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Pier 23 Cafe

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: On the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number:
+1 415-362-5125
Today
10:00 - 20:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
Description:

This bar, featuring great music nightly, is always packed.

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Fantastic restaurant

Location on water. Food was fantastic. I highly recommend the fish tacos. Tuna wrapped in nori and furukaki. Field greens. Aioli sauce all in a corn tortilla. One suggestion... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
hitx94
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Location on water. Food was fantastic. I highly recommend the fish tacos. Tuna wrapped in nori and furukaki. Field greens. Aioli sauce all in a corn tortilla. One suggestion is small children may be taken a back from poster at hostess podium with rear ends of women not covered. Man with two little girls in front of us had to... More 

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Thank hitx94
Plano, Texas
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73 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Stopped in on a Sunday morning and was seated by the window in the same seat where I was told President Clinton once sat. Bill, not Hillary, that is. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Food was really, really good. Don't let the casual look of the place suggest their food is unsophisticated. It was great. And the... More 

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Thank Randy T
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Pier 23 is a great bar to hang out with friends, with good choice of drinks, friendly, helpful staff and the food is surprisingly great! Would pay this another visit. The wifi wasn't working when we went but as we had a large group it really made no difference. Reasonably priced and within walking distance of some great attractions.

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Thank Sophie P
San Francisco
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1,138 reviews
504 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

I had the fish and chips and the mix salad. Requested the French fries, the chips, well done extra crispy. The fish was crispy be on the outside and flaky on the inside. Fries were cooked to perfection. Fish had a nice sprinkling of sea salt across the bottom to add to the flavor. Coleslaw was good, but not my... More 

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Thank 7268
San Francisco, CA
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Pros: -The main reason to come here is location and view. Right off the Embarcadero and on a sunny day, spectacular views of the Bay -Decent friendly service -Casual atmosphere and good for large groups -There's indoor and outdoor seating if the weather doesn't cooperate Cons -The food is OK. Basic pub style food but pretty expensive for what you... More 

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Thank mwleejr
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55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Walking distance from where the Alcatraz Tour leaves from. Found street parking, and the meter allowed for over 4 hours. Location is awesome! We sat outside overlooking the bay. There were seals swimming around below us! Fish & Chips were great, and a massive portion. Fries were homemade. Always a plus. Chowder and Bacon Mac & Cheese were great as... More 

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Thank Bill M
Los Lunas, New Mexico
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102 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Get there early, or make reservations. Will definitely go back on our next visit. I was a little unimpressed with the crab/shrimp sandwich... But We all liked the kale salad, peel and eat shrimp, mussles/clams (get some extra bread for dipping), and calamari (sauce was good, but we like cocktail). It was a sharing meal.

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122 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this place on our way to another destination. We decided we liked the allure of the 70s/80s music playing into the street so we grabbed a few beers and sat on the patio to take in the atmosphere. Was a fun location, can't speak to the food however staff seemed friendly and helpful.

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Thank Renae M
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

This place always has a good crowd. Be patient and you'll be taken care of but you shouldn't be in a rush. Calamari & burgers are really good. Portions are large and definitely can be shared. Location is awesome- on the water but away from the busy area of pier 39.

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Thank Heather O
Northbrook, Illinois
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78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

When visiting SF, I have always enjoyed eating at Pier 23. Yes - it's along the touristy area, but the food and ambiance is worth it. The seafood selection is usually quite nice. And if you show up without a hat and are seated in a sunny area, they have brimmed hats you can borrow while you are there.

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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