With Tomales Bay, Point Reyes and endless access to the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco is one of the best cities in the States to feast upon fresh seafood. However, with such abundance comes tourist traps and plastic bib shacks. Haute Living is here to suggest to the very top notch places to properly enjoy fruits de mer.
Perfect for sunset dinners and cocktails, Waterbar has the best location right upon the Embaradero, with a view of the bay bridge. Adding to the natural beauty pouring in through the floor to ceiling windows, are the myriad of mouth-watering dishes arranged artfully on pristine white plates. As the menu will change seasonally, Hl's current favorites are the seared scallops with a champagne risotto stuffed squash blossom and wild salmon sashimi.
Already on our top places for lobster, Farallon is one of the best seafood restaurant in San Francisco that mixes perfect stuff drinks in a chic setting and a creative menu to keep the crowds coming. With a prime spot in Union Square and a fantastic jellyfish lantern themed lounge, Farallon is an upscale restaurant that stresses proper lobster preparations. The rich wood trimmed banquet booths and lush old world décor set a decadent tone for the dining experience.
3 Hog Island Oyster Co
A locavore's favorite place to eat, there's the easy to access bar at the Ferry Building or for a weekend retreat out to Marin the Oyster shack in Tomales Bay. Sweet, plump and absolutely delectable, Hog Island offers not only their signature sweetwaters but also the very rare European flat shelled French Hogs (when in season). Outside of the raw menu are amazing salads and specialties of the day that range from grilled branizo with currents to razor clams with chorizo. Their deconstructed New England clam chowder is just packed with flavor.
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4 Woodhouse Fish Company
Known throughout SF as the best place for a lobster roll, Woodhouse makes our list not only because of that but also for their fresh raw oysters, crab cakes, fish tacos and when in season, sweet dungeoness crab. There's two outposts, one in Pac Heights and one in Castro and both have a kitchy simple crab shack kind of decor, fake plastic swordfish and all.
5 Swan Oyster Depot
There are no tables here, just one long diner-style counter. There are no waiters or chefs, just 5 grisly older men who remind one of New-England finest fishermen. The menu is simply scrawled out on a chalkboard. However despite the lack of decor, service or even selection, this is one of the best places for seafood because a bite of the New England clam chowder will whisk one away to the rocky coastline of Maine. Of course the must have thing on the menu are the namesake oysters. As fresh and briney as taking a dip in the ocean. It's deeply authentic here and anything that true to the soul deserves placement in our top 5.