feeling has always been the wharf is the wharf.... and most of the places at the wharf are about the same foodwise. Fisherman's Grotto and Scoma's have some of the same touristy issues that the entire wharf suffers- but these two are a cut way above. I have read all the reviews below and can only say I have never had an experience any thing like theirs. We send many guests there and have heard nothing but happy, positive comments. It is old San Francisco. Yes, it is traditional but does everything have to be granite and halogen- lit decor? The Venetian room downstairs is charming and the views upstairs - the best. The comment above about the restaurant being closed are totally untrue. Here's to the next 50 years!
Delicious Food. A good friend of mine recommended that I check out this spot. I was very pleased with the service they were prompt, friendly and the food was amazing. Go check them out!!!!!!!
A Special Evening. My girlfriend and I chose this place for our Valentines Day dinner. We had a 7:30pm reservation. When we arrived the place was packed. This is a huge restaurant and when we saw it packed we knew it must be good. We had to wait about 15 minutes while they prepared our table. Not a big deal. We sat upstairs in the Florentine Room which had a beautiful view of the harbor, bay and city Skyline. The GF and I shared the Mussels Bordelaise as an appetizer. It was very delicious and a very generous portion. The garlic, parsley, wine sauce was very flavorful and we used the fresh baked sourdough bread to soak it all up after finishing the mussels. I had the Steak and Lobster and GF had the Broiled Swordfish. The steak was about an 8oz Filet Mignon, cooked Medium to perfection. The 1/2 Lobster Tail was simple; broiled with drawn butter on the side. So fresh, so delectable and plump. Had a bite of the Swordfish and it too was simply a fresh piece of fish cooked to perfection, finished with a little lemon butter. Melted in my mouth.... There must have been 300 people eating that day, yet somehow our waiter was able greet us kindly, guide us through the menu, get us our food quickly and attend to us with whatever we needed. The vast size of this restaurant and their ability to provide the highest quality food and service under extreme circumstances make this a truly phenomenal operation. Thank you Geraldi Family!!!
Fantastic food, views and service!. I am a native San Franciscan and have a true appreciation for the rich history of the city. I grew up hearing about the Fishermen's Grotto, as it is one of the top attractions on the Wharf. I think I went as a kid but hadn't been in years. On Friday, I attended a holiday party at the Fishermen's Grotto and had the BEST time! We started in the bar area and had cocktails and crab cakes (delicious!) There was plenty of space to accommodate our large group of 50. We then had dinner at the far window facing the Golden Gate Bridge and Fishing Harbor. The views are spectacular! Imagine eating a hot bowl of clam chowder while taking in these phenomenal sites (bring your camera!). The owner of the restaurant stopped by, introduced himself and told us a bit about the history of the restaurant and his family. It is rare that the owner of a restaurant will take the time to do this. The waiters were very efficient and made sure that we all had our salmon and steak dishes on time. The food tasted fresh and flavorful and the portions are generous. What more could you ask for? I am going to bring my family here for the holidays. I can't wait to go back!
Friendly, fun, charming, quality seafood..
Being a local, I've learned that the Wharf can be quite charming weekdays from October through May. I go to Fishermen's Grotto quite often each year during that time (Note** San Francisco Dungeness Crab season occurs during many of those months). The Grotto is my favorite restaurant on the Wharf, and yes, I've been to all the old joints.
Their prices are the best in the area. The owners are the most down to earth of the restaurants in the area.. The food is simple, but high in quality. The ambiance (esp. music) is charming. The view is great. The decor is nostalgiac. The service is warm, friendly and quick. I love this place.
Great family restaurant!. Amazing views, service and food!!! I never miss an opportunity to bring my out-of-town guests to this restaurant. The owner is always available and willing to chat. I love hearing about the history of this Italian family owned restaurant.
Avoid entirely. We wnt to the Fisherman's grotto on our 55th wedding anniversary. Though the food is good, the service is absolutely horrible. How they stay in business is truly a mystery. It must be from first time tourist customers. I'm sure noone comes back for a second try. We certainly would not return.
Fishermans Grotto. The worst restaurant experience in San Fran. Fortunately we left on time. The washroom was far worse than any public washroom I have been in. This includes gas station and portables. You could actually smell urine in the dining area. I was hesitant to order anything after my disgust with their restrooms. However the rest of the guys that I was with did not seem to be concerned. They provided us with complimentary bread. I noticed that it was a partial loaf when I pulled a piece off I noticed the white flesh of the bread was dry and stale. At this point the waiter was taking our order (He asked us to repeat the group order three times because he could'nt read what he had written) At this point I told the group that we were making a grave mistake eating here. We all agreed to leave I called the nearest waiter told him that we were leaving he told us to wait for the Manager then asked why I told him my concerns He said that the order was already been put in. By then the waiter that was serving us came they both insisted we wait for their manager and that we could not leave. We walked out.
If you are after a great seafood dish .... I loved eating at the Grotto, I thought it was a momentous meal. When I walked into the restuarant, the service was priceless and I was pleased that the chef was able to cook my fish a certain way which was not stated on the menu. The meal was delicious, and my pasta side dish was divine in it's cream sauce. I felt as if the meal was filling and the right size, along with the fresh sourdough bread provided on arrival. My friend had the Lobster Thermador, which was giant but just looked to die for, my friend really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it due to the fabulous, outstanding service, convenient location, panoramic view of the Wharf, good food and atmosphere.
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