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Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-398-3181
11:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My parents & I had spent 3 weeks in Mexico & had a 5 day stop over on the way back to Australia in San Francisco. Being of Italian background & more than a bit over Mexican, we decided on Italian. I had been to SF before & being on my own didn't get out to dinners being solo, so... More 

Thank IngridM1979
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Four wild women from Colorado ventured into Sotto Mare for seafood. We found a cozy and friendly atmosphere with fantastic service and food. The owner stopped at our table to say hello and thanked us for joining "his family" for dinners. After a wonderful meal (all of us were delighted) we were thanked on the way out and wished a... More 

Thank Blanche K
Bedford, Texas
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95 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was phenomenal. Exactly what I was looking for. Local restaurant, just a little off the beaten path, unassuming, with STELLAR food. We hit all the SF clichés, and I wanted something a little more authentic. This delivered! This was easily the best meal I had in San Francisco, and one of the best meals I've ever had, period. The... More 

Thank ChadoKing
Oakdale, Louisiana
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If rubbing elbows is not your thing, go somewhere else. If you like local flavor, really fresh seafood and a fun and fast atmosphere, Soto Mare is your place. Just take a plastic lobster and go to the bar next door and wait for it to light up.

Thank John J
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117 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to try this restaurant on a whim based on solid reviews and a desire for seafood....... so glad we did. Called ahead and made reservations for 4 and we were welcomed warmly and seated after just a few moments wait The downstairs dinning room is not as boisterous as the upstairs but clearly, everyone was enjoying their meal and... More 

Thank Staff61
Spokane, Washington
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After careful researching I planned for my husband and I to go to Sotto Mare after reading all the great reviews about this place. We finally found it in the afternoon and there was a pile of clam shells and other rubbish next to one of the outdoor tables at the entrance. It was too cold to eat outside so... More 

Thank DebraL28
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hello , This Resturant has a very good food , Very good menus , they are very busy , affordable prices , however customer service is not good at all . If you tolerate very low customer service , unfriendly staff , go ahead you will enjoy the good !!!!

Thank Mohamed K
Saint Louis, Mo
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425 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The open kitchen makes bar seating prime locale! Just watching these guys prepare is amazing. Think skillets moving with rapid speed, flames, huge soup pots, the sound of ceramic plates, tongs & dishes crackling, knives deliberately filleting whole fish. Artistry in motion! Had I not dropped my iPhone & ruptured the camera I'd have some pretty stellar footage for you... More 

Thank Christy A
Silver Spring, Maryland
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here after Caffe Trieste. I looked on TripAdvisor and everybody recommended it. Oh my gosh. Great food. Great vibe...happy and chatty employees. It was a perfect experience! PS. My hubby had the chopped salad and said it was perfect too.

Thank Kirsy1
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105 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great to come back here. Very old school authentic vibe. Loved the fact that they had regulars come in who they knew by name, who sat at the counter for solitary lunches. Had the crab diablo linguine ($30 whole crab) as recommended by the waitress and the sea scallops ($21 with vegetables). The linguine was done in a delicious olive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Italian, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-398-3181

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighbourhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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