Top 5 Seafood Restaurants In Fisherman’s Wharf – No.1 – Alioto’s Restaurant – 94133 – US

Top 5 Seafood Restaurants In Fisherman’s Wharf – No.1 – Alioto’s Restaurant – 94133 – US

Top 5 Seafood Restaurants In Fisherman’s Wharf – No.1 – Alioto’s Restaurant – 94133 – US

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Categories: SeafoodSeafood Markets

8 Fishermans Wharf
(at Taylor St)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhoods: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

(415) 673-0183



Mon-Sun 11 am – 11 pm
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YesAbout Alioto’s RestaurantFounded in 1925
Alioto's 80 Years of San Francisco HistoryAlioto’s Restaurant, a San Francisco landmark located on Fisherman’s Wharf, has long been part of San Francisco ‘s rich history.  What grew to become an institution in San Francisco dining actually began as a fresh fish stall, founded in 1925 by Nunzio Alioto, Sr., a Sicilian immigrant. At the time, the Wharf consisted of an enormous lumber yard, train tracks, a union hall and wholesale fisheries. At Stall #8 Nunzio sold lunchtime provisions to Italian laborers.  Business grew steadily and by 1932, he constructed the first building on Fisherman’s Wharf by combining the fish stand with the seafood bar specializing in crab and shrimp cocktails, and steamed crabs.

Nunzio Alioto’s plans came to an abrupt halt in 1933 when he passed away. He was survived by his wife Rose and their three children. Left with no other means of support, Rose took over the business, becoming the first woman to work on the Wharf. By 1938, she installed a kitchen and officially opened Alioto’s Restaurant. It was here that Rose Alioto created a shell-fish stew called Cioppino which became a San Francisco culinary legend.

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A number of historical events contributed to Alioto’s phenomenal growth and he eventual establishment of Fisherman’s Wharf as San Francisco’s most popular tourist destination.  Both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges in 1937, San Francisco was quickly becoming the urban center of Northern California. In 1939, the San Francisco Exposition and World’s Fair brought tourists from around the world to the City. The restaurant flourished, yet it was not until the onset of American’s participation in World War II that its reputation became firmly established. Fisherman’s Wharf became one of the Ports of embarkation for sailors. Alioto’s kept busy serving fresh seafood and hearty clam chowder to these men and their families – and word about Alioto’s delicious food quickly spread.

The restaurant continued to expand as public demand grew for Alioto’s seafood dishes. By 1950, Rose enlarged her restaurant by purchasing her neighbor’s stall. On the joint property, she built a one-story building  Alioto’s Restaurant underwent a second major face lift in 1957, when a second story was added, making it the tallest building on the Wharf.

A disastrous fire gutted Alioto’s Restaurant that same year. Undeterred, the family, let by Rose, rebuilt the restaurant from scratch on the same site. Fortunately, rescued from the devastating fire was a call composed entirely of thousands of clam shells, saved from diners’ meals through the decades. The wall still stands today in the entrance to the main dining room.

Menu for Alioto’s Restaurant


Local Bay Shrimp Cocktail

  • 8.50

Cold Seafood Salad

Calamari, octopus and shrimp, marinated in olive oil, house made white wine vinegar and toscanelli beans

  • 9.50

Salumi Mista

Prosciutto, mortadella, sopressata and genoa salami

  • 8.75

Crispy Fried Oysters

Served with cayenne chili, garlic dipping sauce

  • 9.75

Shrimp In Ceramic Pots

Baked in garlic, shallots, lemon butter and parsley

  • 9.25

Aliotos Fried Calamari

Served for over 85 years

  • 10.25

Lumache (escargot) (6)

Prepared with garlic, shallots, parsley, lemon, butter, and baked

  • 9.25

Griddle Fried Sicilian Style Calamari And Shrimp

Our specialty

  • 11.75

Local Dungeness Crabmeat Cocktail

  • 14.25

Batter Fried Shrimp

Cayenne chili aoli dipping sauce

  • 9.50

Aliotos Original Seafood Sausage

Filled with prawns, shrimp and scallops, served with a tomato basil, lemon butter caper sauce

  • 13.50

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters baked with spinach and glazed with hollandaise sauce, served on the half shell

  • 12.75

Combination Of Manila Clams & Mussels

Steamed in a garlic flavored broth

12 Oz Of Just Clams 13.75
12 Oz Of Just Mussels 11.25

Sicilian Calamari

Fried, sauteed with tomato sauce red pepper

  • 11.75

Smoked Salmon

Served with capers and onions

  • 12.75

Dungeness Crab And Avocado Salad

Louie dressing

  • 15.75

Local Dungeness Crab Hash

An aliotos specialty, mushroom, spinach, egg and onion

  • 8.75

Aliotos Famous Dungeness Crab Cake

Mildly seasoned and spiced, served with mix greens, lemon butter sauce, chives and fresh tomatoes

  • 15.75

Soups And Salads


Cup 6.75
Bowl 8.95

Local Dungeness Crab Bisque

Served with puff pastry, made in house

  • 9.95

Clam Chowder In Bread Bowl

New england style (served from 11 am to 4 pm)

  • 10.25

Baby Organic Mixed Green Salad

Choice of dressing: oil and vinegar, thousand island, blue cheese, creamy garlic italian

With Local Dungeness… 13.75
With Local Bay Shrimp 10.25

Alioto Salad

Organic mixed greens tossed with pine nuts, raisins fennel, served with our house vinaigrette

  • 9.25

Wedge Of Salad

Iceberg lettuce, olive oil and house sherry wine vinegar crumbled blue cheese, crispy bacon and shredded egg

  • 9.95

Classic Caesar Salad

Romaine lettuce, spicy anchovy dressing, grated parmesan cheese and croutons

With Grilled Organic… 13.95

Baby Arugula With Artichokes

Truffle oil, tapenade (olive puree) shaved parmesan cheese with vinaigrette

  • 12.75

Local Bay Shrimp Louie

12 Order 11.25
Full Order 18.75

Combo Louie

Dungeness crab, bay shrimp and prawns

12 Order 17.25
Full Order 24.75

Local Dungeness Crab Louie

Full Order 39.00
12 Order 23.75



Sicilian Vegetarian

Grilled zucchini, eggplant, roasted peppers oven dried tomatoes and arugula served cold

  • 9.75

Local Bay Shrimp Roll

Shrimp served with mayonnaise, tomatoes lettuce and chives on a toasted brioche roll

  • 9.75

Hamburger Deluxe

(Cooked medium unless otherwise specified) lettuce, tomatoes, dill pickle

With Cheese 2.00
With Caramelized Oni… 2.00

12 Local Shrimp Meat Sandwich

With a cup of new england chowder

  • 10.25

Tuna Melt

Tuna fish on a sliced toasted brioche with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise and red onion

  • 11.75

Grilled Organic Chicken Breast

Oven dried tomatoes, peppers and arugula

  • 11.75

Filet Of Sole

Served with lettuce, tomatoes and basil mayonnaise

  • 13.75

Local Dungeness Crabmeat Roll

Served with mayonnaise, tomatoes, lettuce and chives on a toasted brioche roll

  • 16.75

Pastas And Rice


Ziti Pasta Al Forno

Baked with prosciutto and three cheeses

  • 17.25

Baked Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells

Filled with spinach, ricotta and mozzarella cheese served with tomato sauce

  • 17.25

Tortellini Bolognese

Meat filled pasta with house made meat sauce

  • 17.25

Tortellini Alfredo

Meat filled pasta in a cream sauce with peas and prosciutto

  • 18.75

Spaghetti With Chicken Breast And Artichoke

Served with white wine jus

  • 17.75

Spaghetti With Local Seafood And Shellfish In Tomato Sauce

  • 22.50

Linguini With Wild Manila Clams

Choice of white wine sauce or tomato sauce

  • 18.75

Linguini With Fried Eggplant And Local Dungeness Crabmeat

Tomato sauce

  • 22.75


Finely cut pasta with local bay shrimp, basil and tomato sauce

  • 18.25

Shellfish Ravioli

Lobster, shrimp and mushroom filled pasta pillows served with cream sauce and a hint of tomato

  • 22.75

Baked Crab Cannelloni

With tomato sauce and melted cheese

  • 25.75

Risotto Alioto

Italian creamy rice prepared with shrimp, scallops, tomatoes and mushrooms

  • 24.75

Meat And Fowl


Ground Sirloin Steak

(Cooked with onions and medium unless otherwise specified) better known as hamburger steak served with sauteed mushrooms and french fries

  • 18.25

Chicken Alioto

Chicken breast sauteed with artichokes and mushrooms served with mashed potatoes

  • 19.75

Chicken Sutto Mattone

Chicken breast cooked under a brick, italian style with bell peppers and potatoes

  • 19.75

Chicken Saltimbocca

Prepared with sage and prosciutto. served with fresh vegetables

  • 19.75

Veal Parmagiana Our Way

Sauteed veal with eggplant, tomato and melted cheese, served with fresh vegetables

  • 28.95

Breaded Veal Cutlet

Prepared sicilian style in muddica breading, served with fresh vegetables

  • 28.95

Veal Piccata

Sauteed with white wine, lemon juice and capers, served with fresh vegetables

  • 19.25

12 Oz Grilled Center Cut New York Steak

Cooked medium unless otherwise specified served with french fries and creamed spinach with bacon

  • 39.25

Fresh Local Dungeness Crab Dishes


Cracked Crab

Served hot or cold half or whole

Marinated Crab

Half or whole

Crab Leg Saute

Mushrooms, white wine, garlic, butter sauce

  • 36.95

For The Adventurous

Whole crab brought to your table for you to crack and enjoy. sold by the pound

Nonna Roses Famous Crab Cioppino

Our specialty with clams, mussels and shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce

  • 33.75

Side Dishes


French Fries

With sicilian sea salt

  • 5.50

Vegetable Du Jour

  • 5.75

Truffle Fried Potatoes

  • 6.25

What’s Popular Here?

Risotto Alioto

Brian H. Had the Risotto Alioto. Scallops and shrimp in the dish were awesome. Pricing is competitive for… Read more

French Fries

BC D. Ceasar Salad was drenched in oil. Did not like that aspect of the salad. However, if the oil would… Read more


Teresa T. I agree with the general consensus that most reviewers have expressed: Alioto’s is just okay. The… Read more

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