BY SEBASTIEN ROBILLARD
When travelling I always like to get to know places that are more frequented by locals. You can be so disappointed by some restaurants that are popular but strictly because of their location that is easily accessible for tourist.
I had passed in front of Alamo Square Seafood and Grill and looking in it look like a cool place. The crowd also seemed to be more locals than anything and the menu was interesting.
After looking it up I saw that the establishment as been open for close to 20 years. Located on Fillmore close to Alamo Square Park the place is very cosy and has a family restaurant feel to it. Decor is also pretty cool with large windows giving you a view on Fillmore, tables and some booths that looked very comfortable.
The staff was also courteous and helpful to direct me in my choice of both wines and food. I always follow my instincts when I got to a new restaurant but at the same time I like to have an honest opinion of them from the staff.
For starters I had the Lump Crab Cake served with tomato, cucumber and garlic herb. They were very good with not too much batter and lots of tasty crab meat. I then had one of the fish special which was the seared Ahi Tuna. It was cooked just the way I like it nice and red in the center, I just hate when I order seared and they bring it almost well done, which was not the case here. It was served with mash potatoes and asparagus and a Beurre Blanc sauce made of white wine and shallot, finished with butter. I’m not usually the type to go for desert but with this restaurant French inspiration I had to try the Creme Brulee. I was also very good and served with strawberries.
If you’re in the neighborhood I would highly recommend it and strongly suggest a reservation.
Alamo Square Seafood and Grill
803 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117