Scoma's Restaurant

★★★★☆
Scoma's is 45 years of Seafood tradition
  • 1965 Al Scoma Way

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • 415-771-4383

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I have no idea why this restaurant has such good ratings. Yes the location is nice... The seafood however is awful, Which I would imagine takes quite a bit of effort considering the restaurant is located right on the pier. \r
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We had very high hopes for this restaurant as it has great ratings on every site we could find. It was overcrowded, we were seated back to back with another couple. Everyone that passed bumped into us or hit our chairs. \r
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When the waitress finally remembered we were there, she dropped a glass of soda on my wife which broke and spilled all over her clothes. She did apologize and had the table remade. \r
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Our clam chowder appetizer was good.... And thats about it. We then receveied our overcooked hard shrimp dinners. My wife had the fried shrimp, which were so overcooked she could barely bite through them and I had my shrimp and scallops which was just average. \r
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We sent my wifes meal back and they refused to credit us our funds and kept insisting they would make us a fresh one. The fresh one they made us while better than the original, once again was nothing to write home about. \r
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Finally after 90 minutes of waiting for a drink, hard shrimp and having broken glass and soda spilt over us we received our $90 bill. We didnt even get a credit for the drink which was spilled on my wife. \r
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All and all it was a lousy experience. The service was awful. The food, on its second attempt was medicore, and the atmosphere, might have been nice if we were not getting bumped into every other minute.\r
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With all of the amazing choices for seafood in San Fran I would avoid this place like the plague. Better off to let this hidden treasure stay hidden and sink to the bottom of the sea

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★☆☆☆☆

I have no idea why this restaurant has such good ratings. Yes the location is nice... The seafood however is awful, Which I would imagine takes quite a bit of effort considering the restaurant is located right on the pier. \r
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We had very high hopes for this restaurant as it has great ratings on every site we could find. It was overcrowded, we were seated back to back with another couple. Everyone that passed bumped into us or hit our chairs. \r
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When the waitress finally remembered we were there, she dropped a glass of soda on my wife which broke and spilled all over her clothes. She did apologize and had the table remade. \r
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Our clam chowder appetizer was good.... And thats about it. We then receveied our overcooked hard shrimp dinners. My wife had the fried shrimp, which were so overcooked she could barely bite through them and I had my shrimp and scallops which was just average. \r
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We sent my wifes meal back and they refused to credit us our funds and kept insisting they would make us a fresh one. The fresh one they made us while better than the original, once again was nothing to write home about. \r
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Finally after 90 minutes of waiting for a drink, hard shrimp and having broken glass and soda spilt over us we received our $90 bill. We didnt even get a credit for the drink which was spilled on my wife. \r
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All and all it was a lousy experience. The service was awful. The food, on its second attempt was medicore, and the atmosphere, might have been nice if we were not getting bumped into every other minute.\r
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With all of the amazing choices for seafood in San Fran I would avoid this place like the plague. Better off to let this hidden treasure stay hidden and sink to the bottom of the sea

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I went there with no expectations, but I was actually very impressed!

The view is marvelous, i love the watching the water while i'm having a dinner or luch or whatever time during the day. So peaceful and beautiful place!

I loved the Mozzarella sticks that are melting in your mouth...
And the Tunna with butter-soy sause -mmm you should taste it!
The veggeatbele dishes are delicious as well, my friend is vegeratian and she appreciated it.
We will be definietly back to Scoma's!

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★★★★★

I went there with no expectations, but I was actually very impressed!

The view is marvelous, i love the watching the water while i'm having a dinner or luch or whatever time during the day. So peaceful and beautiful place!

I loved the Mozzarella sticks that are melting in your mouth...
And the Tunna with butter-soy sause -mmm you should taste it!
The veggeatbele dishes are delicious as well, my friend is vegeratian and she appreciated it.
We will be definietly back to Scoma's!

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Scomas is fantastic! I found Scomas through online reviews before a trip to San Francisco. My wife and I ended up going to Scomas the first night of our 4-day trip. It was a very unassuming restaurant without all the hoopla of many other Fishermans Wharf restaurants. Tucked away down an ally to Pier 47 next to Castagnolas, Scomas is almost completely hidden from the hustle and bustle of Fishermans Wharf. The exterior of the restaurant looked very casual different than the interior. It had a more sophisticated interior with dark woods and white linen table cloths. Although they welcome casual dress, we were glad we wore something nicer. We found the servers to be very professional and well seasoned in their knowledge of the menu. We put faith in their suggestions and ended up sharing the Pasta Fishermans Style dish. Their servings are huge and we recommend sharing unless youre generally a big eater. The meal was so good, we ended up going back again before returning home. The next time we went for it and shared the Crab Cakes appetizer, Lazy Mans Cioppino and topped it all off with their specialty Tira Misu and port wine. Whoa I still cant forget the flavor of that Cioppino. Honestly, the pasta sauce was what really made the dish so good. Our server told us that Scomas has been at that location more than 45 years and is one of the oldest restaurants along Fishermans Wharf. Because of that, they get first dibs from the fishing fleet. The restaurant has its own fish processing building right outside the kitchen. The seafood literally comes off the boat, gets cut, cracked & filleted and brought to the kitchen within a distance of about 50 feet. It doesnt get any fresher than that. One other great asset about Scomas free valet parking. Overall there was nothing that we wouldnt consider exceptional about Scomas.

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★★★★★

Scomas is fantastic! I found Scomas through online reviews before a trip to San Francisco. My wife and I ended up going to Scomas the first night of our 4-day trip. It was a very unassuming restaurant without all the hoopla of many other Fishermans Wharf restaurants. Tucked away down an ally to Pier 47 next to Castagnolas, Scomas is almost completely hidden from the hustle and bustle of Fishermans Wharf. The exterior of the restaurant looked very casual different than the interior. It had a more sophisticated interior with dark woods and white linen table cloths. Although they welcome casual dress, we were glad we wore something nicer. We found the servers to be very professional and well seasoned in their knowledge of the menu. We put faith in their suggestions and ended up sharing the Pasta Fishermans Style dish. Their servings are huge and we recommend sharing unless youre generally a big eater. The meal was so good, we ended up going back again before returning home. The next time we went for it and shared the Crab Cakes appetizer, Lazy Mans Cioppino and topped it all off with their specialty Tira Misu and port wine. Whoa I still cant forget the flavor of that Cioppino. Honestly, the pasta sauce was what really made the dish so good. Our server told us that Scomas has been at that location more than 45 years and is one of the oldest restaurants along Fishermans Wharf. Because of that, they get first dibs from the fishing fleet. The restaurant has its own fish processing building right outside the kitchen. The seafood literally comes off the boat, gets cut, cracked & filleted and brought to the kitchen within a distance of about 50 feet. It doesnt get any fresher than that. One other great asset about Scomas free valet parking. Overall there was nothing that we wouldnt consider exceptional about Scomas.

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Some of these reviews....I wonder if we went to the same restaurant! Scoma's portions are HUGE. You always leave with a to-go bag. Although a tad pricey, it's worth it, as the staff is friendly and professional, knowledgable and well trained. The seafood is fresh, and the shellfish saute is so very good (not sure where the frozen food comparison came in from another reviewer). The bar is a welcome place to wait for your table (which you will likely have to do, unless you come when they open...we go at 11:30 on Sat....and you can get right in). The views vary, but you can get a table with a decent view. Clam chowder is very good, pan seared fish dishes are really good, as are their fried oysters. My husband loves their cioppino. Valet parking will take care of your car quite well....no worries. Ambiance is subjective. I like the old pictures from the 70's and reminiscing and being reminded of sports figures and old horse racing days!

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★★★★☆

Some of these reviews....I wonder if we went to the same restaurant! Scoma's portions are HUGE. You always leave with a to-go bag. Although a tad pricey, it's worth it, as the staff is friendly and professional, knowledgable and well trained. The seafood is fresh, and the shellfish saute is so very good (not sure where the frozen food comparison came in from another reviewer). The bar is a welcome place to wait for your table (which you will likely have to do, unless you come when they open...we go at 11:30 on Sat....and you can get right in). The views vary, but you can get a table with a decent view. Clam chowder is very good, pan seared fish dishes are really good, as are their fried oysters. My husband loves their cioppino. Valet parking will take care of your car quite well....no worries. Ambiance is subjective. I like the old pictures from the 70's and reminiscing and being reminded of sports figures and old horse racing days!

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I had actually heard pretty poor things about Scoma's from family who had visited before, but I was actually very impressed!

Went there with my grandmother, and we got a seat by the window (which is essential). Dining while watching the sun set over the water and sailboats is one of my favorite things to do. So peaceful and beautiful!

The food was delicious! We ordered the Baked Mozzarella for an appetizer -- I kind of thought these would be like mozzarella sticks, but it was literally just a hunk of deliciously mozzarella cheese melted beneath roasted tomatoes and pesto. Delicious.

For an entree, I ordered the Ahi Tuna topped with a butter-soy sauce-- it was a little overcooked (but I like mine RARE). It was delicious. The steamed veggies and garlic mashed potatoes were perfect sides.

Yum! Will definitely be back -- great place to take the family :)

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★★★★☆

I had actually heard pretty poor things about Scoma's from family who had visited before, but I was actually very impressed!

Went there with my grandmother, and we got a seat by the window (which is essential). Dining while watching the sun set over the water and sailboats is one of my favorite things to do. So peaceful and beautiful!

The food was delicious! We ordered the Baked Mozzarella for an appetizer -- I kind of thought these would be like mozzarella sticks, but it was literally just a hunk of deliciously mozzarella cheese melted beneath roasted tomatoes and pesto. Delicious.

For an entree, I ordered the Ahi Tuna topped with a butter-soy sauce-- it was a little overcooked (but I like mine RARE). It was delicious. The steamed veggies and garlic mashed potatoes were perfect sides.

Yum! Will definitely be back -- great place to take the family :)

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I feel like a local tourist enjoying my favorite city each time I eat at Scomas. Scoma's feels like it's part of San Francisco's foundation, much like the Buena Vista, Fairmont, Golden Gate Bridge and trolley cars.\r
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There are certain culinary must haves when you eat on the wharf...clam chowder, cioppino, and crab...and great sourdough bread and Scoma's delivers each to perfection.\r
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There are several family owned restaurants on Fisherman's Wharf...but none that can compete with the tradition of Scoma's.

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★★★★★

I feel like a local tourist enjoying my favorite city each time I eat at Scomas. Scoma's feels like it's part of San Francisco's foundation, much like the Buena Vista, Fairmont, Golden Gate Bridge and trolley cars.\r
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There are certain culinary must haves when you eat on the wharf...clam chowder, cioppino, and crab...and great sourdough bread and Scoma's delivers each to perfection.\r
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There are several family owned restaurants on Fisherman's Wharf...but none that can compete with the tradition of Scoma's.

Pros: 45 years of Delicious Perfection!

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I completely disagree with the previous poster. The fact that they tout ""in and out"" as a good place to have a nice meal speaks for itself. It isn't quite 5 star but it's a very high 4 star rating. Updated decor and a more creative menu would make it perfect- but it's still a fabulous place to have a meal. \r
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Yes the waiters may seem a tad brusque- BUT if you are a habitual ""fine diner"" you'll know that most establishments of this sort have ""professional waiters"" That means these guys are not ignorant students working their way through college- but knowledgeable servers. They are NOT there to kiss any puffed up buffoon's hiney- they ARE there to give efficient non-intrusive service. They know the menu and they know tne wine list. If they make a suggestion you'd be smart to heed them. Last time I went I was with 2 older female relatives. They thought the waiter was a bit rude until I explained why he was aloof /formal ( think about the way a butler addresses his employer as ""sir"" no matter how long they have known each other) He completely won my relatives over when he suggested they split an entree and each get a salad or appetizer so they could taste more without ordering too much. These waiters are there to make sure YOUR dining experience is a good one- NOT to sell the most expensive thing on the menu. Nuff on the waiters- if you think a burger is a good meal- this is NOT the place for you...nor are the prices!\r
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The food is good fresh seafood- that means you don't have to drown it in ""stuff"" that overwhelms the seafood. Some may consider it plain- but sometimes simple flavors blends are the best combination. And, speaking as a SF local- you get a decent amount of food for the price. WIll you get the same amount you would if you bought your own seafood from Costco? NO! But for a restaurant- I don't have a problem with the quantity for the price. AGain- if you want a fab seafood meal for the same price as In and out- get your butt to Costco and make your own at home. Nobody at Scoma's will miss you. Trust me. \r
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The decor is dated but charmingly so. Pictures of all the famous people who have frequented the place hang on the walls - and it's easy to imagine that at any moment the rat pack may walk througn the doors. Actually- come to think of it..our waiter had so much..um...""experience"" under his belt that he probably could relay first hand accounts of what waiting on the famous 4 was like! \r
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Highly recommended for a taste of good fresh seafood, and old san franciscan ambiance!

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★★★★☆

I completely disagree with the previous poster. The fact that they tout ""in and out"" as a good place to have a nice meal speaks for itself. It isn't quite 5 star but it's a very high 4 star rating. Updated decor and a more creative menu would make it perfect- but it's still a fabulous place to have a meal. \r
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Yes the waiters may seem a tad brusque- BUT if you are a habitual ""fine diner"" you'll know that most establishments of this sort have ""professional waiters"" That means these guys are not ignorant students working their way through college- but knowledgeable servers. They are NOT there to kiss any puffed up buffoon's hiney- they ARE there to give efficient non-intrusive service. They know the menu and they know tne wine list. If they make a suggestion you'd be smart to heed them. Last time I went I was with 2 older female relatives. They thought the waiter was a bit rude until I explained why he was aloof /formal ( think about the way a butler addresses his employer as ""sir"" no matter how long they have known each other) He completely won my relatives over when he suggested they split an entree and each get a salad or appetizer so they could taste more without ordering too much. These waiters are there to make sure YOUR dining experience is a good one- NOT to sell the most expensive thing on the menu. Nuff on the waiters- if you think a burger is a good meal- this is NOT the place for you...nor are the prices!\r
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The food is good fresh seafood- that means you don't have to drown it in ""stuff"" that overwhelms the seafood. Some may consider it plain- but sometimes simple flavors blends are the best combination. And, speaking as a SF local- you get a decent amount of food for the price. WIll you get the same amount you would if you bought your own seafood from Costco? NO! But for a restaurant- I don't have a problem with the quantity for the price. AGain- if you want a fab seafood meal for the same price as In and out- get your butt to Costco and make your own at home. Nobody at Scoma's will miss you. Trust me. \r
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The decor is dated but charmingly so. Pictures of all the famous people who have frequented the place hang on the walls - and it's easy to imagine that at any moment the rat pack may walk througn the doors. Actually- come to think of it..our waiter had so much..um...""experience"" under his belt that he probably could relay first hand accounts of what waiting on the famous 4 was like! \r
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Highly recommended for a taste of good fresh seafood, and old san franciscan ambiance!

Pros: Good Fresh seafood with no frills, dedicated restauran parki

Cons: kind of expensive but worth it

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This is probably one of the rare times that I've researched a place on-line and regretted going there.\r
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Seriously, if you think Scoma's has a great view, you seriously need to invest more time planning your trip around San Francisco and the bay area, because this is average. You can eat for 10% of the price at In-n-Out and get better quality food, and then walk around even more beautiful parts of San Francisco that are just a few blocks away: Acquatic Park and Fort Mason, and stroll along the waterfront to the Golden Gate Bridge if you really want a beautiful walk.\r
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I ordered the Shellfish Sautee: it was at about the same quality I would get from a high-end frozen meal, and definitely not worth the $35 they charged for it. It should have been about $12.95.\r
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The staff had snooty attitudes, and that really does not match many of the reviews I've read about this place. If you eat out alot and travel around the world, believe the bad reviews you read here because this place will only impress someone who hasn't really experienced the best in San Francisco and the bay area.\r
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My advice, if you want to eat someplace nice, start by avoiding anyplace along the waterfront that has a name that starts with an italian word, they are all average at best, and almost all overpriced. Try's Boudin's or McCormick and Kuleto's if you want something good to eat along the waterfront with a good view, or of course just go to In-n-Out and you'll get a good quality burger and fries for about $5, and they are almost across the street from Scoma's.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is probably one of the rare times that I've researched a place on-line and regretted going there.\r
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Seriously, if you think Scoma's has a great view, you seriously need to invest more time planning your trip around San Francisco and the bay area, because this is average. You can eat for 10% of the price at In-n-Out and get better quality food, and then walk around even more beautiful parts of San Francisco that are just a few blocks away: Acquatic Park and Fort Mason, and stroll along the waterfront to the Golden Gate Bridge if you really want a beautiful walk.\r
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I ordered the Shellfish Sautee: it was at about the same quality I would get from a high-end frozen meal, and definitely not worth the $35 they charged for it. It should have been about $12.95.\r
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The staff had snooty attitudes, and that really does not match many of the reviews I've read about this place. If you eat out alot and travel around the world, believe the bad reviews you read here because this place will only impress someone who hasn't really experienced the best in San Francisco and the bay area.\r
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My advice, if you want to eat someplace nice, start by avoiding anyplace along the waterfront that has a name that starts with an italian word, they are all average at best, and almost all overpriced. Try's Boudin's or McCormick and Kuleto's if you want something good to eat along the waterfront with a good view, or of course just go to In-n-Out and you'll get a good quality burger and fries for about $5, and they are almost across the street from Scoma's.

Pros: if you are expensing the meal, maybe good for a quick lunch

Cons: at best average food, way way way overpriced, snooty staff

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The wait is not long. Help is very helpful. And the servers are first class. Food is consistent Drinks are good. Wine list is right on. My lady loves the Halabit and I the Sword fish. we have had other items, all great. What can I say I love The Place For Seafood

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★★★★★

The wait is not long. Help is very helpful. And the servers are first class. Food is consistent Drinks are good. Wine list is right on. My lady loves the Halabit and I the Sword fish. we have had other items, all great. What can I say I love The Place For Seafood

Pros: Food aloways the same. Excellent

Cons: None I can See

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We wanted to take my out-of-town parents to a great italian or seafood restaurant that wasn't outrageously priced or fancy. Scoma's was perfect. Perfect steak, pasta, and the halibut was to die for!

5
★★★★★

We wanted to take my out-of-town parents to a great italian or seafood restaurant that wasn't outrageously priced or fancy. Scoma's was perfect. Perfect steak, pasta, and the halibut was to die for!

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This is by far the best restaurant on the pier if not all of SF. I eat here every time I come to SF. I love the lobster, surf and turf, shrimp scampi...hmmm...don't think I have had a bad dish yet. Although, they are best known for their seafood so that is all I have ordered. The bar is great, too.

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★★★★★

This is by far the best restaurant on the pier if not all of SF. I eat here every time I come to SF. I love the lobster, surf and turf, shrimp scampi...hmmm...don't think I have had a bad dish yet. Although, they are best known for their seafood so that is all I have ordered. The bar is great, too.

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Outstanding food; had Cioppino and seafood sampler; both were excellent. Cheesecake was sumptous, best ever. Ate on a Sunday evening at 7PM there was an hour wait; very crowded bar and very little room to sit when waiting; free valet parking service. Service was good; had to ask a couple of times for water refills.

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★★★★☆

Outstanding food; had Cioppino and seafood sampler; both were excellent. Cheesecake was sumptous, best ever. Ate on a Sunday evening at 7PM there was an hour wait; very crowded bar and very little room to sit when waiting; free valet parking service. Service was good; had to ask a couple of times for water refills.

Pros: great food; just off Muni F line or free valet parking

Cons: no reservations; very popular

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A great place to go for a romantic evening out. I recommend the Lobster Thermador it is very delicious. The waiters and waitresses all professional and friendly.

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★★★★☆

A great place to go for a romantic evening out. I recommend the Lobster Thermador it is very delicious. The waiters and waitresses all professional and friendly.

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The food is always predictably good, it is a very nice ambience, and one of our top five for seafood. We like to go mid afternoon when there is no line or wait, enjoy the waterfront atmosphere, and get the right combination of seafood with an Italian accent. The bread is great and keeps coming with fresh butter. I always like a pasta side. I have had an excellent steak here as well, but we go for the seafood. There is an excellent variety from which to choose, and we have never had a bad meal here.

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★★★★☆

The food is always predictably good, it is a very nice ambience, and one of our top five for seafood. We like to go mid afternoon when there is no line or wait, enjoy the waterfront atmosphere, and get the right combination of seafood with an Italian accent. The bread is great and keeps coming with fresh butter. I always like a pasta side. I have had an excellent steak here as well, but we go for the seafood. There is an excellent variety from which to choose, and we have never had a bad meal here.

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this was our favorite restaurant in California. The service by Kevin couldn't have been better and the food was outstanding. LOved everything about it.

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★★★★★

this was our favorite restaurant in California. The service by Kevin couldn't have been better and the food was outstanding. LOved everything about it.

Pros: verything

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So, we get to Scoma's and sit in the lounge. Its crazy busy on this Sunday evening, but all the staff is happy and friendly, like they want us to come in and enjoy. We try the Anchor Steam, a local beer, but it wasn't to my Mom's liking. They happily gave her a free glass of wine at our table, which we didn't even ask for. Then, John B, our waiter, eloquently and efficiently helped us with our orders, and promptly brought us some sourdough bread from right down the street. That's right. THE SAN FRAN SOURDOUGH. Then, without a long wait at all, our salads arrived, an even though it was a starter salad, I could barely finish it. As the waiter brought entrees to the next table, he mentioned that they were smaller portions, as requested, and OMG! They were huge! And then it was our turn.\r
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The plates arrived, and WOW! The presentation was pure and simple. The 6 inch high filet mignon spoke for itself, and the whole, 2 Lbs. Roasted Dungeonous crab smelled so good......I could go on. The crab was roasted with garlic and other herbs that didn't over power the crab, but definately raised the bar. I LOVE steamed crab, but I'm not sure I could ever go back! (Don't worry, there's always room for crab!)\r
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I recommend that you come here. If you want to dress up, dress up, if you want to dress down, dress down. But be prepared for a world class dining experience that can appeal to everyone!

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★★★★★

So, we get to Scoma's and sit in the lounge. Its crazy busy on this Sunday evening, but all the staff is happy and friendly, like they want us to come in and enjoy. We try the Anchor Steam, a local beer, but it wasn't to my Mom's liking. They happily gave her a free glass of wine at our table, which we didn't even ask for. Then, John B, our waiter, eloquently and efficiently helped us with our orders, and promptly brought us some sourdough bread from right down the street. That's right. THE SAN FRAN SOURDOUGH. Then, without a long wait at all, our salads arrived, an even though it was a starter salad, I could barely finish it. As the waiter brought entrees to the next table, he mentioned that they were smaller portions, as requested, and OMG! They were huge! And then it was our turn.\r
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The plates arrived, and WOW! The presentation was pure and simple. The 6 inch high filet mignon spoke for itself, and the whole, 2 Lbs. Roasted Dungeonous crab smelled so good......I could go on. The crab was roasted with garlic and other herbs that didn't over power the crab, but definately raised the bar. I LOVE steamed crab, but I'm not sure I could ever go back! (Don't worry, there's always room for crab!)\r
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I recommend that you come here. If you want to dress up, dress up, if you want to dress down, dress down. But be prepared for a world class dining experience that can appeal to everyone!

Pros: no reservations, but no long waits either

Cons: it isn't where I live, here in Canada!

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This past summer on vacation in S.F., we were still looking for that great seafood meal. Of course we headed to Pier 47, and all the locals, said go to Scoma's. We found it, a rough looking fish boat, and in we went. Around the hostess stand, were photo's of Tony Bennet, Sinatra, Dino, and DiMaggio. Well if it was good enough for them, it certainly was for this little Jewish boy from Atlanta. Hostess sat us right in the window, overlooking the bay. The menu was a total delight. I did not know where to begin, but the Clam Chowder was calling my name. The best I've ever had, even in New England. I ordered the $29.00, yes that's correct, Seafood Salad. It was all chilled fresh seafood caught that morning, by Scoma's Fishing Boat. I will always remember this lunch. And will remember San Francico, and why Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe, just a couple of blocks away, in North Beach. One of my all-time best dining experiences in the U.S. Oh, please don't be put off because it looks old and worn, with wood paneling, it is! Who cares, with great seafood like this, and it's not just for us tourists, plenty of local businessmen, ladies who lunch, and just people who enjoy great food!

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★★★★★

This past summer on vacation in S.F., we were still looking for that great seafood meal. Of course we headed to Pier 47, and all the locals, said go to Scoma's. We found it, a rough looking fish boat, and in we went. Around the hostess stand, were photo's of Tony Bennet, Sinatra, Dino, and DiMaggio. Well if it was good enough for them, it certainly was for this little Jewish boy from Atlanta. Hostess sat us right in the window, overlooking the bay. The menu was a total delight. I did not know where to begin, but the Clam Chowder was calling my name. The best I've ever had, even in New England. I ordered the $29.00, yes that's correct, Seafood Salad. It was all chilled fresh seafood caught that morning, by Scoma's Fishing Boat. I will always remember this lunch. And will remember San Francico, and why Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe, just a couple of blocks away, in North Beach. One of my all-time best dining experiences in the U.S. Oh, please don't be put off because it looks old and worn, with wood paneling, it is! Who cares, with great seafood like this, and it's not just for us tourists, plenty of local businessmen, ladies who lunch, and just people who enjoy great food!

Pros: On Board Fresh Seafood Dining! One Of The Best In U.S.!

Cons: None! Are You Kidding!

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On our last night in SF, my husband & I decided to take a friend's recommendation and dine at Scoma's, which was within walking distance of our hotel. We were hoping for better. The crab cake sandwich and lobster ravioli were mediocre at best and the decor is downright pedestrian. (Picture wood paneling 1970's style basement.) Our server was very nice, though a bit chatty - I guess the tourists like that kind of behavior. We should've sought out something in my husband's old 'hood where the food would've been better and the atmosphere more interesting. Next time. . .

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★★☆☆☆

On our last night in SF, my husband & I decided to take a friend's recommendation and dine at Scoma's, which was within walking distance of our hotel. We were hoping for better. The crab cake sandwich and lobster ravioli were mediocre at best and the decor is downright pedestrian. (Picture wood paneling 1970's style basement.) Our server was very nice, though a bit chatty - I guess the tourists like that kind of behavior. We should've sought out something in my husband's old 'hood where the food would've been better and the atmosphere more interesting. Next time. . .

Pros: Below-average food, classless decor

Cons: Attentive service

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Went on a Friday night. Waited about 5 minutes for a table. You sit pretty close to your neighbors, but this lets you see what you might want to order. Wine list is fair. If you are into seafood, make sure you check out the catches of the day. My only complaint was that Sand Dabs were on the menu, I heard another diner order them, but our waiter said they were out. It appeared that he made an attempt to check this out for sure, but I still had to settle for something else. Food was good, and service was quiet and efficient. Not a bad experience and would probably dine here again.

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★★★★☆

Went on a Friday night. Waited about 5 minutes for a table. You sit pretty close to your neighbors, but this lets you see what you might want to order. Wine list is fair. If you are into seafood, make sure you check out the catches of the day. My only complaint was that Sand Dabs were on the menu, I heard another diner order them, but our waiter said they were out. It appeared that he made an attempt to check this out for sure, but I still had to settle for something else. Food was good, and service was quiet and efficient. Not a bad experience and would probably dine here again.

Pros: Staff

Cons: Parking

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No reservation - waited about 30 minutes for 5 of us at around 7:30 on a Tuesday.\r
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The restaurant was a little crowded, but the food and service were excellent.

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★★★★★

No reservation - waited about 30 minutes for 5 of us at around 7:30 on a Tuesday.\r
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The restaurant was a little crowded, but the food and service were excellent.

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im sure if you didnt get what i got, you would like this place. i got the chicken and it was LOADED with salt! i had to send it back and oreder something else. they serve all of the local favorites like clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. it was expensive though and you coulde easily find the same quality food at the street vendors.

2
★★☆☆☆

im sure if you didnt get what i got, you would like this place. i got the chicken and it was LOADED with salt! i had to send it back and oreder something else. they serve all of the local favorites like clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. it was expensive though and you coulde easily find the same quality food at the street vendors.

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I highly recommend Scoma restaurant. You may have to wait 45 minutes because it is always slammed, but it's worth the wait. Portions are huge and the seafood is always fresh\r

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★★★★☆

I highly recommend Scoma restaurant. You may have to wait 45 minutes because it is always slammed, but it's worth the wait. Portions are huge and the seafood is always fresh\r

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Few restaurants in the world can take fresh-of-the-boat fish and turn it into the blandness this place specializes in. And, don't be fooled if anyone tells you this place is a hidden secret. Every hotel concierge directs guests to this place because of its theme-park clapboard fishing-shack-by-the-water ambience. Lines waiting for tables are long, even with reservations. Waitstaff are hayseed but endearing. Prices are expensive!

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★☆☆☆☆

Few restaurants in the world can take fresh-of-the-boat fish and turn it into the blandness this place specializes in. And, don't be fooled if anyone tells you this place is a hidden secret. Every hotel concierge directs guests to this place because of its theme-park clapboard fishing-shack-by-the-water ambience. Lines waiting for tables are long, even with reservations. Waitstaff are hayseed but endearing. Prices are expensive!

Pros: Old San Francisco ambience; waterside location; valet service (no parking nearby)

Cons: Bland food; expensive; tourist trap; noisy

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Yummy seafood and valet parking!!! Make sure you are hungry when you go to Scoma's because the portions are huge and the food is excellent!!! It's a gem among many ""tourist trap"" restaurants!!!

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★★★★★

Yummy seafood and valet parking!!! Make sure you are hungry when you go to Scoma's because the portions are huge and the food is excellent!!! It's a gem among many ""tourist trap"" restaurants!!!

Pros: Great seafood, has valet parking!!!

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This is a very good restaurant. Very good in all aspects. Our waitress was one of the best I have had in years. Great atmosphere

2
★★★★★

This is a very good restaurant. Very good in all aspects. Our waitress was one of the best I have had in years. Great atmosphere

Pros: All around great place

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We live by fishermans wharf but there are not very many restaurants in that area that we'd actually recommend to other locals. Scoma's is by far the exception! It's a little off the beaten path and doesn't feel like a tourist trap! They have a large variety of fish and pasta all of which sound wonderful. I've only had a few courses there and was impressed with everything. Their ciappino is great! Fun atomoshphere and great service. Love this place!

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★★★★★

We live by fishermans wharf but there are not very many restaurants in that area that we'd actually recommend to other locals. Scoma's is by far the exception! It's a little off the beaten path and doesn't feel like a tourist trap! They have a large variety of fish and pasta all of which sound wonderful. I've only had a few courses there and was impressed with everything. Their ciappino is great! Fun atomoshphere and great service. Love this place!

Pros: so much too choose from!

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Scoma's is just plain reliable. Year in and year out, I make several trips to Scoma's with friends and family. The place is just warm and fun and the seafood is always fresh and well prepared. I have never had a bad meal, bad service or a bad martini. (You have to usually wait anywhere from 10 - 45 minutes for a table which gives me the perfect opportunity to indulge at the bar in one of my favorites: Vodka martini served up with two olives and that blessed sheet of ice a top. Scoma's bartenders get it right everytime). I can't wait till my next excuse to get down to the wharf for some wonderful seafood.

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★★★★☆

Scoma's is just plain reliable. Year in and year out, I make several trips to Scoma's with friends and family. The place is just warm and fun and the seafood is always fresh and well prepared. I have never had a bad meal, bad service or a bad martini. (You have to usually wait anywhere from 10 - 45 minutes for a table which gives me the perfect opportunity to indulge at the bar in one of my favorites: Vodka martini served up with two olives and that blessed sheet of ice a top. Scoma's bartenders get it right everytime). I can't wait till my next excuse to get down to the wharf for some wonderful seafood.

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Don't miss out on the best seafood and pasta in San Francisco. Fresh, reasonable, and authentic. Scoma's is the only reason to go to fisherman's wharf. If you miss this landmark restaurant than you miss San Francisco. EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT!

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★★★★★

Don't miss out on the best seafood and pasta in San Francisco. Fresh, reasonable, and authentic. Scoma's is the only reason to go to fisherman's wharf. If you miss this landmark restaurant than you miss San Francisco. EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT!

Pros: fresh, authentic, filling

Cons: none, none, none

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In SF, I dont think there are many great seafood places. The food is either not fresh enough, too expensive, the portions are too small, or the menu is too limited. That is not the case hear. The portions are large, the menu has a wide selection, the desserts and wine list are ample, they have a decent list of appetizers, and the seafood is FRESH. The service is average as is the ambiance, but for if you want fantastic seafood, come here. Although the service wasnt great, it doesnt take away from the evening either. I also like how there is terrfic seafood in the wharf, it kinda goes well together.

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★★★★★

In SF, I dont think there are many great seafood places. The food is either not fresh enough, too expensive, the portions are too small, or the menu is too limited. That is not the case hear. The portions are large, the menu has a wide selection, the desserts and wine list are ample, they have a decent list of appetizers, and the seafood is FRESH. The service is average as is the ambiance, but for if you want fantastic seafood, come here. Although the service wasnt great, it doesnt take away from the evening either. I also like how there is terrfic seafood in the wharf, it kinda goes well together.

Pros: Large Portions, Great Meun Selection, Fresh Seafood

Cons: Only Adequate Service

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I love this place and try to make it as often as possible. It is expensive but well worth it. The food is awesome and it is a great place for celebrations or special occasions. They have a great bar as well. Hostesses/host's are friendly and attentive and service is excellent. Every item that I have had on the menu is great and everyone I have been there with agrees.

PROS: awesome food
CONS: none

5
★★★★★

I love this place and try to make it as often as possible. It is expensive but well worth it. The food is awesome and it is a great place for celebrations or special occasions. They have a great bar as well. Hostesses/host's are friendly and attentive and service is excellent. Every item that I have had on the menu is great and everyone I have been there with agrees.

PROS: awesome food
CONS: none

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this place is amazing. My friend whose family has been eating here forever introduced me to the place. the portions are huge, sourdough bread in the broth is amazing. Had to wait for a while since they don't take reservations, but they have a huge bar area so it's not a big deal. it's definately worth the wait.

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★★★★★

this place is amazing. My friend whose family has been eating here forever introduced me to the place. the portions are huge, sourdough bread in the broth is amazing. Had to wait for a while since they don't take reservations, but they have a huge bar area so it's not a big deal. it's definately worth the wait.

Pros: valet, great seafood, great service

Cons: no reservations taken, pricey

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Born & Raised in the City and every time we get back from a trip to S.F. (Several times a year) people ask ""did we eat at Scoma's"" Yes we did and do. We go by 6:00 PM so that the wait isn't too long. The bartenders are great as is the wait staff. My only problem is that they serve too much food! Over all a good experience but not the only good seafood restaurant ic a city full of good restaurants.

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★★★★☆

Born & Raised in the City and every time we get back from a trip to S.F. (Several times a year) people ask ""did we eat at Scoma's"" Yes we did and do. We go by 6:00 PM so that the wait isn't too long. The bartenders are great as is the wait staff. My only problem is that they serve too much food! Over all a good experience but not the only good seafood restaurant ic a city full of good restaurants.

Pros: Location, Staff

Cons: Too much food

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I can't help but wonder if the two reviews prior to mine are from people who look for bad in every situation everywhere they go.
We were in the city over Memorial Day weekend. Crowded! But, we still talk of the wonderful meal we had at Scoma's. Our food and the staff were great. My husband and I travel extensively and we are lovers of seafood, we search out seafood restaurants everywhere we go when we visit the various coasts. We found Scoma's food to be excellent. The crab cakes, scallops, even steak was delicious.
We may never return to San Francisco, due to the fact that there are so many other places to visit in this world, but we will always have a memory of the wonderful evening we spent at Scoma's. Go and enjoy!!!!!

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★★★★★

I can't help but wonder if the two reviews prior to mine are from people who look for bad in every situation everywhere they go.
We were in the city over Memorial Day weekend. Crowded! But, we still talk of the wonderful meal we had at Scoma's. Our food and the staff were great. My husband and I travel extensively and we are lovers of seafood, we search out seafood restaurants everywhere we go when we visit the various coasts. We found Scoma's food to be excellent. The crab cakes, scallops, even steak was delicious.
We may never return to San Francisco, due to the fact that there are so many other places to visit in this world, but we will always have a memory of the wonderful evening we spent at Scoma's. Go and enjoy!!!!!

Pros: Great food, good staff, atmosphere

Cons: crowded, a bit pricey

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I spent $130 dollars there on a dinner for two and was completely dissapointed when I left. The food was absolutely tasteless--do they even get their seafood fresh? It was very overpriced for the portion and quality of the meal. The table was very cramped and the interior probably hasn't been touched up in years. Our sever was really great, however, and we appreciated his contribution to the evening, and his wine suggestions. However, I would never recommend this restaurant to someone looking for a great seafood meal.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I spent $130 dollars there on a dinner for two and was completely dissapointed when I left. The food was absolutely tasteless--do they even get their seafood fresh? It was very overpriced for the portion and quality of the meal. The table was very cramped and the interior probably hasn't been touched up in years. Our sever was really great, however, and we appreciated his contribution to the evening, and his wine suggestions. However, I would never recommend this restaurant to someone looking for a great seafood meal.

Pros: great service

Cons: bad, tasteless food, overpriced, poor interior

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The highlight of our meal was the sampler appetizer. Our entrees were bland, and served partially warm. The presentation was less than appetizing. The service was the worst I've ever encountered from a supposedly upscale resturant. Our waiter was rude and make sure we knew he obviously couldn't wait to go home. He practically snapped at us for asking him to elaborate on the menu items. Moreover, he never welcomed us, or offered any assistance upon our arrival. We had to ask for a waiter after waiting over 15min with no service. Thankfullly, there was a shift change and Ernie saved the day as our new waiter. But the food was still tasteless.....we won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The highlight of our meal was the sampler appetizer. Our entrees were bland, and served partially warm. The presentation was less than appetizing. The service was the worst I've ever encountered from a supposedly upscale resturant. Our waiter was rude and make sure we knew he obviously couldn't wait to go home. He practically snapped at us for asking him to elaborate on the menu items. Moreover, he never welcomed us, or offered any assistance upon our arrival. We had to ask for a waiter after waiting over 15min with no service. Thankfullly, there was a shift change and Ernie saved the day as our new waiter. But the food was still tasteless.....we won't be back.

Pros: Ernie, Sampler Appetizer

Cons: View--An Alley, Service, Food

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I am a resident of this great city and am well aware of the many great restaurants here. This is one of them. Great portions for the money. Yes it's crowded and tourists come here, but it's Fisherman's Wharf. What do you expect? Cost-wise, a recent trip w/ 2 friends came to $140 before tip (2 apps bottle of wine & 3 entrees). I've had crappy meals on pier 39 for more $. Service was excellent. IMPORTANT: They do not accept reservations, but they do have a nice bar where you can enjoy a few drinks while you wait (expect 45 minutes or so). You can always leave you name and go walk around for a while. Highly recommended and I will be back.

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★★★★★

I am a resident of this great city and am well aware of the many great restaurants here. This is one of them. Great portions for the money. Yes it's crowded and tourists come here, but it's Fisherman's Wharf. What do you expect? Cost-wise, a recent trip w/ 2 friends came to $140 before tip (2 apps bottle of wine & 3 entrees). I've had crappy meals on pier 39 for more $. Service was excellent. IMPORTANT: They do not accept reservations, but they do have a nice bar where you can enjoy a few drinks while you wait (expect 45 minutes or so). You can always leave you name and go walk around for a while. Highly recommended and I will be back.

Pros: Food, Waterfront

Cons: , Touristy

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I just had dinner at Scomas this past weekend for my birthday. Everyone in our party enjoyed their entrees, however 2 of the steaks were overcooked. Our waiter quickly replaced them with the right ones. He was amazing, their were 11 of us and he didn't even have to write down our orders(Got them all right) The wait for a table was laborous, we waited 1 hour with reservations. In short, this is a great place to have great seafood.

2
★★★★★

I just had dinner at Scomas this past weekend for my birthday. Everyone in our party enjoyed their entrees, however 2 of the steaks were overcooked. Our waiter quickly replaced them with the right ones. He was amazing, their were 11 of us and he didn't even have to write down our orders(Got them all right) The wait for a table was laborous, we waited 1 hour with reservations. In short, this is a great place to have great seafood.

Pros: Service, Food

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After a stressed August Saturday morning of playing tourist solo, I treated myself to an early lunch at Scoma's. The service was attentive and quick. Their speciality, a seafood combo sauteed in garlic butter, had plump, succulent shrimp, chunks of crabmeat and two langostino tails. (I requested no scallops, which were also listed as being in the dish.) It was divine! And great service!

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★★★★★

After a stressed August Saturday morning of playing tourist solo, I treated myself to an early lunch at Scoma's. The service was attentive and quick. Their speciality, a seafood combo sauteed in garlic butter, had plump, succulent shrimp, chunks of crabmeat and two langostino tails. (I requested no scallops, which were also listed as being in the dish.) It was divine! And great service!

Pros: Fresh seafood, Fast, fast service

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Maybe I am the old Grandpa he is referring to, but I found the old San Francisco atmosphere to be what I was looking for and as for a tourist attraction, well I see too many faces there that appear to be businessmen and locals and most tourists don't even know where it is. Their Cioppino and Calamari Saute is the best.....anywhere. If we are staying two nights in S.F., we eat at Scoma's both nights.

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★★★★★

Maybe I am the old Grandpa he is referring to, but I found the old San Francisco atmosphere to be what I was looking for and as for a tourist attraction, well I see too many faces there that appear to be businessmen and locals and most tourists don't even know where it is. Their Cioppino and Calamari Saute is the best.....anywhere. If we are staying two nights in S.F., we eat at Scoma's both nights.

Pros: Valet parking

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Our server wasn't to great but thats nothing to judge a restaurant by. The food was amazing and talked about for a long time afterwards! The small bar and friendly bartenders kept us pleasantly intertained while we waited for our table, which wasnt too long. But the food was amazing, plain and simple.

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★★★★★

Our server wasn't to great but thats nothing to judge a restaurant by. The food was amazing and talked about for a long time afterwards! The small bar and friendly bartenders kept us pleasantly intertained while we waited for our table, which wasnt too long. But the food was amazing, plain and simple.

Pros: Food

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THE SERVICE, MENU, STAFF WERE AWESOME! PARKING WAS EASY...VALET WAS FREE. THE VIEWS WERE BREATHTAKING AND CROWD WAS VERY CORDIAL.

I most definitely recommend this restaurant to families, couples, visitors, who want serious seafood in a genuine SF retaurant.

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★★★★★

THE SERVICE, MENU, STAFF WERE AWESOME! PARKING WAS EASY...VALET WAS FREE. THE VIEWS WERE BREATHTAKING AND CROWD WAS VERY CORDIAL.

I most definitely recommend this restaurant to families, couples, visitors, who want serious seafood in a genuine SF retaurant.

Pros: LARGE PORTIONS, FREE VALET PARKING, EXCELLENT SERVICE

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Scomas is one of the finest places to eat at Fisherman's Wharf. We eat here every time we visit S.F. The staff is courteous and efficient. The amount of food for the price is excellant. We always recommen Scomas to our friends who are visiting San Francisco.

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★★★★★

Scomas is one of the finest places to eat at Fisherman's Wharf. We eat here every time we visit S.F. The staff is courteous and efficient. The amount of food for the price is excellant. We always recommen Scomas to our friends who are visiting San Francisco.

Pros: open reservations, plenty of food for $$, great views

Cons: too busy/weekends

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I was referred to Scomas by a friend about ten years ago. Now, I never visit San Francisco without stopping at Scomas at least once. Seafood prepared the way it should be.

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★★★★★

I was referred to Scomas by a friend about ten years ago. Now, I never visit San Francisco without stopping at Scomas at least once. Seafood prepared the way it should be.

Pros: The very best seafood, The very best staff., Nice views.

Cons: The wait.

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Went here in Feb 2003. Get in before 7 to avoid wait, even on a Tuesday night. HUGE portions. Great wine selection. The best part is the people - they know their fish, wine and service ethic. I can see why a trip to the Bay area is not complete without a stop here.

2
★★★★★

Went here in Feb 2003. Get in before 7 to avoid wait, even on a Tuesday night. HUGE portions. Great wine selection. The best part is the people - they know their fish, wine and service ethic. I can see why a trip to the Bay area is not complete without a stop here.

Pros: service, great food, public transportation

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The food at Scoma's was excelent! This restaurant is perfect for a nice date. They could be a bit quicker with the drink refills and the place can get a bit crowded. Other than that the food is worth every cent. (even for a colege student!)

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★★★★★

The food at Scoma's was excelent! This restaurant is perfect for a nice date. They could be a bit quicker with the drink refills and the place can get a bit crowded. Other than that the food is worth every cent. (even for a colege student!)

Pros: Great food, Quick service, Reasonable price

Cons: Very crowded, Refill service

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Liked Scoma's a lot. Tasty food, very fresh fish. Had the prix fixe menu which was a value in comparison to the other items on the menu. The place was packed, and everyone seemed to be enjoying. Our server, Heros, was a kick in the pants! Would definitely go back again.

2
★★★★☆

Liked Scoma's a lot. Tasty food, very fresh fish. Had the prix fixe menu which was a value in comparison to the other items on the menu. The place was packed, and everyone seemed to be enjoying. Our server, Heros, was a kick in the pants! Would definitely go back again.

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food quality, service, they are all great. what else you need in a restaurant? building is kinda old and parking could be a pain. (a long line for valet parking.)

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★★★★☆

food quality, service, they are all great. what else you need in a restaurant? building is kinda old and parking could be a pain. (a long line for valet parking.)

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Visited Scoma's for lunch. Restaurant interior showing its age but was packed at 2pm. Had the prix fixe lunch which was a bit steep for what we had. Following a mediocre cup of chowder, my companion had some excellent grilled scallops and vegetables, but they could have put twice as many on the plate. I ordered the crab louis which although was an adequete portion, was less than spectacular. The chocolate torte dessert was a nice finisher. I actually went to Scoma's because I was in the mood for lobster. They had it on the menu...Australian lobster tail..for $49.95?????
I'll go to Swan next time. The food is better and so are the prices!!!

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★★★☆☆

Visited Scoma's for lunch. Restaurant interior showing its age but was packed at 2pm. Had the prix fixe lunch which was a bit steep for what we had. Following a mediocre cup of chowder, my companion had some excellent grilled scallops and vegetables, but they could have put twice as many on the plate. I ordered the crab louis which although was an adequete portion, was less than spectacular. The chocolate torte dessert was a nice finisher. I actually went to Scoma's because I was in the mood for lobster. They had it on the menu...Australian lobster tail..for $49.95?????
I'll go to Swan next time. The food is better and so are the prices!!!

Pros: Decent food, Nice view

Cons: Overpriced, Parking, of course

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I have been dining at Scoma's everytime I am in SF since the 1970's. It is the greatest restaurant in the area. re: the person who thinks Long John Silvers is better, stick with that until you gain an appreciation for fine dining.

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★★★★★

I have been dining at Scoma's everytime I am in SF since the 1970's. It is the greatest restaurant in the area. re: the person who thinks Long John Silvers is better, stick with that until you gain an appreciation for fine dining.

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Scoma's has become a family tradition. A visit to SF is just not complete with out their Seafood Saute Sec - always too much food, but always delicious!

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★★★★★

Scoma's has become a family tradition. A visit to SF is just not complete with out their Seafood Saute Sec - always too much food, but always delicious!

Pros: great staff, fabulous food, Old SF ambience

Cons: too much food

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When the Scoma brothers took over a six-table coffee shop for fishermen down an alley on Pier 47, central Wharf restaurateurs laughed. Forty years later, no one is laughing. A number of things set Scoma's apart, starting with unparalleled…

 

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