The Best Seafood Restaurants in San Francisco

With its diverse population, prime location and the cutting-edge tech economy, San Francisco stands out as one of the nation's most popular cities. The best seafood in San Francisco epitomizes the fine culinary tradition of 'Frisco. The city's proximity to the Pacific Ocean means unforgettable seafood dishes bursting with West Coast creativity. But where do the smartest, savviest diners go when looking for the best seafood in San Francisco? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We've gathered data from in-the-know diners to discover the Bay Area's greatest seafood restaurants. From regal downtown restaurants and lively pubs to quiet neighborhood seafood spots, the best seafood in San Francisco delivers the incredible taste of the Pacific. See what seafood the city has in store for you tonight!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Leo's Oyster Bar, Seven Hills, MKT Restaurant and Bar
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Oyster Bar, Italian, Californian
Neighborhoods:Financial District / Embarcadero, Russian Hill, Downtown / Union Square
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Leo's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Financial District / Embarcadero
644 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Leo's is a Financial District favorite with a lush, upscale interior and always-bustling atmosphere. The classic vibes in the restaurant go well with it's straightforward, old-school menu of seafood f...

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Seven Hills

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,796 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

This acclaimed Italian restaurant is one of the destination spots for diners in Russian Hill. With a candle-lit, rustic interior and an excellent menu of Italian-accented seafood, it's a lively, relax...

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MKT Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Californian·
Downtown / Union Square
1,138 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Lunch
  • Scenic View

The Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco is home to the upscale MKT Restaurant and Bar, and MKT is home to some of the best seafood in San Francisco. This downtown spot is excellent for people watching...

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Live Sushi Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
520 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies

Live Sushi Bar puts a premium on fresh, creative seafood, and Japanese dishes. The long and unique menu features selections like albacore tataki, seared white tuna with special sauce and onions. The s...

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Ristorante Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,730 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date

This classic Italian-style trattoria features some of the best seafood in San Francisco. An old-world throwback spot, it's ideal for a date night or a romantic dinner in the heart of San Francisco. Fo...

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Z & Y Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
222 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

The scent of Z & Y's authentic Sichuan and Northern Chinese meals fills the air of this Chinatown favorite. This is one of San Francisco's most famous Chinese restaurants, and it features some of the ...

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5 people mentioned the Chili Oil
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Sanraku Metreon

$$$$·Sushi·
SOMA
384 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

This Union Square sushi restaurant has been a favorite of San Francisco diners for decades. Try to snag a spot at the Sanraku sushi counter and dine next to the restaurant's chefs. Start with the cucu...

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14 people mentioned the Bento Box
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Hayes Street Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
3,203 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Special Occasion

The Hayes Street Grill is a prime place to go after visiting the nearby symphony, opera, or ballet. An ever-changing menu features a wide selection of creative seafood dishes. For an appetizer, go for...

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76 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Chili House

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
244 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Group Bookings
  • Spicy

This famous Chinese restaurant is a roller-coaster ride of flavor. The spicy, exciting dishes at the Chili House make for an immersive dining experience. Try the spicy clams or stir-fried prawns serve...

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15 people mentioned the Dumplings

Waterbar

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,844 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion

San Francisco's Waterbar is one of the coolest dining experiences in the entire city. This acclaimed seafood restaurant features an incredible view of the Bay Bridge, along with the San Francisco skyl...

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61 people mentioned the Fresh Seafood
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