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Nick's Lighthouse

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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2801 Taylor Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94133-1001
+1 415-929-1300
10:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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San Francisco, California
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I live in SF. I come here frequently enough. One reason why is on my second visit the staff remembered my name, where I worked, and what I'd ordered...6 weeks prior...and this is a BUSY place. Both the spicy crab or shrimp are solid meals that stand out in Fisherman's Wharf. The chowder is creamy and you get a generous... More 

Thank Douglas A
Manassas, VA
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Precious wanted a crab. She wanted one of those really big crabs with a lot of meat on it. We intended to get it at a market and ask her cousin to cook it, but when we walked off the SF Bay boat tour, she was hungry. There are a lot of restaurants in this area, and we walked around... More 

Thank ChubbyDave
Vancouver, Canada
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66 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Serves all the regular San Fran foods but with an italian focus . . . cute tacky decor. Expensive but potions generous and you pay for the location. . . but no real view . . . Better off eating takeaway crab/soup from outside sidewalk counter.

Thank iamacdntraveller
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120 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here after seeing all the yummy food on the warf. It was ok. We were hungry and were not sure what we were ordering so we got two crab sandwiches. it felt like I was eating mayo and crab.. not sure what I expected. The bread was good but everything else just ok. Loved our server because we... More 

Thank voltech2
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing great or awful, just very average food, tired setting (with poetic license may be described as historica) and high prices. To be fair the seafood scene in San Francisco attracts premium pricing everywhere but the Lobster Thermidor at $39 + taxes was very small and very ordinary indeed. Add disinterested service and this venue really doesn't cut it. Location... More 

1 Thank Aitch222
Stockholm, Sweden
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149 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got a table with uncomfortable seating and ordered a 1/2 crab and a Bouliabasse. We discovered soon we have eaten better crab before. A crowded and noisy environment did not make our experience better and it got worse when we should pay - expensive! We concluded afterwards that despite we were tourists, we should know better and have avoided... More 

2 Thank Max S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm actually salivating as I think about our experience! We both enjoyed the Fettucine de Zafferano Saffron (fettucini with scallops & prawns in a white wine & garlic sauce with green onions & fresh tomatoes). Sopped up the sauce with the awesome bread & went back for MORE the very next day.

Thank Cathy K
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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105 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As I mentioned in my review of Crab Station, you can not go wrong with any of the fresh crab on the Wharf, as long as it's the same price. The one thing Nick's has is the option to dine-in in a nicer atmosphere. It has more of a classier vibe with actual seating and lighting geared more towards fine... More 

Thank Christopher Z
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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239 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had been walking around the wharf literally for hours exploring the sites and had walked early to the Golden Gate Bridge. Was on my way back towards the Bay Bridge and popped over to Nick's for a cup of lobster bisque and it was wonderful. I was by myself, so I just grabbed a silver stool and sat outside and... More 

Thank BrettaAnn
Addison, Illinois
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

So many choices for seafood, my girls selected Nicks as they wanted crab bisque. The ambience is old Italian style with dim lighting, booths, red trim, our waiter personable,very busy, had to ask for bread and drink refills. We ordered the clam linguini, bisque and seafood cannelloni stuffed with crab & shrimp. No major complaints on the food, the bisque... More 

Thank Dona H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2801 Taylor Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94133-1001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-929-1300

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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