Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood Restaurant
This aggressively nautical North Beach seafood sanctuary is a San Francisco institution, with some of the best chowder-filled bread bowls in a city full of them, $1.50 oyster specials on Mondays and Saturdays. The wait can be long and the waitstaff can be salty (but in a charming "we've been doing this a while" kind of way), but once you have a bite of velvety, bacon-y, clam chowder you won't be thinking about anything else.
This homey family-run seafood spot in North Beach, complete with nautical decor covering every inch of every wall, is the ideal union of authentic Italian food and fresh seafood. The restaurant is famous for its “Best Damn Crab Cioppino” for very good reason, but the oysters, cold-cracked Dungeness crab, prawns, and shrimp cocktail, all of the Louis salads a girl or guy could want, and sauteed or grilled fish are all shining stars. That being said, it’s almost impossible not to order one of the pasta seafood dishes because who can resist linguine with a mountain of seafood?
How to book: Call 415-398-3181 for reservations for three or more people.