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Pier 23 Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Pier 23 Cafe

4.7
4.7
1297 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar, a historic wharf restaurant and bar, continues to serves fresh seafood and good drinks to locals and visitors alike.

Family owned for nearly 35 years, Pier 23 Cafe takes an innovative approach to San Francisco’s traditional seafood dishes. It’s a tried and true establishment that captures the essence of the City and its waterfront history in food, service, and picturesque waterside setting.

Soak up the California sun and the beautiful San Francisco Bay views from our Beer Garden & Waterside patio or city views of Telegraph Hill and the Embarcadero from our sidewalk tables.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:30 am–4:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 11:30 am–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 362-5125
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    For events off site, pickup a party platter! Choose from a selection of some of our favorite dishes: • Mini Dungeness Crab Cakes with Avocado Crema • Caesar Salad • Jumbo Prawns with Traditional Cocktail Sauce • Baby Back Ribs with Ginger Hoisin BBQ • Deviled Eggs with Salmon Caviar • Beef + Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Private party facilities
    Pier 23 Cafe located right on the waterfront is a perfect place for hosting a work Happy Hour, birthday party, family or business dinner. Our excellent service, fresh delicious food, and dedication to sustaining San Francisco's rich waterfront history, provide a memorable experience for every guest.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Team: (415) 362-5125
  • Neighborhood
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cross street
    Greenwhich
  • Parking details
    There are several public lots within walking distance of the restaurant. Some public parking lots close early so check the signs.
  • Public transit
    The Muni F-Line light rail service that stops directly in front of Pier 23 Cafe is currently suspended. We are a ten minute walk from the Ferry Building and ten minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Entertainment
    Live Music Nightly
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,297 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for scenic views

  • San Francisco

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Francisco

    Great for scenic views

1,297 Reviews
  1. BeatH

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always nice to pass by Pier 23. Good food and nice people.

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  2. AlexRahn

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for lunch on the SF bay! Amazing margaritas, fresh crab and best caesar salad! Friendly service and family run establishment for over 30 years! A must visit in San Francisco!

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  3. Hub51

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I remember the food being a lot better in the past. Pre pandemic we used to frequent this spot often. The garlic fries no longer come with garlic. The server informed me that they switched to a garlic oil when i asked if they were in fact garlic fries. They looked and tasted like everyone else’s regular fries on the table. Must be that new tasteless odorless garlic oil. Party of six and everyone was underwhelmed by the food.

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  4. DebbE

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place to be on a sunny day! Great cocktails, yummy food. Gotta try the fish tacos or bay shrimp any way they serve it!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great SF style food. Great spot sitting outside. Hard to find great food in this general location. But pier 23 was fantastic.

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  6. Saundo

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a trusty spot for a weekend lunch or brunch. Great staff. They kept prices reasonable.

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  7. GayleW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend the fish/clam chowder. Great views too.

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  8. BeatH

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always nice to pass by Pier 23 for a nice lunch in a comfortable setting!

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  9. ErikC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stopped here on a whim on our way past the ferry terminals and could not have been more pleased with the experience. Our server Tara was so incredibly friendly and had stellar recommendations for us. Every single item we ordered was absolutely phenomenal but the new butter cake with ice cream and pistachios stood out as the highlight from our experience. The drinks were good value and well, made. We didn't plan to sit outdoors originally due to cool weather but the outdoor area was covered and heated so well we ended up sitting there and taking our jackets off which made for an even better experience with a view that we did not expect! We were tourists in the area but will absolutely make a point to stop back again in future trips to the area!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I take every out of town visitor to lunch. I have been going for 25 years and it never disappoints 😊

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FAQs

Pier 23 Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 362-5125.

Pier 23 Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 1297 OpenTable diners.

Pier 23 Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Hungry now?

Hungry now? Let the restaurant know you're coming by joining their waitlist. Download the app to give it a try, or contact the restaurant.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pier 23 Cafe

Pier 23, On The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Greenwhich
  • Neighborhood
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:30 am–4:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 11:30 am–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are several public lots within walking distance of the restaurant. Some public parking lots close early so check the signs.
  • Public transit
    The Muni F-Line light rail service that stops directly in front of Pier 23 Cafe is currently suspended. We are a ten minute walk from the Ferry Building and ten minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live Music Nightly
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 362-5125
  • Catering
    For events off site, pickup a party platter! Choose from a selection of some of our favorite dishes: • Mini Dungeness Crab Cakes with Avocado Crema • Caesar Salad • Jumbo Prawns with Traditional Cocktail Sauce • Baby Back Ribs with Ginger Hoisin BBQ • Deviled Eggs with Salmon Caviar • Beef + Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Private party facilities
    Pier 23 Cafe located right on the waterfront is a perfect place for hosting a work Happy Hour, birthday party, family or business dinner. Our excellent service, fresh delicious food, and dedication to sustaining San Francisco's rich waterfront history, provide a memorable experience for every guest.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Team: (415) 362-5125
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