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Nick's Lighthouse

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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2801 Taylor Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94133-1048
+1 415-929-1300
10:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Addison, Illinois
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So many choices for seafood, my girls selected Nicks as they wanted crab bisque. The ambience is old Italian style with dim lighting, booths, red trim, our waiter personable,very busy, had to ask for bread and drink refills. We ordered the clam linguini, bisque and seafood cannelloni stuffed with crab & shrimp. No major complaints on the food, the bisque... More 

Thank Dona H
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is always buzzing. Had dinner here twice ON MY September visit and on the first night our waitress was fantastic and full of recommendations for food/drinks - she even recognised us the following evening and stopped by to make some suggestions. The second evening part of our order got mixed up but the lovely gent attending us sorted... More 

Thank Ral87
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited San Fran for a long weekend and always stop at one of the street vendors for chowder and a quick bite. We stopped at Nick's and had the crab cakes which were the best I have ever had anywhere! The clam chowder was accidentally served in a bread bowl and was ok but not my... More 

Thank Jerri L
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81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A place concentrated on fresh seafood. Don't expect refinement but it's a jolly good place for having crabs, lobsters etc and washing them down with a bottle of California Chardonnay. Seating is simple, diner style, service absolutely adequate, just remember the place is orobably not a restaurant with a food stall attached but rather a food stall with a restaurant... More 

Thank David E
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They charged usd120 for a platter of seafood (which was not very fresh), added 15% tax and on top of all these another 15% service charge. The worst restaurant I have encountered after travelling in California for 2 weeks. Total bill come out to usd178 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Thank Wai Mun K
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fresh live lobster cooked on the spot. $28 a pound, $3 for garlic butter (they also add shrimps). We were really lucky and got one with roe which is really rare. Delicious.

Thank Renee L
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We were a party of two, with only one other table taken in the restaurant, on a slow Monday. We had to flag down our waiter for everything we needed, and the food was not good. Save your money and go anywhere else, and I mean anywhere.

Thank jkflaherty1
Melbourne, Australia
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Fresh seafood and old-time San Francisco charm makes this eatery a great place for a quick bite or a sit down meal in one of their booths that looks out over the bay. The friendly and experienced staff is extremely efficient, knowledgeable and polite. Good sized portions and reasonable prices for some delicious fresh vibrant meals. Nick's Lighthouse features a... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I know by now that when you are a party of one at a restaurant you get the crappy table. I get it. I'm even fine with that. Overall I felt my server was totally uninterested in serving me or talking to me and the food was mediocre. My lobster bisque was not tasty at all. It seemed like it... More 

Thank 876ninas
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We were looking for somewhere to eat after doing a night time Alcatraz tour and wanted something cheap. We were going to get take away from Nick's but then a man told us tables inside and we decided we wanted to sit down for a meal instead. We got a shrimp cocktail to share and then the 1/2 lobster tail... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2801 Taylor Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94133-1048
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-929-1300

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Fisherman’s Wharf

Neighbourhood Profile
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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