1. Alioto's Restaurant
2. Forbes Island
Sea Lion Harbor "H" Dock, Fisherman's Wharf(415) 951-4900, www.hilltop1892.com/forbes
3. The Slanted DoorOccupying the Southeast corner of the historic Ferry Building Marketplace, home to San Francisco's largest Farmer's Market, this upscale Vietnamese Restaurant originally started in the Mission District and became such a local hit that it had to move downtown. There are now several locations in the city, including Pacific Heights and inside the Westfield Shopping Center on Market Street near Union Square. Floor to ceiling windows insure breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure island from most tables.
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1 Ferry Building #3, Embarcadero (415) 861-8032 www.slanteddoor.com
4. The Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos, Outer Richmond District 415-386-3330 www.cliffhouse.com
Pier 47 on Al Scoma Way, Fisherman's Wharf, 1-800-644-5852 www.scomas.com
6. Green's Restaurant
Fort Mason, Building A (415) 771-6222 www.greensrestaurant.com
7. The Franciscan RestaurantWith 20-foot high floor-to-ceiling windows, the Franciscan offers panoramic views of Alcatraz and the bay from just about every seat of the house. The historic art deco restaurant enjoys a tranquil waterfront location even though it is right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Crab and other seafood specialties dominate the offerings and the daily prixe-fix menu, which includes three courses, is one of the best deals on the waterfront.
Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf (415)362-7733 www.franciscanrestaurant.com
8. Epic RoasthouseWhile most San Francisco waterfront restaurants specialize in seafood, this highly-rated South of Market neighborhood establishment bucks the trend. Dry-aged steaks and a variety of other meat dishes are the specialty of the Epic Roasthouse, but there is also usually a featured seafood item available as well. Although the dining room offers up sweeping views of the bay, sitting on the outside patio with the Bay Bridge arching across the sky is more impressive.
369 The Embarcadero, SOMA District (415) 369-9955 www.epicroasthouse.com
9. The Waterfront RestaurantAbout midway between Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building lies the Waterfront Restaurant, a three-story tribute to fresh California seafood. There are uninterrupted views galore from every floor as well as the bay-side patio, which is always packed when the weather in San Francisco is nice. The historic restaurant has been an integral part of the San Francisco dining scene since it opened its doors in a former longshoreman's bar in 1969. A close proximity to North Beach makes it a good choice for visitors who want to dine on the bay but want to skip the crowds of the Wharf.
Pier 7 (At Broadway), The Embarcadero (415) 391-2696 www.waterfront.com
10. Sinbad's RestaurantWith the San Francisco Bay Bridge and Treasure Island as its dramatic backdrop, Sinbad's serves seafood, pastas and salads in a casual setting. The location, right next to the Ferry Building Marketplace and just outside of the Financial District, mean that it is a lunchtime hotspot. Ask for a seat in the glass terrace room for the best views.
141 The Embarcadero, (415) 781-2555 www.sinbadsrestaurant
11. Neptune's PalaceDominating the end of Pier 39 and offering perhaps the widest and most obstruction-free views of Alcatraz and the bay anywhere on the waterfront, Neptune's Palace is the ultimate tourist seafood restaurant. That doesn't mean that the food isn't up to par however, and the large selection of fish and other dishes are prepared with care and finesse, even if they are overpriced. The more casual -and less expensive- Sea Lion Cafe is only open for lunch but is poised directly over the famous sea lion colony that inhabits the docks next to Pier 39.
Pier 39, 2nd Level(415) 434-2260 www.pier39restaurants.com