San Francisco restaurants have long had a style and presence uniquely their own. We discovered this once again on our present trip to the city.
Pier 39 is number one tourist destination in San Francisco and on our visit there we discovered the Fog Harbor Fish House and their special Dungeness Crab Menu.
This Crustacean has been identified with San Francisco the way lobster is with Maine. So from this menu I ordered the steamed crab served in the shell with butter and roasted fingerling potatoes.
However the regular menu is also large and devoted to many seafood cocktails, an award winning clam chowder and a large selection of fish and seafood entrees. Moreover the meat and poultry menu is complete as well.
The restaurant has a full bar and lounge and a whole page is devoted to the premium wines of nearby Napa and Sonoma valleys. Lake County is famed for its Sauvignon Blanc so we selected a 2016 Robledo and were not disappointed.
The restaurant enjoys an ideal location on the second level of Pier 39, has both outside and indoor seating in the reception area and a perfect ambiance for its location. And the views are stunning of the Bay, Angels Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.
For More information on hours at Fog Harbor Fish House call 415 421-2442, on the web at www.fogharborfishouse.com.
While in the Marina District we found the Dorian Restaurant. This restaurant suggests the rich Victorian culture of a bygone era with a decor of panels of antique artifacts and art, a classic chandelier and several seating options. . As it turned out Brunch was a new addition to this restaurant which is known for its dinner service.
The menu at Dorian emphasized that everything from snacks to entrees is designed to be shared if desired. The restaurant is divided with a circular bar and lounge at one side and dining in adjacent room. The wine list is large and there is a full selection of craft beers as well. The main bar area, with brass accents and a teal and purple color scheme, is anchored by a prominent whiskey display while upstairs there is a study which incorporates leather and dark wood.
My dining partner and I had brought our appetites with us and so we both ordered the Dorian burger which came with fancy sauce, bacon jam, white cheddar, caramelized onion and fries. Other selections included mussels and clams, roasted Mary's chicken and American wagyu flat iron steak.
Some of the brunch offerings included Huckleberry Scones, grilled shrimp chop and soufflied French Toast with huckleberry and apple
The Dorian is located at 2001 Chestnut Street at the corner of Fillmore Street in San Francisco. The restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 415 814-2671, on the web at www.doriansf.com.