Fog Harbor Fish House
Fog Harbor is smack in the middle of a touristy area, but who doesn’t want to eat seasonal sustainable seafood and Dungeness Crab while looking onto Alcatraz once in awhile? The view from here is truly incredible and the Crispy Bay Scallops and Baked Oysters with bacon, spinach and creamy parmesan sauce live up to said view.
Are there two restaurants in Fisherman’s Wharf on this list? Shell yeah there are, and we refuse to apologize for reasons that are explicitly explained in the neighborhood’s name. It’s just a fact that if you want fresh catch, you should go to where the people who catch it are. Plus, Fog House takes major advantage of one of the best attributes of that neighborhood—truly stunning views of the water and the Golden Gate Bridge. Besides the views, Fog House also serves up 100% sustainable seafood, sourdough bread that is baked in-house every hour, and lick-your-fingers-good garlic, whole-roasted Dungeness crab. The menu is extensive, so if you’re not willing to put in the work for the crab, there are plenty of tasty dishes where the kitchen has done all of the heavy lifting for you, and all you have to do is get your fork to your mouth.
How to book: Reserve a table on Yelp.
Founded by the family who developed Pier 39, Fog Harbor boasts great views from its waterfront location (which is, of course, on Pier 39), as well as bragging rights as the first Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant to offer a 100% sustainable seafood menu. The highly ‘grammable shellfish platter features half a crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, and fingerling potatoes, and pops even more with the addition of a plump lobster tail.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome or make reservations via Yelp.
It’s hard to be a grinch about heading to one of the more touristy destinations in town when that destination comes with waterfront views and plates and plates of delicious seafood. Fog Harbor will be decorated for the holiday and is serving its entire menu all day on Christmas Day, so can choose between cioppino, whole Dungeness crab, lobster tails, clam chowder in a bread bowl, and so much more.
How to reserve: Call 415-421-2442 for indoor and outdoor dining reservations. Can’t snag a reservation? Walk-ins are available and its sister restaurants, also located at Pier 39 – Crab House, Pier Market Seafood Restaurant, Wipeout Bar & Grill, and Eagle Cafe – are open for Christmas Day dining.