Where to Eat at Pier 39
No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Pier 39, a multilevel waterfront complex that’s home to over 90 stores, a two-tiered carousel, an aquarium, and a famous troupe of sea lions. With scenic waterfront views and lots of readily available fresh seafood, a dining experience is a must when visiting the pier. Here are a few of the best places to eat.
Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
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Open since 1983, Pier Market Seafood Restaurant is owned and operated by the Simmons family, third-generation restaurant purveyors and the founders of Pier 39. Pier Market’s seafood is sustainably sourced based on the guidelines of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and Aquarium of the Bay. Don’t miss this seafood restaurant’s mesquite-grilled specialties, like the mahi-mahi with mango salsa or a non-seafood option like the house-smoked baby back pork ribs, which are finished on the mesquite grill.
Dine outside on Pier Market’s roomy patio and tuck into the famous clam chowder while savoring picturesque waterfront views and leisurely people-watching. Or enjoy your meal in the bright indoor dining area, where you can watch the chefs at work on the mesquite grill in the lively open kitchen.
Fog Harbor Fish House
Another Simmons family restaurant, Fog Harbor also shares the same commitment to serving sustainably caught seafood. The restaurant’s chefs plan the menu for the next day based on whatever fresh seafood is arriving, whether it’s wild-caught salmon, Prince Edward Island mussels, or California sea bass. Go for one of these daily specials or opt for a signature dish like the garlic-roasted whole Dungeness crab with roasted fingerling potatoes. Fog Harbor’s delicious dishes earned it an Open Table Diners’ Choice Award for the best seafood in San Francisco in 2017.
While the food is reason enough to check out Fog Harbor, this waterfront restaurant also offers striking views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop by in the early evening and watch the sun set over this iconic vista while sipping a cocktail or glass of wine from the restaurant’s full-service bar.
Wipeout Bar & Grill
Inspired by the Simmons family’s exploration of the California coast, this casual restaurant serves up surf-themed cuisine in a fun environment. Mains at Wipeout Bar & Grill include hand-thrown personal pizzas, flame-grilled burgers made from local Harris Ranch Beef, and Baja tacos served on corn tortillas. A family-friendly restaurant, Wipeout also features a stellar kids’ menu with eats like chicken tenders and cheese quesadillas. There are lots of gluten-free options for those with special diets, along with fried sustainable seafood entrees prepared using oil free of trans fats.
The surf theme extends to the restaurant’s whimsical decor, with colorful surfboards and beach signs lining the walls. Flat-screen TVs are tuned to surfing and other sports, while the outdoor dining area features a cozy fire pit.
A meal at one of these three excellent restaurants is a wonderful addition to a day spent exploring the many shops and attractions of Pier 39.