Along the wharves of San Francisco bay, Pier 39 stands out because of its permanent residence – the Pier 39 sea lions.
A few California sea lions began “hauling out” on Pier 39’s K-Dock shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. By January 1990, the boisterous barking pinnipeds started to arrive in droves and completely took over K-Dock, much to the exasperation of its tenants. But since then, they are the main attractions and tourists come in droves and patronised the shops in Pier 39. So now man and beast live together in harmony.
Pier Market is located just beside the sea lions, so you can see the lions busking in the sun while you dine.
1/2 Dozen Oysters
6 freshly shucked oysters served on the half shell.
Not the best specimen of fresh oysters, these were quite puny and metallic tasting.
New England Clam Chowder
Voted the best on Fisherman’s Wharf.
I have to agree, these were very good clam chowder, even better than famous one further down the stretch. It was creamy, good amount of chunky vegetables and potatoes cut not too big that you have to chew very long. And the sourdough bread that came with it was warm, soft in the centre and crusty on the outside.
Mesquite Grilled Seafood
Fresh salmon, Pacific cod and shrimp skewer.
Served with fries and steamed vegetables, the mesquite grill infused a special smokey flavour of mesquite wood to the seafood.
Vanilla Bean Créme Brulée
A smooth creamy custard with caramelized sugar topping.
It was a well executed creme brûlée. Princess enjoyed cracking the sugar shell.
May not be the cheapest on the block, or the best, but the restaurant is at the perfect location in Pier 39 and is always busy. Stay indoor so that you can enjoy a good meal without worrying about the seagulls flying overhead.
Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
Pier 39 #103, San Francisco, CA 94133-1010
Tel : +1 415-989-7437
Date Visited : Dec 2018