A guide to the S.F. Bay Area waterfront restaurants

A guide to the S.F. Bay Area waterfront restaurants

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Here are the highlights of an Insider's Tour of the Port.

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    It has a classic San Francisco grill feel, specializing in an Italian American seafood menu. Try the steamers or the lobster ravioli. Another bonus: There's a hidden parking lot in the rear.
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    It's the best cioppino we found on the wharf. Insider's tip: Get the small order; the large is enough for two.
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    What to order: fish and chips. As the night wears on, some customers start dancing - there's no other place like it on the wharf.
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    This 80-year-old restaurant might be the largest along the bay, serving up to 2,000 meals a day. Tunes from Frank Sinatra support the 1950s vibe that is in line with food.
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    The surprise: The food at the upstairs restaurant - which looks like a classic bar and grill with water views - is really good.
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    It's billed as the world's only floating restaurant - you get on the ferry at Pier 39 and head to the man-made island just off the pier. It's not only a singular restaurant, but a singular San Francisco experience.
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    You'll find loads of tourists but also locals from nearby offices who tie on the plastic bibs and crack open crab on a cast-iron platter with sizzling garlic butter.
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    Inside you can gaze at photos of old San Francisco, including the restaurant's move to its new home. It's a popular stop for breakfast, and the lobster bisque beats any clam chowder on the wharf.
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    You can get away to Hawaii at this restaurant during happy hour, featuring island-style snacks such as ahi poke served on shiso wraps with black sticky rice and toasted rice, Kalua pig lettuce wraps, and duck confit spring rolls.
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    This is just a fun, fun place, from the atmosphere to the food. While servers might look a little silly pouring wine from a porron held high, they are about as professional as they come.
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    You can stop in for some excellent fried chicken, but the real draw is the bourbon - a wall in back displays hundreds of bottles.
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    La Mar is the only place where you can tie up your boat in back and have a pisco sour on the patio.
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