Best San Francisco Waterfront Restaurant

Up until 20-25 years ago restaurants and their chefs planned their menus according to tastes; their own and what they knew their customers liked.  Not many ever considered where the products came from, whether they were in season or the carbon footprint involved in importing or transporting across many states. Today, thankfully, things have changed, and more and more chefs are conscious of the ever-warming planet and the large differences that can be made if we all make small changes.  


As one of San Francisco restaurants on the water, at Fog Harbor Fish House, we are aware of the need to protect the marine environment which we hold so dear to our hearts.  Back in 2011, we were the first restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf to serve a fully sustainable seafood menu approved by the Aquarium of the Bay meets the high standards of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.


We are keenly aware of the need for all of us to do more and through our association with San Francisco Green Businesses strive to learn and achieve more sustainable methods in our food sourcing and production. 


We have recently switched from plastic straws and enthusiastically encourage the Pier 39 initiative to “Skip the Straw”.  Sustainability is part of our restaurant’s ethos and we believe that it creates a deeper, more meaningful connection with your dish. 

Why waterfront dining is a must in San Francisco

 Narrowing down the list of where to eat in San Francisco is not an easy task.  There are so many beautiful sites to admire, from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean or one of the bridges – they all have their charm, but what if we told you that you could have it all in one place?  One of the best waterfront restaurants San Francisco has to offer, can be found on the buzzing, atmospheric Pier 39 – the Fog Harbor Fish House.  Stunning surroundings abound with a 360º view of the Bay. Take in the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the famous Pier 39 Californian Sea Lions.


Everyone from San Francisco knows how quickly the weather can change in the city – the advice is to always dress in layers. That change in weather can often bring in the infamous San Francisco fog which has its own charm and special qualities. San Francisco restaurants on the water get a unique view of the fog as it creeps in over the Bay.  The twinkling lights of the Golden Gate Bridge add to the atmosphere. 

What to expect when dining

Dining at waterfront restaurants in the Bay Area is always a treat.  Fog Harbor is located on the historic Pier 39 with expansive views of the Bay to enhance this extraordinary culinary experience and the best seafood in San Francisco.  Choose from our extensive menu of excellent dishes.  Our chefs source the ingredients for your dish from reputable purveyors and we have a 100% sustainability policy when it comes to where we buy our food products. 


We aim to offer the best waterfront dining San Francisco has to offer, with a varied seafood menu and fresh, seasonal products.  There is something for everyone’s palate from our light starters menu, choose “Crispy (succulent) Calamari” to our house specialties such as “Whole Dungeness Crab” or the famous “Cioppino”.  Bask in the unique atmosphere and the stunning Golden Gate Bridge to frame what is a picture-perfect setting.  

What sets us apart from other SF restaurants on the water

 It’s not just our historical link to Pier 39, or the fact that our family-owned business has been serving customers for 3 generations that make Fog Harbor Fish House one of the best waterfront restaurants the Bay Area has to offer.  Sure, the guarantee of 100% sustainable seafood puts us right up there on top.  But that’s still not what makes us one of the best San Francisco waterfront restaurants.  


What we offer to every single customer who walks through our doors is a unique culinary and visual experience.  The moment you walk through our lobby, you feel the heartwarming welcome from our open fire along with the soothing sound of the waterfall. Your shoulders will drop, and you will feel instantly relaxed and at ease.  Our friendly staff will greet you and guide you through the dining process from beginning to end. The goal is always that you will enjoy a meal to remember.


The spectacular views of the Bay, unique to waterfront restaurants in SF, highlighting the stunning Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Pier 39 Sea Lions is a picture to behold.  Bask at the moment and enjoy your time with one of the most sought-after views in the United States. Why wait any longer – contact us today to make your reservations.