For as long as I can remember, seafood (especially lobster & crab) has been my favorite group of food. My lucky palate was introduced to these sweet delicacies at a young age and I’ve never looked back. Now living in Utah, there aren’t quite as many opportunities to indulge in great, fresh seafood as there are when I’m in an area like San Francisco.
San Francisco’s Pier 39 is filled with many tourist-filled restaurants, including several seafood spots. My family has dined at several different ones, but we turned (once again) to my favorite dining app, Urbanspoon, to see which were the favorites. We settled on trying Pier Market, a waterfront restaurant that also has a fish market on the exterior where you can order fresh fish and some of their clam chowder and other foods to go.
Pier Market is a family-run restaurant that has been serving fresh seafood for over 25 years. It was started by the Simmons family, who also created Pier 39 and Chevy’s Fresh Mex restaurant (which I love). Pier Market was recently named “Best Seafood in San Francisco” by KRON 4 TV’s Best of the Bay.
We decided to get a table and have a sit-down meal inside. We were seated quickly and placed our orders. While we were waiting for our food, the complimentary Boudin sourdough bread arrived with it’s crunchy crust and definite sourdough flavor. Add a smear of butter, and life is good. We didn’t have much time to munch on it before our food arrived; it was very fast.
I was in the mood for a cup of clam chowder ($4.75) and half a Dungeness crab ($13.95, served steamed or chilled…I picked steamed). The chowder was fantastic filled with chunks of tender clams and very creamy, one of the best I’ve had in recent memory. If you get a map from the Pier 39 visitor’s center, there’s a coupon in there for a free cup of clam chowder with purchase of an entree!
The crab was good and I ate every bit of meat I could shell from that thing and dipped it in drawn butter…that’s heaven in my world.
Mr. Diner ordered Fish & Chips, served with fries & cole slaw ($13.95). (Sorry for the lack of picture.) He said they were very good, although he’s not a cole slaw fan, so I got to eat that. The cole slaw had a very strong cabbage flavor…too strong. I’ve never had cole slaw like it and don’t recommend it.
My parents were with us and both ordered the Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bowl & Salad Combo ($12.95), a good choice since both the sourdough and chowder were really good here. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)
The kids ordered typical kids fare, hot dogs & chicken tenders, and were satisfied, although I would say they missed out by choosing those over fresh fish!
If you’re looking for a seafood spot at Pier 39, give Pier Market a try. For a leisurely experience and full menu, go for the table service restaurant. If you’re in the mood for something more casual, grab something from their market counter…the prices are cheaper. Whatever you do, get the chowder!
Pier 39 Concourse #103
San Francisco, CA 94133
Entree Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 3.4
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 3
Sweet Diner: 3
Little Diner: 3