The Bay Area is a stronghold of excellent seafood restaurants, whether you’re a strict Pescatarian or just like to indulge in a fish feast every now and then. And it’s not just the sheer number of seafood restaurants from San Jose to Berkeley and San Francisco that make the Bay Area special. It’s the variety. We have Sichuan seafood porridge and New England style chowder restaurants; fish restaurants with white tablecloths and chic oyster bars. Here are five great options, including a classic from Fisherman’s Wharf.
From legendary sourdough bread to waterfront views, this Fisherman’s Wharf classic is synonymous with fabulous oysters and all manner of fresh seafood. Head to the OTR bar (which stands for Oyster, Tapas and Raw) for an Alaskan halibut, squid or Gulf shrimp ceviche accompanied by sparkling wine, or try a trio of sourdough tortilla tacos stuffed with Dungeness crab, grilled cod and spicy shrimp. Rather purist? Try the cioppino, loaded with seafood in a spicy saffron and tomato broth.
Details: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily on Boudin’s upper level at 160 Jefferson St.
This casual New England-themed seafood house is a San JosÃ© staple for seafood, including traditional clam chowder, crab cakes, lobster tacos, and oyster shooters. The New England Lobster Co. of Burlingame supplies most of the crustaceans. You can have lobster on a roll, served with fries and a vegetarian coleslaw, or opt for a poutine. At the raw bar, five varieties of oysters are offered daily, and of the six styles of grilling, Rockefeller and Grilled Herb are the most popular.
Details: Open 11 am to 9 pm daily at 238 Race St., San Jose; https://pier402sj.com
With its upscale location and flashy open kitchen setting, Chef Martin Yan’s Chinese restaurant is a staple for top-notch dumplings and some of the best hand-pulled noodles in town. Seafood offerings are robust, including spicy seafood dim sum and Da Dao âBig Knifeâ fish noodles bursting with shrimp, scallops and squid. Feed a crowd? Try the whole sea bass smoked with jasmine tea. In sleeper season, Yan will be offering his seventh annual ode to crab with seven unique Chinese preparations, including Sweet Tamarind Crab and Salted Egg Yolk Crab.
Details: Hours vary. Special crab menu scheduled from December 3 to January 3. 15, but it depends on the official start of the crab season. Westfield San Francisco Center, 845 Market St., Level 4, San Francisco; https://tastemychina.com
Bag O ‘Crab
Open since last fall in downtown Berkeley, this casual, reasonably priced seafood restaurant features a wide selection of fried and boiled fish and shellfish, plus a cute winged crab logo. Bag O’Crab offers crayfish, snow crab, shrimp, lobster and whole black mussels swimming in bags of Sichuan or Cajun sauces with corn on the cob, sausage and potatoes. Dip into a bag of your favorites, including a side dish of popular Cajun fries. Do you prefer your fried fish? They do that too.
Details: Open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 2124 Center St., Berkeley.
EMC seafood and raw sea bass
This stylish SoCal seafood chain, with locations in San Jose and Concord, offers spacious, bright dining rooms, quick service, and sushi, grilled fish, and cravy Asian noodle mixes bursting with shellfish. . The menu is huge and has everything you would want for a seafood solution – including seafood pasta, hickory smoked salmon, grilled whole Maine lobster, and the most popular garlic noodles. more amazing mixed with truffles and crab meat.
Details: Open from 11 a.m. daily at 2015 Diamond Blvd., Concord, and 378 Santana Row, San Jose.