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Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

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€€ - €€€
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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552 Green Street, 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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Papillion, Nebraska
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped in on a Thursday night, as we were told by locals that Friday night would require up to an hour or two wait since we couldn't get reservations for two. Only had a 30 min. wait and it was well worth it. Had the prawn cocktail and cioppino. All was incredible, especially the cioppino. A nice tomato'y based soup... More 

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Oceanside, California
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely, without question, the most delicious bouillabaisse I have ever had! The owner himself came to the curb, moved a "no parking" sign for me, & said I could park there in order to eat at his restaurant. The food was plentiful, fresh, and delicious! Definately worth any wait or price!!

Thank lennygee2015
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended to us by locals on the subway..... We sat at the bar and watched the chef's prepare dish after dish of the most amazing looking seafood/Italian. We had their version of scampi. The greatest thing since sliced bread! Prices were what they should be for quality seafood. Enjoy!

Thank Ian S
The Netherlands
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to this little restaurant following recommendation in our SF travel guide. We normally like to try out different restaurants, but the Cioppino at Sotto Mare was so good that we had dinner twice during our 4 days stay in SF.

Thank EmJMG
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In a restored building on Green Street, restauranteur Gigi Fiorucci has created his best establishment yet. A very colorful and lively seafood house that claims to have the best damn cioppino . It certainly does. The clam chowder with bacon is a must try starter for cold evenings. The best seats in the house are right in front where the... More 

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Santa Ana, CA
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food here is SOOOOOOOOOOO good. By far the BEST crab I have ever eaten. If you want good crab, skip those touristy places on the Wharf or Piers and go to Sotto Mar!!! My daughter had muscles and clams and wouldn't share because she said they were too good to miss even one! We will always visit this restaurant whenever... More 

Thank lmcbee
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent trip to SF I/we ate at Sotto Mare twice in one week! Both times we went in off hours so we didnt experience wait times like others . Staff was great and funky decor fun . Being from the Boston area I was surprised to see Boston Clam chower on the menu - didint bother trying ,we... More 

Thank Retlaw201
Los Angeles
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246 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming to Sotto Mare and sending friends and family here for many years Was not impressed with the food this last visit The oysters did not smell or taste fresh The cioppino was a mess, looked like it was cooked a week before. The red sauce was brown from over cooking, the fish and shellfish over cooked and tough... More 

Thank Foosh9
Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited San Francisco on a business trip and a colleague took me to Sotto Mare. Great atmosphere, very informal, busy and loud, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Had the chowder and the cioppino and both were great. Despite it being constantly full, service was quick and attentive. Prices definitely reasonable. I'd definitely go back.

Thank Harold V
Hudson, Wisconsin
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83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with some business associates. The food was very good with some great seafood and pasta options. The place was packed so we were relegated to the basement and the dining "experience" was probably not as good as it would've been if we were seated upstairs. The food was good and the service was pleasant and helpful.

Thank Huhner

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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, European, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
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 Street, 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

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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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