Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fog Harbor Fish House: Locals' Perspective

Saturday Date Night: September 4, 2010 @ 6PM

After sailing on the San Francisco Explorer Bay Cruise, Enrique and I were famished. Being already at Fisherman's Wharf and already stuck with a $28 parking fee, we said, "What the heck, let's just have dinner here."

Now, Enrique and I just cannnot get enough playing tourist in our own San Francisco Bay Area playground. However, as locals, we are not so crazy eating "touristy" foods.  So, grudgingly, we decided to dine at Fog Harbor Fish House which we found through Opentable.

Outdoor Waiting Area
Fog Harbor Fish House is an old school restaurant that retains not only the formal decor of bygone San Francisco, but the values of treating the customers well. The servers were dressed "formally" in white shirts and black pants, and very efficient.

Eating at Fog Harbor will ensure you a great waterfront dining and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. And we were rewarded with a table right by the water.

View from our table
We ordered half a dozen oysters a starters. The oysters on half-shell were well-chilled but small. 

I ordered a top-shelf Margarita but I was given a regular one (reflected on the bill.) It was so disappointingly weak.

Enrique had no complaints with his Fried Combo Platter which came with hand-breaded fish, calamari, shrimp, french fries and cole slaw.

Fried Combo Platter
I opted for the Seared “RARE” Ahi Tuna with a Sesame Seed Crust and Chili Ponzu Sauce. It was tasty but heavy-handed on the soy sauce. The saltiness overpowered everything else on the plate. The tuna was indeed rare but not "melt in your mouth."

Seared Ahi Tuna with Ponzu Sauce
Overall, our dinner was "okay."   Not spectacular but the amazing view and the attentive service made up for it. Not to mention that the fresh sourdough bread that made in-house was very delicious and served while still warm.

All of the above minus the "okay" dishes completes the old-school "touristy" San Francisco experience. Not bad at all.

Tab: $83 including tax and 20% tip.

FOODIE GIRL'S RATINGS:  3 Stars for fresh but "okay" seafood
View:         5    Great San Francisco Bay View
Service:    5    Professional and efficient


0 Star: Never again!!! These people should not be in business.
1 Star: Chalk it to bad experience. Live and learn.
2 Stars: Very disappointing but there it has some good things to offer.
3 Stars: It is okay but do not expect much. I will still return.
4 Stars: I like it! I will be singing your praises!
5 Stars: I will be dreaming of you at night!
6 Stars: Perfection (or close to!)

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