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September 27, 2008
From journal Two Weeks in San Francisco
heber ctity, Utah
September 9, 2008
From journal Return to San Francisco after 15 Years
san francisco, California
January 14, 2008
August 2, 2006
From journal 5th Wedding Anniversary in CA
August 8, 2005
I suggest, though, that one call ahead for reservations to avoid wait time.
Luck was definitely on our side, as not only was our table by the windows, but we had Hero, the Armenian waiter (as he proudly told us to describe him), serve us! Hero is definitely a treat all his own, aside from Scoma's treats!
My husband had the Dungeness Crab Cakes Dinner, while I opted to be more adventuresome and try the Lazy Man Cioppino.
The crab cakes (3 pieces) were just as we liked them – moist.
The Lazy Man Cioppino is a concoction of fish, clams, shrimps, scallops, prawns, and crab meat combined with a tomato-based thick broth that reminded us very much of Italian pasta sauces. Garlic bread comes as its side. This dish is good enough to serve two. (BTW, their menu also lists the same dish as Cioppino Alla Pescatore, with one slight DIFFERENCE - the crab comes with its shell. Thus, the name LAZY MAN Cioppino has the luxury of the crabmeat already taken out so you don’t have to wrestle with the crab's thick shell.)
Both dishes are definite MUSTS!
The perfect ending to such sumptuous food would be to walk the wide wood gangway just outside. As Hero told us, not to do so would be like being invited to a buffet without eating.
And to that, we say, “Amen.”
From journal First Time in San Francisco?
London, United Kingdom
July 7, 2005
From journal A Quick June Week in San Francisco
May 5, 2004
A lot of locals avoid Scoma's like the plague. However, it really isn't Scoma's that they are avoiding; it's Fisherman's Wharf. We locals only make the journey down to the wharf when we have out-of-town guests; otherwise, we all consider it off limits for locals! In other words, TOURIST TRAP!
It's too bad for us locals, we miss some great seafood at Scoma’s due to our distain of the area. Scoma's sits at the end of the pier and is a little white shack with windows that overlook the fishing boats unloading today's catch and plenty of crabs. You know your lunch or dinner will be as fresh as it can be.
Scoma's has seafood, lots of seafood. You will find most Pacific fish on the menu and you can get it cooked most anyway you enjoy it. The server will help you pick fish that is local and fresh. They are old pros and very helpful. Some of the waiters and waitresses have been here for years and years.
All meals start with delicious San Francisco sour dough bread. The bread alone is worth the trip. I suggest the Dungeness crab salad for a first course. It's huge (and expensive) so I suggest ordering one order for the table and everyone grab a fork and dig in. You can't come here and not try the local crab!
Next for the fish I suggest going with the wait person's suggestions. They seem to know what is fresh and good. If you order the wrong thing, they will try to steer you away from a bad choice. Go with their suggestion! The cioppino is my favorite dish here. It too is a San Francisco tradition and this huge seafood soup is full of all the goodies you had hoped to find. Scoma's even offers a version where all the shellfish is taken out of the shells for those of you who are too lazy to fight a crab leg with your cracker!
Scoma's is one of a kind and they know it. It's always full and they know they can charge for it, thus is pretty pricey for what it is. A recent bill there for three of us (two being kids) was $120.
I am a typical San Franciscan and don't make it down to the wharf too often. However when I do, you can bet you will find me a Scoma's.
From journal Living in the Bay Area
June 20, 2002
From journal "City by the Bay" for families
Little Rock,, Arkansas
February 21, 2001
From journal Leaving your heart in San Francisco